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Nigeria records 12,000 new cases of fistula yearly – UNFPA

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The United Nations (UN) Population Fund (UNFPA), says Nigeria records 12,000 new cases of Vesicovaginal Fistula (VVF), yearly.

Reports have it that VVF is an abnormal fistulous tract extending between the bladder (vesica) and the vagina, which leads to the continuous involuntary discharge of urine into the vaginal vault.

Mrs. Ulla Muller, Country Representative of UNFPA, told NAN in an interview in Abuja, that with the figure, Nigeria was one of the countries with the highest number of VVF cases globally.

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“Nigeria has about 148,000 cases of fistula, with about 12,000 new cases every year,” Muller said.

According to the UN representative, UNFPA has a large imprint in Nigeria through preventive and curative interventions such as family planning, community engagement, and training of healthcare workers.

She said these were key to preventing and reducing fistula, which had destroyed the lives of many young women and caused many families untold hardships.

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Muller, who described Nigerian fistula surgeons as one of the best in the world, said it was advisable for women living with the condition to avoid getting pregnant for at least twelve months.

She emphasized UNFPA’s commitment to creating awareness of the disease through the use of local and social media platforms, targeting young women.

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Muller advised young women with the condition to seek immediate medical help and not feel ashamed for fear of stigmatization.

She attributed the prevalence of VVF on child marriage, which she said often exposed such young girls to the risk of the disease.

NAN reports that every May 23, has been set aside by the UN as World Fistula Day.

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COVID-19 : NNPC commences construction of N21 bn Infectious Disease Hospital in Katsina

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The Group Managing Director (GMD), Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mallam Mele Kyari, on Saturday laid the foundation for the construction of a 200-bed Emergency and Infectious Disease Hospital in Kaita, Katsina State.

The hospital, being built at the cost of N21 billion, would provide services to patients in the northwest zone.

It is one of the 12 hospitals being constructed by the NNPC across the six geopolitical zones of the country.

Kyari explained that the project, being executed by the NNPC, Total and other oil and gas companies operating in the country, would be completed in 18 months.

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The GMD explained that the N21 billion to be expended on the project would be for the construction of the hospital, provision of medical facilities, logistics, and support to patients.

“The initiative is meant to strengthen the country’s national healthcare delivery facilities in combating the ravaging Covid-19 pandemic.

“Katsina State is among the 12 states selected for this humanitarian project for the fight against COVID-19 and other infectious diseases for the generation yet unborn.

“We are doing this kind of project in 12 states in the six geopolitical zones of the country and these projects were practically funded by the Federal Government of Nigeria through the NNPC,” he said.

Kyari stated that in addition to the project, NNPC had donated one Toyota ambulance, 10,000 pieces of face masks and a full set of ventilator kits to the Katsina State Government to support its ongoing war against COVID-19.

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Earlier, Katsina State Deputy Governor, Alhaji Mannir Yakubu, said the construction of the infectious disease hospital would complement the effort of the state government in providing quality healthcare services to the people.

Yakubu thanked the NNPC for the intervention and prayed that the project would be completed on schedule.

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COVID-19: Two relatives of confirmed case test positive for coronavirus

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Two relatives of an earlier confirmed case from Ikire, Osun State have tested positive to coronavirus.

Osun State Government in a statement signed by the Commissioner for Health, Dr Rafiu Isamotu, on Friday said the new cases have increased a number of active cases in the state to nine.

He added that the total number of confirmed cases in the state remains 49, while Osun had successfully treated and discharged 36 patients.

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The state had also recorded four deaths related to the disease.

“We have recorded two new cases bringing the number of active cases in the state to nine. The two patients are relatives of a patient from Ikire, Irewole local government area of the state.

“As of today, we have recorded a total of 49 confirmed cases out of which 36 patients had been successfully treated and subsequently discharged from our facilities, leaving us with nine active cases”, Isamotu disclosed.

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COVID-19 : Expert warns against overdose of vitamin C

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Mr. Paul Okoh, a nutritionist, has warned against the overdose of Vitamin C, to boost immune systems against the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Okoh told Newsmen on Saturday in Abuja that such overdose could cause undesirable effects.

According to reports, that Vitamin C is one of the many water-soluble nutrients found naturally in fruits and vegetables.

Many people also take supplements to ensure that they get enough of it.

However, this has raised concerns over the likelihood of an accidental overdose.

The nutritionist said that it was wrong to take an overdose of vitamin C to prevent being affected by the virus.

According to him, Vitamin C is a type of antioxidant that helps protect the body from free radicals that damage and destroy healthy cells.

“In this respect, getting enough of the nutrient is just one way you can support your body’s natural defenses against illness.

“This is how it gained its reputation as a virus-fighting vitamin.

“It also helps increase iron absorption, which is essential for growth and overall body functions. Not having enough vitamin C can lead to a potentially deadly condition known as scurvy.

“Oranges and orange juices are perhaps the best-known sources of vitamin C, but other items in the produce aisle are bell peppers, broccoli, cantaloupe, grapefruit, kiwi
potatoes, strawberries, and tomatoes.’

The patients may probably not need vitamin C supplements if they eat a lot of fruits and vegetables.

“In fact, just one serving of any of the above foods could get you to your daily quota,” he said.

Okoh said that the average adult woman required 70mg of vitamin C per day, while the average man required 90mg.

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He recommended that the amounts were higher for pregnant and nursing women.

According to him, it’s important to discuss your individual nutritional needs with your doctor.

“The maximum recommended amount or upper limit is 2,000mg per day for all adults.

“Taking more than the upper limit for vitamin C is not life-threatening, but you may experience side effects like abdominal pain, cramps, diarrhea, headaches, nausea, and possible vomiting, and also sleeping problems.

“People with hemochromatosis are in danger of a vitamin C overdose.

“This condition causes your body to store excessive amounts of iron, which is exacerbated by taking too much vitamin C. This condition can lead to body tissue damage,” he said.

Okoh stated that Vitamin C supplements may also interact with certain medications, especially medications for heart disease and cancer.

“Be sure to check with your doctor before taking a supplement,” he advised.

He said an overdose of vitamin C may also result in undesirable health conditions such as gall bladder stones, kidney stones, and pelvic ulcers.

”You know vitamin C is good for the body but its important people should take it moderately, at least only once in a day.

“But unfortunately some of our patients take a double or triple dose in a day and one of the side effects of this drug is that it causes peptic ulcer, which will create other problems for them.

“About 10 of our patients were discovered to have taken the overdose of these drugs.

He advised Nigerians to desist from self-medication, adding that drugs should be taken based on doctor’s prescription.

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