The World Health Organisation says the risk of COVID-19 infection through breastfeeding is negligible and has never been documented. Head of the organisation’s Food and Nutrition Action in Health Systems unit, Dr. Laurence Grummer-Strawn, stated this on Tuesday, according to the United Nations. In a report, the UN quoted Grummer-Strawn as making the statement at a news briefing on the 2020 World Breastfeeding Week where he appealed for greater support for the practice. This year’s event is coming amid warning by the WHO that lack of mother’s milk is linked to 820,000 child deaths a year, costing the global economy 300 billion dollars (N114 trillion). “WHO has been very clear in its recommendations to say absolute breastfeeding should continue. “We have never documented, anyw
Air pollution cuts life expectancy for every man, woman and child on earth by nearly two years, according to data released on Tuesday which experts said showed poor air quality is “the greatest risk to human health”. The Air Quality Life Index study reported that as the world races to find a vaccine to bring the COVID-19 pandemic under control, air pollution would continue to cause billions of people to lead shorter and sicker lives across the globe. The index converts particulate air pollution — mainly from the burning of fossil fuels — into its impact on human health. It found that despite significant reductions in particulate matter in China — once one of the world’s most polluted countries — the overall level of air pollution had stayed stable over the past two decad
With life expectancy put at 56 years, Nigerian women are said to have the lowest life expectancy in Sub-Saharan Africa. Nigerian women’s life expectancy trails those of women in Ghana (65), Senegal (70,) Liberia (66) and other countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. This is according to the 2020 World Population Data Sheet released on Friday by the Washington-based Population Reference Bureau In reaction, maternal health experts identify poverty, illiteracy, high fertility rate and poor nutrition as major factors contributing to low life expectancy among Nigerian women, even as the national figure was put at 55 years in a population of over 200m people. According to the data, life expectancy of women in Nigeria could only be compared to a country like Sierra Leone, which also has 56 y
Let’s talk about anemia in pregnancy During pregnancy, experts say your body produces more blood to support the growth of your baby. However, sometimes the woman’s body might not be able to produce the sufficient amount of red blood cells that is needed to aid the growth of the baby. This might be due to a lack of sufficient iron or other nutrients. Some women have mild anemia and doctors say that this is normal. However, severe anemia is not the norm. Anemia can leave you feeling tired and weak. If it is severe and goes untreated, it can increase the risks of serious complications like preterm delivery. At these times, you need more vitamin B6, B12, Folic Acid as well as high purity Omega - 3 and that’s why we recommend ELYSEEPREGNANCY CARE. It is ideal for use during the
In spite of the fact that all women go through it, quite a number of women are clueless as to what to expect during menopause. While some contend with just the hot flushes, for others, menopauses are utterly debilitating. The average age of going through ‘the change’ according to experts is 52, but women can notice symptoms from their mid-40s, and they can last for anything between two to twelve years. Experts say the fluctuation in hormone levels impacts all women differently and also believe that the following factors play a role in determining what to expect during menopause. Anxiety: This expert observed affects as many as one-in-three menopausal women. It often happens during the perimenopause (the period before the start of menopause). Crawling skin: Some women get the feeling of
In this concluding part of the article, Glorya Gabriel focuses on the necessary steps to take as you get ready to go for your examination: … I was made to understand that part of women’s health and how much of a serious matter it is, as well as the exact categories of women who should get a Pap smear Test done, if optimal health is in view. In preparing for a Pap Smear Examination there are some key things a patient must do, especially when such a lady is a fresher in the procedure. 1. Schedule Your Appointment for a Week after Your Period ends. It is important to try to avoid scheduling your Pap Smear for when you will be menstruating, so aim for a week after your last menses. The test can be done when you are on your period, but to get the best results, it is important to try to avoid
The very first time I ever came across the medical test called the PAP SMEAR TEST, I sincerely thought that it was a test for determining the degree of goodness of Pap (you know, how safe for consumption that edible corn paste which thickens after it is allowed to cook in boiled water for few seconds is) popularly known as ‘Akamu’ in local parlance, but how wrong I was! So laughable! I got to discover how much in error I was months later after stumbling on a topic that dwelt on Pap Smear Tests while reading a medical piece, and the need for women to get this test done so they can be safe from the demerits the lack of it might be posing. I was made to understand that part of women’s health and how much of a serious matter it is, as well as the exact categories of women who should
The World Health Organisation advise that mothers breastfeed for at least 6 months exclusively, after which they can introduce other foods while they still continue breastfeeding up until 2 years. However, after breastfeeding, there is the issue of weaning. Many mothers wonder, when is the right time for weaning? How do I wean my baby without losing that special bond that breastfeeding creates? Weaning is the process of stopping breast milk as the source of feeding for your baby. This process continues until breastfeeding is completely replaced with other foods and drinks. The entire weaning process can take as long as mother and child want. It is important to note that women do not need to stop breastfeeding if they are not ready, and they do not need to continue if they don’t
A new study has suggested that mothers who smoke during pregnancy could be harming their daughters’ fertility in years to come. The findings of a study by scientists at the University of Cambridge said aside other health implications pregnant women who smoke face, their chances of having grandchildren is also at risk. The study published in the FASEB science journal, is the first to suggest that girls born to women who smoked during pregnancy may struggle to have children of her own. Experiments on rats during pregnancy found that oxygen deprivation – also known as hypoxia – effectively recreating what smokers do to their lungs, resulted in female mouse pups born with fewer ovarian follicles. The researchers say that rats are a useful model for studying human pregnancy because their r
For many women, the hair is a crowning glory. Hence, there is a yearning for strong and healthy hair as they grow older. Research shows that the hair grows about 1.5cm per month and 15cm per year. However, the growth of your hair depends on factors like, genetics, age, health and diet. According to studies, you have no control over your genetics, age, and in some cases your health, but you do have control over your diet. So, below are some amazing foods that experts say can aid you in your quest for that beautiful hair. Sweet Potatoes: Sweet potatoes are a good source for beta-carotene which the body later converts to vitamin A. Vitamin A has been linked to good hair health. Vitamin A promotes the production of sebum, which helps to keep the hair healthy. It also speeds up the rat...
A Surgeon, Dr Benjamin Olowojebutu, says no drug will shrink or pass out fibroid from a woman. Olowojebutu, also the Founder, Benjamin Olowojebutu Foundation (BOF), an NGO, made this known at a news conference on Saturday in Lagos. Fibroids are non-cancerous abnormal growths that develop in or around the womb (uterus). The growths are made up of muscle and fibrous tissue, and vary in size. The surgeon advised women that instead, they should visit a doctor and get examined when they suspected to have fibroid. The foundation helps indigent women suffering from various conditions such as Fibroids, Breast lumps, and Hernias.“There are lots of fallacies and superstitious beliefs around fibroid that you can take medicines to shrink or pass it out from the anus; that i
A Minna-based nutritionist, Niger,Mrs Amina Isah has urged men to be more supportive to their wives during lactation (breastfeeding) period saying that such had a huge psychological role to play on mother and child. Isah said in an interview in Minna on Monday, that supportive husbands tended to reduce stress from lactating mother. She said that stress could certainly lead to minimal flow of the breast milk and cause the lactating mother to spend more time breastfeeding at any given time. “Stress can certainly slow the flow as long as a mother continues to nurse her baby; stress is likely to stop her milk production. “Breastfeeding reduces negative moods and stress, mothers nursing their babies can actually be assisted by their husbands to get over a stressful tim
Overweight and obesity are now recognised worldwide as increasing public health problems. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) worldwide, at least 2.8 million people die each year as a result of being overweight or obese. Overweight and obesity lead to adverse metabolic effects on blood pressure, alongside numerous conditions, including diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, stroke, heart disease, certain types of cancer, and arthritis. According to recent reports, for every one overweight or obese man, there are at least two overweight or obese women. Women who experience negative events in their lives are more likely to grow fat using food as a way to numb the pain and confusion. Thus women’s obesity was significantly higher than men’s, with the exception of high
Some civil society organisations in Nigeria have called on the National Assembly to pass the Gender Equal Opportunity (GEO) Bill or risk being voted out in the forthcoming elections. The GEO bill seeks to modify socio-cultural practices such as female genital mutilation, and other forms of gender-based violence that abuse the human rights of girls and young women in Nigeria. The bill has been in the National Assembly since 2015. Speaking to journalists on Thursday during a march in Abuja to commemorate the 2019 Global Women March, the Executive Director, Vaccine Network for Disease Control in Nigeria, Chika Offor, said the day provides opportunity for Nigerian CSOs to speak up over the delayed passage of the GEO bill. “The GEO bill promotes human rights in matters re
Dr Tunde Aromire, a consultant gynecologist with Hope Hospital in Osogbo has called on nursing mothers to make exclusive breastfeeding a priority in order to reduce infant mortality. Aromire made the called in an interview with newsmen on Friday in Osogbo. The gynaecologist said that exclusively breastfed babies had a lower risk of gastrointestinal infection than a formula (infant milk) fed baby. How you can safely ignore sell-by dates on foods Aromire also said that exclusive breastfeeding always help the babies regain weight lost at birth. According to him, exclusive breastfeeding also helps them to quickly recover from infection, cold and also protect them from sickness. He said the World Health Organisation (WHO) recommended six months exclusive breastfeeding ...