It’s Urgent! Sexual health education in our schools now!

Before 2017 ended, December saw two gang rapes that became public knowledge throughout the country. One in Ashanti Region (Bantama-Kumasi) and the other in the Central Region. Both of these unfortunate incidents were by teenage boys in high school both junior and senior high schools.

Aside the high level moral corruption displayed by these boys, and the emotional and physical trauma their act inflicted on their victims (the girls involved), they also showed  clear ignorance on their part with regards to the high exposure to sexually transmitted infections like HIV when they took turns to forcefully have sex with the girl.

1. All the boys involved  did not protect themselves from possible STI that may be from either of them or the victim. Instead they all without wearing Condoms inserted their penises into the victim’s vagina. This act can be the breeding ground for STI transmission among young folks because of the sexually active nature of these boys.

2. The victim did not try to negotiate with them to at least wear  a condom to protect herself from any possible STI. Negotiations in sex is a skill that is taught in sexual health education to enable these young girls to protect themselves. But she clearly lacked the knowledge and skill which endangers her with regards to STI.

3. Teenage pregnancy could become a resultant effect from these acts. Something the boys evidently did not think about hence their neglect of condom use.

The lack Sexual health education in our schools has become a health hazard for the youth and the nation at large. With the increasing numbers of adolescents engaging in early initiation into sex, the unavailability of Sexual health education is not only a great disservice to the young people but the nation at large.

Sexual health education among adolescents should be taken seriously in Ghana to help nurture a  well-informed and well guarded population for a healthy future.

#Sexual health education in our schools now!

Spread the word. Let’s protect our future generation. Let’s protect our future.

Know the top 5 cancers common amongst men and the top 5 amongst women

Cancer is one of the leading causes of death globally. It is crucial therefore to know what cancer is and the tpes of cancers you might be prone to.

Cancer Basics: Cancer  is caused by the abnormal growth of cells in the body.

Cells are what forms the tissues in the body and the tissues form the organs like the lungs, kidney, heart, brain, etc. These organs together make up the human body.

Because cancer is caused by abnormal cell growth, it also means that cancers can affect any organ in the body. That is why we have lung cancer, cancer of the brain, cancer of the cervix, etc.

Even though cancers can affect any organ in the body,  some organs are mostly affected than others depending on various factors like your gender.

 Top 5 cancers affecting Me globally 

1.lung

2. liver

3. stomach

4. colorectal

5. prostate cancers.

For th

Top 5 cancers affecting women globally 

1. Breast

2. Lung

3. Colorectal

4. Cervical

5. Stomach cancers.

 

Strong Hearts on Attack. (No. 1 disease every man should prevent and how to prevent it.)

The health of men have always taken a back bench to women and children’s health in our societies mostly because this gender is seen and portrayed to be strong and incapable of weakness especially in the African part of the world including Ghana. Even though this culturally induced thought is changing with time, men’s health is still struggling partially because the average man would rather learn about the latest technology and seek care for his car rather than his health.

But with Cardiovascular disease as the number 1 cause of death among men, it has become life saving to master this condition to preserve your life. Now that you know, let’s get started.

First things first, what is this cardiovascular disease (CVD) giving men a run for their lives?

Well, CVD is any disease that affects the heart and blood vessels. It is also called Heart disease. There are different types of heart diseases, a common example is Heart attack.

 What causes Heart diseases? To avoid a heart disease, you would have to know what causes it. There are three   (3) main causes of heart diseases which are;

1. High blood pressure

2. Elevated LDL Cholesterol levels

3. Too much Alcohol use

Other risk factors of heart disease are

Obesity, Diabetes, Genetic exposure, smoking, air pollution, lack of physical activity.

 

For today we’ll be focusing on the top cause of heart disease which is;

HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE 

High blood pressure is a consistent  blood pressure  reading of more than 140/90mmHg for a number of weeks. That means a single BP check of 140/90mmHg does not really mean a you  have a high BP.

What it means to have a high blood pressure is that, the blood vessels in your body experiences a strain which affects its flow and work. if this is not resolved early, it can cause a heart attack or stroke which is as a result of the heart working more than it should to compensate for the inadequate blood supply.

How do you know if you have blood pressure? (signs and symptoms)

Having blood pressure does not really come with symptoms except for the sign of an elevated BP. That said, there has been complaints from people experiencing a high BP who experienced severe headaches. This is the reason why some call it the silent killer.

What causes high blood pressure in someone?

High blood pressure can be caused by a number of things, there is no particular cause of high BP between two people. What causes someone to have a high BP might be different from what causes another to experience high BP.

  • Too much stress: Stress is something that causes an elevation in one’s blood pressure. People who work in stressful environments like banks, and organizations with deadlines to meet and huge work load are at greater risk of getting their BP high.
  • High salt intake: Taking in too much salt can also increase your BP because of the sodium content in it. Especially for older people and men above 40years.
  • Inadequate intake of fruits and vegetables: fruits and vegetables contain essential vitamins that is good for the overall health of the human body. Therefore it is important to cultivate a fruit eating habit and an adequate inclusion of vegetables in your diet.
  • Inactivity: People in the corporate pool are more liable to this risk because of the nature of their work. The practice of sitting behind your desk for hours without any extra activity and driving in and out of the house always with very little walking increases your risk of high BP.
  • Too much Alcohol intake: excessive alcohol intake also influences one’s risk of having high BP.
  • A family history of high blood pressure: Anyone who’ s family has a history of high BP in it is at risk of getting it too.
  • Age: As one gets older, you become more susceptible to high BP especially if you are some one who has led an unhealthy lifestyle with regards to all that have been mentioned above.

 

How can one prevent High BP?

  • Increase your physical activities. Walk more, run, join a keep fit club or your local gym.
  • Reduce your salt intake
  • Eat more fruits and vegetables for a healthy balanced diet.
  • Reduce your alcohol intake
  • find out about your family health history if there has been a family member in your bloodline with a high BP.

 

 

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