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The CMD, Professor A.W.O. Olatinwo wishes all members of staff a happy and prosperous New Year 2012.

    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The following are useful tips to prevent stroke:

  • Make it routine to check your blood pressure at least once a month with a potable digital sphygmomanometer or through the assistance of competent medical personnel.

  • Symptoms such as headache, weakness in any limb, dizziness should prompt your cross-checking your blood pressure using the apparatus mentioned and seeing your doctor.

  • On your birthday, make it a routine to carry out a full check up including serum lipids, blood sugar, blood pressure measurements.

  • Seek medical attention for any ill-health from competent medical personnel.

  • Keep your follow-up appointments for hypertension and avoid stopping anti-hypertensive medications without proper guidance.

There are five types of food that could trigger elevated blood pressure

  • Food that are high in sodium (salt). Avoid the salt shaker. Make do with the salt in the prepared food. Avoid sources of excess salt such as processed food, fast foods, canned food, corned beef e.t.c

  • Foods that are processed in a laboratory (hydrogenated /artificial oil) .Margarine is one of them. It is made with hydrogenated oils.

  • Foods that are high in trans fatty acids. Avoid fried or fatty foods

  • Foods such as red meat. Eat more lean meat such as poultry, fish, sea food, because they are high in polyunsaturated fatty acids that can lower the risk of heart disease.

  • Foods high in sugar are also high in calories. This causes you to gain weight. Obesity is a significant cause of elevated blood pressure.

If a child convulses, carry out the following first aid measures;

  • Place the child in the left lateral position

  • Do not block the nose or mouth with anything including spoon so that air can go into the nostrils and mouth.

  • Ensure the child is not close to any dangerous thing that can injure him or her such as fire when the convulsion is going on

  • Note that the following are dangerous and not useful when the convulsion is going on; administration of any oral mixtures such as herbal preparation, mother urinating in the mouth of a convulsing child or putting the leg of a convulsing child in fire.

  • Take the child to the nearest hospital after the episode of convulsion for proper management.

Pregnant women should take note of the following useful tips

  • Book at a competent health facility early.

  • Attend all antenatal sessions regularly and faithfully.

  • Note that antenatal sessions afford you the opportunity to receive education on behaviours that could be harmful to you and your baby. Problems that may arise in the course of the pregnancy are also detected early.

  • If you fail  to attend antenatal sessions, you might not have adequate education about  safe delivery,  care of the baby, breast feeding  and  family planning.

Women should take note of the following useful tips about their health;

 

  • Examine the four quadrants of each breast at least once a month.

  • Feel for the presence of lumps.

  • If you feel any, report to your doctor for full assessment.

  • Mammography is also helpful in the screening of the breast.

To avoid diarrhoeal illness in children, take note of the following useful tip;

  • Ensure exclusive breast feeding for all babies up to the age of 6 months.

  • Weaning feeds after six months must be offered with cup and spoon.

  • Avoid the use of feeding bottles as you cannot guarantee thorough washing of the inner portion of the teat.

  • Keep all eating utensils of your child clean at all times.

  • Wash your hand thoroughly before preparing or serving your child’s food.  

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The following are danger signs during labour in a pregnant woman:

  • Labour exceeding 12hours.

  • Rupture of membrane for more than 24 hours.

  • Lack of foetal movement.        

  • Massive bleeding during labour.

The following are hypertension detection strategies:

  • Check your blood pressure at least on a monthly basis with digital user friendly home blood pressure monitoring device.

  • If you obtain pressures above 130/90mmHg, please report to your doctor for further evaluation.

  •  If you experience frequent headaches, dizziness, reduction in urine output or sudden blackout, check your blood pressure and seek further urgent medical attention.

    The following  are tips for sound mental health:

  • Avoid stress or stress related events.

  • Do what you can do and leave what you cannot do.

  • Think about what make you happy and fulfilled and forget those things that bring up sorrow.

  • Enjoy your relationships and socialize to ease tension.

  • Find time to relax in your own  way to ease tension.

  • Pray to the almighty God about those things that disturb your mind which you have no control over.

  • For further assistance, visit a mental health doctor.

    The following  are tips to detect whether you have visual refractive error:

     

  •   If you have to strain your eye to see an object or read.

  •   If you have to keep changing position such that you have to move near an object to see it clearly or to     read well.

  •   If you have to shine a torchlight or bright light on letters to read well.

  •   If things including letters that used to be clear are now getting blurred.

  •   If you have associated headache after straining your eye to see objects or letters.

  •   If you are over the age of 40years.

  •   For further assistance, visit an Ophthalmologist.

     

    The following  are  useful skin care tips :

    • Use simple creams on your skin. Avoid cream containing mercury or steroid

    • Bath with simple soaps. Avoid soap containing mercury.

    • Use moisturizer to avoid body odors.

    • Use plenty of water for a good bath. It prevents body odor.

    • Avoid the use of cosmetic creams you are not sure of the content on your skin.

    The following are useful dental care tips:

     

    Brush your teeth twice daily-in the morning and at night before going to bed.

    Pick your teeth after eating to remove tiny debris between teeth.

    Wash your teeth after taking sugary substance especially at night before going to bed.

    Do not use your teeth to open mineral drinks, use the bottle opener.

    Chew and grind your teeth gently so as not to injure the tongue and other tissues in the mouth.

    Visit your dentist at least once a year for check up.

     

    What to do if you sustain a needle-stick injury

             Encourage the affected area of the skin to bleed for a few seconds.

             Wash the area with soap under running water. If mucous membrane is involved irrigate with copious amounts of water only

             Rinse and dry.

    DO NOT SUCK OR SCRUB THE AREA

             Report to the appropriate authority

             Inform patient and request permission  to screen him/her for HIV  if patient’s status is not known

         Screen yourself IMMEDIATELY for HIV and have your Exposure Code assessed by a competent personnel to determine risk.

             Post-exposure prophylaxis therapy should be initiated as soon as possible preferably within 72 hours.

             Comply religiously with the drugs which should be at least for an initial 4 weeks

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    ARE YOU STRESSED OUT?

    • Stress can have profound negative effects on you.

    • It can cause bad moods, defensiveness, irrationality, irritability, overreaction, neglect of personal appearance and undue critical aggression.

    • It can reduce your personal effectiveness by making you more forgetful, unreasonably negative, and error-prone.

    • Reduce the effect of stress on your life by

    1.   Spending time relaxing with your family: People who have a strong network of family and friends manage stress better

    2.     Exercising regularly- Physical activity plays a key role in reducing and preventing

         the effects of stress.

    3.  Cultivating a good sense of humour- maintain the capacity to laugh at yourself.

    4.  Avoid alcohol, cigarettes, and psychoactive drugs.- These may provide an easy

         escape from stress, but such relief is only temporary.  Don’t avoid or mask the issue at hand; deal with

         problems head-on and with a clear mind.

     

    The following health tips are useful in the care of the ears;

    • Do not use biro cover to remove cerumen from your ears

    • Do not use the base of the feather to remove cerumen from your ears

    • Do not use cotton bud to remove cerumen from your ears

    • Note that the cerumen are produced to protect your ears

                                 

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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