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Thursday, April 2, 2020

April 02, 2020

COVID 19: GOV EMMANUEL ANNOUNCES 14 DAYS TOTAL LOCKDOWN IN AKWA IBOM

*COVID 19: GOV EMMANUEL ANNOUNCES 14 DAYS TOTAL LOCKDOWN IN AKWA IBOM*

Following the confirmation of five suspected cases of the dreaded Corona Virus in Akwa Ibom State, Governor Udom Emmanuel has announced a total cessation of movements and prohibition of all events of any nature for 14 days in the State.

This is to enable a thorough process of contact tracing to identify those who may have been exposed to the five confirmed victims. 

In a statewide broadcast Thursday evening, Governor Emmanuel explained that the Covid 19 suspects, mostly healthcare professionals who are in good health with no symptoms, have been moved to the State isolation centres for proper management.

“There will be no movement of persons, except those on essential duties who must carry a proper means of identification on them at all times.

“All business premises, markets, shops, motor parks and offices except grocery shops and pharmacies, must remain closed during this period.

Governor Emmanuel insisted that the relevant security agencies have been briefed to ensure strict compliance with the directive.

Although he admitted that no nation was 100% ready for Covid 19, he however assured that the disease has not met the state unprepared.

“Just 2 days ago, I inspected facilities at one of the isolation centres we have prepared for possible cases such as this. This is in addition to the already existing one in Ikot Ekpene, and I can assure you that other facilities are being prepared for similar use should the need for it arise.”

He warned against panic and fear, and enjoined the cooperation of all rather than resort to blame games.

“What we need to do is to stay at home, practice social distancing and good personal hygiene, provide accurate and useful information to health workers whenever necessary.”

He said the virus can be contained if movements are restricted and advised anyone experiencing any of the symptoms of the illness or who has useful information on potential carriers, to immediately call the available emergency numbers.


While admitting that the total lockdown decision was a very tough one, the Governor however said it was the most logical step to be taken and assured that God will rescue the state from the evil plague.


“I can promise you that we will leave no stone unturned in the fight against this pandemic. We may have been bruised but we will not be broken. While hoping for the best, we will prepare for the worst, but be rest assured that whatever that worst may be, it will not break us.”

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

February 11, 2020

What you need to know about guava

SCIENTIFIC NAME: PSIDIUM GUAJAVA
ENGLISH NAME: GUAVA.



This plant is a fruit tree, usually cultivated for its sweet fruits which can be eaten raw or made into jams, marmalades or candies. It is very rich source of vitamin C
HEALTH BENEFITS
•Diabetes - Diabetes is one of the commonest diseases affecting many adults today.
It comes usually with its eventual complications.
Guava is one of the plants that can be used to remedy this condition. The hypoglycemic property in the leaves and fruits is employed in the treatment of this condition.
Rheumatism and Arthritis
Rheumatism and arthritis being among the most ravaging causes of immobility today, can be effectively cured by the use of guava leaves in combination with other herbs to make up a very potent formulation for dealing with this condition.
CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE:
The cardiovascular system is very prone to diseases in recent times, due largely to modern dietary habits and lifestyles. The plant is an excellent tonic for the cardiovascular system - helping to both prevent and treat conditions like high blood pressure, stroke, atherosclerosis, high levels of triglycerides, etc. It also aids the functioning of the heart, preventing heart failure and cardiac arrest.
CANCER:
Dealing with free radicals and inflammations in the body is a good way of preventing and treating cancers.
Guava plant, especially the fruits and leaves, is rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents.
As such, it helps the body to get rid of toxins and soothes the cells.
These antioxidants also help in boosting the immune system, and therefore very important in the prevention and treatment of cancers.
INFECTIONS
Guava leaves are excellent broad-spectrum antibiotic, effectively dealing with very recalcitrant bacteria like _Staphylococcus_, _Salmonella_, _Escherichia_ and others. It has also got antifungal and antiviral properties.
It is therefore useful in the treatment of various forms of infections. It is very effective against diarrhea, dysentery, typhoid, gastroenteritis, hepatitis, etc.
Malaria*
•The leaves of guava forms part of preparation of herbal tea for malaria in Nigeria.
It has got some anthraquinones, flavonoids, terpenoids, and seccoirridoids which has been found to be affective for both prophylaxis and treatment of malaria.
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It's antipyretic property also confirms its usefulness against fevers.
•Oral Care*
Chewing sticks made from young twigs of guava is extremely good for dental health. Using this will give you a set of teeth that is clean and shiny, firm, fresh and free from plagues and carries. The tender leaves can be chewed for bad breath and bleeding gum, and a decoction of the leaves can be used for sore throat, mouth sores, laryngitis, swollen gums and toothache.
Cough*
Because of its expectorant property, the infusion of the leaves is very effective against coughs, tracheobronchitis, asthma and other respiratory disorders. It is a tonic for the respiratory system. It has a synergistic effect with lemon grass ( _Cymbopogon citratus_) in treating cough.
Skin Care*
The plant's astringency, wound healing ability, antimicrobial and antioxidant properties, provide the skin with a lot of benefits such as, remedy for itches, eczema, ulcers and sores, antiallergic and soothing effects, and management of atopic dermatitis.
Vaginal/Menstrual Disorders*
The decoction of guava leaves is recommended for leucorrhoea, uterine haemorrhage, vaginal infection, menstrual pains, and scanty menstruation.
It is a very good choice for vaginal and uterine disorders where astringent remedy is needed.
Its emmenagogue property helps in enhancing the flow of menstruation.
February 11, 2020

REMEDY TO HAVE A STRONG ERECTION AND LAST LONGER WITH YOUR WIFE

REMEDY TO HAVE A STRONG ERECTION AND LAST LONGER WITH YOUR WIFE





Do you suffer from erectile dysfunction and insufficient stamina?
not talking about sexual weakness or premature ejaculation but a soft erection, a weak erection
Believe me, you are not alone.
More and more men, whether young or old, have a hard time hardening .
Men are polarized by the desire for a hard penis to finally achieve a lasting and important ejaculation. However, some men suffer from a weak erection because of a bad dysfunction in their ejaculatory process.
Erectile dysfunction is becoming more and more common around the world, mainly because of a worrying trend in men; a declining testosterone level.
Circulatory problems also create erectile dysfunction, but first, let's take a closer look at why testosterone is important in humans.
Testosterone is the main sex hormone in humans. Testo is also very important for muscle growth, weight maintenance, risk-taking (and temperament), personal motivation, and male virility in general.
a low level of testosterone can cause low libido, soft erection and little motivation.
erectile dysfunction is not a disease but a disorder that can be treated through the evolution of medicine that has put at your disposal various solutions to combat this disorder.
To cure this disorder, there are formulas that give you the chance to have a firm erection: There are herbal solutions. As for chemicals, you should be careful because they contain adverse effects that can harm your health while natural solutions are highly effective on the body and thus on sexuality.
Natural remedies contain natural substances that strengthen the blood circulation and lead to the pelvic area. When the blood reaches the penis, it becomes red and full of blood, a mechanism that triggers a hard erection.
Natural ingredients increase sexual libido and stamina and are also able to destroy the psychological disorders that are behind erectile
Ingredients:
Male papaya root (ákọ ibẹpẹ́) (the male papaya does not produce fruits but flowers)
Preparation and instructions:
Wash the roots well and cut them into pieces
Dip or soak in water for 24 hours, a man with a weak erection should have a drink, three times a day, until improvement.

Monday, February 10, 2020

February 10, 2020

AMAZING HEALTH BENEFITS OF TOMATOES

AMAZING HEALTH BENEFITS OF TOMATOES




Tomatoes are often considered a vegetable, though in actuality they are a citrus fruit. Tomatoes are an incredibly versatile food. They are delicious eaten raw, in salads or on sandwiches, and take on a wonderful sweetness when cooked. Their high acid content makes them a perfect food for canning. Tomatoes are such an important part of the American diet that it's hard to believe that they were once considered toxic. It wasn't until the mid 1800's that they became a staple food in the U.S.
Just one serving a day of tomato-based foods can have an incredibly beneficial effect on your health. Not only can they reduce heart disease, but they could potentially prevent and reverse dozens of diseases if eaten daily. This is one fruit you don’t want to leave out of your diet.
One medium whole tomato contains around 22 calories, 0 grams of fat, 5 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of dietary fiber, 1 gram of protein and 6 milligrams of sodium. It also provides 40 percent of the recommended daily allowance of vitamin C, 20 percent of the RDA of vitamin A, 2 percent of the RDA of iron, and 1 percent of the RDA of calcium. Here are some of the health benefits of tomatoes.
Tomatoes Type & Carb contents
Carbs. Fiber
Yellow. 4.1g. 1g
Orange. 5g. 1.4g
Red. 7g. 2.2
Green. 9.2g. 2g
Green tomatoes are the highest on Carbs. You can lower your carb intake by using yellow Tomatoes.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF TOMATOES
REDUCE HEART DISEASE
According to Tufts and Boston University researchers, the highest average intakes of lycopene were linked to almost a 30% reduction in the incidence of cardiovascular disease and coronary heart disease, respectively, according to findings published in the British Journal of Nutrition.
AND MINERAL RICH
They provide the body with a tremendous amount of natural vitamins and minerals such as vitamin A, vitamin K, vitamins B1, B3, B5, B6, B7, excellent vitamin C, folate, iron, potassium, magnesium, chromium, choline, zinc, and phosphorus.
TOMATOES CAN REDUCE DAMAGE BY SMOKING INCLUDING SECOND HAND SMOKE
Tomatoes can reduce the amount of damage done to your body by smoking cigarettes or inhaling second hand smoke. Tomatoes contain coumaric acid and chlorogenic acid that work to protect the body from carcinogens that are produced from cigarette smoke.
THEY NATURALLY ENHANCE FLAVOR
Tomatoes can enhance the flavor of almost any cooked dish. Whole tomatoes, chopped tomatoes and tomato sauce freeze well for future use in cooked dishes. Cooking tomatoes — such as in spaghetti sauce — makes the fruit heart-healthier and boosts its cancer-fighting ability. All this, despite a loss of vitamin C during the cooking process, substantially raises the levels of beneficial phytochemicals. Research demonstrates that heat processing actually enhanced the nutritional value of tomatoes by increasing the lycopene content.
DENSE IN PHYTONUTRIENTS
In terms of phytonutrients, few vegetables compare with tomatoes. They contain flavonones, flavonols, hydroxycinnamic acids, carotenoids, glycosides and even fatty acid derivatives. Better antioxidant protection has also been shown using broad measurements of oxidative stress in different body systems including neurodegenerative diseases.
ORGANIC TOMATOES ARE KING
Tomatoes grown by organic methods contain more phenolic compounds than those grown using commercial standards, but be sure of your source as many organic tomatoes imported from Mexico contained residues of pesticides exceeding allowable limits.
IMPROVES DIGESTION AND PREVENTS CONSTIPATION
They help to improve the functioning of the digestive system and the liver, and the prevention of constipation, especially when mixed with spinach juice.
REDUCES DANGERS OF STATIN DRUGS
Recent evidence shows that just two ounces of tomato paste or a pint of juice a day could be enough to help many patients avoid dangerous statins, the class of drugs commonly prescribed for these conditions, which can lead to heart problems.
PREVENT KIDNEY AND GALL BLADDER STONES
They work as a disinfectant to protect the body from diarrhea and prevents the appearance of kidney stones and gall bladder stones in the long term. They also dramatically reduce the incidence of lower urinary tract symptoms.
HEALTHY HAIR
Drinking tomato juice constantly improves the appearance and texture of hair, and since it is rich in vitamin k, it helps to strengthen the tufts of hair and increase its luster as well as the revitalization of growth.
SKIN HEALTH
Rich tomato components fight acne and prevent damage to skin cells. Studies have indicated that drinking two cups of tomato juice a day helps to improve the overall appearance of the skin in a short period of time.
BONE HEALTH
Tomatoes help maintain healthy bones strengthened by enhancing the ratio of calcium in the body. Interestingly, the connection of tomato intake to bone health involves the rich supply of antioxidant in tomatoes.
STRENGTHENS IMMUNE SYSTEM
Daily consumption of tomatoes is working to increase the proportion of vitamin C in the blood, which inhibits the levels of stress hormones and strengthens the immune system. So drinking tomato juice helps ease tension and stress.
REDUCE BLOOD CLOT RISKS
Tomato juice helps to reduce the risk of blood clots. The excessive clumping together of platelet cells can cause problems for our bloodstream in terms of blockage and unwanted clotting, and prevention of this excessive clumping is important for maintaining heart health. Numerous phytonutrients in tomatoes have been shown to help prevent excessive clumping of our platelet cells.
INCREASES FAT BURNING CAPACITY
Tomatoes stimulate the production of the amino acid carnitine which has been shown in research to speed the body’s fat-burning capacity by over 30 percent.
PROTECTS VISION AND DEGENERATIVE EYE DISEASE
Because tomatoes are a rich source of the phytonutrients beta carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin, they can help improve vision and protect your eyes from degeneration.
PREVENTS STROKE
New research in the journal Harvard Health Letter found that diets rich in tomatoes can help prevent stroke. The scientists chalk up the results to tomatoes’ rich lycopene content.
RESTORES BIOCHEMICAL BALANCE IN DIABETICS
According to new research in the journal Cell Biochemistry and Biophysics, scientists created diabetic conditions in animals and fed some lycopene while others were fed their typical diet free of lycopene. The biochemistry of animals fed lycopene returned to normal while the others stayed at diabetic levels. This study shows promise that lycopene (found in tomatoes) can help restore biochemical balance in diabetics.
REDUCES PROSTATE CANCER RISK
Tomatoes are rich in natural fiber which maintains the health of the colon as it reduces the risk of prostate cancer which affects 1 in 8 men. One key tomato nutrient that has received special focus in prostate cancer prevention is alpha-tomatine. Alpha-tomatine is a saponin phytonutrient and it’s shown the ability to alter metabolic activity in developing prostate cancer cells. It’s also been shown to trigger programmed cell death (apoptosis) in prostate cancer cells that have already been fully formed. Research on alpha-tomatine has also been conducted for non-small cell lung cancer, with similar findings.
REDUCES BREAST CANCER RISK
Breast cancer can also be reduced with tomatoes. Exciting research in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute shows that higher amounts of carotenoids including alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, lutein, zeaxanthin, lycopene, and total carotenoids may have a reduced risk of breast cancer.
WARD OFF CANCER
Numerous studies have concluded that the more tomatoes people eat the lower their risks of certain cancers, especially lung, stomach and prostate cancers. A substance called lycopene, which is responsible for tomatoes red color, is thought to be the reason for this cancer protective effect. Processed tomatoes contain even more lycopene than raw ones. The process of cooking breaks down the cell walls, helping to release the lycopene. Eating tomatoes with a little bit of fat, such as olive oil, helps lycopene to be better absorbed by the body.
PREVENT DNA DAMAGE
Tomatoes are high in important antioxidants such as vitamin C and Vitamin A. These vitamins work to fend of DNA damage from free radicals. Consequently, tomatoes may help to ward off age related diseases such as atherosclerosis and diabetes.
REDUCES THE RISK OF HEART DISEASE
Tomatoes contain important nutrients, such as niacin, folate and vitamin B6, that have associated with the reduction of heart disease risk. One study found that women who ate 7 to 10 servings of tomato products per week had a 29 percent lower risk of cardiovascular disease than women who consumed less than a serving and a half of tomato products each week. Results were even more impressive when the women ate oil-rich tomato products.
PROTECT AGAINST THE THROMBOSIS
Another study showed that drinking 8 ounces of tomato juice daily reduced platelet aggregation significantly, among study subjects. Those drinking a placebo showed no benefit. It's important to drink low-sodium tomato juice if you are trying to protect against thrombosis (blood clots in the blood vessel) , as high sodium levels can cause negative effects for this type of disease.
WARD OFF INFLAMMATION
A double blind study found that drinking a glass of tomato juice a day can reduce blood levels of TNF-alpha by 34 percent. TNF-alpha causes inflammation. High levels have been found in individuals with most chronic, degenerative diseases such as heart disease, cancer, osteoporosis and Alzheimer's.
TIPS OF PREPARING TOMATOES
Before serving, wash tomatoes under cool running water and pat dry.
If your recipe requires seeded tomatoes, cut the fruit in half horizontally and gently squeeze out the seeds and the juice. However, we encourage you to think about the recipe and consider whether the tomato could be incorporated with seeds intact. There are simply too many valuable nutrients in the seeds that you would not want to lose unnecessarily.
When cooking tomatoes, we recommend avoidance of aluminum cookware since the high acid content of the tomatoes may interact with the metal in the cookware. As a result, there may be migration of aluminum into the food, which may not only impart an unpleasant taste, but more importantly, may have a potentially unwanted impact on your health.
Whenever possible, try to develop recipes that make use of the whole tomato. We’ve seen research showing higher lycopene content in whole tomato products. For example, when the skins of tomatoes are included in the making of the tomato paste, the lycopene and beta-carotene content of the paste is significant higher according to research studies.

Saturday, February 8, 2020

February 08, 2020

NDDC: AKPABIO ALLAYS FEAR OF WITCH HUNT AS FORENSIC AUDIT BEGINS

NDDC: AKPABIO ALLAYS FEAR OF WITCH HUNT AS FORENSIC AUDIT BEGINS



The much-awaited forensic auditing of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) is set to commence.
The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Sen. Godswill Akpabio, said the Ministry has received the necessary approval from the Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP) for the exercise to commence in earnest.
Akpabio who spoke during a tripartite meeting with the Interim Management Committee of the NDDC, the Forensic Consultant and the Ministry, allayed the fear of possible witchhunt.
According to him, “the directives by President Muhammadu Buhari for the forensic auditing of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), is not to witch hunt anyone or group, but to ascertain what went wrong and put in place a governance structure that will be result oriented”.
He added that “the Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP) has assessed the firm and found them fit to be the leading Consulting Firm that will lead the appointment of other forensic auditors for the NDDC audit spanning between 2001- 2019. “We have received the approval of BPP to now commence the exercise.
“The next task is to work in collaboration with the Ministry to bring in experienced and notable forensic auditors with international reputation, so that whatever report is produced will be accepted and enforceable within and outside the country”.
The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Mr. Olusade Adesola, explained that the tripartite meeting was to bring at par the various stakeholders in the forensic audit team, and address all grey areas of concern.
He stated further that the President’s directive was to address the issues of irregularities in NDDC, adding that the Auditor-General for the Federation, Mr. Mkpe Ayine, has interacted with the Consulting Firm to ascertain if they have the capacity to do the Job.
The Executive Director Projects of Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, and the Chairman of Contracts Verification Committee, Dr. Cairo Ojougboh, affirmed that the Consulting Firm is well equipped to carry out the forensic exercise.