Wednesday, February 21, 2018


A speech presented by
Mr. Uduakobong Clement
Deputy Director for Welfare-Health
Akwa Ibom State
Atiku Abubaka 2019 Health Awareness Campaign Meeting Held in ABUJA

on the Prostate Gland and its effect on us, men.

Read it and apply, especially the part on diet. Useful for all men over 40 years of age.

A useful article / talk on Benign Prostate Hyperplasia (BPH) or in simple terms, Enlarged Prostate. Diet is the most important part of this talk which is something within our control; and it works.




I am here to speak with you on Prostate. The topic is misleading. Is prostate strictly for men? Yes, ONLY men have prostate and ONLY men over 40 years but the healthcare enlightenment is for everyone. There is no woman who does not know a man 40 years and above, father, uncle, brother, son, friend, neighbour, colleague...

Essentially what I will be doing today is health promotion. Responsible health promotion must provide three things:

1. Information
2. Reassurance
3. A plan of action.

Let me start with a background on prostate health.

Everyone has a pair of kidneys. The job of the kidney is to remove waste. It is the LAWMA (waste management company) of your body. Everyday your blood passes through the kidney several times to be filtered. As the blood is filtered, urine is formed and stored in a temporary storage tank called the urinary bladder.

If there were to be no urinary bladder, as a man walks on the road, urine will be dropping.

Now think of the plumbing work in your house. Think of the urinary bladder as the overhead storage tank. From the storage tank, a good plumber will run pipes to other parts of the house, including the kitchen. God in His wisdom ran pipes from our urinary bladder to the tip of the penis. The pipe is called the urethra. Just below the bladder and surrounding the urethra is a little organ called the prostate gland.

The prostate gland is the size of a walnut and weighs about 20grams. Its job is to make the seminal fluid which is stored in the seminal vesicle. During sexual intercourse, seminal fluid comes down the urethra and mixes with the sperms produced in the testicles to form the semen. So semen technically is not sperm. It is sperm + seminal fluid. The seminal fluid lubricates the sperm.

After age 40, for reasons that may be hormonal, the prostate gland begins to enlarge. From 20 grams it may grow to almost 100 grams. As it enlarges, it squeezes the urethra and the man begins to notice changes in the way he urinates.

If you have a son under 10, if he has a little mischief like we all did at that age, when he comes out to urinate, he can target the ceiling and the jet will hit target. Call his father to do same, wahala dey. His urine stream is weak, cannot travel a long distance and sometimes may come straight down on his legs. So he may need to stand in awkward position to urinate.

Not many men will be worried their urine stream cannot hit the ceiling. Toilets are on the floor and not on the ceiling. But other symptoms begin to show.


The man begins to notice that after urinating and repacking, urine still drops on his pants. This is the reason why after an older man urinates, he has to ring bell. A younger man simply delivers to the last drop and walks away. Just see an older man coming from the bathroom. Sometimes he may clutch the newspaper closely to hide the urine stains, particularly on plain colored trousers.


At this point you wait longer for the urine flow to start. There are 2 valves that must open for you to urinate – the internal and external sphincters. Both open but because of obstructions in the urethra, you wait longer for the flow to start.


You have this feeling immediately after urinating that there is still something left.

As all these things happen, the bladder begins to work harder to compensate for the obstruction in the urethra. The frequency of urination goes up. Urgency sets in. Sometimes you have to practically run into the toilet. Nocturia also becomes common. You wake up more than 2 times at night to urinate.

Men being men may not talk to anyone even at this point. Then the more serious complications start.

Stored urine gets infected and there may be burning sensation when urinating.

Stored urine forms crystals. Crystals come together to form stone either in the bladder or in the kidney. Stones may block the urethra.

Chronic urinary retention sets in. The bladder stores more and more urine. The size of the bladder is 40 - 60cl. A bottle of coke is 50cl. As the bladder stores more urine it can enlarge up to 300cl. An overfilled bladder may leak and this leads to wetting / urinary incontinence. Also the volume may put pressure on the kidney and may lead to kidney damage.

What may likely bring the man to hospital is acute urinary retention. He wakes up one day and he is not able to pass urine.

Everything I have described above is associated with prostate enlargement, technically called benign prostate hyperplasia.

There are other diseases of the prostate like:

1. Prostatitis – inflammation of the prostate

2. Prostate cancer – cancer of the prostate.

This discussion is on prostate enlargement.

I have bad news and good news.

The bad news is that everyman will have prostate enlargement if he lives long enough.

The good news is that there are life style changes that can help the man after 40 to maintain optimum prostate health.


Look at what you eat. 33% of all cancers, according to the US National Cancer Institute is related to what we eat.
Red meat everyday triples your chances of prostate disease. Milk everyday doubles your risk. Not taking fruits / vegetables daily quadruples your risk.

Tomatoes are very good for men. If that is the only thing your wife can present in the evening, eat it with joy. It has loads of lycopene. Lycopene is the most potent natural antioxidant.
Foods that are rich in zinc are also good for men. We recommend pumpkin seeds (ugbogulu).
Zinc is about the most essential element for male sexuality and fertility.

Men need more zinc than women. Every time a man ejaculates he loses 15mg of zinc. Zinc is also important for alcohol metabolism. Your liver needs zinc to metabolize alcohol.


As men begin to have urinary symptoms associated with prostate enlargement, it is important they look at alcohol consumption. More fluid in means more fluid out.

Drink less. Drink slowly.


Exercise helps build the muscle tone. Every man should exercise. Men over 40 should avoid high impact exercise like jogging. It puts pressure on the knees. Cycling is bad news for the prostate. We recommend brisk walking.

When we sit, two-third of our weight rests on the pelvic bones. Men who sit longer are more prone to prostate symptoms. Do not sit for long hours. Walk around as often as you can. Sit on comfortable chairs. We recommend a divided saddle chair if you must sit long hours.


Men should avoid tight underwear. It impacts circulation around the groin and heats it up a bit. While the physiological temperature is 37 degrees, the groin has an optimal temperature of about 33 degrees. Pant is a no - no for men. Wear boxers.  Wear breathable clothing.


Avoid smoking. It affects blood vessels and impact circulation around the groin.


Regular sex is good for the prostate.

Celibates are more prone to prostate illness. While celibacy is a moral decision, it is not a biological adaptation. Your prostate gland is designed to empty its contents regularly.

Approved/Signed by
Mr. Uduakobong Clement
Deputy Director for Welfare-Health
Akwa Ibom State 

*Thought:* 💭

Friday, September 8, 2017


We pray for you As God hide Jesus from his killers,
so shall you be hide from the pit made by evil people this Ember month in Jesus precious name.
Day and night, morning and noon,
we also pray that you gain back your wasted years that the lucos and kanga-worm has eaten in JESUS mighty name,
please Read: Nehemiah: 5:11, Take them now by fire in JESUS Christ name.
type Amen Amen Fire and experience the testimonies,,,,


When people tell you, we shall see, tell them THEY WILL SEE JESUS FIRST Colo. 3:3.
When they say without them you cannot make it in life tell them "GOD CAN".
God shall hid you from every trap and accident set by demon in form of human.
This is my prayer for you, yes you in particular, in Jesus name. Jere. 36:26.


Kenya is two hours ahead of Nigeria, it does not mean that Nigeria
is slow and it does not mean that Kenya is faster than Nigeria.
Both countries are working based on "Time Zone".
There's one that married as a virgin and 'waited' ten years before
having a child yet there is another who had had series of abortion
before marriage yet gave birth after nine months.
There is one that graduated at the age of 22 yet waited 5 years
before securing a job,yet there is another who graduated at the
age of 30 and secured employment immediately.
There is one who became a CEO at the age of 25 and dies at the
age of 50,there is another who became a CEO at the age of 50 and
lives to 90,both worked based on 'Time Zone' and some just
happen to have everything work fast for them. Work based on your
Colleagues, friends, associate, younger one(s) might have gone
ahead of you don't envy them, it's their 'Time Zone' yours too will
come. Just hold on and be strong, it won't be long everything is
gonna be alright.
Keep Moving, put more efforts and Above all Pray for God's
blessings in all your doing... See You on top...

How to avoid vaginal infection

Have you wondered why some women scratch their virgina ceaselessly? Experts say it is a sign of infection. Every woman at one time or the other must have virginal discharge. But while some are normal, others are signs of infection. Vaginal infections occur when bacteria, fungi or viruses grow in and around the vaginal area.Certain types of bacteria live naturally inside the vagina. They produce acid, which helps to fight off other bacteria, as well as viruses and fungi that don’t normally live in the vagina. Anything that lowers the acidity of the vagina can cause a vaginal infection.
Dr. Nathaniel Adewole Consultant Gyneacologist at the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital says “It is normal and healthy for a woman of childbearing age to have a vaginal discharge. But some of the symptoms of a vaginal infection include unusual vaginal discharge (may be unusual in colour and smell unpleasant), irritation and soreness of the vulva (the skin around the outside of the vagina) vaginal itching.”

Vaginal infections can also be caused through unprotected sexual intercourse or skin-to-skin contact. These are known as sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is the most common cause of vaginitis (vaginal infection), accounting for 50 per cent of cases. Bacterial vaginosis is caused by a change or imbalance in the types of the bacteria normally found in the vagina and causes an overgrowth of organisms such as Gardnerella vaginalis.
Risk factors include pregnancy, intrauterine device (IUD) use, and frequent douching. It is associated with sexual activity, and possibly a new sexual partner or multiple sexual partners. Women who have never had sexual intercourse are rarely affected. You do not get bacterial vaginosis from toilet seats, beddings, etc, health experts say.
Again, vaginal yeast infections are caused by a fungus, mainly by Candida albicans. This is also called candidiasis. Yeast infection can spread to other parts of the body including skin, mucous membranes and other areas.
Yeast infections are caused by an overgrowth of normally growing fungi in the vagina that creates unpleasant symptoms. The yeast is kept under control by normally growing bacteria in the body. If the natural balance of microorganisms is disrupted, the yeast grows out of control. It is not clear how fungal infections originate, but they are not thought to be sexually transmitted. Your own natural bacteria allow this type of infection when an imbalance occurs, possibly caused by any of these events.
Dr. Adewole  says chlamydia is the most common STI in the world. It is caused by the bacterium Chlamydia trachomatis, which destroys the cells of the lining of the cervix and other tissues.
Many people have chlamydia without knowing it. In women, chlamydia infection can spread to the womb (uterus), ovaries and fallopian tubes and cause pelvic inflammatory disease PID. Between one and four women in 10 with untreated chlamydia will get PID. PID can damage the fallopian tubes and can increase the risk of ectopic pregnancy and infertility.
Gonorrhoea is caused by the bacterium Neisseria gonorrhoeae, which is passed on during unprotected sexual intercourse.
Symptoms of gonorrhoea usually appear within two weeks of infection, and may include  vaginal discharge, pain passing urine, bleeding between periods and pelvic or abdominal pain
However, half of women with gonorrhoea don’t have any symptoms. Chlamydia, gonorrhoea and trichomoniasis are transmitted by skin-to-skin contact, such as during unprotected sexual intercourse. All sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are preventable.  
Experts say you can reduce your risk of having Bacterial vaginosis (BV) by wearing cotton pants and changing them daily; not using perfumed soaps; and not using vaginal douches - they disturb the natural protective acidity of the vagina.
Dr. Adewole says diagnosis is usually made based on symptoms and results of urine tests and vaginal cultures (samples checked in the lab). “Treatment is based on the organism causing the infection. Depending on the cause of the infection, the gynaecologist will prescribe vaginal antifungal pills, or antibiotics (as pills or an injection). Treatment varies depending on which form of virginities you have, the severity of infection, duration of infection, recurrence of infection, and whether you are pregnant.”
One of the medications that can be given to a woman with vaginal infection Adewole states is antibiotic. But again, it must be recommended by the doctor. And too much of antibiotics could also cause another form of infection.

Monday, September 4, 2017


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