I listened to a friend recently, who narrated his wife’s ordeal with ulcer for the past five years. The story was quite pathetic. It got to a point where the lady could not stand erect or sleep without serious pains.
According to him, from her shoulders to her waist, a serious tingling pain riddles through her body and takes away her vigour.
The truth is that many people don’t know they have ulcer until they go for test, and most times they are treated of another ailment, while ulcer eats away their internal system.
Ulcer can be sleek and disguising. Many a time pains from ulcer has been misconstrued to be rheumatic, lumbago and all such.
The key to understanding ulcer is to know what causes it. Research has revealed that when a bacteria called” helicobacter pylori” eats up the walls of the intestine or guts they create sores and this causes weight loss, bloating, chest and back pains even nausea.
It also comes with a choking heartburn and sharp pain in the chest once one eats something that touches wounds inside.
Without good treatment ulcer can be a torn in one’s flesh through lifetime and in extreme cases lead to death.
Those who suffer from ulcer need not lose hope. Nature has provided remedies that can eliminate or contain the malaise.
One thing one must bear in mind is that when one starts having those signs such as recurrent chest pain or heartburn after eating some foods, they need to make a change of diet.
Many foods spark ulcer attack. For instance, popcorn, nuts, roasted yams and plantain, which can scrape the intestinal walls including some fried foods.
To start healing, one is advised to embrace natural foods or vegetables. Carrot juice for instance is soothing to ulcerated stomach lining.
Aloe Vera is very effective. Aloe Vera gel according to natural food experts soothes sores in the inside. One is advised to take one teaspoonful twice a day.
Cabbage according H K Bakru, a popular herbalist is a top anti ulcer herb. Cabbage juice contains an anti ulcer factor, vitamin U. This vitamin is destroyed in cooking.
The treatment consists of taking 90 to 180gm of cabbage juice three times daily. To make the juice more palatable to drink, one can add celery or little orange juice to taste.
If the raw juice is repulsive then eat lots of raw cabbage slices made into a salad. Make it a habit and be sure the cabbage is fresh.
An infusion of cinnamon sticks can be drained and drank as well.
Finally, don’t stay hungry or fast too long as these can start a fresh attack. Always, eat light meals to keep the stomach lining working. Reduce alcohol and smoking as well.
Commissioner Lauds Navy On Covid-19 Containment
Rivers State Commissioner for Health, Prof Princewill Chike, has lauded efforts made so far by the Naval Command at Borokiri, Port Harcourt, towards checking the trend of the Covid-19 pandemic in the State.
Making the commendation recently when the naval medical team paid him a courtesy call in his office, the commissioner stated that the state government and Rivers people appreciate the fact that the naval health facility is made accessable to people living in their environment and beyond.
“The Rivers State Government appreciates all your effort aimed at curbing the spread of the Corona Virus in line with your corporate social responsibility for host communities in the state by making your (health) facility accessible”, he said.
Prof Chike continued that, “the job of every health personnel is humanitarian. Lives of citizens of our country are paramount and should therefore not be compromised”.
While assuring that the state government is doing everything possible to fight the spread of the pandemic, the commissioner stated that he’ll personally pay occasional visits to the naval healthcare facility, and also assured of the preparedness of the state ministry of health to partner with other private healthcare delivery services.
“The State Ministry of Health (MOH) is committed in partnering with other private health facilities in the state to curb the spread of the ravaging pandemic”, he said.
Speaking earlier, the Commander, Naval Medical Centre Borikiri, Navy Captain U. O. Nzeribe-Agbangwu, said the navy health services were not restrained to its personnel but extended to other individuals who need to access the facility for heart care.
The commander said, “over 70 percent of our patients are civilians, and, in line with our corporate social responsibility, we constructed a borehole for supply of water to the host community”.
Nzeribe-Agbangwu also expressed satisfaction over the support the Naval healthcare facility got from the ministry in the heat of the pandemic in 2020.
By: Sogbeba Dokubo
Covid-19: Pregnant Woman, 15 Others Die In Edo
The Edo State Government has confirmed the death of a 33-year-old pregnant woman at Stella Obasanjo Hospital in Benin and 15 other persons across other Covid-19 facilities.
Head of the state’s Coronavirus Case Management, Dr Ebomwonyi Osagie, who disclosed this at the daily press briefing on the virus, however, said that the victims were not vaccinated.
“This particular patient came in and died about three hours after presentation at the Stella Obasanjo Hospital; late presentation is a major issue in managing crisis.
“She is about 28 weeks pregnant, already having pre-eclampsia, so, the debate is actually if it is the pre-eclampsia that killed her or Covid-19.
“The woman has Covid-19, which pushed her more toward developing pre-eclampsia and then death. Some other women have pre-eclampsia and are successfully managed.
“Late presentation is an issue, because the patient died three hours after presentation, which means that there is little that would have been done to manage the situation, so, we are appealing to private hospitals to let patients go very early for treatment.
“So far, a total of 537 samples were collected, with a total of 1,004 confirmed cases, 103 recovered and were discharged and 16 deaths recorded within 48hours.
“We have 70 people in admission, 296 people in home care, 344 discharged and 50 deaths, since the outbreak of the pandemic,” Osagie said.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Dr Osamwonyi Irowa, said that the cases were rising, with more people being admitted, just as the state was recording very high mortality from COVID-19.
Irowa further said that vaccination was fighting the pandemic and appealed to residents to avail themselves the opportunity of taking COVID-19 vaccines made available by the Federal and state governments.
Agency Trains 40 Health Officers On Emergency Response
The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (US-CDC) on Monday kicked off a two-week capacity building programme in Lagos for Nigerian experts on public health emergency response.
The training seeks to certify the first cohort of 40 participants drawn from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), state-level ministries of health, Nigeria Port Health Services, and Nigerian military in the Public Health Emergency Management Professional Certification (PHEM PC).
The US-CDC Nigeria Country Director, Mary Boyd, said: “The devastating impact of the Covid-19 pandemic illustrates now more than ever the importance of ensuring the public health and health care systems can adequately prevent, respond to, and recover from health emergencies.
“Particularly those whose scale, timing, or unpredictability threatens to overwhelm routine capabilities,” a statement by the mission in Lagos, quoted.
The Tide source reports that PHEM PC training, a first of its kind in Nigeria, adapted from US-CDC Atlanta, equips emergency managers, incident managers, state epidemiologists, first responders, watch managers, and other public health experts with the knowledge, competencies and skill sets they need to respond to public health emergencies.
During the intensive programme, participants will receive specialised training in crisis and emergency risk communication as well as public health emergency management functions and operations.
The PHEM training is part of the U.S. Government’s efforts to support pandemic preparedness globally.
The US-CDC, NCDC, and Georgetown University are collaborating to deliver this training.
In 2019, Nigeria became a Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) partner country committed to achieving GHSA 2024 targets and International Health Regulations (IHR) requirements.
US-CDC supports the Government of Nigeria (GON) to achieve these targets by strengthening workforce development, surveillance, emergency response, and laboratory capacity among other areas.
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