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Monkey Pox: NMA tasks FG to institute rigorous surveillance

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*Says, insecurity worsening Nigeria’s precarious health indices
By Francesca Iwambe, Abuja
As the dreaded Monkey Pox Virus continue to spread across Nigeria, the Nigeria Medical Association, NMA, has called on the Federal Government to institute more rigorous and continuous surveillance systems as well as strict international health travel measures to curtain spread of the disease.
The medical body while lamenting threat to life and properties in the country stress the need for government at all levels do the needful in addressing the menac.
In a communiqué issued at the end of its 2022 National Executive Council, NEC, meeting in Gombe State and jointly signed by the President, Dr. Uche Ojinmah and the Secretary-General, Dr. Jide Onyekwelu, the NMA warned that the already precarious health indices may worsen if left unchecked
The body demanded that government should prioritise the security and welfare of the people in accordance with the provisions in the country’s constitution.
Quoting Section 14(2) (b) of the 1999 constitution (as amended), which states that “the security and welfare of the people shall be the primary purpose of government, and the participation by the people in their government shall be ensured in accordance with the provisions of this constitution, they observed with concern that the worsening insecurity in the country has led to the inability of both patients and health workers to reach health facilities in some parts of the country.
It further noted with dismay, the failure of both Federal and State Governments to effectively check security lapses and the ravaging incidence of kidnappings in Nigeria.

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“The health workers have been targeted in some communities with some of them kidnapped during the discharge of their duties and a few of them killed by gunmen. “
Observing with deep concern increasing health threats in every part of Nigeria, the NMA further stated that with monkeypox and other diseases, there was a need for the Federal government to improve international cooperation and data sharing, rebuild public health infrastructure to prevent and control vector-borne and zoonotic diseases.
They said the federal government should institute multidisciplinary collaboration using the “One Health” approach for prompt diagnosis and treatment; conduct primarily as well as translational research in the management of infectious diseases, conduct regular training and re-training of health personnel and strengthen evidence-based timely informed decision-making in order to detect, treat, contain, and control infectious diseases.
Lamenting the country’s poor healthcare infrastructure, insufficient and obsolete equipment, and human resource shortage, among others, they said lack of human resources, poor remuneration of health workers, brain-drain, inadequate funding of the health sector, abuse of referral system, inter-professional rivalry and insecurity, were the major threats to effective healthcare delivery in our country.
On hazard allowance, the NEC resolved to continue the engagement using every lawful means to ensure the payment of the newly approved Hazard Allowance within the next two months.
It further urged all its members to be part of the installation ceremony of Dr. Osahon Enabulele as President of the World Medical Association (WMA) in Berlin, Germany and also called on Federal and State Governments to support the event by sending high powered Delegations and also extending support to the Nigerian Medical Association to be able to sponsor many of her members to attend this epoch-making event.

They charged the NMA Abia state Branch to ensure that the Rights and Privileges of all doctors in the state, especially those working with the Abia state Government are not trampled upon by deploying all legitimate means at their disposal.
“They called on the Governments of Ekiti, Ondo and Imo States to hasten the process of clearing the unpaid salaries and wages of doctors and other health workers.

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Habits every woman should adopt to reduce sagging br3ast

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By Francesca Iwambe

Body tissues and fat make up the breasts. The breasts sag and deflate if their ligaments begin to weaken and lose their support.

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The main causes of sagging breasts are typically old age, pregnancy, smoking, and hormones. However, there are some methods you can do on your own to enhance breast firmness.

According to Medicinenet and Healthline, the following are 4 home remedies women should start to tighten up drooping breasts:

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1. Massage with ice: Ice massage is a successful method to lift and regain firmness in sagging breasts. This is because the tissue will contract in response to the cold, giving the appearance of firmer breasts. It is advised to take a pair of ice cubes and rub them in a circular motion around your breast.

2. Diet: Eating a healthy, antioxidant-rich diet is helpful for your skin all over your body. Antioxidants are abundant in fruits and vegetables. Additionally, staying hydrated with enough water might help firm up your breasts by improving the appearance of your skin.

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3. Exercise: Breast tissue cannot be firmed up by exercise due to its lack of muscle, however, there are muscles and fibrous connective tissue behind the breasts that can be worked out to enhance your chest’s overall appearance. Numerous chest exercises, such as pushups, planks, and the cobra stance, are advised to enhance posture in addition to muscle strength.

4: Supportive bra: The chest can look better when you’re wearing a bra that fits properly and provides enough support. The right bra size for many women is unknown, and it might alter over time. Some clothing retailers have staff members who can measure you and determine what size bra you should wear. Additionally, it’s critical to wear a supportive bra while working out.

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Blood group type likely to suffer a heart attack revealed

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By Francesca Iwambe

A new study presented at the European Society of Cardiology has revealed the blood group types that are likely to suffer a heart attack.

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According to the report, while myocardial infarction does not only affect older people, young people are also susceptible.

The report listed heart attacks are caused by overweight, obesity and unhealthy lifestyle habits as some of the factors that could lead to heart attack.

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In the study, researchers compared data from more than 1.3 million people from nine previous studies.

Overall, people with type A, B or AB blood were 9% more likely to experience a cardiovascular event, such as a heart attack, than those with type O blood.

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While it’s not clear why blood type can increase the risk of heart attack, researchers have some suspicions. For one, people with non-O blood types tend to have higher blood clotting proteins, which create clogged arteries that are one of the main causes of heart attacks.

People with blood types A, B and AB also tend to have high cholesterol and higher levels of inflammation.

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NAFDAC Sends Warning Against Bleaching Creams, Moves To Arrest Of Sellers

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The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, hàs warned Nigerians against too much use of bleaching creams, saying it could lead to skin cancer.

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This is contained in a statement signed by the agency’s media consultant, Olusayo Akintola, and made available to newsmen on Sunday in Abuja.

The statement disclosed that the Director General of the agency, Mojisola Adeyeye, gave the admonition over the weekend at the brainstorming session of a two-day top management meeting of the agency in Lagos.

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Ms Adeyeye said that an abusive use of cosmetics could even lead to internal damage of body organs as well as cause death.

She expressed shock at the proliferation of beauticians engaged in formulation of unauthorized chemicals with the intention of applying them on their unsuspecting clients.

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According to the NAFDAC boss, majority of SPA outlets in the nation’s cosmopolitan cities are culpable of the unhealthy practice of mixing chemicals and natural products like pawpaw, carrot and others to make creams, for the clients’ use.

Ms Adeyeye said that the formulation was thereafter packaged, labeled, and sold online to clients, adding that SPA owners have gone further to influence some clinics with medical doctors joining to carry out these nefarious activities.

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She said that the practice had advanced to the extent that vitamin C infusion and glutathione was injected into the substances and applied on clients.

She explained further that the challenges in the enforcement of the agency’s safety regulations on bleaching agents, SPAs and other beauty parlors was that the products were prepared extemporaneously and covertly for individual clients.

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According to her, rarely can you see the offending products on the shelves of these facilities and warned that the practice must stop as anyone apprehended by the agency would be prosecuted and jailed if convicted.

She disclosed that most of the products used in the mixture were smuggled into the country and unregistered, citing formulations containing Kojic Acid, and Hydroquinone above their permissible substance limits.

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According to her, all these products which have substance above their permissible limits are at risk of causing harm, and that it is for the same safety reason that the use of mercury is banned in cosmetics.

“We don’t just ban products because they are bleaching agents but are prohibited because of safety issues surrounding particular ingredients in the products as they could cause skin cancer as well as damage the liver and kidney.

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“The lightening of skin today can be cancer tomorrow, many of the importers smuggle the products into the country under the guise of global listing to bypass NAFDAC inspection.

“Bleaching has become a pandemic amongst both women and their male counterparts; the agency is on the heels of some people who engaged in online sales of dangerous unauthorized cosmetics and other products.

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“Investigation and enforcement Directorate of NAFDAC has been given the directive to apprehend merchants of these dangerous products and bring them to book,” she stressed.

She therefore emphasised that the agency was not against the use of cosmetics, but they must be regulated and confirmed safe for human use.

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She said that the agency would uphold its mandate of citizens protection, by ensuring that the quality and safety of goods produced internally and imported into the country went through processes that met global best practices.(NAN)

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