The family of Ibrahim Ajayi (42) and Fatima Ajayi (32) from Danko District of Danko Wasagu local government area of Zuru Emirate in Kebbi State could not believe that their new baby girl will be born with an amputated hand.
But it is a reality that happened not by the natural cause in giving birth but by alleged unprofessional conduct of a principal medical officer, Dr. Jamilu Muhammad, who amputated the hand of a baby girl in the process of carrying out surgery.
Much as efforts are been geared towards a healthier society for all, UNICEF in a handbook extracted from Faith For Life have decried that, Nigeria still have one of the highest number of newborn deaths in Africa.
Making the presentation yesterday in a 2 day workshop on Media Engagement On Dissemination of “Facts For Life” messages, UNICEF resource person, Mrs Tamani Yusuf added that, if Nigeria is desirous of meeting the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), then more attention should be given to newborns.
Disturbed by the high incidence of maternal and child mortality, nine countries – Bangladesh, Cote d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Malawi, Nigeria, Tanzania and Uganda – have committed to halving preventable deaths of pregnant women and newborns in their health facilities within the next five years.
Founder-President of the Wellbeing Foundation Africa, Mrs Toyin Saraki has said that Nigeria is in the midst of a national health crisis.
Mrs Saraki, who is the Chair of Nigeria's Primary Healthcare Revitalization Support Group, however added that the solution to the crisis is within the nation’s grasp.
Mrs Ada Ezeogu, a Nutrition Specialist with United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), said on Wednesday that 13 percent of death among children could be averted if mothers embark on exclusive breastfeeding.
Ezeogu made the assertion in Igbara Oke, Ondo state during a five-day workshop organised by Ondo State Ministry of Information in collaboration with UNICEF on “Production of Radio Scripts on Facts For Life’.
Ear piercing is the process of making a hole on earlobes to enable the wearing of earrings, to differentiate girls from boys, and for cultural reasons among others. In most cases, this exercise is carried out at infancy because of the belief that it is slightly painful at such age. In this interview with GERALDINE AKUTU, Dr. Gbemisola Boyede, a consultant neuro-developmental paediatrician, at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), sheds light on ear piercing in babies, and precautions to take after the procedure.
A new technology from the International Committee of the Red Cross will allow health care workers use smartphones and tablets to improve diagnosis and drug prescriptions for children aged under five.
The technology will provide standardised procedures for managing common medical issues, and at same time collect data that can provide information for epidemiological surveillance.
Kaduna State Government has expressed satisfaction over the progress been recorded in child spacing across the state as it announced plans to test run a new injection in four local government areas of the state.
According to the state government, the administering is a pilot project which if successful will be expanded to other local government areas of the state.