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Senate Says Ailing Buhari Has Not Violated Any Law |The Republican News

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The Nigerian Senate

From Fred Itua, Abuja and Gyang Bere, Jos

The Senate, yesterday, came out in stout defence of ailing President Muhammadu Buhari, saying he has not violated any known laws of the country.

It also cautioned sponsors and participants in the ongoing protests by a coalition of civil society organisations, operating under the aegis of #OurMumuDonDo and demanding the resignation of President Buhari over his medical vacation in the United Kingdom, to stop heating up the polity with their unreasonable demands.

In a statement signed by its spokesman, Sabi Abdullahi, the Senate said the protesters were only creating unnecessary tension in the country and seeking to divert the attention of the Presidency from the economic and security issues, which were being tackled with vigour.

It noted that Buhari had complied with the provisions of the Constitution, which stipulated that he must hand over to the vice president and duly inform the two chambers of the legislature about his medical vacation.

“The president has broken no law and therefore we do not see any justification for this diversion and noise making. The sponsors are merely seeking cheap publicity at the expense of the peace of Nigeria. We, in the National Assembly, are satisfied that there is no vacuum. The Federal Government is working. Acting President Yemi Osinbajo is providing the required leadership. So, there is no reason for the protests.

“All Nigerians now should focus on praying for the safe return of the president. We in the Senate are happy about the report by the governors and party leaders who recently visited President Buhari in London and we know he will soon return to continue to provide leadership to our people and the rest of Africa.

“We, therefore, call on the protesters to stop all these demonstrations and let their sense of patriotism overshadow the zeal for activism by joining other Nigerians to pray for the President, the acting President and Nigeria as a country at this critical period,” the senate stated.

Meanwhile, a cleric, Prophet Isa El-Buba has accused the kitchen cabinet of Buhari of restricting Osinbajo from taking major decisions that would better the lots of Nigerians.

He advised Buhari to give critical attention to his ill-health and not hurry back home until he is fully certified by his medical doctor.

Prophet El-Buba, who stated this in Jos during a press conference, said if the acting president is given full capacity to act without restrain, Nigeria would transform into an enviable nation in less than one year.

“There is no need for President Buhari to rush back if he is not fully recovered, he should take the time to attend to his health and give the acting president full capacity to act without the interference of certain personalities from the cabinet.

“From my observation, the acting president has been slow down by certain powers bent on holding the country to ransom. He started at a very high speed towards economic recovery that had placed the country on hardship.

“He had visited market women to know the actual cost of foodstuff, he visited Niger Delta to address the militancy problem and currently, he is addressing the challenges of insecurity in Kaduna State and agitation for secession by some interest groups, but some people are not happy with the steps he has taken so far, they felt he is stealing the show from the president.”

El-Buba flayed some individuals who he claimed were working round the clock to puncture Osinbajo’s political will to place Nigeria on the track of steady growth and development.

He said such elements should be identified and showed the way out from the Presidency. (The Sun)

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This Is How Much Exercise You Need To Do For Your Age |The Republican News

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Expert health writers have paired the different exercises you should do to suit your age.

The information, published in the e book How to Live to 100, was written by Lindsay Lyon, Kimberly Palmer, and Philip Moeller.

While inactivity can be reversed by taking up exercise, having a life long programme will have much better health benefits.

Think of it as saving, by being healthier now to give you a better life when you’re retiring.

20s

Although this is the decade when you can fill your body with junk and will still function, this is a huge waste of the time to build your ‘fitness base’.

The muscle strength you build up in your 20s can stay with you into old age.

The book also recommends these activities for at least 30 minutes:

  • Lifting weights
  • Pushups
  • Lunges

20 somethings should aim to exercise for two to three hours per week, a comfortable 8 reps at least, and no more than 12.

According to Pamela Peeke, assistant professor of Medicine at the University of Maryland, four or more hours of exercising per week can reduce a woman’s risk of breast cancer by 60 per cent.

Risk of colon cancer can be cut by 30-40 per cent if you complete three to five hours of cardio per week.

30s

Diversifying your sports programme. If your 20s was when you became really good at one thing, then your 30s it’s time to try something new.

This is advice of Kark Knopf, the coordinator of the Adaptive Fitness Program at Foothill College, and the author of Kettlebells for 50+.

It’s important because one sport or form of exercise will overwork certain parts of your body and neglect others. For instance, swimmers who only swim can later have posture problems, no matter how much they exercise in the pool.

Exercises for your 30s should mix upper and lower body strengths, so if you’re already doing some of these, try the others:

  • Cross-training
  • Cycling
  • Running
  • Swimming
  • Yoga
  • Tai chi
  • Dancing

Stretching is also important, and Knopf suggests heel to toe walks.

40s

According to US News, your 40s are when you can preserve your strength and fight belly fat.

Peeke says that while many people stop weight lifting in their 40s, this is exactly when they should up the amount they do.

Muscle strength drops in both men and women – specifically for men this can be by as much as five to eight per cent.

Keeping this lean muscle and your metabolic rate high requires regular strength work outs. This will keep your calories burning away, and the fat away too.

  • Weight lifting
  • Consistent exercise

This second tip isn’t a specific action, but keeping up regular exercise will help fight off stress, which your hormones kept at bay in earlier years.

50s

Aches and pains are inevitable with ageing, but you can adapt your exercise programme around them. So if you have sore knees, cut out running and take up swimming.

Try these exercises:

  • Pilates
  • Yoga
  • Aerobics

The first two of these will help with back strength, and stopping your posture from curving forward, as tends to begin around this age.

The American Heart Association recommends 30 minutes of aerobics, five times per week.

According to Knopf, there’s no need to overdo in these sessions. Aerobics are just as effective in your 50s when done at at moderate exertion, and this will avoid extreme fatigue and muscle soreness.

60s

Continuing regular exercise will offset chronic conditions like diabetes and heart disease.

Moreover, having greater body strength will improve your chances when you take a tumble, avoiding hip fractures.

Good exercises to keep up are:

  • Weight lifting (at least once, ideally two or three times per week for 30 minutes).
  • Alternate between the upper body and lower body.
  • Zumba
  • Water aerobics

These last two are suggested by Peeke for their communal nature. She recommends joining classes and working with a certified trainer after 60.

70s

From your 70s onwards, avoid rigorous workouts but keep active.

In classes for over 70s run by Knopf, he says that exercises from earlier in life are repeated, but done around a chair.

  • Arm raises with resistance bands
  • Leg lifts
  • Aerobics (chair based)
  • Stretching

One is never too old to benefit from exercise.  (Indy 100)

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Buhari Has Not Left London, Presidency Counters Rumours |The Republican News

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Buhari on sick vacation in London

The Presidency has dispelled the rumours making the rounds that President Muhammadu Buhari has left London for Nigeria. Contrary to that report, the Presidency said that he would soon return to the country.

President Buhari’s Personal Assistant on New Media, Bashir Ahmad, made the disclosure while dismissing reports saying the President has left London for Nigeria.

Ahmad, who took to his Facebook wall maintained that the President is still in London, adding that he would inform Nigerians properly when the time comes.

He wrote: “Like many of you, I also read that news about President Muhammadu Buhari’s return on Social Media platforms and many blogs.

“It’s all rumours, President Buhari hasn’t returned to the country yet, but he will very soon return and continue the good work he has been doing.

“As we all saw last week from the pictures of Nigerian Governors’ Forum visit to him, he is doing fine.

“When the time comes for Mr President’s return, the Presidency will properly inform Nigerians, like it usually does.

After initially spending over 50 days on medical vacation in London, the President had in May returned to the United Kingdom, UK, for follow-up medical check-up and is yet to return.   (The Sun)

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

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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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Seven Million Nigerians Living With Depression – Medical Doctors

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The Society of Family Physicians of Nigeria (SOFPON) has said no fewer than seven million Nigerians are living with depression.
National President of the society, Dr Akin Moses, disclosed this on yesterday at a press conference to mark the 2017 World Family Doctors Day in Abuja.
Moses said based on research conducted by some physicians between 2015 and 2016, 29 million people in Africa were depressed while 322 million were affected with the condition globally.
He said the study showed that an estimated 788,000 suicide deaths worldwide occurred in 2015, while 10 suicide deaths per 100,000 population were recorded in Nigeria within the period.
According to him, there were a few unfortunate suicide deaths in Nigeria which were attributed to severe stressful life events.
He noted that depression played a role in more than half of all suicide attempts and up to 15 per cent of those that were depressed died by suicide. The physician said if not checked and treated, a depressed person has a 20 per cent chance of committing suicide.
The president of the society described depression as a common mental health problem that affects moods, resulting in a change in the way person feels, thinks and acts.
He said apart from stressful conditions, negative life events like bereavement, job loss, financial difficulty, divorce, loneliness, childhood abuse and neglect could also trigger depression.
Moses added that people with chronic pains and medical disorders; as well as patients on certain drugs and those abusing drugs like cocaine, amphetamine, narcotics and alcohol were all at risk.
He disclosed that a combination of medication and psychotherapy; as well as support and care from family members were appropriate treatment for depression.
According him, primary care physicians in the country will continue to create awareness to reduce negative perception and stigma.
He also pledged their readiness to recognise and support those at risk of developing depression.    (The Sun)

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Adeleke Was Given Overdose Of Banned Injection – LAUTECH Chief Medical Director

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The Chief Medical Director, Ladoke Akintola University of Technology Teaching Hospital, Osogbo, Prof Akeem Lasisi, has testified that the late senator representing Osun-West senatorial district, Chief Isiaka Adeleke, died of an overdose of banned injections.

Testifying before a coroner, Mr Olusegun Ayilara, in Osogbo, on Monday, Lasisi, who spoke from the witness box, said the Chief Medical Director of Biket Hospital, Osogbo, Dr Adebisi Adenle, called him on the telephone on April 23 to tell him that Adeleke had died.

Lasisi, who said he saw Adeleke’s corpse on a table at LAUTECH’s morgue, added that a pathologist, one Dr Solaja; two resident doctors, who are also pathologists; the Officer in Charge of Homicide, Osun State Police Command; Divisional Police Officer, Dugbe Police Station, Osogbo; and the Consultant Pathologist, LAUTECH, were all present when an autopsy was carried out on Adeleke.

The CMD told the court that one of the aides of the late senator told him that the deceased complained of leg pain and somebody treated him.

Lasisi said the aide told him that the person, who treated Adeleke was not a doctor but could not say if he was a nurse.

The CMD stated that the aide mentioned the names of the various injections administered on him before his death and the aide (in company with other aides) was asked to go and bring them.

The CMD stated that he did not ask for the name of the person who treated Adeleke but he wanted to know what was administered and the competence of the person that administered the drugs.

He said among the injections given to Adeleke was Analgin, which he said was outlawed when the late Prof Dora Akunyili was the Director General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control.

He said, “I saw the corpse. Before any process of examination of any diagnosis in medicine, there is what we call history before examination. So, we asked for the person who knew the conditions surrounding the death of the senator. So, the family pointed to one of the aides and the aide said he (Adeleke) was active the previous day and he came at midnight and started complaining of leg pain. So, they sent for somebody who came to give him injections.

“I asked clearly the medical status of the person that administered the injections. I asked, ‘Is the person a doctor?’ but he said no. ‘Is he a nurse’?, he said he didn’t know but the person was a face they were used to.

“He mentioned various injections, so at that point I asked him if could lay his hands on the empty ampoules of the injections. The family members went home to get them. The injections were five per cent dextrose. We saw empty sachets; it was like a fluid and with it, we saw an intravenous fluid-giving set and scalp vein needle. We saw that empty. We saw two ampoules of Analgin, four ampoules of valium (diazepam) – 10ml each making 40 milligrammes, one ampoule of pentazocine, one ampoule of gentamicin and two ampoules of hydrocortisone.

“All of these were empty and his aide said these were what he was given.  He also added that after he had been given, he (Adeleke) called him that he doesn’t want to entertain any visitor and he went to sleep. He (the aide) said he later went back to check him and saw that the senator’s eyes were wide open but he wasn’t breathing.”

The CMD added that diazepam ‘sedates and tranquilises when given in moderate dosage’ but said it could knock off reflexes if given in the type of dosage Adeleke was given and could eventually lead to death.

He explained that pentazocine was capable of killing bad pain but it was usually advised not to be given to patients intravenously but through intra-muscular injection.

He stated that if the injection would be given intravenously at all, it should be given at a facility where the patient could be resuscitated with artificial oxygen in case his breathing stopped.

“Analgin has been outlawed since the days of Dora Akunyili in NAFDAC. So, I don’t know where they got it from. They were given in excess dosage,” he said.

Also the Osun State Deputy Governor, Mrs Titi Laoye-Tomori, in her testimony before the coroner, said Adeleke hesitated before he ate three spoonfuls of rice at a funeral ceremony in Osun State, a day before he died.

Adeleke and the deputy governor were among the dignitaries, who attended the funeral of the mother of the Chairman, All Progressives Congress in Osun-West senatorial district, Mr Yinusa Amobi, at Kuta, Osun State, on April 22. The senator died the following morning.

She told the coroner that she waived her immunity to personally appear before the coroner because of the importance she attached to the probe and to state what she knew about the moment she spent together with Adeleke and others at a social function on Saturday, April 22.

Laoye-Tomori stated that she shunned the special chair prepared for her and chose to sit close to Adeleke because the deceased demonstrated an uncommon humility by coming to welcome her beside her vehicle when she arrived at the venue of the ceremony.

The deputy governor told the coroner that Adeleke was served rice in an uncovered plate and the rice had no fish or meat and he was hesitant to eat.

She said, “A woman brought a plate of rice. There was fried rice, a mixture of ‘jollof’ and white rice. There was no protein in it, that is, there was neither meat nor fish and the food was not covered. I was wondering why a man of his status would be served food not covered but I don’t know whether he was already eating the food before I arrived there or not.

“The senator was using his spoon to turn the rice and he was hesitant to eat it. I said jokingly, ‘ Your Excellency, why don’t you ask them to take the food away if you don’t want to eat it? And he said, ‘Se tori wipe kosi eran lori e?’ (Is it because there is no meat on it?).

“He said that woman brought a bowl of fish but these people you are seeing ate everything and left nothing for me. He then took his fork and stretched his hand to take a piece of fried fish from someone sitting close to him but his fork couldn’t pick it because the fish was fried.

“He took just three spoons and pushed the food aside. He was full of life and was cracking jokes. A gentleman seating on his right side brought out a drink from his pouch.”       (Punchng.com)

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Ebola: Federal Ministry Of Health Orders Compulsory Test For Fever Patients

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Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole 

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The Federal Government has asked every health official in the country to test every fever patient – showing symptoms of bleeding – for the Ebola Virus Disease.

It also asked all port health officials to step up inspection of all persons coming into the country.

The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, said this in a statement by the Director, Media and Public Relations, Mrs. Boade Akinola, on Saturday.

The statement came less than 24 hours after the World Health Organisation declared the outbreak of Ebola in Congo, describing the outbreak as “a public health crisis of international importance.”

The ministry of health said, “The health minister directs all Nigerian health workers to maintain a high index of suspicion by screening all haemorrhagic fever patients for Ebola

“Similarly, the minister encourages members of the public to observe a high level of personal hygiene which includes regular hand washing and to also report all cases of fever to the nearest health facility.”

The minister said he had directed health workers to increase efforts at ports of entry.

He added, “The Federal Government in response to the announcement by the WHO on confirmed cases of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo, has directed port health officials to step up inspection activities and to report any sick person or suspects to ensure that Epidemiologists in the states conduct relevant tests.

“The symptoms to look out for include: fever, fatigue, weakness dizziness and muscle aches. Patients with more severe cases show bleeding under the skin, internal organs or even from bodily orifices like mouth, nose and ears.”

The minister also urged Nigerians not to panic as the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control is on the ground and equipped to secure the health of citizens.

He said the CDC had for a while been strengthening states’ capacities to detect, manage and respond to hemorrhagic fevers including Lassa fever.

Adewole called on states to begin social mobilisation and media awareness efforts via television, radio, print and social media.

Meanwhile, the Nigerian Medical Association has called on doctors nationwide to immediately report suspicious cases to the Federal Government.

Speaking with SUNDAY PUNCH on Saturday, the President of the NMA, Prof. Mike Ogirima, said doctors across the nation should begin to take precaution and report suspicious cases.

He said, “The Federal Government already has adequate experience on dealing with this because of the first outbreak so we advice them to consolidate.

“We also want to advise them to quickly set up and put in measures to prevent any case and even if by chance we have any case within the country, we should control the spread.

“We advise Nigerians to take care and stick to universal basic precautions such as regular washing of hands, avoid over-crowding, report suspicious cases immediately to the nearest health centre.

“We also advise our members all over the country to be on the alert and to make sure that they are well prepared and have the proper gadgets to face any challenge.” (Punchng.com)

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