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
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
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
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
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
•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
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
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
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...
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,
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
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
The strength and future of any society lie in its ability to promote the health and well – being of its next generation. It has to do with the saying that ‘children are the future leaders’, which means, tomorrow, the children, today, will become parents, citizens and workers. Also, the words of the late Nelson Mandela, “There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children”, are apt. And, according to an article by the National Scientific Council on the developing child, when a country invests wisely in children and families, the next generation will pay that back through a lifetime of productivity and responsible citizenship. These and more articles have pointed to the fact that children are the future pillars of a nation. But how well is Nige
Children given paracetamol in their first two years of life may be at greater risk of asthma, a study has found. Paracetamol is recommended by the NHS to treat most kinds of childhood ailments, including headache, stomach ache and cold symptoms, while it can also be used to reduce fever. The leading brand is Calpol. 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. When the children reached 18, they gave a blood or saliva sample which was tested for variants of the ce...
The joy that follows the birth of a new baby is sometimes indescribable. So, it was a bundle of joy when Mrs Rashidat Yusuf was delivered of a set of twins on September 19, 2009. The birth of the twin boys came with some complications. Consequently, the first child was not born until after four days of agonizing labour. But a test by the doctor revealed that another child was still in the uterus. To prevent further difficulties, the doctor told the husband that his wife had to undergo Caesarean operation for the delivery of the second baby. But the surgery was never carried out because the baby came out after some hours. The two babies were growing normally like other babies. When they were six months old, however, the parents noticed that one of them, Kehinde, could not sit or crawl like...