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Ondo Govt approves N300m for care of pregnant women, physically challenged

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The Ondo State Commissioner for Health, Dr Wahaab Adegbenro says the state government has approved N300m for intensive care of pregnant women and physically challenged persons in the state.

Adegbenro made this known on Tuesday when he inaugurated the November 2018 Maternal, Newborn and Child Health week in Akure.

According to him, the funds approved by Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu will go a long way in taking care of vulnerable people in various public hospitals.

The commissioner lauded the present administration for the establishment of five additional mother and child hospitals across the three senatorial districts of the state for better healthcare delivery.

On the MNCH week, Adegbenro said it was a bi-annual activity to provide a strategic window for cheaper health interventions.

Also, wife of the governor, Mrs Betty Akeredolu, said that public enlightenment, community mobilisation and mass administration of drugs were effective tools of delivering qualitative health services.

She said activities of the week would include Vitamin A supplementation, screening for malnutrition for children of six to 59 months; routine immunisation and tetanus toxoid vaccine for pregnant women.

Others include promotion of hand washing, exclusive breast feeding, birth registration of 0-18yrs, administration of ferrous sulphate for pregnant women and HIV counselling and testing.

Mrs Akeredolu appealed to pregnant women and mothers to be available at any of the 586 primary health facilities spread across the state between Nov. 25 and 29.

She said that teams of health workers would also visit schools and aged persons to administer services that were age-appropriate.

“In line with our Olori Connection Initiative, it is my conviction that the `Oloris’ (wives of traditional rulers) are important vessels for conveying the objectives of MNCHW to mothers in all our communities across the state.

“It gladdens my heart to know that social mobilisation activities conducted in various LGAs prior to the commencement of this programme include visits to traditional rulers and their Oloris,’’ she said. (NAN)

Ending Gender Based Violence Against Women and Girls Starts With You

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Domestic Violence is all around us, we all know someone who is a victim. It could be your neighbour, friend, your distant relative or close family relations. No matter how hard we pretend to not know about it, it is just around the corner.

Starting from 25 November to 10 December, UNiTE to End Violence against Women is running a campaign tagged 16 Days of Activism to End Gender Based Violence. Women across the world are encouraged to wear orange in order to raise awareness for Domestic Violence.

One in three women and girls around the world experience physical or sexual violence in their lifetime.

In Africa, gender based violence is not just a physical act, it has a deeply ingrained cultural backing that represses women. In this day and age, some women still mistake domestic violence for acts of love.

Culturally, the moment an African man pays the bride price of a woman, there is always a confused sense of complete ownership of the woman and this concept deludes the man into thinking that he can do as he pleases with the woman.

I read a story about a woman who has to submit her mobile phone to her husband at the end of each day for inspection while kneeling. Unfortunately, if she has had a male caller during the day, her husband will throw in some slaps without asking for an explanation. This occurs each and every single day.

There are many young people in abusive relationships with their intimate partners. I had a classmate who married a very abusive partner because she felt after dating him for eight years, there was no point in leaving.

In the last couple of years, husbands killing wives and wives killing husbands have become very prevalent in Nigeria. There is an 11% prevalence rate of physical and/or sexual Intimate partner violence in the last 12 months.

According to CLEEN Foundation report, women often face physical violence at the hands of their family members. The most common forms of physical violence include rape, murder, slapping, and kicking.

Some of the reasons that were given for physical abuse include their husbands being drunk, financial issues, and the rejection of a partner’s sexual advances.

In some cultures, it is acceptable for a man to chastise his wife as a sign of love. Many women stay in abusive relationships and marriages because they cannot even tell their own family members what they are actually going through.

Ending gender based violence starts with you. Raise awareness, tell your friends, your colleagues, your church members, your religious and social society members about the scourge of gender based violence.

Help other women speak up by sharing your survivor stories. Listen and counsel other women. Point victims to counsellors who can help them.

Report Domestic Violence issues in your community to appropriate agencies. Don’t look the other way and say it is none of my business.

If you are a victim, know that you are not alone, together we will defeat the scourge by leaving no one behind.

Agencies and NGOs

Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team

info@dsvrtlagos.org

08137960048

Mirabel Center

Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Ikeja, Lagos
Managed by Partnership for Justice
Tel: 08155770000, 07013491769, 08187243468, 01-2957816
http://www.pjnigeria.org
sarc@pjnigeria.org,
partners@pjnigeria.org,
partners4justice@yahoo.com

Women’s Rights Advancement and Protection Alternative

19, Monrovia Street,
Off Aminu Kano Way,
Wuse II Abuja
Ph:08188699961, 08172125692, 07063807887
Email:Wrapa399@gmail.com,
wrapa399@yahoo.com

 

 

 

Group partners Jigawa Govt to train women on food processing skills

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Jigawa Government has partnered with “Save the Children’’ a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) to train rural women on how to grow and process food crops with nutritional values for their children.

The Food and Nutrition Programme’s Focal Person in Guri, Mallam Mohammad Garba, disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday.

He said that the beneficiaries who were 33 in number were drawn from Adiyani and Guri Local Government Areas of the state.

He added that the selected women were trained in planting of maize, moringa seeds, groundnuts and sweet potato for maximum yields at Adiyani Hospital Farm Centre.

He said that “Save the Children has been providing food supplements to malnourished children in Guri, Birnin-Kudu and Gwiwa areas.

“ The NGO later decided to expand the programme to include providing seeds to women for the cultivation of food crops, especially sweet potato which is rich in vitamin A.

“When the crops became ready for consumption, we recently organised food demonstration to teach the women how best to prepare nutritious foods with the items for their children.

“The facilitators taught the women how to make porridge with potato and moringa leaves and prepare pap with maize and groundnuts.

“It is expected that beneficiaries of the training will also teach others what they learned so that together they will tackle the problem of malnutrition.’’

Garba said that parents of children with acute malnutrition must ensure that they regularly give them the food supplements to prevent measure against severe malnutrition.

“The Mid-Upper Arm Circumference (MUAC) tape is used to assess the nutritional status in children between the ages of six and 59 months.

“The yellow colour on the tape indicates acute malnutrition, the red colour indicates severe malnutrition, while the green colour shows normal condition,” he said. (NAN)

Polio: Wife of Kaura Local Government Chairman applauds women

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The Wife of the Chairman, Caretaker Committee, Kaura Local Government, Mrs Mariam Katuka, has commended people of the area for the support they accord polio immunisation programmes.

Katuka, made the commendation on Monday at Tachira, while flagging off this year’s fifth round of polio immunisation exercise, said the support from the people was overwhelming in view of successes recorded so far.

She noted with satisfaction that Kaura LG was leading in the polio immunisation exercise in terms of performance and appealed to stakeholders to sustain the good spirit to secure the health of children in the area.

In an address, the Chairman, Social Mobilisation Officer and the Agwam Takad, Mr Tobias Nkom Wada, drew the attention of staff administering the vaccine to the need to be resolute in their efforts to achieve success in the polio immunisation exercise.

Earlier, the Director, Primary Health Care of the Local Government Area, Mrs Rahap Kurmi, urged parents to rise to the responsibility of ensuring that their children remained healthy at all times by making sure they receive all vaccines.

Kurmi called on them to ensure that they adequately patronise Kaura Local Government health facilities as the facilities were built for their use. (NAN)

Kaduna community where women shun getting pregnant cry for help

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Women of Kurmin Ajah, a community of 3,000 people in Kachia local government area of Kaduna state said pregnant women in the area are dying due to absence of health center and access road.

They women told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday that the nearest health facility is located 50 kilometres away from the village.

They said the situation is worse during rainy season as the only bridge linking the community to the rest of the world has been washed away.

Esther Mathew, a 32-year-old mother of five who lost three pregnancies, said most women now avoid getting pregnant during rainy season to avoid death and other complications requiring urgent medical attention.

“Every year in the community we lose an average of five to six women during pregnancy and delivery due to absence of health center.

“We do not attend antenatal because of the poor state of the road coupled with the distance .

“Our only option is to seek the services of the readily available traditional birth attendants which are cheap and accessible.

“Sometimes pregnant women in this community experience bleeding, swollen face and legs and prolonged labor, and in some cases, these lead to deaths, and our traditional birth attendants cannot do anything.

“After suffering two stillbirths and three miscarriages , I later through God’s grace gave birth safely to a baby boy, who is now 12 years old,” the woman said.

She added that the women were also constrained to go for antenatal because of financial difficulties as they have to pay for hospital bills and transportation.

Another respondent, Queen Samson said most of expectant mothers could not afford to buy sanitary items necessary for the delivery like towels, disinfectants, soaps, sanitary pads and many more required while delivering in hospital, as such they just remain at home to be attended to by local traditional birth attendants.

The only traditional birth attendant in the community, Theresa Emmanuel said when complications arise during delivery, the women were mostly left they to their fate.

“We do not have even a health post here for women to access health care as I am the only one taking delivery based on experience.

” I have never received training from government but doing the work out of experience gained from my mother.

“During pregnancy or childbirth, I give the women herbs for easy delivery.”

NAN reports that Kurmin Ajah, is a farming community surrounded by water from Gurara Falls.

The closest primary health care facility is in Katari along Kaduna -Abuja road, over 50km to the community, and residents spend up to N1, 500 to get there using motor bikes, donkeys and carts pulled by cows.

Also speaking, the head of the community, Adamu Maiwayo, said the people there require urgent support especially from government.

” This community is surrounded by water from the East, West, North and South and the only place we manage to have road is through the east where we constructed a wooden bridge that we pass through, but during rainy season we are totally cut off from going out.

” We are facing a lot of challenges in this community especially women who go through pains during delivery because of lack of hospital.

” This year alone we lost six women through childbirth, my wife inclusive because the pregnancy came with complications and our traditional birth attendant could not handle the situation.

” When a woman is in labour, the community is affected until she gives birth safely. This is because only the traditional birth attendant helps and when there’s complications and we can’t go to the hospital, we only depend on our faith.

” We encourage our women to go for antenatal but they don’t go due to distance and when they attend once, they don’t go again because you can imagine the pains a pregnant woman go through, and trekking for hours to Katari can also affect her health.

” This community has been abandoned for a long time by government; even the only school we built through community effort, as I am talking to you now, has no teacher to teach our children.

” The students only go there to play during rainy season. We have volunteers who come from another village to teach them but during rainy season they don’t come.

“Inadequate social infrastructure is not just an inconvenience for residents, but has significant long-term consequences, and associated costs, for communities.

” This is one of the major factors that deter women from accessing maternal
healthcare services because after such long journey, one may even develop health problems due to stress.

” Even if our women do attempt to get to hospital for
treatment, they may arrive too late for their lives to be saved because of poor road and lack of transportation.”

A Gynaecologist, Dr Yusuf Sule said the healthcare system in the country, needs to be particularly thoughtful about how it mitigates peril for pregnant women in remote areas.

“Rural women can perhaps reduce their health risk by moving temporarily to the city before their due dates, but uprooting the women from their families and communities as they prepare to give birth can be risky in a different way,” he noted.

He said in order for rural residents to have sufficient healthcare access, necessary and appropriate services must be available and obtainable in a timely manner.

“Even when an adequate supply of healthcare services exist in the community, there are other factors to consider in terms of healthcare access.

“For instance, to have good healthcare access, a rural resident must also have
financial means to pay for services, such as health insurance coverage, the means to reach and use services such as transportation, and the ability to take paid time off work to access such services”

The Kaduna State Commissioner for Health, Dr Paul Dogo said government is refocussing the healthcare system to ensure wider access.

Dogo said that the state primary healthcare development agency had concluded arrangement to recruit 3,059 health workers to meet minimum service delivery gaps in the state.

According to him, the major health policy thrust of the government is the revitalization of primary health centers to meet minimum standards that would enhance service delivery.

“We have made tremendous progress in the implementation of primary health care under one roof and the designation of one model primary health care center per political ward.

“We have employed 23 medical personnel who have been deployed to all the LGAs, to equally ensure efficient service delivery to the people.” (NAN)

Expert wants women to avoid “push up brassieres” for healthy living

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A medical expert, Ms Maymuna Abubakar, has advised women against using “push up brassieres” so as to relax the muscles of their breasts for a healthy living.

Abubakar, an Assistant Director, Nursing Services, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Teaching Hospital, Bauchi, gave the advice while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday.

According to her, relaxing breasts muscles will prevent various ailments which could affect the breast.

She advised women to avoid using tight and trending brassieres which she referred to as ‘push ups’.

“The muscles of the breast need to rest. So, women and young girls should please allow their breasts to rest when at home.

“We should also clean the breast region thoroughly and regularly.

“We should endeavour to change our brassieres regularly and avoid sleeping while still wearing them,” she said. (NAN)

Medic counsels diabetic pregnant women on early antenatal care

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Dr John Edozie, an Obstetrician and Gynaecologist with a private hospital in Abuja, on Tuesday advised mothers with diabetic conditions on early antenatal care, to forestall giving birth to children with brain defects.

Edozie, who gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja, said that brain, spinal cord and heart problems associated with diabetes could be identified at the early stage of pregnancy.

He noted that diabetes increases the risks associated with pregnancy, saying the sickness causes lots of negative effects to the mother as well as the child.

According to the Abuja-based medical practitioner, blood sugar is the baby’s source of food, which passes to the child through the placenta.

“When a woman has diabetes and her blood sugar is poorly managed, excess amounts of sugar are transported to the baby.

“In this case, the baby does not have diabetes and can increase the production of insulin substantially, in order to use this extra sugar,” he said.

The gynaecologist noted that the existence of the abnormal cycle could result in diverse complications.

He described one of the complications associated with diabetic pregnant mothers as giving birth to overweight babies also known as “macrosomia”.

“Diabetic pregnant women stand the chance of being delivered of overweight babies, weighing more than 4,000 grammes or be born greater than the 90 percentile of the gestational age.

“This happens because the baby responds to the excess sugar, which the large amount of insulin produced by the baby, is converted to body fat.

“We can just say that the baby is being overfed while still in the uterus,” he said.

Edozie said that the existence of the abnormal cycle could lead to diverse complications.
The expert said the delivery of such a baby could be more difficult for both the baby and the mother, thus requiring caesarean delivery.

He observed that most obstetricians conduct an ultrasound to approximate the weight of the baby before delivery, to determine if vaginal delivery could be attempted.

Edozie warned against delivering a large baby through the vagina when the mother is diabetic.

According to him, such a delivery could be life-threatening, and exposing the woman to the most frightening obstetrical emergencies.

The medical practitioner said that such a delivery could expose the child to a shoulder dystocia (where the baby’s head delivers but the shoulders are too large to fit through the birth canal).

Edozie said that a child could also have low blood sugar after birth, which is “neonatal hypoglycemia”.

“If the baby’s pancreas is making large amounts of insulin, in response to the mother’s high blood sugar, it will continue to do so for a time after delivery.

“Since the sugar supply from the mother is no longer present once the baby has been delivered, blood sugar can drop too low,” he said.

Edozie advised that it was important that babies born to women with diabetes should be monitored very closely for the first few hours of life, to check their blood sugar.

He noted that such babies might require more frequent breast milk or bottle feeding, to maintain their blood sugar at a normal range.

The medical practitioner said that birth defects could be recognised within the first six months of pregnancy, while infecting the child at that stage could be preventable.

“The most common birth defects to a diabetic mother are brain, spinal and heart defects, and some of these shortcomings can be detected during the first half of the pregnancy.

“This can be diagnosed through ultrasound checks and prenatal tests,” Edozie said. (NAN)

10,000 runners for Bet9ja Lagos Women Run 2018

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With just one week to the Bet9ja Lagos Women Run 2018, a total of 10,000 runners from across Lagos State
and its environs have registered for the competition, the organisers said on Tuesday.

The third edition of the Women Run is expected to hold on Nov. 10 from 7.00 a.m. and will kick off from the Balewa Square, Lagos
Island and finish at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere.

The race, a distance of 10km cutting across 15 historical monuments in Lagos, is sponsored by Bet9ja.

The Coordinator of the Run, Tayo Popoola, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that the majority of the registered runners
are from the Lagos Island, Lekki and Ajah axis of the state.

He said the registration was an improvement over last year’s edition where majority of the runners were from Ikorodu.

She noted that the largest registrations were done online through the Lagos Women Run official website.

“The number of registration received physically at the Secretariat of the LWR at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, though not up to that
received online, were also quite substantial which represents a vast improvement on what obtained in 2017 edition.

“The good thing about this year’s registration is that we have one week to go and more women are indicating interest to compete in
both the Open and Veteran categories.

“To avoid an upsurge since it’s just a 10km marathon race, we have decided to close registration on Oct. 31 to enable us effectively
manage the number we have.

“There will be an ‘Expo’ to talk to the runners on the essence of marathon race, healthy living and the importance of the run for
young and middle aged women. The Expo will be unveiled on Nov. 7,’’ he said.

Popoola said the distribution of runners’ kits for those who registered physically would take place at the Expo on Nov.8 while those
who registered online will get their kits from Nov. 8 to Nov. 9, 2018.

“The Lagos Women Run is the first and only marathon race for women in Nigeria. The Run is for the emancipation of women folks
across the country through sports.

“This will also protect them against any form of discrimination, dehumanisation and poor health.

“The Run is for adult women from all walks of life from ages 18 to 45 for the Open category and Veteran category from ages 46 to
70 years.

“The Open category champion will take home N500, 000, while Veteran champion takes home N300, 000. For the two categories,
there are cash prizes for second to tenth positions,’’ he said. (NAN)

Group teaches 550 Gombe women on how to use modern contraceptives

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Action Group on Child Spacing, a Non-Governmental Organisation based in Gombe, on Wednesday, opened training for 550 women on how to use modern contraceptives to space their children.

Contraceptive is a device or drug that prevents pregnancy, which can be taken orally, injected or implanted into the body.

There are many more types of contraceptives, including the male and female condoms, as the condom is also a way of preventing pregnancy.

The Chairman of the group, Malam Alhassan Yaya, said that the women for the training selected from the 11 local government areas of Gombe State.

He added that the group, comprising professionals in various fields, had noticed great acceptance of child spacing among Gombe residents, noting that the people were enlightened on the issue, thereby gaining acceptability.

He said religious and traditional leaders were actively involved in the campaign on child spacing by educating their followers.

He announced that N13 million was released to the state government by Saving One Million, an NGO,
for the training, as well as purchase of contraceptives, essential commodities for child spacing.

The chairman said that there were child spacing commodities in sufficient quantity in health facilities across the state with 400 facilities rendering services, and urged residents to patronise them. (NAN)

Expert calls for effective screening of women for endometriosis

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An Obstetrist and Gynaecologist, Dr Olawale Oba, on Wednesday called for proper screening of women who suffer severe mensural pain for effective diagnosis of endometriosis.

Oba, who is a Senior Registrar at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi-Araba, Lagos, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.

According to him, endometriosis is an ectopic or abnormal implantation of endometrial tissue, which occurs when tissues that normally lines the uterus grows outside the uterus.

“It is the inner lining of the womb that is usually being shed at every mensural circle.

“This occurs when bits of the tissue that lines the uterus grow on other pelvic organs, such as the ovaries or fallopian tubes.

“Outside the uterus, endometrial tissue thickens and bleeds, just as the normal endometrium does during the menstrual cycle.

“During the period of mensuration, as the woman is menstruating through the womb, they can also be menstruating through the ectopic sight where the endometrial tissue is implanted, “ he said.

Oba said that most women who complained of pain during mensural period might be suffering from endometriosis.

“Women who suffer severe menstrual pain should be properly evaluated for further diagnosis, because the pain sometimes may be a signal of a certain disease.

“The incident can be as high as 30 per cent for women in their reproductive age.

“Due to advance diagnostic techniques, the prevalence is now on the increase, more women are being discovered.

“Unlike the past, where they assume that every woman that menstruate are entitled to menstrual pain, “ the doctor said.

He said that a high revolution ultra scan was always advised as part of evaluation in order to effectively pick the deposited tissues.

“Common sight that the tissues are found include: the sacral ligament, the peritoneal lining of the abdomen, the ovary or intestine and also within the lungs tissue.

“All of these have different symptoms they present with during the process of menstrual circle.

“For instance, somebody who have it within the peritoneal lining can accumulate a lot of fluid gradually at every circle, causing abdominal pain.

“Some that have it on their ovaries can have severe pain during mensural circle, people who have it in the lungs can have accumulation of fluid within the lung tissue, causing inability for the lung to expand for proper breathing,“ he said.(NAN)

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