Eardrum: Surgeon warns against use of cotton bud, other objects
By Gistflash News
July 4, 2021
A medical expert, Dr Julius Idowu, on Sunday, warned against unnecessary insertion of cotton bud and other objects into the ear to avoid damage to the eardrum.
Idowu gave the warning in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) during a medical outreach at Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Ikate, Lagos.
The Ear Nose and Throat Surgeon (ENT) at the Federal Medical Centre Ebute-Meta, said that functions of the ears included earring and balancing.
He said that unhealthy objects, such as cotton buds and feathers, among others, could be associated with medical health problems like damage to the eardrum.
Idowu said that such items could damage the ear skin lining within the auditory meatus and a canal within the inner ear, leading to bacterial infection.
According to him, use of cotton bud can cause damage due to the sweetening sensation which may lead to ear impairment.
“Any ENT surgeon will always discourage use of cotton bud because ear wax is produced naturally by our ears and the ears are self-cleansing.
“If you want to insert anything at all, insert your elbow, meaning that nothing should be inserted into the ear.
“Using cotton bud has also proven to disrupt the normal mechanism to which ears can cleanse itself and further compress the wax, thus causing it to be impacted,” he said.
The expert further disclosed that the practice could cause the cotton wool on the bud to get trapped in the ear, thereby becoming a foreign body, leading to discomfort and pain.
Idowu added said listening to loud music could cause ear damage and loss of balance.
He said that the World Health Organisation (WHO) estimated that more than five per cent of the world’s population were suffering from disabling earring loss.
“Of these, about 3.3 per cent are children, while majority are in the sub-Saharan country, including Nigeria,” he said.
The medical expert further stated that the major causes of ear impairment could be congenital and acquired, such as a new born due to drugs or chromosomal used during pregnancy.
He added that direct blows or slap to the ear, head injury and chronic ear discharge could also affect the ear.
Idowu also said that listening to loud music could cause ear damage and affect balance.
He also advised against acoustic trauma, noise and noise- induced earring loss due to exposure to noise for a long period, age and tumour.
The surgeon warned against prolonged use of earpiece, with high volume not exceeding the normal decibel.
“There is a standard duration and level of decibel that are harmful to the ear.
“The standard unit of sound, called decibel is 80 decibels, 40 hours per week (eight hours per day for five days); any decibel from 90 is dangerous to the ear,” he said.
He advised youths and `those involved in noisy jobs and careers’ to ensure regular ear examination and also guard against avoidable trauma (slap), which could rupture the ear drum.
Idowu also advised that yearly visit to ENT clinic could ensure healthy ears, nose and mouth.
NAN reports that an ENT surgeon, also called otolaryngologist, is a medical specialist concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the head and neck, including, ear, nose and throat.
NCDC announces 210 additional COVID-19 cases, two deaths in 24 hours
By Gistflash News
Sept 26, 2021
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), says the country recorded two more COVID-19-related deaths with 210 additional cases in the last 24 hours.
The NCDC, in its latest update on Sunday morning, said the cases were reported in 12 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
It indicated that the country’s total infection from the pandemic currently stands at 204,201 while the fatality toll increased to 2,673.
It also noted that six states – Benue, Kano, Nasarawa, Plateau, Sokoto and Zamfara – recorded no new cases.
The breakdown shows that Lagos remains the nation’s epicentre of the virus with 79 cases, followed by Edo with 20 new infections and Anambra third with 19 cases.
Other states are Rivers (18), Ondo (15), Gombe (14), Oyo (13), Kaduna (11), Ekiti (8), Delta (6), FCT (5), Bayelsa (1) and Kano (1).
The NCDC stated with the new figure, a total of 192,421 patients have so far recovered from COVID-19 in the country.
It added that over 2. 9 million samples of the virus from the nation’s roughly 200 million population have been tested.
The NCDC noted that a multi-sectoral national emergency operations centre (EOC), activated at Level 2, continued to coordinate the national response activities.
The agency stated that the number of active COVID-19 cases in the country stands at 9,098.
NHIS, NYSC sign MoU for corps members’ health insurance cover
By Gistflash News
Sept 7, 2021
The National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) and the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to give corps members health insurance cover during service.
The MoU was signed by the Executive Secretary of NHIS, Prof. Mohammed Sambo and the Director-General of NYSC, Brig.-Gen. Shuaibu Ibrahim, in Abuja on Tuesday.
Sambo said that it would ensure that corps members were integrated into the scheme to enable them to properly access healthcare during their service year.
“We are working on the presidential mandate on leaving no one behind in the health insurance scheme.
“So, today, it is big step to ensure that corps members are integrated into the scheme, this will expand coverage ratio of the scheme and also access to health facilities for corps members,’’ Sambo said.
According to him, for the purpose of continuity the corps members after their service year will enroll on what is called kinship programme.
He said that the corps members would migrate from the NYSC insurance to kinship where a token is paid and when they are employed they would join the formal sector programme.
Also speaking, the D-G of NYSC said that the MoU was in line with presidential directive that corps members should be enrolled in the scheme.
Ibrahim said that such directive showed that the government was concerned about the health of corps members in the country.
According to him, such gesture will encourage the corps members to carry out their service properly.
Ibrahim said that MoU would address the financial burden of the members in terms of health.
COVID-19: Nigeria’s total infection toll now stands at 195,052, with 2,522 fatalities
By Gistflash News
Sept 5, 2021
The Nigeria Centre For Disease Control (NCDC) says the country’s total infection toll now stands at 195,052, with a fatality toll of 2,522.
The NCDC made this known via its verified website on Sunday morning, adding that Nigeria recorded 27 more Coronavirus (COVID-19) related deaths and 964 new infections from 19 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
The News Agency of Nigeria(NAN) reports that the 964 fresh cases reported on Saturday indicated an increase from the 444 cases posted on Friday.
The public health agency noted that Lagos State, the country’s epicenter of COVID-19, reported 456; Ondo followed with 180, while Edo recorded the third highest infection with 66 cases.
Amongst others are: Rivers (62), Niger (26), Akwa Ibom (25), Ekiti (22), Kwara (22), Oyo (22), Kaduna (17), Delta (14), Benue (12), Gombe (9), Plateau (9), FCT (8), Jigawa (5), Ogun (4), Bayelsa and Nasarawa (2) each, and Bauchi (1).
The agency also noted that the country’s active coronavirus cases in Nigeria were 10,026, with a total of 182,463 cases successfully treated and discharged after recovery as of Sept. 4.
The NCDC said that over 2.7million samples of the virus out of the nation’s roughly 200 million population were tested.
The agency said that a multi-sectoral national Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) activated at Level two continues to coordinate the national response activities.
Meanwhile, the NCDC noted that with the recent surge of COVID-19 cases in the country, Nigerians must all do their part to help minimise instances of exposure.
The agency stressed that every COVID-19 related death was a reminder of the damage COVID-19 could cause when it gets into the community.
While urging Nigerians to get vaccinated, it stressed that the COVID-19 was causing severe illness in people of all ages.
The centre therefore advised Nigerians to get vaccinated now to protect themselves, their friends and community from the virus.
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