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COVID-19 in Nigeria: What Do Nigerians Still Think?

Nigeria, like many other countries around the world, has been fighting the Coronavirus disease (Covid-19) for several months now. The Nigeria Center for Disease and Control (NCDC) confirmed the first case in the country in February 2020. They reported that an Italian citizen who works in Lagos state brought it first into the country. Other people with foreign travel history subsequently added to the numbers. Since then, the number of infections have risen to reports of over 47,000 as at August 11th 2020. The virus originated in Wuhan, China late…

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Shortness of Breath Meaning and Causes

Having shortness of breath is a common symptom reported by both children and adults. This article will focus on the meaning of shortness of breath, what it could suggest and what can be done. Shortness of Breath Meaning Dyspnea is the medical term for Shortness of breath, or breathlessness. It is when a person has trouble taking in enough air to breathe. Shortness of breath is the feeling that you cannot get enough air into your lungs. It can signal an underlying health problem. Sometimes the feeling is worse when…

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ANEMIA: symptoms, types and treatment

Anemia is a blood disorder. Your body contains about 5 to 6 quarts of blood, which are constantly being pumped throughout your body by your heart. Blood carries oxygen, nutrients, and other essential compounds. It also helps regulate your body temperature, fights infection, and gets rid of waste products. When something goes wrong in your blood, it can have a big impact on your health and quality of life. In anemia, your body doesn’t have enough red blood cells (RBCs). RBCs are one of the three main types of blood…

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HYPOTHYROIDISM – causes, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment

Hypothyroidism, or underactive thyroid gland, is a disease that affects the thyroid gland. It is a condition in which the thyroid gland does not produce enough thyroid hormones to be released into the blood stream. This could be due to an autoimmune disease called Hashimoto’s disease, congenital absence of the gland or from surgical removal of the thyroid gland. Underactive thyroid gland can lead to defunct in normal metabolic activities of the body. What is the Thyroid Gland? The thyroid gland is a h-shaped or butterfly shaped endocrine gland located…

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Important Vaccines For Infants and When to Receive Them

There are important vaccines for infants that must not be missed. Generally, immunization is an act of securing one’s immune system. It is also a way of protecting oneself against serious diseases. Both adults and infants can benefit from immunization. Routine child immunization is usually from age 0-1 year. Hence, every child should receive immunization at the right time. It is popularly said that prevention is better than cure. Do you know that the best way to secure your child’s immunity is by vaccinating them at their due dates? In…

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Best Foods To Eat When You Have Stomach Ulcer

Stomach ulcers are open sores that develop within the lining of your stomach. According to the American college of Gastroenterology, an organization of doctors who specializes in the digestive tract, there is no specific diet for stomach ulcer a person needs to follow. Food choices don’t cause ulcers or make them worse. Current diet recommendation are now based on research that certain foods may have ingredients that fight against the bacteria Helicobacter Pylori, a main cause of ulcers. The cause of ulcers can be linked to an infection with the…

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7 Reasons Why Mothers should Exclusively Breastfeed Their Baby?

There are several health reasons why mothers should practise exclusive breastfeeding. Breastfeeding refers to the process of feeding a baby with breast milk from the mother. There is a proper way to go about breastfeeding babies and mothers need to be enlightened about the process. After delivery, the first thing your doctor or midwife would usually do is endeavor to place the baby on your breast. This has many benefits especially when done within the first hour after delivery. In this article, we will take a look at the subject…

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Herpetic Whitlow (Finger Whitlow)

What Is Whitlow? Whitlow is a self-limited disease, which means it can resolve on its own. It is also known as herpetic whitlow, finger whitlow or digital herpes simplex. A whitlow appears as an abscess in the soft tissue near a fingernail or toenail. A herpetic whitlow or whitlow finger usually affects the fleshy area of the fingertip. It can be very painful and highly contagious. A whitlow can occur when broken skin on your finger comes in direct contact with body fluids infected with the herpes simplex virus (HSV).…

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ACUTE LIMB ISCHAEMIA : Causes, Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment

As a medical intern, I assisted a vascular surgeon in all her surgeries for a month. I did some research on medical topics to write about and discovered there is not much on the statistics of vascular events in many African countries and no essential data was actually found. This could mean that such patients may actually not be living long enough to the extent where these vascular emergencies can be recognised in the medical facilities. The predisposing factors of Peripheral Vascular Injuries may include diabetes, smoking, old age e.t.c.…

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Impact of Mental Health Neglect and Ignorance in Nigeria

With a population of over 200 million people in Nigeria, an estimated 20%–30% of our population are believed to suffer from mental disorders. What makes the narrative such a worry is the unfortunate large scale neglect and ignorance of mental health in Nigeria. Not so much attention has been given to mental health by government and the lack of awareness of the Nigerian public on mental health issues appears to be very pronounced. In addition to this, there seems to be a continued prevalence of misconceptions by many Nigerians in…

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