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...
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