Archive for February, 2013


Posted: February 27, 2013 in Uncategorized

Registration is now in progress for the First Quarter Adolescent Health Education Programme (A.H.E.P).
A.H.E.P is a holiday program designed to meet the physical, mental and social needs of in-school children between the ages of 10 and 16yrs through age-appropriate skills-based health information.
DATE:- 30th March – 20th April 2013 (4 Consecutive Saturdays)
VENUE:- Fidson Seminar Room, Department of Family Medicine, 3rd Floor Outpatient Department (OPD) building, L.U.T.H, Idi-Araba, Lagos.
TIME:- 10am – 1pm
PROGRAMME FEE:- N 5,000.00 (Lunch and course materials included)
1.       Body / Body Image / Puberty
2.       Prevention of chronic diseases
3.       Prevention of HIV AIDS / STI / Teenage pregnancy
4.       Personal safety and hygiene / Peer pressure / Developing personal goals.
Payments should be made to:
ASTRAH Initiative
Account No – 0056093238,
Access Bank PLC (Any branch near you)

Forms are available for pick-up at the Department of Family Medicine, 3rd Floor Outpatient Department (OPD) building, L.U.T.H, Idi-Araba, Lagos.
Come with original copy of proof of payment.

Enrol your child now ! Limited Spaces available!

Kindly re-broadcast and don’t deny others the opportunity to learn.
…Powered by ASTRAH Initiative.

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A young girl was dragged to the feet of her rapist and forced to apologise to him after her father refused to believe she was being sexually abused.

Tina Rogers was just 11 years old when her uncle began raping her on a weekly basis at her grandparents’ home, while her family laughed and joked downstairs oblivious to what was happening.

Finally, more than two decades after the abuse started, 63-year-old Colin Dunn was jailed for 16 years for sexually assaulting children over a 50-year period.

He was found guilty of seven offences of rape and two charges of indecent assault at Burnley Crown Court on February 12.
Sex pervert Dunn told an innocent Tina he was the only one in her family that loved her before grooming her and forcing her to have sex with him against her will.
Tina, now 37, was then forced to live with the horror of her abuse after bravely trying to confide in her father, before being dragged to apologise to her rapist when her family refused to believe the allegations.

Tina, from Preston, Lancashire, said: ‘I went to tell my dad that Colin was touching me. I wanted to tell him he was having sex with me, but I was scared how he would react. I said he was touching my bottom.
‘Dad went mad. He dragged me up to his house and made me apologise to Colin’s face. My uncle sneered down and me and said he wouldn’t do anything like that to me.

‘None of my family would believe me. I could describe his bedroom, but it didn’t matter. No-one would listen.’

Tina grew up in what she believed to be a tight-knit family, so as a child there appeared nothing wrong with her spending time with her loving uncle.

But his actions soon turned sinister, as he encouraged Tina to spend more time with him.
She said: ‘The first time I remember anything happening was when I was putting food into the fish tank. He sat on a chair behind me and put his legs around me, and then he started touching me.

‘I was naive, I didn’t know what sex was. It didn’t occur to me what he was doing to me was wrong and I believed that he loved me.

‘Colin said we would both get into trouble but especially me, so I didn’t say a word. I had sex with him too many times.’

But as Tina got older, she began to realise that her relationship with Dunn was not what it should be.

She said: ‘I was watching TV one night and there was a prostitute on the screen. My mum said she was dirty. I then realised what was happening to me was wrong as well.’

As a teenager, Tina, who has an older brother and sister, was put into care and even called a ‘reject’ by her mother.

She said: ‘They got rid of me. I was told to shut up or it would be ten times worse.’

When she was 21, Tina finally found the courage to report her rapist.

She said: ‘I was terrified he was doing what he had done to me to other girls.’

Dunn was arrested and the charges were put to him. But while he was in police custody, he collapsed and was taken to hospital.

Police said there wasn’t enough evidence against him and Tina was forced to watch her attacker walk free.

More than a decade after Tina was forced to believe Dunn would never be convicted of his crimes, he was handed a 32-month sentence after confessing to attacking five and six-year-old girls he had befriended close to his home.

He lured the youngsters with toys, Easter eggs and promises to look after their animals.

Following the conviction in October 2011, Tina’s statement was reviewed and Dunn was finally charged with two counts of rape on her as a child.

Tina said: ‘Two girls came forward and told police what he had done to them.

‘Those little children that have spoken out deserve a medal for being so brave, and so do their parents for supporting them and believing them.

‘I can’t apologise enough to the other parents because it shouldn’t have happened.’

Passing sentence, Judge Beverley Lunt told Dunn: ‘It cannot be said that at any stage of your life you led a blameless existence.

‘For decades you have been a perverted sexual abuser who has preyed on young girls.’

Dunn admitted the charges due to the amount of evidence served against him.

‘He had nothing left,’ Tina added. ‘When I saw him in court, I stared right at him. He looked empty. It was the closest I had been to him in a long time.

‘I felt relieved to see him sentenced. I can’t believe it’s finally over. I’ve waited so long for justice.

‘But while I know he is being punished, it will always hurt that I was disbelieved by my family about it for so long.’

Detective Constable Matt Capper, of the Pennine policing division’s public protection unit said: ‘Dunn is a predatory and dangerous man whose offending spanned decades.

‘His offending has not only had significant health implications for his victim but they will now have to live with this for the rest of their lives.

‘They showed immense bravery and courage in coming forward. I hope this sentence will offer a degree of closure and allow them to move forward with their lives.’

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Today is a special day. A day when individuals and organisations join hands in the fight against cancer. The theme for this year’s campaign is ‘Dispeling the myths and misconceptions about cancer’.
The truth of the matter is that cancer is REAL. Cancer can lead to death but can only be prevented if necessary precautions are taken to detect it on time through screening, early detection and prompt treatment.
It mind-blowing to know that a lot of Nigerians do care about their health as people, especially the women, came out en-masse to have routine checks on their breasts, cervical cancer screening and prostate cancer screening for the men. Or could it be because the screening was free?!
Whatever the case may be, today was a success not only for ASTRAH but for a lot of individuals who went home knowing that they were in good health and others who discovered lumps early enough.
Finally, it is noteworthy to inform Nigerians to increase ownership of their health by:
1. Exercising regularly
2. Eating better nourished and adequate diet
3. Losing weight if obese.
4. Stop smoking cigarettes or tobacco
5. Reduction of alcohol intake
6. Regular health checks.
Hopefully, there will be a decrease in the incidence of cancer.

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