Four Red Flags To Watch Out For IN A Relationship

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When a relationship is doing more harm to you than good, it’s time to quit it.

We share four signs to help you determine when a relationship is doing more harm to you than good.

1.ABUSE

Be it physical or emotional abuse, any type of abuse is a glaring sign that you should quit the relationship. Please don’t be lenient with abuse or make excuses for it; simply let go and move on because abuse is one of the clearest ways to communicate a lack of care, love and respect for someone. Abuse does not go hand in hand with love, if anything they are polar opposites.

Although, one thing to note here is that emotional abuse is more relative than physical abuse. For instance, there is arguably a degree of emotional abuse in every relationship. When you try to control your partner or influence them emotionally to act or behave in a certain way, by ignoring them (ignoring their calls, messages etc), refusing to talk to them (the silent treatment), being provocative with the other sex (trying to make them jealous) and so on, to a degree that’s emotional abuse. These are all elements of emotional abuse that are born from the very fair fact that we are human. But when emotional abuse becomes dangerous, is when you begin to lose your confidence and live in fear of what your partner is going to do to you next emotionally.

2.LIES

If anyone you are in a relationship with, be it a romantic relationship or a friendship, constantly lies to you or finds it difficult to tell you the truth, it communicates a lack of trust and a lack of respect for you. If you can’t trust the person(s) you are in a relationship with, things remain unsettled. Such lack of trust can lead to paranoia (an intense feeling of anxiety, fear and unrest) for you, which is very unhealthy. Without trust, there is no point remaining in the relationship and continuing to torture yourself emotionally.

3.THEY NEVER ADMIT THEIR FAULTS

This is one thing most people ignore as a red flag in a relationship, probably because they don’t understand just how important it is.

When someone finds it difficult to admit they are wrong, the next thing they do is pass the blame. Now when you are constantly at the receiving end of the blame, even if you are fine with constantly saying you are sorry, you allow what is called a “cognitive dissonance” to be formed in your mind. This means that as you continuously act in a way that contradicts your beliefs, eventually your beliefs will change to align with your actions. In other words, after a while you will begin to believe you are the one who is always wrong and start to doubt your ability to perceive what’s right and wrong. Eventually, it ends up affecting your ability to make decisions and be assertive as individual, and you end up constantly feeling confused, having lost confidence in yourself and abilities. It’s truly a terrible place to be, so please don’t let any relationship take you there.

4.CONSTANT FEELING OF BEING OVERWHELMED

When you constantly feel overwhelmed by your relationship, almost like you can’t get a break; when you look back and can’t remember any significantly joyful memory in your relationship, you should acknowledge that it is abnormal.

As much as a relationship can at times bring you sadness, it should also bring you joy. If all you can remember when you think back on you relationship, is a long thick dark tiring stretch of fights, pain and sadness, with little or no joy, that’s not appropriate. Relationships may not generally be very easy but they should not suck the life out of you, leaving you miserable and unhappy.

Five Yam Dishes to Savour This Season

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Yams are widely known to and appreciated by Nigerians because of how they can be used to prepare a variety of delicious quick-to-prepare meals.

Here are five delicious Nigerian yam dishes that will leave you reeling from its sumptuous taste.

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1.YAM PORRIDGE

The Western Nigeria version of this meal is Asaro. The main difference between the normal yam porridge and Asaro is the blended peppers, palm oil and occasional ‘Ata Dindin’ added to the Asaro. Normal yam porridge can be cooked with vegetable oil as an alternative to palm oil and need not have as much pepper as the Asaro.

Its method of preparation is simple with the need of only few main ingredients like seasoning, palm or vegetable oil and smoked or dry fish (or mashed chicken depending on your preference).

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2.POUNDED YAM

It’s a very delicious and popular ‘swallow’ meal that’s eaten with various Nigerian soup recipes like Egusi soup, Okro soup, Efo Riro etc. It is traditionally prepared by cooking pieces of white yam and pounding the pieces in a mortar with a pestle, until the yam is soft and stretchy.

Recently, a version of pounded yam called ‘Poundo Yam’ has been introduced to relieve some of the stress of the traditional pounded yam preparation process. The ‘poundo yam’ is mainly prepared by stirring yam flour in hot water until it’s soft and stretchy.

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3.YAM AND FRIED EGGS

Every Nigerian child has this meal as a lunchtime companion while growing up. If your parents didn’t pack it in your school lunchbox, it was served for lunch in the dining hall during ‘long-break’.

It’s also a simple meal to prepare, and it mainly consists of boiled yam and fried eggs. Onions, pepper and seasoning are added alongside to improve the taste of the fried eggs.

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4.YAM BALLS

It’s a hand held tasty snack that makes for a nice side dish or appetizer. It is usually served in the ‘small chops’ section of parties. The dish can be stuffed with varieties of fillings such as minced/ground beef, mashed chicken, fresh shrimp, fish, bell peppers, sweet corn, spring onions, sliced onions etc. White yam is usually cooked, and blended and mixed into smooth and stretchy dough, before being wrapped into a ball with fillings and fried in hot oil.

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5.OFE NSALA (WHITE SOUP)

This is a tasty and mouth-watering soup that’s popular in the eastern part of Nigeria. The soup can be cooked with cat fish, fresh fish or assorted meat and dried fish. It contains no palm or vegetable oil, and is characterized by its light color.

Here, the yam cubes are peeled and pounded to smooth paste (using a mortar and pestle, or a blender). Yam powder can also be used instead of yam cubes. Some hot water is added to the yam flour, and stirred continuously until a smooth paste is made. The yam paste is then added to a watery mix of pepper, crayfish (optional), chopped onions, salt, seasoning, cooked assorted meat and dried fish (or catfish or fresh fish, depending on your preference). The paste will completely dissolve after a while, signaling that the delicious Ofe Nsala is ready. The soup is usually served with pounded yam, eba, amala or fufu.

World’s most expensive hospitals patronised by rich Nigerians

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When it comes to medical tourism, Nigerians rate amongst the most enthusiastic in the world. Tens of thousands troop to foreign hospitals every year, expending in excess of $1,000,000,000. At least 50 per cent of these patients travelling abroad are headed for destinations in Europe, Asia, America and other parts of the world.

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Wooridul Spine Hospital South Korea
Nigerians are travelling abroad to obtain value for money in healthcare. They want quality and affordability. Common ailments for which they travel abroad include those related to cardiology (heart disorders), orthopaedic (bone and skeletal), renal (kidney issues) and cancer.
While Nigeria has enormous potential in the medical field, the facilities needed to get value, quality and affordability are unavailable. Not even the Ibom Specialist Hospital, Uyo, fashioned after the famous RAK Hospital, Dubai, is enough to stop Nigerians from seeking medical treatment abroad.
The beauty, allure and luxury of those foreign hospital rooms are simply irresistible. In Asia, particularly India where high brow health facilities such as Primus International Super Speciality Hospital, Fortis Hospital and Apollo Hospital, among others are okay for the lowly, the well-heeled Nigerians prefer to rub shoulders with their peers from all over the world by patronising the best-of-the-best.
While thousands of the patients beg and scrape through their last savings to raise the minimal basic funds with which they can pay for their treatments in the least affordable hospitals, there are several well-heeled Nigerians who only the most luxurious and most expensive hospitals are good enough. These “high end” hospitals offer the ultimate in healthcare— at a price—only to those able to pay. Many of these hospitals are more or less like 7-star hotels and are often described as “wellness centres.”
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One of the most expensive and luxurious hospitals that exceptionally rich Nigerians patronise is the glamorous Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre in Los Angeles, California. It is one of the favourites of Hollywood celebrities and was the personal choice of the stars.
Madonna, Joan Crawford, Elizabeth Taylor pick the Cedars-Sinai as their favourite. A number of celebrity babies of Kourtney Kardashian, Jessica Simpson, Victoria Beckham, Kate Hudson, Penelope Cruz and Pink were delivered there in recent times. A world leader in the research and treatment of cancer and cancer management, diabetes, and other serious diseases including cardiac surgery, nursing care, stroke care, etc., the Cedars-Sinai is a first class-rated acute care hospital handling thousands of complicated cases with near perfect rate of patient satisfaction.
The widely revered top favourite of Hollywood stars, boast luxury and ambience of the rooms that put many 5-star hotels to shame with its remarkable services and facilities. No poor or average Nigerian will think of patronising this hospital because the cheapest private rooms start at around $1,000 each. There are four deluxe maternity suites costing around $3,000 daily. Several Hollywood celebrities opt to give birth at the hospital.
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Mount Sinai Medical Centre
Average total payments could range between $7,000 and $26,000 depending on diagnosis and treatment. It would be impossible to talk about luxury foreign hospitals patronised by Nigerians without mentioning the Mount Sinai Medical Centre in New York. Although one of the oldest, largest and most respected hospitals in the world, Mount Sinai is probably the best ever. Because the rooms in this hospital are so luxurious, featuring hotel-like comfort and custom gourmet meals, it is rated as arguably the most expensive hospital in the world. With about 1,200 beds, it is ranked as one of America’s best hospitals by U.S. News & World Report in at least 12 specialities from cancer to vascular surgery. It is acclaimed internationally for excellence in clinical care.
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Gleneagles Hospital Singapore
At the Gleneagles Hospital in Singapore, the expertise is in gastroenterology, liver transplants, cardiology and gynaecology. The famous hospital is a private facility offering top-notch medical and surgical services. It is considered one of the best hospitals in the world, but is beyond the poor because it costs a fortune to patronise.
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Among the most expensive and luxurious Hospitals Nigerians patronise abroad is the RAK Hosptial in Ras Al Khaimah, Dubai. Established in 2007, RAK Hospital is a flagship brand of Arabian Healthcare, a joint venture company between the government of Ras Al Khaimah, and ETA Star Healthcare of Dubai. The multi-speciality hospital is managed by Sonnenhof Swiss Health Ltd, a Switzerland based healthcare company. RAK Hospital, with international accreditation standards, established the RAK Hospital as a quality healthcare destination in the region and beyond. It was simultaneously accredited by Joint Commission International and Swiss Leading Hospitals within the first year of its operations.
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Fortis La Femme Hospital India
The hospital is specially designed as a premium healthcare and hospitality complex by the US based architecture firm Ellerbe Becket. Not to be left out is the Fortis La Femme Hospital in New Delhi, India. It specialises in a women medical issues from obstetrics and gynaecology, fertility treatment, cosmetic surgery, and general surgery.
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Another hospital is the Asklepios Klinik Barmbek Hospital in Germany and considered one of the best hospitals of the country. The standard of n its services and qualities puts it among the list of most expensive and luxurious hospitals of the world.

SAVE THE DATE: Cozy Concept Showroom Launch

 

Away from the wishing and wanting those well thought out living spaces you see on social media, how do you plan on bringing them to life?

Whenever you go Lifestyle store window shopping (yes, that’s a thing), the prices make you want to just shake the sales attendant and call it a day because of the way your account is set up.

Well, we have good news!

Imagine walking into a Lifestyle store that has all your needs and then some. You walk in, see what you like, the price likes you back and it’s a match made in heaven! No need to pay one of the sales people to help you with installation, everything is D-I-Y!

Well, step out of your imagination into our brand new lifestyle store – Cozy Concept!

We have everything you need to make your space beautiful and cozy.
From the moment you purchase one of our affordable pieces, you know that you are buying authentic items as each one, from start to finish, is locally sourced and produced in Nigeria.

That means there is no need to spend money to import furniture as we have EVERYTHING you need!

Do you still need to be convinced? Join us on Saturday, March 25th 2017 as we unveil our flagship store in the Lekki area of Lagos.

Date: Saturday, March 25th 2017
Time: 12pm
Venue: Cozy Concept Lifestyle Store, Opposite Lagos Business School, Lekkki – Epe Expressway, Lekki, Lagos

 

Jumia Travel Launches Flight Services

Africa’s leading online hotel booking website expands its services with flights’ launch for all its customers to ease travel across Africa and the World.

Lagos, Nigeria, 22 February 2017: Jumia Travel has today announced the unveiling of its Flights Services for travelers, a major move to boost its service offerings. This service is part of the broader programme to create a one stop travel shop providing accommodation, packages, and flights all on the same platform, in a bid to streamline travel in Africa.

The N°1 online hotel booking company is now offering both domestic and international flights by major airlines in the continent including Arik Air, Dana Air, Medview Airline, South African Airways, Kenya Airways, Rwandair Express, Qatar Airways, Emirates, Ethiopian Airlines, KLM, Fly Dubai, Turkish Airlines, Air Arabia, and Air Seychelles among others.

“It’s a new step for us as we aim to be the leading African Online Travel Agency, providing best customer experience for the travelers. It is also part of our broader program to create a one stop travel shop providing accommodation, packages, and flights all on the same platform, in a bid to streamline travel in Africa,” said Paul Midy – CEO of Jumia Travel.

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As an Online Travel Agency, Jumia Travel will be working in partnership with different partners including Amadeus. The service (now available on travel.jumia.com/flights) enables the customers to find, compare, and book flights, as well as buy air tickets online with ease directly from various Airline companies across the world.

“We want to offer to our customers, all payment options, credit card but also payment in cash or through mobile phone as well as the support of a local customer service  available 24/24” adds Paul Midy.

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Accounting for only 3% of the world’s air traffic, Africa portrays massive potential for growth in the coming years, especially due to the increasing demand from the rising middle class and the growing African economies.

 

“Jumia Travel aims at capitalizing on a market that is progressively driving hospitality demand in the continent. With the International Air Transport Association, ‘IATA’ predicting a strong growth of 4.8% in passenger numbers in Africa in the next 5 years, this confirms our strategic commitment to provide infinite travel solutions to travellers,“ added Paul Midy.

 

The company recently launched its holiday packages to foster domestic tourism in Africa. By including flights in its packages, Jumia Travel will continue supporting easier access to both African and universal destinations, while at the same time remaining keen to maintain “off-the-beaten path” travel solutions.

#FlyWithJumia

 

About Jumia Travel

Jumia Travel (travel.jumia.com) is Africa’s No.1 hotel booking website, allowing you to get the best prices for more than 25,000 hotels in Africa and more than 200,000 hotels around the world. Our ambition is to bring every bit of available accommodation online, and to create the easiest and cheapest way for customers to book it. Before June 2016, Jumia Travel was known as Jovago. Jumia Travel was founded in 2013 by Jumia and is backed by MTN, Rocket Internet, Millicom, Orange, Axa and financial partners.

Six Lifestyle Changes To Make If You Want To Live To Be 100

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Over the years, the human lifespan has significantly declined. For example, the life expectancy in Nigeria according to the World Health Organization (WHO) for 54.5 years for both men and women as at 2016. However, there is a possibility that you can live longer than the recommended age of the WHO. The only thing you can do is to make lifestyle changes.

Here are some of the changes you can make if you want to live until 100.

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1.Stop eating junk

Many of us eat junk food. This is probably because you don’t have time to prepare a proper meal. The fact is eating these junk food have a negative effect on your health. Some of the health effects of junk or processed foods include diabetes and heart diseases. You should eat more fruits.

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2.Run away from alcohol

Alcohol has always being fingered as a major source of health problems. This is why you are encouraged to do away with alcohol. You may not feel the immediate impact of your incessant alcohol intake but it gradually cuts your lifespan. If you have an alcohol problem, you should seek help. So when you eat at one of the best hotels in Lagos, alcohol should not feature in your menu.

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3.Quit smoking

There is no gainsaying that inhaling smoke can damage your lungs. Despite this, the number of smokers is rising daily and even the recession has stopped many from buying packs of cigarette. They ignore the instruction that smokers are liable to die young. A combination of alcohol and cigarettes can adversely affect your health.

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4.Don’t skip sleep

Sleep is very important to reinvigorate your life. So, if you are one of those who rarely sleeps, it is advisable you stop this now and have a good nap. The lack of sleep can lead to depression and deterioration in overall performance. So, try to get few hours of good sleep every day.

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5.Stop worrying

With the recession in Nigeria, many people are very worried about a lot of things. The fact is your worry won’t change anything. Worrying can lead to high blood pressure. Even if you have to worry, it should not affect your wellbeing.

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6.Avoiding the Doctor

This is peculiar to the majority of us. If there is nothing wrong with us, we won’t visit the doctor. Ironically, when some persons are ill, they prefer to check in with their pastor instead of a doctor. A pastor is not a doctor. So, you should make it a point of duty to always visit your doctor intermittently. This will help in early detection of any ailment or disease.

Six Ways Technology Has Actually Made You Lazy

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You love technology because it has significantly simplified our lives. In fact, you eat, dream and sleep technology today unlike in the past when you have to make painstaking effort to get things done. Also, you can just sit on your sofa and you are interacting with the world. This is good. But, at the same time, it has made you lazy.

We share Six ways technology has made many of us lazy.

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1.Shopping online

There are a lot of online shops where you can buy whatever you want and the good will be delivered at your doorstep. So, you don’t see the reason why you should go to the market or offline store for shopping. However, what you don’t know is that you can bargain offline which you cannot do offline.

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2.No more in-depth research

Google is now a verb for searching anything online. It takes you seconds for you to get results of your search. But, before, you have to do in-depth research where you have to distribute questionnaires and go to the library and even buy books to make your findings expansive. But with search engines, you don’t need to do this.

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3.You don’t need to run your errands

There are now chatbots like Kudi that can help you run your errands. The managers of these chatbots will be the ones to help you buy recharge cards, go to the market, pay utility bills and make deliveries on your behalf.

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4.You don’t spend time with friends

Social media and instant messaging sites have ensured that you no longer visit our friends and family. You can just chat them up on WhatsApp or BBM or rather you put a call through to them. The societal bridges for physical interaction have collapsed.

5.Libraries have been abandoned

Public libraries have been abandoned because nobody uses them. This is because the internet is a cesspool of information. Even now very few people buy hard-cover books due to the fact that you can get e-books online.

6.News at a click

You don’t need to rely on traditional media like newspapers, radio, and television for news. The news is now all over the place on social media that even you don’t know what to believe due to the prevalence of fake news. So, you don’t need to make any effort to get news.

WILL GENERATIONAL GAP INFLUENCE NIGERIA’S POLITICS IN 2019?

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In December 2006, the Governor of Kaduna State, Malam Nasir Ahmed El-Rufai, then as FCT minister, caused a stir before an audience at the launch of the Heart of Africa project in Washington DC, USA by saying that only Nigerians aged 44-55 would be elected president in April 2007.

Indeed, the late Malam Umaru Musa Yar’adua aged 55 then emerged president. Not everyone buys into generational theories and some censure historians, marketers and social scientists for stereotyping people.

Though, when it comes to generations, features and qualities are often referred to as the collective persona. Neil Howe and late William Strauss (1993) in their popular book titled; “13th Gen: Abort, Retry, Ignore, Fail”? define Generation Xers as those born between 1961 and 1981. The age range for Generation X as of 2016 is 55 to 35 (my broadest definition). In 2011, the first Xers turned 50 and the youngest turned 30. Xers are presently the “sandwich generation” in Nigeria which is caring for aging parents and raising more than 60 percent of the nation’s children under 18.

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From independence in 1960 till date, all those that led the country fell into categories the media has used as stereotypes for every generation. For example, Americans born between 1901 and 1924 were originally dubbed the “Greatest Generation”. While those born between 1925 and 1942 were dubbed “The Silent Generation”, those born between 1943’s and 1960 are the “Baby Boomer Generation”. Those born between 1982 and 2004 are regarded as “Generation Y” or (The Millennial’s) who are now in their 20s and 30s are characterized as narcissistic, over ambitious, entitled, lazy, ICT-oriented, social media gurus and impatient. Those born from 2005 to date are dubbed the “Homeland Generations”. Those generalizations evolved and dissipated over time not only in America but on every continent. For example, in Nigeria today, the Xers complain too much of being neglected and ignored, whereby the majority of those that criticize, lead political, economic, leadership and public discourse on social media platform are the millennials. It would be easy enough to blame society’s rage against the aging generations. It often feels that they’re sitting high in their ivory towers and leadership positions rewriting history by refusing to give way to the younger generations. This, many younger generations could have carried on, trusting they we will have a chance to rebrand ourselves and move the country forward if the older have given way to them.

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On the other hand, rather than pointing fingers and conveying censure, we can hub on what lies ahead. Questions such as what has the past taught us? What are the past mistakes? What do we want the future to look like? Most importantly, what power do we have now, using all these traits – desirable and undesirable alike – to shape the next generation? For example; all those that lead the country since the collapse of the First Republic were all born before 1960 It’s also an undeniable fact that in the previous and present administration, some Xers had opportunities to be elected and appointed into leadership positions.

While some of them were disappointing and embarrassing to the country and the generation they represent on their stewardship, some excelled in leadership. The shortcomings of some Xers in their previous leadership outings shouldn’t be an excuse that the country is in shortage of competent, tested and capable members of the generation that is prepared for the nation’s top job.

Ibrahim Muye Yahaya wrote from Muye, Niger State.

Eradicating polio in Nigeria our greatest achievement – Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

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Mairo Mandara, Country Representative of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, says eradication of polio in Nigeria will be the foundation’s greatest achievement.

Mandara, in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Abuja, said that Nigeria was one of the three countries left to completely tackle Poliomyelitis scourge.

She listed two other countries as Pakistan and Afghanistan. According to her, efforts are on to kick polio out of Nigeria this year. “We are going to kick polio out, and we are actively vaccinating and doing surveillance, so eradicating Polio in Nigeria will be our biggest achievement.

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“Not only will we not have active polio and children either dying or becoming crippled from polio, all the money for polio campaign will be available to invest in vaccination, maternal healthcare and Primary Health Care (PHC).

“So, with the ending of polio, all other programmes will suddenly be boosted,’’ Mandara said.

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She said that Nigeria had not recorded any polio case for almost two years when the cases in Maiduguri were discovered, which she said, was not surprising.

The Gates Foundation chief said that this was because for about four years, children and their families were enslaved by Boko Haram and could not be reached by the vaccinators.

She said that except for Borno, the scourge had not been recorded in any other parts of the country recently.

Mandara also said that the foundation was developing a Nigeria Country Strategy, a plan which was in line with what the Federal Government was doing.

She said it was developing a working methodology that supports the agenda of the government and people of Nigeria to improve health of women and children and its revitalisation of one Primary Healthcare Centre per ward initiative.

Mandara said that the foundation would, through the strategy, also support Nigeria to ensure that small holder farmers become central to its agricultural agenda.

“We want to support the Nigerian Government to develop a workforce of village health workers that will go to villages and ensure that there is good health and nutrition education.

“The government leading and we, with others supporting, so that it will have a sustained strategy for improving the lives of people in Nigeria,’’ the Gates Foundation official said.

She said that the present economic recession was an opportunity for Nigeria to reflect on how it does business, adjust its priorities and invest differently.

“In Nigeria, we are used to having heavy budgets for tertiary health institutions like teaching hospitals, but because of the recession, and with many people at the lower ebb of the pyramid, we need to invest in PHCs.

“We used to wait until we are sick to treat diseases, but now, we have to invest in prevention of illnesses,’’ Mandara said.

She said the government has yet to do enough to end the scourge of diseases, adding that the aim was to ensure zero tolerance for any disease.

“I am not sure there is any government in the world that is doing enough until we reach the stage of the wonderful number zero.

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“At this stage, no one is dying of any disease and no child is dying of preventable diseases, zero number of children are not immunised.

“Also, every woman who wants to space her children has the option of doing so, so until we get to zero, we cannot say that any government is doing the best.’’

She, however, commended the political will of the present administration toward health, adding that the revitalisation of 10,000 PHCs introduced by the Federal Government was the key to Nigeria’s health intervention.

The country representative said that the government needs to do more to create human resources for health by properly distributing health workers to fill up the vacancies in the rural areas.

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The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has been supporting humanity’s cause in Nigeria through donations to the government and other non-governmental organisations (NGOs) for more than 10 years. (NAN)

Five Ways To Deal With Work Stress

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In a recent global survey of 1,000 corporations across 15 countries, commissioned by The Regus Group it was found that the levels of workplace stress have risen over the last two years. These heightened stress levels are costing world economies billions of dollars in lost productivity and health related problems, according to an article on the Global Organization for Stress. It’s thus a priority for us to achieve a healthy-work life balance and deal with daily work stress.

 

We share five tips on how this can be achieved.

 

1.LEARN TO DROP THE CUP

If you hold a small cup of water in your hand for five minutes, you barely feel that you’re holding something. Now, imagine you hold that same cup of water without dropping it for 24 hours; it becomes significantly more difficult to hold. After a couple of hours of continuously holding the cup, it seems to get heavier and more unbearable to carry. The same thing applies to the burdens we carry that lead to work-related stress. The more you “carry” the burdens and hassles related to your work, the heavier they become even though in itself, the burdens, hassles or issues are still the same weight, size, etc.

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Worrying isn’t going to solve the issue at hand, so let go of it, free your mind of its weight. Instead, be proactive, think of solutions to solve the issue, and if you can’t think of any, ask or pay for advice. Consultancies were established for this reason. In work-related issues, action is always better than reaction. So remember, learn to drop the cup.

 

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2.DEVELOP A PERSONAL SYSTEM OF EFFICIENTLY HANDLING YOUR WORK AND DISCHARGING YOUR DUTIES

Especially for target-based jobs, where you have KPIs you have to unfailingly deliver on within stipulated times and periods, you need to develop a system personally tailored to accommodate your strengths and weaknesses in order to help you discharge these duties efficiently with the least amount of stress. You need to have an understanding of the best times for you to get your work done, best places within your work environment to help you accomplish this, the things in your daily work routine you need to either add or remove to help drive personal efficiency and effectively relieve avoidable work stress.

 

For example, if you know you are not the type of person that can work in the evenings after work hours, or you are not the type of person that can take your work home to work over the weekend, it’ll be advisable to develop a system of getting your work done within office hours. Eliminating as many distractions as you can, and possibly cutting short your break period by a few minutes so all your work gets done within your working hours, are suggestions that can help.

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3.PRIORITIZE

It is important to prioritize your work – from the most important to the least important. This way, you are able to focus on the first things first and avoid an “11th hour rush” to meet the deadlines of your work.

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To prioritize your work, it’s important to know your work, understand the nature of your work, along with possible deadlines attached to it. Understand those that need to get done today, those that can be carried over till the next day and still be completed, those that can be delegated to another, those that can be done alongside another etc. Avoid doing tomorrow’s task, today. Using a priority list can help with accuracy in understanding and prioritizing your work. Discipline and faithful adherence to your priority list will go a long way.

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4.MINIMIZE MULTITASKING

As much as multitasking can be advantageous, maybe even advisable in circumstances where possible, it’s also important not to over-do it. This is because multitasking can potentially reduce the efficiency of your work, leaving you overwhelmed and unable to complete your tasks. You end up taking on tasks you are only able to explore halfway without completion.

 

So be wise in multitasking, only do it when you have to or when you have judged it convenient to do so. Try completing multiple tasks in a day, instead of at the same time. In all, minimize your multitasking.

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5.TAKE TIME OUT TO RELAX

This might seem like an irony considering the theme of this article primarily emphasizes getting your work done howbeit with the least amount of stress. But the truth is, a sick worker is an unproductive worker. If you work and work without taking time out to relax, you end up over-exerting yourself. The result, more often than not, is a burn-out.

 

To avoid a burn-out, include a period of relaxation in your list of priorities, though it might be for a short period, include it still. Use the period to unwind and take some of the weight off your shoulders, so you can be strong enough to achieve more in your work. So, please remember to relax.