Don’t smoke away your babies, Gynaecologist warns



An Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, Dr Abosede Lewu, says men and women, who smoke cigarettes experience high infertility rate than nonsmokers, due to health risks associated with smoking.

Lewu, Team Lead at Girlsaide Initiative and Convener, Keep All Mothers Alive (KAMA) Project, told the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday that such smoking men and women were “smoking away their babies”.

She said that cigarette contained many harmful chemicals such as nicotine, cyanide and carbon monoxide that could affect fertility in both men and women negatively.

“In women of childbearing age, smoking can speed up the loss rate of eggs, and they would not conceive as efficiently as nonsmokers.

“In pregnant women, smoking can cause miscarriages, ectopic pregnancies, anomalies in babies, damage baby’s lungs, and also cause preterm contractions and even make baby small for his or her age.

“Later in life, sons of smoking mums can have low sperm count.

“In men, smoking can reduce sperm count, affect ability of sperm to move, causes abnormal sperm with damaged DNA, reduce volume of semen and decrease the sperm’s ability to fertilise egg,” she said.

Lewu said that a smoking man or woman could also put their partners at risk through second hand smoke and they could suffer all the associated health risks.

She, however, said that quitting smoking was one of the best natural ways to boost fertility.

According to her, if you quit smoking, fertility will improve, but does not reverse the decreased egg supply in women.

“Sadly, most people are not aware of the reproductive risks of smoking.

“And, we need to start educating and making people understand that smoking is a risk factor for infertility. So, they need to stop,” Lewu said.

Edited By: Edwin Nwachukwu/Olagoke Olatoye (NAN)


Affordable electricity meters: LASG, Access Bank seek local solutions



The Lagos State Government has collaborated with Access Bank toward ensuring local solutions for affordable electricity meters for residents.

The Lagos State Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources, Mr Olalere Odusote, said at the second day of the Lagos Smart Meter Hackathon event in Victoria Island that the state government was determined to provide adequate and affordable electricity supply to residents.

Odusote said that the Lagos Smart Meter Hackathon would help to facilitate the design and production of meters that would accelerate efforts toward achieving improvement in energy distribution, monitoring and prevention of revenue leakage.

He said that many talented innovators had applied for the Hackathon, while 10 submissions were shortlisted for the competition which had N7 million at stake for two winners in the categories of hardware and software.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that of 274 entries, five finalists were shortlisted for hardware category and five for software.

In the hardware category are Cosmo Automation, Smart Energy, Techwizard, Power Bit Cruchers and Gadozz Electricals, while the five software finalists are Vectorians, Zeena Platform, Magnitronics, Chosen Soft Tech and Gideon.

According to Odusote, the five hardware finalists have pitched their hardware impressively on Wednesday, Sept. 16.

”We are expecting no less from the software side. We are going to get engaged, look at what they have to offer and then integrate it into our future.

”We are trying to solve our own problems by ourselves. This is just the start, it is not a one-time project, after this event is over, we will take the product to our prototype mode, we will take the products to a commercial development process.

”So, we are not just doing Hackathon for the sake of it, we are looking for solutions that will make Lagos a 21st century economy at the end of the day,” the commissioner said.

He thanked Access Bank for the generosity of sponsorship and partnership with the state government, and other partners for joining in the journey of making Lagos a great state.

The Managing Director, Access Bank Group, Mr Herbert Wigwe said that having Hackathons and promoting innovations were part of the DNA of the bank.

Wigwe, who was represented by Mr Ade Bajomo, the Executive Director, Information Technology and Operations, Access Bank Plc. said that the bank was always searching for new things to solve real problems in Africa and beyond.

According to him, such solutions will actually move the life of people forward, give them opportunities, bring more people into becoming financial independent, hence, driving and enhancing the entire society.

”We are now in the fourth Industrial Revolution and we have Africans working with the rest of the world and using technology to solve our problems.

”So, we are not including the rest of the world, that is why this hackathon is important because it is our people solving our own problems and leveraging global solutions. We are finding our own answers to our own problems,” he said.

Over 60 per cent of Lagosians and Nigerians are estimated to be unmetered due to unavailability and the high cost of meter acquisition.

The Lagos State Government is therefore leveraging bright local talents to design and produce affordable smart electricity meters.

Edited By: Oluwole Sogunle
Source: NAN
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Pakistani Police hunt for gang-raping suspects as protests held across country



Protests were held in several Pakistani cities for a second day on Saturday over the handling of an investigation into the gang rape of a mother travelling with her children on a highway.

This is as the Police said they were launching a manhunt for the suspects.

The woman, who the Police say is in her early 30s, was driving late on Tuesday night outside the eastern city of Lahore with her two children when her vehicle ran out of fuel.

She phoned the Police for help, but before they arrived two men took her and her children out of the vehicle at gunpoint and raped her beside the highway.

Inam Ghani, Inspector-General of Punjab Province, where the incident took place, told reporters on Saturday night that the Police had identified the two suspects through DNA tracing.

“I am hopeful very soon we will reach them and arrest them,’’ he said.

But the protesters are not satisfied and called for the sacking of the lead police investigator assigned to the case, Omar Sheikh.

Sheikh has repeatedly pointed out what he felt were mistakes made by the victim, such as she should have taken a different, busier, highway, not travelled at night, and made sure her vehicle had enough fuel.

He also said she appeared to be under the impression Pakistan was as safe for women as France, “her country of residence”.

Requests for comment to the French Embassy in Islamabad went unanswered.

In Islamabad, several hundred protesters gathered, some waved French flags, and others held signs saying “hang the rapists”.

Hundreds, mostly women, also gathered in Lahore, Karachi and even the conservative north-western city of Peshawar.

“Shatter the silence, stop the violence,’’ read one placard in Peshawar.

Global rights watchdogs have pointed out that Pakistan has not done enough to stem violence against women, including ensuring perpetrators are held accountable.

The attack has especially angered women who say public space in the ultra-conservative country was already limited.

“And now the Police are telling you that you are responsible for your own safety,’’ said Yamna Rehman at the Islamabad protest.

The incident has sparked widespread outrage on social media.


Edited By: Abdulfatah Babatunde
Source: NAN
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Gynaecologist says menstruating in pregnancy is fallacy



An Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, Dr Abosede Lewu, says it is a fallacy for a woman to menstruate in pregnancy, rather what she experiences is bleeding.

Lewu, Team Lead at Girls Aide Initiative and Convener, Keep All Mothers Alive (KAMA) Project, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Saturday in Awka.

“Women need to be aware that you can’t menstruate while pregnant. What you are experiencing is bleeding in pregnancy.

“When a woman is pregnant, she no longer menstruates or observes her period. But women who are pregnant can have other form of bleeding that may look like a period in early pregnancy or at first trimester.

“For example, there can be a small amount of bleeding when a fertilized egg implants in the uterus. This is called implantation bleeding. It usually happens around the same time a woman would normally get her period.

“Other things can also cause bleeding, like miscarriage, cervical polyps, infections, molar pregnancy, increase blood flow in the cervix or an ectopic pregnancy which is when the fertilized egg implants some where other than in the uterus.

“An ectopic pregnancy is even a medical emergency. As a doctor, I have seen too many women assuming it is menstruation, which is not in pregnancy,” she said.

Lewu said that any bleeding during pregnancy should be reviewed by a healthcare provider to rule out any possible life or pregnancy threatening cause.

“Any symptom in addition to the bleeding, please go and see a doctor immediately to identify the reason for the bleeding and address it.

“A proper medication is needed because majority of pregnant women do not have implantation bleeding and that is why any bleeding while pregnant must be reviewed by a doctor. You can’t assume it is implantation bleeding.

“If you think you may be pregnant and have pain or bleeding, see the doctor for observation and care,” Lewu said.

Edited By: Joe Idika/Peter Ejiofor)
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NIS boss warns public over use of fake, stolen travel document



The Comptroller General, Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Mr Muhammad Babandede has warned Nigerians to desist from using fake, altered, invalidated, withdrawn, stolen and lost travel documents.

Babandede, who gave the warning in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Abuja,  said that such documents had been automatically made available to 194 member countries of INTERPOL.

NAN reports that  NIS INTERPOL i-24/7 desk had successfully uploaded 150,000 Stolen and Lost Travel Documents (STLD) to INTERPOL Global System (IPSG) in Lyon, France seamlessly.


This was an effort put in place by the service team to rid the world of attempts and deliberate acts leading to identity theft, frauds and other organised crimes perpetrated globally, using SLTD.

Babandede warned holders of Nigerian Passports not to use such re-issued passport anywhere in the world as failure would lead to arrest and prosecution. 

He emphasised that the new development would go a long way in curbing identity theft and use of stolen and lost travel documents by criminal elements.

He added that those seeking to hide their identities to cross national borders and engage in illicit activities worldwide should desist. 


INTERPOL i-24/7 is a secured global communication network developed by INTERPOL to connect law enforcement agencies and officers in all the 194 countries. 


“It enables the authorised users to share urgent security information with their counterparts around the globe, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.


“It enables investigators to access INTERPOL’s range of criminal databases. Users can search and crosscheck data on suspected criminals, wanted persons, stolen and lost travel documents.


“Even stolen motor vehicles, finger prints, DNA profile, stolen administrative documents and stolen works of art.


“I urge Nigerians to desist from being involved in any criminal act as they can be detected anywhere in the World, ” he said. 


Babandede emphasised safety of the public and officers of the immigration service as international flights resumed on Sept. 5. 


He said that COVID-19 is a serious issue,  saying that public health was the next concern after terrorism. 


He noted that the personnel were taking measures to ensure their safety and that of the passengers. 


“You cannot board an aircraft to Nigeria until you have a COVID-19 negative test result. And this is to ensure that Coronavirus is not spread across. 


“As the Minister of Interior, Mr Rauf Aregbeshola will always say the defender should not be defenseless. We will  ensure that the officers are protected as well as the passengers, ” he said.  


Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Ismail Abdulaziz
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