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Pediatrician urges parents, public to respect rights of children with down syndrome



Dr Eliza Jacob, a pediatrician with an Abuja-based hospital has advised

parents and the public to respect the rights and wellbeing of children with down syndrome.

Jacob gave the advice in an interview with Nigeria News Agency on Thursday in Abuja.

genetic material from chromosome 21.

developmental delays and may be associated with thyroid or heart disease.

treat each child’s specific situation could help in managing the condition.

urged parents of children with the syndrome to allow them to live normally like others.

Jacob condemned a situation whereby children living with the condition were being ignored by their parents and communities.

recurrent infection, mental retardation and stunted growth.

than normal people.

Edited by Hadiza Mohammed-Aliyu


Nicotine exposure during pregnancy can cause SIDS — Pediatrician





By Abujah Racheal

Abuja, Nov. 4, 2019 Dr Titilayo Banjoko, a Pediatrician based in Abuja, says nicotine exposure during pregnancy can

cause complications in women, including Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

Bamijoko said this in an interview with Nigeria News Agency on Monday in Abuja.

Nicotine is a stimulant and potent parasympathomimetic alkaloid produced in the nightshade family of plants.

It is used for the treatment of tobacco use disorders as smoking cessation aid.

SIDS, also known as cot death or crib death, is the sudden unexplained death of a child of less than one year of age,

usually occurs during sleep.

She urged mothers to stay smoke-free and also make sure their babies were safe to sleep.

According to her, smoking can cause many problems that include birth defects or increased risk of SIDS.

She added that “in 1960, medical doctors believed that smoking half a pack of cigarette a day would

not damage the fetus, but as a doctor of today I am saying that smoking cause more harm than good to a pregnant woman.

“Secondary smoking can cause ear infection and asthma.”

She stated that Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID) include SIDS, accidental suffocation in a sleeping environment,

and other deaths from unknown causes.

She said it was usually more worrisome If the death was sudden and unexpected.

According to her, there are a number of alleged causes of SIDS and ideas that people hold onto as they search for

answers, perhaps because the causes are never definitively known.

Banjoku shared ways which mothers could take to protect their newborn from SIDS, advising that “when you have your

baby and you are home, avoid things like tobacco or smoke around the baby.

“I recommend that you use a new, aired mattress, not have anything bumpers, toys, mobiles, extra clothes or blankets

in baby’s cot; tuck baby at the bottom of the cot and have the cot in your room with your baby.”


Edited by Hadiza Mohammed-Aliyu

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Pediatrician says 2 years is normal for breastfeeding



Dr Bessie Eziechila, the Consultant Paediatrician with Federal Medical Centre (FMC) Jabi, says  two years is the normal duration for breastfeeding for the advantage of both child and mother.

Eziechila told Nigeria News Agency in Abuja on Tuesday that “two years is the complete, adequate period and ideal for breastfeeding a child.’’

She urged working mothers to explore necessary avenues of breastfeeding their children for their wellbeing, saying “working mothers can express breast milk and store for varying number of hours depending on the mode of storage.’’

“Their work environment can also be made baby-friendly to enable them breastfeed at work, I mean when they resume from maternity leave,” Eziechila said.

She described breastfeeding as non negotiable aspect of childcare, adding “it is a roadmap to healthy society’’.

reports that the World Health Organisation (WHO) recommended the practice of up to two years and beyond for breastfeeding.

Exclusive breastfeeding which is described as the best, according to paediatricians helps in family planning by slowing the return of ovulation.

Medical experts are of the opinion that children exclusively breastfed tend to be healthier and more intelligent than others.

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Polio: Pediatrician stresses need to immunise children



Dr Eliza Jocob, a Pediatrician with National Hospital, Abuja, has advised parents

and guardians to immunise their children against polio to reduce the menace of the virus in the country.

Jocob gave the advice in an interview with Nigeria News Agency on Tuesday in Abuja.

our bodies are better able to fight diseases even if we come into contact with them.”

it was the process by which an individual’s immune system became fortified against an agent.

manner is to make sure that a child receives vaccine.

“It shouldn’t be a difficult thing because we all want our children to be healthy.”

Jocob also advised government to make sure that routine immunisation was provided in all hospitals across the country.

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Stop giving anti-malarials to children not diagnosed of malaria — Pediatrician



Stop giving anti-malarials to children not diagnosed of malaria — Pediatrician


Lagos, March 31, 2019 A Paediatric Neurologist, Dr Okunola Olusola, on Sunday cautioned parents against administering antimalaria medication to children who had not been diagnosed of malaria.

Olusola of Paediatrics Department, University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH), gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos.

He said that it was very wrong to give children antimalaria drugs when they did not have malaria, adding that doing so would not prevent them from the ailment.

“ It is drug abuse and there is a greater chance of the parasite developing resistance to the drugs if it is done regularly.

“So, the best thing for a mother to do is when a child has a fever, the mother should take the child to an appropriate health facility where the child would be properly screened for malaria.

“There are Rapid Diagnostic Test Kits (RDTS) for malaria that will give the result within 10 minutes.

“RDTs assist in the diagnosis of malaria by providing evidence of the presence of malaria parasites in human blood,’’ he said.

The paediatrician said there was nothing wrong for a mother to move around with antimalaria drugs anywhere she went but in administering it, malaria must be proven to be present in the child.

Olusola urged mothers to understand that not all fevers were caused by malaria, stressing that some could be symptoms of teething, catarrh and so on.

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Maternity photo shoots sustain memories of pregnancy — Consultant Pediatrician



Some women have upheld the idea of taking maternity photo shoots, saying that capturing that beautiful period of pregnancy, especially the advanced stage can help to eliminate fears and anxiety.

“Pregnancy comes with its ups and downs, so capturing this beautiful period can help eliminate fears and anxiety.

“Photos trigger memories, feelings and emotions. They also help you remember more vividly how things used to be,’’ Mrs Simi Obasan, a Consultant Pediatrician at Heritage Childbirth Services told the Nigeria News Agency on Sunday in Lagos.

Obasan said that photo shoots in the advanced stage of pregnancy was born out of the desire of the pregnant woman to sustain memories of her pregnancy, even after the baby was born.

“Before photo shoots started, pregnant women ensured that they took enough photos of themselves with their mobile phones to show their children how they grew in their tummies before they were born,’’ she added.

She said, however, that with the advent and availability of more sophisticated equipment with higher resolutions, came the need for better photos to ensure that more beautiful memories were captured.

“Sadly, to everything, there is an abuse. The focus of maternity photo shoots has shifted from memories and keep-sakes to `show off’ attempts.

“Pregnant women now go the extra mile to look sexy in these shoots, thus exposing what should have been left to imagination.’’

Dr Blessing Ogbonnaya, a Dentist, told NAN that, “some women do maternity photo shoots just for the craze of social media.

“For me, it’s just an avenue to announce the arrival of my baby and to have the memories captured, especially for the future.’’

A food vendor, Fadekemi Rinoye, said: “These days, people do maternity photo shoots just to compete with other women. They do it to show off and bring attention to themselves.

“The shoots should basically be for record and documentation purposes since one can easily forget how one looked during pregnancy, the photos will always serve as a great reminder.

“Even if you don’t care about the memory for yourself, think about when your children are older. They will be delighted to see the photos of their pregnant mother while they were growing inside her.

“Pregnancy is a thing of beauty and amazement for many people.

“If you don’t have a photo session while you’re pregnant, you’ve lost the chance to create once in a lifetime, they’re memories which you can never get back.

(Edited by: Peter Ejiofor)

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Chinese experts share experience with Mozambican doctors on COVID-19 response




Chinese obstetricians and pediatricians share their experience with Mozambican doctors Thursday on the prevention and treatment of COVID-19 among pregnant women and children through a teleconference at Maputo Central Hospital (HCM).

The two-hour communication event was part of a series of training sessions offered by Chinese doctors and medical experts to their Mozambican peers on dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.

On Thursday’s session, experts from West China Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Sichuan University of China talked about preventing and treating novel coronavirus infection in children, and the classified management throughout the perinatal period of pregnant women in the epidemic.

The series of online training have yielded very positive and visible results, allowing doctors in the hospital to improve their work in the treatment and management protocols for patients in the context of the pandemic, HCM Director Mouzinho Saide said at the teleconference.

“The coronavirus pandemic forces us to reinvent ourselves and find innovative solutions, to maintain high quality work and respond to the wishes of those in the hospital who care for the sick or those who seek to relieve pain and cure their illnesses from the hospital,” said Saide.

Members of the 22nd Chinese medical team to Mozambique, which has been coordinating the exchanges of doctors between the two countries, along with 23 local medical specialists, participated in the teleconference session.

As a representative of the Chinese embassy to Mozambique, Counsellor Liu Xiaoguang said the Chinese medical team has assisted HCM in establishing a response plan, emphasizing worldwide cooperation and solidarity in dealing with the pandemic.

He said that by far China has donated more than 1.3 million medical masks, nearly 40,000 sets of testing kits, 20,000 sets of protective clothing and other medical supplies to Mozambique.

“The epidemic situation in Mozambique is still serious, which makes the task of protecting women and children and other vulnerable groups more urgent,” said Liu, adding that he hopes previous achievements could be consolidated and boosted through this training session.


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COVID-19 survivor in Ghana urges strong support for patients




A female medical doctor who has survived severe symptoms of the novel coronavirus infection urged Ghanaians on Thursday to extend strong support and care to survivors of the pandemic to help them overcome the trauma.

Gillian Bougee, a pediatrician and head of the neonatal intensive care unit at the Bolgatanga Hospital in Ghana’s Upper East region, said the infection should not be seen as a death sentence.

Sharing her story at the government’s bi-weekly media briefing on the state of COVID-19 in Ghana, Bougee said that although it was scary getting infected, the available evidence showed that a large majority of those who get infected recover from it.

Bougee said she developed symptoms for COVID-19 on March 31, two days after coming into contact with a suspected case. And although her symptoms were severe, it took a second test weeks later to confirm her infection. She was discharged from treatment on May 2.

“Getting infected does not mean you are going to live with the infection for the rest of your life, and so there is no need to stigmatize survivors. Social distancing should not be social isolation,” she urged.

In her case, the medical doctor said she had enjoyed tremendous support from her husband, friends, relatives, as well as the doctors and nurses at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital in the nation’s capital, where she had been airlifted for treatment.


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World Health Day: C’River commissioner urges FG to strengthen health system



The Cross River Commissioner for Health, Dr Betta Edu, on Tuesday, called on the Federal Government to urgently strengthen the nation’s health system.

Edu made the call in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency in Calabar while commemorating the World Health Day 2020.

The World Health Day is a global health awareness day celebrated every year on April 7 under the sponsorship of the World Health Organisation (WHO) as well as other related organisations with the theme: “Support Nurses and Midwives”

She said, “It is time for us as a nation to improve the health system as a whole, to make it more functional.’’

According to her, the present situation of the world is an opportunity to increase the awareness of health issues across the nation.

“Fifteen per cent of the nation’s total budget should go to the health sector and it is also important for us to increase the number of health workers we have on ground.

“For Cross River, a lot of work is ongoing like sensitisation in border communities, compulsory use of face mask by all residents of the state and the provision of health services to people who need them,” Edu said.

On the theme of the commemoration, the commissioner said that nurses and midwives should be supported.

In her remark, Dr Jacinta Okoi-Obuli, Consultant Pediatrician at the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital, (UCTH), said that as a nation, we need to look at ways of improving the services and number of our nurses.

Okoi-Obuli said that nurses and midwives were the backbones of health services because they ensured that every instruction by the doctors was carried out.

“Without the nurses and midwives, we cannot achieve the global target of universal health coverage of maternal and child health, prevention of communicable and non- communicable diseases, including COVID-19.

“As a nation, we need to look at the parity of pay of the nurses in the federal and state levels because those at the states are not well paid. We need to look at parity in the pay across board.

“The health workers should be given preferential treatment because they are the soldiers of the country for now, not the Army, Navy or Air Force,” she said.

Edited By: Remi Koleoso/Adeleye Ajayi


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Coronavirus: Stakeholders want parents, guardians to provide hand sanitisers for children



A cross section of Enugu residents has recommended that parents and guardians should provide hand sanitisers for their children as preventive measures against Corona Virus (COVID-19).

Speaking to the Nigeria News Agency in separate interviews in Enugu on Sunday, some residents said that it was the only preventive measure for pupils and students.

Mrs Mary Onyia, a teacher said that it would be more effective for parents to do that to ensure that their children were well protected.

“I believe that when children are provided with hand sanitizers by their parents, there will be no need to be afraid of the virus because once their hands are sanitized, touching their faces will not be a problem,” Onyia said.

Mrs Kate Anyanwu, a parent called on schools to provide sanitizers and clean running water with soap for children in schools.

She added that schools that could not provide the requirements for virus prevention should be closed down.

Mrs Nneka Dim, a nurse with the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital (UNTH), suggested that schools should be shut down at the moment to check the spread of the virus.

According to her, children of under school age will find it difficult to adhere to the rules on how to prevent the virus.

“There is no way these children will not touch their faces or one another while in school since one of the preventive measures not to touch your face, nose or eye with dirty hands, so, it is better the government to shut down all schools for now,” Dim said.

A Pediatrician with Enugu State Teaching Hospital (ESUTH), who spoke in anonimity said that it could only be gotten through droplet.

She said the ideal thing to do was not to expose the child to affected person.

She said universal precautions should be taken, stressing that if possible schools should be shut down for the moment.

Edited By: Angela Okisor/Maureen Atuonwu


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