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Virginity test is humiliating, illegal, says medical practitioner



Virginity test is illegal, Dr Oluwajimi Sodipo, a Consultant Family Physician at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, declared in Ilorin on Wednesday.

He told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on the side-line of a workshop for primary healthcare providers that the WHO had declared the practice as illegal.

He added that apart from the WHO declaration, the practice was archaic.

Virginity test is conducted for various reasons, chief of which are requests from parents or suitors to establish marriage eligibility of the female or employment eligibility.

The WHO describes virginity test as a gynaecological examination conducted in the belief that it determines whether a woman or girl has had vaginal intercourse.

Sodipo said that there was a global call by WHO to eliminate violence against women and girls, adding that the practice was medically unnecessary.

He added that the practice was oftentimes painful, humiliating and traumatic.

He argued that the concept of virginity test was a myth, as the absence of a hymen did not mean that a female was promiscuous.

“The perception that there must be blood-stained sheet at first intercourse to indicate virginity is not always scientifically correct,’’ Dr Sodipo stressed.

Speaking on gender-based violence, he observed that there had been more attention on female victims because they were more susceptible to gender-based violence.

Emerging data showed that boys and men were increasingly becoming victims, he said.

He noted that boys who had fallen victim to the menace were less likely to talk about their condition because of stereotypes.

Dr Sodipo advised survivors not to be silent about their plight but to access help from healthcare providers and other relevant stakeholders.

The workshop with the theme: Clinical Management of Sexual Gender-Base Violence (GBV) was organised by Stand To End Rape Initiative, an NGO.

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Kidney: NAFDAC sends strong warning over long-hour fasting



NAFDAC DG, Prof. Moji Adeyeye

The Director General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, has advised Nigerians against subjecting themselves to long-hour fasting, saying it was risky to their kidneys.

Prof. Adeyeye, who attributed the high rate of kidney problems in Nigeria to prolonged fasting by some religious adherents, insisted that those subjecting themselves to prolonged fasting on religious grounds must moderate the act.

She spoke in Abuja on Tuesday, while briefing the media on the breakthrough by her agency in tracking a high consignments of Tramadol and other pharmaceuticals to the Republic of Benin.

On the high rate of kidney problems in the country, she said: “Kidney failure, we are a very religious country- Muslims and Christians fast a lot and it is part of the kidney problem.

“Your body has to have homeomistatic balance, meaning that the water level in your body must be enough to make your organs to function.

“Some people will fast for 10 or 20 days and drink only little water, the kidney is being punished. Now, if you put chemicals in it, it triples in exponential manner, it damages the kidney because the kidney doesn’t have water to dilute and filter.”

Adeyeye, who tasked Nigerians to fast but with common sense, added: “I fast but with common sense. We have to fast with common sense, otherwise we will pay with our kidneys.”

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Penis injury on the rise in UK, 169 fractured manhoods repaired in one year



• Surgeons worried

The number of men who snap their todger during sex is swelling, official NHS figures show.

Surgeons in the United Kingdom repaired 169 fractured manhoods in the 12 months to April 2022 — up 46 on the year before.

The number of men who snap their todger during sex is swelling, official NHS figures show.

According to the Scottish Sun, experts reckon it may show that more men are using Viagra to make a stand.

Most procedures involve men in their 30s, although two in their 70s had breaks last year.

The repair involves cutting into the penis to stitch the tear.

London-based consultant urologist Gordon Muir said breaks occur during sex when the willy comes out and gets bent on the way back in — usually when the woman is on top.

He said: “Most men feel a pop or crack and lose their erection.

There’s usually bruising. The penis can look like an aubergine.

“If untreated, erectile dysfunction or scarring can cause serious long-term problems.”

Rob Andrews, 32, of Liverpool, snapped his member during a Viagra-fuelled romp with partner Isabella Woolf.

She said: “I jumped on top of him and heard a crack.

“At the hospital, X-rays confirmed a penis break. Fortunately it’s recovered!”

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Buhari signs Mental Health Bill into Law …Psychiatrists hail action



President Muhammadu Buhari

Decades after mental health regulatory reforms have languished in the legislative chambers with failed attempts at overhaul in 2003 and 2013; President Muhammadu Buhari has finally signed into law the Mental Health Bill harmonised by both Houses of Assembly in 2021.

The signing which seems to be a parting gift to Nigerians from the president is also the 1st Mental Health Act/ Law post Independence and will also replaced the Lunacy Act of 1958.

It could be recalled that in 2019, the mental health legislation was advanced, with the Senate passing it for second reading and holding public hearings in 2020.

On the 28th of November, 2022, the National Assembly passed the National Mental Health Bill, 2021, and forwarded it to President Buhari for consideration and assent last week, according to a memorandum by the Clerk to the National Assembly.

The President of the Association of Psychiatrists of Nigeria, APN, Prof Taiwo Obindo, who confirmed the Presidential assent, described it as a great relief adding “this is a victory for Mental Health Care and practice in this nation.

“A final culmination to over two decades of several efforts by the Association of Psychiatrists of Nigeria now has an Act/Law on Mental Health governance and we are now part of the global space with best global practice,” he stated.

Also, speaking, immediate past President of APN, Prof Taiwo Shielk expressed gratitude to God Almighty that the Mental Health Bill has been signed into law by The President and Commander In Chief of FRN. Congratulations to APN for our tenacity and advocacy for the voiceless.

“Our profound gratitude to Senator Dr. Ibrahim Oloriegbe, Senator Ahmad Abubakar, Dr. Ibrahim Gambari (COS), CBM International, Johnson & Johnson and all our partners. After several attempts, by His Grace we finally reached the milestone.

“We pray that The Lord will reward all those who contributed to the success of this project.”

According to psychiatrists, the law will help replace the Lunacy Act of 1958, which practitioners condemn as outdated and inhumane.

Some provisions of the National Mental Health Bill include creating a Department of Mental Health Services in the Federal Ministry of Health and a Mental Health Fund.

It will help to establish human rights protections for those with mental health conditions, such as banning discrimination in housing, employment, medical, and other social services.

Improving care by guaranteeing those receiving treatments have the right to participate in formulating their medical plans and eliminating forced treatment, seclusion, and other methods of restraint in facilities, additionally, expanding community-based coverage.

The law will also address the way and manner mentally ill populations are to be catered for without stigma or discrimination and also form global best practices in enshrining the human right of the mentally ill, how care can be accessed, and outlawing chaining or other forms of coercion.

The law, among other benefits, will help in making access to care for the mentally ill easier and ensuring that the human rights of the mentally ill are enforced.

It will also help in regulating the activities of mental health practitioners and eliminates stigma and discrimination.

It will also help in addressing the issue of funding for mental health care in Nigeria.

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