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STAKEHOLDERS ADVOCATE CONDOM USE FOR PREVENTION OF STI’S, UNWANTED PREGNANCY

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In commemoration of 2023 International Condom Day, stakeholders have called for the correct and consistent use of condoms for the prevention of sexually transmitted infections (STI’s) and unwanted pregnancy.

The call was made on Monday, in Abuja, in commemoration of the 2023 International Condom Day (ICD) Organised by AIDS HealthCare Foundation (AHF), in collaboration with various key stakeholders.

The stakeholders among which are NACA, UNFPA, Education as a Vaccine, Association of Positive Youths (APYIN), Society for Family Health, among others.

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that ICD which is celebrated annually on Feb. 13, in conjunction with Valentine’s Day has its 2023 theme “Always in Fashion”.

Dr. Echey Ijezie, AHF Nigeria Country Program Director said ICD was celebrated every year to ensure awareness was raised about the use and importance of condoms in view to reducing STI’s and unwanted pregnancies around the world.

Ijezie said the day was focused on a lot of creativity among adolescents and young people to raise awareness, demystifying stigma and misinformation on condom use.

“AHF have been commemorating ICD since 2009 and this is our 14th year.

“Over the years condoms have played a significant role in reducing STI’s and unwanted pregnancies and it has contributed significantly in no small measure in reducing these infections and the reduction of unwanted pregnancies.

“So it’s a message we propagate, it’s a message we teach and it’s a message we want everyone to use,’’ he said.

Dr Einne Okey-Uchendu, Assistant Director NACA, said ICD was set aside to create awareness on correct and consistent use of condoms among young people who cannot abstain from sexual activities to protect themselves.

“NACA implements programmes on comprehensive effective condom programming, we provide condom awareness on different activities especially for young and unmarried people because there is a high rate of HIV infection among young people.

“We are also using the social media platforms so they have information on condom programmes like where to get condoms and how to use them correctly.

“Tomorrow is Valentine ’s Day and a lot of people try to show love by having sex, my message to everyone is love wisely, engage in safe sex and protect yourself by using condoms correctly,’’ she added.

Ms Oluwkemi Gbadamosi, Director for advocacy and Marketing for Africa Bureau AHF, said ICD was an innovative way of promoting safer sex awareness and the importance of condom use.

Gbadamosi said condoms still remained critical and the only prevention tool for STI’s and unwanted pregnancy adding that people should not be ashamed or afraid to use them.

“ ICD is strategically positioned on Feb.13, the day before Valentine’s Day.

“This is because we know that on valentine day there is a lot of conversation around expressing love in different forms which includes sexual activities.

“At AHF, we say regardless of how you choose to express yourself, with your loved ones, it is important to remember that the act of protecting yourself is an expression of love,’’ she said.

Speaking on awareness on condoms use, Gbadamosi mentioned that a condom culture survey conducted recently by AHF showed that Nigerians perception on condoms use was highly influenced by culture and religion.

“We still have high rate of infections particularly among young peoples, a lot of misconceptions about the use, were some people feel when they use condoms they do not enjoy sex, but that is wrong.

“People still have pleasurable sex, even with the use of condoms, also some people believe if a woman ask for condom , it means she is promiscuous , not realising that she is protecting herself and her partner.

She, however, called for the need to educate pharmacies, supermarkets and chemist shops in rural communities on encouraging people to freely purchase condoms and not feel judged.
Mr Edoko Philips Programme Assistant, Education as a Vaccine, said the Day was set aside to engage young people in a fun and lively way, to ensure the message of practicing safe sex was promoted.

“Young people have a way to show love which can easily translate to having sex. So the day is for people to understand safe sex, how to use condoms and how to access the commodity.

“Statistics released in 2022 of state of the world population report by UNFPA, stated that over 2.5million teenage pregnancies were recorded which means young people are engaging in sexual intercourse.

“As much as we preach abstinence, from the statistics, it is difficult for them to abstain and we will not sit back and allow young people to lose their lives.

“Whereby they have unintended pregnancies that can lead to unsafe abortion and contacting HIV and STI’s.

He further encouraged young people to abstain from sexual activities hence practice safe sex by using condoms if they can’t.

Joy Oboyi Girls Act AHF Nigeria, said there was a need to make available appropriate messaging for all young person’s raging from teenagers and those transitioning to become adults.

“We have to pass out information that cut across abstinence, saying yes to sex when ready, and teaching comprehensive sexuality education.

“This is important because when young persons are faced with the problem of `a guy is asking me out and i do not know what to do’?

“Communication skills become important so they can make informed decisions and are able to negotiate safe sex with their partners,’’ Oboyi said. (NAN)

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Medical expert has said that the risk of sudden death during sex is higher for individuals with existing heart conditions and individuals who engage in risky sexual activities.

The expert also said certain drugs and alcohol could increase the risk of sudden death during sex.

In an interview with our correspondent, a medical practitioner and health advocate in the Cardiology Unit, Department of Medicine, University College Hospital, Ibadan, said sex and sudden death were two topics often thought of as being unrelated but that in reality they were closely linked.

Adebayo said, “The most common cause of sudden death during sex is cardiac arrest, which is when the heart stops beating suddenly and unexpectedly. This can be caused by a variety of factors, including an underlying heart condition, an increase in physical activity during sex or a combination of both. Other causes of sudden death during sex include stroke, aneurysm and pulmonary embolism.

“It is important to note that the risk of sudden death during sex is higher for certain individuals, such as those with existing heart conditions or those who engage in risky sexual activities. Additionally, certain drugs and alcohol can increase the risk of sudden death during sex. Therefore, it is important to be aware of the potential risks and take steps to reduce them.”

He said the best way to prevent sudden death during sex was to take proper precaution.

He added, “Individuals with existing heart conditions should talk to their doctor before engaging in sexual activity to ensure that their condition is properly managed. It is also important to avoid drugs and alcohol before engaging in sexual activity as these can increase the risk of sudden death.

“It is important to be aware of the signs and symptoms of cardiac arrest and other causes of sudden death. These include chest pain, shortness of breath, dizziness and fainting. If any of these symptoms occur during sexual activity, it is important to seek medical attention immediately.

“Sex and sudden death are closely linked, and it is important to take proper precautions to reduce the risk of sudden death during sexual activity. This includes avoiding risky sexual activities, using protection, talking to a doctor if necessary, avoiding drugs and alcohol, and being aware of the signs and symptoms of cardiac arrest and other causes of sudden death. By taking these steps, individuals can reduce their risk of sudden death during sex and enjoy a safe and healthy sexual experience.”

In Germany, a forensic post-mortem study of 32,000 sudden deaths over a 33-year period found that 0.2 per cent of cases occurred during sexual activity. The study also showed that sudden death occurred mostly in men with an average age of 59 years, and the most frequent cause was a heart attack, also known as myocardial infarction.

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REASON I CANNOT BE NICE TO EVERYONE — KIEKIE

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A content creator, Bukunmi Adeaga-Ilori, aka Kiekie, has said that she does not try to be nice to everyone, as not everybody will like one regardless of what one does.

Speaking during an interview on the Tea with Tay podcast, she said, “I don’t believe that things should be handed to me. I believe in owning it. I believe that I am enough. I don’ try to be unnecessarily nice or friendly with people. That is one reality many people are not really open to. No one likes everybody or everything. There are some foods that one does not like. So, why should everybody like one?

Bukunmi Adeaga-Ilori, aka Kiekie

“I said to myself if I was not given a platform, I would create one myself. As of that time, I had started posting fashion content, and I had 20,000 followers on Instagram.”

Kiekie also noted that she was very mischievous as a child. She said, “I am the last child. Being the last child comes with a lot of mischief. I was very mischievous as a child. And, that made me to get away with many things. I attended a girls only school, and I stayed in the hostel. Since I was very young, my parents had known that I was going to be a child of wonders. At no point did they try to stop me.”

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EZE IGBO GHANA HRM DR IHENETU SALUTES DEPUTY SPEAKER, IMO HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY HON. CHYNA IWUANYAWU ON HIS RE-ELECTION

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The Eze Ndigbo Ghana and the Assistant Publicity Secretary Association of Ndieze Ndigbo in the Diaspora, HRM Dr Chukwudi Ihenetu has congratulated the Deputy Speaker, Imo State House of Assembly, Hon Chyna Iwuanyanwu on his re-election as member, Imo state House of Assembly.

In a statement, the Umuduruoha Amaigbo Nwagele Imo-State born HRM Ihenetu said the sterling qualities of Hon Iwuanyanwu as Deputy speaker, Imo state House of Assembly stood him out as an outstanding member of the state House of Assembly.

HRM Dr Chukwudi Ihenetu in a warm embrace with Hon Chyna Iwuanyanwu

Furthermore, HRM Dr Ihenetu described Hon Iwuanyanwu as a God-fearing Nigerian who has used all his gift in man to portray Imo state in a good light.

HRM Ihenetu declared that with his victory at the poll, Imo people should expect robust deliberations on the floor of Imo state House of Assembly.

According to HRM Dr Ihenetu, In the recent past, the Imo Deputy speaker, who represents Nwagele in Imo State House of Assembly has been able to touch lives in his constituency through projects like construction of roads and empowerment of the less privileged.

Empowerment of Market women at various markets in Nwangele with cash starter packs to support their businesses, Empowerment of 100 business owners in Nwangele LGA with Deep freezers to support their businesses, Donation of reading and writing materials to all primary and secondary schools in Nwangele, Empowering 6 Constituents with brand new Automobiles, Payment of UTME fees to over 300 Nwangele indigents, with follow up to provisional Admission into Tertiary Institutions of their choice and bursery for every first year student.

HRM Dr Chukwudi Ihenetu with Hon Chyna Iwuanyanwu

Other measures Hon Iwuanyawu has taken to alleviate poverty in his constituency also includes: ” Annual Christmas food items Distribution to all villages and communities in Nwangele LGA, Skill Acquisition Empowerment for Nwangele Indigenes, maintaining peace and cordial relationship among Nwangele Leaders and environs, empowerment of the Youths through Annual Capacity Shared Prosperity Football competition involving all 11 electoral wards in Nwangele State Constituency, roofing of Umuorlighi-Umunakara-Isu computer complex, roofing of Amuzi Dim na nume town hall, granting employment opportunities to many qualified indigenes of Nwangele LGA, monthly payment of over 150 Special Assistants drawn from 11 electoral wards in Nwangele LGA and enrolling 3 Nwangele Indigenes into Heartland FC of Owerri as a promise to engage the youths through the Annual capacity shared prosperity football competition.”

With his victory on the March 18 election, Nwangele people and entire good people of Imo State should expect more dividend of democracy from Hon Iwuanyanwu as he begins his second term as member Imo State House of Assembly.

On this note, “I am appealing to Hon Iwuanyawu to further attract more youth empowerment projects to Nwangele local government area, especially in the area of good road network, skill acquisition centers and provisions of scholarships for indigent students across Nwangele and neighbouring communities in the state. These measures will make our youths to be more productive as it would also enable them to contribute their quota to the development of Imo state.”

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