Government to provide ‘free condoms’ in high-fertility districts

Jun 16, 2017 0

In order to promote family planning, the Health Ministry has planned to provide free condoms in 146 districts where fertility rate is high. The government believes that this step will help in population stabilisation. The initiative will be rolled out in 146 districts across seven high-focus states of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and Assam, where fertility rate is believed to be 3 or more. The national average fertility rate is 2.1. Reportedly, these states are believed to account for almost 28 percent of the ccountry’s population.During a press conference, Health Minister J P Nadda said on Thursday, “Mission Parivar Vikas launched in mission mode is aimed at strengthening services in 146 high-focus high-fertility districts in seven most populous states of our country. ...

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Building collapse: Lagos Assembly goes after regulatory agencies

Jun 6, 2017 0

The Lagos State House of Assembly (LAHA) Committee on Physical Planning and Urban Development on Monday disclosed that all eye will guard against incessant cases of building collapse.  The Committee’s Chairman, Mr Setonji David, said this against the backdrop of the collapse of two different three-storey buildings on May 18, 2017 and May 29, 2017, respectively. It was reported that five people lost their lives in the incidents. Similarly, on March 9, 2016, at least 34 people died when a five-storey building still under construction collapsed in Lekki Area of Lagos State. David said that the level of sensitization and monitoring of buildings under construction had increased under Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode-led administration to curb the menace. He said: “Since the assumption of office by Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode, the level of compliance by developers has changed; though there is still room for improvement. “Government is a continuum; and the government is reorganising its agencies responsible for monitoring building constructions to be more effective in service delivery. “So, things are getting better. ...

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Two compounds found in Plant hope for ‘alternative contraceptives’

May 16, 2017 0

Two compounds normally found in wild plants could make good alternatives to emergency contraceptives – if scientists only knew where to get enough of them. Chemicals from dandelion root and the “thunder god vine” plant have long been used in traditional medicines. Now, Californian researchers have found they can also block fertilisation. A UK sperm expert said the discovery could lead to a new and novel approach to male contraception. But the compounds existed at such low levels in plants that the cost of extraction was very high, the US team said. In tests, chemicals called pristimerin and lupeol stopped fertilisation by preventing human sperm from whipping its tail and propelling itself towards and into the woman’s egg. The chemicals were acting like “molecular condoms”, the study authors wrote in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. ...

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Apr 25, 2017 0

Syphilis is a very old disease caused by a bacterium. Transmission is mainly during vaginal, anal or oral sexual contact. Syphilis has three stages:-primary, secondary and tertiary. The primary stage can be a little sore on the penis or lip or cervix; this may heal spontaneously after a few weeks. ...

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Sexual abuse may accelerate puberty in girls, says study

Mar 20, 2017 0

A new study has revealed that girls, who experience physical and sexual abuse in life may accelerate early puberty. The findings said, they are more likely to hit puberty eight to 12 months earlier than their non-abused peers, thus increasing their chances of developing depression, substance abuse and teenage pregnancy. Researchers said, sexual abuse in particular forces the children to physically mature at a faster rate, which is linked to breast and ovarian cancers due to the increased exposure to the hormone estrogen over a longer period. ...

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