With a high record of children under five dying from pneumonia, medical experts have said that urgent intervention is needed to save Nigeria from becoming the country with the highest burden of deaths from the disease by 2030. They also called for more immunisation and adequate nutrition for children. Speaking at a round table session in Lagos recently, a Public Health Specialist with Save the Children International, Dr. Olutosin Adeoye, said malnourished and poorly immunised or unimmunised children are mostly at risk of pneumonia, adding that Nigeria, India, Pakistan and Congo will bear the highest burden of deaths among under-five years old, if no action is taken. Following recent studies indicating that pneumonia could kill nearly 11 million children by 2030 (Johns...
The Commissioner for Health in Lagos State, Dr. Jide Idris has urged nursing and expectant mothers in Lagos State to embrace exclusive breastfeeding, saying giving babies water before the age of six months hinders absorption of breast milk nutrients and exposes them to the risk of diarrhoea and other infections. He made the call on Monday during the launch of the first Multimedia Campaign To Improve Infants and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) practices in Lagos State. The campaign with the theme: ‘Start Strong,’, was championed by the Lagos State Primary Health Care Development Agency (PHCDA) and the State Emergency Nutrition Action Plan and supported by Alive & Thrive FHI360 Project, with funding from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Idris said the unique initi
The information minister, Lai Mohammed, has decried the level of malnutrition among children across Nigeria especially in the North-east. Mr Mohammed, who spoke at a media dialogue on child malnutrition in Yola, Adamawa State, on Wednesday, said child malnutrition is a large burden to any country across the world. The media dialogue, organised by United Nations Children Emergency Fund (UNICEF), is sponsored by the Department for International Development (DFID). The minister said there is need for continued investment in child nutrition to safeguard the nation’s future. Represented by the Head of Child Rights Information Bureau of the information ministry, Olumide Osanyinpeju, the minister said that to address the challenges faced by malnutrition in Nigeria, there is need for the creat
Dr. Annabel Shafe, a Paediatrician, says regular intake of water by children will prevent indigestion and burning chest pain. Shafe, who made the recommendation in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday in Abuja noted that water was helpful in reducing the impact of acid reflux that caused indigestion. She advised parents to cultivate the habit of giving their children water regularly, especially after meals to facilitate easy digestion. According to her, indigestion happens when the stomach acids played havoc with the digestive system. She said there might be no need for taking drugs to treat indigestion in children, adding that some children’s digestive systems was more sensitive than others. The Paediatrician said the best option was to avoid fatty and grea
A new study says both snoring and obstructive sleep apnea could lead to earlier impairment of cardiac function in women. “Snoring” refers to a sleeping pattern in which a person breathes while emitting a snorting or grunting sound. Although, the National Sleep Foundation suggests that 90 million people in the United States snore, snoring might become more dangerous as people age, and it can also lead to heart disease, especially for women. There are different types of sleep apnea, but the most common is called obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). At least 18 million U.S. adults have sleep apnea. This condition affects breathing patterns while sleeping, causing a person to stop breathing and start again repeatedly. About half of people who snore loudly have OSA. When OSA occurs, the muscles
A study on Asthma Control in children was on Wednesday inaugurated at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja. The Lead Investigator of the study, Dr Olufunke Adeyeye, who is a Consultant Respiratory Physician at LASUTH, said the study was the product of a collaboration between the Lagos State University College of Medicine, Ikeja and Queen Mary University of London, United Kingdom. “It is an international study taking place in six other countries including Nigeria, Uganda, Ghana, Zimbabwe and headquarters of this project is in the UK. “Asthma is the most chronic condition in children and we noticed there is under-diagnosis and treatment of this condition in children. As a result, the condition can have an impact on the quality of life of these children,’’ Adeyeye said
The Fertility and Sterility Journal published the most current definition of infertility in its September 2017 edition. It defined infertility as a “disease characterised by the failure to establish a clinical pregnancy after 12 months of regular and unprotected sexual intercourse or due to an impairment of a person’s capacity to reproduce either as an individual or with his/her partner.”Fertility interventions, it added, may be initiated in less than one year, based on medical, sexual and reproductive history, age, physical findings and diagnostic testing. The publication also described infertility as a disease, which generates disability as an impairment of function. The new definition was arrived at a meeting held by 50 experts on fertility in Geneva and it will be adopted by the Worl
Nigerian women are often under pressure by family and through societal expectations to give birth to more children. Cross-country studies led by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, revealed that most Nigerian women’s motivations to become pregnant were not only based on their own values, but also shaped by external pressures from husbands, families and communities. From the studies, it was established that Nigerian women and women from Ethiopia and Uganda who also face similar pressure, often resort to covert or indirect means of contraception to maintain some reproductive autonomy. Nigerian women currently rate among women of the 10 most fertile countries in the world. A Nigerian woman gives birth to an average of 5.5 children in her lifetime according
1. Have regular check-ups Even if you feel healthy, regular health checks (such as blood pressure, blood sugar levels, prostate checks) are essential to catch any problems early and stay in good health. Your mental health is just as important, and seeking help for mental health issues, including depression and anxiety, can be critical. 2. Reduce alcohol use The harmful use of alcohol killed nearly three million people in 2016; 75 per cent of whom were men. Drinking too much, or too often, increases your immediate risk of injury, road crashes and violence, as well as causing longer-term effects like liver damage, cancer and heart disease. Harmful use of alcohol can also affect your mental health and has a negative impact on your family and the people around you. 3. Quit smoking Tobacco...
Leading pediatricians’ group in the United States (U.S.) has strengthened its advice against spanking and other physical punishment because of the potential for long-term harm. In an updated policy released Monday, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says that can include aggression, brain changes, substance abuse and suicidal behavior in adulthood. Previously, the AAP’s 1998 discipline policy said parents should be ‘encouraged’ not to spank. Now, the group says parents should not spank, hit, slap, threaten, insult, humiliate or shame their children. Instead, they should find ‘healthy’ forms of discipline. It says spanking is falling out of favor among parents, especially those with young children. While some parents still believe it can lead to short-term improvements
The federal government has reiterated its commitment to tackling Noma disease and has given hope to children born with the disease in the country. Noma is a gangrenous and disfiguring infection that eats away the facial tissue leading to pain, discomfort and discrimination. Despite being preventable and treatable, a large number of noma patients die due of low awareness and lack of access to healthcare. The permanent secretary of the ministry of health, Abdulaziz Abdullahi, at the second edition of the National Noma day in Abuja on Monday stressed the government’s readiness towards tackling Noma in the country. Mr Abdullahi, while urging state governments to implement new ways of reducing the disease, said the federal government is also intensifying efforts to eradicating Noma disease
A psychiatrist, Dr Maymunah Kadiri on Saturday advised married women to have regular sex with their spouses in order to prevent depression and gain happiness. Depression is a common mental disorder that causes people to experience depressed mood, loss of interest or pleasure, feelings of guilt or low self-worth, disturbed sleep or appetite, low energy, and poor concentration. Kadiri, the Medical Director of Pinnacle Medical Services gave the advice in an interview with newsmen in Lagos. Pinnacle is a health and wellness centre for psychological, behavioral, and mental health related issues. According to her, sex is not just to nourish a woman’s body, but it is also beneficial to her mental health. “As women, there is need for us to make our spouses our best friends if we want to be ment
Experts say good men’s grooming goes beyond the face. Just like a car, your hair needs regular maintenance. Some often tend to be complacent about grooming. You need to treat and style your hair properly in-order to look great. Many men tend to overlook maintaining a hair care regime as they find it to be a task. However, by following some simple steps, you can ensure that you have healthy and great-looking hair every day. These are some easy hair care tips that every man must make part of his routine. Get your hair cut every four to six weeks It is said that a good haircut lasts long after you leave the barbershop. Too many men wait for their hair to get rough and unkempt before dashing to the barbershop. Basically, if you have noticed your hair needs a cut, then go ahead. It is better
Mention the word ‘bedtime’ and you are sure to get the kids groaning all over. When it comes to children and sleep, one of the most frequent concerns for parents is how to get them to bed on time every night. Nearly every parent has had to deal with the difficulty of putting a child to bed at some point, and for a lot of parents, bedtime can be a recurring nightmare. Not only is sleep critical to the functioning of all body systems, scientists have found a distinct correlation between our ability to learn and process memories, and our sleeping habits. Studies show too little sleep can contribute to many physical and mental health issues, including poor ability to learn, depression, high blood pressure and disease. A healthy sleep routine with adequate time to wind-down at the end o
…3.6 million access antenatal, 64,000 HIV positive With over nine million Nigerian women said to be pregnant every year, only about 3.6 million have access to antenatal care and about 2.4 million of them tested for HIV. This was disclosed by Head, Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT), Federal Ministry of Health, Dr. Ijaodola Olugbenga. He said of the 2.4 million pregnant women that get testing for HIV/AIDS in the country annually, at least 64,000 of them are positive to the virus every year. Stating this during a two-day media dialogue on PMTCT in Calabar, the Cross River State capital, recently organised by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture (FMIC), he said the gap between pregnant women and those who a