Seventeen million babies under the age of one are breathing toxic air, putting their brain development at risk, the UN children’s agency has warned. Babies in South Asia were worst affected, with more than 12 million living in areas with pollution six times higher than safe levels. A further four million were at risk in East Asia and the Pacific. Unicef said breathing particulate air pollution could damage brain tissue and undermine cognitive development. Its report said there was a link to “verbal and non-verbal IQ and memory, reduced test scores, grade point averages among schoolchildren, as well as other neurological behavioural problems”. The effects lasted a lifetime, it said. “As more and more of the world urbanises, and without adequate protection and pollution red
A miracle has occurred in India after a newborn declared dead by a doctor was seen breathing again some hours later while the parents and other family members were on their way to his funeral. The boy’s mother gave birth to twins Thursday at the Max Super Speciality Hospital in the Indian capital of New Delhi. Doctors said one of the twins, a baby girl, was stillborn. They initially said the boy was in critical condition, but two hours later he was declared dead, Praveen Malik, the twin’s grandfather, told CNN. The parents were on their way to a cremation ground when they noticed “some movements” inside one of the polythene bags that the hospital gave them with the babies’ bodies. “When we opened the bag, we found the boy breathing. I was shocked. I couldn’t believe my eyes,
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
A committee is investigating the death of more than 50 children in Tijin and surrounding committees in Wajri council area of Bauchi state. Suspected cases of measles have been reported in the area and across teh state. Head of Bauchi State Primary Health Care Development Agency ( BSPHCDA) ,Pharmacist Adamu Ibrahim Gamawa said suspected to have measles been admitted and are receiving treatment in various health facilities. Gamawa maintained that the cause the reported death of children in Tihin and other communities have not been ascertained because they did not die in a health facility as such no sample was obtained to confirm the cause of death. He however said that preliminary reports have indicated that most of the symptoms being exhibited by the children are similar to t
Negative school experiences can have harmful long term effects on pupils with Autism Spectrum Conditions, a new study in the journal Autism reports. Researchers from the University of Surrey have discovered that experiences of social and emotional exclusion in mainstream schools can adversely affect how pupils with autism view themselves, increasing their risk of developing low self-esteem, a poor sense of self-worth and mental health problems. Examining 17 previous studies in the area, researchers discovered that how pupils with autism view themselves is closely linked to their perceptions of how other’s treat and interact with them. They found that a tendency of many pupils with the condition to internalise the negative attitudes and reactions of others toward them, combined with u
Oluranti Adebule, The Deputy Governor of Lagos State has reiterated the need to ensure that children especially at their early stage in life are well nourished, healthy and educated saying that the future of every nation lies with her children. No nation can achieve greatness either economically or politically without the children. Adebule also commended FrieslandCampina WAMCO for her Peak 456 healthy eating and lifestyle initiative, which she said would have a far-reaching effect on both the physical and mental development of the Nigerian child. She said this in a goodwill message delivered on her behalf by the Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Ministry of Education, Adebunmi Adekanye at the media launch of the initiative held in Lagos. Nigeria’s leading dairy company, FrieslandCampina
No fewer than one million premature babies die annually due to complications, the founder of Abiye Maternal and Child Health International Foundation (AMCH), Dr Elizabeth Disu, has said. Disu, according to a statement on Wednesday, stated this at the AMCH World Prematurity Day celebration in Ikeja, Lagos, adding that prematurity was one of the leading causes of newborn deaths in the world. “Prematurity is the most single cause of newborns deaths. About 15 million preterm babies are delivered worldwide, out of which one million die and three quarters of the deaths are preventable. Most of these deaths are in the developing countries. “Nigeria has the highest number of preterm babies and the highest number of newborn deaths in the world. If preterm babies survived, we will be able t
Childhood obesity is soaring across the world, increasing more than tenfold over the past four decades, putting many millions at risk of poor health and an early death, according to the biggest ever analysis of the data. Alongside the report, and also a recent story in the Guardian - revealing that the global cost of obesity will be $1.2tn by 2025, the World Health Organisation is calling for every country to act, taking on Big Food to avoid the mounting human and economic costs of obesity-related ill-health in years to come. The new data from Imperial College London, which is published in the Lancet medical journal, shows that in 1975 there were five million obese girls, but by last year there were 50 million. The number of obese boys has risen from six million to 74 million in the same...
The Jigawa State Government said it has treated 57, 657 cases of acute child malnutrition in the state in 2017. Mr Magaji Ahmed, Nutrition Officer of the state, made this revelation at the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Bauchi Field Office end of year review on Tuesday in Jos. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that UNICEF’s Bauchi Field Office covers six states of Bauchi, Plateau, Adamawa, Taraba, Jigawa and Gombe. “Jigawa state with support of UNICEF achieved a milestone in its efforts to stem down the incidence of acute malnutrition in children in the state. “In the year under review, we admit and treated 57, 657 cases of acute child malnutrition in the various Community Based Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) centres across the state. “These figures
Research reveals a great deal of importance for parents to pay close attention to the physical and nutritional health needs of children. There is a growing awareness, and it has become too vital due to rapidly changing social behaviours. Thus with the impact of the fast food culture, especially on the highly impressionable growing population, experts are expressing so much concern in respect of modern developmental trends in children. The concern is on the need for parents to be educated so they can properly guide their children on proper nutrition as well as the need for regular physical activities in the lives of their children. The problem is such a big one in that both the developed and the underdeveloped societies have come under the burden of the resultant effect of unhealthy eating...
The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Monday said 507 suspected cases of measles were reported from the 20 local government areas of Bauchi State between January and October 2017. The organisation’s Measles Consultant, Dr Bezu Beshir, made the disclosure at the 2017 sensitisation meeting on measles campaign with journalists in Bauchi. He said “507 suspected cases were reported, 162 specimen collected and 56 patients tested positive of the virus. “Strategies to reduce the burden of the disease include quality immunisation, supplementary routine, effective surveillance and case management.” The state’s Health Educator, Mr Ribado Jibrin, said the 2017 measles campaign would be done in phases to ensure that the 1.7 million eligible children were effectively captured. He said “Bau
In celebration of the World Children’s Day, the United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF, has highlighted the importance of investing in every child in Nigeria. Speaking at the event to mark the day in Abuja on Monday, the Chief of Communications, UNICEF, Doune Porter, said that there is an urgent need for Nigeria to invest more in children as that is the only way to invest in the future of the country. Ms. Porter said, “Today, November 20th is world children’s day. It is the anniversary of the establishment of the conventional right of a child. Today is all about raising awareness on the issues that are facing children around the world and in Nigeria. “We need to invest in children all over the world and especially in Nigeria with a huge population. We need to invest in the future
A pediatric doctor, Dr Juliet Ochi, has urged mothers and caregivers to avoid the use of medicated soap in washing the genitals of their female babies to prevent infection. Ochi, a doctor at the Enugu State Teaching Hospital (ESUTH), gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Enugu. According to her, it is better to use toilet soap. “The genitals of the female have useful bacteria that protect it. The use of medicated soap could damage such bacteria, thereby causing an infection on that region. “Medicated soap is meant for the skin. It is only on the prescription of a dermatologist that such soap should be used. “Some are important and protect the region from contacting infection, so using medicated soap on it will mean removing them. “Not all
About 100 Nigerian children with cleft lips and palate congenital deformity will over the next 12 months get free medical correction surgery at the National Hospital, Abuja. Charles Ononiwu, a consultant facial surgeon and Coordinator of the national Hospital Cleft Care Team announced this at a press briefing in Abuja on Wednesday, as part of the 2017 Cleft Week. He said the hospital will be performing the free reconstruction surgeries for the children in collaboration with the Smile Train International, an NGO that funds cleft reconstruction surgeries. Cleft palate is a condition where human lips are not properly formed as a result of which the lips as well as the roof of their mouth are unable to close. Sufferers develop such conditions from the womb, but the developmental problem can...