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MEDICAL authorities at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja, have confirmed the popularly held belief that children of quarrelling parents, divorced or broken homes grow up with a myriad of psychological problems that contribute to psychosocial problems experienced in the society today.
They say delinquent behaviours such as social urchins, cultism, drug addiction, armed robbery, amongst others stem from the family- the smallest unit of the society.

Speaking exclusively with National Daily, Rotimi Coker, a Consultant Psychiatrist, cites that such children end up becoming bullies at school. “In a family that the parents quarrel, the child watches intensively, he observes dad beat up the mum, he acquires the nature of beating up people and he grows to beat in school.” He adds that in girls, the habit of nagging can be inherited. “If the mother nags or assaults, the child, especially the girl might grow up like that because of the acquisition of genes and chromosome from the parents which determines the personality of the child.”

A new and improved vaccine, MenAfriVac, has been designed in hopes of saving millions of lives and eradicating meningitis, the primary cause of epidemics in Africa affecting no fewer than 450 million people worldwide, with about 25 per cent of them in Nigeria alone.

Dr. Lotachukwu Kanu, a pediatrician at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital said, “with the introduction and appropriate use of such vaccine in Nigeria, the children will be saved from the escapades of the disease especially in the northern states.”
Also, a senior staff in the Primary Health Care at the Ekiti State Local Government Service Commission, Ikere, Ekiti State Ministry of Health said, “though we've not started using MenAfriVac  in Nigeria, but the fact is, vaccines are made to prevent children from contracting diseases and it will reduce the epidemicity of meningitis in Nigeria.”

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) in 2010, Nigeria had an estimated number of 4983 of meningitis reported cases. The disease kills thousands every year. Major group A epidemics occur every 7-14 years and are particularly devastating to children and young adults. The sickest patients typically die within 24 to 48 hours of the onset of symptoms. Of those who survive, 10 to 20 percent suffer brain damage, hearing loss or a learning disability.

The new vaccine was discovered by the research scientists at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health.

Dominique Caugant, chief scientist at the institute and Head, Norwegian segment of the international Meningitis Vaccine Project, a partnership between the WHO said “the vaccine results are exceeding all our expectations, there has been existing vaccines for meningitis but have not been good enough to prevent the occurrence of large-scale epidemics in Africa and there are improved vaccines available but they are far too expensive for African countries.”

The vaccine has already been used in mass vaccinations in Mali and Niger.

Meningitis is inflammation of the protective membranes covering the brain and spinal cord, known collectively as the meninges, caused by infection with viruses, bacteria, or other micro organisms.

The common symptoms of meningitis are headache, neck stiffness, fever and vomiting. Sometimes, especially in small children, only non specific symptoms may be present, such as irritability and drowsiness.

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