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APPENDICITIS

This is the Inflammation of the appendix. The appendix is a small, blind pouch attached to the large intestine. When the opening of the appendix becomes blocked, there is swelling of the appendix, thus, allowing bacteria to grow and causing infection of the appendix. The appendix has no function in the human body. Causes/ Risk […]

Giving Birth Abroad: 5 Things you need to know

Many Nigerians desire to give birth to their babies abroad with the USA being the choice destination. Whether it’s due to the poor health infrastructure leading to high maternal mortality rates in the country or because of the wider opportunities that an American citizenship will give their American born babies, no matter the reason, it […]

LASSA FEVER

  OVERVIEW Lassa fever is an acute, viral haemorrhagic fever due to infection with the lassa fever virus. The Lassa virus belongs to the arenaviridae family and is transmitted by infected rats of the specie ‘Mastomys natalensis’ (multimammate rat). They are chronic asymptomatic carriers of lassa virus and shed the virus in their urine and […]

Convulsions

Convulsions Convulsions in children are often triggered by a rapid rise in body temperature, or a seizure disorder especially in older children and adults. If your child has a fever, ensure you expose the child by taking off clothes and tepid sponge (using running water from a tap, NOT COLD and a towel, gently mop […]

Acute Asthma Attack

Acute Asthma Attack How to know when someone is having an asthma attack Symptoms include; • Coughing • Chest tightness/pain • Wheezing – a musical- like sound on breathing • Shortness of breath • Difficulty talking or walking • Bluish discoloration of the lips • A previous history or known asthmatic patient What to do? […]

Acute Asthma Attack

Acute Asthma Attack How to know when someone is having an acute asthma attack Symptoms include Coughing Chest tightness/pain Wheezing – a musical- like sound on breathing • Shortness of breath Difficulty talking or walking Bluish discoloration of the lips A previous history or known asthmatic patient What to do? Have the person sit upright […]

YELLOW FEVER

Yellow Fever Overview – Yellow fever is a deadly viral infection that was common. Since the addition of its vaccine to our routine national immunisation programme, it is now a rare disease. Causes/Risk Factors Yellow fever is caused by a virus that is carried by mosquitoes. If a person is bitten by an infected mosquito, symptoms usually […]

WHOOPING COUGH

Whooping Cough Overview – Whooping cough (medically known as pertussis) is a disease that causes uncontrollable, violent coughing. The coughing can make it hard to breathe. It is highly contagious; which is why vaccines are made available as part of routine immunisation for children. A deep “whooping” sound is often heard when the patient tries to […]

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