Health and Welfare

Friday, 12 May 2017 01:34

How Mentally Healthy Are We Nigerians?

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The purpose of this essay is to decry bad attitudes of the Nigerians have toward mental illness and to promote awareness of diseases of the mind and available cures. The essay raises more questions than it answers. Could bad governance at all levels coupled with massive unprecedented corruption that seems to offer Nigerians little hope of making it till tomorrow all stemming from mental illness? Could the feelings of helplessness and hopelessness that Nigerian children and adults experience on a daily basis leading to low levels of self-esteem and drug use all be traceable to mental illness? Could massive prostitution…
Thursday, 01 September 2016 18:15

That's Why We're Falling Like Flies?

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WARNING: Essay contains profanity and may be inappropriate for minors “We are falling like flies everywhere,” the caller said with his throaty voice rising with imperceptible tempo and earnestness. Here is a man who has sad news to tell. He is this writer’s former student Dr. Paul O. (just his first name only), calling frantically with some sad news. He is alarmed, worried, troubled, distressed, or anxious. Something is happening to the people he has known. Over 75 percent of Nigerians Dr. Paul had known since coming to America in 1985 (30 years ago) are now dead. He recalls names…
Professor Nwaorgu Onyekwere Benjamin a specialist and seasoned otorhinolaryngologist in the department of Ear, Nose and Throat (E.N.T) of the University College Hospital of Ibadan, Oyo State has recommended accurate diagnosis in the treatment of diseases that affect the ear, nose and throat. Prof. Nwaorgu gave the recommendation during his inaugural lecture held at Trenchard Hall of the University of Ibadan with the title "STEADY NECK, STABLE HEAD, AND UNOBSTRUCTED THROATH: THE OTORHINOLARYNGOLOGIST AT WORK. According to him, "the treatment modalities for head and neck cancers include surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Their successful management depends on accurate diagnosis, tumour stage,…
This is the time we make the New Year Resolutions for 2016. Are we going to make resolutions we can keep or ignore? A resolution is a decree, declaration, or decision we make. It can be a personal ruling, promise, pledge, or oath made to simplify our life, things we intend to keep, do, or make part of our activities during the New Year. Problem is either we don’t often intend to keep our resolutions or we lack the zeal or motivation to do so. Sometimes, we do the opposite of our resolutions and sometimes we do things we never…
If you think that going home to Nigeria on vacation during Christmas is not a dangerous thing, think again. We have lost a few friends at the hands of these robbers. Mr. Dan Akusiobi in this forum tells this writer these robberies are common along Bini and Agbo roads. My friends, please be extra careful. As the number of Nigerians being killed while visiting home on vacation is increasing, sane people are beginning to be concerned. Kidnapping is so common in southern Nigeria, it is considered a lucrative business. it is so prevalent it goes unreported and rarely makes the…
On May 31, 2015, 'World No Tobacco Day' (WNTD) was once again marked across the world. The theme for this year’s campaign is: “Stop Illicit Trade Of Tobacco Products.” First observed in 1987 following a motion passed by a cabinet of the World Health Assembly (WHA) which received the tacit support of the World Health Organisation (WHO), May 31 has since then been devoted to global campaigns and efforts to significantly reduce (which, I believe, will eventually lead to the total elimination of) the production, distribution and consumption of tobacco which not only ruins the health of its users, but…
Friday, 17 July 2015 10:25

How To Kill Your Parents Legally

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I don’t understand these people well, the people that call themselves Igbos and Yorubas. They can easily kill their old parents. The Yorubas call the Igbos Okoro, and the Hausas name Igbos Anyamiri. I have overhead Americans refer to them as NIggerians. How they take care of their old parents baffles me. I believed they kill their old folks, perhaps intentionally or unintentionally. When does un-intentionality become intentionality? It is when the behavior occurs so often it couldn’t be by chance. I thought they were killing the old folks, but I wasn’t sure until the pieces of the puzzle begin…
Wednesday, 24 June 2015 10:49

So You Like To Live to Be 100?

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This essay cannot and should not be misconstrued to mean unlicensed practice of medicine; Writer is an educator, not a physician. Physicians are not gods and drugs are not all the answers to all of our health problems. Physicians and medicines play important parts in our well-being, however, they do not explain why Africans die early or the reason they do not live to be 100 or more. Each of us, while working with our family physicians and taking medications as prescribed, should take full responsibility for the quality of our lives and how long we live. Living long is…
Wednesday, 25 March 2015 15:51

Bird Flu: All Eyes On Nigeria?

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Recently (January 2015), Nigeria’s Minister of Agriculture,Akinwumi Adesina, confirmed the outbreak of bird flu in eleven states of the federation. The states affected are Kano, Lagos, Ogun, Rivers, Delta, Edo, Plateau, Gombe, Imo, Oyo and Jigawa states. Not many Nigerians even heard of the outbreak which could really be very disastrous if not properly managed. The Federal Government not only immediately identified and depopulated the 39 farms affected by the flu in the eleven states; it also approved N145 million for the owners of the farms as compensation for the loss they suffered as a result of the depopulation exercise.…
The importation of Ebola to Nigeria, through Government recklessness at the ports of entry, is a wake up call to an average Nigerian, who lives in an unhealthy environment, coupled with unhygienic practices, or habits that have reduced life Nigeria's life expectancy at birth to 48.4 years from the United Nation's Human Development Report. It has not been proved the natural reservoir of Ebola virus, or the manner in which the virus first appears in a human when the outbreak became unknown. However, researchers have procured an hypothesis that the first patient becomes infected through contact with an infected animal.…
Please don’t laugh. I think it is now time for this columnist or the Social Media that gives him a platform to speak to the world should start getting paid for some of his predictions that have come to pass with clock-like precision. Can you believe it that the most litigated Legislation signed into Law by the first black President may be going back to the Supreme Court again because of two diametrically opposed rulings on the same subject today? What the Republicans are saying now by their repeated attempts to repeal or truncate Obamacare is like saying that the…
Sunday, 15 September 2013 19:31

Why Are People Prone To Using Drugs?

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This essay posits that one of the reasons why human beings take drugs that alter their mood is because they live in psychological pain and need those drugs to reduce their pained existence. It says that whereas there are many reasons why people live in psychological pain that the pain from living inauthentic life is salient in causing drug addiction. It explores the cultural practices that dispose people to deny their truth and pretend to be false selves so as to obtain social approval. It stresses this one factor in the causation of addiction to drugs while acknowledging the role…
Nigeria was thrown into a frenzy mood since the issue of early child marriage resurfaced in the Chamber of the Nigerian Senate. Most Nigerians went berserk on the amendment of Sections 26 and 29 of the Constitution that affect Citizenship and Renunciation of Citizenship respectively of a married woman that is silence on age. Nigerians protest against the Senate's resolution on underage marriage There have been denials from the Senate President accusing his fellow Senators of blackmailing, denying, not belonging to the paedophile family; some blamed the Nigerian Media of misinforming the world about what they voted; while a Senator…
I read with interest the statement credited to the Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola, whilst launching the Eredo Primary Healthcare Centre Constituency II in Epe division recently. Whilst the efforts of the State government in improving the delivery of healthcare in the state remains commendable, certain comments and spurious impression being created by those in authority need to be challenged. The governor was quoted at this ceremony to have said: “Very soon, no doctor will attend to you at the General Hospital, except you have a referral from a primary healthcare centre. What you seek in the UK is now…
Hello. Please honour my request and apply due diligence to my need for prayers and intercession. I am starting chemo on this coming Monday. I will be taking treatment at the Siteman Cancer Center here in St. Louis. It is located on the campus of Barnes-Jewish Hospital. We were initially told that they were going to do a program of chemo involving a once every two weeks treatment in a three to four months on, four months off, manner. The oncologists have settled on a method of treatment which is fairly new, has been used for 1,000+ persons, and is…
According to the United Nations report, Nigeria health system is in an inconsolable 187th out of 191 nations. Some studies also revealed that 23% of the global malaria burden came from Nigeria, and four other African countries; the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Tanzania, and Kenya. Ironically, Malaria is still one of the world's biggest killers, claiming about 655,000 lives yearly. Economically, malaria robs Africa of more than $12 billion productivity yearly and accounts for about 40% of health expenditure. President Jonathan's half brother, Chief Meni Innocent Jonathan, died of acute malaria and typhoid, on November 20, 2012 at the…
For an introduction, this article says that death is death but when it is cut short by one killing oneself when one is not supposed to means that those thinking of taking their lives need emergency and resourceful help. The first help is what we shall concern this piece with – to create awareness and educate the public that we are our neighbour’s first aider at hand when our neighbour or kin-person or community member or workplace colleague is facing a stressful challenge that might force him or her into death by suicide. How do we identify and help cases…
By realizing that anger is one of those things that all persons experience, we make haste to say that anger in itself doesn't have to dominate us without us complicating it. Anger happens to us all, but there are times when the anger or rage in people will certainly turn to be out of control. When anger goes too far, it frightens us, and then we start to look at ways to understand what specific anger is as well as how to manage our cultural lifestyle anger. On my mind now is the word "anger" (iwe, onuma, ahu ufu, obi…
by Dr. Wumi Akintide This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. From New York, USA, Dr. Wumi Akintide published this article on Sunday, July 1, 2012 to highlight AMERICAN HISTORY as it is SHAPED AND DEFINED BY FEW INDIVIDUALS, LEGISLATIONS AND SUPREME COURT DECISIONS, LIKE THE LATEST ON HEALTH CARE REFORM. I happen to have read this article with interest and I think you might like it for the significant insight it brought forward in the American contemporary presidential politics and political party complexes and controversies. What can Nigerian learn from this critical development? According to Dr. Wumi, it matters very little what many of us…
www.lavondastaples.com Everyone knows the popular image of a man is to be tall, dark and handsome. In America we also love "big." It is nearly a certainty that the tall man will be the first man of our nation. But that's only one side of the coin. Today, I'm thinking about the negative stereotypes laid upon the shoulders of big people. I'm a big person so I speak from experience. We are always at fault. If we get hit over the head with a bottle by a small person we should have just taken it like a man. In a…
Tuesday, 13 March 2012 00:39

Sex Words

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www.lavondastaples.com The following was inspired by an article by George C. Curry:http://www.michronicleonline.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=233:cdc-down-low-men-not-responsible-for-high-hiv-rates-among-black-women-&catid=33:top-news&Itemid=32#frmCommentPost The men are thieves in the temple. The women are girls waiting to be chosen, waiting for that prince to come. Giving everything and receiving nothing (in some lucky cases) and everything (wasted time, lost money, degradation, and disease). In the end we all lose, as the family is the root unit of society and in Black populations indigenous to America, a Black man as husband and father is becoming extinct. Lack of these roles does not teach a boy how to be a man and it does…
by La Vonda R. Staples www.lavondastaples.com Since I have embarked on the study of Africans in America I've been shocked on rare occasions. As Moms Mabley once said, "if you ever catch folks acting nice they're probably just not feeling well." Very little amazes me. I've recently been shocked to find out that there is a new condition among African Diaspora women. It's called traction alopecia and it is caused by the combined use of chemical relaxers and braiding/weaves as the ONLY style of coiffure maintenance. In this condition, women in their 20's are reporting to medical professionals with patterns…
Saturday, 24 December 2011 06:11

Finding My Self In Silence

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http://lavondastaples.blogspot.com/ I had to decide what kind of person I was going to be. How was I going to spend whatever time I have left in this life? Whether it was a minute or by some stroke of luck, another five decades. I had to make a decision regarding the person I wanted to see when I looked in the mirror. I don't know if I set anything in stone or even write on the pavement in chalk regarding a decision. The examination of life after life and living during life is quite enough at this time. I'm a very…
Friday, 16 December 2011 04:29

Family Status

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Thanksgiving has passed. If you're fortunate you spent the holiday with food, festivity, and family. For some people, being fortunate is not spending the day or any of the coming holidays with family. For me, I'm okay with being alone or with my children and not my extended family. The feeling is mutual because you see, I'm the black sheep. That's what THEY say. In my eyes, there's another opinion. Mine. I'm the family scapegoat for all things outside of the myths and fantasies which have been seamlessly intertwined. On my head all sins are placed. No one is guilty…
I have enjoyed reading your numerous articles in this site, but not this one. It needs a complete re-write. For example, how come in a short piece like this, President Obama is tirelessly bullied by your pen and called more than 10 hostile names he does not deserve to have? Names like - this joker, empty suit, gangster, con artist, apparent hip hop clown, cave in, narcissist, clown, poor idiot, and weak man? This is unscholarly. Unfortunately also, recounting the heavy psychological feelings you have of his policy and administrative outcomes, the essay did not mention even one positive achievement…