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Expert Tasks Expectant Mothers On Dietary Habit

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Expectant mothers in Port
Harcourt have been advised to give priority attention to good diets if they must enjoy a diseases-free home.
In an antenatal visit in Braithwaite Memorial Specialist Hospital in Port Harcourt last week, Dr Alali said that good dietary habit is a major health tip that should be upheld in homes for a near free disease home.
In her words “there are basic principles right living to ensure the best health you can have. As mothers especially, we need to ensure that we observe dietary principles. We should be regular in our meals, be moderate in them, relax and eat slowly, chew our food very well, avoid complicated mixtures, make simple yet nourishing meals.
Alali also revealed that raw fruits and vegetables were better than cooked ones, stating that though for some,  a little cooking could be necessary.
She also advised mothers and households to form and maintain the habit of ensuring that their meals are rich in fresh fruits, vegetables, with grains, nuts and seeds, adding that the intake of enough clean water would also keep the family members fit and free of certain common ill health.
In another development, medical practitioners and consultants in family medicine have called  on every household to uphold the ethics of home health and safety in order to attain a less disease and accident occurrence in homes.
The consultants made the call last Wednesday, while speaking to a segment of antenatal mothers at the Braithwaite Memorial Specialist Hospital, Port Harcourt.
The consultants, Dr Simeon Brown, Dr Okanunge EneAwaji and Dr Goodness Nimi Alali, in their various views all maintained that health and safety consciousness by parents and children alike in homes would help to reduce health and accidents and emergency cases that are common in homes in recent times.
While noting the present economic situation of the country, the doctors averred that such consciousness would also divert resources from hospitals bills and drugs to good food that would yield good health.
According to Dr Brown, “as a household, there should be a family disaster plan. By this I mean as mothers especially, sit with your family and discuss the type of disaster or emergency that could occur in the home or area. A knowledge of this will create the consciousness to check such occurrence and if peradventure it does occurs everyone is focused on what to do to save the situation”.
“You also need to check on this in your wards and children’s schools. Be sure that the school has updated data on how to reach you in the case of any health challenge or development on your children”, he said.
Also speaking, Dr EneAwaji noted that some ill-healths and emergencies can be handled at home without necessarily coming to the hospitals and stressed the need for every household to have some basic health tips that are needed to keep the home in a healthy state.
EneAwaji said “one of the challenges in having quick medical attention is proximity to hospitals coupled with the traffic jam situations. For instance, someone develops a shock in the home, this could be ready and requires the attention of medical doctor. But then, there are a few things that you can do to manage the condition before the arrival of the doctor. Have the patient lie down, control any bleeding, prevent him/her from becoming chilled or overheated, elevate the legs and reassure the patient”.

 

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Cross Section of Obio-Cottage Hospital Patients during the 4th year succeful Community Health Insurance Scheme and Rumuobiokani PHC, recently

Cross Section of Obio-Cottage Hospital Patients during the 4th year succeful Community Health Insurance Scheme and Rumuobiokani PHC, recently

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60 -Year – Old Man Commits Suicide After Assaulting Daughter

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A sixty-year-old man (name withheld) has committed suicide after he was caught having sex with his biological daughter of 17 years old.
The incident occurred at Amaigbo in Nwangele Local Government Area of Imo State recently.
Report reaching The Tide, said the man denied when the news was making the rounds that he was having affair with his daughter for some years.
The Tide learnt that after his denial, the community set a close watch on him and set a surveillance on.
The cat was let out of the bag, when after about one week of his denial, he was caught on top of his daughter, having carnal knowledge of her.
According to the report, the members of his community descended on him and gave him thorough beating and stripped him naked and he was taken to the palace of the traditional ruler of the community, where they performed certain rituals to appease the land.
Apparently worried about the stigma and scandal involved, he decided to commit suicide to avoid the embarrassment he might face from the community.
When the sad news reached the wife of the man who was already in the market, out of shame, she decided to abscond.
When contacted on phone, the Imo State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Abutu Yaro said that such report had not reached his table, adding that he would find out later. 

By: Joe Nwachukwu, Owerri

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Women Now Drink As Much As Men

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Research shows women suffer health consequences of alcohol liver disease, heart disease and cancer more quickly than men and even at lower levels of consumption. 
Researchers worry the long-term effects of the Covid-19 pandemic could amplify the rise in alcohol and mental health concerns among young women.
For nearly a century, women have been closing the gender gap in alcohol consumption, binge-drinking and alcohol use disorder. What was previously a 3-1 ratio for risky drinking habits in men versus women is closer to 1-to-1 globally, a 2016 analysis of several studies suggested.
And the latest U.S. data from 2019 shows that women in their teens and early 20s reported drinking and getting drunk at higher rates than their male peers in some cases for the first time since researchers began measuring such behavior.
This trend parallels the rise in mental health concerns among young women, and researchers worry the long-term effects of the Covid-19 pandemic could amplify both patterns.
“It’s not only that we’re seeing women drinking more, but that they’re really being affected by this physically and mental health-wise,” said Dawn Sugarman, a research psychologist at McLean Hospital in Massachusetts who has studied addiction in women.
Research shows women suffer health consequences of alcohol liver disease, heart disease and cancer more quickly than men and even at lower levels .
Perhaps most concerning is that the rising gender equality in alcohol use doesn’t extend to the recognition or treatment of alcohol disorders, Sugarman said. So even as some women drink more, they’re often less likely to get the help they need.
Although the gender gap in alcohol consumption is narrowing among all ages, the reasons differ. For people over 26, women are increasing their alcohol consumption faster than men. Among teens and young adults, however, there’s an overall decline in drinking. The decline is simply slower for women.
That may sound like progress, said Aaron White, a senior scientific adviser at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. But it may indicate larger underlying issues.
“We have a real concern that while there might be fewer people drinking, many of those who are drinking might be doing so specifically to try to cope,” White said. “And that is problematic.”
Research suggests that people who drink to cope as opposed to drinking for pleasure have a higher risk of developing alcohol-use disorder. And while every individual’s reasons for drinking are different, studies have found women are more likely to drink to cope than men.
From Kaiser Health.com.

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Woman Sells Two Daughters For N300,000 In Ogun

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A 35-year-old housewife, Blessing Agoro, has been arrested by men of Ogun State Police Command for allegedly selling her two daughters, Semilore Agoro (four), and Deborah Agoro (two).
The suspect was arrested, following a report lodged at Redeemed Camp Divisional Police Headquarters by her husband, Oluwaseyi Agoro.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi disclosed this in a statement, yesterday.
Oyeyemi said the husband reported that when he returned from travelling last Tuesday he couldn’t find his two daughters.
The PPRO said, “The man stated further that all efforts to make his wife tell him the whereabouts of the children proved abortive, hence his report.
“Upon the report, the DPO Redeemed Camp division, CSP Alabi Akinjide, detailed his detectives to apprehend the suspect, who had already been with the camp’s code of conduct department.
“On interrogation, the suspect explained to the police that her husband left home for the past two years, and while he was away, she found it difficult to cater for the two children with her other two children she had for another man.
“She stated further that while she was contemplating on what to do, one Kolawole Imoleayo introduced her to a couple in Port Harcourt who was in need of children. She sold the two daughters to the couple at the rate of N300,000.
“Her confession led to the arrest of the said intermediary, Kolawole Imoleayo. They are both assisting the police in their investigation.”
The Commissioner of Police, Edward Ajogun, has ordered the transfer of the suspects to the Anti-Human Trafficking and Child Labour Unit of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCID) for discreet investigation.
Oyeyemi added that Ajogun directed that the children must be rescued and brought back to their parents as soon as possible.

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