Holding On To Painful Memories Cause Health Problem - Expert

It is normal to offend one another in as much as we relate daily with ourselves. Unfortunately this is what many of us still fail to realise. The two major religions in the world Christianity and Islam also preach about the importance of forgiveness but some people  still believe that there are some offences that are beyond forgiveness.

Medical experts have also warned that holding onto painful memories and bitterness results in long term health problems like increasing anxiety and stress, increase blood pressure and depression, affects immune system, causes heart related problems among others. Many who spoke with The Hope also explained different reasons why it is important to forgive not minding undermining the gravity of the offence.

A surveyor, Mr Idris Tolagbe, submitted that letting go of negative emotions is for one’s growth and happiness explaining that when one hold on to hurt, pains, resentment and anger, such a situation can  harm the person far more than it harm the offender. “Forgiveness frees us to live in the present and allows us to move on without anger or contempt or seeking revenge.

“To forgive does not mean that one condone wrong doings or one is weak as many thought, but it allows us to move forward because holding on to one’s anger brings one down and make one look sad always which affects the person’s health.”

Sharing similar sentiment, a trader, Mrs Joy Emeka who observed that many people wasted years nursing bitterness and resentment when they could through forgiveness live in happiness, appealed to everyone to learn to forgive as she maintained that there is no offence that cannot be forgiven.

Her words, “Forgiveness helps us to grow and have good thoughts that make one’s life meaningful. Forgiveness makes us regain our personal strength. It is mainly for one’s benefit not for the benefit of the person you are forgiving, because as long as you are feeling like a victim, you are carrying a heavy burden. Forgiveness leads to healing why un-forgiveness stands in the way of physical wellness and can lead to evil thoughts.”

In the opinion of a civil servant,  Mr kole Emiloju explained that to forgive someone is not as easy as it sounds, adding that though, it is good to forgive. “It takes the special grace of God to forgive someone that hurts you deeply. I was once hurt by a friend whom I trusted. The situation really made me to part ways with him. Anytime I remember what he did or see him, I will become angry and develop headache immediately. It was then I realised that my health was been affected and I had no other choice but to forgive him and let go of the past.

“It was after then that my health was alright and when I see him now, I do not experience the headache I used to experience before forgiving him. It was then I realised that un-forgiveness is a silent killer that many do not know.”

Mr Emiloju, who appealed to others to learn to forgive said that forgiveness brings us back to good physical and mental health as the system of the body responds to negative emotions, affects the immune system in ways that would affect the mind. “Letting go of grudges and bitterness is like setting one free from bondage and helps one to move forward. Un-forgiveness is a burden and makes one to remain in pains.”

Malaria Cases On The Rise In Nigeria And Congo

A report released today in Geneva says Nigeria, Rwanda, and Democratic Republic of Congo DRC  have seen the largest increases in malaria cases, jeopardizing the gains recorded since 2000.

The Roll Back Malaria Partnership,  which released the report, said unprecedented global progress in fighting malaria since 18 years ago is at stake unless countries redouble their efforts. 

It however showcased countries making progress. They are  Sri Lanka, Senegal and Madagascar.

The World Malaria Report 2017 shows fragile and uneven progress in global efforts against malaria, an entirely preventable and treatable disease, which puts half the world’s population at risk and costs a child’s life every two minutes.

According to the report, malaria-related cases and deaths worldwide stood at 216 million and 445,000, respectively, in 2016, a flatline in the tremendous gains of the past 16 years in the fight against malaria. The report sends a clear warning that progress could be in jeopardy and resurgence is on the rise.

“Limiting malaria’s devastating impact on families, communities and countries has been one of the global health success stories of our time. Since 2000, thanks to significant investment, strong political leadership and new tools, we have saved nearly 7 million lives from this deadly disease.

Today, we have an opportunity to save millions more by renewing our resolve and commitment, as a global community, to end malaria for good,” said Dr Winnie Mpanju-Shumbusho, Chair of the Board of the RBM Partnership to End Malaria.The first of the global targets on the path towards achieving a vision of a malaria-free world is to reduce malaria cases and deaths by 40% by 2020 over 2015. If current trends continue, this and other elimination targets will be largely missed.

“A plateau in global funding has contributed to gaps in coverage of life-saving interventions, and it will only worsen if countries don’t make malaria a priority. We need global and domestic funding to step up if we are to double the malaria investment to meet the US$ 6.5 billion-a-year need by 2020. Staying focused on ending malaria will help achieve global commitments to end all communicable diseases and strengthen health systems,” said Dr Kesete Admasu, CEO of the RBM Partnership to End Malaria.

The report shows a growing gap between high-burden countries, many of which have seen a greater than 20% increase in malaria cases and deaths, and those that are on the path towards malaria elimination. Rwanda has seen the greatest increase in malaria cases since last year — around 1 million, while Madagascar has the greatest decrease of more than 800,000.

Two African countries — Nigeria and Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) — account for 37% of global malaria burden and require the biggest investment in tackling malaria over the coming years.

According to the latest RBM Partnership gap analysis, between now and 2020, DRC will require an additional 23 million long-lasting insecticide-treated bed nets (LLINs) and an extra US$ 536 million to sufficiently protect its population from malaria.

Nigeria, in turn, will need around 72 million additional LLINs and faces a funding gap of US$ 690 million between now and 2020 for procurement and delivery of essential commodities alone. Currently, 13 Nigerian states have no dedicated funding to fight malaria.

Meanwhile, countries such as Senegal and Sri Lanka are showing that beating malaria is possible. Sri Lanka was certified as malaria-free by WHO in 2016, a milestone largely achieved through domestic financing.

Senegal has seen its malaria cases decrease by more than 250,000 since last year, and is among a handful of countries that have upped their per capita spending on malaria in the same period. A nationwide malaria campaign “Zero malaria starts with me” is engaging Senegalese citizens to keep malaria high on the agenda.

“When we put our mind to it, we can effectively control malaria and even eliminate it once and for all here in Senegal and beyond. Communicable diseases like malaria know no borders and Senegal will need to strengthen its current collaboration with neighbouring countries to defeat the disease together,” said Prof. Awa Coll Seck, Senegal’s Minister of State and an RBM Partnership to End Malaria Board Member.

Between 2000 and 2015, funding and the widespread uptake of new effective tools like artemisinin-based therapies, better diagnostics and insecticide-treated bed nets, led to a 60% decrease in malaria deaths. However, new responses are needed to address growing concerns over drug resistance in the Mekong region, insecticide resistance in large areas of Africa, as well as an upsurge of malaria in humanitarian hotspots including Yemen and Venezuela.

“More investment is needed to increase the effectiveness of current tools and hasten development of new tools such as next generation insecticides, drugs and vaccines to stay ahead of rising resistance,” said Dr Altaf Lal, Senior Advisor on Global Health and Innovation, Sun Pharmaceuticals Industries and RBM Partnership to End Malaria Board Member.

Minister Inaugurates Tinubu's Daughter, 25 Others As Health Advocates Group

The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, on Tuesday, inaugurated a group of eminent Nigerians as National Advocates for Health (NAH).

Adewole, who inaugurated the group in Abuja, urged members of the group to “help change the narrative on health at different levels in the country.”

The minister stressed the need for the advocates to use their influence and network to canvass for improved health service delivery in the country, especially at the
grassroots.

He also called for the promotion of systems approach to healthcare delivery in Nigeria and promised Federal Government’s commitment toward improved, refurbished and repositioned system that would accommodate issues of family planning.

Adewole said looming population was disaster in waiting and called for collective advocacy toward its control.

He added that “we cannot allow our population to double in 2020; I fear its explosion which will lead to more problems. Demographic dividends should be the expectation instead of demographic disasters.”

Members of the group of advocates were selected and trained in April 2017 by Health Policy Project, funded by USAID, implemented by a consortium led by The Palladium Group, an NGO in partnership with Federal Ministry of Health.

The HP+ project was implemented in three states in 2017, namely Sokoto, Bauchi and Ebonyi, through the efforts of the advocates, where the states recorded remarkable increase in budget allocation for family planning.

Members of the group have been engaging stakeholders across the country on key issues affecting the health sector, including improved budgetary allocation for health, release of one per cent consolidated budget to Basic Healthcare Provision Fund, allocation of 15 per cent of national budget to health.

The advocates, made up of 26 men and women from different walks of life had Dr Ibrahim Wada, a foremost Gynaecologist and IVF Specialist, Mrs Moji Makanjuola, a popular Health Broadcaster, Amb. Thomas Dogonyaro, former Ambassador, Mrs Shade Tinubu-Ojo, the Iyaloja-General and many others.

Deworm Children Regularly, Aisha Buhari Urges Parents

Deworming of children has been identified as a major determinant of children’s growth and development. This was stated during the deworming exercise organized by Future Assured Programme and conducted at Babasidi and Shadawanka Primary schools in Bauchi metropolis. The exercise is part of Future Assured Programme’s health screening and awareness exercise at Bauchi Specialist Hospital, Bauchi, on Thursday 23rd November, 2017.

Founder of Future Assured and wife of the President, Mrs. Aisha Muhammadu Buhari, speaking through the programme’s zonal coordinator for the North East, Hajiya Zuwaira Gambo, said intestinal worms are endemic in Nigeria and is an issue that is being neglected by parents.

“Worms can lead to malabsorption of nutrients and therefore worsen malnutrition. It can also affect school performance and cognitive development.” She further said.

“Over 2000 children from the two primary schools have been successfully dewormed and as part of oral hygiene awareness, each child is given a dental pack made up of toothpaste and toothbrush.”

She called on parents to deworm their children regularly and teach them oral hygiene.

At the Specialist Hospital, venue of the Health screening exercise, over 3000 men and women were screened for blood sugar, blood pressure and visual acuity, while children were dewormed.

Each patient is tested for vital signs and gets to see a doctor, who prescribes tests and drugs, which are administered. Some of the patients were referred to the Specialist hospital for further examination.

The exercise drew doctors, nurses, matrons, laboratory scientists, pharmacists and health information managers, and was organized in partnership with Cry for Help, an NGO and Wife of Bauchi State Governor, Hajiya Hadiza Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar.

Europe’s Lab Operator Synlab Acquires PathCare Nigeria

Europe’s largest lab operator Synlab said on Friday it had acquired a majority stake in Nigerian diagnostic company PathCare Nigeria.

Synlab said the move would enable it to tap into a fast-growing market for medical tests in Africa’s most populous nation. It said PathCare is the largest private pathology laboratory firm in Nigeria.

The German lab chain did not say how much it paid for the stake or the proportion it bought. 

Diabetes Association Demands Testing, Medication Centre

The Diabetic Association of Nigeria (DAN), Jigawa chapter, has appealed to government to establish testing and medication centres for its members.

The Chairman of the association, Alhaji Bashir Ringim, made the appeal in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Dutse on Friday.

Ringim, who said that the centres could also be used for enlightenment, sensitisation and managing people living with diabetes, added that diabetes was more dangerous than HIV/AIDS.

The chairman said “the moment a diabetic patient has a cut or wound, it takes a long time to heal and in some instances can lead to amputation of affected areas.

“If one visits hospital where diabetes patient’s leg or arm is amputated and admitted, he or she will notice that the whole place is smelling too much for people to stay.

“We are also appealing to government to create separate wards in hospitals for our members, just like is done for people suffering from tuberculosis and other infectious diseases.

“But you should note that diabetes is not a communicable disease, it is mostly heredity, because most of us were born with the ailment.

“Therefore, one cannot contact the disease from eating, shaking hands or sleeping in the same room with person suffering from it.”

He also appealed to government, well meaning people and donor agencies to also come to the aid of people living with diabetes by assisting them or buying their recommended foods as prescribed by doctors.

“At least everyone knows we don’t eat any type of food like other people do,” he added.

35% Of Global Women Population Suffer Physical Or Sexual Abuse - WHO

Ahead of tomorrow’s observance of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against women, the World Health Organization says

about thirty five per cent of women across the globe have experienced either physical or sexual abuse.

The International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women aimed at creating awareness of violence against women is celebrated on twenty fifth November annually and is related to the killing of the Mirabel Sisters in 1960.

Violence against women comes in difference forms and have remained the most wide spread and persistent violation of human rights.

These violence could be physical, sexual or psychological.

Commenting on the day, the traditional ruler of Awka, Obi Gibson Nwosu said all forms of violence against women are based on primitive conceptions and wickedness.

In his comments a University Don Reverend Father Professor Obi Oguejiofor, said people hide under culture and tradition to perpetrate evil adding that people should respect others in their dealings with them.

A legal practitioner Mr John Onyeakpa, urged the society to condemn violence against women in its entirety.

3 Dead Of Strange Illness In Sokoto

The Sokoto State government has confirmed three deaths, including two students, following a strange illness that occurred in two neighbouring houses at Mabera in the state.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that a mechanic and father of five, one Malam Abdullahi Lawal, 58, died as a result of severe headache, convulsion and bleeding from the eye on Nov. 11.

NAN reports that two students, who were neighbours to the deceased, Bello Aminu, 15, and Nasiru Kamba, 14 also died after at Usmanu Danfodio University Teaching Hospital in Sokoto on Monday after exhibiting similar symptoms.

Addressing newsmen on Wednesday, the Deputy Director Public Health in the state Ministry of Health, Alhaji Abbas Aliyu, confirmed the three deaths noting that preliminary investigation conducted by some doctors, suspected malaria as the cause for the deaths.

Aliyu said a team of specialists were deployed to the area and people were sensitized to report any suspected case immediately to obtain samples for onward diagnosis.

He regretted that no sample was extracted from all the deaths as they were buried same day adding that at present, no such case had been reported again.

The director said government was determined to combat and address any form of outbreaks in the state.

He said similar incidents were recorded last year and affected victims were diagnosed with viral haemorrhage, fever which required high degree of treatment.

He acknowledged the receipt of cautionary information from the Federal Ministry of Health alerting the state on possible occurrence of some strange diseases.

NAN reports that Aminu was a student of a day secondary school while Kamba was an Almajiri student serving as a house help at Aminu’s family house.

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