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Is your baby really ‘teething’? Parents often attribute the illness of two out of every five children attended to at our children outpatient clinic to the development of a new set of teeth. Well…, A child is expected to begin to grow the first set of teeth from the sixth month of life. However some may delay. Development of teeth is not always the primary reason for children having high grade fever, stooling, vomiting or coughing profusely as people insinuate. The major reason for children, especially those in the tropics

…and your cute & beautiful baby finally arrives. YIPPEE!!! CONGRATULATIONS! While one has to be grateful for a safe delivery, I’d like to point out that a lot of attention still has to be paid to the mother’s health, not just the baby’s. The following are danger signs to watch out for in the mum after delivery: Heavy vaginal bleeding Fever Abdominal pain Foul-smelling vaginal discharge Severe headache Eye(visual) disturbances Convulsions If there is hot, red or painful area on the breast. If you notice any of these signs, don’t

Typhoid fever is an infective illness caused by a bacteria called Salmonella typhi (S.typhi).  There is another illness, Paratyphoid fever, caused by Salmonella paratyphi A, B and C. Together, they are referred to as ENTERIC FEVER. However, paratyphoid fever is usually milder. Both are spread via contaminated food and/or water. The period between infection and manifestation of symptoms is 10 to 14 days S.typhi can survive in water for 7 days, in sewage for 14days, and in ice cream for 1 month. It affects all age groups, male and female

A lot is happening around us at the moment with respect to Lassa fever; hence this is an opportunity to find out what it is. LASSA FEVER is an infective illness caused by the Lassa virus. It is actually a viral haemorrhagic illness because it causes bleeding (haemorrhage). It was named after the town  LASSA in Borno state, Nigeria, where it was first discovered in 1969. The host is a rodent, a multimammate rat, Mastomys natalensis. Interestingly, the rodents do not show any symptoms, they only harbor it and pass

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