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29% of Nigerian Hospitals Lack Access to Water, Sanitation

29% of Nigerian Hospitals Lack Access to Water, Sanitation

Children's Health, NEWS
*UNICEF, Save the Children, Wateraid demonstrate how procedure prevents diarrhoea, pneumonia As part of activities to celebrate the Global Hand Washing Day (GHD), Save the Children’s Stop Diarrhoea Initiative project has emphasised the importance of teaching children the right method to wash their hands. To demonstrate this, 600 school children washed their hands with soap simultaneously reiterating the importance of hand washing in preventing childhood killer disease. Save the Children’s project, “Stop Diarrhoea Initiative” is implemented in collaboration with the Lagos State Government, with support from Reckitt Benckiser. This initiative seeks to demonstrate the efficacy of the Word Health Organisation (WHO)/United Nation Children Education Fund (UNICEF) recommended seven poin
Polio: Council Uses Sweet to Woo Children

Polio: Council Uses Sweet to Woo Children

Children's Health, NEWS
The Malammadori Local Government Council of Jigawa says it is using sweets to woo children for vaccination against polio in the ongoing immunisation programme. The council’s Information Officer, Alhaji Fahad Muhammad, told Journalists on Tuesday in Dutse that 26 cartons of sweet were bought for the exercise. Muhammad said the council was targeting to vaccinate no fewer than 46,966 children during the period. He said that the council has received 50,500 doses of Oral Polio Vaccines for the smooth conduct of the exercise. The Health Educator of the council, Malam Hamza Bello, urged traditional rulers and religious leaders in the area to support the exercise to ensure its success. He advised parents to present their children and wards at designated centres close to their respective commu
Pregnant Women to Enjoy Free Child Delivery in Anambra

Pregnant Women to Enjoy Free Child Delivery in Anambra

Children's Health, NEWS, Women's health
Anambra State Government has announced free child delivery services for pregnant women in every government hospital in the state. The state governor, Willie Obiano who made the disclosure in Awka, explained that the free medical services would also include post and antenatal care. He said the gesture was to enable some women, particularly the indigent ones, have access to medical attention during pregnancy. "Some do not have money to go for antenatal and postnatal, thereby endangering their lives. What we are doing is to ensure adequate medical attention for women to reduce maternal mortality rate,’’ he said. Obiano pledged his administration's resolve to continue to drive the vision of providing necessary infrastructure and welfare to the people. According to him, 63 healthcare c
Sweetener in Ice Cream, Cakes, Biscuits Crippling Children’s Livers

Sweetener in Ice Cream, Cakes, Biscuits Crippling Children’s Livers

Children's Health, NEWS
* Study shows fructose as dangerous for young organs as alcohol A sweetener used in soda, cakes, biscuits and ice cream is fueling a potentially fatal liver disease in children, new research warns.Fructose, the most deadly form of sugar, is far more damaging to health than glucose – and now scientists can explain why. And it is triggering an early form of fatty liver disease in youngsters, a condition normally associated with alcoholics, which can lead to cancer, strokes and heart problems. The illness is a growing issue, with one in four children now clinically obese by the time they are 15.First author Dr. Samir Softic, of Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston, said: “The disease is much more worrisome in a child of thirteen who goes from normal liver to fatty liver to liver inflamma
Curbing Maternal Mortality in Nigeria

Curbing Maternal Mortality in Nigeria

Children's Health, NEWS, Women's health
Maternal mortality is defined as the number of women who die from pregnancy-related conditions during pregnancy or most often within 42 days of ending a pregnancy. And this health experts say includes incidental causes. Maternal Mortality often depicts the health status of a community or a nation. It basically has a direct correlation. According to a report from the World Health Organisation (WHO), approximately 830 women die from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth every day and a high percentage of all maternal deaths occur in developing countries, including Nigeria. It is indeed worrisome that the rate in Nigeria, according to WHO statistics in 2015, stands at about 814 per 100,000 pregnancies. Most health experts have lamented that Nigeria’s current statistics of ve
Action needed On ‘Climate Crisis’ To Protect Children’s Health

Action needed On ‘Climate Crisis’ To Protect Children’s Health

Children's Health, NEWS
Climate change is taking a toll on children’s health, and paediatricians play a role in educating policymakers on the impact. We are facing a “climate crisis,” said plenary speaker, Jonathan Patz, MD, MPH, professor and John P. Holton Chair of Health and the Environment at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. “One of the reasons I think climate change poses our greatest public health threat is that there are so many exposure pathways through which climate change affects our health,” he said. Climate change is leading to heat waves, air pollution, increases in vector-borne and water-borne diseases, floods, droughts, and extreme weather events that impact both physical and mental health. About 88% of the disease burden caused by climate change affects children under 5 years, according to
How to Get Your Child to Brush Regularly

How to Get Your Child to Brush Regularly

Children's Health, NEWS
Chinonso is a 6 year old and a fun kid. He jumps at every chance to watch his favourite kiddies programme on Television - watching in excitement and singing along to his favourite cartoon character. However, the last thing Chinonso wants is to be woken up so early by his mother to prepare for school. Following this she hands him his toothbrush to go brush his teeth, a task he finds quite daunting. The case of Chinonso is not peculiar; getting little children to brush their teeth can be a battle for many parents. But no matter how hard it may seem, you know how important it is for your kids to brush their teeth regularly. It is a known fact that most children will fight you on doing anything that is good for them like taking a bath or getting up early to prepare for school. And brushing t...
Study Warns That Spanking Your Children Can Cause Lifelong Mental Health Issues

Study Warns That Spanking Your Children Can Cause Lifelong Mental Health Issues

Children's Health, NEWS
In most parts of Africa physical punishment is a norm. You will find in some cases Parents in Africa using spanking generally in order to reduce undesirable behaviour and increase desirable behaviour in children. In Nigeria and many parts of Africa the story is not different. “It is very rare to find in our society for a parent not to caution a child without spanking him or her for a wrongful behaviour. When you don’t, your neighbours look at you and say, you are spoiling the child, and vice versa”, Mr. Friday Anjorin, an engineer said. Another respondent who does not want her name in print is of the view that she does not condone spanking as an act to caution a child. “I do not think spanking a child will necessarily correct him or her. I have seen in some cases spanking a child for bad
Health Minister Performs Successful Surgery Separating Siamese Twins

Health Minister Performs Successful Surgery Separating Siamese Twins

Children's Health, NEWS
In most countries, health ministers are seen as bureaucrats more interested in paperwork than medical miracles. Not in Madagascar, where Mamy Lalatiana Andriamanarivo recently picked up a scalpel and separated conjoined Siamese twins in a medical first for the Indian Ocean island nation. “Surgery was performed at the Joseph Ravoahangy Andrianavalona hospital on September 13 to separate Siamese twins joined at the abdomen and lower thorax,” Jean Marie Rasamimanana, the deputy technical director at the hospital in the capital Antananarivo, told AFP on Tuesday. “The separation of the five-month-old twins, Mitia and Fitia, who weighed 13 kilograms (29 pounds) and were delivered by caesarian section, involved the separation of their liver, ribs and diaphragm,” he said, adding that the pa
Impact of Drugs on Children’s Health

Impact of Drugs on Children’s Health

Children's Health, NEWS
Children under the age of 12 have the potential to develop an array of health conditions that can affect them both short- and long-term. Since their bodies and minds are still growing, medications are administered differently than they would be for older children and young adults. The dosage and frequency of a drug will vary based on a child’s age, weight, body type and medical history. Over the last decade, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of childhood chronic illnesses. Many of these, including obesity, mental health disorders and type 1 diabetes, are treatable health conditions. While medications are often used to help manage a child’s health, it is crucial to be aware of both common and rare side effects that can occur. Regular follow-up appointments with your child’s
Tips to Raising an Emotionally Healthy Child (2)

Tips to Raising an Emotionally Healthy Child (2)

Children's Health, NEWS
Offering the right kind of responses will enable to demonstrate a constructive attitude that children can adopt toward themselves and thereby develop a resiliency that will serve them well in future struggles. Be sensitive and attuned, not reactive or parental From the moment they speak their first words, it's essential to encourage our kids to talk to us. When it comes to influencing our kids, just making rules never works, but maintaining an open and equal sense of communication does. However for this to work, we must be accountable: we have to live up to our word in order to gain our children's trust. If we invite our children to talk to us honestly, then are defensive or erratic in our responses, we give them very good reasons NOT to tell us what's really going on in their lives. Fo...
‘Only 25% of Mothers Exclusively Breastfeed at 6 Months’

‘Only 25% of Mothers Exclusively Breastfeed at 6 Months’

Children's Health, NEWS
The Wellbeing Foundation Africa (WBFA) has urged more mothers to embrace exclusive breastfeeding for infants. According to the NGO, the call became necessary following new findings by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) which reported that less than half the numbers of infants around the world under the age of six months are breastfed exclusively. A statement by WBFA said, “In Nigeria alone, 98% of new mothers, initiate breastfeeding. However, by six months, only 25% of them are still exclusively breastfeeding.” The Foundation released findings of its Global and National Policy Call, ahead of the World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) 2017 which have demonstrated that midwives are crucial and well placed to support mothers’ breastfeed thereby creating a healthy community. The sta
US Doctor Who Offered Experimental Drug To Incurably Ill Baby Charlie Gard Admits MRI Scan Showed No Hope For The Child

US Doctor Who Offered Experimental Drug To Incurably Ill Baby Charlie Gard Admits MRI Scan Showed No Hope For The Child

Children's Health, NEWS
The American neurologist criticised by Great Ormond Street has today admitted a body scan done when he flew to London extinguished all hope for Charlie Gard. Michio Hirano also denied claims he has cash invested in the drug he offered to Charlie. The professor said his experimental nucleoside treatment had a chance of helping the sick child and he offered to treat him in the US. But he was accused of giving Charlie's family false hope and lawyers for Great Ormond Street said they were concerned to learn the doctor had a financial interest in some of the drugs he proposed to use. The children's hospital also said it was disappointed he had been so optimistic when he had not examined Charlie himself, or read his latest medical records or seen his brain scans. Hitting back today Dr Hira...
#CharlieGard: Last Precious Moments For Parents With Their Son

#CharlieGard: Last Precious Moments For Parents With Their Son

Children's Health, NEWS
Charlie Gard's parents are spending their "last precious moments" with their terminally ill son after ending their legal fight to take him to the US for treatment. The couple ended the case after a US doctor told them it was now too late to treat Charlie's rare genetic condition. Lawyers for the couple are due back in court on Tuesday afternoon. Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) has not said when life support will end. However, Mr Gard and Ms Yates, from Bedfont, west London, said Charlie would not reach his first birthday on 4 August. In its statement to the High Court, the hospital said it was "increasingly surprised and disappointed" the US doctor, Professor c, "had not read Charlie's contemporaneous medical records or viewed Charlie's brain imaging or read all of the second opinio...
Tips to Raising an Emotionally Healthy Child (1)

Tips to Raising an Emotionally Healthy Child (1)

Children's Health, NEWS
From the moment our children are born and the doctor takes them to be weighed, measured and bundled, their health becomes one of our very highest priorities. As parents, most of us are instinctively attuned to every sneeze, scratch and sleep disruption. We are careful to never miss a check up or ignore a cough. Yet even as we worry over immunisations and stock up on hand soap for flu season, how often do we take the time to sit back and ask ourselves: how emotionally healthy are our children? According to The American Academy of Paediatrics (AAP), "An estimated 21 percent of children and adolescents in the U.S. meet the diagnostic criteria for a mental health disorder...Yet, due to a shortage of paediatric mental health care providers, only 20 percent of these children receive treatment