Children are dying needlessly from vaccine preventable diseases namely measles, tuberculosis, diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, poliomyelitis and yellow fever because parents and caregiver are uninformed about the importance of this very simple act of immunisation to the health status of their children. It is sad to note that half of these deaths occurred in sub-Saharan Africa and Nigeria accounts for a significant proportion of these preventable childhood deaths Measles is one of the six childhood killer diseases that can be prevented through complete and effective vaccination. The symptoms and signs of measles infection include fever, running nose, sneezing, skin rashes that start from the head and spreads to other parts of the body, ulcers in the mouth, etc. Complications of Measles in...
“Prof, How Can I Get A Baby Girl?” Question from FaceBook 2018 The art and practice of gender selection has been in contention even before the biblical times. Evidence in the old Greek, Egyptian, Asian and Yoruba mythology have asked and explored the same question over the centuries. The culture that imbibes male supremacy over females has been more implicated. The given answers have varied across the ages but they are rather anecdotal, unconvincing and unscientific. However, there are now methods that can give up to 100% in the modern era. The lady who asked this question, of an unknown age, who responded to our write up on Heavy Menstrual Bleeding (HMB), has 3 boys. Arguably, this must have been a topic remote from HMB but of utmost importance to her psyche. It is therefore prudent to h
Another mile stone was recorded recently by a Nigerian doctor in far away America. Dr. Oluyinka Olutoye is a Co-Director of the Texas Children’s Foetal Centre and foetal surgery team member, as well as a general paediatric surgeon. Recently, the medical expert living and working in the United States of America led a team of 75 specialists - working round the clock to successfully separate a set of conjoined twin girls in the State of Texas, in a gruelling process that lasted 12 hours. In the end the thirteen-month-old girls (Anna Grace and Hope Elizabeth Richards) are able to live their lives separately, the experts say. The twins were given birth just a little more than a year ago but separated recently at the Texas Children’s Hospital in a 7 hour delicate surgery led by the Nigerian bo
The Global Alliance for Vaccine and Immunisation (GAVI) on Thursday said no fewer than 800,000 unvaccinated children died in Nigeria in the last five years. Seth Berkley, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of GAVI, made this known during a stakeholders meeting in Suleja, Niger. GAVI is a public-private global health partnership committed to increasing access to immunisation through provision of vaccines across the globe. Berkley who said a recent survey had revealed that Nigeria had only 30 per cent coverage of immunisation, added that the figure differed from what some health workers had always presented. The CEO said that children unnecessarily died because they were not vaccinated, pointing out that his organisation was working hard to strengthen routine immunisation in the c...
Nearly 19 million babies born globally every year are at risk of permanent yet preventable brain damage and reduced cognitive function due to lack of iodine in the earliest years of life. A UN-backed report released yesterday said the figure represents 14 per cent of the total global population of children, according to UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Senior Nutrition Adviser, Roland Kupka. The report from UNICEF and its partner, the Global Alliance of Improved Nutrition (GAIN), noted that insufficient iodine during pregnancy and infancy resulted in neurological and psychological deficits, reducing a child’s IQ by eight to 10 points. “The nutrients a child receives in the earliest years of life influence their brain development for life, and can make or break their chance of a prosperou
Eight out of the 10 most dangerous places to newborns are in Sub-Saharan Africa, according to a new report by UNICEF. The Central African Republic, Somalia, Lesotho, Guinea-Bissau, South Sudan, Cote d’Ivoire, Mali, and Chad are the eight most dangerous African countries where pregnant women are much less likely to receive assistance during delivery due to poverty, conflict and weak institutions, the report said. Global deaths of newborn babies remain alarmingly high, particularly among the world’s poorest countries, according to the new report on newborn mortality released on Tuesday. The report put the Central African Republic as the second riskiest country to babies in the world after Pakistan and the most dangerous place to newborns in Africa. Newborns in Pakistan, the Central Afric
The Federal Government of Nigeria has approved the production of a special high nutrient biscuit to be included in the school feeding programme for primary school pupils. The programme is being implemented under the Special Intervention Programme of the federal government; in partnership with willing state governments. The Minister of Science and Technology, Ogbonnaya Onu, presented the proposal before the Federal Executive Council on Wednesday in Abuja. Addressing State House correspondents after the meeting, Mr. Onu said the high nutrient density products will provide at least a third of the desired major macro and micro nutrient requirements stipulated by the World Health Organisation, Food and Nutrition Board. "Additionally, the products will be produced by NASCO Foods Limited,
Scientists have raised the alarm over the number of babies dying of suffocation, occasioned by an increase in the number of parents sharing beds with their infants. According to the findings of a report published in ‘Paediatrics,’ babies are safest sleeping on their backs in their own cribs without any pillows, toys, blankets or other loose bedding. From 1999 to 2015, the suffocation death rate for babies younger than one year climbed from 12.4 to 28.3 fatalities for every 1,000 United States (US) infants. Similarly, the study shows that in 2015 alone, this translated into 1,100 infant deaths that were entirely preventable. The majority of these suffocation fatalities occurred while babies were in bed. Although, there is lack of data to show the trend of these activities in Nigeri
The head louse is a tiny, wingless parasitic insect that lives among human hairs and feeds on tiny amounts of blood drawn from the scalp. Lice are a very common problem, especially for kids. They are contagious, annoying, and sometimes tough to get rid of. But while they are frustrating to deal with, lice are not dangerous. They don’t spread disease, although their bites can make a child’s scalp itchy and irritated, and scratching can lead to infection. It is best to treat head lice quickly once they are found because they can spread easily from person to person. Signs of Head Lice Although they are very small, lice can be seen by the naked eye. Here are things to look for: Lice eggs (called nits): These look like tiny yellow, tan, or brown dots before they hatch. Lice lay nits on hair
Some parents in Kuje Area Council, FCT, have prevented their children from receiving measles vaccination in the ongoing immunisation in the area. The Primary Health Care Coordinator of the council, Haruna Agwai, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday at Kuje According to him, some parents at Gaube, Pegi and Chibiri wards prevented health workers from immunising their children. “Some families have the fear and believe that there are plans to reduce population as their reason for preventing their children from receiving the vaccine. “While some schools do not grant access to health workers to vaccinate children without the presence of their parents. “When we encounter such cases, we normally educate them on the importance of getting their chil
Scientists yesterday said a new blood and urine test that could detect autism early in children’s urine and blood, was underway. The researchers from the University of Warwick, United Kingdom (UK), said their test could lead to earlier diagnosis of autism spectrum disorders (ASD), a major factor that was key in the management of children living with the condition. A new study, which unveiled this development, was published in the Molecular Autism journal. Autism, or ASD, refers to a range of conditions characterised by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviours, speech and non-verbal communication, as well as by unique strengths and differences. Diagnosing autism over the years, especially in developing countries including Nigeria, has been a difficult task and this, in
Worldwide, an estimated 140 million births take place every year and most of these occur without complications for women and their babies, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said. Nothemba Simelela, WHO’s Assistant Director-General for Family, Women, Children and Adolescents, stated this while issuing new guidelines on global care standards throughout labour and immediately after childbirth. The WHO official said the new guidelines aimed at reducing the use of needless and potentially harmful routine clinical and medical interventions. Simelela said: “We want women to give birth in a safe environment with skilled birth attendants in well-equipped facilities. “However, the increasing medicalisation of normal childbirth processes are undermining a woman’s own capability to g
* They spend less than 90 minutes daily outdoors in natural light Millions of children are at risk of long-term eye damage because they’re failing to spend enough time outside in natural light, a leading expert has warned. David Allamby, an ophthalmologist and director of London’s Focus Clinic, claims a lack of sunlight is leaving youngsters at risk of short-sightedness. Soaking up sun prevents the condition, meaning those who stay indoors playing on their phones risk myopia – which can eventually cause blindness. His warning comes days after shocking data published by the Office for National Statistics, which revealed children spend just 16 minutes outdoors each day. Allamby advised parents should ensure their screen-addicted children spend at least 90 minutes outside each
UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, Jayathma Wickramanayake, has condemned the practice of female genital mutilation, saying it was not acceptable in the 21st century. Wickramanayake spoke at an international forum in the Gambia on strategies to combat the practice, a day ahead of the International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation. The UN youth envoy underscored that the ghastly practice was an aversion to the human rights of millions and kept them from achieving their full potential. “This is not acceptable and this is done in the name of tradition, culture, religion or in the name of ensuring that women are to take on subservient roles to the men they will eventually marry. “This is not acceptable in the 21st century,” Wickramanayake said. Globally, ov