Research Into Maternal Health Indicators Launched In Nigeria

The National Centre for Women Development has commissioned a research into maternal health indicators in Nigeria.Maternal-health

The Director General of the Centre, Ms Onyeka Onwenu, expressed optimism that the initiative would tackle the reproductive rights challenges of women and girls.

Ms Onwenu said the study was also critical to the actualisation of the Sustainable Development Goals.

The health of women during pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum period requires adequate attention, but Nigeria has continued to record cases of maternal deaths during childbirth.

The research will consider the health care dimensions of family planning, preconception, prenatal, and postnatal care in order to reduce maternal morbidity and mortality.

The United Nations Population Fund estimated that 289,000 women died of pregnancy or childbirth related causes in 2013.

These causes range from severe bleeding to obstructed labour, all of which have highly effective interventions.

As women have gained access to family planning and skilled birth attendance with backup emergency obstetric care, the global maternal mortality ratio has fallen from 380 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births in 1990 to 210 deals per 100,000 live births in 2013.

This has resulted in many countries halving their maternal death rates.

101 Die From Lassa Fever In Nigeria, Says NCDC

lassa feverThe Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has disclosed that the growing Lassa Fever outbreak in Nigeria has killed a total of 101 people.

Statistics from NCDC show that reported cases of the haemorrhagic disease — both confirmed and suspected — stand at 175 with a total of 101 deaths since August.

According to the NCDC, deaths from the virus were recorded in Abuja, Lagos, and 14 other states.

The outbreak of Lassa Fever was only announced in January, months after the first case of the disease happened in August, with subsequent deaths reported in 10 states, including Abuja.

In 2015, 12 people died in Nigeria out of 375 infected, while in 2012 there were 1,723 cases and 112 deaths, according to the NCDC.

In neighbouring Benin Republic, at least nine people have died in a Lassa outbreak, with a total of 20 suspected cases.

Scientists Close To Quicker Lassa Fever Diagnosis

lassa feverThe leader of a group of scientists says tackling the outbreak of Lassa Fever might be closer than imagined as his team has come up with a diagnosis that can diagnose Lassa fever virus within ten minutes.

‎Professor Christian Happi disclosed this at a forum in Ede, Osun State while speaking on new discoveries on Lassa virus.

Professor Christian Happi said that the new discoveries include a ten-minute rapid diagnostic test, neutralizing antibodies that inhibit Lassa fever virus while vaccines for the treatment of the virus are being worked upon.

He disclosed that using next generation sequencing, the research team has identified a signal of natural selection in human gene called LARGE in the Yoruba populations of southwest Nigeria that may be associated with protection to Lassa Fever Virus.

With careful hypothesis, Prof Happi believes that this could be key to the future Lassa Fever Vaccine.

Happi added that Africa needs to produce more scientists that will deal with emerging trends in health related issue.

Laboratory Scientists Seek More Focus On Neglected Diseases

Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists of NigeriaThe Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists of Nigeria (AMLSN), has asked the Federal Government to focus more on neglected diseases such as, Spongiform Encephalopathies and Hemorrhagic fevers.

The group made the call on Sunday, following the rise of prevalence of psychiatric disorder and hemorrhagic fevers in Nigeria.

Their demand is part of resolutions reached by the AMLSN at the end of its 193rd NEC Meeting and Annual Public Health Lecture held in Calabar, Cross River State Capital, with the theme, “Spongiform Encephalopathies; Disorders of Economic and Public Health Importance; Wither Nigeria?”.

According to the AMLSN, the challenge must not be undermined by government, medical professionals and indeed all stakeholders.

With the outbreak of diseases such as Spongiform Encephalopathies, Lassa Fever Virus and Ebola virus among others, speakers at the meeting, called on the public to adhere strictly to the preventive measures of personal and environmental hygiene.

Reading out resolutions reached at the end of the NEC Meeting, the National President of the Association, Toyosi Raheem, called on government at all levels to constitute active surveillance teams that would ensure holistic surveillance at all times to detect early warning signs of disease outbreaks.

The active surveillance teams, according to Mr Raheem, would avoid health emergencies that may impact gravely on the lives of Nigerians.

Brazil Zika Cases Raise Concern Of Virus Transmission Beyond Mosquitoes

ZikaTwo cases of Zika being transmitted through blood transfusions were reported in Brazil on Thursday, adding to concerns over the virus that has been linked to severe birth defects and is typically spread through mosquito bites.

The disclosure of the blood transfusion cases in the industrial city of Campinas near Sao Paulo came two days after Texas authorities said a person became infected through sex. Concern over the virus is mounting as Brazil prepares to host the Olympic Games in August, with tens of thousands of athletes and tourists anticipated.

There is no vaccine or treatment for Zika, which has caused outbreaks in at least 26 countries in the Americas. Brazil researchers hope to develop a treatment that could be tested in humans in a year.

Dr. Marcelo Addas Carvalho, director of the blood center at the University of Campinas, said genetic testing confirmed that a man who received a blood transfusion from a Zika-infected man in March 2015 became infected with the virus, although he did not develop symptoms.

Another man, who had suffered gunshot wounds, became infected with Zika after receiving multiple blood transfusions that included blood donated by an infected person in April 2015, Carvalho said.

Carvalho said that infection probably was caused by the transfusion but genetic tests have not yet been conducted to confirm it. He said it was very unlikely the infection was caused by a mosquito bite because the patient was in a hospital intensive care unit for three months.

The patient later died from his gunshot wounds and not the Zika infection, health officials and Carvalho said.

West Africa declared Ebola-free

Liberia has been declared Ebola-free by the World Health Organization (WHO), effectively putting an end to the world’s worst outbreak of the disease.

The “end of active transmission” was declared, after 42 days without a new case in Liberia.

The country joins Guinea and Sierra Leone, which earned the status last year.

However, the WHO warned that West Africa may see flare-ups of the virus. It has killed more than 11,000 people since December 2013.

Most critical’ months

A country is considered free of human-to-human transmission once two 21-day incubation periods have passed since the last known case tested negative for a second time.

WHO chief Margaret Chan said the end of the outbreak was a “monumental achievement”.

“This date marks the first time since the start of the epidemic two years ago that all three of the hardest-hit countries – Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone – have reported zero cases for at least 42 days,” she said in a statement.

However, this declaration will be marked with caution as the end of active transmission of Ebola has been declared twice before in Liberia – only for the infection to re-emerge.

Flare-ups

WHO said it anticipated “more flare-ups”, and the risk of additional small outbreaks in the three West African states remained “high”.

“Evidence shows that the virus disappears relatively quickly from survivors, but can remain in the semen of a small number of male survivors for as long as one year, and in rare instances, be transmitted to intimate partners,” it added.

Dr Chan described the next three months as “the most critical” for the three West African nations, which accounted for almost all of the deaths from the outbreak.

“By the end of this year, we expect that all survivors will have cleared the virus from their bodies,” she was quoted as saying by the AFP news agency.

You must carefully wash new clothes once before wearing them. The reason is terrific!

Don’t like doing laundry? It’s about 1,000 times better than contracting lice, eczema, or scabies. According to dermatologists, you’re at risk for all of the above by wearing new clothes without running them through the washing machine at least once.

Dr. Donald Belsito of Columbia University Medical Center says that the type of clothing dye and traces of formaldehyde commonly found in many articles of factory-made clothing can often have severe impacts on human skin. (Urea formaldehyde resins are used to prevent cotton-polyester blends from wrinkling and to limit mildew).

Allergic contact dermatitis and irritant contact dermatitis, both forms of eczema, can be caused by wearing fabrics containing the anti-wrinkle chemical. The symptoms are similar – flaky skin and rashes.

Furthermore, because there is no real way of knowing how many hands have touched an article of clothing before you buy it, Belsito notes: “I have seen cases of lice that were possibly transmitted from trying on in the store, and there are certain infectious diseases that can be passed on through clothing … The other infestation I’ve seen from clothing is scabies.”

So go ahead and wash your new jeans immediately!

You will never want to drink Coca-Cola again after seeing this!

Do you know what you’re actually putting into your body when drinking your favorite carbonated sugary drink? After seeing this video, you might think twice about that soda in your fridge!

When the Cola is boiled, the water evaporates, leaving behind copious amounts of sugar that turn into the substance that looks like tar.

Coca Cola contains 65 grams of sugar in one 590 ml bottle, and a whopping 108 grams in a liter. By the way, Pepsi is even sweeter, with 69 grams of sugar in a 591 ml bottle and 112 grams in a liter!

Now, here’s some food for thought: the American Heart Association writes 180,000 annual deaths may be linked to the consumption of sugary soft drinks.

So next time you want to drink soda, think of your health… and also of this video.

Please, share this video with friends and your family!

Fibroid Specialist hospital open in Lagos

A specialist hospital for the treatment of fibroid  embolisation through Uterine has been established in Lagos .
According to media reports, The hospital  Cadarcrest , located in lagos has been admitting  patients for a cure for their aliment.
 
 Speaking with newsmen , The medical director of Cadarcrest Hospitals Ltd, Dr. Felix Ogedegbe said the new hospital was established in the state to stem the increasing rate of Nigerians traveling out of the country to seek medical treatment.
Home grown solution
 He said, “We have believed and continued to believe that Nigerians do not need to go through the rigours and attendant risks of travelling abroad to access high quality healthcare. Having trained and worked in other more advanced parts of the world and seen that Nigerian form part of the best crop of doctors worldwide, we undertook to come back home to establish Cadarcrest Hospitals.”
 
The medical expert explained that plans are afoot to expand the 20 bed facility in the specialist hospital to 100 bed facility that can accept helicopters and bring trauma patients into the hospital.  
The scope of fibroid embolisation 
 Harping on treatment of Fibroids, he said, Uterine Fibroids Embolisaztion (UFE) is the modern way of looking after fibroid, saying,” fibroid is very common amongst Black women,  we are getting a lot of women coming in to have this procedure done. 
 
“In doing fibroid embolization, women who have fibroid, they can have a needle passed through their blood vessel to get to the fibroids and those fibroids are then burnt there. Certain items are put on the fibroid over few weeks to month, all the fibroids burnt are melt away so woman do not need to have open operation to have the fibroid removed anymore.  We have done many in our Abuja hospital. 
 
“It is safe and the patient we have done this for go home on the same day of the operation or the next day. So they don’t need blood transfusion, they don’t need big surgery, big expanse of surgery, risk of infection, long stay in the hospital and all of those things that the traditional fibroid operation comes with this is safe and proven to be beneficial to lots of women”.

Mutant mosquitoes ‘resist malaria’

US scientists say they have bred a genetically modified (GM) mosquito that can resist malaria infection.

If the lab technique works in the field, it could offer a new way of stopping the biting insects from spreading malaria to humans, they say.

The scientists put a new “resistance” gene into the mosquito’s own DNA, using a gene editing method called Crispr.

And when the GM mosquitoes mated – their offspring inherited the same resistance, PNAS journal reports.

In theory, if these mosquitoes bite people, they should not be able to pass on the parasite that causes malaria.

About 3.2bn people – almost half of the world’s population – are at risk of malaria.

Bed nets, insecticides and repellents can help stop the insects biting and drugs can be given to anyone who catches the infection, but the disease still kills around 580,000 people a year.