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Nestle Affirms Commitment To Youths Development

By Independent Nestle Nigeria has reiterated its pledged to support young people by boosting youth entrepreneurship and inspiring the talented ones through providing training and job opportunities. The pledge was contained in a statement signed by Victoria Uwadoka, company’s Corporate Communications and Public Affairs Manager, in Lagos, which was released   affirm the organisation’s ideals as it celebrated this year’s International Youth Day. Uwadoka said that the move was to ensure they gained the skills that would enable them to contribute positively toward building peace in the society. Corporate Communications and Public Affairs Manager said, “This is in line with the United Nations (UN) Sustainable development Goal 8, which aims to promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full off productive employment and decent work for all.’’ The youth empowerment initiatives include a training programme to develop and train young technicians fo

Lagos State Man Of The Year Award

.......Fertility Champions Make Case For Dr Ajayi By Chioma Umeha In many African societies, children are the most important thing in life, so not to be able to have that can be devastating. To this effect, childless couples are susceptible to depression, suicidal thoughts, among other problems because of difficulties in conceiving. To make matters worse, fertility problems are something that the affected people don’t always want to talk about. And so the sense of isolation can be overwhelming. Thanks to Dr. Abayomi Ajayi, CEO Nordica Fertility Centre with clinics in Lagos, Asaba and Asokoro Abuja, who many Nigerians that have benefitted from his services said have demystified fertility problems in Nigeria. It is not surprising that he was nominated by the Centre for Policy Development & Political Studies for the ‘Lagos State Man of the Year 2017 Award,’ along with nine other very formidable great achievers. Dr Ajayi has been a medical doctor for ov

Early Registration For Antenatal Curbs Malaria In Pregnancy – Stakeholders

Malaria is highly endemic in Nigeria and poses a major challenge to human development. Pregnant women, especially ‘primigravidas’ that is a woman who is pregnant for the first time are particularly at risk. The disease may not only account for up to 15 per cent of anemia in pregnancy, it causes miscarriages, premature births and low birthweights in newborn babies. In view of this, researchers and stakeholders have restated the need for early commencement of antenatal care by pregnant women. According to them, this aids early diagnosis and prompt treatment of malaria in pregnant women as well as uptake of Intermittent Preventive Treatment in Pregnancy (IPTp). Making the recommendations during a recent media chat on “Malaria In Pregnancy,” they stressed that regular and appropriate use of Long Lasting Insecticidal Nets (LLINs) help to prevent malaria in pregnant women. The event was jointly organised by the National Media Elimination Programme (NMEP) and th

FG Commissions Ultra-Modern Medical Warehouse In Abuja

By Chioma Umeha The Federal Government has commissioned an ultra-modern medical warehouse in Abuja   for storage of drugs and other medical commodities that it procured or those donated by partners before final distribution to the end users. Commissioning the facility on Monday, Prof. Isaac Adewole, the Minister of Health, said that the facility, named ‘Premier Medical Warehouse’ was a product of joint effort between the Federal Government and partners. “I want to declare publically that within this country, I am yet to see facility like this, so I truly agree that this is the work of our partnership”. Adewole explained that there are three things that constitute good health system, Human Resources, Drugs/ Commodities available in the facility and Data emanating from the facility. The three things are complementing one another and it is only when the three are put to gather that a strong health system would have been built. “A facility that have human

German Medical University Partners Nigeria On Hospital Project

By Chioma Umeha One of the world’s leading medical faculties and university clinics, Hamburg-based Universitätskrankenhaus Eppendorf (UKE) has concluded plans to be the major partner in executing the proposed Thompson & Grace Medical University and Hospitals in Nigeria. To this effect, Thompson & Grace Group, proprietors of Thompson & Grace Medical City (TGMC) and Thompson & Grace Medical University (TGMU), Nigeria will hold a one-week meeting with a team of high ranking medical experts from Germany. The purpose of the visit is to get a perspective on how Education, Health, and Medicine can be transformed to benefit Nigeria and Africa. The highpoint of the meeting is the signing ceremony of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Thompson & Grace Investments Limited (T&GIL) and the University Clinic of Hamburg (UKE), Germany on tomorrow, in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State. The agreement shall set the frame for a close collaboration between th

Cost Of Doing Little About Malnutrition

By Chioma Umeha Worried by the growing burden of malnutrition among children under five years, stakeholders have been urged to prioritise tracking of resources allocated to nutrition in various tiers of government. The goal is to ensure appropriate implementation to curb the ugly trend of malnutrition. According to the World Bank, Nigeria loses over $1.5 billion in GDP annually to vitamin and mineral deficiencies alone. According to experts, Nigeria needs N2.87 trillion, an equivalent of $912 million to tackle the scourge of child malnutrition which is presently ravaging the country. Dr Chris Osa Isokpunwu, Head of Nutrition, Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH) disclosed this recently at a meeting which was organised by the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF). He added that about N2.8 billion is required within the next five years to tackle the menace of child malnutrition in the country. He noted that this investment would help avert 890,000 stunting in

Malnutrition, Burden Of Nigerian Child

By Chioma Umeha An estimated 2.3 million Nigerian children under five (U5) years die every day.   This not only makes the country one of the highest contributors to the under-five mortality in the world, but also results in massive cost for the nation. More than a half of these deaths are related to malnutrition causes. Those who survive often become stunted. Six-year-old Chilotaram Mba appeared skinny and sickly. Her height is a sharp contrast to her age as anyone could easily mistake her for a child half her age. Her four-year-old sister, Princess Mba, is also in the same condition. Their aunt, Agatha Mba, who translates on behalf of their mother (because she does not speak English), told Independent that the doctors had diagnosed her two nieces as being malnourished and in need of treatment. Chilotaram and Princess represent over 11 million Nigerian children who are under five (U5) years afflicted with stunted growth, making Nigeria to rank second on

Health Benefits Of Grapefruit

By Chioma Umeha Grapefruit has surprising health benefits. The fruit grows in clusters similar to grapes, hence the name. It was first discovered in South America. It is a natural hybrid between orange and pomelo which accounts for its large size and tangy flavour. Why Grapefruit? For one thing, grapefruit is filled to the brim with vitamin C. Vitamin C significantly boosts the immune system and helps shorten colds. Cut away the skin, but leave the white pulpy rind as this is packed with helpful nutrients. Here are other benefits of grapefruit. An incredible lift to the immune system Copious amounts of vitamin C helps prevent or fight the common cold. There are some indicators that vitamin C may also protect against cancers of the mouth and stomach. Grapefruit also combat free radicals that can wreak havoc in the body. Cancer, stroke, and heart attack may all relate to unchecked free radicals. Kidney stone prevention Kidney stones are usually a buildup

Benefits of Coconut Water

By Chioma Umeha Coconut water is the ultimate thirst quencher and offers a tasty alternative to water. This pure liquid is packed with nutrients that yield an array of health benefits. Here are 8 Benefits of Coconut Water that explain why it has become so popular: Aids in weight-loss efforts The fat content in coconut water is extremely low, so generous quantities can be consumed without the fear of immediately packing on the pounds. It also suppresses the appetite and makes you feel full because of its rich nature. Helps to achieve perfect skin For those with acne or other blemishes on the surface of the skin, topical application of coconut water can go a great distance as it has the ability to clear up and subsequently tone the skin. It also moisturizes the skin from within if ingested orally and eliminates large amounts of oil. This explains why products such as facial creams, shampoos, conditioners and lotions that contain traces of coconut extract are mo