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Progress As Ministry, UNICEF Celebrate Child Health Week In Rivers

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The Rivers State Ministry of Health in collaboration with United Nation Children’s Fund (UNICEF) (A field Zone) flagged off the Child Health Week on Saturday May 22, 2010 at Bunu Nonwa in Tai Local Government Area of Rivers State.

The sensitisation exercise took off with a rally from Nonwa Market square involving other villages in the local government Kpite, Kira, Tua Tua, Koroma and others.

An intensive campaign was carried out on maternal, new born and child health eradication of polio in Nigeria, immunisation of women of child bearing age (15-49) years.

Basic message advised adn encouraged women to space for at least two years before getting another baby, and that every child needs immunisation to protect them against diseases that growth disability or death. For example, every child bearing woman needs to be protected against Tetanus.

The message further revealed that a child with diarrhea needs to drink plenty of breast milk, fruit juice or oral dehydration salt (ORS).

Delivering a speech on behalf of the Health Commissioner, the Director of Primary Healthcare, Dr. Akuro Okujagu intimated the crowd that safe motherhood day reflected the degree of respect and regard for women and children right in the society which he declared as an annual event celebrated world-wide every May 22.

He also said that more than 75 per cent population of the state live in the rural communities and one of the ways of reaching out to them is through sensitisation programme organised on safe motherhood celebration like this.

Emphatically, Dr. Okujagu contended that safe motherhood will be understood and embraced by the people. Packages of life saving health services like focused ANC clean and safe deliveries, new born care, post natal care, family planning, immunisation, vitamin A administration, de-worming exercise, breast feeding and complementary breast feeding, personal and environmental hygiene etc. all these are with the ultimate objective to achieve the vision of safe motherhood.

Finally, Dr. Akuro Okujagu said that no woman going through pregnancy and child birth should suffer any injury or loose her life or that of the baby. “That is why this year’s Motherhood Day Celebration started with a rally, it is indeed special.” More lives are touched in many ways leading to a happy and healthy living subsequently reducing marternal and under five mortality by 75% and 66% respectively by 2015. This is in line with the 4th/5th MGDs and everyone is encouraged to embrace the various activities.

In his contribution UNICEF polio representative, Mr. Stan Osum lamented the increasing rate of infant and maternal mortalities in recent years in Nigeria. He regretted that most children are now vulnerable to disease while one in every pregnant woman dies before child birth.

Osum stressed the need for constant vaccination of children against polio among  other related diseases such as measles, tuberculosis, yellow fever and others. Mothers should be vaccinated against tetanus infection and other diseases.

Ministry representative, Mr. Stan Osum also urged communities to join hands with health workers and voluntary organisations such as UNICEF to ensure the success of immunisation in their areas.

In his speech, the chairman of Tai Local Government, Mr. Barry Mpigi thanked the state Government for choosing Tai Local Government for the flag off ceremony. Mpigi was represented by his Vice chairman Sylva Ngbu, who warned against premature sex.

The event attracted peoples from all walks of  life. Tai Local Government featured traditional dances from the youths and other cultural display.

Monitoring the celebration of child health week safe motherhooh, maternal, new born, eradication of polio etc. UNICEF (A Field Zone), the Rivers State Co-ordinator with a team of journalists moved to seven local governments of Rivers State to see how they are fairing concerning the sensitisation programme of safe motherhood, child health week.

Local governments visited are Khana Local Government, Comprehensive Health Centre, Bori, where two hundred mothers were attended to and given mosquito nets as well as with Vitamin A. Awareness was much their challenge.

In Gokana Local Government, journalists went into their health centres women were also in attendance with their children. Attendance okay. They were also given deworming drugs, Vitamins A and mosquito nets before them moved to Okrika Local Government visited Ibaka Health Centre, where over one thousand children attended.

 Administration of Vitamin A, DPT, OPB, BCG measles, yellow fever tablets also took place.

According to Mrs. Ibifuro Elfrida a technician, the team moved to neigbouring communities to create awareness. Generally, the people around these community are poor, but the response was fair.

The team moved to Oyigbo Local Government and visited Comprehensive Health Centre, Oyigbo, met Chief Nursing Officer, Mrs. Ake Alice Amachree, who disclosed that one hundred and one children came and drugs were administered to them. One hundred mothers also came and were attended to. Response was good.

Challenges facing the health centre include the fact that the Health Centre was yet to be equipped. No funding. Only UNICEF and other agencies are helping out. At Asalga Local Government, Buguma, Sister Daba Peter Kio, Deputy Director Community Health Officer in charge of Buguma Health Centre intimated the team no proper arrangement was made as a result the Child Health Day took off late and no drugs for the programme because of some problems in the local government. Mothers and children were however seen without administration of drugs some mothers left as a result of the fact that there were no drugs.

Finally, the team arrived at Abua Odual Local Government and went to Ayama Health Centre.

Sister Elizatbeth Adoki who received the team and remarked that the turnout was great and mothers with their children were given necessary drugs de-worming tablets, mosquito nets Vitamin A etc.

She revealed that this year’s health week the women responded very well. Mrs. Adoki disclosed that she left to Omakwa, Amake and Otari villages in the local government to intimate the women on the need of safe motherhood and to space children in other to avoid loosing their life and that of babies.

The exercise was a success.

 

Julie Jumbo

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Getting Trimmed Naturally 1

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There are a lot of misconceptions about weight gain. The first is that weight gain comes from extra calories we do consume that we don’t expend. Experts say we eat too much and exercise little. So if one get fatter then surely he or she must be eating too much.
The other misconception is that once we cut our food then we will naturally become trimmed. All these are hinged on the diet theory, which only works for some time.
Over the past 40 years studies have shown that you can’t get clinically significant effect from cutting down on your calories. Even though experts are saying that sloth is responsible for weight gain- they overlook one basic truth that dieting only works for a short period.
The new study that seems to break those myths about body fat is now revealing some stunning facts. The kind of food we eat makes us fat. Two scientists at University of Pennsylvania, Mitchell Lazar and Cardiologist Allan Sniderman at McGill University all in the USA have shown that that food that we eat often makes us pack in flesh. These include bread, plain baked potatoes, and plain pasta, rice, sweet corn. They confirmed that fatty foods isn’t the enemy but easily digested carbohydrates. While steak, burgers, cheese or sour cream help us lose weight and keep our heart healthy.
This sounds ironical, but it has been discovered that those who do diet and avoid those foods end up getting hungry. What happens is that when you conserve energy or burn less energy, you are bound to add more flesh. Many public health authorities want us to practice energy balance, which is a new way to say that you shouldn’t take more calories than one expends.
No matter how one counts what he or she eats, it is impossible to determine calories and know when we are over board. No matter how good you are at counting calories, you can’t do it. So its couple of sips of soft drinks and few bites of humburger that can make you add weight. That means it at the point when we eat extra than the body want that the body store excess as fat.
The myth of exercising to reduce weight is really making waves. Exercise is helpful but it’s not the main ingredient for fat burning. The phony truth is that the two things we tell people to do in order to lose weight-eat less and exercise more- are the exact two things that make one more hungry. Thus there is need for balance. If one must exercise, then it should be done moderately so as to allow the body to recover the stretch.
The reality is that insulin is the primary hormone that makes one to add weight. If one eats food that spikes insulin like bread, biscuits, sweets, soft drinks. It is refined carbohydrates that raise insulin levels in the body.
To be contd
Explained in simple terms your fat tissue is more like your wallet, and your meals are like going to the ATM. You know how you use the ATM: You put the cash in your wallet and gradually spend it, and when you get too low on cash, you go back to the ATM. It’s the insulin that locks the money in your wallet, so you keep going to the ATM, and your fat cells are getting fatter and fatter. More often you become hungry and you eat again because the insulin can’t get at the fatty acids leading to weight gain.
Low carb diet is key if you are to get trimmed. In Africa where stables are more of carbohydrate it is best to choose those with fibre. It’s difficult to follow the Atkins diet like eating skinless chicken and green salad, melted mozzarella cheese and all those western diet.
An example of a workable diet is to include eggs more often and cut down on processed foods, especially processed carbohydrate. Complex carbohydrate and vegetables have more fibre and makes you get filled quickly. Instead of Irish potato, go for sweet potatoes, oats that have more fibre. I advise people to eat garri than processed plantain and wheat meals. By the way, processed wheat can worsen the body ails.
The other way to go is, to eat low carbohydrate, and that means more of protein, fat, vegetables and complex grains like millet, and beans. With low carbohydrate, one can eat as much and still remain trimmed. A low carbohydrate is better than a low fat, low calorie diet.
Research has shown high fat diet is good for the heart. I don’t mean trans -fat but healthy fats from cheese, milk, olive oil and fish oil. Once your HDL goes up, your LDL goes down and this reduces high cholesterol and inadvertently cuts down excess insulin which is a big factor in fat burning.
The low fat diet which medical authorities promote often in the bid to reduce heart problems is actually bad for the heart as studies reveal. A study published by Readers Digest in February 2011 said, “the public health effort to get everyone to eat that way is one of the fundamental reasons that we now have obesity and diabetes epidemics”.
The strange conclusion is that not everyone gets fat from eating carbohydrates- it has to with how sensitive your fat cells are fight with muscle cells. But the huge percentage of the people who get fat got it in their high carbohydrate diet, especially processed ones. Agreed that getting rid of carbohydrate might not make you lean, but the leanest you can be is on the diet with the fewest carbohydrates.
A low carb diet has lots of health benefits- it can reduce your blood pressure, and it’s advisable to eat more of natural foods than processed foods. Our ancestors ate more of meat, vegetables and fibre from fruits. The fundamental idea is, don’t eat foods that make you fat, beyond that, you can eat as much as you want without much processed carbohydrates.

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US Approves New Drug To Delay Type 1 Diabetes 

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A new drug that delays the onset of type 1 diabetes received approval from the US Food and Drug Administration.
It is the first therapy approved for prevention of type 1 diabetes.
The monoclonal antibody teplizumab, which will be marketed under the brand name Tzield, from ProventionBio and Sanofi is given through intravenous infusion. The therapy will carry a wholesale cost of roughly $194,000 for a full course of treatment, the drug’s manufacturer said in an investor call on Friday, although this is not expected to be the price consumers would pay.
It is thought to work by turning down the body’s misdirected attack on its own insulin-producing cells. The idea is that protecting these cells buys people more time before they become dependent on insulin to manage their condition.
In clinical trials, Tzield delayed progression to full-blown diabetes by a little over two years. But the benefits have lasted much longer in some of the study participants.
One of them, Mikayla Olsten, was screened for diabetes after her 9-year old sister, Mia, suddenly developed a life-threatening episode of diabetic ketoacidosis and was diagnosed with diabetes. There was no history of diabetes in the family, and Mikayla was not sick, but she had four of the five types of autoantibodies that doctors look for to assess a person’s risk.
“They told us when somebody has that many markers, it’s not if they’re going to develop diabetes, it’s when,” said her mom, Tracy.
Mikayla was 15 when she joined the study and received teplizumab. She is now 21 and a senior in college. She gets an annual battery of tests to check her pancreas and blood markers, and Tracy Olsten says her condition has not progressed in six years.
According to a scientific statement from JDRF, the Endocrine Society and the American Diabetes Association, when a person has markers for autoimmune disease and episodes of uncontrolled blood sugar, the five-year risk for progression to insulin-dependent symptomatic disease is 75 percent. The lifetime risk of developing insulin-dependent diabetes is nearly 100 percent.

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Benefits Of Garlic To Health

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Garlic is a bulbous herb vegetable that is scientifically called Allium sativum.
A lot of people do not like to take garlic because it is assumed to cause mouth odour when eaten raw. Little do you know that garlic has more health benefits to the body than you had imagined.
According to research, garlic is said to be an antibiotic and immune enhancer which helps to fight bacteria, fungi, viruses and intestinal parasites in the body. It does not lose its effectiveness when cooked.
It is also a good source of vitamin C, B6 and has other minerals like manganese and selenium. Selenium is a rich mineral resource that helps to fight cancer in the body.
Garlic can be used in several forms: from cloves and smooth paste to powders and supplements like garlic oil and extract.
It adds flavour to meals and can be easily included in diets. Garlic can be used to make savoury dishes, sauces, soups, and so on.
This article will give you more insight about the healthy benefits of taking garlic.
. Cures ear infection
Garlic has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties.  Applying garlic cloves to your ears helps to cure the infection and gives a better sensation.
. Relieves pain in the body
Garlic has an effective way of easing the body’s discomfort. This is achieved by applying garlic oil to the affected parts.
. Improves eyesight
Scientists have made it known that the antimicrobial property of garlic helps to fight microbes causing eyesight keratitis. It also reduces intraocular pressure.
. It normalises blood sugar
According to research, consuming raw garlic helps to prevent high blood sugar, which could eventually lead to diabetes, obesity, etc. It stabilises blood sugar in the body.
. Fights cancer
Garlic contains anticancer properties, which help to improve the inflammation that could increase the risk of cancer in the body. It also boosts enzymes that destroy carcinogens.
. Boosts the immune system
Garlic consists of antioxidants which flush out toxins and reduce oxidative stress in the body. It supplements the body and increases various immune systems in the body.
. Prevents cardiovascular diseases
Heart attack and stroke are said to be some of the cardiovascular diseases responsible for death.
Garlic helps to reduce the risk of heart disease in the human body. It enhances nitric oxide, which is essential to maintaining normal blood flow. It also hinders arterial disease, blood clotting and inflammation.
. Prevents illness
Taking garlic helps to fight against illnesses and reduces the risk of common cold, flu etc in the body system.
. Fights dementia and Alzheimer’s disease
Dementia is an illness that mostly affects the aged. Garlic helps to prevent such occurrences because it has antioxidants that inhibit cell damage and loss of memory.
. Improves the skin
Due to its antioxidant and other biological properties. Garlic is said to help with improving issues in the skin such as keloid scars, wounds, psoriasis, viral and fungal infections, skin aging, etc. It aids immunity and prevents UVB damage.
Source: https://tribuneonlineng.com/ten-health-benefits-of-garlic-you-should-know/

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