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Babies conceived by women above 35 years stand the risk of Down syndrome – Kaduna Therapist

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Women who conceive pregnancies after the age of 35 years stand the risk of being delivered of babies with Down syndrome, a speech therapist, Maryam Ibrahim-Maifada, has said.

Babies conceived by women above 35 years stand the risk of Down syndrome – Therapist. (UN news)

“The older the mother, the higher the risk of having a baby with Down syndrome,’’ Ibrahim-Maifada told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kaduna on Friday.

“Down syndrome is a genetic disorder. Most babies are born with 23 pairs of chromosomes within each cell for a total of 46. Majority of babies with Down syndrome are born with an extra chromosome,’’ she said.

She noted that babies born with Down syndrome faced physical and mental challenges throughout life.

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They typically have distinctive body and facial features that set them apart. They are more likely to develop slowly, and are more at risk of some medical conditions, she said.

Ibrahim-Maifada listed some of the medical conditions as delays in speech and language development, attention problems, sleep difficulties, stubbornness and tantrums, delays in recognition, and delayed toilet training.

She also listed physical signs of Down syndrome to include short, stocky physical size; with a short neck, poor muscle tone, flattened facial features, especially the bridge of the nose, and small ears.

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Others are almond-shaped eyes that slant upward, small hands and feet, single deep crease across the center of the palm.

She listed other medical conditions associated with Down syndrome to include heart problems, thyroid abnormalities, auditory and vision problems and low fertility rate males.

“About 50 per cent of women with Down syndrome are able to bear children. The possibility of risk of their children having the condition is between 35 per cent and 50 per cent,’’ Ibrahim-Maifada.

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Male organ stops growing at 21 – Aproko doctor

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Male organ stops growing at 21 – Aproko doctor.

Dr Chinonso Egemba popularly known as Aproko Doctor on microblogging app Twitter, has said that the male manhood stops growing at 21

The physician, who is in a habit of giving medical tips, in a video made this statement to dissuade guys purchasing products that promise to enlarge the visible male reproductive part.

According to him, the male manhood basically stops growing when a man turn 21 and there is no medical or herbal way that increases the size of the organ.

He further advised that men should rater learn how well to properly utilise the organ instead of looking to enlarge it.

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He said: “If you are watching this video and you are like 21 years old. I have news for you. Your manhood has stopped growing. You have come to the end of your watch. John Snow, your watch is over.

“I’m saying this because, some of you are in the DMs of all those places, and you are looking for “grow your manhood in three days or add five inches to the size of your penis”, and you are buying it.

“Emeka, let me just tell you that those things you are buying will not work. There is no medically or herbal way to increase the size of the manhood.

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“But you have bought it and you cannot come out and drag them because you realised it does not work. My advice to you is to leave them alone.

“Some of those drugs you are buying are damaging your kidneys. What is the component of it? You don’t know and you are just drinking it.

“My dear, so that you will not carry two problems in one body, that size you have, learn the skills of making use of it.”

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Over 5,000 nurses have left Nigeria in three years – Association

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Over 5,000 nurses have left Nigeria in three years – Association.

THE National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM) on Friday decried the low investment and poor welfare for nurses and midwives across the country.

It disclosed that due to a sundry of reasons, including attacks, victimization, low remuneration, insecurity etc., over 5,000 nurses have left the country to developed countries in three years (between 2019 to 2022), while over 5,000 lost their lives to COVID-19 while in the line of duty in 2020.

The Association therefore urged the government on the need to protect, support and invest in the nursing profession, which will enable the country achieve Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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The President of the NANNM, Comrade Michael Nnachi, stated this in Abuja, during a briefing to commemorate this year’s International Nurses Week and Scientific Conference, with the theme: Nurses: A voice to lead: invest in nursing and respect rights to secure global health.

He said: “Despite the commitment and sacrifices demonstrated by nurses and midwives, they are yet to be adequately compensated, recognized, valued, and respected, so as to be given the pride of place in the society.

“Frontline health workers are most vulnerable to risk. Worthy of note is that over 5,000 Nurses and Midwives lost their lives during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic.”

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FMC Owo MD faces ICPC probe over ‘N176m COVID-19 fund fraud

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FMC Owo MD faces ICPC probe over ‘N176m COVID-19 fund fraud.

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has grilled the Medical Director (MD) of Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Owo, Ondo State, Ahmed Adeagbo and one other over an alleged fraud involving N176 million COVID-19 intervention fund.

The Nation gathered that the ICPC office in Osogbo, Osun State, had sent a letter of invitation to Adeagbo and one other to appear before the commission.

It was learnt that the MD and an employee of the hospital arrived at the premises of the ICPC in GRA, Osogbo, around 11am for the interrogation that lasted for hours.

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The agency’s invitation, dated April 20, and addressed to the MD, also sought the presence of the Head of Finance and Accounts.

It stated that they should appear before the commission to show evidence of how the N176 million COVID-19 intervention fund and other monies were spent by the hospital’s management.

“You are to show the evidence of how the alleged amount of N186, 817,307 was spent with approvals and relevant documents, establish the purpose of the COVID-19 intervention funds and beneficiaries of the fund.”

When contacted on phone, the MD declined to comment on the ICPC his invitation.

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