Hot water bath, dangerous for new born babies

A Community Health Technician, Mrs. Hellen Bulu, has advised Nigerian women against bathing their newborn babies with hot water and stretching their hands in an attempt to massage them.

Bulu of Family Health Clinic, Abuja, gave the advice in a lecture to mothers at an immunisation programme on Thursday in Abuja.

She said that it was typical of African women to bath their newborn with hot water and also stretch their hands without knowing the implication.

Bulu said that God who put the baby in their womb had already done the needful, adding that bathing newborn with hot water can cause high temperature.

Mothers, she advised, should desist from stretching the hands of their newborns and also from bathing them with hot water.

According to her, the white people do not engage in such act yet their babies survived.

The health technician noted that such attitude was only common to Africans.
Bulu also advised mothers to breastfeed newborns rather than apply hot water when the baby’s body experienced high temperature.

According to her, the more you breastfeed the baby, the more the temperature comes down.

“If the baby’s body swell up do not apply hot water or rob, just keep looking at the baby’s body, it will come down after a while,’’ said the expert.

She, however, said that if the high temperature persists the best thing to do was to visit the hospital, adding that it can be a sign of fever.

Besides, she advised that women should embark on family planning after six week of deliver, stressing that family planning after six month had no implications.

Bulu added that it would only help the husband to perform his conjugal obligation without any inhibition.

She called on mothers to give their babies six months breastfeeding without water, stressing that six months was the most appropriate for their development.

She advised that babies should be fed with pap mixed with cereal and red oil after six months of breastfeeding, saying that red oil contain vitamin A that can help their growth.

The health technician listed those foods that contain vitamin A as carrot, pawpaw, water melon, mango and cashew nuts, among others.


How to control high blood pressure with coconut water

A moderate consumption of coconut water can lower the risk of high blood pressure, reduce cholesterol level and weight control.

Dr. Ochuko Erikainure, a nutritionist, and biochemist, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Thursday.

According to him, coconut water is rich in high electrolyte contents particularly, potassium which reduces the risk of high blood pressure.

“Studies have shown that coconut water has been used as a refreshing natural beverage.

“It is because coconut water is naturally enriched with antioxidants, amino acids, enzymes, B vitamins, vitamin C and minerals such as iron, calcium, potassium, magnesium, manganese, and zinc.

“Coconut water can also be used for re-hydrating agent because it is much better than commercial sports drinks.

“Vitamin C in coconut water also plays an influential role which helps to reduce cholesterol level and weight control.

“Vitamin C, selenium, manganese and zinc make coconut water a potent antioxidant, thus protecting the cells against oxidative stress.

“Cytokines in coconut water protects against aging effects in cells and tissues which help to reduce the risk of developing degenerative and age-related diseases,” he said.

According to Wikipedia, Cytokines are a broad and loose category of small proteins (~5–20 kDa) that are important in cell signaling. Their release has an effect on the behavior of cells around them.

Erikainure, however, cautioned that over consumption of coconut water could cause hyperkalemia.

“Hyperkalemia is an overabundance of potassium in the blood which can induce acute kidney failure, heart arrhythmia, and coma.

“It is advised to consume moderately because excess consumption has also been shown to have laxative effect in the body,’’ he said.

Nigerian student develops technology to detect eye damage-Report

Bashir Dodo, a 29-year-old Nigerian doctoral student in Brunel University’s department of Computer Science in London, has developed a technique for identifying and diagnosing damage to the human retina.

The retina is the third layer of the eye, it receives light that the lens has focused, converts the light into neural signals, and sends these signals on to the brain for visual recognition.

The paper, which was presented at the Bioimaging 2018 conference in Portugal, was awarded the best paper. Bashir developed a new algorithm for OCT (Optical Coherence Tomography) machine.

OCT machines are used by ophthalmologists to produce non-invasive three-dimensional photographs of a patient’s retina, which are used in the diagnosis of eye-related disease.

At present, doctors can identify the layers manually from OCT images. Bashir’s new technique automatically segments images of the retina, allowing specialists to spot abnormalities quicker and better track the progress of medication.

“Layer segmentation is one of the early processes of OCT retina image analysis, and already plays an important role in clinics,” Bashir said.

“For example, the thickness profile of the Retinal Nerve Fibre Layer – which can be calculated directly from the segment layer – is used in the diagnosis of glaucoma, which is one of the most common causes of sight-loss world-wide.

“Automatically segmenting the layers could provide critical information for abnormality detection by comparing them to the average population, and monitoring the progress of disease against previous scans.”

Mother gives birth, abandons baby in airport bathroom with handwritten note

Authorities are looking for a mother who they believe abandoned her newborn baby at Tucson International Airport, USA with a handwritten note pleading, “I just want what is best for him and it is not me.”

The woman, seen on security footage carrying something wrapped in a blanket and walking with an awkward gait, may have given birth in an airport bathroom in Tucson, Arizona, before leaving the child on a changing table at a family changing room with a handwritten note, Los Angeles ABC’s station KABC reported.

The Tucson Airport Authority released footage this week of the woman walking through the airport when the baby was abandoned on Jan. 14, and are looking to find out who she is.

The note left with the child read, “Please help me. My mom had no idea she was pregnant. She is unable and unfit to take care of me. Please get me to the authorities so they can find a good home.

“I just want what is best for him and it’s not me,” the note adds.

Note left behind by mum who abandoned baby at the airport

Airport security received a 911 call from someone who discovered the baby at the changing table near baggage claim, according to KABC, and they immediately began investigating.

The child was in good condition, authorities said.

The Washington Post reported airport officials found bloody clothes in an airport bathroom they believe belong to the woman.

Reinstatement of NHIS secretary won’t stop corruption probe- FG

Ebun Francis || The federal government on Wednesday said the reinstatement of Usman Yusuf, the Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme, will not stop any investigation of corruption allegations levelled against

Lai Mohammed, Nigeria’s minister of information and culture stated this while briefing newsmen at the end of the federal executive council meeting.

“I am not aware that the EFCC is investigating the recently reinstated Executive Secretary of NHIS. But if that is the case, I don’t think his reinstatement is a bar to any investigation.”

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday reinstated Mr. Yusuf six months after he was suspended by the Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, following allegations of gross misconduct.

A panel commissioned by the minister after Mr. Yusuf’s suspension later found him culpable of infractions that ranged from nepotism to theft of public funds.

President Buhari reinstates suspended NHIS Secretary

Ebun Francis || President Muhammadu Buhari has reinstated the suspended Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), Usman Yusuf.

Mr. Yusuf was suspended by the Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, in June 2017, for alleged gross misconduct.

The Minister had set up a panel after Yusuf’s suspension and the panel found him culpable of alleged nepotism and theft of public funds.

The suspension, according to a statement by the ministry on July 17, 2017, is in furtherance to the activities of the investigative panel of inquiry as well as the desire to have an uninterrupted and robust investigation of all petitions against some officials of the NHIS.

The petitions against the NHIS Boss and the suspended officials include security reports on maladministration and mismanagement.

The House of Representatives had on Wednesday, July 12, 2017, summoned the Minister of Health over the suspension of the executive secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS).

The lawmakers alleged that the suspension was an attempt to intimidate and punish Professor Usman Yusuf for testifying on issues of corruption in the sector.

Noise from trains, planes, cars causes heart disease

Noise from trains, planes, and cars has been linked to the development of heart disease, and researchers said Monday that’s because it may disrupt the body on the cellular level in a way that increases the risk of common heart disease risk factors.

In a review published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, researchers looked at novel translational noise studies demonstrating the molecular mechanisms that may lead to impaired vascular function, recent epidemiologic evidence of noise-induced cardiovascular disease, and the non-auditory effects of noise and their impact on the cardiovascular system.

They proposed that noise induces a stress response, characterized by activation of the sympathetic nervous system and increased levels of hormones, which will initiate sequelae and ultimately lead to vascular damage.

Researchers said their evidence further strengthens the concept that traffic noise contributes to the development of heart disease risk factors such as hypertension and diabetes because noise is associated with oxidative stress, vascular dysfunction, autonomic imbalance and metabolic abnormalities.

The researchers also looked at some of the mitigation strategies used around the world and said strategies like traffic management and regulation, the development of low-noise tires could help reduce noise, and air traffic curfews help reduce hazardous noise, but other strategies are needed.

“As the percentage of the population exposed to detrimental levels of transportation noise are rising, new developments and legislation to reduce noise are important for public health,” lead author Thomas Munzel of the Johannes Gutenberg University in Germany, said in a statement.


Nigerian mum stranded in UK hospital with £500K bill loses two of four kids

A Nigerian mum, who delivered quadruplets prematurely in Britain and who has racked up a bill of £500,000 in one of the largest hospitals, said she will be unable to pay.

The 43-year-old, named only as Priscilla, went into labour three months early shortly after landing at Heathrow airport in November, Mail Online reported on Monday.

When first warned of the high treatment costs by overseas visitor manager Terry Facey, she says: ‘I didn’t plan to come here.

‘It’s only money. Money can’t buy life. The last bill I had was £331,000 but – even if I worked every day – I would never earn that much money. My kids are priceless.’

Mr. Facey, who has worked at the trust for 12 years trying to collect bills for overseas patients, says: ‘Those invoices are going to be huge … 20 grand a week for each baby [in intensive care].

She had intended to give birth to the babies in Chicago, in the US, where she has family – but was turned away by border officials upon arrival.

They claimed that although she had a visa, she did not have required documents from a hospital stating that she had the money to pay for the birth

Priscilla, a healthcare worker, said she was returning to Nigeria via London when she started having contractions.

She was taken to the Queen Charlotte’s and Chelsea Hospital in west London, part of Imperial College Hospital, where she delivered the four babies.

One sadly died shortly after birth while another, a girl named Deborah, passed away on Saturday. The other two, Elijah and Esther, are still being treated in the hospital’s neonatal intensive care ward.

Staff estimate that the total bill for the highly complex birth and the care of the babies is already more than £500,000.

The cost of treating one baby in neonatal intensive care is £20,000 a week.

Priscilla is currently staying at a hostel run by a charity and is unable to afford the bill.

Her husband is in Nigeria, and cannot come to Britain to help take care of her as he does not have enough money for a visa or the flight.

Priscilla underwent IVF treatment, which has a high risk of multiple births, as she was struggling to conceive naturally due to her age.

She was told by her doctor to fly to the US to have her babies, as Nigerian hospitals do not have the ‘facilities to cater for the children’.

Her case is revealed tonight in the BBC 2 documentary Hospital, which exposes the pressures of health tourism on the trust.

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Panic in Ondo as Lassa kills 9

Ebun Francis || Ondo State government on Saturday confirmed the outbreak of Lassa fever in the State, with nine deaths recorded so far.

The state governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu while confirming the outbreak in a radio broadcast, said that 36 cases have also been confirmed while a total of 102 suspected cases of Lassa fever were reported in eight local government areas of the state.

He said, “Thirty-six of 79 cases have been confirmed with laboratory results, including nine deaths.

“Patients are being managed at the Federal Medical Centre, Owo, while confirmatory tests are done at Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital, Irrua, Edo State.

“At present, 127 hospital contacts and 308 community contacts were line-listed in all the affected local government areas while 30 had completed their follow-up,” Akeredolu said.

The governor disclosed that he had reactivated Emergency Preparedness and Response Team at both state and local government level to contain the spread of the disease.

He said this was in addition to active surveillance and contact tracing in the affected local government areas.

“Sensitization and community mobilization are also going on in all local government areas for traditional rulers, religious leaders, political leaders, market women and other stakeholders.

“Publicity is also ongoing through radio jingles, radio and television discussions in our media houses while educative materials such as handbills, flyers and posters have been produced and being distributed,” he said.

According to him, vehicles have been dedicated for transportation of samples and referred patients to Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital, Irrua in Edo State,.

He added that the Infectious Disease Isolation Unit at the Federal Medical Centre, Owo, had also been expanded.

I have heart- related ailment, not disease – Fani-Kayode

Ebun Francis || Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, the former minister of aviation, currently standing trial for alleged corruption and abuse of office at a Lagos High Court, on Wednesday dismissed media reports linking him with heart disease, saying he only has a heart-related ailment.

The report is believed to have emanated from court proceedings where Fani-Kayode’s lawyer, Mr. Norrison Quarkers (SAN), informed the court that he has a heart-related ailment.

But in a statement, Obiageli Nwachukwu, the Public Affairs Assistant to Mr. Fani Kayode said there is a world of difference between the two medical conditions, adding that Fani-Kayode will be presenting a medical report to the court at a later date.

Nwachukwu also refuted reports that Fani-Kayode had asked the court and got two previous adjournments in his ongoing trial.

She said, “The court records are there for all to see. Today was the first and only time that Chief Fani-Kayode has ever been absent from the proceedings at the Federal High Court in Lagos or asked for an adjournment from this particular learned judge.

“He looks forward to being in court at the adjourned date and he fully appreciates the fact that the EFCC did not oppose the application for adjournment and that the learned trial judge granted it expeditiously. We feel it is important to make these clarifications for record purposes.”

The statement said the story had brought a lot of fear and consternation into the hearts and minds of his friends, supporters and family members all over the world.