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The Nigeria Centre for Disease (NCDC) has activated a multi-sectoral National Cholera Emergency Operations Centre (EOC), following an increase in cholera cases across the country.

A statement by the Director General of the NCDC Dr. Chikwe Iheakweazu said the EOC will be co-led with the Federal Ministries of Environment and Water Resources, given the link between cholera and water, sanitation and hygiene”. 

It said the National EOC has been supporting states to ensure a coordinated, rapid and effective response to the ongoing outbreak which he said includes the deployment of National Rapid Response Teams (RRT) to support the response at state level, provision of medical and laboratory supplies, scale up of risk communications amongst other activities. 

Additionally, the NCDC said the resources that have been developed as part of Nigeria’s COVID-19 response are also being used to strengthen the response to the cholera outbreak”. 

“This includes the digitalization of the national surveillance system, establishment of laboratories and treatment centres, training of health workers among others” it said. 

The agency says since the beginning of 2021, 10,833 suspected cholera cases have been reported with 112 confirmed cases and 289 deaths.

According to the statement an increasing number of cholera cases has been reported across states in the last one month adding that the most affected states are Plateau, Bauchi, Gombe, Kano, Zamfara, Bayelsa and Kaduna. 

The agency further said the risk of death from cholera is higher, when treatment is delayed noting that it is very important to visit a health facility if you have symptoms such as watery diarrhea and vomiting. 

It also said Cholera is a preventable and treatable epidemic -prone disease which is transmitted by eating or drinking contaminated food or water. 

It said the number of cholera cases tends to increase with the onset of the rainy season while urging members of the public to be aware of the risk of the disease and adhere to the necessary precautionary measures to ensure safety which includes; Boiling and storing water in a clean and safe container before drinking, Prepare, cook and store food safely. 

Others are washing of hands frequently with soap under clean running water. 

As the NCDC continues to advocate for improved access to clean water, proper sanitation and hygiene it noted that it is a critical measure to prevent cholera cases and outbreaks. 

It has therefore urge State Governments to continue to provide access to clean water for its citizens.

Why Nigerians Should Quit Illegal Consumption And Trafficking of Illicit Drugs

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency says Nigerians should quit illegal consumption and trafficking of illicit substances.

The Chief Executive Officer of NDLEA, Brigadier General Mohammed Buba Marwa Rtd made said this in commemoration of the United Nations International Day against drug abuse and illicit drug trafficking in Abuja. He says this year theme, Share Facts On Drugs, Save Lives.” is a clarion call on all those involved in the trafficking of illicit substances, cartels, barons and traffickers to mend their ways or face the tough consequence.

He said drug consumption has brought about family disintegration, decimated the capacities of youths, and given rise to all types of crimes such as insurgency, terrorism, banditry, kidnapping, rape and violent extremism, which have befallen nations, with attendant health consequences on the users.

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime representative in Nigeria, Oliver Stolpe said drug abuse is growing faster in West Africa. He said by 2030, Africa is going to have an increase of about 40%, which is 8 years from now. He says that drug use is profoundly expressed in the age bracket between 25-34 years.

Nigeria’s Minister Of Health Reveals Reasons Why Sickle Cell Disease is Rising

The Honourable Minister of Health Dr. Osagie Ehanire has called on Nigerians to make concerted effort in checking their genotype in other to halt the epidemic of Sickle Cell Disease in the country.

Dr Ehanire who stated this in a press statement issued to newsmen in commemoration of the 2021 World Sickle Cell Day said this will ensure the reduction in the prevalence of sickle cell disease in our country.

According to him Nigeria currently has the highest burden of Sickle Cell Disease in the whole World ahead of Democratic Republic of Congo and India, with an estimated 25% of her adult population being carriers of defective S-gene. 

He said the WHO in 2015 estimated that 2% of new-borns in Nigeria are affected by sickle cell anaemia, giving a total of about 150,000 affected children born every year. 

He further stated that about 50%–80% of the estimated 150,000 infants born yearly with SCD in Nigeria die before the age of five years and those that manage to survive suffer end-organs damage which shortens their lifespan including stroke

According to him the Federal Government as a result of this statistics has over the years instituted several strategic Interventions to address the challenges of the disease through the Federal Ministry of Health.

He said some of the interventions include the establishment of six centres of excellence for the control and management of Sickle Cell Disease across Nigeria.

“The Integration of the Non-Communicable Diseases including Sickle Cell Disease care and services into the primary healthcare services which he said is an ongoing initiative”.

He also said advocacy and mass mobilization for awareness creation on Sickle Cell Disease and the importance of genetic counselling and testing for Hb genotype has also commenced in some parts of the country amongst other interventions.

The Honourable Minister further revealed government current plan for the immediate future which he said includes; Revitalization and re-positioning of the six zonal Sickle Cell Disease centres for improved Sickle Cell Disease service delivery and access to care for those living with the disease.

“Implementation of the national guideline for the prevention, control and management of Sickle Cell Disease including the protocol for newborn screening”.

“Integration of Sickle Cell Disease care and services into the maternal and child health services especially at the primary and secondary levels of healthcare in Nigeria to improve early identification of cases and enrolment into the comprehensive care for Sickle Cell Disease amongst others.

He therefore said that the 2021 World Sickle Cell Day commemoration with the theme Shine the Light on Sickle Cell” will gives us a unique opportunity to raise awareness about the increasing burden of SCD and eliminate the negative notion associated with it as well as building synergy with civil society organizations, international institutions and development partners towards the prevention, control and management SCD in Nigeria.

How to Stay on Health and Fitness Track

How to Stay on Health and Fitness Track

Habits and cravings are the devil when it comes to dieting. Let’s first deal with habits. Juge explains that it takes a good week or two to ease into dieting. “Fast food is so easy and there’s a McDonald’s on every corner. The hardest thing is to develop the new habit of preparing your meals and taking them with you.” The first week is the most difficult, so prepare yourself for some challenges as you abandon your usual routine. For example, you might usually go out for a sub sandwich or burger at lunch. You’ll now have to bring your food with you and resist the temptation of spicing up your meal with the Doritos in the vending machine or your usual can of Coke. It can be a real mental battle to stick to your food plan.

To stay motivated and deal with cravings, Juge has a couple of great recommendations. First, schedule a cheat meal on every seventh day. “Many of my clients have their cheat meal on Sunday, so then they’re ready for Monday and the week to come,” he says. If you feel deprived during the week, concentrate on the cheat meal to come, knowing you can eat absolutely anything you want to—pizza, lasagna, doughnuts, beer, chips, you name it. Remember, though, it’s just one cheat meal, not an entire day of cheating. Afterward, get right back on the wagon with your next scheduled meal.

Second, take a few photos of yourself to keep your motivation up. “Most of the people who come to me are doing it for a reason,” he explains. “They’re going on vacation, competing in a bodybuilding show, or maybe going to a reunion. I always have them strive for that goal. I take front, side, and back pictures of them at the beginning and have them post the photos on their mirror at home. I tell them, just keep looking at that picture and think of what you’re going to look like in a few weeks.”

When it comes to cravings, protein drinks and bars may also help cure your need for sugar, says Juge. He recommends mixing a flavored protein powder in a blender with as much ice as possible, so it’ll taste more like a milkshake. Day Five’s protein shake includes a cup of berries, which will also help with sugar cravings. Once or twice per week, Juge adds, you can have a low-sugar, high-protein bar. The newest varieties taste more like candy bars, with state-of-the-art sweetening techniques.

Your habits and cravings may both rear their heads at restaurants, where it’s easy to blow your diet in seconds. To stick to the plan, be diligent in ordering. “Ask them to grill your meat without oil or grease. Ask for steamed vegetables with no butter. Get a salad (no cheese) with either fat-free dressing or a vinaigrette.” After his 14 years in bodybuilding.