Beat Malaria:World Malaria Day.

Via hellocare.ng:

Malaria is common in this part of the world. At any given point in time someone somewhere is suffering from malaria.

Last year, more people were killed by malaria than auto accidents, most of them were children under 5 years of age.

Malaria is not a joke.

Many people experience repeated episodes of malaria because they fail to complete their antimalarial doses.

These leads to increased resistance, meaning subsequent episodes become more difficult to treat.

Malaria should be taken seriously, a doctor should be consulted and treatment should be completed.

#BeatMalaria

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Vaccine Safety:World Immunization Week

Despite the fact that vaccines are among the most effective and cost-efficient health interventions, many children still die or have their development stunted due to rejection on the part of their parents.

This stems from the dual doubts of efficacy and safety. This piece explores both.

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Start Writing Today!

Don’t complain that you have no ideas. Just start. Look around you, there is so much to write about. Scenery, experiences , overheard conversations, dreams, happenings around the world, the list is endless.

Write to escape, to make sense of life, to feel better, to channel your anger and other emotions. Write to teach and inspire. (I love this word so much it’s part of my brand name).

Take these ideas and create something beneficial and useful. It’s your talent/ability/skill. Use it to add colour to life, to give unheard people amplification,to bring issues to the front burner, to shut out the noise and bring quality.

Put pen to paper….Your fingertips to your keyboard and write away! P.S.- when you notice I am in a writer’s block….Please remind me of these words.

Let’s do this together. Have a great day.

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OumissaInspire

180418

Lagos, Nigeria

Book Review #7

Title : The Body Politic

Author: Catherine Aird

Publisher: Doubleday

Year: 1990

Source: Borrowed

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What do Old English battle re-enactments, a fatal road accident and a Middle Eastern country rich in a rare mineral have in common?

The death of a British expatriate.

The entire book is one giant unfolding mystery. You follow the Detective Inspector Sloan as he unravels whether it is natural causes or murder. Aird weaves threads of classical poetry, medicine, life in the English countryside, politics, international relations, history into this tale. The thick suspense holds up till the very end. When the villain is revealed , it will not be your best guess.

I found this book hard to follow at some point but curiosity kept me going in addition to being familiar with many of the themes. This may also be due to the fact that it was written almost three decades ago and roughly set within that period. Insight- when the doctors talk about smallpox being eradicated and AIDS popping up not too long after.

In all, it is the kind of book that will improve your knowledge asides enjoying the plot.

Have you read this book? What was your experience like? I’d love to hear your views.

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OumissaInspire

Lagos, Nigeria

170418

Ace Your Pros – For Syncytium’17

It is close yet it feels like there is so much to read. So much more information to memorize.Some of you are more than ready, confident in the distinctions you will get. Others might still be very jittery.

Whether you are in the former group or the latter, please face this exam with all the valour you have. It is a battle and you are ready. Know that you can win this. Remember that worry ends where faith begins.

The pressure of every year spent in formal education weighs down on all of you right now. But you can overcome it and get that prestigious MB;BS/BDS degree.

Trust your choices, your work and your potential. You can and will succeed. Don’t doubt yourself or your answers starting from tomorrow. If you need last minute help, go get it.

Rest if you can because your predecessors know only too well how every second of sleep suddenly seems like a luxury. The next two weeks will be grueling but think of them as the furnace your ore must be refined by to become gold.

Bear it, endure it and come out the other side victorious. You will be medical doctors, dentists and surgeons of distinction.

I wish you all the very best and can’t wait for your induction into this profession.

Congratulations in advance to the doctors-to-be.

BarakAllah fikum!

OumissaInspire

150418

Achieving Health For All

It’s World Health Day!

The theme is about ensuring no one has to pay out of pocket at point of care or become impoverished by healthcare. This is in line with the Sustainable Goal #3 which aims to make quality healthcare available and accessible to everyone, anytime by 2030.

Currently, only about 1% of Nigerians are covered by health insurance – an alarming statistic in a country with an estimated population of 180million people. Meanwhile it has been shown to be more a matter of political will than the wealth of a country. For example, Cuba has achieved a healthcare system that is more efficient and equally accessible by its citizens than many of its richer counterparts.

This brilliant doctor-in-a-bit Opeyemi Awofeso captures it all in her Instagram post.

The sad reality is that previously unplanned cash payments for healthcare services sinks many poor households around the world deeper into the grips of poverty. Dr Chike Opara elucidates more in his article .

This is a call to action. We all can contribute to achieving this right for all. We shouldn’t wait until someone close to us is at the point of sickness and distress before it concerns us.

Let me leave you with these salient tweets by Dr Nnewuihe Obinna , the health policy enthusiast.

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OumissaInspire

070418

Lagos

Nigeria

The Future Is Female- IWD 2018

Gone are the days when deadlines prevented me from lending my voice to causes I believe in.

It’s 8 March, a day dedicated for International Women’s Day. There is a deluge of messages and events all meant to improve lives and conditions of women because sadly, these are still very poor in most places on earth. I’d like to add mine.

WOMEN

•Support, empower and uplift one another.

•Don’t aid patriarchy by enforcing false beauty standards, body shaming, racism, and religious hatred.

•Remember all the women caught up in conflict and natural disasters. They suffer more in these conditions, often have the responsibility of caring for children and relatives and are subject to extra horrors like rape. Use your money, influence and talent to help them.

•Self-love should be a priority. Learn it, teach it, and practice it.

•Don’t wait for a man to validate your existence. Build your dreams. If you find a man who supports you, that’s lovely. But if you don’t, be awesome still.

•Respect men. Feminism does not mean man-hating or generalising. Recognise the good ones and work together with them to achieve gender equity and basic human rights for all women.

•Develop yourself. Read more books. Read more books by women. Write! Speak! Inspire young girls!Your mind is just as important.

•Value your health and well being. Book that mammogram, pap smear and general check up. Live a healthy life.

•Don’t be afraid to push out negativity , no matter the source. Embrace positive vibes only.

•In spite of all the ills, don’t be afraid to love. Let your inner radiance shine through. Be kind and happy.

•Don’t let anyone make you feel small. It is okay to be weak sometimes. You can always get back up.

•To women breaking barriers in leadership, health, business, tech, science, arts and more, please continue to shine. You inspire millions of young girls.

•To women in places from Myanmar, Syria, to Puerto Rico, your strength is unparalleled. We hope for peace, justice and an end to all you go through.

•To all mothers, sisters, aunts, grandmothers, cousins, colleagues, friends, neighbours of all colours and creeds, keep up the good fight. You have survived this far.

MEN

•To our partners in the fight for better rights for women, thank you. Together, we would achieve our goals.

•Recognize your privilege and be conscious of its evil.

•Don’t let culture and ego make you into monsters.

•Being fair and just to women makes you stronger not weak.

•Make life better for the all women you know.

•Do all you can to end rape, discrimination and exploitation of women.

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We can have a world free of gender-based violence.

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