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Women with fibroids can experience painful sex- Gynecologist


A Specialised Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, Dr Abosede Lewu, says some women with fibroids can experience painful sex, painful mensuration and other devastating symptoms.

Lewu, Team Lead at Girlsaide Initiative and Convener Keep All Mothers Alive (KAMA) Project, told the Newsmen on Friday that symptoms of fibroids could be huge, stressful and sometimes devastating.

Newsmen reports that July is Fibroid Awareness Month, a time set aside to bring attention to a common, yet under-discussed women’s health issue.

She described fibroids as abnormal growths of the muscles of the womb of which the exact cause is unknown.

According to her, fibroids are not cancers; they are common in 50 to 70 per cent of women and less than half of women with fibroids have symptoms.

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“These women experience heavy menses; some use adult diapers, some sit on bowls, just to bleed into it; some need to be transfused with blood after each period, painful menses so severe some can’t move or work

“They also experience tummy and back pains, painful sex, in some, sex is impossible, frequent urination, constipation, and a big tummy that may look like pregnancy.

“Fibroids can contribute to infertility in some women and depending on
location of fibroids; it can also affect kidneys, disturbs pregnancy with the risk of miscarriage or premature delivery of babies.

“It can cause repeated hospital admissions from degeneration of the fibroid in pregnancy.

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“This can be painful too. Abnormal position of baby necessitating CS and risk of bleeding after delivery,” she said.

Lewu said that treatment might be unnecessary if a woman with fibroids did not have symptoms or it was not affecting her in any way.

She advised that such a woman should do an annual pelvic ultrasound to monitor the fibroids.

The gynaecologist said there was a newer and more advanced method of fibroid treatment.

Lewu said that women with fibroids should discuss with a specialist on the best line of management or treatment.

She said that treatment could depend on the size of the fibroid, severity of symptoms, age, desire to have babies and available specialist or expertise.

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“The treatment can be medical, that is, non-hormonal or hormonal and it can be surgical with minimally invasive or open surgeries.

“Medications treat the symptoms and shrink fibroids, but it may grow back.

“It can also reduce bleeding, reduce pain, reduce size before surgery, stop the process of menstruation or build back blood level.

“Some have to do surgeries such as
Myomectomy, which is the removal of fibroids or Hysterectomy which is the removal of the womb, to get better. These treatments are to alleviate symptoms and not a cure for fibroids.

“It is advisable to receive care from a gynaecologist than fall victim to scammers, who dupe women, promising them the impossible treatments,” Lewu said.


Kwara records eight new cases of COVID-19



Kwara has recorded eight new cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic as at 11.45p.m on Monday, Aug 10.

The state now has a total of 865 confirmed cases of the virus, while one patient was discharged.

Mr Rafiu Ajakaye, the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor and Spokesman of the Technical Committee on COVID-19, made this known in a statement on Tuesday day in Ilorin.

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According to him, out of the 865 confirmed cases, 516 patients were discharged leaving 330 active cases in the state.

Ajakaye said 19 deaths have been recorded out of the 3, 853 people tested for the virus.

He added that 2, 922 tested negative for coronavirus with 66 tests being awaited.

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US gifts Nigeria 200 ventilators [Photos]



The US ambassador to Nigeria, Amb. Mary Leonard handing over the 200 ventilators to the Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire in Abuja on Tuesday. Credit, Adelani Adepegba

The United States has handed over 200 ventilators to Nigeria in fulfilment of the promise made by US President Donald Trump during a telephone conversation with the President, Maj Gen Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), in April 2020.

The medical equipment were handed over to the Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, by the US Ambassador to Nigeria, Mary Leonard at a ceremony in Abuja this morning.

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President Trump while making the promise said the US would support Nigeria during the pandemic.

Some of the ventilators

Speaking while accepting the ventilators, Ehanire said

“We shall be taking delivery these ventilators to shore up our intensive care response capability courtesy of the President of the United States and the US people.

“It is my pleasure to be here at the Premier Medical Warehouse Abuja at the invitation of  USAID Nigeria on behalf of the
USA government to receive valuable medical equipment that will support the Nigerian government in their fight against the COVID19 pandemic.”


“This donation consists of 200 ventilators which are critical components of the response strategy that will help to save the lives of persons who have been severely impacted by #COVID19. These ventilators will be of great benefit to the people of Nigeria.”

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Russia develops COVID-19 vaccine 



President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday that Russia had become the first country in the world to grant regulatory approval to a COVID-19 vaccine after less than two months of human testing, a move hailed by Moscow as evidence of its scientific prowess.

The development paves the way for the mass inoculation of the Russian population, even as the final stage of clinical trials to test safety and efficacy continue.

The speed at which Russia is moving to roll out its vaccine highlights its determination to win the global race for an effective product but has stirred concerns that it may be putting national prestige before sound science and safety.

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Speaking at a government meeting on state television, Putin said the vaccine, developed by Moscow’s Gamaleya Institute, was safe and that it had even been administered to one of his daughters.

“I know that it works quite effectively, forms strong immunity, and I repeat, it has passed all the needed checks,” said Putin.

He said he hoped the country would soon start mass-producing the vaccine.

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Its approval by the health ministry foreshadows the start of a larger trial involving thousands of participants, commonly known as a Phase III trial.

Such trials, which require a certain rate of participants catching the virus to observe the vaccine’s effect, are normally considered essential precursors for a vaccine to receive regulatory approval.

Regulators around the world have insisted that the rush to develop COVID-19 vaccines will not compromise safety. But recent surveys show growing public distrust in governments’ efforts to rapidly-produce such a vaccine.

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Russian health workers treating COVID-19 patients will be offered the chance of volunteering to be vaccinated soon after the vaccine’s approval, a source told Reuters last month.

More than 100 possible vaccines are being developed around the world to try to stop the COVID-19 pandemic. At least four are in final Phase III human trials, according to WHO data.


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