Recession: How ‘Half Salary’ Broke Up Marriage Of 15 Years In Osun

Recession forces court to break up marriage of 15 yearsA Customary Court in Iwara-Ijesa, Osun State, has dissolved a marriage of 15 years, as husband declared that the half salary he is receiving has affected his ability to meet his financial obligation as the head of the ‎family.

The applicant, Mrs Oluitan Folashade, had approached the court for divorce, saying her husband, Oluitan Abraham Adelusi, a civil servant, has neglected her for almost four years.

The applicant alleged that there have been frequent fighting and lack of care on the part of her husband, urging the court to separate them.

She said her husband had been staying with his first wife, neglecting her and their 13 and nine years old children.

Without Legal Marriage

She explained that her husband had also refused to pay her dowry because she moved into his house without legal marriage.

When Adelusi was asked if he would agree to the divorce, he explained that he had been discharging his duty until 2015 when the government started paying half salary.

Adelusi, who said he was a Senior Registrar in one of the Osun state tertiary institutions, told the court that he had never attempted to beat his wife since they met in the last 15 years.

He, however, urged the court to separate them, noting that his wife was obviously tired of the marriage.

The President of the court, O. K. Sulaeman, asked Adelusi if he still loved his children and how much he would afford to give them.

However, Adelusi agreed to be paying 10,000 Naira every month till the economy is buoyant and the government begins payment of full salary.

The court, after hearing the case, dissolved the marriage, saying the two children should be in custody of the applicant while the respondent must ensure payment of 10,000 Naira every month, for the maintenance of the children.

Ebola Virus: NMA, Lagos Govt. To Provide Secured Place For Infected Patients

Ebola virusThe Senior Registrar, Department of Family Medicine, LASUTH, Dr. Sodipo Oluwajimi, says that the Nigerian Medical Association is trying to liaise with the Lagos State Government to provide a secured place that would be used to treat people infected with the Ebola Virus to prevent its spread.

He reiterated the need for persons infected with the Ebola virus to be kept in an isolated area to be able to reduce the risk of spreading.

Speaking as a guest on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, Dr. Oluwajimi noted that the doctors’ strike has not yet been called off, but there is a centre in Yaba which is equipped and is taking care of people infected with Ebola virus.

He mentioned that the doctors treating these affected patients have previously worked on patients infected with other similar infections, which has made them have some form of infection control mechanism.

Dr. Oluwajimi advised that when a patient is critically ill or has an infection, there should be a high level of infection control to prevent the spread of the disease.

He revealed that there had been no case of the Ebola virus at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) but mentioned that all cases of infections are being referred to Infectious Disease Hospital which he says has been managing people with high level of infections.

Dr. Oluwajimi also explained that people do not become symptomatic unless there is a contact and there is the primary contact, secondary contact and tertiary contact. He further explained that primary contact is directly with someone that has the infection/virus, while the secondary and tertiary contacts depend on the number of contacts leading to the primary carrier of the virus.

He disclosed that the Government was monitoring people that came in contact with the late Liberian-American, Patrick Sawyer, to prevent more spread.

Health Matters: Suicide, Factors Involved

suicide and causesAccording to a World Health Organization fact sheet in 2007, almost 3000 people commit suicide every day. The act of suicide devastates the lives of family and friends.

For every person who completes a suicide, several more may attempt one. Men are 3 to 4 times more likely to commit suicide but attempts are more common in young people and females. For members of the families and friends, affected by suicide or attempted suicide, the emotional impact usually lasts for many years.

There is a growing awareness of the taking of one’s life as a major public health problem and rates have gone up by 60% over the last 50 years. The increase has been more marked in developing countries.

Dr. Peter Ogunnubi, Senior Registrar in the Department of Psychiatry, Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi Araba, says there is  more increase in the rate of suicide which is due to lack of awareness.

He listed some of the factors involved in suicide as, mental health which includes depression, medical conditions such as Cancer, HIV, unemployment, emotional issues, rational suicide amongst others.

Dr. Ogunnubi cautioned the media and the movie industry on what messages are behind their movies, stating that most children practice what they see on the screen.