Community Health

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Actions to alleviate infections in Nigeria need to start with proper orientation of the people who are more susceptible to this challenge. Generally,everybody is susceptible which means everybody needs health education with effective services. Join the movement, as we approach your community.

IleraNigeria says when you want to educate people on health,anyone can hold the steth.

ENCEPHALITIS

February 22nd was THE WORLD ENCEPHALITIS DAY. Its good for us to know what encephalitis is by this article less by experience. So i put up these few words and leave out the medical jargons

What Is Encephalitis?
Encephalitis is an inflammation of the brain tissue. It’s most often caused by viral infections. In some cases, bacterial infections can cause encephalitis.

There are two main types of encephalitis: primary and secondary.
Primary encephalitis occurs when a virus directly infects the brain and spinal cord.
Secondary encephalitis occurs when an infection starts elsewhere in the body and then travels to your brain.

The groups most at risk of encephalitis are:

older adults
children under the age of 1
people with weak immune systems
You may also have a higher risk of getting encephalitis if you live in an area where mosquitoes or ticks are common.

You’re more likely to get encephalitis from an insect bite *
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The symptoms of encephalitis can range from mild to severe.

Mild symptoms include:

fever
headache
vomiting
stiff neck
lethargy (exhaustion)

#ileraNigeria#

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Longevity of Life

Even though humans have the genetic potential to live up to 120years or there about in relatively good health,yet there average life expectancy in Africa leaves much to be desired.Sub-Saharan African is even worse. According to the latest data provided by the world health organisation ,there is no single African country among the best 50 countries in the world in terms of longevity.Japan currently ranks Number 1 in the world with the national average life expectancy of 83.7years,closely followed by Switzerland and San Marino at 83.1years.In Africa,Tunisia has the highest national average life expectancy at 76.1years and ranks 57th in the world,a position she shares with Oman. Libya,the second highest in Africa ranks 72nd at 75.3years while Nigeria,the 8th most populous country in the world ranks 183rd at 54.years.Sierra Leone,a west africa country has the lowest national average life expectancy in the world at the moment at 46years.This may not be unconnected with the recent Ebola pandemic that engulfed the country.
What could be responsible for this huge disparity in life expectancy between the developed and developing countries? What is responsible for this poor showing in Africa in general and Nigeria in particular?Are factors genetic or environmental?Is there anything we can do to mitigate the impact of both genetic and environmental factors on our health and longevity and to improve our health statistics and scores in this part of the world?Nigeria generally shares the environmental stressors common to humanity everywhere. What is peculiar to Nigeria is in its combination of stressors,which show a higher concentration of the types that are easily controlled in a well planned and orderly societies. In Nigeria,Latent features of under development worsen this general position.Government’s failure to manage the social and physical environment appropriately compounds the ability of the average Nigerian to cope.Generally,as a man moves further and further away from the nature and natural living,he exposes himself to increasing stressor and stress.Modernity, commerce and technology have seen to that.
However,man is the super mastermind of the state of the planet.He can seize the initiative with disciplined commitment to directing science towards more nature friendly use of the planet or choose not to do so in his own peril.Nigerian is just in the rudimentary the stages of technology adoption but suffers the misfortune of reaping the same degree of miseries found in technologically advanced nations without tools to mitigate its effect in the population.
This places the onus on the individual to seek ways to protect themselves from the ravaging effects of the environment stressors.The ideal would have been for Governments at various levels and Nigerians In general to collaborate to keep the environment safe.Where this is not happening,individual needs to take steps in his own interest. The good news is that each one of us can exercise substantial control over all forms of stressors through a disciplined and sensible application of knowledge. This include knowledge of stressors,preventive steps that could be adopted through lifestyle modifications and dietary adjustments,understanding how to change our perception of issues and challenges and so on .similarly,there are several natural nutritional remedies for keeping the impact of stress at the barest minimum. These are readily available and should be exploited.
The simple do it yourself steps that individual can take by themselves to protect themselves from the negatives impact of environmental and even genetic stressors are what we seek. What we now know is that the external environment of a person can influence and impact the internal environment in significant ways
‪#‎Environment‬ and health conference#Tony Akinyemi(California)

Childhood Lead Poisoning

Childhood lead poisoning can have lifelong health impacts. According to the WHO, childhood lead exposure contributes to about 600,000 new cases of children with intellectual disabilities every year. Wondering why Intellectual capacity keep decreasing and new pathological cases keep coming it can be traced to the activities that takes place within our environment( market places,streets) priorities should be placed on wellness,if not we will unconsciously prioritize illness…
Public awareness is a profound solution if market places wont later become health centres.
Different associations are formed by this semi skilled labourers.we access them through their associations.
From associations,it will be well spread to the entire community and traffic will thus reduce in different health units…

Healthier is Wealthier

Investing in health makes more economic sense
Healthier is wealthier. In addition to the fact that there is an intrinsic value of health and that health is
a human right, the economic case for investing in health is robust. Good health is not only an outcome of, but also a foundation for, development. Healthy individuals are more productive, earn more, save more, invest more, consume more, and work longer, all of which have a positive impact on the gross domestic sector, and the government. Investment on health care not only include effective research facilities or increase medical supplies but public awareness. The potential consumers of health care services ranges from government officials,medical practitioners down to the least in the hierarchy.Medical tourism are mostly employed by government officials whose incapability have left the poor patients to forcefully rely on the challenged services in the country. The costs of health care is on the rise which may mean that the individual has to forego treatment. Second, to pay for health care, some may sell productive assets or incur debt. Third, health care costs can have a catastrophic impact and push people into, or more deeply into, poverty. For the poor to be more effective and efficient necessary care and knowledge has to be given to those works under the hot sun not only those that sit on the comfortable chair