Lagos – When women and girls have access to contraception, fewer babies and mothers die. Around the world, millions of women can’t get the contraception they want.
Numerous studies show that the ability to plan pregnancy is directly and unequivocally linked to lower maternal mortality, lower infant and under-five mortality, lower mother-to-child transmission of HIV, and a whole host of improved health indicators.
Here is just one example: when a woman spaces her births by at least three years, her newborn baby is twice as likely to reach its first birthday.
In March 2018, Bill Gates took Nigeria’s economic planners to the cleaners. The world’s richest man and co-founder of the Bill/Melinda Gates Foundation listed Nigeria as one of the most dangerous places in the world to give birth. He stressed that one in every three children in Nigeria is chronically malnourished.
Gates warned that Nigeria has the world’s “fourth worst” maternal mortality rate after war-torn Central African Republic, Chad and Sierra Leone. Africa’s largest economy has an abysmally low life expectancy. Gates lamented that Nigeria’s male life expectancy at 53 years is lower than that of the world’s low income countries which stands at 62 years.
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The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Goals, Mrs Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, has urged government and other stakeholders in the health sector to make available life-saving equipment to doctors in delivery theatres.
Orelope-Adefulire, at the inauguration of the ‘Safe Birth Initiative,’ through which Coca-Cola handed over some medical equipment to the Federal Medical Centre, Ebute-Meta on Monday, said equipment was capable of curbing maternal mortality in Nigeria.
Read More: https://punchng.com/fg-seeks-reduction-in-maternal-mortality/
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March 24th, 2019
It’s time!Let’s End Tuberculosis in Nigeria
…We Need Your Help to Find and Treat TB cases
Lagos Nigeria: As Nigeria joins the world to celebrate this year’s World TB Day on Sunday March 24, 2019, Development Communication calls on all Nigerians to protect their family members from the menace of the highly infectious disease. TB kills 18 Nigerians every hour and 4,500 people globally every day. The theme for this year’s World Tuberculosis Day is IT’s TIME. World TB Day is a great opportunity to raise more awareness among people on the need to end a curable illness.
It is estimated that 407,000 people in Nigeria have TB each year. This is the estimated number of HIV negative people that have the disease. In addition there are an estimated 63,000 HIV positive people that get TB each year. An estimated 115,000 HIV negative people die from TB in Nigeria each year and an estimated 39,000 HIV positive people also die. It is difficult to appreciate what it means for 154,000 people to be dying each year!
Devcoms Program Director, Akin Jimoh stated that all Nigerians need to be concerned about the missing cases of TB and “we must all be in the forefront to find and treat TB cases” in the country. “We did it for Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and now the cases are on the downward spiral. We need to help ourselves to find and treat TB,” he added
The National Coordinator, National Tuberculosis and Leprosy Control Programme Department of Public Health, Federal Ministry of Health, Abuja, Dr. Adebola Lawanson said as part of the bold step in finding the missing TB cases in the country, the Federal Ministry of Health with support from partners is rapidly expanding TB diagnostics and treatment services to more sites across the country.
According to the 2017 Global TB Report, Nigeria is among the 14 high burden countries for TB, TB/HIV and MDR-TB, ranking 7th among the 30 high TB burden countries and 2nd in Africa. Forty-seven Nigerians develop active TB, seven of which are children, every hour. One of the major challenges of TB response in Nigeria is attributed to low TB case finding both in adult and children. This is attributed partly to poor knowledge about TB that influence the health seeking behaviour of people, and low TB treatment coverage.
This is why the theme for this year’s World TB Day; IT’S TIME is enjoining the young, old and all stakeholders involved to come together to take action to make Nigeria a TB free country.
According to World Health Organization, about one-third of the world's population has latent TB, which means people have been infected by TB bacteria but are not (yet) ill with the disease and cannot transmit the disease. People infected with TB bacteria have a 10% lifetime risk of falling ill with TB. However, persons with compromised immune systems, such as people living with HIV, malnutrition or diabetes, or people who use tobacco, have a much higher risk of falling ill.
In 2017, about 1.7 million people including over 250,000 children globally, died of TB-related causes. Over 95% of TB deaths occurs in low and middle-income countries especially in Africa.
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Exorbitant charges in Yusuf Dantsoho Memorial Hospital is forcing Kaduna women to shun antenatal, delivery and post-natal clinics as most of the women laments that they can hardly afford the fees being charged by the hospital.
However, the Kaduna State government announced that the antenatal care, ANC services to pregnant women in public facilities is free of charge, but pregnant women who patronise these facilities have been forced to pay exorbitant charges to have access to them.
Findings by our Correspondent revealed that, Yusuf Dantsoho Memorial hospital, a stone throw to the government house charges up to N2,000.00 for ANC clinic before being attended to by the heath providers.
“Any woman who goes to the hospital must pay N500 for ANC registration, N700 for test and N800 for scanning, which must all be paid at once, or forget accessing services. Any woman who cannot afford the amount would be sent back home, “one of the sources stated.
Our correspondent gathered that the charges have prevented a lot of women from accesing the government facilities and also discouraged many women from visiting the hospital for ANC, especially residents of Tudun Wada area of Kaduna who cannot afford the amount.
Voice of Nigeria could not identify the reason why Yusuf Dantsho Memorial Hospital was charging the amount, compared to other government hospitals like Barau Dikko Teaching Hospital, also owned by Kaduna State Government which charges just N500 for same services.
Mrs Victoria Iheme’s son was born with a testis abnormally located outside the scrotum and so needed a surgery for correction. From the Health Centre where she lives in Ikorodu, she was refered to Ikorodu General Hospital for surgery. There and then her trouble began.
According to her, “I came to this Ikorodu General Hospital for almost two months before it was my son’s turn to see the consultant. After seeing the consultant at the surgical section, we were given 2 weeks appointment. The two weeks appointment became a routine with series of tests, scan and xray. It took almost 2 years before my son was eventually booked for surgery. Just when we thought the stress was ending, they said they couldnt find his folder. I was devastated. The doctor refused to attend to him with a temporary file but insisted we start afresh with diagnosis or provide copies of all his tests results which we didnt have. We were later advised by a particular friendly doctor to bribe the staff working at the card room to help us out. That wasn’t strange as I’ve heard about the bribery and corruption going on in public hospitals. Surprisingly, after tipping one of them, my son’s case file was found.”
The long and short of Mrs Iheme’s story is that her son’s surgery was successful but not without her quarreling with one of the doctors who gave them another one month appointment instead of just rebooking the boy for surgery. As a pay back, the doctor she quarreled with, extended her son’s surgery by another one month.
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THE ALMA-ATA CONFERENECE
6th- 12th of September, 1978 was when the conference was held in Almaty, Kazakhstan which expressed the need for urgent action by all government, health and development workers and the world community to protect and promote the health of all people. The main theme of the conference was “how to bring about an improvement in the general health of the people of the world, especially those in rural areas”. Primary Health Care was therefore chosen as a key strategy to achieve the goal and the year 2000 was accepted as the target year to achieve this goal, the declaration emerged as a major milestone of the twentieth century in the field of public health as it identifies Primary Health Care as the Key to the attainment of the goal of health for all around the globe. It was the first international declaration underlining the importance of Primary Health Care, which has been accepted by member countries of WHO as a key to achieving the goal HEALTH FOR ALL.
The Lagos State Government has called for increase participation of private health facilities in family planning services to enable the state achiever a target of 74 percent contraceptive prevalent rate, CPR, by 2020.
Read more at: https://www.vanguardngr.com/2019/01/lasg-seeks-increased-participation-o...
ABUJA – “I had all my children at home with the assistance of traditional birth attendants (TBAs). Luckily, there were no complications, and so I am alive with my children. However, many women in this community who developed complications and died during childbirth were buried with their children, dead or alive,” said a nursing mother, Hajia Hassan.
A mother of four, Hajia Hassan lives in Bassa Kuomo, an ancient community in Gwagwalada Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). The people in this community are said to be the original inhabitants of Gwagwalada before it became the Federal Capital Territory. The community of about 12,000 inhabitants lacks government’s presence; be it healthcare, water, light, roads and other amenities. Poverty is well pronounced as it stinks in the air in this community made up of people predominantly peasant farmers with low yields.
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It is not unusual to find teenagers being delivered of babies. And Nigeria is not an exception. And sadly, too, the situation seems to be taking on a serious trend among teenagers aged 13-18 in particular. GABRIEL OLAWALE investigated this phenomenon and interacted with some of the affected teenagers. Expressing ignorance and naivety, they described their predicament as their own way out of societal menace caused by poverty, peer-pressure and parental deprivation. Medical experts, however, suggest that extensive health education, adequate parental care and inculcation of moral values are some of the measures to curb the growing incidence of teenage pregnancy in the country.