PATH SCHOOL TOUR 2: The Heal Team experience at Muslim Community School


Speaking of Journey, the Pay Attention To Her(PATH) School Tour Train was on the 24th of September 2018 at Muslim Community Secondary School in Lokoja, Kogi State and their young Angels will definitely not be forgetting us anytime soon. Let’s give you a recap!

In their bid to Heal the African continent and Canvass for more “Attention” on the Girl-Child through their  “Pay Attention To Her” PATH Project, they have decided not just to play advocacy role, but to be right in the middle of it and as a matter of fact, the front row is where they aspire to be. This is going to be quite a long and tedious journey but we are glad they have started already.


The program started at about 10 O’clock in the morning with the HEAL Team readily on ground, the girls of Muslim Community Secondary School were seated, Guests had arrived and you wouldn’t believe the calibre of people who showed up just to be a source of inspiration to these teenage girls. We had the likes of:

The Kogi State Commissioner for Education who was represented by the Ministry’s Director of Education services – Dr (Mrs) Animokun, The Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Kogi State, who doubles as the Board Chair of Heal for Africa – Mrs Petra Akinti Onyegbule, Special Adviser to the Governor on NGOs, CSOs and CBOs – Hajia Nana- Aisha Abu Ali, State Coordinator of Young African Leaders Initiative YALI – Miss Eunice Emmanuel Bagi.


Also in attendance were the CEO, Okun TV -Mr Sunday Baiye, Mr Kerry Haruna of the Kogi Rebirth Group and many more.

Our Founder, Dr Kelechi Okoro gave the Girls a thorough lecture on Sexual and Menstrual Health, emphasizing on the importance of good hygiene especially during menstruation to ensure a healthy reproductive life.


The State Coordinator of YALI Kogi gave a talk on Girl child empowerment as a tool for nation building, encouraging the girls to build their Self Esteem and confidence while building their personal capacity so as to prepare them as future actors in the nation’s

The students were given questionnaires before the lectures to examine their prior knowledge on menstruation, hygiene practices and challenges. After the lecture, they were given new questionnaires to access their understanding of the topic. There was also a verbal Question and Answer timeout with Dr Kelechi Okoro, and we were really impressed with the kind of questions the young ladies posed at us.

Another unforgettable moment for us was when Godiya Matthew, a JSS 3 student of the school gave an outstanding contribution that attracted our founder and other dignitaries.

Godiya was the highlight of the day as everyone was overwhelmed and celebrated her confidence and heart felt contribution.

In her contribution, Godiyah said: “As a girl, you should be proud of yourself because you are the mother of nations. God created you as a helper to the man from the beginning. So, there is no need for you to be ashamed of yourself because God has created you beautifully and wonderfully.”

Madam Chief Press Secretary was so overwhelmed, that she openly declared her intention to adopt her as a mentee and provide every necessary support needed for her to become an outstanding woman.

DSC_0341.jpgThe Representative of the Commissioner for Education, along with the Special Adviser to the Kogi State Governor on NGOs and on behalf of Heal for Africa also handed out gifts to outstanding students of the school.





Closing prayers was said, and yes, every single participant got a PATH Period Pack containing Sanitary Pad, Deodorant, Tissue paper, Bar soap and disinfectant amongst other gift items that was distributed.



Beautiful Nigerian doctor left in shock after breaking her piggy bank and discovering how much was in it


For a while now, there’s been series of stories of people’s money disappearing mysteriously from their ‘Kolo‘ Piggy bank with many saying it’s diabolic.Now a Nigerian doctor has taken to her Twitter page to share her own strange experience.

According to her, she was expecting to see at least N20-N30k, but after breaking her piggybank she found only N600.

Read her tweets below;


Healthy Child, Healthy School!


School resumption is just around the corner, I know parents are seriously counting down. But, wait a minute I have a few things to ask you parents.
Is your child healthy to attend school this new term? Have you done a genuine health check for your child to assess his/her fitness for school? Or you paid the health worker some money to just write that your child is fit for school?

Before you lash me with harsh words, think about this: Is your child’s eyesight in perfect condition? Can they read well without glasses or they squint or have a blurry sight? Do they see far and near well or there’s an issue with distance?
Is your child hearing properly? Are their ears in perfect condition? Will he/she require a hearing aid?
How about the weight and height?
Don’t ignore these “little” health checks, they can help improve your child’s academic performance.

Article by: Dr. Weyoms.  The Baby, The Mother and The Paediatrician!


PSN seeks creation of rehabilitation centres to stem drug abuse effect


The Lagos state chapter of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) has urged the Federal Government (FG) to establish six national rehabilitation centres across the six geo-political zones of the country in order to stem the effect of drug abuse.

The Lagos PSN Chairman, Pharm Adeniran Bolanle, who made the call at the opening ceremony of the 2018 pharmacy week said there was urgent need to embrace some immediate actions in view of the menace of drug abuse and misuse among youths in the country.

“In the last few months, there has been a flurry of activities and other advocacy initiatives to redress the menace of drug misuse and abuse in our country, in which the options have been widened to include the probability of new legislations by the National Assembly,” she said.

Meanwhile, the pharmacists have urged the FG to address the issues surrounding the welfare of public health workers, which has affected the health system of the country.

They said the refusal of the FG to approve enough funds to cater for the adjustment of the Consolidate Health Salary Structure (CONHESS) Scale as was done with the Consolidated Medical Salary Structure (CONMESS) Scale will continue to cause uproar in the health system if not addressed immediately.

“We are worried because the arrowheads of the federal government negotiating and coordinating teams as epitomized by the health ministry and labour ministry are both active members of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), which has launched a war of attrition against other health workers in the bid to actualize their legitimate reward for labour,” the stressed.

The pharmacists urged president Muhammadu Buhari to effectively hear from all sides of the divide and display fairness and justice to all concerned in the health sector, if the perennial entropy in the health system must be redressed.

“The matter cannot be wished away because it is only a forced silence that presently engulfs our hospitals at Federal and State levels,” they noted.
The pharmacist, however, commended the National Assembly for obliging and responding positively to strengthening the existing impotent Pharmacy Laws in the interest of consumers of health.

They said the potential benefits of the Pharmacy Council of Nigeria Bill, when it becomes an Act of Parliament would ensure better regulation, monitoring and control of all pharmaceutical premises and personnel in Nigeria, strengthen revolutions in the drug distribution chain as there will be proper stratification at all levels of the drug flow from manufacturers and importers to wholesale among others.

The Exquisite Magazine EMAC #SmearIt walk and SMEARATHON (Free Screening) 2018


Press release

The Exquisite Magazine EMAC #SmearIt walk and SMEARATHON (Free Screening) 2018 is set to hold in Lagos, Ibadan and Ijebu-Ode on the 1st, 4th and 8th of September respectively in partnership with Act Foundation.

This year, the Exquisite magazine annual walk for cervical cancer prevention will provide free screening for over 1000 women in these three states. The event will feature alongside the free screening, a brief talk on cervical cancer, walk and workout session, music, entertainment and networking.

Every hour in Nigeria, women die of Nigeria, a disease that is largely preventable thanks to Screening tests and Vaccination. We must raise awareness and educate everyone on preventive methods for this form of cancer that is preventable and treatable when detected early. Our drive is to get women screened, children vaccinated while spreading the word THAT EARLY DETECTION SAVES LIVES.

The annual smear it walk and Smearathon would hold its Lagos edition on Saturday, 1st of September 2018 at Muri Okunola Park from 7am.

We are calling everyone to join us for this walk for cervical cancer prevention and inviting all women who have not been screened to take advantage of the free screening session, which is being provided for 1000 women in three different locations through the Act Foundation.

Registration for the walk can be done at or call 08098886184.

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Notes to Editors:

Exquisite magazine is the founder of the SMEARIT campaign and the organizers of the EMAC SmearIt Walk and SMEARATHON. Every year the Exquisite Magazine Cancer Care has been able to screen people free of charge for cervical cancer and we aim to help raise more awareness for cancer and highlight the importance of early detection and treat people who present pre cancer cells.


Event Dates:

Lagos- Saturday 1st of September, 2018

Ibadan- Tuesday 4th September, 2018

Ijebu-Ode- Saturday 8th September, 2018

Expected number of people: 1000

Activities include-

  • Brief talk on Cervical Cancer,
  • Walk and workout session
  • SMEARathon screening exercise (free screening to all in attendance for Cervical, Breast).
  • Distribution of fliers, Music and Entertainment, Friends networking, refreshments and many more.

The aim is to continue to increase the awareness for cervical cancer which kills a woman every hour in Nigeria, increase the awareness of breast cancer which kills a woman every minute and to promote partners and sponsors of the EMAC event.

About Cervical Cancer:

Cervical cancer is the cancer of the cervix. The cervix is located at the neck of the womb. Cervical cancer is one of the very few cancers that presents a pre cancer stage before the cells becomes cancerous, that it why cervical cancer is preventable through regular screening and treatable if pre cancer cells are discovered early. In Nigeria, one woman dies every hour of cervical cancer (WHO reports).

For more information call 08098886184.

Women’s guide to getting the timing right


The best time to try and conceive is during the ‘fertile window’ of the menstrual cycle; this is different for different women.

The fertile window

We’re talking about the days in a woman’s menstrual cycle when pregnancy is possible. Pregnancy is technically only possible during the five days before ovulation through to the day of ovulation.

These six days are the ‘fertile window’ in a woman’s cycle, and reflect the lifespan of sperm (5 days) and the lifespan of the ovum (24 hours).

If a woman has sex six or more days before she ovulates, the chance she will get pregnant is virtually zero. If she has sex five days before she ovulates, her probability of pregnancy is about 10%.

The probability of pregnancy rises steadily until the two days before and including the day of ovulation.

At the end of the ‘fertile window’, the probability of pregnancy declines rapidly and by 12-24 hours after she ovulates, a woman is no longer able to get pregnant during that cycle.

For those women who are not aware of their ‘fertile window’ or when they ovulate, sexual intercourse is recommended every 2 to 3 days to help optimise their chance of conceiving.

The likelihood of actually becoming pregnant is dramatically increased if you have intercourse in the three days leading up to and including ovulation.

What is ovulation?

Ovulation is when a mature egg is released from the ovary, moves down the fallopian tube, and is available in the fallopian tube to be fertilised.

Tracking your ovulation

  • Work out the length of your average menstrual cycle. Day one is the first day of the menstrual period and the last day is the day before the next period begins.
  • Ovulation happens about two weeks before the next expected period. So if your average menstrual cycle is 28 days, you ovulate around day 14.

Remember the ‘fertile window’ is the six days leading up to and including ovulation.

The three days leading up to and including ovulation are the most fertile. Depending on your cycle length the most fertile days in the cycle varies:

  • If you have 28 days between periods ovulation typically happens on day 14, and the most fertile days are days 12, 13, and 14.
  • If you have longer cycles, say 35 days between periods, ovulation happens on day 21 and the most fertile days are days 19, 20, and 21.
  • If you have shorter cycles, say 21 days between periods, ovulation happens on day 7 and the most fertile days are days 5, 6, and 7.

How do you know you’re ovulating?

Women’s cycles can vary and are not always as regular as clockwork, so to know that you are ovulating and on which day of your cycle you are ovulating, observe your fertility signs throughout your cycle and record them on a chart.

The most accurate methods of working out when ovulation is about to occur are:

  • Keep an eye out for changes in your mucus. Around the time of ovulation, you may notice your vagina’s mucus is clear, slick and slippery, the consistency of egg white. This is the best sign of when ovulation is actually happening. It’s prime time for action.
  • Use an ovulation predictor kit. You can start testing with your ovulation predictor kit a few days before your estimated day of ovulation. Subtract 17 days from your average cycle length and start testing from this day of your cycle, e.g. if you have a 28 day cycle, you would start testing from day 11. A positive result means you are going to ovulate within the next 24 to 36 hours.
  • Record your basal body temperature (BBT) each day before getting out of bed. A special basal body temperature thermometer will ensure accurate measurement. Your BBT rises about half a degree Celsius after ovulation has occurred. By charting your temperature, it’s easy to see when the rise in temperature and ovulation happens. This can help you work out your own pattern of ovulation. However, because at that stage ovulation has already passed, it does not help you pinpoint the fertile window but may guide you for next month.
  • Use the ovulation calculator on this site. If you know the date of your last period, the length of your cycle and your cycle is regular, this will identify your ‘fertile window’ and predicted ovulation date.

The myth:

“The best time to try to conceive is day 14 of your menstrual cycle.”

The truth:

The only time a woman can conceive is during the ‘fertile window’ of the menstrual cycle. This window will vary depending on the individual’s cycle, however timing intercourse in the 6 days leading up to and including ovulation is the window with highest chance of conception.

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8 vaginal yeast infection symptoms that every woman should recognize

Signature symptoms of a yeast infection include uncomfortable itching and burning in the vaginal area

Candida is a yeast (a type of fungus) commonly found on the skin and in the body, including the mouth, throat, gut, and vagina.

In fact, research indicates that Candida yeast colonizes the vagina of at least 20 percent of all women — and 30 percent of all pregnant women — without causing symptoms.

But if Candida yeast (especially Candida albicans) becomes overgrown, a vaginal yeast infection may develop. These infections — also known as candidal vaginitis, vaginal candidiasis, or vulvovaginal candidiasis — typically cause a number of noticeable symptoms, which are the same for nonpregnant and pregnant women.

What Are the Symptoms of a Vaginal Yeast Infection?

Vaginal yeast infection symptoms commonly include:

  • Itching in the vaginal area and around the vulva (the opening of the vagina)
  • Burning in the vaginal area
  • Swelling of the vulva
  • White or gray vaginal discharge that may be thick (sometimes described as looking like cottage cheese) but does not have a bad smell
  • Greenish or yellowish vaginal discharge that’s also similar to cottage cheese and smells like yeast or bread
  • Burning during urination
  • Pain during sexual intercourse
  • Vulvar rash

Most vaginal yeast infections do not produce a strong vaginal odor. Fishy vaginal odors are more common with bacterial vaginosis, a type of bacterial infection of the vagina.

Severe yeast infections may also cause redness and tears or cracks (fissures) in the wall of the vagina.

How Is a Yeast Infection Diagnosed?

As straightforward as it might seem, most doctors will discourage you from diagnosing and treating a yeast infection yourself.

This is because vaginal infections caused by bacteria, as well as some sexually transmitted infections (STI), may have symptoms very similar to those caused by yeast, but they require different treatments. Since yeast infection treatments have become available over the counter (OTC), many women simply visit the closest drugstore and buy an antifungal cream.

But sometimes these products are bought and used by women who don’t actually have a vaginal yeast infection, wasting time and money and potentially worsening the vaginal itchiness and irritation.

This misdiagnosis of vaginal infections is an important issue: Just as some bacteria are becoming resistant to certain antibiotics, yeast that normally lives in the vagina can become resistant to antifungal medication.

If this happens, it can become very difficult to treat a yeast infection when one actually does develop.

If a woman has had a Doctor-diagnosed yeast infection in the past and feels certain that her current symptoms are caused by a yeast infection, it’s reasonable to ask her doctor about self-treatment with an OTC medication.

However, if symptoms don’t improve or they come back again, or if symptoms are different from past yeast infections, an office visit is warranted.

Symptoms of Other Types of Yeast Infections


Though the term “yeast infection” most often refers to those affecting the vulvovaginal area, symptomatic yeast infections can also develop on the skin (cutaneous candidiasis), in the mouth and throat (thrush), in the esophagus (candida esophagitis), and on the penis (balanitis).

Cutaneous candidiasis most often causes intense itching, as well as a pimple-like infection of the hair follicles and a rash on various areas of the skin, including the skin folds, genitals, abdominal region, buttocks, and under the breasts.

Common symptoms of thrush and candida esophagitis include:

  • White patches on various parts of the mouth and throat
  • Redness or soreness and pain while eating or swallowing
  • Feeling like you have cotton in your mouth
  • Loss of taste
  • Cracking at the corners of the mouth

In men, balanitis can cause:

  • Inflamed, red glans (rounded part at the end of the penis)
  • Painful urination
  • Itching and unpleasant smell
  • Foreskin issues, such as a thick and lumpy discharge or a tightness that prevents pulling back the foreskin to its original position

World Blood Donor Day 2018: Weight loss and four other surprising health benefits of donating blood


According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), blood transfusion saves lives, but many patients needing transfusion do not have timely access to safe blood. Transfusion of blood can help patients suffering from life-threatening conditions live longer and with a higher quality of life, and supports complex medical and surgical procedures. By donating blood, you’re helping in saving lives, but that’s not all. Blood donation is also found to be beneficial to the people who donate blood. Here are five surprising health benefits of donating blood:

Weight loss

Regular blood donation helps in losing weight and improving fitness in healthy adults. According to consultants, donating one pint of blood (450 ml) helps your body burn about 650 calories. But it should not be thought or used as a weight loss plan. You must consult a doctor before donating blood to avoid any health issues.

Prevents hemochromatosis

Donating blood helps prevent or reduce your risk of developing hemochromatosis, a condition that occurs due to excess absorption of iron by the body. Regular blood donation may help avoid iron overload, hence it can be beneficial for people with hemochromatosis. However, it’s imperative to ensure that the donor with hemochromatosis meets the standard blood donation eligibility criteria.

Reduces heart disease risk

Regular blood donation helps to keep iron levels in check, which reduces the risk of heart disease. An excessive iron buildup in the body can cause oxidative damage, a major culprit in accelerating ageing, heart attacks, strokes, etc.

Lowers cancer risk

High levels of iron in the body are linked to an increased risk of cancer. Thus, by donating blood, you can maintain healthy iron levels, thereby lowering your risk of developing cancer.

Enhances new blood cell production

Blood donation helps to enhance the production of new blood cells. After donating blood, your body starts replenishing immediately. It is said that within 48 hours of donating, new blood cells are produced by marrow and all the lost red blood cells are replaced within one to two months. This process helps in maintaining good health.

Note: Donating blood is a safe procedure and is not harmful to the donor. However, always consult a doctor before donating blood, especially if you have any health issues or concerns.

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Medic urges manufacturers to produce Eco-friendly sanitary pads


The Founder of Heal for Africa Initiative, Doctor Kelechi Okoro on Wednesday emphasized the need to produce Eco-friendly sanitary pads for the menstrual circle.

Doctor Kelechi made the remark at the launching of her Initiative Pay Attention to Her (PATH) at the Al-Ansar Secondary School in Lokoja while addressing some teenage girls on menstrual hygiene.

She noted that the eco-friendly menstrual pads can be produced from agricultural products, like banana fibre and others adding that the launching of her programme is in commemoration of the 2018 Menstrual Hygiene Day.

According to her, launching PATH became necessary because of the issues young girls face in managing their menstrual circle stressing that the aim of the project is to demystify menstruation problems.

“We are aware some of these girls have limited access to affordable sanitary materials which makes them prone to infection that may even affect their reproduction in future,” she explains.

“The ‘Pay Attention to Her’ project which is expected to empower 300 school girls today, will not only stop here in Lokoja, we are going to take the campaign of educating young girls on menstrual and general female hygiene to the three Senatorial Districts of the state. We will educate them on the need to be hygiene conscious, empower them with sanitary materials and also let them see reasons why they should not be ashamed of their periods,” she said.

Doctor Kelechi called on the policymakers at the Ministries of Health, Environment, and Agriculture for a partnership as the whole campaign has to do with their ministries in lots of ways.

In her speech, the Secretary to the State Government, Doctor Folashade Arike described the students as privileged to have access to the information that will help prepare and prevent them from the dangers of hygiene-related infections.

Doctor Arike, while commending Doctor Kelechi Okoro for the Initiative, called on the students to ensure that they utilize the knowledge gained from the programme as it relates to their health and wellbeing generally in order to be able to reproduce in the future.

Speaking, the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mrs. Petra Akinti Onyegbule, said there was no shame in being a girl and observing a menstrual cycle.

Mrs. Onyegbule emphasized the importance of protecting a girl child from possible dangers adding that girls are nurturing and caring and have a way of transferring love from themselves to others.

“If you empower a girl child, you empower a nation. We must ensure they observe good menstrual hygiene and good hygiene generally and protect their future. And as girls, you must share this knowledge, don’t be ashamed of your menstrual cycle” she added.

The Special Adviser to the Governor, Doctor Ahmed Attah stressed the need for a girl child to have interaction with their parents and health practitioners on their cycles and hygiene.

“The organizer of the programme deserves commendation, this is completely educative, what lack of information can cause a girl child is enormous, girls, don’t hide your cycle from your mother” Doctor Attah added.

Alert! New Ebola Outbreak.


The Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo declared a new outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in Bikoro in Equateur Province today (8 May). The outbreak declaration occurred after laboratory results confirmed two cases of EVD.

The Ministry of Health of Democratic of the Congo (DRC) informed WHO that two out of five samples collected from five patients tested positive for EVD at the Institut National de Recherche Biomédicale (INRB) in Kinshasa. More specimens are being collected for testing.

WHO is working closely with the Government of the DRC to rapidly scale up its operations and mobilize health partners using the model of a successful response to a similar EVD outbreak in 2017.

“Our top priority is to get to Bikoro to work alongside the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and partners to reduce the loss of life and suffering related to this new Ebola virus disease outbreak,” said Dr Peter Salama, WHO Deputy Director-General, Emergency Preparedness and Response. “Working with partners and responding early and in a coordinated way will be vital to containing this deadly disease.”

The first multidisciplinary team comprised of experts from WHO, Médecins Sans Frontières and Provincial Division of Health travelled today to Bikoro to strengthen coordination and investigations.

Bikoro is situated in Equateur Province on the shores of Lake Tumba in the north-western part of the country near the Republic of the Congo. All cases were reported from iIkoko Iponge health facility located about 30 kilometres from Bikoro. Health facilities in Bikoro have very limited functionality, and rely on international organizations to provide supplies that frequently stock out.

“We know that addressing this outbreak will require a comprehensive and coordinated response. WHO will work closely with health authorities and partners to support the national response. We will gather more samples, conduct contact tracing, engage the communities with messages on prevention and control, and put in place methods for improving data collection and sharing,” said Dr Matshidiso Moeti, the WHO Regional Director for Africa.

This is DRC’s ninth outbreak of EVD since the discovery of the virus in the country in 1976. In the past five weeks, there have been 21 suspected viral haemorrhagic fever in and around the iIkoko Iponge, including 17 deaths.

“WHO is closely working with other partners, including Médecins Sans Frontières, to ensure a strong, response to support the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo to prevent and control the spreading of the disease from the epicentre of iIkoko Iponge Health Zone to save lives,” said Dr Allarangar Yokouide, WHO Representative in the DRC.

Upon learning about the laboratory results today, WHO set up its Incident Management System to fully dedicate staff and resources across the organization to the response. WHO plans to deploy epidemiologists, logisticians, clinicians, infection prevention and control experts, risk communications experts and vaccination support teams in the coming days. WHO will also be determining supply needs and help fill gaps, such as for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). WHO has also alerted neighbouring countries.

WHO released US$ 1 million from its Contingency Fund for Emergencies to support response activities for the next three months with the goal of stopping the spread of Ebola to surrounding provinces and countries.

Building on the 2017 response

Ebola is endemic to the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The last Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo occurred in 2017 in Likati Health Zone, Bas Uele Province, in the northern part of the country and was quickly contained thanks to joint efforts by the Government of DRC, WHO and many different partners.

An effective response to the 2017 EVD outbreak was achieved through the timely alert by local authorities of suspect cases, immediate testing of blood samples due to strengthened national laboratory capacity, the early announcement of the outbreak by the government, rapid response activities by local and national health authorities with the robust support of international partners, and speedy access to flexible funding.

Coordination support on the ground by WHO was critical and an Incident Management System was set up within 24 hours of the outbreak being announced. WHO deployed more than 50 experts to work closely with government and partners.

The Ebola virus causes an acute, serious illness which is often fatal if untreated. The average EVD case fatality rate is around 50%. The virus is transmitted to people from wild animals and spreads in the human population through human-to-human transmission.

Culled from WHO | Geneva/Brazzaville/Kinshasa