Dr. Bowah: ‘Epilepsy in Yarwin Mensonnoh Still Alarming’

first_imgDr. Collin Bowah, Nimba County Health OfficerThe Health Officer of Nimba County, Dr. Collins Bowah, has described as ‘alarming’ the continued spread of ‘epilepsy’ in the lower Nimba District of Yarwin Mensonnoh.Speaking to reporters in his office in Sanniquellie recently, he said the situation is becoming worrisome and needs serious attention.He said the County Health Center is making frantic efforts by distributing free drugs to patients, but the rate at which the disease is affecting people continues to rise, with cases reported in nearly all the towns and villages.Dr. Bowah added that the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare is investigating the cause, but couldn’t explain whether the cases add up to an epidemic.Epilepsy is a chronic disorder, the hallmark of which is recurrent, unprovoked seizures. A person is diagnosed with epilepsy if they have two unprovoked seizures (or one unprovoked seizure with the likelihood of more) that were not caused by some known and reversible medical condition like alcohol withdrawal or extremely low blood sugar, according to health authorities.Dr. Bowah broke silence on the issue in September last year in an interview, where he also talked about the rise in rabies (from dog bites) but said the Ministry of Health was carrying free medical drugs for those affected.Dr. Bowah disclosed that he has set aside three facilities in Nimba County as holding or treatment centers for an outbreak of any infectious disease.He named Saclepea, Karnplay, and Kpain as the communities where facilities are located, adding, “These facilities are equipped with manpower in readiness to respond to any situation. Presently, we need additional nurses, pharmacists, doctors, X-ray technicians to cope with the workload in the many health facilities in the county.”In a related development, early this year citizens expressed concern over the growing rate of mental illness in the county on a community radio station talk show program.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Gerschke Leads Bulldogs on First Day of Red Rocks Invite

first_imgStory Links First Day Results SEDONA, Ariz. – The Drake University women’s golf team played consistently on the first day of the Red Rocks Invitational Saturday at the Oakcreek Country Club in Sedona, Ariz. The Bulldogs recorded a pair of 321s for a 36-hole total of 642 and are in 11th-place. Drake is just one shot back from 10th-place Boise State. Host Northern Arizona leads the 16-team field with a total score of 604 (300-304).center_img Sophomore Aimee Gerschke began the day by firing a four-over par 76 and then finished it shooting an 82 for a total score of 158. Senior Madison Glennie is just a stroke behind Gerschke with a score of 159 (80-79). Junior Grace Dunn totaled a 162 (79-83), while freshman Sam Paulak recorded a 166 (89-77). Sophomore Sigurlaug Jonsdottir rounded out the team’s effort with a score of 170 (86-84). The Bulldogs will conclude action at the Red Rocks Invitational on Sunday. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Council defer closure of Rockhill Road Letterkenny

first_imgA planned road closure Rockhill Road has been deferred after opposition was raised by local residents and businesses.Donegal County Council had planned to close a part of the road outside Letterkenny from Monday 19th August until 26th November 2019.  Diversions were to be put in place via the Greyrock Road.However, the decision was made to defer the closure this week until November. Concerns were raised on the works as the Old Town area has already been hit by significant traffic delays in recent weeks. Traffic lights are in operation at the mini roundabout outside the Old Dunnes as Irish Water works continue on the Letterkenny Sewerage Scheme.The revised closure dates for Rockhill Road will be advertised as soon as the council receives confirmation from the contractor. Council defer closure of Rockhill Road Letterkenny was last modified: August 15th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:letterkennyold townroadworksrockhill roadlast_img read more

‘Make sure your doctor’s for real’

first_imgThe Health Professions Council of SA has urged the public to be on the look-out for bogus doctors. The council says many South Africans fall victim to fraudulent medical practitioners.The council said that if people are unsure of a doctor’s registration status, they have the right to ask any practitioner to produce his or her credit card size practising card. (Image: Health Professionals Council of SA, via Facebook)Brand South Africa reporterThe Health Professions Council of SA has urged the public to be on the look-out for bogus doctors, saying many people in both urban and rural areas could be falling prey to fraudulent medical practitioners.The call follows the uncovering of a bogus doctor who was “treating” people in Hammanskraal, north of Pretoria, and the jailing of a woman in the Eastern Cape who has been masquerading as a doctor for years.The council said that if people are unsure of a doctor’s registration status, they have the right to ask any practitioner to produce his or her credit card size practising card.Members of the public wanting to check if a doctor is registered and allowed to practice can also phone the council’s call centre at (012) 338-9300/1 or e-mail webmaster@hpcsa.co.za.“Not only do fictitious doctors bring the profession into disrepute, but also they endanger the lives of countless people they ‘treat’ every day”, said council chief executive Boyce Mkhize.The council keeps records of all medical practitioners, and anyone practising while not registered is breaking the law.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Oops…kittens

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest I like my barn cats very much, and I appreciate the great job they do of keeping vermin out of my barn, but I like to keep their numbers in check. I’m a big fan of spaying and neutering barn cats and all of my cats have had these surgeries.Last fall, three kittens showed up in my barn. They were obviously just weaned from their mother. These little critters were cute, but also really wild.The kittens decided to make my barn their home, and I spent all winter and early spring trying to tame them down enough that I could catch them so they could also be spayed or neutered.As luck would have it, one week before their scheduled surgeries, one of the kittens that had now grown into a juvenile cat gave birth to three kittens. Uh oh.The kittens are cute, but I don’t need more mouths to feed. They are also a testament to just how quickly young female felines become fertile. This little cat was not quite full grown herself when she gave birth to her kittens.The good news is that I have already found homes for the little ones if I can still find them and get ahold of them when the time comes for weaning. The bad news is that I will have to act quickly once they are weaned to make sure this accidental cat pregnancy doesn’t happen again.Thank goodness for the nice folks that run low cost spay and neuter clinics for cats.last_img read more

As new Sports Ministser, Jitendra Singh to follow in Maken’s footsteps

first_imgNew sports minister Jitendra Singh, on his first day in office on Tuesday, stressed on increasing transparency and accountability in sports federations, saying he would like to carry forward “the remarkable job” done by his predecessor Ajay Maken.The 41-year-old politician from Alwar, Rajasthan, added that his aim would be to bring all the concerned parties together on a common platform regarding the implementation of the contentious National Sports Development Bill.”I have just taken over and it would take me some time to get my bearings. My predecessor Ajay Maken did a remarkable job during his stint and I want to carry that forward,” Jitendra said at a media interaction on Tuesday.”Regarding the implementation of the sports bill, I would like to talk to all the sports federations and take everyone on board. We need to work together. At the end of the day, sports and the sportspersons should be our focus.”I always feel that in any job, there should be transparency and accountability.That is important everywhere, be it government or any other organisation. But it will be premature for me to say anything right now.Let me have an interaction with all the stakeholders and try to take it forward.” When asked about his roadmap to capitalise on India’s creditable show at the London Olympics, Jitendra said having been a sportsperson himself made him aware of the problems faced by the fraternity.”I have been a national level shooter myself and am aware of their problems. I would like to get more details and for that I would speak to Ajay Maken. Basically, we need to have a focused plan to develop sports,” Jitendra, who was a trap shooter himself, said.He added that having been part of the home ministry for more than a year, he has realised that sports has a unique power to mobilise youth towards a positive lifestyle.”In a country where more than 50 per cent of the population is young, the ministry that I have been assigned has a very important role to play as it not only looks after sports but also youth affairs,” he said.advertisementlast_img read more