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Three Lagos returnees test positive for coronavirus in Abia


Three Lagos returnees have tested positive for coronavirus in Abia State, Governor Okezie Ikpeazu said on Monday.

The latest cases in the state were announced on Sunday by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

Mr Ikpeazu said in a press conference that the patients have been admitted at the state’s isolation centre and that health officers in the state have begun contact tracing.

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The state now has five COVID-19 patients overall.


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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COVID-19 : Oyetola commends group for donating protective items to Osun



Gov. Gboyega Oyetola of Osun, on Monday, commended Al-Azeez Medical Venture, a Pharmaceutical Company for donating protective items to help combat the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the state.

The medical consumable donated include 1,800 liquid soap, 300 bottles of hand sanitizer, Two gallons of handwashing liquid, and 200 pieces of hand gloves.

Oyetola, represented by the state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Rafiu Isamatu, said the gesture by the group was laudable, saying it would be of great benefit to citizens.

” I want to appreciate Al- Azeez medical ventures for giving back to the system at this period of the global pandemic of COVID- 19 which is commendable.

” Health financing takes a lot of funds and the state government is doing its best with the limited resources available to tackle the Coronavirus,” he said.

According to him, the state government will continue to engage stakeholders in the health sector in fighting the pandemic ravaging the entire world.

“We shall continue to synergies with your venture and other pharmaceutical companies for the health benefit of residents, ” he said.

In his remarks, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Al-Alzeez Medical Ventures Ltd, Dr. Adebayo Adedokun, said the state government had performed creditably, especially in the health sector.

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Adedokun lauded frontline health workers for their relentless effort in the fight against COVID -19.

“We donated these items to support the government of Osun when we realized that the government has done a lot within its powers and the limited available resources to curb the spread of Coronavirus.

“As an indigene of Osun, we will continue to assist and support the government in whatever way for the benefit and well-being of the people,” Adedokun said.

He, therefore, commended the government for being proactive with the measures put in place to contain the spread of the pandemic, saying the measures had assisted in reducing the number of cases in the state.

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FrieslandCampina WAMCO records 40,000 litres daily fresh milk collection



FrieslandCampina WAMCO has announced an all-time high record of 40 tons (40,000 litres) daily fresh milk collection in the country through its Dairy Development Programme (DDP).

Ben Langat, Managing Director, FrieslandCampina WAMCO Nigeria, disclosed this in a statement on Monday in Lagos, as part of the company’s commemoration of the World Milk Day 2020.

According to reports that World Milk Day is an international day established by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations to recognise the importance of milk as a global food.

World Milk Day has been observed yearly on June 1 globally; milk is packed with important nutrients like calcium, phosphorus, B vitamins, potassium and vitamin D, and is an excellent source of protein.

Langat said, “We have been making steady progress in our commitment to the development of Nigeria’s dairy sector through our Dairy Development Programme.

“Our efforts are yielding good results as we continue to keep our promise of providing nourishing dairy nutrition to millions of Nigerians.”

” FrieslandCampina WAMCO is taking local milk sourcing to the next level.

“We are currently expanding our DDP footprints by intensifying capacity building and constructing more milk collection centres, with the latest in Niger and Kwara States.

“A major investment in our new ultra-modern yoghurt plant specific for raw milk utilisation,” he said.

Langat added that the company had accelerated dairy development in Nigeria by establishing farmer cooperatives and initiated partnerships with non-profit organisations, academic institutions including 2Scale/IFDC, and National Animal Production Research Institute.

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Also, Mrs Ore Famurewa, Executive Director, Corporate Affairs, FrieslandCampina WAMCO, said the company was the first dairy company to collect over 40,000 litres of fresh milk per day from local farmers.

Famurewa said that FrieslandCampina WAMCO had taken its thriving DDP, which it started with pastoralists in local communities in Oyo State, and replicated it across other states.

“In addition to Oyo State where we started the Dairy Development Programme 10 years ago, we have expanded our investments and operations to Ogun, Osun, Kwara and the Niger States, especially in the last three years and have networked over 7,000 dairy farmers.

“We remain committed to the goals of sustainable development, including poverty reduction, women empowerment in the dairy sector and beyond as envisioned by the Federal Government.

“Our crossbreeding programme is yielding good results with over 400 F1 cows born to farms of local dairy farmers.

“We have developed dairy farms feeds to ensure all year round pasture for the cows and continued with our biannual Farmer2Farmer programme, facilitated by Dutch dairy experts,” Famurewa said.

According to her, under its Dairy Development Programme, the company has transformed the mindset, productivity and livelihood of both male and female dairy farmers across five states where it operates the DDP.

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Famurewa added that in its response to the scourge of the COVID-19 pandemic, especially among its DDP volunteers and extension workers, FrieslandCampina WAMCO’s mitigation strategy had been to consistently create awareness about the pandemic and what to do.

Commenting, John Adekunle, DDP Manager, FrieslandCampina WAMCO, said the organisation sensitised its farmers on the hazards and symptoms of the coronavirus disease.

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Adekunle added that sensitisation was enhanced on what to do to keep safe and healthy, and the need for personal responsibility to protect the farmers and their family against the virus.

He noted that the company, in its commitment to health and safety management, rolled out COVID-19 safety measures across its grass to glass process; provided nose masks to staffs and farmers.

Adekunle added that the organisation also enforced the washing of hands at various milk collection centres, taking body temperature checks and practising of physical distancing, as preventive measures against COVID-19.

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