Sunday, 17 January 2016

Television ratings and their meanings

Have you been bothered by what is shown on television these days?
Do you worry that your children or wards might be getting exposed to the wrong things through the entertainment industry? If yes, then you are just like the majority of parents in the world today.
We can all complain and complain, there is nothing much we can do about what is shown on TV. Rather, we can have control over what our children see.

DSTV give you a chance through their DSTV explora. A youtube video showing how to go about it is this
But even then, how do you know which show to block your Children from seeing? and which show you would really like them to see. Most shows especially from the USA are given ratings to help guide parents on which is suitable for their kids and people of different ages. Here is a list of ratings and what they mean. 
For all children.
For children aged 7 and above. It is more appropriate for children who have acquired the developmental skills needed to distinguish between make-believe and reality. 


Not for Children under the age of 14
 For all ages.
Not for younger children.
It requires parental guidance. Could be appropriate for Children above 17
 This is solely for adults. You won't likely find this kind of show on local TV stations but they will likely be on TV stations viewed via satellite like the DSTV 

 But keep in mind that this is just a guide and not a list of right or wrongs.

More important than blocking the TV programs that you see as inappropriate, you should sit with them to see the messages being passed by what they see and above all, constantly have a talk on the rights and wrongs of this world. 
Don't let the TV bring your children up. Be around. Do it yourself.

Sunday, 10 January 2016

The moment kim Kardashian called her mother Stupid

Done with the whole day, home late, I JUST want to relax. On one of such days, I was  watching the 11th season of  'keeping up with the Kardashians' . An argument came up between Kim Kardashian and her mum, and kim said to her mother, 'You sound so stupid'. Really?

That doesn't seem so bad in itself. At one point or the other, we all have had arguments with our folks. but to call them stupid, is just too DISRESPECTFUL.

But that's not the main gist.

The whole family went on a  vacation at st Bart's and guess what? Kris (the mother) was there seeking her daughter's approval. She so badly wanted the whole drama over and came up with. Ï love you, cheers!!

My headache with this is, with the large number of followers Kim and her sisters have, I hope this is not her showing the world, especially younger girls, 'how to speak with your mother'. But good enough, the show is rated PG , which means Parental Guidance is essential!

DO keep your children, awaaaaaaay.

How to identify the rat that causes Lassa fever

There are different species of rat . But the ones that host the lassa virus that causes  lassa fever are unique. You need to know what they look like so that you can take appropriate steps when you see one around you.
Read more on Lassa fever here

  1. Their scientific name is Natal multimammate.  Also known as African soft furred rat, Natal rat, Natal multimammate mouse and soft furred mouse.
  2. Multimammate because they have many breasts, the highest in any rodent.
  3. They breed in high quantity. This explains the reason they may be difficult to get rid of. 
  4. They are found mostly in Africa.
  5. They have long silky fur and can be of differing colours.
  6. The upper part is made of shades of grey through yellow to brown.
  7. The lower part is white to off-white.
    This off white- white description of the lower part appears like the feature that will more likely help identify this specie
  8. The body is slender, head pointed, ears round and large.
  9. They can very well adapt to different environments. Even  when you think it is not found around you, anybody coming from where it is commonly found may bring them through their luggage to where you may be and they will adapt well. Moving around with these species is prohibited in some parts of the world.
  10. They live in human abodes,  hiding in holes, moving around at night.
  11. They don't make audible sounds.
  12. They feed on grass, pods and insects but chew on wood.
  13. They serve as reservoir for lassa virus that causes lassa fever.

Saturday, 9 January 2016

10 Important Things to know about Lassa Fever and how to prevent having it.

You may have heard of the recent outbreak of Lassa fever and may have been wondering what it is all about, thinking of how to prevent it and what to do in case someone you know is affected by it. Go nowhere else, here is everything you need to know about it.

1.  Just like Ebola, it is a haemorrhagic fever. It is caused by a virus, known as the Lassa virus.

2.  Although it is found in other west African Countries, it was first described in Nigeria, in 1969, in a town called Lassa, Borno state and this is how it got its name.

3.  Although the virus is hosted by rats, not all species of rat cause it. check the description of the causative rat here.

4.  You can get infected when
  • you eat food on which the rat had urinated or defecated
  • you inhale particles of the excreta
  • you come in contact with the excreta or urine through a broken part of your skin or any opening in your body
  • you come in contact with an infected person
5.  It takes 1-3 weeks after the exposure before symptoms start to show.

6.  Some of the symptoms are found in other diseases and they make it difficult for early diagnosis. These symptoms include, high temperature, feeling week, swollen face, red eyes, bleeding from the mouth, nose and other parts of the body, vomiting blood, stooling blood, difficulty swallowing, stomach pain, increasing heart rate, coughing, chest pain, breathing faster than normal, seizures.


7.  Signs of the illness would only be seen by a medical practitioner. Hence, when you notice these symptoms, SEEK HELP.

8.  At the hospital, blood tests would be carried out and fluid from the spine (cerebrospinal fluid) can also aid diagnosis.

9.  You can prevent this by keeping your food away from where rats can get to them if you can’t completely keep rats away. Also, dress up in masks and gloves and cover your whole body when in contact with infected people. More importantly, present to a Hospital when you see the symptoms and don’t infect other people please!
How to be in contact with someone with lassa fever

10.                   15-20% of the people who get to the hospital die. It can be up to 50% if measures are not properly taken. Pregnant women are at more risk of dying. May God save us from that.
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