Bauchi- It has been observed that Nigerian households spend over $38 million equivalent to 11 billion naira on breastmilk substitutes annually, costing workers up to 34% of their minimum wage earning to pay economy brand infant formula for the first two years . This was an outcome of a two days media dialogue for world breastfeeding month, with theme,” Breastfeeding, foundation for life” organized by the Jigawa Primary Health Care Development Agency in collaboration with UNICEF, Bauchi Field office with funding from the UK Aid and supported by Department for international development, DFID, held at the central hotel in Kano state. The meeting was facilitated by the UNICEF Communication Officer Bauchi office,Mr Samuel Kaalu, UNICEF Nutrition Specialist, Philomena Irene and Executive Secre
A voice for children and adults living with Autism: this is the catchphrase for the annual Orange Ribbon Initiative of GTBank, an awareness campaign as well as stakeholders’ engagement that brings together a number of coordinators and facilitators. Autism, or autism spectrum disorder (ASD), refers to a range of conditions characterised by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviours, speech and nonverbal communication, as well as unique strengths and differences. The whole gamut of wide ranging conditions is what experts mean by the term spectrum; the conditions reflect the wide variation in challenges and strengths possessed by each person with autism. Hence experts now say there is not one autism but many types - caused by different combinations of genetic and environmental infl
To save a mother and a baby comes down to two unlikely innovations—a wrist band that monitors a baby’s temperature and a balloon that stops bleeding after childbirth. In the first four weeks of like, a child’s risk of death is nearly 15 times greater than any other time before their first birthday, according to the World Health Organisation. At least four out of every 10 deaths among children aged under five are among children in their first 28 days of life. Babies with hypothermia have a doubled risk of dying, compared to others. Neonatal hypothermia is a leading contributor to these deaths. It prompts support for kangaroo care, holding a newborn to the chest to keep warm. But a bracelet on your baby’s wrist that continuously monitors temperature and alerts when the baby is not warm e
A Consultant Gynaecologist and fertility expert, Dr Ibrahim Wada, on Wednesday advised career-minded couples to preserve their sperms and eggs to avoid losing out on parenthood. According to him, fertility preservation can also be useful for couples who want to postpone having children for medical reasons such as treatment of cancer or ovarian cysts. Wada, who is also the Founder, Nisa Premier Hospital in Abuja, spoke in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja. He said as many women in society were increasingly becoming household heads and men engaging in high professions, fertility preservation would be a solution. Wada defined fertility preservation, also known as `cryopreservation’ as the storage of gamete embryos such as sperms in males or eggs in females for fu
Gynaecologists have once again cautioned women against the use of soap, detergent, and antiseptics amongst others on their vagina. The experts that gathered at the sectorial meeting of the Society of Gynaecology and Obstetrics of Nigeria (SOGON), Lagos sector also warned women against practices like douching. They stated that washing the vagina with these substances and engaging in practices like douching washes away the natural flora in the vagina and gives room for other bacteria to thrive in that environment. Dr. Chukwuemaka Odeigha, a consultant obstetrics and gynaecologist at the Military Hospital, Ikoyi while speaking at the event made it known that women constantly expose themselves to risk factors of vaginitis and that is why it is constantly on the rise and keeps reoccurring.
Babies are generally very fidgety, and it is quite common for them to fall off a bed while napping or sleeping. If this happens, it is essential to assess the situation calmly and to look carefully for signs of injury. Even though it can be frightening, a fall from a bed does not usually cause any serious harm. However, injuries are possible, so caregivers should be aware of signs indicating that a baby needs a medical check after a fall. Read on for information on what to do if a baby falls, the possible injuries that it can cause, and how to care for them afterward. What to do first When a baby or toddler falls off a bed, it is vital to remain calm and quickly assess the situation. Immediately call your Physcian without picking the baby up if: When a baby or toddler falls off a bed...
A Physician, Dr David Bawa, says women are more prone to Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) due to their anatomy. Bawa told our correspondent on Wednesday in Abuja that women were more susceptible to infections due to the open structure of their genitals. “A woman’s anatomy alone makes her more vulnerable to sexually transmitted infections than a man. “Unlike the relatively thick skin of the male organ, a woman’s cervical is covered by a thin, more delicate mucous membrane that more easily allows viruses and bacteria to pass through and cause infection. “The vagina is also a warm and moist environment, an environment that could encourage bacteria to grow when they find their way in. “STIs are the second most common burden of diseases in tropical Africa, commonly found in women,’’ h
A woman with more children has a greater risk of heart attack, stroke and heart failure, a newly presented study showed Monday. Citing a study from the University of Cambridge, the Daily Telegraph reported that having five or more kids was associated with a 40-per cent increased risk of a serious heart disease in the next 30 years, compared with having one or two children. Researchers found that for mothers with more children, the risk of stroke is 25 per cent higher, and the chance of heart failure is 17 percent higher than women with fewer kids. Dr. Clare Oliver-Williams, who lead the research, said: “We all know it is hard to take care of your health when you have children, but hopefully this research can help show how important it is.” The study, funded by the British Heart Foundat
Vaginal steaming which is also known as V-Steaming is an age old health practice whereby a woman sits or squats over steaming water containing herbs such as mugwort, rosemary, wormwood and basil. In Nigeria, it is usually practiced amongst new mothers who delivered vaginally and may have been torn during the process. They sit over steaming water mixed with salt and disinfectant. The steam from the water is said to aid the healing process of the vagina tearing and prevent infection. Vagina Steaming has been reported to have been practiced in different civilisations from times past such as: Asia, Africa and Central America. In Southern Korea, it is referred to as “Chai-Yok” and “Bajos” in South and Central America. While applying steam to your vagina can be quite painful, for some reason it
Pregnant women who take paracetamol are up to 30 per cent more likely to have children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), new research suggests. The common painkiller, which is also known as acetaminophen, also raises children’s risk of autism by up to 20 per cent, a study found. The findings were published in the American Journal of Epidemiology. Study author Dr. Ilan Matok, from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, said: “Our findings suggest an association between prolonged acetaminophen use and an increase in the risk of autism and ADHD.” Although it is unclear how the drug causes ADHD or autism, paracetamol has previously been linked to communication problems and reduced Intelligent Quotients (IQs) among children whose mothers took the medication while expect
As women become older their bodies produce less oestrogen and progesterone. These are the main hormones responsible for the woman’s ability to reproduce. When these hormones become low enough, a woman will permanently stop having a menstrual cycle. Officially, menopause begins twelve months after a woman’s last period between the ages of 45 and 55. A woman in her menopausal years may not realise what exactly is going on with her body and the symptoms may be unnerving at times. Here are a few tips from experts on how to deal with these menopausal symptoms without allowing them affect your life so much. Hot Flashes: Hot flash is also referred to as vasomotor symptoms and can begin in perimenopause or after the last menstrual period has occurred. Experts believe that they probably start in t
Most women prior to the time of becoming pregnant usually would think that when they become pregnant their entire life is bound for a whole lot of strange developments. But experts say if you have been having wonderful sex before your pregnancy test proved positive, it is not a good reason to put a stop to your life of fun. In fact they say this is the time to even make it a point of duty - on a daily basis. But there is also one major worry mothers-to-be often have; they want to know if the developing baby will feel the effect of love making. You do not have to entertain any fear because the activity of sexual intercourse will not disturb the baby or cause your water to break, experts say. This is because the amniotic sac in addition to the uterine muscles will generally gently hold you...
Breastfeeding plays a major role in the ability to procreate and ensure the progeny of species survives the adverse environment that permeates the habitat of man, the Homo sapiens. The use of denatured and preserved cow’s milk which is depleted of natural factors that promote human health is a negative factor in its development. The natural instinct of mammals is to protect, nurse and enhance the health of its progeny by breastfeeding her infants. Westernisation and social circumstances have shifted focus away from the endowed and innate natural breastfeeding phenomenon to the use of formula feed. Formula feed is not sustainable; it does not improve the health of child rearing and Infant illness and death will increase due to many factors. It is in the domain of politics that sustained a
A device is available that lets women have mess-free sex while on their periods. The Ziggy Cup, which can be bought for £35 online at Plant Organic, is the world's first reusable silicone menstrual cup that can be worn while getting intimate. The device, which lasts up to two years, sits just below the cervix and creates a vacuum seal to catch menstrual blood. Its flat shape, which women insert into their vaginas using a figure-of-eight motion, is so thin, its manufacturer INTIMINA claims it cannot be felt by the user or their partner. INTIMINA adds the non-toxic cup does not cause any dryness or irritation, and ensures up to 12 hours of leak-proof reassurance. Holding up to 76ml of blood, the cup is covered in a hexagon pattern that creates friction to ensure it stays in place. Its 1
A Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), has called on stakeholders in the health sector to create more awareness on endometriosis insisting that 100,000 cases of the disease are recorded annually in Nigeria. The founder, Endosurvivors International Foundation, Olivia Nwankudu, who made the call at an awareness program in Lagos, said endometriosis which is a disease of the female reproductive system, affects one out of 10 women and girls of reproductive age. He regretted that there is little awarenesss about it all over the world. Quoting a report from the University of Ibadan which says that there are 100, 000 cases of endometriosis every year in Nigeria, Nwankudu said that a lot of women who have the disease would have seen different doctors before seeing a gynecologist. “That n