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Managing Cold Naturally

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We are at the peak of the rainy season again with its accompanying cold, catarrh, cough and fever ailments.
As usual, many people will be battling with how to curb the challenge now worsened with the spread of Covid 19. In short, most of the symptoms of coronavirus like sneezing and coughing can be confusing and instil fear into some people this period.
The challenge is compounded by lifestyle especially for those who are used to sleeping in air-conditioned rooms and fans. These can compound our cold symptoms.
Other sources of cold in most homes and offices include tiles and poor aeration. The tiles are usually cold and exposure to them can increase cold in the body. Therefore one is advised to put on foot wears or stockings since our foot contact cold.
Poorly aerated homes can cause ailment. The body needs fresh air to function properly.  As the body becomes oxygenated it is able to withstand diseases. Poorly aerated homes can lead to fungus related like Catarrh, headaches and fever.
There are also some home remedies that would help you tackle common cold and cough this season. Besides treating common cold and cough effectively, these home remedies are also free from any side-effects. Below are some time tested remedies that will help you treat common cold and cough this season.
Ginger tea:
Ginger tea not only tastes good but also helps in treating common cold and cough. The tea helps in drying running and dripping nose, thus expelling phlegm from the respiratory tract. Among various health benefits of ginger, it is known to soothe common cold and speeds up the recovery process.
Mixture of lemon, cinnamon and honey:
Another effective home remedy for common cold and cough is a mixture of lemon, cinnamon and honey. This syrup effectively cures cold and cough.
How to make the syrup: In half spoon of honey, add a few drop of lemon and a pinch of cinnamon. Have this syrup twice a day to cure common cold and cough.
Drink luke-warm water often:
Drink luke-warm water frequently as it helps in fighting against common cold, cough and sore throat. Warm water reduces inflammation in the throat and helps in replenishing the fluids and infection out of the body.
Milk and turmeric:
An essential ingredient found in almost all Indian kitchens, turmeric has a strong antioxidant which helps in treating many health problems. Turmeric mixed in warm milk is a popular and effective way to fight against cold and cough. Drinking a glass of warm turmeric milk before sleeping helps in faster recovery from cold and cough.
Gargle with salt-water:
This is an age-old therapy that effectively treats cough and cold. Adding turmeric in this salt-water is also beneficial. Honey and brandy
Brandy is known to keep your chest warm as it increases body’s temperature and missing honey in brandy helps in fighting a cough. Just a teaspoon of brandy mixed with few drops of honey improves cough and common cold. Spiced tea.
Cloves, ginger and black pepper: While peparing your tea and this spiced tea is great for your health. These three ingredients play an important role in fighting a common cold and cough.
Honey, lime juice and warm water:
This is a perfect dose to improve digestion and for the circulation system. Adding honey to luke-lime water is the best solution in controlling common cold and cough.
Flaxseeds for cold and cough:
Flaxseeds are another effective remedy to cure common cold and cough. You can boil flaxseeds until it thickens and strain it. Add a few drops of lime juice and honey to it and consume the mixture for cold and cough relief. Ginger and salt
Cut ginger into small pieces and add salt to it. Chew these ginger pieces to fight cold, cough and a sore throat.
Sauté garlic:
Sauté a few garlic cloves in milk and consume this when warm. This can be a bitter concoction but has a great soothing impact for common cold and cough. Jaggery solution
Boil water with black pepper, cumin and jaggery to it. Consume this solution when warm and it will give you relief from chest congestion.
Carrot juice:
This uncommon home remedy is great to fight common cold and cough. It may sound strange but this interesting drink helps in relieving common cold and cough.

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CSO Wants Cancer Treatment Centres In Rivers

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The Rivers State Chapter of the Civil Society Organisation (CSO) has called on the state government to establish a cancer treatment centres in the state to address the current growing cancer cases in the State.
Making the call yesterday in an exclusive interview, Chairman of the organisation, Mr Dennis Otobo, said going by its status among the commity of states in the country, Rivers State needs such centres in strategic areas of the State.
He stated that, “going by the position of Rivers State among States in the country, we are overdue to have enough cancer treatment centers, especially considering the State Government’s focus on the health of her people”.
According to him, “taking all our cancer patients to Ibadan or other neighbouring states does not tell well of our health services, no matter how we look at it.
“Government should establishment cancer treatment centers in the State, at least a one hub treatment  center in each Local Government Area”, he said.
Otobo explained that for now, about 99% of treatments for cancer, and related services are provided by donor agencies, and patients are taken outside the State for treatment, which requires a lot of fund that is mostly not available.
“If Government can provide cancer treatment centers in the State, it will not only lessen the impact of the ailment in the State, but will also alleviate the suffering of patients who cannot afford going for treatment outside the State”, he said.
On her part, the State Coordinator of Reproductive Health, Dr Ororo Smith, said the State currently has mammographic machine at the Rivers State University Teaching Hospital (RSUTH), that is used to diagnose breast cancer, while the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital (UPTH) has cancer treatment center, “but it’s not enough”.
She also noted that establishment of cancer treatment centers “will go a long way in checking the menace of cancer cases in the State”.

 

By:  Sogbeba Dokubo

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Hepatitis B Infection: Expert Cautions Against Multiple Sexual Partners

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A Consultant Microbiologist, at the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH), Dr Sherifat Sulaiman, has advised people against having multiple sexual partners, in order to guard against  Hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection.
Sulaiman made the call on Sunday, while delivering a Virtual Public lecture entitled: “ Hepatitis B: the Silent Killer, Causes and Concerns”, organised by The Criterion, Association of Muslim Women in Business and Professions, Kwara District.
She observed that apart from having multiple sexual partners, people could  get infected through sharing needles, toothbrush, blood transfusion, unprotected sexual intercourse and mother to child transmission, among others.
According to her, HBV is 50 to 100 times more infectious than HIV/AIDS, adding that an estimated 257 million people around the global had chronic HBV infection.
“The virus worldwide results in an estimated 887,000 deaths per year,,” she said.
The microbiologist said 15 to 20 per cent of HBV would progress to liver cancer and liver cirrhosis, which is difficult to treat, noting that about two-thirds of those with HBV were Asymptomatic, only to present severe complications later in life.
“Hepatitis is a general term used for inflammation of the liver. It has various causes. The most common cause of hepatitis is infection with one of the five hepatitis viruses (A, B, C, D, or E).
“Other potential causes include, lack of blood supply to the liver, poison, Autoimmune disorders, excessive alcohol use and taking certain medications among others,” she said.
She pointed out that for those  with acute (short-lived) hepatitis B, the body might  be able to fight the infection on its own.
“This means you may not need treatment. Your doctor will help you manage your symptoms and monitor your condition, while your body works to clear the hepatitis B from your system.
“If you have chronic (long-lasting) hepatitis B, your doctor will refer you to a gastroenterologist or other subspecialist, who treats people with  chronic liver problems.
“Treatment may take a year or more, depending on the severity of the infection and one’s response to treatment,” she said.
The expert said vaccines were available to prevent hepatitis B and that it was now routinely given in the first year of life to all newborn infants.
“This vaccine should be given to people who are at high risk for this illness, such as healthcare workers, all children, people who travel to areas where the infection is widespread, drug users, and those who have multiple sex partners,” she said.
Earlier, in her address of welcome, Hajia Hauwa Tajudeen, Amirah of The Criterion, Kwara District, said the virtual public lecture was meant to educate them on some critical issues affecting them, so as to guard against such predicament.
She added that education is power that saved us a great deal, stressing that the topic of discourse was very apt at this period, when so many people were carriers of some  diseases but were ignorant that they had them.

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COVID-19 Vaccines Don’t Contain Microchip, Alter DNA – PTF

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The Executive Director,  National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr Faisal Shuaib, has dismissed speculations that the expected COVID-19 vaccines in the country contain microchips and would alter human genetic  information.
Shuaib gave the assurance on Monday in Abuja at the  Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 national briefing.
While encouraging Nigerians to take the vaccines once available, he said it would not only protect people but would trigger an immune response that would protect the body against the virus, if encountered.
“We encourage all Nigerians to get vaccinated when vaccines become accessible as the benefits of the vaccines far outweighs the potential side effects.
“The chances of spreading the disease is significantly reduced once community members are vaccinated and protected, owing to the fact that the vaccines trigger an immune response that will protect your body against the virus if encountered.
“Please note that taking the vaccine will not only protect you, it will protect your loved ones and community members  against the COVID-19 disease as we work toward developing health immunity.
“There currently seems to be growing vaccines hesitancy and this is largely caused by misinformation leading  to mistrust, doubts, suspicions and conspiracy theories.
“We urge the public to disregard such representation from unverified sources and listen to the medical experts for confirmed information,” he advised.
He said it was important to note that vaccines, including COVID-19 vaccines, were manufactured under strict compliance with World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines, therefore COVID-19 vaccines do not contain any harmful substance, microchip and does not altar human genetic information.
“Furthermore, any vaccine coming to Nigeria will be tested by NAFDAC and certified safe for human use before it is administered.
“We will like to assure all Nigerians that this verification exercise will also be applicable to the COVID-19 vaccine and NAFDAC will continue to monitor the efficacy of the vaccine even after its administration to ensure proper documentation of any side effect.
“I want to reiterate that the first set of vaccine is that of Pfizer-Biotech and nRA vaccines and the equipment that are required to store them – that is the ultra-cold chain equipment for storage are available at the National Strategic Cold Store of NPHCDA.
“I will invite members of the media to go and take a look at the National Strategic Cold Store along Airport Road, those equipment are available.
“We have over 2,100 liters capacity. The requirement for the 100,000 doses of Pfizer vaccines that will be available by the end of January/February is 500 liters, so we have enough capacity for the 100,000 doses.
“I make particular reference to those reports that claimed that we are going to waste the 100,000 doses because we do not have any ultra cold chain equipment.
“Pfizer has also informed us that the COVID-19 vaccine can be stored for five days at plus two to eight degrees outside of ultra cold chain, which is suitable especially at low level.
“This means that the ultra cold chain storage is only required at the national level and six zonal stores where the vaccines can be stored for longer period, the vaccines then will be transferred to lower levels using dry ices in isolated dry thermals when they are ready to be deployed.
“I want to emphasis that the PTF, Ministry of Health intend to invest too heavily in the ultra cold chain equipment because of the logistical challenges.
“We already have thousands of refrigerators and freezers that we use for our routine immunisation vaccines available all over Nigeria. So we will  prioritise the  storage for those vaccines that are plus two and plus eight degrees Celsius,” he said.

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