22 November 2012

Nigeria: Fashola Urges Parents to Immunize Wards

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN), has urged parents and caregivers in the state to ensure that their children receive all forms of immunization before they are one year old in order to protect them against the deadly childhood diseases such as polio, tuberculosis, whooping cough, diphtheria, tetanus and measles.

Fashola who made the appeal in Lagos recently, reiterated his government's commitment to ensuring that the state continues to remain polio free by making sure that every child that is five years old and below receives two drops of oral polio vaccine during national and state immunization campaigns from the state's health officials. .

He said: "Lagos remains a melting pot for all Nigerians, and therefore it continues to attract people from all over the country and from outside the country in the sub region. We therefore cannot stop and assume that the job (of getting all children immunized) is done. New babies are being born and therefore immunization must continue to ensure that all children between the ages of zero and five years are immunized".

The Governor stressed that the most effective strategy of keeping the deadly childhood diseases out of Lagos remains effective routine immunization hence his appeal to parents and caregivers in the state to ensure the immunization of their children and wards.

'Diabetes Prevalence Lower in High Tea Drinking Populations'

Populations which drink high quantities of black tea have a significantly lower prevalence of diabetes, research has found.

A new study, published today in the British Medical Journal Open, has discovered a linear correlation between the quantity of black tea consumed and the incidence of diabetes across 42 nations worldwide.

The research found that on average, a population which consumes double the amount of black tea to another has about one quarter less cases of diabetes.

However the study, which was carried out by Geneva-based research agency Data Mining International in partnership with consumer goods company Unilever, does not suggest that there is a causal relationship between black tea consumption and reduced risk of diabetes in individuals.

To carry out the research, Data Mining International assessed the black tea consumption rates of 42 different countries and analysed them against each country's rates of respiratory, infectious and cardiovascular disease, as well as cancer and diabetes. The data was sourced from Euromonitor's World Tea Consumption Survey and the World Health Survey, conducted by the World Health Organization.

The only correlation found was between a population's black tea consumption and its diabetes prevalence.

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