What You Should Know About Exercise

ExerciseConsistent physical exercise, extends far beyond weight management and is believed to be one of the most important things one can do for good health, particularly in the prevention of non-communicable diseases.

Going by figures from the World Health Organization (W.H.O), 24 per cent of deaths in Nigeria occur, owing to non-communicable diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, cancer and chronic respiratory diseases.

Research shows that regular physical activity can help reduce your risk for several diseases and health conditions and improve your overall quality of life.

Although such information seems rather cliché, it is necessary to re-iterate the importance of exercise as well as other lifestyle changes that can be imbibed for sustainable health.

According to fitness trainer, Jane Amuta, “fitness is a lifestyle, its not something that you touch one day and you leave it because these benefits come over time with consistency.

“I always marry fitness with diet because you need to feed this body with the right things to be able to function properly.”

Benefits Of Exercise

Heart Disease and Stroke: Daily physical activity can help prevent heart disease and stroke by strengthening your heart muscle, lowering your blood pressure, raising your High-Density Lipoprotein (HDL) levels (good cholesterol) and lowering Low-Density Lipoprotein (LDL) levels (bad cholesterol), improving blood flow, and increasing your heart’s working capacity.

High Blood Pressure: Regular physical activity can reduce blood pressure in those with high blood pressure levels. Physical activity reduces body fat, which is associated with high blood pressure.

Obesity: Physical activity helps to reduce body fat by building or preserving muscle mass and improving the body’s ability to use calories. When physical activity is combined with proper nutrition, it can help control weight and prevent obesity, a major risk factor for many diseases.

Back Pain: By increasing muscle strength and endurance and improving flexibility and posture, regular exercise helps to prevent back pain.

Osteoporosis: Regular weight-bearing exercise promotes bone formation and may prevent many forms of bone loss associated with aging.

Self Esteem And Stress Management: Researchers have found that exercise is likely to reduce depression and anxiety and in ultimately, improve one’s self-image as well as help you to better manage stress.

Kaduna, GE Sign Agreement To Equip Healthcare Facilities

lassa feverThe Kaduna State government and global corporate giant, General Electric have signed an agreement to equip 278 healthcare facilities across the state.

At a ceremony held to mark the commencement of the programme in the northern state, the President of GE Healthcare in charge of Africa, Farid Fezoua, said the essence was to create an innovative healthcare system that would reduce preventable child-maternal deaths in Kaduna State.

According to him, under the partnership, GE will equip 255 primary health centres with modern medical facilities along with 23 general hospitals across the state.

The company will also provide training for healthcare professionals and a three-year maintenance agreement for the equipment.

He said the training would cover technical and clinical skills while the equipment maintenance would be managed by strong local team of biomedical engineers.

Bringing the latest medical technologies to Kaduna, Mr Fezoua said the initiative would be implemented through a localised delivery model developed specifically for Kaduna State.

“The heart monitoring devices will address cardiovascular screening issues and improve the management of high blood pressure, cholesterol or high blood glucose. GE’s basic cardiac screening device connect hearts to digital ECG, helping clinicians test more patients in less time,” Mr Fezoua explained.

Mr Fezoua further told reporters that the scheme would include bringing four of the nine GE Healthcare technologies listed in the World Health Organizations Compendium of Innovative Technologies that will provide access to antenatal screenings, obstetric scanning, essential new born care, cardiac screening and anaesthesia.

The new multi-year partnership between the Kaduna State Ministry of Health and GE Healthcare is designed to expand primary and referral care services as well as building capacity at 255 primary healthcare centres and 23 secondary healthcare hospitals across the state.

Governor Nasir El-Rufai, who was represented at the event by his Commissioner for Health and Human Services, Dr Paul Dogo, said the partnership with GE would help to improve standards of maternal and infant care, implant safer surgical standards and raise the capacity for disease prevention and infection control.

“The Kaduna State Government is seeking better health outcomes for its people. This partnership with GE will accelerate the development of our health facilities and equip them to deliver better services.

“The equipment, technologies and training our state is getting under this partnership will help to improve standards of maternal and infant care, implant safer surgical standards and raise our capacity for disease prevention and infection control,” he told reporters.

“The multi-year partnership between Kaduna State and GE will increase access to essential technologies for better maternal and infant care, heart screenings to tackle the rise of cardiovascular illnesses and improved care during surgeries,”

Other stakeholders at the event, including representatives of UNICEF and Kaduna State House of Assembly, commended the gesture by GE in boosting qualitative healthcare for citizens of the state and the assurance of its support towards achieving the state’s healthcare objective.

GE is a world’s Digital Industrial Company, transforming industry with software-defined machines and solutions that are connected, responsive and predictive.

Presently, GE Healthcare is partnering with the Nigerian Federal Ministry of Health, the United States Agency for International Development and other stakeholders to create an innovative healthcare system that will reduce preventable child-maternal deaths in Nigeria.

The programme in Kaduna will deliver at least one refitted hospital in each of the 255 wards in the state.

Keyamo Alleges Plot To Kill Charles Okah

Counsel to Mr Charles Okah, is alleging a plot to kill the suspected brains behind the 2010 Independence Day bombing of the Abuja Eagle Square in prison.

In a statement, Mr Festus Keyamo has accused the prison authorities of denying Mr Okah access to medication necessary to treat his critical health condition.

According to Mr Keyamo, the Kuje Prisons clinic issued a prescription for “Amlodipine 10m” for treatment of Charles Okah’s High Blood Pressure and hypertension.

He said that after Mr Okah’s wife purchased the drugs and handed them over to the prisons officer in charge, DCP. Felix Lawrence, he seized them and refused to administer the medication to the patient.

The statement added that the events “suggest beyond doubt that there is a plot to kill our client in Kuje Prisons. This is more so because our client, who has only one kidney is hypertensive and also suffers High Blood Pressure regularly”.

Mr Keyamo further compares Charles Okah’s situation to the circumstances that led to the death of Tiemkemfa Osovwo also known as General Gbokos sometime in 2012.

The lawyer is therefore urging the Minister of Interior to compel the prison official, Mr Lawrence to release and administer the said drugs to Mr. Charles Okah within 24 hours, otherwise, he would take further steps to enforce his client’s fundamental human rights.

Minister Seeks Quick Passage Of Tobacco Bill

The Minister of State for health, Dr. Mohammed Pate has canvassed for the passage of Tobacco Bill as part of efforts to stem the increasing cases of high blood pressure in the country.

Dr Pate who addressed a news conference in Abuja on Tuesday as part of activities to commemorate the World Health Day said it is worrisome that one out of every four Nigerian is hypertensive while 70 per cent of persons with high blood pressure are not aware of their health condition.

The Minister stressed the need for change of lifestyle which includes the eating of healthy foods, reduction of salt intake, abstinence from tobacco use and harmful use of alcohol saying these measures are capable of preventing high blood pressure which has become one of the leading causes of death in Nigeria.

The tobacco control bill recently passed its second reading at the House of Representatives.

The bill is expected to provide a legal framework for the control of tobacco and prohibit smoking in public places.

The bill will also ensure that the under-aged will not be able to buy tobacco at will.

It is also expected to protect the health of people who do not smoke tobacco, as the law require that areas of restrictions for smoking tobacco must be indicated across the country.

The bill also seeks to regulate the production, importation, advertisment and promotion of tobacco in Nigeria.

It also seeks to regulate sponsorship, promotion, distribution, sale and designation of areas where tobacco products may and may not be smoked.