A mother of premature twins, Asabe Ibrahim, on Friday during the commemoration of the World Prematurity day in Abuja said practising the ‘kangaroo mother care’ helped her children gain weight after a pre-term birth caused by malaria.
Two happy mothers with newborn babies
At this years’ event themed, “Born Too Soon, Hold them Close,” Mrs. Ibrahim, who gave birth to her twins at 26 weeks at Gwagwalada Specialist Hospital, said her children started gaining weight when she was introduced to the kangaroo method by Little Big Souls, a non-governmental organisation chaired by Nollywood actor, Ejike Asiegbu.
Mr. Asiegbu himself was born premature at seven months. Speaking at the event, Abimbola Williams, Senior Maternal and Newborn Advisor for Save the Children International, explained that the kangaroo mother care’ involved a mother holding her child close to her breast – skin to skin – while covering the baby’s head and feet to prevent heat loss.
She said the method enabled bonding between mother and child, created warmth for the baby, and allowed it suckle the mother’s breast.
She noted that backing a baby skin to skin did not provide the same effect as the kangaroo care as the baby would not have access to the mother’s breast milk from behind.
She, however, noted that fathers and other members of the family could also be involved in the practice to ensure that the baby survived.
Mrs. Ibrahim narrating her experience with the method, said her husband, doubting the survival of the children, had left her and the children to their fate at the hospital.
“I became a beggar in Gwagwalada, begging for alms to be able to run tests for my children,” she said.
She said people mocked her, called her children all sorts of inhumane names, and advised her to let them die as they were sure the children were not going to survive.
“I always told people my babies were human beings and they must survive.
So, when I got to know about the kangaroo mother care, I started practising it because my children were not adding weight. After I started it, I was surprised to see my children adding weight,” Mrs. Ibrahim said.
The Country Director for Evidence for Action, Tunde Segun, stated that success stories must be told as evidence that, in the right condition and with appropriate care, premature babies could survive.
“We use evidence available for advocacy and accountability to hold government and policy makers accountable for what they say they are committing to health. “We also work with the media to report, not just the bad stories, but balancing with success stories as evidence that babies, even premature ones, can survive if well taken care of,” Mr. Segun said.
The Director, National Primary Health Care Development Agency, Ado Muhammad. represented by Nnenna Ihebuzo, said the agency, through the Midwives Service Scheme, MSS, trained skilled birth attendants at the community level to arrest most issues surrounding delivery, and newborn and child health care.
The Director of Family Planning, Balami Wadapa, representing the Minister of Health, Onyebuchi Chukwu, said the Nigerian government was making a lot of effort in maternal and newborn health through partnership.
“The government has created a lot of policies to also encourage funding through partnership. We ensure that partners come in to support what the government is doing. You can see the level of involvement in partnership today due to the favourable environment the government has created,” Mr. Wadapa said.
“Please If Anything Happens To Me, It Wasn’t Ordinary” – Ex BBN Ifu Ennada
Nigerian reality TV star and actress, Ifu Ennada has disclosed that she is being threatened over her involvement with the ongoing #endsars protests.
The former BBNAIJA housemate told her fans that if anything bad happens to her, they should be aware that it isn’t ordinary, because she’s getting threat messages from anonymous people.
“They are threatening me! Guys the people where I live are getting calls that I should stop posting about these things.
Please if anything happens to me, just know that it wasn’t ordinary. I’m not posting things that aren’t happening or things that others are not already posting”.
She further mentioned that her location is currently off, and she isn’t home, so no one can trace where she is.
Hoodlums attack Nnewi police station, release motocycles impounded by police
Trending online is the news of Some hoodlums who have attacked the Nnewi police station before releasing motocycles impounded by the police.
The station was also set on fire.
A video of the hoodlums celebrating after releasing the motorcyles has circulated on social media.
Watch video below:
#EndSARS: Nigerian stock market investors lose N113.1 billion
The Nigerian stock market could not sustain the bullish performance recorded earlier in the week as the market, Wednesday, plunged by 0.75 per cent following the curfew announced by the Lagos State as a result of the protest by Nigerian youths against police brutality, tagged #EndSARS.
Market analysts have expressed skepticism about bullish performance in subsequent trading sessions this week; even as investors position ahead of the third quarter, 2020 (Q3’20) earnings releases.
The analysts noted that foreign investors are always wary of insecurity in any economy and would begin to halt investments.
Analysts at InvestData Limited said: “We expect this volatility to continue, even as high Dividend Yields attract inflow to equity assets, ahead of the peak period of the Q3 earnings reporting season and momentum associated with earnings season in the midst of crude oil price oscillation.”
Meanwhile, investors on the Nigerian Stock Exchange, NSE, lost N113.1 billion as market capitalisation, which represents the total value of stocks traded on the Exchange fell to N14.9 trillion while Year to Date, YtD return weakened to 6.0 percent.
Sell pressures dominated today’s trading session as investors booked gains from MTN Nigeria which dropped -1.4 percent followed by Guinness Nigeria -5.9 percent and ARDOVA -6.3 percent.
As a result, the NSE All-Share Index, ASI declined 75 bases points, bps or 0.7 percent to 28,449.49 points.
Activity level improved as volume and value traded rose by 9.8 percent and 44.3 percent to 326.6million units and N4.2billion respectively. The most traded stocks by volume were UBA (40.3million units), Zenith Bank (39.6million units) and Guaranty Trust Bank (38.3million units) while Guaranty Trust Bank (N1.1billion ), Zenith Bank (N800.9million) and Nestle (N479.9million) led by value.
Performance across sectors was lacklustre as all indices lost except Insurance index (0.6 percent) which was buoyed by price appreciation in WAPIC (10.0 percent). The Banking index lost the most, down 1.7 percent following losses in Guaranty Trust (-1.3 percent) and Zenith Bank (-1.2 percent).
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