Thursday, November 15, 2018

Ogechi Ekeanyanwu

    How spiritualisation of mental illness worsens plight of victims

How spiritualisation of mental illness worsens plight of victims

Mental health's patient-worker ratio is dismal in Nigeria; it's about one psychiatrist to one million people, according to the 2013 National Policy for Mental Health Services Delivery. The country also has about only five psychiatric nurses per 100,000 people, with even fewer neurologists and health professionals like clinical psychologists, social workers, neuro physiotherapist and occupational therapists.Nigeria’s mental healthcare needs are clearly [...]

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    The big discipline question: To spank children or not?

The big discipline question: To spank children or not?

The bright lights at the mall in Owerri, Imo state, adequately mask the dusk. There is chattering, adults strolling, often times speaking loudly, as they meander through stores admiring the array of items therein.I see a couple, with their children, who decide to walk into the same store I am in. The two children in parents’ hands, excited to see [...]

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    A reminder on guidelines of media portrayal of children

A reminder on guidelines of media portrayal of children

The media space is awash with pictures, videos and interviews that include children, and often in violation of the child rights act, including their right to protection, dignity and privacy.While journalists and media professional alike are often guilty of unethical reporting of children and their issues, the situation is aggravated with the proliferation of social media platforms that make picture [...]

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    Children should be taught coding skills, says Owokade, ICT expert

Children should be taught coding skills, says Owokade, ICT expert

With the world relying heavily on technology, and Nigeria being mostly consumers, Adeolu Owokade, founder of Dhack institute, makes a case for introducing STEM to young children so that they thrive in the ever-shrinking global space that is the 21st century.The institute teaches children from the ages of six onwards practical technology skills, including coding, robotics, web design, electronics. Owokade [...]

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    Period poverty: How teenagers are struggling to get menstrual hygiene

Period poverty: How teenagers are struggling to get menstrual hygiene

It is a school day but several school age girls in Makoko community, Yaba, Lagos, are seated under a shield to listen to a series of lecture on menstrual hygiene. The girls are giggling, there is side talk that leads to an eruption of laughter. It is a bit of struggle to keep up with the teenage girls who have come [...]

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    Four things children need to thrive

Four things children need to thrive

Children’s early years lay the foundation for productive living in adulthood. Because of their vulnerability and because they are the future, children rights must not only be respected, it must also be protected.The World Health Organisation, UNICEF, World Bank and the Partnership for Maternal, New born and Child Health (PMNCH), In the latest framework on Nurturing Care for Early Childhood Development, harp on responsive [...]

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    Children bear the brunt of Nigeria’s environmental woes

Children bear the brunt of Nigeria’s environmental woes

With the soot in Port Harcourt, Rivers state, piling garbage across cities in Nigeria, and oil spills in Lagos and Niger Delta regions, Nigeria’s children risk early death.Children are susceptible to illnesses and consequent deaths as a result of threats to the environment because of their smaller bodies, growing organs and developing immune systems.Currently, over 1.7 million children under five, worldwide, are dying [...]

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    Nigerian children deprived of their childhood, says consultant

Nigerian children deprived of their childhood, says consultant

Early childhood education refers to the period of education between birth and the first eight years of life. According to UNICEF, play and stimulation in these years can and has contributed to “breaking the cycle of poverty.It also offers an entry point and platform for improving social equity and inclusion.These early years, UNICEF says, are a period of exponential brain development; especially [...]

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    Vaccination against Ebola has commenced in Congo, says WHO

Vaccination against Ebola has commenced in Congo, says WHO

Vaccination against Ebola has begun in DR Congo where recent cases of the deadly virus resurfaced after a major outbreak in 2014.Tedros Ghebreyesus, director-general of the WHO, said this during his opening speech at the commencement of 71st World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland.The WHA is the world's highest health policy setting body and is composed of health ministers from member states."I’m pleased to [...]

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    WHO calls for universal health coverage for improve health security

WHO calls for universal health coverage for improve health security

Tedros Ghebreyesus, director general of World Health Organisation (WHO), says universal health coverage is the foundation for health security and prevention of outbreaks.He said this on Monday during the second plenary meeting of the 71st World Health Assembly holding in Geneva, Switzerland.Ghebreyesus spoke about the general programme of work (GPW) of the WHO, a “five year strategic plan (that) is [...]

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    ‘They said my spirit husband was responsible for my mood swings’ — mental illnesses victim speaks

‘They said my spirit husband was responsible for my mood swings’ — mental illnesses victim speaks

In May 2016, Sam Adeyemi, senior pastor of Daystar Christian Centre, was delivering a series of Twitter lecture on sins. One of the tweets read, “sin is the root cause of mental illnesses and the foundational solution to mental illness is salvation”.Twitter went agog with two major divides - people defending his stance and people opposing his stance; fearing that [...]

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    Chased from Chibok to Lagos: How Boko Haram victims are struggling to survive

Chased from Chibok to Lagos: How Boko Haram victims are struggling to survive

Mercy Solomon is an indigene of Chibok, Borno state, a town that has come to be famous for the kidnap of 276 school girls on April 14, 2014. She sits on a white chair, dressing the hair of one of her children who she says has not been to school since the beginning of this year. Mary is reluctant to [...]

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    ‘We only drank water when it rained’ — tale of Chibok schoolgirl who spent three years in captivity

‘We only drank water when it rained’ — tale of Chibok schoolgirl who spent three years in captivity

Lydia Joshua, one of the 276 girls kidnapped at Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, Borno state, on April 14, 2014, has disclosed that during the three years she spent in the captivity, she only drank water when it rained.Joshua was among the captives released through a negotiation with the Boko Haram sect in 2017. She is now trying to adjust to [...]

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    Oko Baba, the Lagos community where newborns are bathed with hot water

Oko Baba, the Lagos community where newborns are bathed with hot water

The practice is prevalent in Oko Baba destitute home in Ebute Metta, Lagos. Neonates, delivered by untrained birth attendants who are usually older women in the community, are bathed using a cloth dipped in hot water.It is a practice that has existed as long as the community. The babies are cleaned and massaged that way to “clean the mother’s blood [...]

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    How workplace policies can increase breastfeeding rates

How workplace policies can increase breastfeeding rates

While Nigeria’s culture largely celebrates fertility, pregnancy and childbearing, there is currently little institutional investment in early child care, particularly breastfeeding. Nigeria’s rate of exclusively breastfed babies is only 23.7 percent, according to the 2016/2017 multiple Indicator Cluster Survey by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) with technical support from UNICEF. What this means, according to UNICEF, is that 5.4 million children [...]

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    How cultural beliefs, lack of support for mothers inhibit exclusive breastfeeding in Nigeria

How cultural beliefs, lack of support for mothers inhibit exclusive breastfeeding in Nigeria

Adijat Adigun, a second-time mother, sat on a white plastic chair at the Maternity Hospital, Yemetu in Ibadan, Oyo state, for a post-natal session.She curved the little crying baby on her arm, put her to her breast and listened, keenly, to the midwives and other facilitators of a lecture on what she would describe as “vital information” that helped her [...]

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