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Cholera Outbreak: A Looming Threat to Children’s Health

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Chief of UNICEF Lagos Field Office.
– Cholera outbreaks pose a significant risk to children under five, with severe dehydration and higher mortality rates.
– UNICEF urges governments to prioritize high-standard water and sanitation facilities and strengthened healthcare systems.
– Good sanitation and hygiene practices are crucial in preventing cholera.

Children under the age of five are particularly vulnerable to cholera outbreaks, which can lead to severe dehydration and higher mortality rates. According to UNICEF, these young children face substantial health risks, including malnutrition, stunted growth, and weakened immune systems.

Moreover, cholera outbreaks can disrupt educational activities, leading to school closures and reduced attendance, thereby hindering children’s learning and development.

As Celine Lafoucrier, Chief of UNICEF Lagos Field Office, notes, “Recurrent Cholera outbreaks critically affect children and populations at large, with far-reaching consequences on their health, education, and overall well-being.”

To address these challenges, UNICEF recommends sustainable WASH infrastructure, strengthened health systems, and effective community engagement strategies.

Lafoucrier emphasizes, “Preventing cholera centers on good sanitation and hygiene practices, including proper disposal of feces, eliminating open defecation, and ensuring access to potable water.”

In addition, Lafoucrier stresses the importance of avoiding the consumption of uncooked vegetables, unwashed fruits, and raw or undercooked seafood to reduce the risk of cholera infection.

She notes, Increasing access to safe drinking water, improving sanitation and hygiene, and better water management can prevent almost one-tenth of the global disease burden.

Furthermore, disease outbreaks like cholera can hinder Nigeria’s progress in achieving health-related Sustainable Development Goals.

Lafoucrier warns, “Disease outbreaks strain Nigeria’s health system, diverting limited resources from essential services like routine immunizations and maternal and childcare, undermining universal health coverage.”

 

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Pornography Deadens The Brain, Kills Wisdom And Intelligence — Dr Chris Okafor

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Pornography Deadens The Brain, Kills Wisdom And Intelligence -- Dr Chris Okafor

Popular cleric, Dr Chris Okafor is not happy that the world has allowed itself to be esnared by the unholy lure of pornography which he says is evil in it’s entirety.

Dr Okafor, a well known prophet who is the founder of the Grace Nation Church International, Lagos is as alarmed by the rising percentage of the world’s population hooked on pornography as the damage it is doing to their mental faculties.

He describes the trend — fostered mainly by the internet — as horrific especially when considered that it has been allowed to gain a foothold even amongst christians who he says should know better.

Dr Okafor did not mince words in condemning pornography and the decadence it promotes, insisting that it is wholly a demonic agenda.

“Pornography is the devil’s own agenda to pollute the human race before God. God is holy and those who must worship and serve him must do so in spirit and in truth,” Okafor told a full house of worshippers while teaching on the subject “Faculties Of The New Man In Christ,” during a recent Sunday service.

“Pornography and all other sexual sins like homosexuality, lesbianism, bestiality, masturbation, incest and others is an aberration as it contradicts God’s original plan and purpose for man.

“Pornography is not only a sin, it is a killer. It deadens the brain, kills intelligence and completely erodes one’s ability for rational thought. As a matter of fact, it is a dangerous pastime for anyone, particularly christians to engage in,” he admonished.

He did not also spare the LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer) adherents who he described as straying from God’s agenda for man.

“I have heard people say it is their sexual preference to engage in same-sex relationship or marriages. How come? Now, let me ask. What was God’s original plan for man as per the issue of relationships? In Genesis 2:24, God made it explicitly clear that He favoured a relationship between man and woman by the very act of creating Eve — a woman — as the fit and proper person to live with Adam — a man.

“So, God created Adam and Eve, and not Adam and Steve. We must, therefore, know where God stands on the issue. And where God stands on an issue must always guide our actions and the way we live in this world,” he added.

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PHOTOS: Plateau Lawmaker Gifts Daughter Brand-New SUV on Graduation Day

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– Plateau lawmaker gifts daughter SUV for graduating from Lead British International School Abuja
– Mixed reactions on social media over extravagant gift
– Economic challenges in Nigeria fuel criticism

Plateau State lawmaker, Yusuf Gagdi, surprised his daughter Aisha with an SUV for excelling in her exams at Lead British International School Abuja.

He shared proud moments from her graduation ceremony on Instagram.

Aisha’s achievement in Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations earned her the luxury gift. Her father’s gesture sparked controversy on social media, with some questioning the extravagance.

Critics called the gift “absolute nonsense” amidst economic challenges. Others defended Gagdi, saying he celebrated his daughter according to his means.

Supporters argued that people celebrate their children according to their pockets. The debate highlights differing views on extravagant gifts.

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