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Day: October 12, 2018

UNFPA Donates to VVF Unit of General Hospital, Calabar

UNFPA Donates to VVF Unit of General Hospital, Calabar

NEWS
The UN Population Fund (UNFPA) has donated medical supplies to the Vesico Vagina Fistula (VVF) unit of the General Hospital, Calabar. The Head of Office, UNFPA Cross River, Mr Kenneth Ehouzou, told  Newsmen on Friday in Calabar that the donation was in line with UNFPA’s plan to make VVF rare in over 50 developing countries in the world. Ehouzou said to achieve this, UNFPA got resources from donors to support countries grappling with the scourge. He added that “we do not only donate drugs, we train surgeons and nurses and equip them with specific skills to conduct fistula repairs and also manage the patients to prevent recurrence and stigmatisation. “We have done a lot of radio announcements to let the people know that VVF repairs are free of charge at the General Hospital, so we b
People with Sickle Cell Protest Detention in Hospital Over Bills

People with Sickle Cell Protest Detention in Hospital Over Bills

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AWKA—PEOPLE living with sickle cell disorder have protested the alleged detention of their members in hospitals across Anambra State, over hospital bills incurred as a result of their health condition. National Coordinator of People Living With Sickle Cell Disorder, Mrs. Aisha Edward told reporters yesterday at Nanka in Orumba North local government area of Anambra State that seven of their members were currently being detained in various hospitals in the state due to their inability to pay hospital bills. According to the group, such detention was illegal, inhuman and very wicked of the hospital management. She said: “People have taken undue advantage of people living with sickle cell anaemia for too long and we will not tolerate this latest development. “I visited a hospital here i
Experts Task Health CSOs to Advocate More on Family Planning

Experts Task Health CSOs to Advocate More on Family Planning

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Experts at a one day health dialogue have called on civil society organisations to increase advocacy on family planning in Nigeria in order to achieve the desired goal. The dialogue, held in Abuja on Thursday, was organised by development Research and Project Centre (dRPC) in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Health and other civil society organisations. In his presentation, one of the panelists, Adedeji Aderibigbe, from the University of Ilorin, said the level of advocacy on Family Planning (FP) in Nigeria is very low. Mr Aderibigbe, who made a presentation on advocacy inclusion in Nigerian family planning policy document, said he noticed that FP advocacy is lacking in some of the documents he reviewed. “I realised that some of the documents reviewed in spite of having lines
World Sight Day: School Of Blind Begs For Adequate Funding

World Sight Day: School Of Blind Begs For Adequate Funding

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The Management of School of the Blind, Jabi, FCT, on has solicited the support of government for improved funding to ensure academic excellence of the visually impaired pupils. Mrs Regina Dung, Head Teacher of the school, made the appeal in Jabi on Thursday during a road walk organised by the Nigerian Optometric Association (NOA), in commemoration of the 2018 World Sight Day with the theme “Universal Eyecare”. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the World Sight Day is commemorated globally every second Thursday of October. The day was set aside by international communities to draw attention of governments and other stakeholders to the challenges facing the populace in respect to eye care. The head teacher expressed displeasure that the school was poorly funded considering exp
Handling Of Mental Health Issues Should Be Taken Serious—NMA President

Handling Of Mental Health Issues Should Be Taken Serious—NMA President

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The President of the Nigerian Medical Association, Dr Francis Faduyile, has said there was a need for the stakeholders to handle the issue of mental health seriously, the way they handle the issue of Human Immunodeficiency Virus. He also said the government should create mental health units in all health facilities in the county, like the way they created HIV units at the hospitals. Faduyile, who spoke during the inauguration of a non-governmental organisation, ‘Carry My Cross Mental Health Centre,’ on Thursday in Akure, the Ondo State capital, suggested that all psychiatric hospitals should be turned into rehabilitation centres. Represented at the occasion by the Chairman of NMA Committee on Mental Health, Dr Abayomi Olajide, the NMA President also advocated free treatment of mental r
Alcoholic Drinks In Ireland Will Be Labelled With Cancer Warnings—Minister

Alcoholic Drinks In Ireland Will Be Labelled With Cancer Warnings—Minister

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Alcoholic drinks in Ireland will be labelled with cancer warnings under a groundbreaking law passed Wednesday, which also sets a minimum price in a bid to tackle a “corrosive” drinking culture. Ministers say the bill, the first in Ireland to address alcohol as a public health issue, will help save lives. Three years after being introduced, and against strong opposition from the drinks industry, the legislation was passed by the Seanad Eireann, the upper house of parliament. It was adopted by the lower house Dail Eireann last week, and now only requires the approval of the president, a largely symbolic move. Health minister Simon Harris said it was a “very special day”. “Alcohol damages our health, it harms our communities, it hurts many families and the measures in this bill are desig
‘Nigerian Men Concerned How Quickly Sex Can Resume After Their Wives Give Birth’

‘Nigerian Men Concerned How Quickly Sex Can Resume After Their Wives Give Birth’

Men's Health, NEWS
Nigerian men who recently became fathers are eager to know how early sex can resume after childbirth. According to a study published by Mothersbond Limited, Nigeria’s Leading Mom and Baby Care Company, Nigerian men are also very concerned about the after effect of childbirth on their partners birth canal. The study, which was released yesterday in Lagos, interviewed 1,088 married and unmarried fathers via telephone calls, emails, and through social media on Instagram and Facebook messenger across 30 states in Nigeria. The study was concluded in August 2018 and focused on men aged between 25 and 49, 60 percent of whom were first time dads. Chief Executive of Mothersbond Limited, Michael Osuji said: “The study revealed that these concerns are really strong for men, and only secondary to t
Murder: Court Grants Bail To Main Suspect On Health Grounds

Murder: Court Grants Bail To Main Suspect On Health Grounds

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A High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, has granted bail to a suspected land grabber, Clement Anele, who was arrested by the police for the alleged murder of one Udochukwu Egege. Delivering his judgement on the bail application for Clement and two other accused, Nkemakolam Nwanuo and Sunny Anele, the presiding judge, Justice C. Nwogu, said Clement would be granted bail on health grounds. Clement, suspected to be the leader of the gang that murdered Egege, is a one-legged amputee who was arraigned on May 10, 2010. He pleaded not guilty after being charged with criminal conspiracy and murder. He was granted bail in the sum of N5m with a surety, who must be a traditional ruler from the suspect’s local government area (Etche). However, Justice Nwogu dismissed the b
Hair Products And Your Health

Hair Products And Your Health

NEWS, Women's health
When it comes to your personal style, the manner in which you wear your hair is undoubtedly a form of self-expression. With so many hairstyle options to choose from, it’s really not surprising to see someone experiment with their look and try the ever-evolving styles of braids, weaves, wigs, and natural hair options out there. Chances are that you’ve probably spent a good amount of money on hair products to manage your tresses. But before spending more of your hard earned money on hair, ask yourself these key questions: Is my hairstyle taking a toll on my hair health? Are the products I’m investing in potentially causing damage to my hair despite the “glamorous” or beautiful look I am able to achieve? Well, since maintaining healthy hair should be your ultimate goal, make it a priority to
Why Sex After Childbirth Hurts

Why Sex After Childbirth Hurts

NEWS, Women's health
IT is generally believed that a woman should be able to have sex six weeks after childbirth. This, however, does not mean she wants sex; it just means that the woman’s body will not explode if she tries sex at that time. Sincerely, sex after childbirth could be a big task. This is because the woman still looks and feels pregnant; sex at this time can actually be painful. There are certain reasons sex hurts after childbirth; Extra stitches: If you had a vaginal birth and tore naturally or the doctor had to cut the perineum; the space between the vagina and the anus and you were stitched up, especially the last stitch. This is an extra, unnecessary stitch at the perineum that is supposed to make your vaginal opening smaller. Sometimes women ask for this, most of the time they don’t. This
Govt Raises Panel on Use of Plastics

Govt Raises Panel on Use of Plastics

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Minister of Health Prof. Isaac Adewole has inaugurated a Technical Committee (TC) on the use of Bisphenol–A (BPA) in Nigeria. During the inauguration in Abuja, the Minister of Health, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Health, Mr. Abdulazeez Mashi Abdullahi, said the BPA was not only used in bottled water plastics but  also a structural component in polycarbonate plastic used for consumer and industrial products. Adewole explained that BPA included medical equipment/devices and electronics  while it was also found in epoxy resins, which act as a protective lining on the inside of some metal based food and beverage cans used all over the world, including Nigeria, “BPA had been in use in food packaging materials since  1960s. BPA had been the subject of co
Why Nigeria Needs To Pay Attention to Global Hand-Washing Day

Why Nigeria Needs To Pay Attention to Global Hand-Washing Day

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Every year on October 15th, the Global Handwashing Day, millions of people gather in seven continents of the world to recognize the hygienic act of proper hand-washing with soap and water. Also antibacterial soaps and international brands like Dettol have been known to put together programmes, campaigns and events to motivate and mobilize Nigerians to improve their hand-washing habits. With these efforts, every year, over 4 million young children are saved from killer diseases caused by germs, through the act of proper hand hygiene. Even with these efforts, Nigeria loses 150,000 children yearly to fatal infectious disease due to poor hand hygiene. If Nigeria takes hand-washing serious and Nigerian parents adopt and teach their children the simple act of proper hand-washing, at least 100...
LASG Educates Parents on Rights of Children Living With Disability

LASG Educates Parents on Rights of Children Living With Disability

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In renewed effort towards making life more bearable for children living with disability in various parts of Lagos State, the Office of the Special Adviser to the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Social Development, has enlightened parents of children in this category of the rights of their children. The enlightenment session held during the second Annual Stakeholders’ Forum on Disability with the theme: “Knowing the Rights of Children Living with Disabilities”. Addressing the parents present at the event, the Special Adviser, Mrs Joyce Onafowokan, commended them for the interest shown in attending the forum. She said the event was organised to further address the thorny issues affecting children living with disabilities in our society, particularly Lagos State. According to
Compendium, Mental Health Dominate News

Compendium, Mental Health Dominate News

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President Muhammadu Buhari has received a 1042-page compendium of projects executed by all ministries from 2015 to 2017. The compendium was presented to the President by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha, shortly before the commencement of the Federal Executive Council Meeting at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The SGF said that the compendium was based on briefings by cabinet ministers on the various projects executed by their respective ministries between within the period. “The document will lend credence that President Buhari has fulfilled his campaign promises. “It is a valid and vivid proof of the giant strides by this administration,’’ he said. Mustapha said that the document would be circulated to all the Ministries, Department and Agencies (MD
30m Nigerian Children Risk Losing Identity

30m Nigerian Children Risk Losing Identity

Children's Health, NEWS
No fewer than 30 million children in Nigeria are at the risk of losing their identity, if nothing was not done to urgently check the trend, the National Population Commission (NPC), has said. He said that no fewer than 85 million children under the age of five were not registered at birth in Africa. The Ondo State Director of NPC, Mr Olatunsun Falusi, stated this at the launch of a media campaign on birth registration in the state. The event was organised by the commission in collaboration with UNICEF and the EU. Falusi said that only 44 per cent of Africa’s births were registered and that only eight per cent of children under five were registered. Falusi also said that eight out of 10 countries with the lowest level of birth registration were in sub-Saharan Africa and that Nigeria ha