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Save The Children Seeks End to Diarrhoea Infection

Save The Children Seeks End to Diarrhoea Infection

Children's Health, NEWS, Women's health
The Chief of Party, Save the Children’s Stop Diarrhea Initiative, Dr David Atamewalen has called on parents and teachers to join hands with other stakeholders to curb diarrhoea among children under the age of 5. Making the call at the grand finale of SDI youngster’s football competition tagged: “Kick Diarrhea Out of Lagos” organized by Save the Children, Atamewalen described diarrhoea as a ‘killer disease’’ that must be stopped. He explained that the event was all about trying to demonstrate the efficacy of the 7-point plan against diarrhoea prevention and control recommended by the World Health Organization, WHO and the United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF. He said the 7-point plan includes exclusive breastfeeding, Rostra virus immunization, ORS and Zinc, and Access to water and sani
SURROGACY: Joy of Carrying another Woman’s Baby

SURROGACY: Joy of Carrying another Woman’s Baby

Children's Health, NEWS, Women's health
Would you as a woman get pregnant and bear a stranger’s baby? If not, would you at least do it for your sister or your other relatives? Whether you do or not, surrogacy is fast becoming an attractive assisted reproductive technique all over the world. Dozens of Nigerian couples have embraced surrogacy and are still embracing surrogates to complete their families, even though they are not talking about it as much as they ought to. Nevertheless, surrogacy remains one of the least talked about tools in the fight against infertility. Why do surrogates do what they do? What do they get out of it? How hard is it to give a child to its parents after having it in your womb for nine months? These are among plethora of issues that couples thinking of exploring the world of surrogacy desire to be
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
100,000 Children Suffer Cerebral Malaria Yearly

100,000 Children Suffer Cerebral Malaria Yearly

Children's Health, NEWS
More than 100,000 Nigerian children suffer from Cerebral malaria annually, Dr Ovo Samiel at the General Hospital, Ughelli, has said. Ovo told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Benin that the disease could lead to other sicknesses if not promptly treated. The medical expert said Malaria was a mosquito-borne parasitic infection usually spread by Anopheles mosquitoes. He explained that the Plasmodium parasite that caused the sickness was neither a virus nor a bacterium. ‘’But is a single-celled parasite that multiplies in red blood cells of humans as well as in the mosquito intestine. ‘’Sweating usually occur few weeks after being bitten by Anopheles mosquitoes as well as sore throat as symptoms of the disease. “But the most common symptoms of malaria are headache, fast heart rate, or
Nigeria Loses Billions to Violence against Children – Survey

Nigeria Loses Billions to Violence against Children – Survey

Children's Health, NEWS
A survey has shown that Nigeria lost over $6.1 billion or 1.07 per cent of its GDP through violence against children between 2014 and 2015. UNICEF’s Child Protection Specialist, Maryam Enyiazu, quoted the findings of the survey on Tuesday at a two-day media dialogue on social work professionalisation bill in Enugu. The survey was conducted in 2014/2015 by UNICEF and the Nigerian government at federal and state levels but was validated this year July. According to Mrs Enyiazu, it is important for government at all levels to unite against violence against children, She called on the National Assembly taking a second look at the social professionalisation bill under consideration by the lawmakers. She said Nigeria needs a strong, regulated and standardised workforce in the field of social
Children Have 90% Chances Of Surviving Cancer – Oncologist

Children Have 90% Chances Of Surviving Cancer – Oncologist

Children's Health, NEWS
A Clinical Oncologist at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Dr Joseph Adedayo, has stated that early detection, accurate diagnosis and prompt treatment could increase the chance of surviving childhood cancer by 90 per cent. Speaking during the Dorcas Cancer Foundation Cancer Caregivers Workshop, held on Wednesday in Lagos, Adedayo stressed on the need to pay more attention to childhood cancer. “One of the problems we have with cancer is delayed detection. What happens is that these children are treated for malaria, typhoid fever and infections and in that process, a lot of time is being wasted and the disease eats in deep and gets out of control,” Adedayo said. She described cancer as the fourth leading cause of death among children under 15 years in Nigeria and, as a result, it re
Paediatrician Warns Against Force-Feeding Babies

Paediatrician Warns Against Force-Feeding Babies

Children's Health, NEWS, Women's health
A paediatrician, Okiemute Olibamoyo, on Wednesday advised mothers to stop the habit of force-feeding their babies to avoid accidental-suffocation. Ms Olibamoyo of the Department of Paediatrics, College of Medicine, Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi-Araba, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos. According to her, such practice is dangerous and has led to untimely death of many infants in Nigeria. “If you find out that your baby is not eating well or does not want to eat, do not scold her, rather change the way and pattern you prepare her food. “Sometimes you find out that the child that refused to eat her mother’s food is eating the same food prepared by another woman. “It could be that she likes her plantain, for example, boiled and
Giving Premature Babies Breast Milk Not Formula Aids Brain Dev’t

Giving Premature Babies Breast Milk Not Formula Aids Brain Dev’t

Children's Health, NEWS, Women's health
A new study has revealed that giving premature babies breast milk rather than formula may aid in the development of their brains. Researchers at the Edinburgh University analysed Magnetic Resonance Images (MRI) scans of about 50 premature babies who were born before 33 weeks gestation. Scans were conducted on their brains when they were around seven weeks old – roughly 40 weeks after conception. They also collected information about how the infants had been fed while in intensive care – either formula milk or breast milk from either the mother or a donor. The babies who exclusively received breast milk for at least three-quarters of the days they spent in hospital showed improved brain connectivity compared with others. The findings of the Scottish scientists published in the journal
No More Too Many Children We Cannot Take Care Of!

No More Too Many Children We Cannot Take Care Of!

Children's Health, Men's Health, NEWS, Women's health
•Northern women jettison superstition, go for family planning Multiple child birth, especially in northern Nigeria, is a practice most women take pride in. It is also common to see one man with three or four wives having between 40 and 50 children. Such a family boasts of its children as “wealth” even when there are no adequate resources to cater for them. Through this unplanned childbirth, the notion of almajiri system, which now plagues the region, came to be. Women, who get more appreciation for the number of children they give birth to, unfortunately, bear the brunt of the weird bravery largely due to ignorance, poverty and lack of access to quality healthcare, and this leads to the rise in death rate of mothers and newborn. In recent past, discussing issues of family planning was do
The Risk in Letting Friends, Relatives Breastfeed Your Baby

The Risk in Letting Friends, Relatives Breastfeed Your Baby

Children's Health, NEWS, Women's health
Nursing mothers are advised to avoid giving their babies to relatives or friends to breastfeed them whenever they are not around or sick, a medical expert has said. Rev. Sr. Eunice Okobia of Medical Missionaries of Mary Clinic, ACO Housing Estate, Abuja, gave the advice on Saturday while addressing mothers during an immunisation programme. Okobia said that nursing mothers who allowed other women to breastfeed their babies put such children at the risk of being infected. She said it was safer to use a bottle of the mother’s breast milk or infant formula to feed babies whose mothers were not available to feed them. “Contact with breast milk and breast tissue can transmit infections, such as yeast, bacteria or viruses. “ Before now, mothers will allow their friends or relatives to breast
1000 Children Die Daily Over Water Related Diseases’

1000 Children Die Daily Over Water Related Diseases’

Children's Health, NEWS
The Secretary to Cross River Government, Barr Tina Banku Agbor has said that nearly 1,000 children die each day all over the world due to preventable water and sanitation related diarrhea diseases. She stated this on Friday at the celebration of Bekwarra Local Government Area Open Defecation Free (ODF) Status, held at the Council headquarters. According to her, the certification of the local government as ODF would bring improved health to women, girls and children less than five years. Her words: “There is going to be a reduction in incidences of diarrhea especially among children under five years. “Each day nearly 1000 children die all over the world due to preventable water and sanitation related diarrhea diseases. APC distributes electoral materials for presidential primaries to LGs
Child Asthma Associated with Paracetamol

Child Asthma Associated with Paracetamol

Children's Health, NEWS
Children given paracetamol in their first two years of life may be at greater risk of asthma, a study has found.Paracetamol is recommended to treat most kinds of childhood ailments, including headache, stomach ache and cold symptoms, while it can also be used to reduce fever. Researchers looked at 620 children who were considered at high risk of an allergic disease because they had a family member with illnesses such as asthma, eczema, hay fever or a severe food allergy. They rang families every four weeks for the first 15 months, then at 18 months and at two years to ask how many days the child had had paracetamol in the previous weeks. Read More: Clean environment, healthy eating, key to avoiding Asthma When the children reached 18, they gave a blood or saliva sample whic...
Dealing With Dandruff in Children

Dealing With Dandruff in Children

Children's Health, NEWS
Dandruff is a very common condition with 50 percent of the world’s population affected by the itchiness and flakes that come with it at some point in their lives. You may associate dandruff with adults but the truth is, even children as young as toddler-aged can suffer from dandruff too! Dandruff is a common problem among children, especially school going. Dandruff is a common issue among kids that causes irritation and itching on the scalp. Kids generally play outdoors, making them more susceptible to dust and thus dandruff. They might get it as an infection from another child in their class. Dandruff scientifically referred to as pityriasiscapitis or seborrheic dermatitis, come by various causes in kids such as - improper shampooing, malnutrition and sensitivity to hair products. Also,
Ending Childhood Diarrhoea

Ending Childhood Diarrhoea

Children's Health, NEWS
According to the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) diarrhoea is a leading killer of children, accounting for approximately 8 per cent of all deaths among children under age 5 worldwide in 2016. This translates to over 1,300 young children dying each day, or about 480,000 children a year, despite the availability of simple effective treatment. The World Health Organisation (WHO) defines diarrhoea as the passage of three or more loose or watery stool per day. Globally, there are nearly 1.7 billion cases of diarrhoea every year. From recent reports, Africa and Asia are home to more than 80 per cent of child deaths due to diarrhoea. Just 15 countries account for almost three quarters of all deaths from diarrhoea among children under five years of age annually wit
Medical Experts Seek Safe Spaces for Nigerian Girl-Child

Medical Experts Seek Safe Spaces for Nigerian Girl-Child

Children's Health, NEWS
Worried about the vulnerability of the girl-child in urban slums of Nigeria, medical experts have called on the government, corporate organisations and well-meaning Nigerians to deliberately and consistently for them. The call was made at a One- Day Sexual Reproductive Health Community Forum for Out –Of- School Girls in commemoration of the International Youth Day organised by United Nations Population Fund Youth Participatory Platform in collaboration with Lagos State Government in Lagos. The Medical Officer, Health, Agege Local Government Area, Dr Akintayo Adebayo, said Nigeria needes to empower the girl child if it hopes to develop as a nation. “We must deliberately and consistently create safe spaces for them to express themselves and explore available opportunities. “Youths