Speaking at a stakeholder’s summit in Lagos with the theme: Ability in disability: A Stitch in Time Saves Nine, the governor who was represented by the deputy, said the concept of early intervention is preferably based on early identification and treatment of children who have established diagnosis such as cerebral palsy, down syndrome, autism or those who are at risk due to environmental factors such as malnutrition, poverty and rest. The Lagos State governor, Akinwumi Ambode have enjoined the healthcare practitioners, parents, and guardians to live up to their responsibilities of monitoring and observing children in order to detect issues in their body or anything that could suggest medical challenge. He noted that higher percentage of a child’s brain is developed at age three; h
The Kebbi State government says about 850, 000 children are targeted for measles vaccination across the state. The permanent secretary, Kebbi State Ministry of Healthy, Hajiya Halima Dikko, stated this during the flag off of 2017/2018 measles vaccination campaign in Bagudo local government area of Kebbi State at the weekend . According to her, the campaign will be carried out in two phases to cover all the 21 local government areas of the state from 9th November, 2017 and children between the ages of 9 months to 5 years of age will be vaccinated. She said that in order to achieve a successful coverage, the State Primary Health Care agency in collaboration with development partners have made all the necessary arrangements . ‘’The state has 1,131 teams, 226 special teams deployed
Save the Children International (SCI) has revealed that as at December 2016, not less than 334,400 children of under one-year-old were not immunised with the Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine (PCV). It said pneumonia killed at least 33,120 children of under five in 2016, while 90 children lost their lives daily in the state due to the preventable disease. Stating this during the Global Pneumonia Report Launch in Lagos recently, the Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Adviser, SCI, Dr. Opeyemi Odedere said while three per 1000 live births is the target pneumonia death rate for under fives by 2025, as envisaged under the Global Action Plan for Pneumonia and Diarrhoea (GAPPD), that of Lagos remains at nine 1000 live births going by its 2016 report. “As at December 2016, Lagos State PVC v
The Child Health Advocacy Initiative (CHAI) and the Lagos State Government have warned against female genital mutilation, saying it is unhealthy and violates the rights of women. Stating this in a press briefing on FGM in Lagos, the Executive Director, CHAI, Mrs. Lola Alonge, said FGM violates all human rights principles, including equality, non discrimination of sex and the right to health. She said FGM causes lifelong physical and psychological harm, as it affects the family, community, relationships and economic development. “Trained health workers who perform FGM are violating girls and women’s right to life and health. “We therefore call for the domestication of the Violence Against Persons Prohibition Act (VAPP). On May 2015, President Goodluck Jonathan signed the VAPP into
A Consultant Psychiatric at the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital, Dr Ayo Omotoso, says that upbringing and poor parenting can cause mental disorder among children. Omotoso, on Thursday in Ilorin, said other factors that could also predispose children to mental problems include child abuse, family history of mental disorder, temperament and negative attitude. According to him, social influences have been found to instigate mental health including neglect, bullying, social stress, traumatic events and other negative or overwhelming life experiences. Omotoso said many psychiatric disorders had to do with impulse and other emotional control. He explained that under the psychological factor, the upbringing and events a child was exposed to, could affect him positively or negat...
15 deaths and 864-suspected cases have been recorded as a result of measles outbreak in Gombe State from January this year to date. The Cluster Consultant for World Health Organisation (WHO), Dr. Raymond Dankoli disclosed this during a parley with journalists in Gombe on Thursday. The Consultant explained that the outbreak was recorded in seven out of the 11 local government areas of the state, with Gombe local government area having the highest number of suspected measles infection with 107 reported cases. The meeting was organised by the state Primary Health Care Development Agency (PHCDA) as part of a sensitization campaign against the 2017 Measles Campaign Vaccination scheduled for November 30 to December 15. Dankoli said the agency had learnt from the past mistake in a simila...
Deciding when to cut a newborn’s umbilical cord has been a question plaguing medical professionals (and sometimes parents) for years. New research indicates that delaying clamping for one minute can save thousands of babies born prematurely each year At stake, when it comes to timing, is determining at what point nutrients delivered from the cord, in a process known as placental transfusion, become harmful to the mother or baby. Some have thought that it could lead to internal bleeding in moms, and there is an increased risk of jaundice. To zero-in on that balance, researchers in Sydney, Australia, reviewed almost 3,000 cases of babies born prematurely before 37 weeks, according to a release. They looked at mortality and morbidity for babies whose umbilical cords were clamped early
*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
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
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
* 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
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
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
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...
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