Health

Expert advocates importance of healthy nutrition for pregnant women

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A medical practitioner, Dr Mashudat Adams, on Wednesday stressed the need for healthy meals during and after pregnancy to prevent malnutrition and undernutrition in mothers and babies.


Adams, a Managing Partner, MercyWay Medical Centre, Ejigbo in Lagos, gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos.

She said that undernutrition during critical periods in development stage could lead to adverse health outcomes later in life.

The expert spoke in commemoration of the 2020 World Breastfeeding Week (WBW).

The WBW, inaugurated in 1991, is celebrated annually from Aug. 1 to Aug. 7 in over 120 countries across the globe, to promote breastfeeding as an effective practice and to engender mother and child well-being.

Adams said: “So, mothers should eat balanced and varied diet with the right amounts of vitamins and minerals.

“They should maintain normal weight prior to pregnancy, and healthy weight gain during pregnancy should be encouraged.

“After pregnancy, mothers should practice six months exclusive breastfeeding, no other solids or liquid foods should be given to the baby,” Adams advised.

She said exclusive breastfeeding would go a long way to end malnutrition or undernutrition among children, adding that malnutrition resulted from lack of exclusive breastfeeding.

The expert said that breast milk should be given to babies immediately they were born.

According to her, breast milk provides a right proportion of essential nutrients for baby’s body and brain development.

Adams said that the essential nutrients in the breast milk included vitamins, proteins, fats and antibodies.

She said that breastfed babies hardly fall sick, have a lower risk of obesity as well as types I and II diabetes.

The expert said that they also have a reduced risk for ear infections (otitis media) and gastroenteritis, among others.

“Exclusive breastfeeding protects against gastrointestinal and respiratory infections, slow infant weight gain and lower risk of obesity.

“Feeding on colostrum is a health benefit that comes from breast milk, because it supplies the essential nutrients needed for baby’s cognitive development.

“Therefore, breast milk is a perfect food for infants; it is easy to digest, because it is made of live cells and the baby’s bodies can easily absorb it,” Adams said.

Edited By: Folorunso Poroye/Olagoke Olatoye (NAN)

https://nnn.ng/expert-advocates-importance-of-healthy-nutrition-for-pregnant-women/

Economy

20 ships discharging petrol other items at Lagos port – NPA

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The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) on Monday said that 20 ships at the Lagos ports were discharging petroleum products and food stuff.


The NPA made this known in its publication, `Shipping Position’, a copy of which was made available to the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos.

It listed the contents of the ship as general cargo, containers, bulk wheat, petrol, frozen fish, butane gas, bulk sugar, maize, bulk salt and automobile gasoline.

It said that other 12 ships had arrived the ports, waiting to berth with containers, bulk wheat, and general cargo.

The authority said it was expecting 13 other ships with petroleum products, food items and other goods from Sept. 21 to 30.

It said that the ships contained bulk wheat, bulk sugar, petrol, bulk gypsum, frozen fish, maize, bulk salt and general cargo.

They are expected to arrive at the Lagos Port Complex.

Edited By: Wale Ojetimi
Source: NAN

https://nnn.ng/20-ships-discharging-petrol-other-items-at-lagos-port-npa/
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Defence/Security

NSCDC prevents thieves from diverting 1,100 litres of PMS across border

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The Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has taken charge of 1,100 litres of Petroleum Mentholated Spirit ( PMS) meant to be taken away  from Nigeria to Benin Republic  through the  water ways by some oil thieves.


 

The Commandant of NSCDC, Lagos State, Mr Iskil Makinde, at the display of the exhibits in Lagos on Monday  said  that the thieves  were arrested in their boat while they were carting away the product to Benin Republic from Badagary where it was siphoned.

 

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Mr  Makinde assumed duty in Lagos  on Aug. 24 following a posting order dated Aug. 17 from Commandant -General of the NSCDC, Abdullahi Mohammadu.

 

The Commandant said that  the incident  happened on Sept. 20 and that the products were stocked in polythene bags and kegs.

 

According to him at the parade,  all attempts to stop the culprits initially proved abortive.

 

“ However, a hot pursuit by the NSCDC marine corps of the thieves  made them abandoned the boat in which the products were loaded and jumped into the sea to escape,” he said.

 

Makinde  said that  other exhibits recovered at the scene include a wooden canoe which cracked in the course of bringing it to the shore.

 

“ Also recovered is a 740 HP Yamaha engine used to power the boat,” he said.

 

The  NSCDC boss described the incident as very unfortunate, especially, when the country needed all resources to enable it stabilise after  the  COVID-19 pandemic.

 

The  commandant  said  that the corps would not condone any act of criminality in the state.

 

“The corps is also assuring  the residents of Lagos State  of peaceful environment as its personnel are  set of ridding the state  of all criminal elements,” he said

Edited By: Peter Dada
Source: NAN

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COVID-19

NCDC, NIMR, partners to conduct COVID-19 antibody tests in 4 states

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COVID-19

Abuja, Sept. 21, The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), the Nigeria Institute for Medical Research (NIMR) and their partners are conducting anti-bodies household surveys in four states in Nigeria.

Speaking at the daily briefing of the Presidential Task Force on Monday in Abuja, the Director general of NCDC, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu ​​​​​​said the tests are being conducted to better understand the burden of COVID-19 infection in Nigeria.

“These seroprevalence surveys, which will be carried out in Gombe, Enugu, Nasarawa and Lagos states would provide the best evidence yet, on the extent of COVID-19 infection in the country.

“The seroprevalence surveys are used to identify the occurrence of disease in a population by estimating the presence of antibodies in individuals who have had the disease.

“This is done by testing blood samples in randomly selected households in selected states.

“For Nigeria’s COVID-19 seroprevalence survey, household members will answer a brief questionnaire, be tested for the presence of COVID-19 antibodies, as well as for acute COVID-19, if they consent.

“In addition to this, study participants will also have a rapid malaria test and receive treatment if the test is positive,” he said.

Ihekweazu, said, this is the first set of household surveys to be conducted for COVID-19 in Nigeria and as part of ongoing public health research activities.

“The surveys will increase the current understanding of COVID-19 transmission patterns, the burden of infection in the population, and the age groups most affected.

“This information will help inform COVID-19 response decisions by the Government of Nigeria and partners as part of measures towards ending the pandemic.

” The surveys will also estimate the proportion of people who have COVID-19 but are not showing any symptoms, that is asymptomatic.

“Through this, the country can identify risk factors for infection and measure the transmission of COVID-19 within households,” he explained.

By administering rapid malaria tests, he said, the surveys will also assess malaria infections and their possible relationship to SARS-CoV-2 infection.

The results from the surveys, he added, will inform the response to the COVID-19 outbreak in Nigeria.

He also stated that the United States Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (US-CDC) and the University College London (supported by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation) are supporting the NCDC and NIMR in implementing these surveys.

He also said that while the United States CDC’s implementing partner, the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB), would also support the State Ministries of Health with implementation.

The News Agency of Nigeria, reports that the surveys will be conducted between September and November, and preliminary results are expected to be released by December 2020.

Edited By: Sadiya Hamza
Source: NAN

https://nnn.ng/ncdc-nimr-partners-to-conduct-covid-19-antibody-tests-in-4-states/

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Sokoto: Hisbah arrest 3 over alleged circulation of rape video on social media

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The Sokoto State Hisbah Commission on Monday, confirmed the arrest of three people alleged to have circulated a video on social media while sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl.


The victim was scheduled to get married on Oct. 17, but the marriage was called off as a result of the viral video circulated by the suspects.

Dr Adamu Kasarawa, the state Hisbah Comandant, told newsmen in Sokoto that the principal suspect, son of a political appointee in the state, and his two friends would be handed over to relevant authorities for prosecution.

Kasarawa said that the commission had concluded investigations into the matter and would ensure the prosecution of the case.

Mother of the victim, (name withheld), told newsmen that the principal suspect sexually abused her daughter sometimes in 2017 when she was 16 years old.

The victim’s mother alleged that the suspect stored the video clips for three years with the intention of destroying her daughter’s life.

”Exactly on June 20, 2020, I received a call from Lagos on the viral circulated video of my nude daughter being sexually abused by Baffa Hayatu Tafida.

”The suspects shared the clips to my daughter’s suitor along with other online groups,” she said.

According to her, marriage arrangements have been concluded for her daughter, scheduled for Oct. 17, this year, when Baffa released the phonographic video of him sexually abusing the girl.

She said that the ugly development made the would-be groom to withdraw from the proposed marriage.

The victim’s mother added that the situation had devastated the life of her daughter as she could hardly eat nor sleep.

She complained that all attempts to get the Department of State Services and National Human Right Commission in Sokoto to pursue the matter proved abortive.

“I was disappointed with the two institutions’ inaction,” she said, and thanked the Hisbah commission for the prompt intervention.

The victim’s mother, claimed that the father of the principal suspect had made attempts to induce her in order to drop the case, and threated her on different occasions when she refused.

When contacted, Hayatu Tafida, the father of the principal suspect, confirmed knowledge of the case, but denied inducing the victim’s mother or threatening her life.

Edited By: Maharazu Ahmed
Source: NAN

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