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Nigeria’s Population Hits 198m, Says NPC Boss |The Republican News

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The National Population Commission (NPC) has put Nigeria’s current population at 198 million people with urban population growing at an average annual growth rate of about 6.5 percent.

Chairman of NPC, Mr Eze Duruiheoma, stated this in New York while delivering Nigeria’s statement on Sustainable Cities, Human Mobility and International Migration at the 51st Session of Commission on Population and Development.

Duruiheoma said: “Nigeria remains the most populous in Africa, the seventh globally with an estimated population of over 198 million.

“The recent World Population Prospects predicts that by 2050, Nigeria will become the third most populated country in the world.

“Over the last 50 years, Nigeria’s urban population has grown at an average annual growth rate of more than 6.5 percent without a commensurate increase in social amenities and infrastructure.

”It grew substantially from 17.3 in 1967 to 49.4 percent in 2017. In addition, the 2014 World Urbanisation Prospects report, predicts that by 2050, most of the population – 70 percent – will be residing in cities.

”The 2010 human mobility Survey report revealed that 23 percent of the sampled population were of more females than males”.

He said the category of the population mostly engaged in urbanisation and migration were young people of teenage and adolescents’ girls and boys, women of childbearing age and the working age population.

He said existing urbanisation trend coupled with internally displaced persons (IDPs) in cities, pose critical challenges to securing the sustainability of our cities, including efforts to make them smart and responsive to the human influx.

”The Displacement Tracking Matrix round XXI of January 2018 identified estimated 1.7 million IDPs in over 321,580 households across six states of North-East Nigeria with 40 percent residing in camp-like settings in urban areas plus 1.4 million returnees.

“The number of IDPs represented 4.5 percent increase compared to the 1,702,680 identified in Round XX (Dec. 2017).”

Duruiheoma said like in other developing countries, Nigerian cities hosted widespread poverty, under-employment and unemployment at an average of 18.4 percent, according to the National Bureau of Statistics 2017 report.

The NPC boss bemoaned the insecurity and inadequate and inequitable health care services for adolescents and women of childbearing age.

Nigeria continues to commit to solving the challenges of insurgents in the Northeast, which has induced a high number of internally displaced persons.

“We acknowledge that women, children and particularly the girl child are often the most vulnerable in these displacements, and in this regard, we remain focused on the well-being of these vulnerable parts of our population.
”We are committed to providing adequate health care services, reducing maternal mortality, rebuilding safe schools and empowering our women, ensuring no one is left behind in terms of achieving sustainable development.”

Duruiheoma said these challenges adversely impacted on the quality of life and standards of living of the urban populace.

According to him, Nigeria stays committed to the twin goals of the Habitat Agenda – adequate shelter for all and the development of sustainable human settlements in an urbanising world. (NAN)

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Cholestorol Finally Removed As Nutrient That Contributes To Heart Disease Or Clogs Arteries

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The US government has finally accepted that cholesterol is not a nutrient of concern doing a U-turn on their warnings to us to stay away from high-cholesterol foods since the 1970s to avoid heart disease and clogged arteries.
This means eggs, butter, full-fat dairy products, nuts, coconut oil and meat have now been classified as safe and have been officially removed from the nutrients of concern list.
The US Department of Agriculture, which is responsible for updating the guidelines every five years, stated in its findings for 2015: “Previously, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommended that cholesterol intake be limited to no more than 300 mg/day.
“The 2015 DGAC will not bring forward this recommendation because available evidence shows no appreciable relationship between consumption of dietary cholesterol and serum (blood) cholesterol, consistent with the AHA/ACC (American Heart Association / American College of Cardiology)
The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee will, in response, no longer warn people against eating high-cholesterol foods and will instead focus on sugar as the main substance of dietary concern.

US cardiologist Dr Steven Nissen said: It’s the right decision. We got the dietary guidelines wrong. They’ve been wrong for decades.”
“When we eat more foods rich in this compound, our bodies make less. If we deprive ourselves of foods high in cholesterol – such as eggs, butter, and liver – our body revs up .
The Real Truth about Cholesterol
The majority of the cholesterol in you is produced by your liver. Your brain is primarily made up from cholesterol. It is essential for nerve cells to function. Cholesterol is the basis for the creation of all the steroid hormones, including estrogen, testosterone, and corticosteroids. High cholesterol in the body is a clear indication
which shows the liver of the individual is in good health.
Dr. George V. Mann M.D. associate director of the Framingham study for the incidence and prevalence of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and its risk factors states: Saturated fats and cholesterol in the diet are not the cause of coronary heart disease. That myth is the greatest deception of the century, perhaps of any century
Cholesterol is the biggest medical scam of all time
There is no such thing as bad Cholesterol
So you can stop trying to change your Cholesterol level. Studies prove beyond a doubt, cholesterol doesn’t cause heart disease and it won’t stop a heart attack. The majority of people that have heart attacks have normal cholesterol levels.
OUR BODY NEEDS 950 mg OF CHOLESTEROL FOR DAILY METABOLISM AND THE LIVER IS THE MAIN PRODUCER.
ONLY 15% OF CHOLESTEROL IS BEING DONATED BY THE FOOD WE EAT. If the fat content is less in our food we eat, our liver
Got to work more to maintain the level at 950 mg. If the cholesterol level is high in our body, it shows the liver is working perfect.
Experts say that there is nothing like LDL or HDL.

(Source: Washington Post)

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Instead Of Burger And Fries You Should Always Eat Two Burgers – Nutritionist |RN

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Most food advice makes us sad.

Not a week goes by without us being told that our favourite food is making us ill, or we should be eating more of the thing we hate.

But now a registered dietician and nutritionist has come up with a fast food tip that we’re most definitely on board with.

Her advice: the most sensible way to enjoy fast food is by ordering two burgers instead of one.

Now don’t get carried away – you don’t get to splurge on an extra Big Mac without making any sacrifices.

What Emily Field wants you to do is give up your order of fries for that second burger.

If you’re a chip fan, you’ll struggle with this change, but for those of us who’ll choose a big juicy burger any day of the week, it’s the perfect scenario.

It’s less about the calories though (you’ll eat the same or more calories in many instances), but about the composition of the food.

Protein keeps you feeling full, carbs give you energy, and fat helps you absorb vitamins and minerals.

Emily says the secret with a fast food splurge is to make sure you keep those three things balanced.

She says you’ll end up with fewer cravings later in the day, and less desire to binge.

She told Business Insider: “I want people to be able to approach any food, any situation, and know that they can still make a responsible choice for their body.”

In the body, fats and proteins slow the breakdown of carbs into sugar.

This buffers us against dips and spikes in insulin which can lead to binge eating.

Cereal is an example of a breakfast dish that’ll give you a sharp energy spike that quickly fades.

But Emily says throwing some protein-rich Greek yoghurt or some nuts onto it will help avoid the crash.    (The Independent)

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18 Bio-fortified Food Varieties Released In Nigeria |The Republican News

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Eighteen bio-fortified varieties comprising six vitamin A cassava, eight vitamin A maize, two orange sweet potato and two iron and zinc sorghum, which are  bred conventionally, have  been released officially in Nigeria.

Dr Paul Ilona, the Country Manager of Harvestplus, an international agricultural organisation, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN)  on Sunday in Ibadan.

“Over two million farmers are estimated to be growing them now,” he said.

According to him, nutritious foods are of immense importance for good health.

“We must connect the dots among nutritious foods, health, income, women empowerment and Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth,” he said.

He told NAN that the aim of the organisation was to tackle hidden hunger on a global scale by ensuring vitamins and minerals in food crops.

The country manager said that Harvestplus was working with partners to build sustainable food systems and bridge the gap between agriculture and nutrition.

He also said that an estimated 3,000 participants and 10,000 attendees would converge at the Michael Okpara Square, Enugu, for the 2017 Nutritious Food Fair (NFF) aimed at  improving  the livelihood of Nigerians.

The country representative said that the fair would take place from Nov. 28 to 30.

Ilona said that mega livelihood and income generating opportunities would be facilitated for participants at the fair.

He hoped that the fair would result in success for new generation of micro, small and medium-scale businesses and investors in nutritious food.

“The event will be hosted by Harvestplus in partnership with International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), National Root Crop Research Institute (NRCRI), etc; we expect at least 10, 000 attendees across the world.

“At the event funded by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, USAID and DFID, the model of the largest nutritious cassava dish will be unveiled,” he said.

IlonaHarvestplus and its partners developed new varieties of staple food crops with higher amounts of vitamin A, iron or zinc to consumers in an effort to tackle malnutrition.

Harvestplus improves nutrition

and public health by developing and promoting bio-fortified food crops that are rich in vitamins and minerals.

It provides global leadership on bio-fortification evidence and technology.

The staple crops are naturally bio-fortified and not genetically modified.  (The Sun)

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4 Things You Should Do For Your Stomach Everyday |The Republican News

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4 things you should do for your stomach everyday   © Johner Images / Getty 4 things you should do for your stomach every day

1. Go bitter

Digestive enzymes are essential for the breakdown and absorption of food, and bitter and sour foods naturally stimulate those digestive juices. Precede bigger meals with a bitter leaf salad of rocket, kale, and spinach with a squeeze of lemon juice. Or, have a glass of water with either the juice of ½ a lemon, or ½ tablespoon of raw apple cider vinegar about half an hour before your meal, to get your digestion juices flowing.

2. Get spicy

Ginger is the perfect antidote for indigestion. It can soothe an upset stomach as well as helping to ease digestive cramps, nausea and bloating. Unfortunately, a ginger beer or a slice of ginger cake won’t do the trick, it needs to be the fresh ginger root to feel any benefits. You can make ginger tea by peeling a thumb-sized piece of root ginger (top tip: the easiest way is with the side of a teaspoon), slice, and steep in hot water with a slice of lemon for 5 minutes.

Fennel seeds are another fantastic digestive aid, traditionally used for thousands of years in Chinese, Indian and Western medicines. They contain compounds that can help to relax the smooth muscle in the digestive tract, helping to assist both cramping and bloating. Enjoy in the form of a tea, or alternatively chew on some fennel seeds after a heavy meal.

3. Move a bit

If you’re sluggish, your digestion will be sluggish too. Regular exercise helps with gut motility (ahem, it keeps you regular) by stimulating the natural contraction of intestinal muscles, helping to move food through your digestive system more rhythmically. Whilst the sofa may be the most tempting option post-dinner, a leisurely walk is what your digestive system will actually thank you for.

4. Stay hydrated

Water is essential for keeping things flowing through the digestive system. If you don’t get adequate water, the body tops up hydration levels by pulling water from the stools, making them hard and difficult to pass. Hello, constipation! Water is also needed to produce the digestive juices that break down food, and without these, a variety of digestive problems can occur, from gas and bloating to nausea. Focus on drinking at least 2L of filtered water every day. Tea, coffee, juice and some watery foods (tomato, celery, cabbage) top up your levels too.

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Mischievous Elements Shot Video Of Soldiers Begging For Water, Says Army |The Republican News

The Nigerian Army says the video of soldiers begging for water and food, which went viral on Tuesday, was shot by “mischievous and disgruntled elements”.

The video, which was uploaded on YouTube, showed several soldiers at Alargarno in Borno State, lamenting their lack of food and water and seeking the intervention of President Muhammadu Buhari.

However, following the release of the video to the public, the Nigerian Army said the problem was caused by a mischievous soldier, who had since been punished.

In a statement late on Tuesday by the Acting Director Army Public Relations, Brig. Gen. Sani Usman, the army said, “We wish to state that the video clip was shot more than six months ago by some mischievous and disgruntled elements when 29 Task Force Brigade captured Alagarno Forest and environs in Borno State.

“It is disheartening that some mischievous elements have decided to circulate it now, creating the false impression that it is a recent occurrence.

“We wish to state further that the matter was conclusively investigated at the time, several months ago. The Board of Inquiry actually showed that, as of the time of the incident, the unit’s water tanker still contained water, but a soldier mischievously concealed it. That soldier was charged and punished accordingly.

“In addition to the unit’s water tanker, a borehole was subsequently drilled at the location and it is still serving both the military and adjoining communities.

“We wish to restate with utmost concern the continued commitment of the Nigerian Army to the total welfare of all its personnel.” (Punchng.com)

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