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Disease prevention: Experts urge consumption of more local foods



               • One of the beneficiaries during a medical outreach in Ikere Ekiti

Health experts have advised Nigerians to consume more of local foods to prevent diseases and untimely death.

They gave the advice on Saturday at a two-day medical outreach in memory of the late Mrs Phebian Obasoyin, who died on Sept. 9, 2021 at the age of 90 years.

It was held at the residence of the deceased in Ikere-Ekiti.

At the outreach, organised by the Deaconess Phenian Obasoyin Diabetes Patients Foundation, free medical tests were conducted for the participants, while drugs were dispensed freely to those in need.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the medical foundation conducted medical tests on the beneficiaries with diabetes, blood pressure, washing of teeth and hepatitis.

In his remarks, Dr Samuel Omotoso, the Medical Director of Oba Adejuyigbe General Hospital, Ado-Ekiti, said the events would create awareness on some diseases that could be prevented through control of eating habits.

Omotoso said that it would enable many people to check their health status in order not to be caught unaware by avoidable diseases.

He said: “Hypertension, also known as high blood pressure, is one of the cardiovascular diseases that affects the heart.

“It is usually referred to as a silent killer, because it sometimes does not give any symptoms until it is late or in advanced stage, leading to stroke or heart failure or attack.

“Hypertension is not designated to create fear or stress in people, but to educate them on the importance of getting their blood pressure checked and educate them on their diet to prevent the risk of hypertension and diabetic-related diseases.

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Also, addressing the beneficiaries, Dr Seeke Abiodun, said it was unfortunate that children too were affected by the two diseases.

Abiodun urged Nigerians to cultivate the habit of eating local foods to prevent diabetes.

According to her, every local foods is healthy, unlike the westernised foods that are causing several damages to the health.

She attributed the rise in the ailment partly to the sedentary lifestyle of many Nigerians, saying that high blood pressure and diabetes were more prevalent in the urban areas than in the rural areas.

The medical expert urged Nigerians to watch their dietary pattern and reduce their intake of salt.

“Instead, eat more of balanced diet, vegetables and fruits, avoid alcohol and tobacco and engage in physical activities,” she advised.

On behalf of children of the deceased, Princess Adeola Ale, said that their mother successfully managed the treatment of both hypertension and diabetes for over 30 years before she died in 2021.

Ale said that the diseases were not as fearful and deadly as most patient see it, but “only need careful management and strict adherence to medical experts advice”.

“Our mother was hypertensive and diabetic for over 30 years, but we, the children ensure that she adhere strictly to medical and dietary advises.

“She was able to live for 90 years without any negative impact on her,” Ale said.

The late Mrs Phebian Obasoyin (Eye Loge) was survived by six children namely: Bosede, Fatai, Adeola, Jide, Adetola and Johnson. (NAN)

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Enugu Federal Neuropsychiatric hospital workers foil attempt to abduct MD, Prof Igwe



• Emergency Unit of Federal Neuropsychiatric hospital Enugu


Workers of the Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Enugu have foiled a suspected attempt to abduct the Medical Director of the institution, Professor Monday Igwe.

Eye-witnesses said three stern-looking men had arrived at the facility Thursday afternoon in an unmarked Toyota Sienna bus, and moved straight to the office of the Medical Director, a development that caused panic among the workers.

According to the sources, the men had wanted to drag Igwe out of his office before words went out.

While workers started milling around the MD’s office, some of them who were already agitated demanded to know the mission of the ‘intruders’.

They were said to have quickly raised the alarm which attracted the attention of other staffers of the establishment.

“By this time, the hospital’s security personnel locked the entrance and exit gates, ensuring that nobody came in or went out of the premises while information was quickly sent to the DPO, New Haven Police Station,” one of the sources said.

It was further gathered that upon the swift arrival of the police, the suspects disclosed that they were police officers from the Zone 13 Command, Ukpo in Anambra State.

They were said to have claimed to have come to arrest the medical director based on a petition against him.

Their explanation did not go down well with the enraged workers who queried the surreptitious manner they wanted to whisk their boss away.

But, the DPO took the men to the state police command headquarters where further investigations were being carried out.

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Speaking with newsmen on Friday, a leader of one of the unions in the hospital accused one of the staff of the school of post-basic psychiatric nursing of being behind the petition.

The unionist who wondered why the staff in question had been embroiled in one crisis or another in the hospital in the last 13 years, was reported to have engaged the services of non-existent civil society organisations to destabilise the hospital.

“Those people actually came with sinister motives. It took the intervention of the workers to save the situation before the DPO came with his men. They wanted to literally abduct him, but we resisted their attempt,” he said.

Neither the police nor the institution’s Medical Director would speak on the issue.

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NAFDAC lists top 10 rejected Nigerian goods abroad



NAFDAC DG, Prof. Moji Adeyeye

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has unveiled a list of 10 goods rejected abroad, blaming the rejection on non-adherence to standardised clearance procedures by stakeholders.

She said some of the commonly rejected export food commodities from Nigeria from 2018 till date and in the top 10 include sesame, beans, melon seeds, peanut and smoked fish/fish meal, ginger, spices paper, hibiscus flower, palm oil and ogbono.

The Deputy Director, Export Division, Ports Inspection Directorate, NAFDAC, Sanwo-Olu O.A. stated this in an address she delivered at the 3rd CHINET Aviacargo conference in Lagos, with the title, “Unlocking the Logistics Barrier to Improving Agro Exports Products.”

She blamed the rejection on non-adherence to set standard by freight forwarders, cargo handlers, airlines/carriers, regulatory agencies, as well as poor inter-agency collaboration, amongst others.

Sanwo-Olu called for collaboration among stakeholders to ensure that export trade meets the requirements of the country’s trading partner, in terms of quality, standards and quantity as trade increases.

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IMMORALITY: Over 40,000 youth in Ghana are living with HIV – AIDS Commission boss



Director General, Ghana AIDS Commission, Dr Kyeremeh Atuahene.

Over 40, 000 youth aged 15 to 24 years in Ghana are living with HIV, according to the Director General of the Ghana AIDS Commission, Dr Kyeremeh Atuahene.

He gave these troubling statistics at the Joy Christian Forum dubbed, “Chastity and Morality: How are the Youth Staying Chaste in Today’s World?” last week Monday.

The forum sought to discuss and find answers to some of the thorny immoral issues plaguing the youth in recent times due to scarcity of jobs and exposure to all kinds of financial and sexual pressures as well as various forms of immorality.

According to Dr Atuahene, out of a cumulative figure of 355,000 Ghanaians living with the virus since the first case was recorded, 11 per cent comprise the youth.

“Although it’s the commission’s aim to reduce infections by 17% every year, we are unable to because of hikes in immoral activities,” Dr Atťuahene revealed.

He, however, admitted that they were able to reduce infections by 8 per cent in 2022.

“When we talk about HIV, we focus more on new infections because the more people get infected, the more we keep adding on to the existing number,” the AIDs Commission boss stated.

He explained that more women contract the virus because their genitalia is a receptacle. Moreso, the vagina lining and the tissue beneath it are quite fragile, making women more susceptible to HIV infection.

Dr Atuahene also mentioned that people who have untreated sexually transmitted diseases have higher risks of getting HIV and as a matter of fact, 10 to 13 per cent of people with STIs have HIV.

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“If you have chlamydia, chancroid, or any ulcerative infections then you become even more vulnerable. When you sleep with anybody, because you have some ulcers down there, you’re most likely to get infected,” he explained.

Dr Atuahene therefore encouraged the youth to stay away from immoral behaviours that could endanger their lives.

The forum was headlined by revered and knowledgeable family life and youth counsellors such as Elder Amos Kevin-Annan, Convener of Singles in 3-D Summits, Rev Mrs Catherine Onwioduokit, a family life counsellor and Founding President, Family Renaissance International, as well as Ps. Andrew Yarquah, a pastor and counsellor based in Kumasi.

Host of Joy FM’s Christian Talkshow, “A Walk With Jesus” and daily devotion, “Joy Time In His Presence” and Prayer Line, Ps. Ato Acquah moderated the discussions.

The program was aired on Joy FM and all Joy social media handles.

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