DEPRESSION: THE IGNORANCE, THE STIGMA

It’s mental illness, nothing to be ashamed of – Gureje, professor of psychiatry   Many people, including medical experts, seem to agree on depression as the possible cause of most suicide incidents. Hopelessness, feelings of guilt, loss of interest, insomnia, and low self-esteem are some of the most popular symptoms of depression. And while effective prevention and treatment of such mood disorders have been known to reduce the scourge, however, ignorance and stigmatisation often prevents depressed patients from accessing needed treatment, especially in this part of the world. Yet, two…

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IRT WIDOWS: LIFE WITHOUT OUR HUSBANDS

‘Painful to see my husband’s corpse, less than two hours we spoke’     Operatives of the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Special Intelligence Response Team (IRT) are part of an elite squad of the Nigeria Police. Sadly, some of these gallant officers have been killed in the line of duty. Their widows share their challenges with JULIANA FRANCIS.     Mrs. Eniola Sanusi (38), a mother of five children, was braiding a customer’s hair when our reporter got to her residence. Since the demise of her husband, Eniola has taken…

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e-Registration: Nigeria, foreigners in a dilemma

A few weeks ago, the Federal Government announced its plans to electronically register migrants in the country. The essence, according to the government, is to use it to establish a database of immigrants in Nigeria, which could help to check the growing insecurity occasioned by terrorism, drug trafficking and other trans-border crimes. While the directive is generating controversy among Nigerians, some of the foreigners say they are not aware of it. TOSIN MAKANJUOLA reports   The recent pronouncement by the Federal Government to profile immigrants in the country appears not…

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EDUCATION: Why many are left behind

 ‘Gender discrimination, a big     issue as girls face unique set of barriers’     Education offers children a ladder out of poverty and a path to a promising future. This is why quality education is a right for all children as it remains the key to opportunities. But, as ISIOMA MADIKE finds out in this report, poor and inequitable access to former learning is still an issue of urgent national importance   Education, it is said, is a great driver of social, economic and political progress. As…

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INSIDE STORY OF SOUTH AFRICA DRUG CARTELS

A growing drug epidemic appears to be silently taking over cities and towns in South Africa. The country seems to have become a key player in global drug distribution with many alleging that Nigerian dealers dominate the trade in recent times. ISIOMA MADIKE, in this report, looks at the booming drug cartel which, over time, has fueled the dangerous xenophobic attacks against other nationals   South Africa is gradually but steadily assuming the status of a xenophobic state, which is evil in the eyes of civilised world. The killings and…

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MENINGITIS: The disease, the cure

Meningococcal meningitis, commonly referred to as cerebrospinal meningitis, is a serious infection of the meninges that affects the brain membrane. The country has been witnessing its outbreaks with the 2017 epidemic earmarked as one of the worst with high mortality. Recently the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) alerted that about 26.7 million Nigerian children are at risk of contracting this disease. ISIOMA MADIKE, in this report, attempts to find out how this could be tamed from medical experts   Kissing, sneezing or living in close contacts with a carrier facilitates…

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IGANDO ORUDU: HOW LAND DISPUTESTORE 6 COMMUNITIES APART

Land tussle and Omo niles are part of Lagos history. It is a constant battle between developers and those bequeathed with the ancestral inheritance. At present, Ofiran and adjoining communities are boiling. While developers cry against ‘land grabbers’, the Omo niles insist they are taking back what rightfully belongs to them. So, who own the lands? ISIOMA MADIKE, TOSIN MAKANJUOLA AND OLAMIDE SOLANA, who have been following this ugly fracas, report   One of the biggest decisions to make when buying land in Lagos State is who to buy from.…

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BREAST MILK , ‘BABIES’ FIRST KITCHEN’, CRUCIAL FOR FIGHTING MALNUTRITION –EXPERTS

Malnutrition is said to be a pathological condition brought about by inadequacy of one or more of the nutrients essential for survival, growth, development, reproduction and capacity to learn and function in the society. This is invisible, yet deadly. Breast, which is the ‘first kitchen’ for the baby’s meal, remains a therapy for attacking this malady. As such, experts insist, infants should not be deprived of this nature’s take away food. ISIOMA MADIKE reports       Oluwatoyin Mordi, who lives in Otuke Village in Sango Ota, Ogun State, has…

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Childbirth: Paralysis, not a hindrance –Doctors

Specialised medical practitioners have debunked insinuation suggesting that people with spinal cord injuries may not be able to bear children because of their disabilities. ISIOMA MADIKE reports   A –Doctors young woman, who identified herself simply as Gloria, shared her story to encourage other women who are paralysed and have little information on how paralysis affects the body during pregnancy and childbirth.   She said: “Just a few years ago I was ignorant to the realities of paralysis. I didn’t know what it meant to have a spinal cord injury…

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HOUSING DEBACLE: NIGERIANS LIVE IN SLUMS, SLEEP UNDER BRIDGES

‘Landlords take advantage of this  and see themselves as mini gods’   Across the country, low-income earners are still in quagmire, regarding their own houses. This may be the reason stakeholders are worried that despite government claims of formulating policies to provide shelter for appreciable percentage of the citizenry, there are no indicators to justify the claims. The mortgage institutions in the country, according to ISIOMA MADIKE, in this report are also largely inactive   Madam Onyeka Nkemakonam is a widow. She lived in a mini-flat apartment at No 5,…

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