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‘Poor Immunity, Malnutrition Cause Of Frequent Boils’

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A consultant paediatrician
with the National Hospital, Abuja, Dr Kunle Otuneye, has said that frequent occurrence of boils in children may be signs of malnutrition.
Speaking in an interview with newsmen, Friday, Otuneye said the occurrence of boils in children could also be a sign of poor immunity.
According to him, boils are infections of the skin that affect the hair follicles or sebaceous glands.
“If your child is suffering from the incidence of boils at regular intervals in spite of taking all necessary precautions to stay away from boils, a blood test will be required to know the cause.
“Many children suffer from frequent incidence of boils due to weak immune system.
“The body having a weak immune system fails to resist the attack of the bacteria responsible for boils and as a result, the child gets infected with boils again and again.
“Children with poor immune system have colonies of bacteria in their nasal chamber due to which they are repeatedly affected by boils,’’ Otuneye said.
He said that other predisposing factors of frequent boils in children could be immunosuppression (acquired or congenital), poor personal hygiene and exposure of the skin to irritants.
Otuneye said that boils are skin abscesses caused by the bacteria, staphylococcus aureus, which he said could affect anyone no matter the age group.
While noting that the incidences of boils in children were more common as compared to adults, Otuneye, said “the reason for the occurrence of boils in children than in adults can easily be detected as boils are prevalent in bodies that are exposed to excessive dust and dirt.
“Children playing in field and mud are prone to be infected by boils as the bacteria can easily enter their skin through the wounds or incisions they are inflicted with’’.
He advised mothers to consult their doctors if their children were suffering from recurrent boils, adding that certain antibiotics or surgical draining might be necessary to kill the bacteria causing germs.
Otuneye said that bacterial culture could be prescribed if necessary as the culture was one of the easiest means to detect the exact cause of boils in children.
“Boils in children are quite ugly in appearance. They are filled with pus, which gets discharged along with blood when the boil gets matured.
“As a parent, it is recommended that you should be careful when the pus comes out.
“The pus is highly contagious and it has to be cleaned time to time so as to avoid it coming in contact with the unaffected part of skin,’’ he said.
Otuneye urged parents to be sensitive to the health of their children and ensure proper hygiene for them.

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Buhari Hails 2018 DHS Survey Report

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President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday lauded the 2018 Nigeria Demographic and Health Survey (NDHS) carried out by National Population Commission (NPC), saying “the study is comprehensive for formulation of national policies.”
The President made this known at the official launch of 2018 NDHS in Abuja on Tuesday.
Represented by the Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, Buhari said that the report of the survey was an improvement over previous surveys conducted in the country, adding that it was necessary for advancement of the country’s wellbeing.
According to him, the survey is conducted every five years.
Our correspondent reports that the 2018 NDHS is the sixth of its kind to be conducted in the country since 1990, designed to provide data for monitoring the population and health situations in the nation.
It was conducted by NPC in collaboration with National Malaria Elimination Programme (NMEP) of Federal Ministry of Health, funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Global Fund, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, UNFPA and WHO.
The survey, which fieldwork commenced on Aug. 15 till Dec. 23, 2018, is also to provide up-to-date demographic and health indicators for Nigeria, its geographical zones and individual states.
The survey collected information on fertility awareness and use of family planning methods, nutritional status of women and children, maternal and child health, adult and childhood mortality, women empowerment, female genital cutting, among others.
Mrs Bimbola Salu-Hundeyin, the acting Chairman of NPC, explained that “a total of 41,821 women between 15 and 49 years and
13,311 men between 15 and 59 years were interviewed in 40,425 households, representing a response rate of 99 per cent of women and 99 per cent of men.”
The NPC boss said that two per cent of women and two per cent of men aged 15 years and above had difficulty or could not function in at least one domain of disability such as seeing, hearing, remembering.
Salu-Hundeyin noted that nine per cent of women and 10 per cent of men had some difficulty in at least one domain.

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UNEPA Promises To Support NPC On Data Dissemination

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UN Population Fund (UNFPA) has promised to support National Population Commission (NPC) to disseminate data generated in the Nigeria Demographic and Health Survey (NDHS) at the state level.
The Deputy Regional Director/Officer in Charge, UNFPA, Dr Mamadou Kante, made the promise at the official launch of 2018 NDHS in Abuja yesterday.
The survey, the 6th to be conducted in Nigeria, was conducted by NPC in collaboration with the National Malaria Elimination Programme (NMEP) of Federal Ministry of Health, funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Global Fund, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, UNFPA and WHO.
Kante, who was represented by Mr Andat Dasogot, Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist, UNFPA, commended NPC for conducting the survey, which fieldwork commenced on Aug. 15 till Dec. 23, 2018.
The primary objective of the survey is to provide up-to-date demographic and health indicators for Nigeria, its geographical zones and individual states.
The survey collected information on fertility awareness and use of family planning methods, nutritional status of women and children, maternal and child health, adult and childhood mortality, women empowerment, female genital cutting, among others.
The deputy regional director said “UNFPA is committed to promoting healthy population in the country through strong collaboration with NPC.”
Kathleen FitzGibbon, the Charge’d’affairs, U.S. Embassy, described the NDHS as a demonstration of America’s long time partnership with Nigeria.
FitzGibbon said that the survey’s report would enable stakeholders and partners to tackle health challenges among Nigerians.
She urged NPC and the Federal Government to see the report as an action plan for future planning, adding that “the survey finds that there is incredible improvement in Diahrrea management and changes in behaviour.”

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‘A’ Ibom, Borno Yet To Access Basic Health Care Provision Fund’

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The Federal Ministry of Health, says Borno and Akwa Ibom States are yet to make any commitment towards accessing the Basic Health Care Provision Fund (BHCPF).
The Director of Planning, Research and Statistics, Federal Ministry of Health, Dr Emmanuel Meribole, said this in an interview with newsmen yesterday in Abuja.
Our correspondent reports that the BHCPF is one per cent of Consolidated Revenue Fund (CRF) for healthcare services in line with the National Health Act 2014.
International partners such as the World Bank, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and USAID are also contributing to the Fund. The Brand name for this Programme is “HUWE” meaning life.
Meribole said that since the rollout of BHCPF by President Muhammadu Buhari on Jan. 8, only 34 states of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) had shown commitment toward the programme.
He disclosed that implementation had progressed steadily over the past six months.
According to him, out of the 33 states and the FCT, only 21 have made their financial contributions of N100 million each to support implementation of BHCPF in their states.

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