According to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) figures in 2012, the top five killers in Africa were HIV/Aids, lower respiratory tract infections, diarrheal diseases, strokes, and Malaria. In my role as founder and president of Yeloto African Children’s Foundation, a non-profit organization named for my own children, I have made raising awareness of the ills and needs of children in Africa a central aspect of the mission of my efforts. As I have shared before in both public and private arenas. When I reflect on what I have seen and continue to see day to day during my vacation’s and annual charity sojourn to Nigeria, it generates great sadness in my heart to see how our country’s most valuable resource, its children, are not all provided for in a manner that ensures their optimum development and success. What I find even more disheartening is reminiscent of a quote by entrepreneur, author, and motivational speaker Zig Ziglar, who is quoted as saying, “The world’s most deadly disease is “hardening of the attitudes.” In too many arenas, from the average citizen to the highest echelons of government there is a sense of complacency about the needs of one of the most vulnerable populations in our midst. Our children need us and they need us now. At the risk of sounding cliché, the truth remains; the children that we are passing by begging or hawking in the streets, or those that are dying as a result of preventable illnesses are our future. I know that something as conceptually simple as paradigm shift in thinking as well as the synergism of individuals that choose to function as change agents hold the key to turning the tide and changing the present narrative for our African children. Read more
Diarrhea is the condition of having at least three loose or liquid bowel movements each day. It can lasts for a few days with the most significant symptom been dehydration due to fluid loss. Parents should be aware that loose but non-watery stools in breast feeding babies does not necessarily constitute diarrhea.
It is most common in developing countries. Total deaths for diarrhea worldwide was about 1.26 million in 2013. In 2012, it was the second most common cause of deaths in children younger than five years of age. Frequent episodes of diarrhea can lead to malnutrition, stunted growths and poor intellectual development. Read more
Guaranty Trust Bank plc, has extended its annual One-on-One consultation for children with Autism and other developmental difficulties to Ogun State. The five day programme, which is free and open to the general public, began on Monday 25th April,2016 at the June 12 Cultural Centre, Kuto, in Abeokuta, the state capital.
Themed “Managing Autism: The Next Generation, Consideration and Resources”, the One-on-One consultation features specialists from Nigeria and the United States of America offering consulting services ranging from the assessment of children for Autism and other developmental challenges to the counselling of their parents. Other specialized consultation services include; Speech Therapy, Physical Therapy, Behaviour Analysis, Audiology, Clinical Psychology, Developmental Psychiatry, Physiotherapy, and Occupational Therapy. Read more
Guaranty Trust Bank plc, in partnership with the Cycology Club, Patricks Speech and Languages Centre, The Centre for Children Development, Parents of children living with Autism and other non-governmental organizations, are organizing a walk and cycling campaign around the Lagos metropolis on Saturday, April 2, to mark the 2016 World Autism Awareness Day.
The Walk for Autism will kick off by 7am from Town Planning Way Bus-stop, Ilupeju while the Cycling for Autism initiative will take off at 6am from The Syrian Club, Ribadu Road, Ikoyi. The campaign will cover major routes in the Lagos metropolis such as the 3rdmainland bridge, Ikorodu road and the Lekki Expressway. Other stakeholders in the awareness campaign include, The Learning Place, the College of Medicine, Idi Araba. The participants include children living with Autism, their parents, families, friends and GTBank staff members.
The walk and cycling campaign will officially kick-startthe 6th edition of GTBank’s Annual Autism Programme, which is designed to provide support for children with developmental disabilities, most especially the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), by creating awareness of the disorder and invariably acceptance. ASD affects 1 in every 150 children around the world and is a lifelong developmental disability characterized by great difficulty in communicating and forming relationships with other people. Read more
Affirms commitment to improve oral health and its awareness among Nigerians
The Oral-Care brand of Procter & Gamble, Oral-B, commemorated World Oral Health Day on Tuesday the 22nd of March, in its continued commitment to improve oral health in the county and making great dental care easily accessible to more Nigerians. With the theme of the World Oral Health Day titled “Healthy Mouth, Healthy Body”, Oral B is set to take oral hygiene in Nigeria to a new level and substantially increase the overall public awareness of oral health.
Brand Manager Oral B, Aliza Leferink; Representative of the Minister of Health, Dr Adebimpe Adebiyi and Consultant Orthodontist Abuja Teaching Hospital, Dr Abdulhakim Olatunji, during the Oral B World Oral Health Day celebration held in Abuja.
Attendees at the event were also given a demonstration of the Oral B Mobile Dental Clinic. The program serves both as a platform for quick education as well as immediate dental care. Oral-B’s mission remains: helping all Nigerians have stronger and healthier teeth, hence its promise of: “Healthier, Stronger Teeth in One Week”.
Determined to bring joy and sensitize Nigerians and Africa in Diaspora about the deadly disease, “LASSA FEVER”, Junior Chamber International Nigeria, Ikeja THE LEGACY BUILDER, will on Friday January 29th, Join hands with renowned Nigerians and world health authorities to educate on good health and well being. The interactive segment is scheduled on Twitter for easy communication.
In its commitment to expand global sensitization of Lasa Fever, contribute good health and well being according to SDG GOAL, the Local Organization President of Junior Chamber International Nigeria, Ikeja, Olamide Akin Balogun Confirmed that #KickLassaFeverOutCampaign Online Campaign is being hosted by JCI, Global Impact Ambassador, Medicaid Diagnostics, Bring Back our Girls Group, Kebbi State, Host (health matters on NigeriainfoFM 99.3 ) to answer questions on everything LASSA FEVER. Read more
L-R: Dr. Ado Muhammed, CEO of National Primary Healthcare Development Agency; Dr. Paul Orhii, DG NAFDAC; Ekenem Isichei CEO of ACIOE Associates and Aliza Leferink, Brand Manager Oral B at the 2015 National Oral Health Week held recently in Abuja.
Medtronic and Renescor have signed a partnership deal to bring high quality cardiac care and healthcare managed services to the purpose-built Gbagada Cardiac and Renal Centre (CRC) in Lagos.
The Medtronic and Renescor Managed signing ceremony which took place in Dubai with Majid Kaddoumi, VP and MD of Medtronic Middle east, Africa, Central Asia and Turkey and Chairman of Renescor, Dr Ladi Awosika shaking hands in the presence of His Excellency Ibrahim Auwalu, Ambassador of Nigeria in the UAE and Medtronic and Renescor representatives.
Renescor was recently awarded a five-year concession agreement with the Lagos State Government to activate and bring high quality services to the purpose-built Gbagada Cardiac and Renal Centre (CRC). Renescor is partnering with Medtronic to help manage CRC’s Cath-Lab, Operating Room (OR) and ICU.
Chairman of Renescor, Dr Ladi Awosika, explained: “Nigeria is in desperate need for efficient Cath-Labs and operating rooms (OR) to treat more patients locally. Lagos currently has only two operational Cath-Labs to serve a population of 16 million and is in critical need of more.” Read more
President Muhammadu Buhari welcomes yesterday’s announcement by the World Health Organisation that polio is no longer endemic in Nigeria.
President Buhari is delighted by the announcement which follows the absence of any case of the wild polio virus in Nigeria since July 24, 2014.
The President applauds the concerted efforts of government officials, health workers, volunteer groups, civil society, religious leaders, traditional rulers and international partners which resulted in this historic achievement.
While he joins other Nigerians and the global community in celebrating Nigeria’s removal from the list of polio-endemic countries, President Buhari urges continued vigilance to ensure that Nigeria maintains this new status.
The President directs all government ministries, departments and agencies involved in the polio eradication effort to remain proactively engaged and on guard against the re-emergence of the polio virus in Nigeria.
He assures the World Health Organisation and the global community that the Federal Government will ensure that immunisation and surveillance activities continue across Nigeria to keep the country polio-free.
July 28 2015 has been recognized as Hepatitis day worldwide. Hepatitis is a disease that includes any type of inflammation of the liver, the result of a complex process that occurs when the liver suffers an injury. Hepatitis can be divided into: Viral Hepatitis, Non – Infectious Hepatitis. In this article we are focusing on Viral Hepatitis which is very common in Nigeria and Africa.
What is Viral Hepatitis? Hepatitis is a virus which infects the liver. It is present in both the blood and body fluids of infected people. Five types of viruses are commonly responsible for the different types of Hepatitis. These are Hepatitis A, B, C, D and E. We shall be discussing Hepatitis B mainly here as it is the most common.
Hepatitis B Virus (HBV), a major public health problem world wide is more prevalent in the developing countries. More than 2 billion people are infected with HBV world-wide while some 300-350 million are chronic carriers, harboring the virus in their liver. About 2 million of these carriers die each year as a result of cirrhosis or primary liver cell cancer induced by the virus. This virus is responsible for 80% of all cases of primary liver cancer, which is one of leading causes of death in Asia and Africa.
About 5 – 10% of infected adults become chronic carriers. Doctors call the inflammation that lasts less than six months acute hepatitis and inflammation that lasts longer than six months chronic hepatitis. When the acute syndrome has not completely resolved or subsided on its own after a 6 month period, the patient is generally considered to have chronic hepatitis.
About a quarter of chronic carriers will die from hepatic complications of chronic infection, some remain lifelong carriers while others will clear the infection after varying intervals. Sub-Saharan Africa is considered to be a region of high endemicity with an average carrier rate of 10 – 20% in the general population, which is quite high. In west Africa, it has been estimated that 40% of children will be infected by age two years and above 90% by age of ten years if not vaccinated. A chronic carrier rate above 7% in a population is classified as hyper endemic. This is the case with Nigeria. Read more