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Lassa fever kills 3 in Ekiti

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Three persons have been confirmed dead in a fresh case of Lassa fever in Ekiti.

The Commissioner for Health, Dr Rotimi Ojo, made the disclosure in a statement to NAN, in Ado Ekiti.

He said that five out of the eight new suspected cases in the state tested negative, while one was uncertain, with the last pending as at press time.

Ojo added that the patient that tested positive and two others had passed on.

The commissioner insisted that there was still no cause for alarm in the state as government was taking proactive steps in its surveillance activities.

He gave an assurance that the State Disease Control team had been activated while the process of sensitising the people with jingles and other communication media were ongoing.

Ojo said that similar actions taken during the 2016 outbreak were successful, adding that the epidemic was controlled and the identified patient, who was properly managed, survived.

He said that the three isolation centres located at the Federal Teaching Hospital, Ido Ekiti, Oba Adejuyigbe General Hospital, Ado Ekiti and Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital, Ado Ekiti, were still operational.

The commissioner urged all stakeholders, including health practitioners, teachers, traditional rulers, religious leaders as well as community and opinion leaders, to collaborate with the state government to prevent the spread of the disease.

Ojo also advised residents of the state to avoid self medication and keeping sick people at home, adding that any unusual increase in temperature or fever must be promptly reported to the nearest health facility.

He further urged residents to embrace environmental sanitation practices and general cleanliness

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Buhari speaks on his health

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President Muhammadu Buhari has declared that now that this year’s Ramadan fast is over, he is healthier to attend to national issues.
The nation’s leader disclosed that he refused to abstain because he knew the benefits of fasting.
Buhari spoke at the weekend when he received a delegation of lawmakers, religious leaders, cabinet members, security chiefs and presidential aides.
Buhari said: “I’m very grateful to the ministers and church leadership that came to say happy Eid-Filtri to those of us that have been fasting.
“A lot of people asked me if on health grounds I can default, I refused because I know the value in fasting, I cannot miss it once I can do it.

“Last year, I didn’t because I was on health vacation but this year I have done it and I thank God because it has helped me to be much more healthy; to give me the time that I need to attend to national issues.”

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Five natural remedies to tackle malaria

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Malaria is a life-threatening mosquito-borne blood disease that has plagued Nigerians since time immemorial.
Usually, when one gets infected, anti-malaria pills are prescribed or in more severe cases, patients are treated with an oil-based intramuscular injection.
While those methods have proven effective, there are also natural, tamer routes to wellness.
Here are five natural remedies to treat malaria.
Ginger
Ginger’s active ingredient gingerol, and its unique hydrocarbons are known for their anti-inflammatory and antibacterial activities in the body, making it one of the most effective natural remedies.
Grapefruit
There is a powerful substance found in grapefruit, similar to quinine, which has been directly linked to neutralising malaria-inducing parasites.
You can extract this substance for a concentrated dose or simply add some delicious grapefruit to your diet.
Cinnamon
One of the best ways to get rid of malaria is to tackle its symptoms, namely fever, headache, and diarrhea.
Cinnamon has a powerful organic component, cinnamaldehyde, which has anti-inflammatory properties and has been linked to a reduction in malaria’s violent and painful symptoms.
Holy basil
Eugenol is the active ingredient in holy basil and is largely responsible for its therapeutic properties, helping to eliminate bacterial infections.
Different parts of this plant are used for dozens of Ayurvedic remedies including malaria.
Orange juice
Vitamin C is known as an incredible immune system booster and this has certainly proven true in the treatment of malaria.
The antioxidant and immune-system boosting effects of vitamin C are often enough to kick-start the recovery process.

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8 Heart Attack Symptoms Every Woman Needs To Know About

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Quick, what makes you feel breathless, light-headed, and like your heart could burst? If you’re really lucky, it’s Ryan Gosling showing up at your surprise birthday party on a white unicorn.
In reality, you’re probably experiencing a heart attack.
Yep, that scene you have in your head of an old dude grabbing his chest and then collapsing on the floor is just one way a heart attack can happen.
Heart disease is the leading killer of all Americans, striking men and women at about equal rates, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) . Yet women are less likely to seek help during a cardiac event, less likely to receive speedy treatment, and more likely to die of a heart attack than men, according to Go Red For Women .
One problem is that women’s pain is simply not taken as seriously. In a landmark study aptly titled ” The Girl Who Cried Pain : A Bias Against Women in the Treatment of Pain”, researchers concluded that women are “more likely to be treated less aggressively in their initial encounters with the health-care system until they ‘prove that they are as sick as male patients.’”
WTF?!
Another issue, however, is that many people don’t know the symptoms of a heart attack in women. Let’s change that now:
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You Feel Like You’re Being Hugged… By A Boa Constrictor
There is some truth to the old adage about a heart attack feeling like an elephant on your chest, but that’s not the only way to describe it, says Sharonne Hayes, M.D., cardiologist at the Mayo Clinic.
It’s true that the most consistent sign of a heart attack in both women and men is still chest pain , but any serious, ongoing chest discomfort may indicate a heart attack, she adds.
The AHA describes it as “uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness, or pain in the center of your chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or goes away and comes back.”
A word of caution: You can have a heart attack without feeling any chest pain whatsoever, so don’t depend on this one symptom to know if you’re in trouble, the AHA adds.

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You Are Just. So. Tired.
There are a lot of reasons for chronic fatigue but if you suddenly feel a crushing exhaustion, making it difficult to even get out of bed, much less complete your daily tasks, it’s time to give your doctor a call.
If doing a simple activity, like making the bed, makes you feel unusually tired or if you feel deeply fatigued even when you aren’t exerting yourself, that may be a symptom of a heart attack, according to Leslie Cho , M.D., cardiologist and director of the Cleveland Clinic’s Women’s Cardiovascular Center.
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Your Jaw Is Killing You
Chest pain may be the most common symptom, but many women report feeling pain in their arm, back, or even jaw, Hayes says. You may be tempted to write it off as a strain from a workout or a bad night’s sleep, but if your pain has no obvious cause, it intensifies over time, or it occurs with any of the other symptoms on this list, it’s time to call your doctor stat.
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You Wake Up In A Cold Sweat And You’re Nowhere Near Menopause
Hot flashes and cold sweats are commonly thought of as symptoms of hormonal fluctuations (and they definitely can be!), but they’re also a subtle symptom of a heart attack, Hayes says. This is especially true if you’re sweating profusely without doing something that requires a lot of exertion, like a workout, Cho adds.

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You Can’t Catch Your Breath Walking Up Stairs
Similar to unexplained fatigue and sweating, if you’re breathing heavily and your heart is racing after doing minimal activity, it can be a symptom of a heart attack, Hayes says.
Unfortunately, many women and their doctors write this off as a panic attack as it can feel similar to anxiety; yet, shortness of breath is often the first heart attack symptom people notice.
Regardless of the cause, if you can’t catch your breath for more than a minute or two, get it checked out.
6
You’re Sticking Close To The Toilet
Nausea, with or without vomiting, is another common sign of a heart attack in women and one that also gets written off as something else, like the flu, the AHA says.
7
You Faint And Ryan Gosling Is Nowhere In The Vicinity
Feeling light-headed and dizzy or even fainting can be a sign you’re having a heart attack, Hayes says. This often goes hand-in-hand with feeling nauseated. Most importantly, women are more likely to report this symptom than men, the AHA adds.
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You Can’t Make It Through Your Normal Bootcamp Class
If you suddenly find that you consistently can’t make it through your normal workout routine—say, six months ago you could run 20 miles a week easily and now you can’t make it around the block—it’s time to pay serious attention. This can be a red flag for heart problems, including a heart attack, Cho says.

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