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Abusers of painkillers at risk of infertility, Gynaecologist warns

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The Nigerians that usually abuse painkillers called Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs), also known as painkillers have been warned that they stand a risk of infertility.

Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, Dr Abosede Lewu, on Monday warned young women against the abuse or consistent use of the drug.

In an interview in Awka, Lweu revealed that the consistent use of NSAIDs had negative effects on women’s menstrual cycle and ovulation.

The convener of the Keep All Mothers Alive (KAMA) Project described NSAIDs or painkillers, as members of a drug class that reduces pain, decreases fever, prevents blood clots and in higher doses, decreases inflammation.

“Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) have also been implicated in infertility. The consistent use or abuse of these drugs prevent ovulation and lower progesterone levels in young women.

“It prevents follicle from breaking to release egg, and when egg is not released, there is nothing to fertilise by the sperm.

“Painkillers work mostly by blocking a particular pathway. This pathway is needed to achieve ovulation if blocked, a ripe follicle may not ovulate leading to Luteinised Unruptured Follicle (LUF) or other mild dysfunction,’’ she said.

“For those using painkillers for few days for menstrual pain, you have already ovulated before the period, so except your cycle is very short. NSAIDs should not affect your menses, ovulation and fertility.

“For those using NSAIDs consistently for other medical conditions, they are more at risk treating underlying cause. They need to find an alternative drug or therapy.

“There are other groups of analgesics that can be used in place of NSAIDs. If NSAID are to be used, it should be prescribed, timed and restricted. So, stop NSAIDs abuse,” she warned.

The gynaecologist also urged women to visit a doctor when they experienced ovulation or menstrual disorders and fertility issues, saying that there are other causes aside painkillers.

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“Pls note, if you have ovulation or menstrual disorders and fertility issues, you cannot assume it is only NSAIDs, consult a specialist,’’ she advised.

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Osun records 24 new coronavirus cases

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Osun State Government on Thursday said the state had recorded 24 new cases of coronavirus.

The State’s Commissioner for Health, Dr. Rafiu Isamotu, who made this known through a press statement in Osogbo, also disclosed that eleven patients were also discharged from its Treatment and Isolation Centre same day after testing negative for the virus.

The commissioner noted that the new cases were discovered following contact tracing of previous cases in the Ilesa, Ile Ife and Osogbo areas of the State.

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He appealed to citizens and residents of the State to always observe all the precautionary measures laid down by the State against the spread of the virus.

Isamotu then said that with the latest development, the number of confirmed cases in the State has risen to 151 with 87 active cases.

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He said,

“Lack of strict adherence to safety protocols and guidelines by our people is one of the main reasons for the sudden rise in our Covid-19 cases. But with the sentence of a defaulter to 30 days’ imprisonment, we have shown our resolve to enforce these safety protocols and guidelines.

“With the latest development, the number of our active cases as at today, Thursday, July 2, is 87. We have 151 confirmed cases, out of which the State has successfully treated and discharged 59 patients while five deaths have been recorded.”

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Nigeria records 626 new COVID-19 cases, total now 27,110

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Nigeria has recorded 626 new COVID-19 cases in the country as total infections from the virus rose to 27,110.

This was confirmed in a tweet on Thursday night by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

Statistics from the NCDC shows that Lagos recorded 193 cases, followed by the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) with 85 cases.

Other states with reported cases are follows: Oyo-41 Edo-38 Kwara-34 Abia-31 Ogun-29 Ondo-28 Rivers-26 Osun-21 Akwa Ibom-18 Delta-18 Enugu-15 Kaduna-13 Plateau-11 Borno-8 Bauchi-7 Adamawa-5 Gombe-4 Sokoto-1

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The number of deaths from the virus is now 616, as against 603 recorded on Wednesday. 10,801 patients have so far been discharged, haven recovered from the virus.

Meanwhile, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) says the centre has not relaxed its guidelines on mass gathering in the coronavirus (COVID-19) protocol.

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Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, Director-General, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) said this at the Presidential Task Force (PTF) media briefing on Thursday in Abuja.

“We are on the verge of opening our flights, airports and we have relaxed intercity travel.

“We know that we have family, loving people and that over the next few weeks, we will all start having this urge to go and visit our parents, our uncles and our aunts.

“We may also restart the funeral activities that we have postponed for months, start the weddings, wine carryings, birthing, baptisms that we have postponed for months.

“Yes, it’s important to do these things and the interstate travel will allow us to do this, but remember we haven’t relaxed the guidelines of mass gatherings,’’ he said.

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CMD tests positive for COVID-19 in Ondo

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Chief Medical Director of the University of Medical Sciences Teaching Hospital, Akure, Dr Oluwole Ige, has tested positive for COVID- 19.

A statement by Adeeyo Babatunde on behalf of the Chief Medical Director said Ige is responding to treatment.

It assured members of staff of the hospital that there was no cause for alarm and advised them to go about their normal duties while they adhered strictly to universal precautions against the COVID-19.

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According to the statement:

” This is to inform the members of staff of University of Medical Sciences Teaching Hospital and the general public that the Chief Medical Director was positive to COVID-19 test conducted on him after he exhibited symptoms relating to Corona virus disease.

“However, the CMD is currently being treated and he is responding to the treatment positively.

“All members of staff of the Teaching Hospital and the general public are hereby advised to go about their normal duties and continue to observe universal precautions against the COVID-19 pandemic, as we also wish the CMD quick recovery.”

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