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...
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...