Federal government urges states to focus more on Education, Healthcare

The federal government has begged every states to focus more attention to the development and building of primary healthcare and educational facilities to promote and improve the standard of living of Nigerians in rural part of the country.

Senior Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs, Adejoke Adefulire, gave the advice at a two-day sensitization workshop for 2018 conditional grant scheme for focal persons representing states in Abuja.

She said: “In line with the requirements of the Conditional Grants Scheme Implementation Manual, two sectors – Health and Education – have been identified as the most critical that requires urgent intervention for 2018 CGS to States round. The 2018 CGS round, like that of 2017, will cover only for the States to be implemented for the Local Government because of budgetary constraints.

“States’ applications will do well by keying into the new initiatives of the Federal government, which will enhance the quality of states’ proposals, such as sustainability solution in this respect, all applications should be accompanied with detailed mechanism for sustainability and community participation.”

Sustainable development goals 3 and 4 are specific goals targeted to ensure the development of good healthcare delivery and access to education in developing countries by 2030. Since the adoption of the SDGs in 2015, the Nigerian government has taken concerted steps to achieve the set goals. One of such step is giving conditional grant scheme to the states.

The conditional grant scheme will focus on two critical areas of healthcare delivery and proper development of the education sector in rural areas.

Deputy resident representative, UNDP, Joerg Kuehuel said the body is partnering with some states in Nigeria to ensure successful attainment of the goals in the country.

The National Bureau of Statistics wants the current level of poverty in the country reduced for effective implementation of the project.

Nigeria’s conditional grant scheme which started in 2007 was borne out of the need to develop new mechanisms to engage and mobilize resources from all tiers of the government towards achieving SDGs by 2030.

DISEASE!! Researcher creates local solution for Diabete Mellitus

A researcher in the city of Ndufu-Alike in Ebonyi state has recently innovated a local remedy to cure diabetes mellitu.

Prof. Chukwunonso Ejike, a researcher at Alex Ekwueme Federal University, Ndufu-Alike, Ebonyi, says he has developed a local remedy for diabetes mellitus.

He made this known in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday on the sidelines of the ongoing Technology and Innovation Expo 2019 holding in Enugu.

Diabetes mellitus is a disease in which the body’s ability to produce or respond to the hormone insulin is impaired, resulting in abnormal metabolism of carbohydrates and elevated level of glucose (sugar) in the blood.

Organized yearly by Federal Ministry of Science and Technology to encourage interaction among researchers, inventors, innovators and investors, the Science and Technology Expo is to largely commercialize research results from the country’s tertiary institutions.

The theme for the 2019 expo is “Science, Technology and Innovation for Economic Recovery and Sustainable Growth.” Ejike said that the remedy product known as the VOG Tea was one of six products exhibited by the university at the Expo, invented in 2018 after four years of intensive research.

The don, who is the Dean, Basic Medical Sciences in the institution, said that the tea was produced from three culinary vegetables, noting that the process of patenting the product had already begun and would soon be in the market.

He added that “I thank the university authority for supporting every effort so far made to develop and produce the tea.

“I want to appeal to investors to partner with us to get it to the market place at the minimum best price.”

The researcher said that Nigerian scholars had the capacity to compete with their peers in developed economies, adding that to achieve this, however, they needed to be funded.

He added that he was motivated to go into the research due to increasing incidences of diabetes mellitus in the country, especially in urban areas.

He said “our interest in developing this tea was to find out how to help our people manage diabetes mellitus.

“We thought of local remedies that could be cheap and identified these vegetables. We did clinical tests and collected data on the vegetables and confirmed that making tea from the vegetables could be of great benefit to sufferers of diabetes mellitus.

“Constant consumption of the tea will ensure that the glucose concentration will not overshoot the normal level.”

The dean said that the product would also help people at risk of getting diabetes. He said that the usage of the VOG Tea by those at risk would ensure that they never developed it. (NAN)

JUST IN: New Case Of LASSA Fever Recorded In Jos As Soldier Dies

The General Officer Commanding 3 Division, Nigeria Army Rukuba, Major General Nuhu Angbazo, has just given a direction that the Maxwell Khobe Cantonment, Jos, Plateau, should be thoroughly fumigated.

The directive was given following the death of a non-commissioned senior officer in the cantonment from Lassa fever.

The Division made the disclosure on Thursday in a statement by Maj. Ikechukwu Eze, Acting Deputy Director, Army Public Relations.

Eze said that while the Division commenced investigations to unravel all circumstances that led to the soldier’s death, it also took other measures to forestall the spread of the disease in the cantonment.

“Contact tracing and monitoring for both primary and secondary contacts has commenced.

“This is being done in collaboration with representatives of World Health Organization, medical personnel of Bingham University Teaching Hospital and 3 Division Medical Services and Hospital.

“Sensitization for residents of Maxwell Khobe Cantonment, the host community and the general public has also commenced,” he added.

The acting deputy director explained that the deceased was admitted and being managed for resistant malaria at the 3 Div Hospital after returning from Kogi State where he went for his father’s burial, but with no significant improvement.

This, he said, resulted in the patient being referred to Bingham University Teaching Hospital Jos for further management.

He said that the soldier died on January 15, 2019, four days after his case was reported.

“Available medical information confirmed that the soldier may have died of Lassa Fever,” he said

(NAN)

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Army commander orders fumigation of barracks over fear of spread of Lassa Fever, following the death of a soldier from symptom of the virus

The General Officer Commanding (GOC) 3 Division, Nigerian Army Rukuba, Maj. Gen. Nuhu Angbazo, has directed that Maxwell Khobe Cantonment, Jos, Plateau, be fumigated.

The directive was given following the death of a non-commissioned senior officer in the cantonment from Lassa fever.

 

 

The Division made the disclosure on today in a statement by Acting Deputy Director of Army Public Relations, Maj. Ikechukwu Eze.

Eze said that while the Division commenced investigations to unravel all circumstances that led to the soldier’s death, it also took other measures to forestall the spread of the disease in the cantonment.

“Contact tracing and monitoring for both primary and secondary contacts has commenced. This is being done in collaboration with representatives of World Health Organization (WHO) medical personnel of Bingham University Teaching Hospital and 3 Division Medical Services and Hospital. Sensitization for residents of Maxwell Khobe Cantonment, the host community and the general public has also commenced,” he added.

 

 

The acting deputy director explained that the deceased was admitted and being managed for resistant malaria at the 3 Div Hospital after returning from Kogi State where he went for his father’s burial, but with no significant improvement.

This, he said, resulted in the patient being referred to Bingham University Teaching Hospital Jos for further management.

He said that the soldier died on Jan. 15, 2019, four days after his case was reported.

“Available medical information confirmed that the soldier may have died of Lassa Fever,” he said.

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OH NO! Lassa fever kills senior officer in Nigeria Army

The Nigerian Army has raised an alarm over an outbreak of Lassa Fever. A statement on Wednesday by the Acting Deputy Director Army Public Relations, 3 Division, Maj Ikechukwu Eze, said the disease killed an officer on Tuesday.

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It read: “The Headquarters 3 Division wishes to inform the general public that a male senior non- commissioned officer of the Division was admitted and was being managed for resistant malaria at the 3 Div Hospital after returning from Kogi State where he went for his father’s burial.

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“Consequently, the soldier was managed but there was no significant improvement which resulted to him being referred to Bingham University Teaching Hospital (Jankwano) Jos for further management. “Unfortunately, the soldier died on 15 January 2019, 4 days after his case was reported.” Maj Eze stated. “Available medical information confirmed that the soldier may have died of Lassa Fever”. The division said while investigation is ongoing, it had taken the following measures:

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“Contact Tracing and Monitoring for both primary and secondary contacts in collaboration with Representatives of World Health Organization (WHO), Medical Personnel of Bingham University Teaching Hospital and 3 Division Medical Services and Hospital. “Sensitization for residents of Maxwell Khobe Cantonment, the host community and the general public has also commenced.

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“The General Officer Commanding has further directed that the entire Maxwell Khobe Cantonment be fumigated,” he said.

Must Read: Check out how you can calm anxiety naturally, without drugs

Anxiety sometimes happen to many people, and the easiest solution is to find drugs to calm the nerves, without a doctors prescription, but here are some drug-free things to do to help calm anxiety in minutes.

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1. Listen to This Song

It may sound weird, but research suggests that listening to this song could help reduce anxiety by up to 65 percent. Music therapy has been shown to help reduce anxiety for patients undergoing procedures—and it may even help reduce pain.

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2. Get App-y

Anxiety can make you feel like you’re on an island, which is why it can be super helpful to talk to someone about how you’re feeling. Some people process things verbally, so talking about what’s going on in your head can help you begin to understand and cope with your anxiety.

However, sometimes it can be hard to talk to your friends and family when you’re feeling anxious, and therapy can be expensive or overwhelming.

3. Drop Into Cat-Cow

Need to relax fast? There’s a yoga pose (OK, a lot of yoga poses) for that. However, a cat-cow pose is a great way to reduce stress and anxiety so you can focus on your breathing. Studies show that a regular yoga practice can have a significant impact on anxiety levels in your daily life, so taking the time to find your zen can be good for both reducing existing anxiety and preventing more in the future. With your weight balanced evenly, inhale as you slowly look up and let your stomach drop toward the floor. After a brief hold, exhale and tuck your chin to your chest. Moving gently, draw your navel toward your spine and round your back up toward the ceiling. Repeat slowly for one minute.

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4. Breathe With a .GIF (Seriously)

This might sound a little redundant—hello, we’re already breathing—but experts agree that deep breathing can have a serious impact on stress and anxiety. Don’t worry about controlling your thinking or needing to find your zen, which can sometimes leave you feeling more anxious. Be gentle with yourself and focus on the movement—and getting that sweet oxygen—as much as possible.

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5. Take a Five-Minute Break

In fact, one study showed that 20 minutes of mindful meditation practice for four days cut anxiety levels by nearly 40 percent. Yep. That much. Meditation has long been known for its benefits, and they’re totally backed by science. Not sure where to begin? Turns out you only need five minutes to get started.

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6. Turn Anxiety Into Excitement
If you’re feeling anxious about a big work project, a date, or karaoke night, studies suggest that traditional anxiety-relieving techniques might not do as much as we’d like. And, honestly, it makes sense: Perception matters, and science suggests that a little bit of stress can actually be beneficial. We spend a lot of time talking about getting rid of stress and anxiety (which, let’s be real, totally makes sense). But in reality, those things—in small doses—aren’t actually the worst things for us, so long as we perceive them as good.

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7. Chew Some Gum

Chewing gum might not be the first remedy you think of when it comes to anxiety, but studies suggest that it may reduce fatigue, stress, and anxiety, and even boost your mood. Of the 101 study participants, chewing gum was also associated with a better perception of work performance. A small study concluded that chewing gum helped reduce anxiety and increase alertness, and another determined that chewing gum reduced stress-related responses in the brain.

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8. Use the 5-4-3-2-1 Method

Project LETS—a nonprofit organization dedicated to erasing the stigma surrounding mental illness, diversity, trauma, and neurodivergence—suggests the 5-4-3-2-1 method as an emergency intervention for panic attacks or anxiety. It involves using all of your senses and engaging your mind to find calm in the midst of anxiety. Plus, it’s something you can do out loud when you’re alone or in your head if you’re around other people. It might take practice, but the Mayo Clinic suggests that trying this grounding technique when you’re feeling anxious can help take the focus off your thoughts and place it on your surroundings instead. This might not seem like much, but disrupting anxiety before it builds can actually make it easier to cope in the long term.

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Must Read: Here are the causes of stomach pain during exercise that you don’t know

If you’re experiencing stomach pain during exercise, there are a number of potential causes. You may be able to narrow down the cause based on other symptoms. It will also depend on the circumstances surrounding your pain and how it manifests.

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Muscle Tightness and Cramping

If your abdominal or psoas muscles are tight, you may experience pulling, a sharp pinch during movement, or a gripping sensation, such as a cramp. You’ll know that this is the cause because it will have occurred during movement.

How to Prevent Cramping

You can prevent this from happening again by following a few guidelines.

1. Make sure to stay properly hydrated on a daily basis. Dehydration can lead to muscle tension. When the muscles aren’t properly lubricated, they aren’t as pliable. This is true during exercise and throughout regular activity as well. For optimal results, aim to drink 50 percent of your body weight in ounces of water every single day.

2. Warm up before you work out. Cold muscles are easy to over-stretch. A proper warm-up will heat them so that they become loose and flexible. A routine of light self-massage with a foam roller followed by five to 10 minutes of walking, cycling, or dynamic stretching should do the trick. Here is a video with a few quick ways you can foam roll your psoas, a hip flexor that extends from your abdominal region to your lower back. If the pain persists, consider checking with a sports chiropractor. Muscle strains are a common cause of tightness. A professional can help with the process of healing through soft tissue work and exercise suggestions.

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Digestive Issues

Due to the way that working out naturally causes inflammation in the body, gastrointestinal problems can bubble up during exercise, leading to the experience of pain in the abdomen. This can take a few forms, like gas and/or constipation, cramping, acid reflux, or diarrhoea. This cause may be as simple as working out too soon after eating or having eaten the wrong type of food.

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Tips to Avoid Abdominal Pain

The best thing you can do to avoid this kind of flare-up is to monitor what you eat through proper meal selection and timing.

1. Avoid eating a large meal within two to three hours before exercise. This will vary depending on how fast your body processes food, so it may take a bit of trial and error to figure out the right timing for you.
2. If you must eat closer to your workout, keep your pre-workout meal light. It should be something that is easy to digest, such as a meal replacement shake or a piece of fruit and a handful of nuts.

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If the pain recurs, seek the advice of a registered dietitian. They can test for underlying food allergies and sensitivities or possible conditions, such as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). They will also guide you in the process of adopting better nutrition habits for a healthier, happier gut.

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Hernia

Probably the biggest cause for concern, if you are experiencing stomach pain during exercise, is the potential of an abdominal hernia. A hernia is when the intestine or lining of the colon breaks through the muscle wall. It can be experienced as a burning sensation or a constant ache, and is accompanied by the appearance of a bulge at the site of injury. Hernias can build up over time for a variety of reasons, but are often exacerbated during heavy lifting.

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Treatment

Treatment for abdominal hernias may include changes to one’s diet and lifestyle, along with the use of medications.

1. Eating smaller meals
2. Remaining upright after a meal versus laying down
3. Maintaining a healthy weight
4. Avoiding spicy foods
5. Taking antacids, proton pump inhibitors, and H-2 receptor blockers
6. Surgery

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In many cases, surgery is elective. It is a good option if symptoms occur even after making lifestyle changes. If you are concerned that you may have a hernia, contact your primary care physician to be tested. It’s important to note that you can still exercise with a hernia, but you may need to modify your routine.

A Healthier Lifestyle

When it comes to figuring out what is causing your abdominal pain during exercise, it’s best to look at the entire picture. The experience itself, along with your lifestyle habits and health history can provide clues. Check in with your doctor every year or two for physicals and current blood work. Express any concerns you have so that you can start taking measures to avoid injury before it arises. Also, be sure to stay hydrated, eat a healthy diet, and maintain a balanced exercise routine to keep your body fit and strong.

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Health Tips! Check out some of the benefits of taking Oranges

Delicious and juicy, oranges have always been a favorite among the fruits. They symbolize health and happiness. Infact, orange juice, tart, and citrusy is a perfect pick me up on a dull morning.

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The color orange itself is vibrant and inspiring. We are encouraged to eat a rainbow assortment of fruit and vegetables. Orange can be an important part of that diet. It’s often said that “you are what you eat” and this is particularly true in the case of oranges.

We can incorporate the goodness of oranges both in our diet as well as topical application on our skin. In fact, a lot of dermatologists wax eloquent about the benefits of oranges for the skin. Oranges are also known as Kamala Pandu (Telugu), Kichili Pazham (Tamil), Kittale (Kannada), Santra (Hindi,Gujarati & Punjabi), Kamla Lebu (Bengali) and Santre (Marathi).

So oranges can pack a 3-way punch:

  • We can include them in our diet
  • Use oranges Based skin care products
  • Prepare DIY orange based treatments

Let’s look at how this wonderful orange is beneficial for us.

Health Benefits

1. Kidney Stones Prevention

If oranges are consumed daily, then there is a lower risk of developing kidney stones.

2. Lowers Cholesterol

Hesperidin and Pectin present in oranges lowers bad cholesterol. It helps the body to slow down the absorption of fats.

3. Prevents Diabetes

Oranges have low calories and can be consumed daily. It can balance the sugar levels in your blood very effectively.

4. Arthritis

A glass of orange juice a day can keep you free from the inflammation that usually arises from Arthritis. Its anti-inflammatory property reduces the risks of Rheumatoid Arthritis.

5. Lowers Blood Pressure

Hesperidin and magnesium in oranges help to control blood pressure effectively.

6. Digestion

The fiber that is present in high concentration in oranges help you in digesting food easily. It helps in releasing digestive enzymes or juices which help digest the food effectively.

Health Tips! Check out the risks and benefits of eating Beans

Beans contain a wide range of cancer-fighting plant chemicals, specifically, isoflavones and phytosterols which are associated with reduced cancer risk.

Health Benefit: Beans Can Lower Cholesterol

Beans provide the body with soluble fiber, which plays an important role in controlling blood cholesterol levels.

Studies find that about 10 grams of soluble fiber a day—the amount in 1/2 to 1 1/2 cups of navy beans—reduces LDL cholesterol by about 10 percent. Beans also contain saponins and phytosterols, which help lower cholesterol.

Health Benefit: Beans Can Help You Lose Weight

A serving of beans will help you feel full more quickly because the rich fiber content fills your stomach and causes a slower rise in blood sugar.

That should stave off hunger longer and give you a steady supply of energy.

Health Benefit: Beans Can Help Manage Diabetes

Beans are a diabetes sufferer’s superfood! The balance of complex carbohydrates and protein provides a slow, steady source of glucose instead of the sudden surge that can occur after eating simple carbohydrates.

Health Risk: Beans Can Cause Migraines

Some legumes can trigger migraines or an allergic reaction in some people. If this happens, talk to a doctor and eliminate the culprit from your diet.

Health Risk: Beans Can Raise Blood Pressure

If you take a monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitor to treat depression, avoid fava beans because they can interact with your medication and raise blood pressure.

Health Risk: Beans Can Interfere With Vitamin Absorption

Some beans, like soybeans, contain substances that interfere with the absorption of betacarotene and vitamins B12 and D.

The heat from cooking inactivates most of these substances, making vitamin absorption more likely.

But it’s still smart to compensate for potential vitamin loss by consuming plenty of fresh fruits and yellow or dark green veggies (to up your beta carotene) and lean meat (for vitamin B12).

Health Risk: Beans Can Trigger Gout

If you suffer from gout, talk to your doctor about your bean consumption. People with gout are often advised to forgo dried peas, beans, lentils, and other legumes because of their high purine content.

In susceptible people, purines increase levels of uric acid and can precipitate a gout attack.

Health Risk: Beans can make you gassy

While not technically a health risk, beans can cause an embarrassing flatulence problem, particularly dried beans, lentils, and peas.

Help reduce gas production by changing the water several times during the soaking and cooking process, and always rinse canned beans. Adding herbs like lemon balm, fennel, and caraway, or combining cooked legumes with acidic food, might also help prevent flatulence.

Health Benefits of Tigernuts

Do you want to protect yourself from cardiovascular diseases? Or want to enjoy the benefits of fiber? Well, there is just one ingredient that can give you all these, in addition to many other benefits. Tiger nuts are what we are talking about! Would you like to know the many benefits of tiger nuts? Go ahead and read this post!

What Are Tiger Nuts?

Tiger nuts aren’t really nuts; they are tubers that grow under the soil’s surface. Also known as yellow nutsedge, tiger nutsedge or earth almond, tiger nuts have been used for many centuries and remain extremely popular all over the western hemisphere. Archaeologists conclude that evidence hints at this food being used in the Paleolithic era (1).

 

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Tiger Nuts Benefits

1. Rich In Fiber

Tiger Nuts are packed with high fiber content – around 33%, which is indeed a considerable amount. In a study conducted in 2009 by the University of Miguel Hernandez, Orihuela, Spain, it was found out that 100g tiger nut flour contains around 60 g dietary fiber, especially the insoluble dietary fiber which is much higher than other popular fiber sources such as rice bran, oats, apple, cabbage, carrots, pears, Chia seeds and jack beans.

2. A Healthy Substitute For Lactose Intolerance

Milk derived from Tiger nut is a healthy option for those who cannot drink cow’s milk due to lactose intolerance. Tiger nut milk is free from lactose, and hence anyone can drink this milk, which is rich in calcium and supports bone building and growth in young children. This milk contains highest nutrition and fat content among all the other non-milk substitutes.

3. Rich In Vitamins E And C

Recent studies suggest that tiger nuts are loaded with vitamins and minerals, especially vitamins C and E and potassium and phosphorus. Yogurt made by mixing cow’s milk with tiger nut milk has been found to be exceptionally high in these vitamins and other nutrients.

4. Good Source Of Magnesium

According to the Office of Dietary Supplements, magnesium is highly vital for the normal functioning of the body, as it is required to carry out more than 300 biochemical reactions in the human body. Recent studies have revealed that 100 g flour of tiger nuts contains between 13 to 17 percent of magnesium, which helps to promote normal nerve and muscle function, regulates sugar, maintains blood pressure levels to normalcy, and strengthen bones, process protein and keep you healthy.

5. Plentiful Arginine

Tiger nuts are also loaded with plentiful of amino acids of various types, especially Arginine. The Mayo Foundation suggests arginine as the nitric oxide precursor, which maintains the width of blood vessels to ensure normal blood flow. Arginine is helpful in providing solutions in conditions caused due to restricted blood vessels, including clogged arteries, chest pain, erectile dysfunction, heart disease or failure, artery diseases, muscle cramps, and headaches.

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6. Protects Against Cardiovascular Disease

The Office of Dietary Supplements of the National Health Institute has stated that vitamin E acts as a catchall reference for different fat-soluble compounds that are rich in antioxidant qualities. Since tiger nuts are rich in vitamin E, all these qualities are present in tiger nut milk and tiger nut flour.