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Early marriage, high fertility would be on the rise after Covid19.

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As the negative aftermaths of the COVID-19 pandemic rage across the globe, the National Population Commission, on Friday, said massive early pregnancies, marriages and  female dropout were looming in the country.

The commission equally said there would be heightened cases of early marriage, high fertility, morbidity, maternal mortality, unsafe abortions, among others, after the pandemic. The Ebonyi State Director of the commission, Mr Edward Ogbu, stated this on Friday, in Abakaliki, the state capital, during a press briefing to mark this year’s World Population Day, with the theme, Putting the Brakes on COVID-19: How to Safeguard the Health and Rights of Women and Girls Now. He noted that because of continued absence of school session in the country, many girls would likely drop out, early marriages. He added that this could lead to high fertility and morbidity in the country.

Ogbu, who represented the Federal Commissioner of the NPC, from the state, Mr Darlington Okereke, explained that COVID-19 had increased Gender-Based Violence on girls and women in society. He said, “In the absence of schooling, more girls are likely to drop out of schools and other consequences could include early marriage and high fertility, morbidity and maternal mortality, abortion, VVF, low self-esteem at attending to personal healthcare.

“Another effect of COVID-19 on women and girls is the noticeable increase in gender-based violence ranging from rape, physical and emotional assault, some of which have resulted in the loss of lives.”

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Bruno Fernandes’s penalty hamds United a first home win in a match of two penalties

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Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer concedes his side were ‘lucky’ that West Brom had a penalty decision overturned in their 1-0 win at Old Trafford.

 

After a goalless first 45 minutes, Slaven Bilic’s side were awarded a spot-kick early in the second half after referee David Coote ruled that Bruno Fernandes had fouled Conor Gallagher in the box.

 

VAR however intervened with the decision eventually changed after Coote reviewed the incident on the sideline. Replays suggested Fernandes did make some contact with the ball before the man.

 

The Red Devils made the most of the call and were themselves awarded a penalty 10 minutes later which Fernandes tucked away at the second time of asking after his first attempt was saved only for goalkeeper Sam Johnstone to be caught coming of his line.

 

Solskjaer, referencing Aston Villa’s similarly overturned last-minute spot-kick in their 2-1 home defeat to Brighton earlier on Saturday, told BT Sport he thought both penalties should have been awarded.

 

He said: “I looked at the penalty this afternoon at Villa-Brighton, and there’s contact on the ball and the man. In my head, it might be a penalty, and there as well.

 

With this victory, United see themselves in the top half of the table for the first time this seasin with 13 points from 9 games at 8th position.

 

While for West Brom, they remain in the bottom three with only 3 points.

 

United will host Istanbul Basaksehir midweek, while also to play away to Southampton on Sunday.

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