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Thursday, August 15, 2019

An estimated 1.25 million induced abortions occurred in Nigeria in 2012, equivalent to a rate of 33 abortions per 1,000 women aged 15 to 49, according to the Guttmacher Institute. The estimated unintended pregnancy rate was 59 per 1,000 women in their reproductive age. Available data showed that 56 per cent of unintended pregnancies were resolved by abortion. APPOLONIA ADEYEMI report
 
Read more: https://www.newtelegraphng.com/2019/08/embracing-family-planning-for-hea...

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

A non Governmental Organization, Development Communication, (DevCom) Network has urged the Federal government of Nigeria to declare State of emergency on education.
To celebrate this year’s International Youth Day, themed “Transforming Education” it is pertinent to “ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all” as enshrined in Goal 4 of the Sustainable Development Goals, Akin Jimoh, DevComs Program Director said.
Jimoh said, in order to address the present turmoil, gap in educational development among Nigerian youths, the Nigerian government, parents as well as guardians, should take education as a paramount goal and a basic necessity of life.
“Education is the best gift to bequeath to a child as it gives people the tools to help provide for themselves in the future.  It has positive impact on key development parameters such that the rate of poverty, early girl child pregnancies and other social vices will be reduced among a large number of Nigerian youths.
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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

A non Governmental Organization, Development Communication, (DevCom) Network has urged the Federal government of Nigeria to declare State of emergency on education.
To celebrate this year’s International Youth Day, themed “Transforming Education” it is pertinent to “ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all” as enshrined in Goal 4 of the Sustainable Development Goals, Akin Jimoh, DevComs Program Director said.
Jimoh said, in order to address the present turmoil, gap in educational development among Nigerian youths, the Nigerian government, parents as well as guardians, should take education as a paramount goal and a basic necessity of life.
“Education is the best gift to bequeath to a child as it gives people the tools to help provide for themselves in the future.  It has positive impact on key development parameters such that the rate of poverty, early girl child pregnancies and other social vices will be reduced among a large number of Nigerian youths.
“Specifically Nigeria need to take action now to prepare the youth population to take over leadership roles as evidenced in most progressive countries today. The involvement and education of young people in all facet of life should be taken with all seriousness.
 
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Wednesday, July 24, 2019

People Living With HIV (PLWHIV) said they experience discrimination from doctors and health workers at health facilities in Nigeria.
They also decried the level of stigmatisation that they encounter on a regular basis.
The South-West Zonal Coordinator for the Network of People Living With HIV in Nigeria (NEPWHAN), Abiola Ajani, said Nigerian doctors and health workers have devised ways to discriminate against PLWHIV.
She said the stigma and discrimination in health facilities affect PLWHIV adherence to treatment.
“Stigmatisation is more from the health workers who have been saddled with the responsibility to manage these people.
“Sometimes I wonder, if we have this level of stigmatisation in Lagos, then what is happening in the rural areas or states.
“For example, about six months ago, a pregnant woman who is one of us went for antenatal care and a doctor who had been checking other patients without hand sanitiser claimed she could not palpate the pregnant woman because she (the Doctor) did not have a hand sanitiser.
“The patient felt bad because the same doctor was attending to other patients without hand sanitiser.
“HIV can’t be contracted by touching someone. So if a doctor can act like this, what do you think others will do?
Read more at:https://www.premiumtimesng.com/health/health-news/342695-nigerians-livin...

Friday, July 26, 2019

Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, yesterday said no fewer than 82 cases of suspected cholera had been recorded from seven local government areas in Adamawa, Bauchi and Katsina.

The agency gave the breakdown of affected state as Adamawa 60 cases, Bauchi two cases and Katsina 20 cases.

The Director-General of the council, Mr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, said out of the 82 suspected cases, 36 were confirmed in laboratory and one death recorded.

Ihekweazu noted that the Cholera Technical Working Group, TWG, had continued to coordinate activities in states, in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Water Resources, FMWR, and support from partners. According to him, the Adamawa Emergency Operations Centre, EOC, was leading the response to cases in the state.

The Director-General said Rapid Diagnostic Test kits, RDTs were distributed to local government councils by Disease Surveillance Notification Officers (DSNOs) for prompt test and action, saying: “DSNOs and health facilities in high-risk areas and the TWG members, with a team from John Hopkins University, visited four states to conduct training on the use of measles RDTs. They planned to follow up to ensure continued vigilance and early reporting. They also planned to conduct level training on sample management and RDT testing for high priority states and conduct community sensitisation in Adamawa local government areas.”
Read more at: https://www.vanguardngr.com/2019/07/cholera-outbreak-ncdc-records-82-sus...

 

Sunday, August 4, 2019

Breastfeeding Protects Infants From Childhood Illnesses — Experts
As World Breastfeeding Week is observed, medical experts have urged mothers to breastfeed their babies, as breast milk provides infants with needed nutrients.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends exclusive breastfeeding, starting within one hour after birth until a baby is six months old. Nutritious complementary foods should then be added, while continuing to breastfeed for up to two years or beyond.
However, statistics have shown that three in five babies are not well breastfed in the first hour of life, though breastfeeding within this period is critical for saving newborn’s lives.
According to WHO, under-nutrition is associated with 2.7 million child deaths yearly or 45 per cent of all child deaths. The body said infant and young child feeding is a key area to improve child survival and promote healthy growth and development.
Read more at: https://guardian.ng/features/tweaking-labour-policies-for-maternal-frien...

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Mrs Sakinat Azeez will not forget in a hurry her experience with her husband the first time she tried to initiate a discussion about family planning. Sakinat said the encounter was discouraging and scary. She narrated her encounter with Good Health Weekly at one of the Primary Health Centres in Ijora.

 My story is not a pleasant one. I felt like the ground would open and swallow me. My decision to take up family planning was just to put an end to my misery, “she recounted. Sakinat admitted she was not ready to have more children, hence her quest to prevent unintended pregnancy made her raise the issue with her husband. But she was severely grilled and accused being promiscuous. “He reminded me of our religion, I was neither given opportunity to say something or even explain why we need family planning. I was almost beaten so I left the bedroom in annoyance,” she added. Daramola Adeoye, 37, had a similar story but was smarter and vowed to obtain a family planning method despite all odds. The mother of four with no meaningful livelihood, said she desired family planning after a devastating miscarriage. But her husband was opposed to the idea.
Read more at: https://www.vanguardngr.com/2019/07/our-husbands-want-sex-not-family-pla...

Monday, July 29, 2019

More than 30 expecting mothers are admitted to Mother and Child Hospital, a small maternity clinic in Ado Ekiti located in southwest Nigeria, every day. The hospital specializes in maternity services, ranging from antenatal to postnatal care; services that are often unscheduled and required at all hours of the night.
However, the power supply at the hospital is erratic. Dr Oria Adebose, a medical officer at Mother & Child Hospital explains, “In 24 hours, we may have 16 hours of light, at the most. We have power cuts from 6 in the morning up to 1 in the afternoon. It runs for about four hours, till 5 pm, switches off and comes back at midnight. On some days, it does not even last up to 16 hours.”
Nigeria also has the highest maternal mortality rate in the region, second in the world, only to India, so when facilities like Mother and Child Hospital lose power, their clinicians have to figure out how to accommodate unexpected, long gaps in service without jeopardizing patient care.
Read more at:https://guardian.ng/features/health/solar-lamps-improve-maternal-care-de...

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

West Africa World Health Organisation, WAHO, has started to address early warning systems aimed at tackling stock-out of contraceptives and ensure uninterrupted access by users across West Africa including Nigeria.

According to WAHO, the Early Warning System (EWS) for contraceptives has improved visibility and monitoring of contraceptive stock status in West and Central Africa and mitigated critical contraceptive stock imbalances. At a media parley in Lagos during a workshop in partnership with USAID, the Programme Officer, WAHO, Dr Cletus Adohinzin explained that the basic objective of EWS was to build capacity for those who are providing data for the platform. Adohinzin added that the platform was also designed to monitor stock from each ECOWAS country and where there are family planning commodities stock out they transfer from countries having enough products. “We also have programme on the capacity building where we train people on family planning. We have contraceptives technology. So, we are providing people with family planning techniques that allow them to make an informed choice".
Read more at: https://www.vanguardngr.com/2019/06/waho-tackles-family-planning-commodi...