Exclusive breastfeeding and in-laws

Hi readers, how has your week been? I have not been of optimum health this weekend so I wasn’t able to conjure something new and original. I call it lazy brain syndrome. However, I bring to you this very short story/ fictional write up/dialogue/health educational fictional scenario (I don’t really know what to call it) that I wrote for a friend of mine who needed to transform it to a script, make a very short video and share it on social media. I don’t know what happened to that idea, but it was a good one.

Side note: I wrote several of such fictional scenarios, so whenever I am unable to write something new or have lazy brain syndrome, I will post one of them here.

Bear in mind that I wrote this at a time in my life that I was extremely busy, so forgive the quality (My lazy brain syndrome won’t let me edit properly). Feel free to criticise and comment. It will only make me better. Continue reading

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World AIDS day; HIV and Gender

Hi readers. On 1st December, the world marked world AIDS day. Therefore, this post is about HIV.

I am writing this post with the assumption that we all know certain things;

1. HIV is transmitted through sexual intercourse with an infected person, through blood transfusion with infected blood, and through an infected mother to her child during childbirth, among other routes of transmission.

2. HIV is not transmitted through mosquito bites, sharing of spoons, toilets, etc.

3. Mother to child transmission of HIV during childbirth and breastfeeding can be prevented. It’s really not that difficult.

4. HIV treatment is freely available.

5. HIV is not a death sentence.

6. No one should stigmatise or discriminate against anyone because of their HIV status (or for any other reason). Stigma is bad. Period.

(NB: On second thought, I know a lot of people do not know not to stigmatize and discriminate. That will be a topic for another day.)

Now that I have written some of the things we all should know, I have to ask, do we know some of the driving forces of the HIV epidemic? Do we know that; Continue reading

Men and their prostates

Hi, dearly beloved. It’s been a while. My laptop crashed, got repaired and crashed again. I had seminars, term papers and many other engagements. Unfortunately, blogging fell by the wayside. but now, my laptop is up and running. And I think I have less to do, or I have been able to better manage the different engagements that I have. So, fingers crossed.

This post is about prostate cancer. It’s only fair, since I have ranted on about breast cancer and cervical cancer already. (That reminds me; Ladies, have you checked up on your breasts this month? Have you gone for your regular pap smear screening, or had your child vaccinated against HPV? If your answer is no to any of these, please do the needful).

Now, back to the topic. Prostate Cancer is a cancer that occurs in men only, because men alone have prostates.  There are other forms of cancers particular to men, like penile cancer, occurring in penises, and testicular cancers occurring in testes, but prostate cancer is the most common form of cancer among men, particularly among blacks, hence the focus. Continue reading

Breast cancer, “Jog for life”, religion and I

On Saturday, 8th of October 2016, the Breast Cancer Association of Nigeria (BRECAN) organized an activity to create awareness about  breast cancer in Ibadan. And I was a part of it. I always love such activities, by the way.  We wore customized t-shirts with “Jog for life” boldly written on it and jogged for 5 km. We jogged/walked behind a truck with speakers that played some nice and really loud music.   Continue reading

Accepting reality and mental health

I had a discussion with someone a few months ago about a man who was reported to commit suicide. I remember talking about how the man was probably depressed and how this may have led to his suicide. And I remember clearly that my friend laughed and said “But, Nigerians do not get depressed”. This is a typical opinion among many of us. We do not believe in mental illnesses. And if we do not believe it exists, how do we even begin to understand it?

Nigeria is in denial about mental illness. Continue reading

Dear smokers, be selfish

Dear smokers,

Hi.

This post is dedicated to you. It is not a post telling you to quit smoking. Because that’s just a waste of time. Instead, this post is telling you, to be selfish.

This post is begging you to keep all that smoke to yourself.

When you smoke and exhale, you are releasing what is called second hand smoke. When you light a cigarette, its end releases what is called second hand smoke. This form of smoke is even more dangerous than the smoke you exhale. This is because the end of a cigarette is like a dump that contains the waste of the cigarette’s toxins. Hence, it emits even more dangerous chemicals than what you inhale. Continue reading

Generators and their fumes of death

I read about a man who was killed by generator fumes a few days ago. A few weeks before that, my sister told me about a family killed by generator fumes. And the list goes on and on. A lot of people have lost their lives because of generators.

We need generators. They are necessary back up when there is power failure (which is a lot of the time). Let’s be honest, our electricity provision issues will not be resolved any time soon. People are going to continue to rely on generators. Consequently, people are going to keep dying from generators.

Let me tell you how generators kill.
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Seven reasons to eat (more) dates.

Dear readers,

Sorry, this is a very late post. So many factors contributed to the lateness of this post. Electricity and Internet, I am looking at you. But anyway,

I decided to start a new series to post at least once a month. And that is the “eat more” series (working title). This series will talk about common foods in our locality and how they are so important for our health. Hence, we need to eat more of them, Hence the “eat more” working title.

So today, in the spirit of Ramadan, I will be writing on why we should eat more dates. Continue reading

Breasts need love too.

 

Dear Ladies,

Before I begin, MEN, HOLD IT RIGHT THERE. I know some of you are already trying to close the page, and are thinking “This is not for me”.  It is also for you. Keep on reading. Then be a good brother, boyfriend, or husband and spread the word. You can read this post How men matter to know more.

Okay, Now I may begin. Where was I?

Dear Ladies,

My name is Lonely breast and I am writing this open letter on behalf of every breast out there. I write this out of a deep feeling of abandonment and loneliness. Of betrayal and bitterness. I am saddened by the fact that, even though we make you feel feminine, beautiful and productive, you hardly bother to say hi once in a while. Continue reading