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See what the two holes on your lower back means and why you should have them

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According to medical experts the back dimples have no medical impacts to an individual and therefore they are harmless.

If your dimples are very visible then it indicates that you have less weight or underweight and therefore you have a good weight that leads to a good, healthy life.

She got the Venus holes, do you?

The ‘venus holes’ are also believed to be a sign of beauty, the word Venus originating from the Roman goddess of beauty.

They are ‘venus holes’specifically named as beauty.

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Fallopian tube in Man – By Olamide Noble

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The fallopian tubes are muscular tubes that are lined with delicate hair-like structures. These “hairs” work in both directions; helping an egg to travel from the ovaries down to the womb (uterus) and helping sperm travel up from the womb. Each fallopian tube ends in fimbriae, which are finger-like structures. Continue Reading »

What are fallopian tubes used for?

The uterine tubes, also known as oviducts or fallopian tubes, are the female structures that transport the ova from the ovary to the uterus each month. In the presence of sperm and fertilization, the uterine tubes transport the fertilized egg to the uterus for implantation. Continue Reading »

Can you still have a baby without Fallopian tube?

No

Usually an egg has to travel from the ovaries into the fallopian tube to get fertilized, before continuing down to the uterus. Without the tubes it should be nearly impossible to get pregnant, unless the woman uses in-vitro fertilization, which Kough says she didn’t do. Continue Reading »

What causes blockage of Fallopian tubes?

The most common cause of blocked fallopian tubes is pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). 5 PID is the result of a sexually transmitted disease, but not all pelvic infections are related to STDs. Also, even if PID is no longer present, a history of PID or pelvic infection increases the risk of blocked tubes. Continue Reading »

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How do you unblock fallopian tubes?

If your fallopian tubes are blocked by small amounts of scar tissue or adhesions, your doctor can use laparoscopic surgery to remove the blockage and open the tubes. If your fallopian tubes are blocked by large amounts of scar tissue or adhesions, treatment to remove the blockages may not be possible. Continue Reading »

Do Men Have Fallopian Tubes?

Generally, Fallopian tubes exist in women which aid in process of child birth. So typically, NO is the answer.

as written by Adigun Michael Olamide ‘Olamide Noble’

source(s): medicalnewstoday.com, medicalxpress.com, healthline.com, emedicine.medscape.com, verywellfamily.com, noblereporters.com


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Pharmaceutical firm displeased, says Emzor care’ products not COVID-19 relief measure.


As part of measures to address the community transmission phase of COVID-19 in Nigeria, Emzor Pharmaceutical Industries has rolled out its COVID 19 response programme, tagged Emzor CARES.

In a statement made available to THISDAY recently, the Group Business Manager, Emzor Pharmaceutical Industry, Ogun and Lagos, Chinyere Kelvin said the programme includes series of interventions to complement the various measures of government and create the needed succour at various touch points with the public.

She said: “Emzor also plays a support role by continuing production in all of our four factories in both Lagos and Ogun states, providing healthcare products to Nigerians during this pandemic. Our goal is to continue to keep Nigerians safe by providing immune-boosting medications like vitamins, supplements and nutritional oils.

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“The Emzor CARES Programme demonstrates our support and celebration of the front-line workers (the Police, LASTMA, FRSC and LSNC). In meeting the increasing demand for face masks as a vital protective measure against COVID-19, we are also reaching out to pharmacies, hospitals, customers and local communities with donations of relief and protective items. Beneficiary hospitals include Kupa Medical and Isolo General Hospitals. We have also sent palliatives to communities in Isolo in Lagos and Shagamu in Ogun State.”

According to her, Emzor has provided Nigerians with health and wellness products for over 35 years, adding that as an indigenous company, it was leading by example with more than 120 quality healthcare products to its name.

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She added: “We have recently commenced production at our new ultra-modern factory at Shagamu. The world class factory is in compliance with World Health Organisation standards which adhere to current Good Manufacturing Practice (cGMP) protocols.

“With this development, we are poised to play a key role in supporting the Nigerian government to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the health sector. This represents a major milestone in our nation’s journey towards health self-sufficiency,” she said.


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COVID-19: Minister of Health reveal drug used to treat patients in Nigeria.

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Nigeria’s Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire has revealed the drug used in treating coronavirus patients in Nigeria.

Addressing members of the House of Representatives today Tuesday May 5, Ehanire said Remdesivir is being used to treat patients with the virus.

“We have been using that (Remdesivir); we have tried that in Lagos too. So, we have tried the antiretroviral drug to see what effect it has” he said

The Minister said the drug which was originally developed as a potential treatment for Ebola, is one of the options which Nigeria has adopted for in treating COVID-19 patients.

Remdesivir was tested in 1,063 hospitalized Coronavirus patients around the world and has proven to reduce the time it takes patients to recover by 31%. 11 days on average versus 15 days for those just given usual care.


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COVID-19: All 15-Man Medical Team From China Are Negative – Minister Of Health. [Nigeria]

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The 15-man medical team which arrived in Nigeria from China on April 8, have all tested negative to the coronavirus, following the mandatory 14-day quarantine.

The Minister for Health, Osagie Ehanire, disclosed this on Tuesday during the Presidential Task Force briefing on COVID-19.

News that the Chinese experts were coming into the country had split opinion, but the Federal Government explained that they would complement ongoing efforts to tackle the pandemic.

They, however, had to fully observe the protocols put in place by the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC).

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Days later, the Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, Zhou Pingjian, also confirmed that they were adhering to the protocols

Beyond that, he also explained the specific mandate of the team on the sidelines of a meeting with the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, over the maltreatment of Nigerians in China.

“They are on 100 percent quarantine. The NCDC has been there twice; they have to follow the protocol. They are here to deliver medical supplies and on the advisory role only, which is a prevention working group on COVID-19. They will do nothing like practicing as doctors,” Pingjian said.

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At Tuesday’s briefing, however, the Health Minister confirmed that they have all tested negative and will go on to face the task they had been invited for.

“The Chinese persons who came in, tests have been done after their 14-day quarantine all of them were negative so the Federal Ministry of Health is done with that particular case,” Ehanire said.


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COVID-19: 5 patients discharged in Lagos. [Nigeria]


Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Sunday announced the recovery and discharge of five COVID-19 patients.

Sanwo-Olu said in an email statement”4 females, and 1 male have been discharged to reunite with their families and the society.”

“With the newly discharged patients, we now have a total of 55 people that have been successfully managed for #COVID-19 at our isolation facilities and discharged to the community,” Sanwo-Olu added.


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9 reasons vagina smells. [Number 1 and 5] will shock you.


Do you know that there are 9 reasons that could cause a woman’s vagina to smell?
When a woman’s vagina smells, it makes you feel uncomfortable and might even make you feel less of a lady.


Here are the reasons why a woman’s vagina will smell.


1. Excessive Washing:-

Even if you’re just washing your vagina with warm water, excessive washing can still mess with the vagina’s flora, causing an odor.

2. Allergy To Condoms:

Some women are allergic to certain materials in condoms, which can throw off vaginal bacteria and cause odor.

3. Douching:

This can mess with the pH levels of the Vagina and even cause numerous bacteria to grow.

There are good and bad bacteria that can be down there, but the bad bacteria can cause a strong smell.

4. Tight Clothing:

Wearing very tight pants or underwear can cause it to sweat, which can cause vaginal odor.

5. Spicy Food:

Spicy food can cause a sudden increase in your vaginal discharge, which can cause vaginal odor.

6. Sleeping With Underwear At Night:

According to reports, sleeping in the nude to air out the vagina is the best way to go.

7. Laundry Detergent:

Laundry detergent with perfume or fabric softeners can irritate it, once again causing the odor. Wash your underwear separately with unscented detergent.

8. Pregnancy:

During pregnancy, many vitamins and minerals are passed along to your baby, and this can throw off the pH levels in your vagina.

9. Sex:

You may notice vaginal odors accumulating directly after sex.


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Chinese medical team arrive Nigeria today.


A 15-member medical team from China will arrive in Nigeria today.

The Chinese medical team will arrive at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, via a chattered Air Peace aircraft.


They are coming to Nigeria despite opposition by the Nigerian Medical Association.

However, the visiting medical team includes experts in infectious diseases, respiratory illness, intensive care, cardiology, neurology, general surgery and anesthesiology.


They are expected to arrive with their drugs, and equipment to carry out COVID-19 tests on the staff of the China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation in the country.

The Executive Director, CCECC, Mr Jacques Liao, said in a statement in Abuja on Tuesday, that the medical team would be coming with 16-ton test kits, ventilators, disinfection machine, disposable medical masks, drugs, infrared thermometer and other items ordered by the Federal Government.


Liao stated that “the primary purpose of the team is to provide CECC employees with critical and necessary healthcare.”

He added, “All members of the working team have tested negative for COVID-19 and shall commence their stay in Nigeria by spending 14 days in quarantine.


“The primary purpose of the team is to provide CCECC employees with critical and necessary health care assistance. They are also coming with adequate personal protective equipment and medical items for the employees.”

The director explained that under the directive of the Embassy of China in Nigeria and in response to the Federal Government’s request, the team may also share with their Nigerian counterparts effective methods on COVID-19 containment.

Liao explained that in keeping with CCECC’s corporate value, ‘stride with Nigeria,’ the firm would be participating in the construction of two COVID-19 response facilities in the Federal Capital Territory for free.


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Nigeria – Drama as Edo hospital reject donated hand sanitizers.


Top officials of Edo state government-owned Central Hospital in Benin City, on Tuesday allegedly abandoned their respective duty posts, just to avoid receiving customised hand sanitizers donated by a governorship aspirant in the state, Dr. Pius Odubu.

The incident caused a mild drama in the premises of the Hospital, as the campaign team of the former Deputy Governor got stranded.


Odubu who is one of the frontline aspirants on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), who have vowed to stop Governor Godwin Obaseki from securing the party’s ticket for a second term.

He said the donation of the hand sanitizers was part of efforts to assist health care personnel in the containment of coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in the state.


Confirming the incident, the Director-General of Odubu Campaign Organisation, Barr. Henry Idahagbon, said, “the Hospital management had agreed on 11 am last Wednesday, to receive the donation.”

He expressed concern that no official of the Hospital was on ground to receive the donations on behalf of the health workers when the organisation visited on the agreed date.


According to him, “When we got to the hospital, we called the Medical Director, Dr. Edomwonyi, to intimate him of our presence in the facility.

“His response was that ‘My brother I am not around and you know this is politics’.


“At that point, we left and proceeded to the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH), where we made the donations.”

The MD, Dr. Edomwonyi Ekuase, could not be reached for comment as calls to his mobile lines did not go through.

However, the State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Patrick Okundia, said he was not aware of the development.

“It is not to my knowledge. You need to also find out whether some people have picked them and kept them somewhere,” Okundia said.


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COVID-19: 120-bedded isolation centres in LUTH ready for use. (Nigeria)


In a bid to increase the number of isolation centres to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Lagos, the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, LUTH has completed a 120-bedded isolation ward at the hospital.

The Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Prof Chris Bode who spoke during the inspection of the centre by the Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Professor Akin Abayomi said the centre was ready for use by the Lagos State government.


Bode said the provision of the centre was informed by the growing number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state and the need to ensure that Nigerians who tested positive to the disease are well catered for in a standard operational centre.

According to Bode, LUTH although LUTH is a federal government hospital it is also part of Lagos and must contribute to efforts by the state government to contain the spread of coronavirus disease in the state.


He said already the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control donated a total of 60 beds out of the 120 beds in the centre.

The Chief Medical Director said already training was ongoing for more health workers in the hospital, adding that they were also discussing with the Lagos State government on other facilities according to the operational standard of an isolation centre.


The Lagos State government has ruled out the option of Rapid Test Kits for COVID-19 testing, saying “most results from rapid tests are five times inaccurate and not fit to be used in an outbreak like COVID-19”

Earlier, the State Commissioner for Health, Prof Akin Abayomi while inspecting the centre noted that there has been a slight increase in the cases but that the government was doing everything possible to contain the spread.


Expressing gratitude over what he described as ‘spacious and clean’ isolation centre, he said: ”It has many of the facets that are important to an ideal isolation facility.

Although it has not been commissioned we came to look at what other facilities we can add to make sure it is compliant to a bio-containment and biosafety isolation ward needs to have.

We are happy those adjustments could be made over the weeks and then this will now become a facility the state can use into the future as you know we are expanding our capacity at Yaba, Onikan Gbagada and we got some isolation plans in different hospitals. We are not full at Yaba, we still have a lot of capacity at Yaba and there is a need to panic.


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COVID-19: Edo state lament kits shortage. (Nigeria)


On Tuesday, Federal Government announced that by next week, Nigeria would be testing 1,500 people for COVID-19 every day.

Director-General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, Chikwe Ihekweazu, who disclosed this at a press conference in Abuja, said the country, as of last week, was conducting 500 tests per day.


Ihekweazu said this as some states, including Oyo and Edo, on Tuesday complained that they were facing a shortage of testing kits for the virus.

On its part, the Bauchi State Government appealed to the Federal Government to set up a COVID-19 testing facility in the state.


The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), on Sunday, as part of efforts to increase contact tracing and treat Nigerians, who might have contracted the virus, ordered lockdown of the Federal Capital Territory, Lagos and Ogun states.

Although Nigeria recorded the first coronavirus case on February 27, the figure shot up to 131 on Monday night amidst complaints that the country was not testing many people with suspected cases of the virus.


Prominent Nigerians, who have been diagnosed with the disease include the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari; the Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed; his Kaduna State counterpart, Nasir El-Rufai and Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State

Ihekweazu, at the press conference, said the NCDC would only test specific persons whose case definition fitted into that of the centre.


He stated, “As of last week, we were testing about 500 per day, or we had the capacity to test 500 per day. By the end of this week, we will be at 1,000 per day, and next week we plan to take it to 1, 500 per day, just by increasing the number of labs.

Also, the Edo State Commissioner for Health, Mr. Patrick Okundia, has lamented lack of sufficient testing kits for suspected coronavirus cases.

Okundia, who stated this in an interview, said the state had only one molecular machine in the Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital which was inadequate for the state.

According to him, the state does not have the other rapid test kits.


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COVID-19: No protective equipments in Nigeria – Health workers lament.


Health workers under the aegis of the National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM), have revealed that they are lacking the necessary Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

Chairman of the Bauchi State chapter, Ibrahim Maikudi, told the press on Wednesday that nurses needed to protect themselves in the course of their duties, hence the need for PPE.


PPE include goggles and protective clothing designed to protect the wearer’s body from infection.

Maikudi said his members could not afford to take risks, considering the novel coronavirus that has been declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organisation (WHO).


He added that the association had mobilised its members to join efforts targeted toward curbing the spread COVID-19.

“While preparing and mobilising our members to be prepared in case they come in contact with patients, we also advised them to take safety measures while discharging their duties.

“We are calling on Bauchi government to provide PPE in the facilities across the state,” he said.


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How to take care of your new born baby.


The moment a baby arrives into the world, dependence on the mother’s system ends, physical changes begin to occur, including the movement of air, blood supply, and nutrition. This disconnection from the mother’s system requires a careful transition that is vital for the baby’s survival.

Newborn baby care after birth begins in the hospital and extends to the home, mostly overseen by the mother.

How To Take Care Of Your Newborn Baby After Birth

Doctors do the following immediately your baby is born:

  • Help your baby breathe

Your doctor clears mucus from your baby’s nose and mouth to help him take his first breath. Then he rubs his back in order for his breath to be deeper. Don’t be concerned if the baby cries out because that helps clear any remaining fluid in your baby’s lungs, nose and mouth. However, some babies just take breaths without crying out, and that’s okay too. Then for babies born prematurely or by C-section, breathing may be hard at first, so they’ll need extra help from the doctor.

  • Clamp and cut the umbilical cord

The baby has been surviving in your womb with the help of the umbilical cord, being the medium through which he receives oxygen and food. However, when he arrives in the world, he stops needing the umbilical cord to survive. Your doctor will have to clamp and cut it. He may allow 30 to 60 seconds to let the blood from your placenta flow into your baby before clamping.

  • Keep the baby warm

Your baby arrives wet with amniotic fluid, which can cause him to become cold, so the doctor will have to dry the baby. Also, the baby sometimes arrives covered in vernix, a white waterproof substance that’s been protecting the baby’s skin in your womb. This vernix is allowed to stay on because it helps protect the baby from cold and other issues such as jaundice and weight loss. This is why your baby may not receive a bath until after a few hours.

  • Take your baby’s Apgar score

This is the score your doctor takes to check and see how well your baby is adjusting to life outside the womb. Each letter in Apgar stands for a category the doctor has to check in the baby, done at one minute and five minutes after birth. The doctor grades 0, 1 or 2, and then adds them up for the final score. Babies who perform poorly in the Apgar score will need extra attention in the newborn intensive care unit of the hospital.

What can the mother do at this point?

Afterwards, when the doctors are sure the baby is absolutely fine, they pass the child to his mother. Now the mother will hold the baby skin-to-skin in a pose that’s known as the kangaroo care. This way she is bonding with the baby and also preparing him for breastfeeding, which is encouraged in the first hour of birth. However, some babies may have to spend time in the incubator, so the mother can’t hold them right away. For women who were awake during their C-section, they can hold the baby right away as long as the baby is fine. And women who have vaginal birth will be covered with a blanket as they hold their baby skin-to-skin.

As they’re cuddling the baby, the doctor still has the following things to do:

  • Check the baby’s weight, length and the size of his head to be sure he’s healthy for his age.
  • Give the baby a Vitamin K shot because for the next few days the baby won’t be able to generate his own vitamin K. This shot protects the baby from disease.
  • Eye drops to protect the baby from an eye infection that’s possible during a vaginal birth.

Caring for the baby after leaving the hospital

After the doctor discharges you and the baby from the hospital, the primary care is mostly your responsibility as the mum. The following tips may guide you:

  • Bathing

Your baby carries vernix after birth, which disappears on its own after a few days, so you don’t need to bathe the baby routinely. Also, bathing the baby too soon after delivery exposes him to cold. The only time it can be considered is if the baby stool is staining or contaminated with maternal stool. Don’t bath a baby having health issues after delivery.

However, if the baby has to be bathed, it should be done when the newborn is a few hours old. Use a mild soap and make sure the room is warm.

  • Infant stool

After delivery, for the first few days, the newborn will pass meconium, a sticky and dark green stool. This should have a mild smell, which would change colour in a few days. Your child may not pass stool for a few days, or he may pass stool each time you feed him. Frequency doesn’t really matter here, as long as the stool isn’t hard.

  • Nappies

Six nappies should be enough for a normal infant for a day. If he is using less than six a day, check his milk intake whether he’s taking enough.

  • Cord care

Cleaning the cord stump with surgical spirit should be routine. Put it around the cord so that it runs into every fold around the top of the stump. This is a place bacteria could easily grow in, so take the cleaning very seriously. Clean the cord every three hours if you notice that it’ s smelling or still soft after 24 hours. The cord will come off between 1 and 2 weeks of delivery. Please keep in mind that you should never cover the stump with a bandage.

A newborn should receive B.C.G and Polio drops within five days of birth. Check out the immunisation schedule for Nigeria and Kenya’s immunisation schedule. For other countries, please talk to your doctor about the immunisation schedule.


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COVID-19: Austria, Sweden added to Nigerian restrictions – Health Minister.


The Federal Government on Friday added Austria and Sweden to the list of countries with high-risk burden of coronavirus.

The addition brought the number of countries placed under restriction by Nigeria to 15.


The Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, said this while giving an update on the coronavirus in Abuja.

According to him, arrivals from all the countries shall be subjected to supervised isolation in form of follow up.


This, he said, would be conducted by the Port Health Services and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control with an option of testing.

He said, “According to our national case definition, we have identified two more high-risk countries, Austria and Sweden, who were added in the last 24 hours.


“We are also including COVID-19 testing in our routine surveillance for influenza-like illness.”

The minister also advised people who returned to the country to book hotel accommodation and isolate themselves if they had no conducive place to do so without making contact.

He added that the testing centre would be activated once the needed machine arrived from a donor country in the Middle-East.


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COVID-19: No case in Zamfara, Nigeria – Health commissioner.


The Zamfara Commissioner for Health, Alhaji Yahaya Kanoma, has described as fake news an online report that the state had recorded its first case of Coronavirus ( COVID-19).

Kanoma dismissed the report in an interview on Friday in Gusau.


He said: “Our attention has been drawn to an online report that the state has recorded its first suspected Coronavirus.

“I want to say that the report is not true but a mere fabrication by its author, who is a mischief maker.


“I want to call on the general public to disregard that report. Zamfara remains Coronavirus free.’

He urged the people to remain calm and comply with measures and advice given to them in order to prevent the disease.

The commissioner noted that the state government in collaboration with stakeholders had put proactive measures in place to prevent the outbreak of the virus in the state.


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COVID-19: More than 2,500 health workers infected in Italy


As coronavirus cases jump and deaths surge in Italy, new figures show an “enormous” level of contagion among the country’s medical personnel.

At least 2,629 health workers have been infected by coronavirus since the onset of the outbreak in February, representing 8.3 percent of total cases, according to a report published on Wednesday by Gruppo Italiano per la Medicina Basata sulle Evidenze or GIMBE – Italy’s Group for Evidence-based Medicine.


“We extracted this number from data provided by the National Health Institute,” GIMBE Director Nino Cartabellotta, a public health expert tip Media, NobleReporters learnt

“Figures regarding the contagion among doctors, nurses and general health professionals have started being disclosed only on March 11. Hundreds of new cases have been daily recorded since then. But medical personnel on the front line should be the first to be protected.”


Cartabellotta said the actual number was likely to be higher because healthcare workers are not always tested and protection measures at hospitals were inadequate.

Many who tend to coronavirus patients are still only using surgical face masks with no proper protective filters to shield them from contagion.


The percentage of health workers infected in Italy is almost double the number registered throughout the epidemic in China, during which a total of more than 3,200 people died.

According to figures published in JAMA Network Open, an online medical site from the Journal of the American Medical Association, infected medical staff in China made up 3.8 percent of the total cases, with only five deaths.


Over 60 percent of the medical staff who were infected were registered in the epicentre’s outbreak, Wuhan.

Italy is the worst-hit country after China.

On Wednesday, Italy announced that over the preceeding 24 hours, the number of deaths had risen by 475 to 2,978, an increase of 19 percent, as cases jumped to a total 35,713.


There are no official figures on the number of medical personnel who have died of coronavirus in Italy.

According to Italian daily Corriere della Sera, a general practitioner from the province of Lodi died on Wednesday. This raised the death toll of family doctors in the area to four. Other regions have also registered losses among medical staff.


A lack of equipment, resources and personnel has piled pressure on Italy’s health system.

Italy does not produce masks. With the pandemic spreading, some of its closest neighbours have been reluctant to export supplies they may need soon.


“The problem right now is the supply of the protective gear,” Cartabellotta said. “The government should have thought of this some time ago. It is logical that following the global explosion of the pandemic, countries producing masks and other protective devices are now keeping them to themselves and stopped their exports.

“We already have a limited number of doctors and nurses. Under extreme circumstances, we could even ask them to keep working even if [they] tested positive for coronavirus. Still, they should be equipped with protective devices to avoid spreading the virus further.”

An emergency decree presented by the government on Monday allocated 3.5 billion euros ($3.8bn) towards the ailing health system.

“We are importing medical personnel from abroad and throwing new young healthcare professionals without licenses into the fray,” Cartabellotta said. “If we don’t provide them with adequate protection, it will end up like in a war where soldiers don’t die while fighting on the battlefield, but because of lack of equipment. The more medical personnel is infected, the weaker the responsiveness of the healthcare system.”


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COVID-19: LUTH tells my brother to pay N1.2m for coronavirus test – Lady says


Amid growing concerns over the presence of coronavirus in Nigeria, a lady has narrated how medical professionals in the country are attempting to exploit citizens.

The lady identified as @coolfrancess, revealed that her father’s cousin visited the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) to get tested for coronavirus and much to his shock, the hospital told him that he would have to pay 1.2 million naira.


She shared the story via her Twitter account: “My dad’s cousin went to luth to get tested for corona virus Nd they told him he had to pay 1.2million naira ..lol..we are not ready.”


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Multiple pregnancy – What are the factors? [Never leave unread]


Do you get baby fever when you see twins? You are not alone. However, if you would love to have twins, knowing the causes of a multiple pregnancy is a good place to start.

Zainab Abu, a mother of 12, recently gave birth to a set of quadruplets!

According to the a Nigerian news platfrom, she had no idea it would be a multiple pregnancy because she never went for antenatal or any medical check-up.

Thankfully, she and her babies are fine. Find out all you need to know about the causes of multiple pregnancy, symptoms, precautions and management.

What are the causes of a multiple pregnancy?

If you’re wondering why Zainab didn’t go for any antenatal or medical check-up, you’re not alone.

According to her, it was due to the distance between her community and the next health facility. To get there, you’d have to cross a river with a canoe and then take a bike to cover the rest of the distance. As a result, Zainab has been giving birth at home, and the quadruplets are not her first multiple birth.

The reason women like Zainab give birth to more than one baby can be put down to the following natural causes:

  • Heredity: A woman who has a family history of multiple pregnancies has a higher chance of giving birth to more than one baby at once.
  • Older age: You have a greater chance of multiple pregnancies if you’re over 30 years of age. Little wonder you hear of older women who struggled with infertility giving birth to twins or more.
  • Multiple pregnancy history: Chances are you’ll give birth to more than one child if it has happened before.

There are other factors are based on technology which include:

  • Medication: Medication can be given to stimulate ovulation or produce many eggs for fertilization, resulting in multiple births in the end.
  • Vitro fertilization: To help couples conceive, they can be assisted with reproductive technologies. Ovulation is stimulated to produce multiple eggs, and when they’re fertilised, they are returned to the uterus to develop.

How do multiple pregnancies occur?

When more than one egg is fertilised and deposited in the uterus, multiple pregnancies happen. This process can produce girls or boys, or a mixture of both, referred to as the fraternal twins or multiples. Fraternal siblings are conceived at the same time and they can look alike, just the way some siblings do. However, when one egg is fertilised and divides into two or more embryos, this is known as identical twinning. This kind of multiple births produces either all girls or all boys who are identical in their genes and look alike so much that parents and family members struggle to tell each one apart.

Symptoms of multiple pregnancies

Each woman may experience these symptoms differently, but you can look out for the following symptoms in general:

  • Increased morning sickness
  • Increased appetite
  • Larger uterus than expected
  • Excessive weight gain especially in the early days of pregnancy
  • Fetal movements in different parts of the abdomen at the same time

How to manage multiple pregnancies.

In choosing specific management for your multiple pregnancy, your doctor will consider the following:

  • Your opinion and preferences
  • Medical history and overall health
  • Tolerance for specific medications and procedures
  • Expectations for the course of the pregnancy

On your part, management of a multiple pregnancy may include the following:

  • Increased diet:

You will need to take in more calories than a woman carrying a single pregnancy. This is because two or more fetuses need more iron, protein and other necessary nutrients. You may need to put on more weight than you would have to comfortably carry the fetuses until full-term.

  • Frequent hospital visits:

You may have to go for prenatal appointments more often for the doctor to check for complications and monitor weight gain.

  • See a specialist:

It may be necessary for you to be referred to a maternal-fetal medicine specialist called a perinatologist. This specialist will test you specially and evaluate your ultrasound.

  • More rest:

To manage a multiple pregnancy you may have to submit yourself to increased bed rest. It may be at home or in the hospital and it usually starts at the beginning of the second trimester, especially if you’re carrying more than two fetuses.

  • Testing the fetuses:

The fetuses may require more testing to monitor their health, especially if there has been a complication.

How to take care of your babies after birth

Most multiple pregnancy births usually happen a bit earlier than expected, which means they come out small and unable to feed on their own just yet. In this case, they will need to remain in the special care nursery in the hospital until they can feed, grow and stay warm. However, if your babies were born full-term, your time in the special care nursery will be short.

So what will life look like after leaving the hospital? Breastfeeding your twins or triplets (or quadruplets!) is a huge task but one that is possible, especially with the help of a lactation specialist, who can teach you how to increase your milk supply and how to breastfeed them individually and together. Overall, you will need help from family and friends, who can take over house chores, allowing you the time to get to know your babies more and to find a routine that works.


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Zamfara government unveils 200 ghost medical doctors.


The Zamfara Government on Friday said it has discovered 200 ghost medical doctors from its payroll.

The state Commissioner for Finance, Alhaji Rabi’u Garba, who disclosed this to newsmen in Gusau, noted that the ghost doctors were uncovered during the ongoing civil servants verification exercise under the State Hospital Service Management Board (HSMB).


“When the present administration came in, we had 287 medical doctors in the government’s payroll purported to be working in various General Hospitals across the state under HSMB.

“After the investigation, we discovered that only 87 doctors are genuine, all the remaining 200 were non-existent.


“Before now, the state government use to pay N389 million as monthly salary to doctors and other healthcare workers under the board,” Garba said

According to him, with the development the state government will be saving N120 million monthly from the ghost workers under the board.


“Another serious problem we found in the board was that some workers without health qualifications were receiving health workers salary.

“We met a report of previous administration that verify non-health workers working in health sector receiving health workers salary.


“We consider to implement that report, because as a responsible government we cannot allow somebody with SSCE or other non-qualifications to be collecting duty call and shift allowances from the government,” he added.

The commissioner added that the government also discovered that some officials of the board and from the ministry of finance are also involved in the scam.

“We are directed by Governor Bello Matawalle to carryout investigation exercise to ensure sanity in the state’s civil servants payroll.

“After the investigation we are going to sue any government official found in the scam,” Garba said.


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You don’t have to be dirty after one birth mistake.


Most of young ladies today finds it difficult to get back in shape after kolabo and single birth.

You don’t have to place yourself as an old woman of 4 when you’re just with 1 at tender age.


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These are what to do to move on quickly and find better opportunities in life.


• Forget about the past, no one is above mistake.

• Think of the next big thing.

• Stay neat and fresh always (if compulsory, use perfume, roll on or spray)

• Don’t use wrapper.

• Change your underwears daily, better still twice daily. {Neatness is key}

• Slay again.

• Schedule your target, this time don’t looseguard.

• Do it again if you can’t hold it but be wise.

• It has happened, there’s no reverse.


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Stomach tightening during pregnancy – Labour or What?


Overview

There are many aches, pains, and other sensations you may experience during your pregnancy, including stomach tightening.

Stomach tightening may start early in your first trimester as your uterus grows. As your pregnancy progresses, it may be a sign of a possible miscarriage in the early weeks, premature labor if you aren’t due yet, or impending labor. It can also be normal contractions that don’t progress to labor.

Here’s the lowdown on why you might experience stomach tightening at different stages of your pregnancy.

In the first trimester

Your stomach may feel tight in your first trimester as your uterus stretches and grows to accommodate your growing fetus. Other sensations you may experience include sharp, shooting pains on the sides of your abdomen as your muscles stretch and lengthen.

Is it a miscarriage?

Painful stomach tightening may be a sign of miscarriage. A miscarriage is a loss of pregnancy before week 20, though it’s most common before week 12.

You may have no symptoms with a miscarriage, or you may experience some or all of the following symptoms:

tightness or cramping in your abdomen
pain or cramping in your lower back
spotting or bleeding
seeing fluid or tissue pass from the vagina
Causes of miscarriage aren’t always clear. Some may be due to a blighted ovum, which means no embryo forms. Others may be due to:

genetic issues with the fetus
diabetes
certain infections
thyroid disease
cervix issues
If you have painful stomach tightening along with other signs of miscarriage, call your doctor or midwife.

In the second trimester

As your body continues to adapt to pregnancy, you may experience stomach tightening and even sharp pains called round ligament pain. This type of discomfort is most common during the second trimester, and the pain may extend from your abdomen or hip area to your groin. Round ligament pain is considered totally normal.

It’s also possible to experience

Braxton-Hicks contractions as early as the fourth month of pregnancy. During these “practice contractions,” your stomach may feel very tight and uncomfortable. Some women get more of these contractions than others. Braxton-Hicks contractions aren’t as painful as regular labor contractions. They often occur with activity, like exercise or sex.

These contractions don’t generally affect the dilation of the cervix. They are irregularly, with no set pattern that you can time.

In some cases, you may develop what is called an irritable uterus. Contractions or stomach tightening with an irritable uterus feel similar to what you would expect to experience with Braxton-Hicks. With irritable uterus, though, you may actually get regular and frequent stomach tightening that doesn’t respond to rest or hydration. While this pattern may be alarming and a sign of preterm labor, women with irritable uterus don’t necessarilyTrusted Source see a change in dilation.

If you aren’t yet due, being dehydrated can also lead to increased contractions. If you’re feeling cramps that come and go, be sure to drink plenty of fluids. They often will diminish when you’re rehydrated. If the cramps and contractions are getting longer, stronger, or closer together, see your healthcare provider to prevent premature delivery.

If you’re having frequent contractions in your second trimester, it’s always best to contact your healthcare provider to rule out preterm labor or miscarriage. They can perform tests, like an ultrasound, to measure your cervix and evaluate other signs to see if you’re in labor.

In the third trimester

Stomach tightening in your third trimester may be a sign of labor. Labor contractions may start out mild and get stronger over time.

You can usually time these contractions by starting a stopwatch as one ends and stopping the watch as another one starts. The time between them will generally be steady. At first, they will be spaced further apart, maybe every eight minutes or so. As labor progresses, they will get closer together.

True labor contractions become more and more intense over time.

Braxton-Hicks contractions are more common in the third trimester of pregnancy. You may notice them in the final weeks of pregnancy. It’s also possible to notice them earlier in your third trimester.

Braxton-Hicks contractions are also referred to as “false labor” because many women mistake them for labor. If you’re getting lots of irregular contractions or stomach tightening, call your healthcare provider. If it’s after hours, you can also place a call to your local hospital and speak to a triage nurse. They can advise you on whether you should see a healthcare provider.

The rule of thumb is to call if you’ve had more than four to six contractionsin an hour, no matter their pattern.

Braxton-Hicks vs. labor

Still confused about the difference between Braxton Hicks contractions and the real thing? Changing position, drinking a glass of water, or taking a gentle walk may make false labor contractions go away.

Other signs of labor include:

lower back pain or cramping that doesn’t go away
gushes or a trickle of clear liquid from the vagina, which is a sign of your water breaking
red-tinged vaginal discharge, also known as “bloody show”
If a change in activity doesn’t relieve the stomach tightening, or the pain and frequency in your contractions gets worse, it may be time to visit the hospital.

When should I go to the hospital if I’m in labor?

You are probably in labor if your contractions are getting longer, stronger, and closer together. If this is your first baby, head to the hospital or call your midwife when your contractions come every three to five minutes, and last 45 to 60 seconds over an hour-long period of time. If you’re not a first-time mom, consider getting there when your contractions come every five to seven minutes, and last 45 to 60 seconds over an hour-long period. Head immediately in for care if your water breaks, regardless of whether you’re having contractions.

Treatment

If your stomach tightening is irregular and mild:

drink a tall glass of water and stay hydrated
move your body to see if a change in positions helps relax your stomach
avoid getting up too quickly from bed or other positions
consider getting a pregnancy massage to relax tired muscles
use a warm water bottle or heat pad, or take a warm bath or shower
If these home measures don’t relieve your stomach tightness or you have other concerns, contact your doctor or midwife.

Go to the hospital immediately if you’re less than 36 weeks pregnant and have other signs of preterm labor, like:

bleeding
fluid leakage
pressure in your pelvis or vagina
You should also contact your healthcare provider if you have more than four to six contractions in an hour, regardless of their timing. Hospitals often get calls from women who don’t know the different sensations of pregnancy, and it’s better to be safe than sorry if you suspect something might be happening with your pregnancy.


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What are the effect of eating okro and snails during pregnancy?


Consumption of okro, snails and other foods containing slime by pregnant women don’t make babies dull as widely speculated, according to Collins Akanno, a clinical nutritionist.

Akanno disclosed this while speaking with BBC Pidgin on some nutrition myths and beliefs associated with pregnant women in commemoration of this year’s International Women’s Day.

Snail (Photo Credit: Google)

The nutritionist pointed out that such foods are healthy and should be encouraged among pregnant women.

“Some of the nutrition myths common among pregnant women is that they shouldn’t take snail and okro as well other foods that contain slime as they make their babies dull. Such myths are not true,” he said.


He also dismissed widespread speculations that pregnant women ought to be taking portions of food meant for two people because of their babies.

According to him, while pregnant women should take balanced diet, they should avoid excessive food intake, especially carbohydrate to avoid accumulating excess weight which could affect their unborn babies negatively.


Akanno also warned pregnant women against taking herbal teas sold by roadsides with the aim of reducing the size of their babies.

“If you are trying to make your baby small, you have already affected their growth. Such is dangerous as it could lead to complications later in life and such a child might never live up to his full potential in life,” he said.

Okro (Photo Credit: Google)

He went on to call on pregnant women to ensure exclusive breastfeeding for at least six months.

The health expert, however, warned that the practice of giving babies breast milk as well water, simultaneously, within the first six months of birth, is unhealthy.

He also said women with gestational diabetes – the kind of diabetes found among pregnant women — should reduce their intake of sugar as well as carbohydrate so that it won’t affect their baby.

“If a pregnant woman takes too much of carbohydrate and sugar, the baby could come out very big which may brings about complications later in life,” he added.


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