South Africa: Over 400 Newborn Babies Infected With Listeriosis – NICD

Apr 13, 2018 0

The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) has reported that 412 of the 973 laboratory-confirmed listeriosis cases are babies less than 28 days old. Of these neonatal cases, 396 had early-onset listeriosis within six days of their birth. The NICD also noted that 37 more cases had been reported since the recall of meat products manufactured by Enterprise Foods on March 4, 2018. However, ...

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WHO commends Toyin Saraki’s Efforts on Maternal Health

Apr 12, 2018 0

The World Health Organization (WHO) has commended Mrs. Toyin Saraki, Wife of the Senate President of Nigeria and Founder-President of Wellbeing Foundation Africa, for her advocacy and projects geared towards improving Maternal and child health in Nigeria. Also WHO has appointed Mrs. Saraki as the special Adviser to the Independent Advisory Group (IAG) Regional Office for Africa; this was disclosed by WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr. Mathshido Moeti during her high level courtesy visit to Mrs. Saraki in Abuja. Moeti said the appointment is in recognition of the commendable works Saraki has done in the area of maternal health as well as efforts toward Universal Health Coverage in Nigeria. ...

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WOTCLEF Calls for Implementation of Child Labor Laws To Protect Children

Apr 12, 2018 0

Women Trafficking and Child Labor Eradication Foundation (WOTCLEF) has called for full implementation of laws protecting children against abuse in the country. The Executive- Director WOTCLEF, Mrs Imabong Ladipo- Sanusi made the call in an interview with newsmen in Abuja on Wednesday decried the rate at which under-aged children were used in “worst forms of labor”, describing the situation as worrisome. “it is observed that children are often engaged in the worst forms of child labor like quarrying granite and gravel, commercial sexual exploitation, forced begging and armed conflicts”. She noted that people seeking cheap labor have continuously exploited children by engaging them in domestic activities and paying them stipends not commensurate to the services rendered. ...

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 Nigeria: Measles Outbreak in IDP Camp Kills Seven Children

Apr 9, 2018 0

The outbreak of measles at the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp at Abagena in Makurdi, Benue State has claimed the lives of not less than seven children. A parent and one of the displaced persons, Tyowua Orshio, whose two children were in critical condition, told The Guardian at the camp yesterday that the camp has been hit by the measles outbreak in the past nine days during which the deaths were recorded. ...

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 Antacids, antibiotics for infants linked to later allergies

Apr 3, 2018 0

Infants who are given antacids like Zantac or Pepcid are more likely to develop childhood allergies, perhaps because these drugs may alter their gut bacteria, a new large study suggests. Early use of antibiotics also raised the chances of allergies in the study of nearly 800,000 children. Researchers combed the health records of kids born between 2001 and 2013 and covered by Tricare, an insurance program for active duty and retired military personnel and their families. A surprising 9 percent of the babies received antacids, reflecting the popularity of treating reflux in infancy. Over four years, more than half of all the children developed allergies to foods or medications, rashes, asthma, hay fever or other allergic diseases. ...

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 Researchers discover link between PCOS and anxiety

Mar 26, 2018 0

A new study shows that children born to mothers with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) are at an increased risk of developing anxiety later in life. Maternal obesity and androgen excess induce sex-specific anxiety in the offspring, according to the study. PCOS is characterised by high levels of male hormones in the blood, menstrual disorders, insulin resistance and obesity. The condition affects more than one in ten women of childbearing age. Lead author Elisabet Stener-Victorin, Professor at the Karolinska Institute,”The fact that daughters of women with PCOS are at increased risk of developing the condition and that sons often develop obesity and insulin resistance, indicates that the fetal environment plays a crucial role.” For the study, ...

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Type-1 diabetes victimizes around 97,000 children in India

Mar 21, 2018 0

New Delhi: As doctors around the world express concern over the growing incidence of diabetes among today’s children, a disturbing new report has revealed that India is host to over 97,000 type-1 diabetic children. The report further said that around 32 per lakh children are affected in Delhi. Diabetes is considered to be a silent killer by medical professionals across the world. Even a single symptom reflecting the onset of the disease is a cause for concern. Diabetes is an autoimmune disease in which the immune system destroys the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas, leaving children painfully dependent on insulin injections for survival. It could be hereditary and can also develop due to an unhealthy lifestyle. Doctors are keen on busting the common myths on Type-1 diabetes and spreading awareness on various ways of managing the disease. ...

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800,000 CHILDREN LOST DUE TO LACK OF IMMUNIZATION IN NIGERIA

Mar 9, 2018 0

The Global Alliance for Vaccine and Immunization (GAVI) on Thursday 8th March, 2018 said no fewer than 800,000 unvaccinated children died in Nigeria in the last 5 years. The Chief Executive Officer, Seth Berkley of GAVI, made this known during a stakeholder meeting in Suleja, Niger. Berkley said a recent survey revealed that Nigeria had only 30% coverage of immunization, added that the figure differed from what some health workers had always presented. The CEO stated that lack of children’s access to routine vaccination caused outbreak of diseases such as Measles, Meningitis and Yellow fever. He also stated that the children unnecessarily died because they were not vaccinated, pointing out that his organization is working hard to strengthen routine immunization in the country. Berkley noted that government and other stakeholders must work hand-in-hand to accelerate and strengthen routine immunization; also traditional rulers could help in ensuring children’s access to vaccination as they are close to the people. ...

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