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Seven Million Nigerians Are Asthmatic –Experts

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About seven million Ni
gerians have been estimated to be affected with Asthma disease while  no fewer than 300 million are affected across the world.
The Medical Science Liaison, Gla so Smith Kline (GSK) Dr. Omolabake Okunubi released this last Tuesday during the marking of the World Asthma Day (WAD) in Lagos.
Speaking to journalists, Okunubi said that the severity of Asthma was underestimated in the country adding that such act had only trivialised the effect of the disease on the overall  health implications of the nation’s citizenry.
Describing it as a killer disease, Okunubi however said that the disease can be controlled and should not limit peoples lives as it is commonly viewed.
According to her “as deadly as asthma can be the good news is that people can control their asthma. There is a class of medication known as controller drugs for asthma. These are taken on a daily basis to put the symptoms under control. Besides, with correct treatment, support and advice, asthmatics can lead full and active lives thus, it does not have to limit people’s life because it can be controlled.
In the event of asthma attacks, she advised that the asthmatics should take one or two puffs of their reliever inhaler (usually blue), sit up and take slow steady breaths.
“If the asthmatics do not start to feel better, they should take two puffs of their reliever inhaler. This should be one puff at a time. They can take up to 10 puffs. It they do not feel better after taking the inhaler, the asthmatic can visit a hospital”, she stated.
Speaking on this year’s theme of the WAD ‘You  Can Control your Asthma’ a consultant panediatrician with the Braithewaite Specialist Memorial Hospital (BSMH), Port Harcourt, (name withheld) said “asthma patients can stop the attacks by taking their preventer treatment regularly. It should be known that 80 percent of asthma problems are caused by allergies which means that this percentage of asthma patients have an allergic disorder from things like chemicals, drugs, dust mites, food attitudes,  tobacco smoke, fumes, pollutants and things like that. They should get to know the things which trigger their asthma condition and avoid them as much as possible. And so, you can control your asthma attacks by also taking your preventer treatment regularly.
Another specialist in family medicine at the University of Port Harcourt  Teaching Hospital (UPTH) also revealed that the world asthma day was a time when stakeholders and patients come together to share their challenges as well as proffering the way forward in the fight toward the elimination and or reduction of asthma attacks in the country and around the world.

 

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L-R: National Director, Alternative Care System for Children, Mr Eghosa Erhumwunse; representative of the Mother of the day,  Mrs Yewande Ayoola; Director, Alternative Care System for Children, Mrs Rabi Galadima; Chairman, Board of Trustees, SOS  Children's Villages Nigeria, Mr Sylvester Ebhodaghe; representative of the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, Mr Fabowale Gbadebo and Director, Family Health,    Federal Ministry of Health, Mr Wapada Mni, at the Launch Oo 'care for me campaign' in Abuja, recently

L-R: National Director, Alternative Care System for Children, Mr Eghosa Erhumwunse; representative of the Mother of the day, Mrs Yewande Ayoola; Director, Alternative Care System for Children, Mrs Rabi Galadima; Chairman, Board of Trustees, SOS Children’s Villages Nigeria, Mr Sylvester Ebhodaghe; representative of the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, Mr Fabowale Gbadebo and Director, Family Health,
Federal Ministry of Health, Mr Wapada Mni, at the Launch Oo ‘care for me campaign’ in Abuja, recently

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Renew Fight Against HIV/AIDS, EDOSACA Boss Charges Stakeholders

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Amidst seeming less attention given to the prevention of the spread of HIV/AIDS following the emergence of Covid-19, the Executive Director of the Edo State Agency for the Control of AIDS (EDOSACA), Mrs. Flora Edemode Oyakhilome, has called on stakeholders to show more commitment, if the 2030 target of eliminating the epidemic can be achieved.
The EDOSACA boss, who made the call while fielding questions from journalists immediately after the just concluded two-day South-South HIV media roundtable held in Port Harcourt, said the 38th International AIDS Candlelights Memorial was implemented in Edo State.
According to her, the commemoration should serve as a reminder for both those infected and affected, as well as the vulnerable in our society of those who have died as a result of the pandemic.
She stated that the theme for this year’s commemoration, “One Big Fight for Health and Rights of People Living with HIV”, is apt. 
“With just  nine years to go in the UNAIDS ambitious targets of eliminating HIV/AIDS by the year 2030 through the 95:95:95 strategy aimed at achieving zero new infection by 2030, the well chosen theme for this year’s memorial, which is  ‘One Big Fight for Health and Rights of People Living with HIV’, is nothing but a renewed call for girding our loins and redoubling our efforts towards the achievement of this target, especially with globally increasing rates of societal and workplace stigma and discrimination, and domestic gender-based violence, as well other acts of rights denial against People Living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHIV). 
“The right time is  now or never for all soldiers and gatekeepers in the global war against this most lingered pandemic to join efforts, time and resources towards greater outcomes and dividends from this year’s theme, which encapsulates in one dose the non-pharmaceutical panecea against HIV/AIDS”, she said.  
Towards this renewed fight, the EDOSACA boss urged stakeholders to turn a new leaf.
“As the event is marked today, all should go into sober reflection over the plight of those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS, as well as the vulnerable one not yet infected and work towards the  mitigation of their sufferings and plan for greater improvement in their living standards through economic and academic empowerment, capacity  building, skills aqusition and skills improvement, nutritional support, access to quality health services, free prevention of Mother-To-Child Transmission (PMTCT) services, free legal aids, etc., especially for Adolescents and Young People (AYP), widows and orphans,” he said.

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Health Benefits Of Eating Apples (2)

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The Antioxidants in Apples May Play a Role in Cancer Prevention. While there’s no one surefire way to prevent cancer, apples could help play a role. “Apples may reduce the risk of certain cancers, which researchers speculate is related to the antioxidants found in apples,” says Anzlovar. Research suggests that apples have a very high level of antioxidants, and in laboratory studies, these antioxidants have been shown to limit cancer cell growth.
A review published in October 2016 in Public Health Nutrition found that eating apples regularly is associated with a reduced risk of certain cancers, including colorectal, oral cavity, esophageal, and breast cancers.
The fiber in apples may provide cancer-preventing perks. A study published in March 2016 in the journal Pediatrics found that women who ate more high-fiber foods during adolescence and young adulthood (especially lots of fruits and vegetables) had a lower breast cancer risk later in life.
And another study, published in January 2019 in the journal The Lancet, found that a diet high in dietary fiber could protect against colorectal cancer and breast cancer, as well as type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
6. Apples Can Support Healthy Weight Loss
A diet rich in fruit (and vegetables) can help you maintain a healthy weight — or shed pounds — according to the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention.
Because apples are filled with dietary fiber, they are high on this list. “Fiber slows digestion and the rise of blood sugar, keeping you satiated and less likely to overeat,” says Levinson.
According to that study in The Lancet, people who ate the most fiber had a significantly lower body weight. Research shows that overweight women who ate three apples a day lost 1.22 kg (2.7 pounds) after 12 weeks.
At only 95 calories for a medium-sized apple, this fruit is one you’ll want to keep on hand when sweet cravings strike.

  1. Apples May Help Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease
    Time to start eating more apples and other flavonoid-rich foods like berries and tea. Research published in August 2020 in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that adults aged 50 and older, who included only a small amount of flavonoid-rich foods like berries, apples, and tea in their diet were a whopping 2 to 4 times more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease and related types of dementia over 20 years compared with people who ate more flavonoid-rich foods.
    On top of that, a review published in January 2020 in the journal, Biomolecules, found that quercetin, a flavonoid found in apples, protects neurons from oxidative damage and contains other anti-Alzheimer’s disease properties, too.

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We Are Supporting States To Intensify Cholera Outbreak Response – NCDC

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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) says it has activated a multi-sectoral National Cholera Emergency Operations Centre (EOC), following an increase in cholera cases across the country.
The NCDC Director-General, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, said this in a statement made available to The Tide in Abuja. 
According to a document made available to The Tide states that since the beginning of the 2021, 10,833 suspected cholera cases have been reported with 112 confirmed cases and 289 deaths.
In the last one month, an increasing number of cholera cases has been reported across the states.
The most affected states are Plateau, Bauchi, Gombe, Kano, Zamfara, Bayelsa and Kaduna.
Given the risk of large outbreaks across states,  Ihekweazu said that the agency had activated an EOC.
“The EOC is co-led with the Federal Ministries of Environment and Water Resources, given the link between cholera and water, sanitation and hygiene.
“The National EOC has been supporting states to ensure a coordinated, rapid and effective response to the ongoing outbreak.
“This includes the deployment of National Rapid Response Teams (RRT) to support the response at state level, provision of medical and laboratory supplies, scale up of risk communications amongst other activities,” he explained.

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