Some infections are common in pregnancy simply because there is an ongoing pregnancy and the woman is vulnerable as a result of the pregnancy. Other infections may occur notwithstanding the presence of a pregnancy. Amongst them, I have discussed below. Malaria. Malaria kills more children and pregnant women than any other group of people. Chemicals that women produce in their body cause certain smell during pregnancy and so mosquitoes to them. This is one of the reasons why pregnant women may suffer from malaria more than they should have been had they not been pregnant. Also, the self-defences of pregnant women against infection is lower than when they were not pregnant. In all, pregnant women, like anyone else, may have fever, headache, chills, nausea and vomiting, body aches, jo
The Executive Director of Nasarawa State Aids Control Agency, Dr Zakari Umar, said 54 babies delivered between January and September in the state tested positive to HIV. Umar made this known on Thursday in Lafia in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria. Umar said out of the 1,194 pregnant women who keyed into the Prevention of Mother- to- Child Transmission HIV programme in 2017, 54 of them transmitted the virus to their babies. He explained that cases of transmission recorded were due to the lack of adherence to medical advice and refusal to take prescribed drugs. “Science has proved that it is possible to totally eradicate mother-to-child transmission of HIV if pregnant women living with the virus adhere to medical advice and take their drugs regularly. “Those women
A baby girl born with several rare syndromes ‘never seen in one patient’ will need surgery every six months until she is 18 years old. Eight-month-old Zoey Tidwell, from Saucier in Mississippi, battles an array of complications, including undergrown facial bones, a large cleft palate and breathing difficulties, just to name a few. Zoey has no bones around her eye sockets, with her jaw also missing chunks of bone, leaving her unable to eat or learn to talk. The youngster, who suffers from Treacher Collins Syndrome, as well as other conditions, had her first operation at just five months old and requires a tube to feed her directly into her stomach. Her mother, Megan, 27, who also has TCS, said: “Without the surgeries, her outlook is pretty bleak, and her quality of life will no
Men who go grey or bald in their 20s or 30s may be at greater risk suffering a heart attack, research suggests. People who lose their hair or go grey before the age of 40 are five times as likely to also suffer heart problems at an early age, scientists found. They discovered it was an even bigger risk factor than obesity, which raised the risk of early heart disease four times. Experts suspect premature balding and grey hair are red flags that the body is ageing too fast. They believe some people’s ‘biological age’ accelerates faster than their real, or chronological, age. This happens when DNA starts to deteriorate, damaging the cells of the body. Such a process harms the heart — but also damages the hair follicles, which is displayed in grey or bald hair. Lead researc
No fewer than 4,079 persons were infected with HIV from January to September, the state’s Agency for the Control of HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, Leprosy and Malaria, BACATMA, has said. The Executive Secretary of the agency, Dr. Mansur Dada, who made this known yesterday at a briefing, as part of events to mark the 2017 World AIDS Day with theme Right to Health: Make it Happen, said of the overall number of HIV victims in the state, 247,990 were counselled and tested in 2017. According to him, the state has a total of 196 HIV counselling and testing sites, 23 anti-retroviral treatment sites and 113 Prevention of Mother-to-Children Transmission sites, PMTCT, in tertiary, secondary and primary health facilities. Speaking on the achievements of the agency, Dr. Dada said BACATMA has expand
In appreciation for his commitment in the provision of healthcare services to the people of Borno State, a state ravaged by insurgency, the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole has been conferred with a traditional tittle: SHETIMA NULEFAYE of Borno by the Shehu of Borno Alh. Abubakar Umar Garbai El-kanemi. The letter conveying the traditional title was presented to the Hon. Minister by the Borno State Commissioner of Local Government and Emirates Affairs, Hon. Usman Zanna accompanied by the Commissioner of Health, Dr. Haruna Mshelia in Abuja. Speaking at the event, the Commissioner for Health said that the conferment of the title on the Hon. Minister was equally approved by the Executive Governor of Borno State, His excellency Alh. Kashim Shetima. The title “SHETIMA NULEFAYE” which
Christmas is a time of celebration. It is steeped in tradition in most parts of the world, from church services, to family get-together and much more. It happens once every year. But it also tends to be a time of over-indulgence. You find people indulging in various dishes, mainly from high-fat to high-calorie food, to mention but a few. For most Nigerians, being part of the Christmas celebration without over-indulging is not easy to resist, but it is definitely doable. While no one can eat healthily 100 percent of the time, if you follow these simple tips, it will guide you to eat healthy this Christmas season. Avoid alcohol: While this is not possible for many, it is practicable to reduce your alcohol intake during the festivities. Alcohol is loaded with hidden kilojoules (calories) an...
On World AIDS Day, the United States remembers all those who have lost their lives to AIDS, and honours those working together to stop this disease, from caregivers to the families, friends, and communities supporting them. Each year, we renew our commitment to assist those who are living with, or at risk from HIV/AIDS. In Nigeria and around the world, we are closer to controlling the HIV/AIDS pandemic than ever before – binding communities, scientists, and political leaders together to envision a very different future. What once seemed impossible is now possible. But our work is far from done. Through transparency, accountability, and the power of partnership, we can accelerate progress toward reaching our goals and finally ending the scourge of the HIV/AID epidemic, in Nigeria, in
The vice chancellors of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra State, Prof. Joseph Ahaneku, on Thursday said more than 40 percent of the staff of the university spend more time watching pornographic videos and other illicit films at work than doing the work for which they are employed. The VC said he was able to monitor the development in offices on campus from his own network. He said when he got the report of the trend and discovered that some people sat in their offices only to watch illicit movies during office hours, he took a decision to curb it by censoring internet services in the university from his office. He said the staff of the institution had demanded computers to facilitate their jobs, only for them to use the computers for negative things. The VC said, “This i
Health indicators in Nigeria are horrible. A fresh twist to the ugly narrative emerged at the 2017 conference of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria: The gathering reiterated the absence of vaccines and drugs in the country. This is discomfiting; it comes with serious implications because a sick citizenry is indicative of a failing state. The alarm should prompt the Muhammadu Buhari government into instant action. Concerned that “the development poses (a) huge security risk to the Nigerian populace,” the PSN blames the anomaly on the absence of local production of vaccines and medicines. Consequently, Nigeria now depends wholly on imported vaccines to treat its citizens. This is dangerous. It explains why emergencies or outbreaks of diseases have been difficult to control. The ball is
World AIDS Day, designated on 1 December every year since 1988, is dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection, and mourning those who have died of the disease. Government and health care providers, non-governmental organizations and individuals around the world observe the day, often with education on AIDS prevention and control. Since 1995, the President of the United States has made an official proclamation on World AIDS Day. As of 2013, AIDS has killed more than 36 million people across the world (1981–2012), and an estimated 35.3 million people are living with HIV, making it one of the most important global public health issues in recorded history. Despite recent improved access to antiretroviral treatment in many regions of the world, th
Statistics is still very hazy about the number mortality per annum arising from heart attacks or heart failure which has been on the increase in Nigeria. But medical practitioners and indeed the general public believe the incidence of deaths arising from heart-related ailments have been on the increase in Nigeria inrecent times. This was debated and put in country wide perspective during the 2017 World Heart Day celebration on September 30. Heart disorder and stroke have become the two most deadly diseases in Nigeria accounting for about 65 per cent mortality among the middle age and the elderly. To mitigate the high incidence of death arising from heart diseases, a high-end medical technology hospital devoted to screening, diagnosis, management and surgery for cardiovascular ailment...
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared Enugu State polio-free.Tthis was made known by the country representative, Dr. Wondimagegnehu Alemu, he commended Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi for nurturing and sustaining the health programmes in the state. Alemu made the assertion at the Enugu State zonal immunization campaign tour organized recently by the wife of the governor, Mrs. Monica Ugwuanyi, in collaboration with the organization in Nsukka, Udi and Nkwo Nike respectively. The country representative who was represented by the state coordinator, Mrs. Angela Izuegbune, said: “WHO has to express its appreciation to the present administration in Enugu State under His Excellency, Rt. Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi for providing us with the conducive environment to operate in the state.
A medical expert with Haematology Department, University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH), Dr. Mojisola Fasiku, has said that no fewer than 1.3 million persons die annually across the globe due to lung cancer infection. Attributing high rate of the disease to smoking of cigarette and inhalation of allied substances, the medical expert also blamed the menace on indiscriminate use of firewood for cooking; a predominant practice among poor Nigerians. Stating this at a seminar organised by Kwara State chapter of Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ) in conjunction with Medical Women’s Association of Nigeria (MWAN) and Civil Society for Cancer Eradication in Nigeria in Ilorin recently, she said most of the victims of lung cancer inhale smoke from firewood cooking on account o
Hearing loss has been linked to several factors such as meningitis, measles, jaundice, antibiotics, insufficient oxygen and infection at birth among other factors. These, according to a Clinical Audiologist, at BSA Hearing and Speech Centre, Lagos, Dr. Simeon Afolabi could lead to permanent hearing loss if not detected and treated early. He said intake of antibiotics and drugs used in the treatment of neonatal infections, malaria, drug-resistant tuberculosis and cancer as well as lack of oxygen known as birth asphyxia, neonatal jaundice, low birth weight and infection during pregnancy such as rubella and cytomegalovirus in women can lead to hearing loss in children. Research shows that 360 million people have hearing loss, with about 32 million being children, as the World Health ...