HEALTH: You’ll die trying to prove sexual prowess; 4-11 minutes enough, expert warns men

HEALTH: You’ll die trying to prove sexual prowess; 4-11 minutes enough, expert warns men

A lot has been said about just how long men should last in bed with many complaints from the fairer sex about their partners ‘shortcomings.’

Of course, many men try to outdo themselves in bed during sexual intercourse with their female partners, with some opting to use performance-enhancing drugs and remedies.

But how long should satisfying coitus last?

According to Asili Herbal Clinic doctor, Jackson Kimotho, men should not try to sustain an erection beyond four to 11 minutes as it could turn fatal.

Kimotho discourages men from going the ‘extra-mile’ to prove their sexual prowess to their female partners.

Kimotho who regularly appears on Kameme TV’s Rikiratha Show and who also specializes on male sexual health says most men’s sexual drive is steered by ego satisfaction.

“From a study done among 4,000 men on men’s sexual satisfaction, it was found that four to 11 minutes were enough,” Kimotho says.

On what determines how long a man lasts in bed, the herbalist says there are men with medical conditions that cannot allow them to have an erection, a group he advised to go for medical check-ups and seek treatment.

Kimotho also reveals that there is a group of men whose sexual drive is determined by how much money they spend to bed their sexual partners.

“There is a man who counts how much money he spent on the woman, and from which he determines how long to last. If he is not satisfied, he awards himself an extension. For instance, there is a man who will find three minutes very short if for instance he paid Sh3,000 for the room plus other expenses he spent on the woman, ” he says.

The herbalist advises men to look for long-term solutions to sexual health problems instead of swallowing quick-fix tablets, commonly referred to as the blue pills.

He says most men have extremely low testosterone levels, a medical condition that predisposes them to low sexual powers.

“The sexual power of a man is determined by the testosterone level. The wider your waist line is, the less testosterone you have and consequently, the less sexual power,” he says.

To better their performance in bed without using the sexual enhancement pills, Kimotho advises men to raise their testosterone hormones.

“Smoking, inhaling paints, working in steel manufacturing plants and riding motorcycles can lower the testosterone hormones in the body,” he says.

MYSTERY:The puzzling case of rising manhood birth defects in Kiambu

MYSTERY:The puzzling case of rising manhood birth defects in Kiambu

The number of boys being born with defects of the reproductive organ is on a steep increase in Kiambu County.

A new study by the University of Nairobi (UoN) says, overall, the number of children being born with physical abnormalities in Kiambu County has been rising.

However, defects affecting the reproductive organ of boys, the study shows have recorded the highest increase compared to other birth abnormalities.

“Hypospadias a rare male genital organ defect was the most frequently occurring of all observed physical abnormalities detectable at birth,” says the study.

Hypospadias is a condition where the male opening for urinating is on the underside of the penis instead of at the tip.

The researchers, George Nyadimo Agot, Marshal Mutinda Mweu and Joseph Kibuchi Wang’ombe of the University of Nairobi describe this as a worrying development

The three had recently studied the prevalence of birth defects in Kiambu County for a five-year period from 2014 to 2018.

Their report appears this month (December) in the Pan African Medical Journal and tells of an unfolding “silent epidemic.”

The team had analyzed records of all children born with physical abnormalities in 13 sub-country hospitals in Kiambu.

The sampled sub-county hospitals included Kihara, Karuri, Wangige, Nyathuna, Lari-Rukuma, Ruiru, Tigoni, Lussigetti, Kigumo and Igegania plus the three-county referral hospitals of Kiambu, Thika and Gatundu.

Overall, the study found a year-to-year increase of children being born with physical abnormalities in the county.

“There was a steady annual increase in the prevalence estimates of various physical defects in children during the study period,” wrote the authors.

While there were about 44 children born with defects out of every 100,000 births in 2014, this had increased to 205 cases by 2018.

Defects of the musculoskeletal and the nervous systems, which involve a wide range of organs, the team says, were the most prevalent.

The musculoskeletal system involves the bones called the skeleton, muscles, cartilage, tendons, ligaments, joints, and other connective tissue.

On the other hand, the nervous system primarily involves the brain and the spinal cord from where a complex network of nerves extends to all parts of the body.

In Kiambu, the researchers say, the number of musculoskeletal defects had increased by more than a third since a 1984 study in Kenya.

But hypospadias, they say was the most increased single organ defect recorded in the current study.

“Further, this study found epispadias, another defect of the male genital organ, was similarly common in Kiambu County.”

Epispadias is an even rarer defect of the penis where the urethra — the tube that carries urine — opens on the top of the penis rather than the tip.

The two types of penile defects have been linked to boys born of obese mothers, women giving birth at older ages than 35 years, and those exposed to toxic chemicals such as pesticides, hormones, medicines or industrial chemicals during pregnancy.

Kiambu records high rates of obesity and overweight in women of reproductive age as well as high use of industrial and farm chemicals.

Because Kiambu is largely an agricultural county, the researchers suggest an increased likelihood of exposure to pesticide-related chemicals, metals, and plastics among women of reproductive age.

“These findings point to possible increased exposure of women of reproductive age to teratogenic chemicals, metals and preconception obesity,” suggests the study.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) describes teratogens as drugs or chemicals known to trigger abnormal development of the foetus. The world health body estimates 4 to 5 of birth defects are caused by exposure to a teratogen.

The UoN researchers say this is the first such study in the country and an indicator of what may be happening in other regions similar to Kiambu.

In February, Adana AM Llanos of Rutgers University, USA, presented compelling data in Nairobi, showing several popular hormone-based skincare and hair products mainly targeting Africans may be leading to abnormalities.

These abnormalities are largely blamed on what are called endocrine-disrupting chemicals or EDCs that mimic, block, or interfere with hormones in the body.

“When a pregnant woman is exposed, EDCs can affect the health of her child and eventual grandchildren,” says Dr. Pauliina Damdimopoulou, of the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden.

Dr Damdimopoulou said this last week, at the launch of a new global report – ‘Plastic EDCs and Health’ – she has co-authored for the International Pollutants Elimination Network – IPEN.

The report shows for the first time a direct link between the everyday use of plastics and the development of cancers and impairments of developing fetuses and children.

Plastics, the report says, contain many harmful chemicals, (EDCs) that may leach from containers into the environment and now widely found in foods, water, pesticides, and cosmetics.

“Such chemicals once in the body of a pregnant woman may also transfer to a fetus or infant via placental transfer or through breast milk,” said the report.

Direct effects of EDCs, Dr Damdimopoulou said, have been observed in a general drop in the quantity and quality of human sperms and ova (eggs) across the world.

“The number of men presenting with the inability to produce sperms almost doubled within five years,” said Dennis Chalo, a researcher at the Kenya Medical Research Institute.

Chalo was presenting data from the University of Nairobi’s specialist semen analysis laboratory at a scientific conference in February.

Likely causes

These problems have also been blamed on environmental pollution, infections and disease, use of various medications, hard drugs, alcohol and tobacco, obesity and farm chemicals.

In Kiambu as well as in another study at Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH), doctors reported worryingly high rates of deformed legs at birth.

In the two studies, the incidence of children with club foot was the most common deformity of the skeletal system.

“Among the infants with musculoskeletal malformations, club foot was the most common,” said a team from the University of Nairobi that had assessed child deformities at KNH.

Clubfoot is an abnormality in which the foot points downward and inward and is known to occur twice as often in males than in females.

Club foot and conditions where one limb is shorter than the other were common in both the Kiambu and KNH studies.

Both studies indicate abnormally high rates of birth defects in the country. “The prevalence of birth defects at KNH is 19.4 percent. This is very high compared to the global prevalence of 3 to 7 percent,” said the authors.

About eight percent of the defects in KNH involved the genital organs. The team is recommending ultrasound for all pregnant women for early detection of fetal defects and where necessary pregnancy termination.

Fireworks as Senators go ham on one another over SONKO’s impeachment ahead of Tuesday debate

Fireworks as Senators go ham on one another over SONKO’s impeachment ahead of Tuesday debate

The acrimonious removal of Mike Sonko as Nairobi Governor, on Thursday, has lit fireworks in the Senate ahead of Tuesday’s debate, where the Senate is expected to endorse or reject the impeachment.

Senators have stirred up debate on Twitter ahead of Tuesday’s special sitting to decide on the mode of prosecuting Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko’s impeachment.

The lawmakers are engrossed in bitter exchanges over Sonko’s removal in what appears to have split the legislators along the pro and anti-handshake axis.

Speaker Kenneth Lusaka is set to gazette a special sitting of the members on Tuesday to consider the flamboyant county chief’s impeachment after he received a notification from Nairobi speaker Benson Mutura on the Assembly’s resolution to remove the governor.

Either Majority leader Samuel Poghisio or his Minority counterpart James Orengo is expected to petition the speaker, with the support of at least 15 senators, to gazette the special sitting.

The lawmakers who went on Christmas and New Year Holidays are expected to resume for the fourth session on February 9, 2021.

The County Government Act requires the speaker to communicate a resolution from the county assembly to the senators within seven days of receipt of the notification.

Senators Kipchumba Murkomen (Elgeyo Marakwet), Mutula Kilonzo Jr (Makueni), Johnson Sakaja (Nairobi), and Ledama Ole Kina (Narok) have stimulated the debate ahead of the high-stake sitting.

Murkomen ignited the argument with a tweet directed at Minority leader James Orengo and Mutula, who is the Minority Chief Whip.

“Governor Sonko impeachment mirrors (ex-Kiambu Governor) [Ferdinand] Waititu’s. It is state-sponsored,” he posted.

He claimed that the county assembly did meet the two-thirds threshold to impeach the governor, adding that “fraudulent” figures were announced on the floor.

Sonko was impeached on Thursday after 88 MCAs voted in favor of the ouster motion. Only two of the 90 ward representatives who logged into the voting system, voted against the motion.

However, Sonko and MCAs allied to him cried foul saying the threshold was not met as many were in Kwale with the governor.

“Impeachment is procured by force. Luckily Sonko has documented evidence well but doesn’t rely on Senate; Orengo and Mutula with a call from above can do anything,” Murkomen asserted.

Mutula reacted almost immediately, terming Murkomen a siren.

“Mutula and Orengo again. You have become a siren,” Mutula hit back.

To which, Murkomen responded, “You are right bro. I want to be the siren of truth. The siren of fairness. The siren of justice.”

At this point, Sakaja came in and attempted to cool down his colleagues from what was fast degenerating into a nasty exchange.

“Wacheni” [stop it],” Sakaja told them.

Mutula then asked the former TNA chairman to ‘tell your friend not to drag my name into his tweets. Nimetulia kwa tent yangu (I’m minding my own business).’

Ledama also waded into Sonko ouster and questioned the motive of removing and “harassing” the governor.

“Why now? Let Mike Sonko be free to carry out his constitutional mandate! It is wrong to harass an elected leader when he questions the legality of any action,”

Kericho Senator Aaron Cheruiyot posted, “The numbers game begins. Sonko has shown us videos of his 57 MCAs. The speaker says 88 voted in support. From the Waititu experience, Mike Sonko should seek justice in courts. If it gets to the floor of the senate…. Shamba la Wanyama.”

At Tuesday’s sitting, the senators will decide on whether Sonko’s case will be prosecuted before the plenary or a special committee formed to investigate the allegations leveled against him.

Section 33 of the County Governments Act states that the Senate, by resolution, may appoint a special committee comprising 11 members to investigate the matter. At this point, the committee may invite the governor and the county assembly to argue cases.

“A special committee appointed to investigate the matter and report to the Senate within 10 days on whether it finds the particulars of the allegations against the Governor to have been substantiated,” the Act states

In this case, if at least six of the 11 members of the committee rejected all the grounds for impeaching the governor, the impeachment will flop and the governor resumes his duties.

Celebrations for Cannabis farmers as U.N. Reclassifies Cannabis as a Less Dangerous Drug

Celebrations for Cannabis farmers as U.N. Reclassifies Cannabis as a Less Dangerous Drug

A United Nations agency has voted to remove cannabis from the list of the world’s most dangerous drugs.

The United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs on Wednesday accepted a World Health Organisation (WHO) recommendation to remove cannabis and cannabis resin from Schedule IV of the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs.

In a vote that Kenya opposed, the commission members voted 27-25 to remove cannabis from Schedule IV of the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, which allows national bans for drugs with, particularly dangerous properties. Only Ukraine abstained from voting.

“This formal, and long overdue recognition of the medical use of cannabis (including in herbal form) should facilitate the much-needed medical provision and further research,” the UN agency’s statement said.

Other nations that voted with Kenya are Nigeria, Japan, Russia, Togo, Egypt, China, Cuba, Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Bahrain Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Iraq, and Libya.

Among African countries, only South Africa and Morocco voted for the removal of cannabis from Schedule IV.

Other countries that voted Yes are Jamaica, Mexico, Canada, Germany, France, Colombia, United Kingdom, Thailand, Australia, Spain, Switzerland, Poland, Croatia among others.

The schedules of the international drug-control conventions categorize drugs, considering their medical utility versus the possible harm they could cause.

Schedule I, which includes fentanyl, requires the highest levels of international control.

Other drugs on Schedule I are cocaine, heroin, morphine, methadone, opium, and oxycodone, the opiate painkiller sold as OxyContin.

“Decades of efforts have been necessary to remove cannabis from Schedule IV, with implications that will slowly but surely be seen over the next decades,” the statement read.

Experts said taking cannabis off the stringent schedule could lead to the relaxing of international controls on medical marijuana.

The cannabis recommendations were first revealed by WHO in January 2019 as part of a complex package of six cannabis-related proposals.

Analyzing implications

Member states took almost two years to analyze the implications of accepting or rejecting the proposals.

Currently, medical cannabis programs have been adopted in more than 50 countries. Uruguay, Canada, and 15 states in the United States have legalized the recreational use of cannabis. Mexico and Luxembourg have taken this path as well.

In the US and Canada, cannabis is used for treating chronic pain, insomnia, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, reducing cancer pain, and that of multiple sclerosis.

Commercially, hemp (a variety of cannabis) is used in making paper, textiles, biodegradable plastics, insulation, clothing, paint, food, biofuel, and animal feed.

According to Visual Capitalist, an online site focusing on business and investment, cannabis (marijuana) is the most lucrative cash crop globally.

First Lady: Together we can wipe out killer virus

First Lady: Together we can wipe out killer virus

Kenyans yesterday joined the rest of the world in commemorating World Aids Day with calls on stakeholders to step up efforts aimed at lowering infections in the country.

This year’s event was held in Kajiado where the local county government unveiled an ambitious plan to end mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis by the year 2024.

The plan supported by First Lady Margaret Kenyatta’s Beyond Zero will enable Kajiado county to mobilize resources and implement programs aimed at ending the two diseases.

Kajiado county has an HIV prevalence of 3.4 percent with more women infected at 4.5 percent) compared to males at 2.3 percent carrying a disease burden of slightly over 30,000 people living with the virus.

In her recorded message, First Lady Margaret Kenyatta rallied stakeholders to ramp up efforts to end HIV in the country by investing in programs that will help guard vulnerable citizens against the virus.

“There is a critical need for increased awareness and resources for prevention and treatment of HIV especially amongst our youth, and more work to protect people living with Aids from stigma and discrimination.

“I strongly advocate for zero new infections and zero mother-to-child transmission of HIV.

I continue to encourage mothers to attend at least four antenatal checks where they can receive free testing,” the First Lady said.

In a speech read by CAS Dr. Mercy Mwangangi, Health CS Mutahi Kagwe said Kenya will defeat HIV through a multi-pronged approach that covers increased awareness, action, and resources.

Kagwe applauded Beyond Zero for its growing investment in the country’s health sector saying in the First Lady’s Beyond Zero initiative saying the initiative had catalyzed the improvement in the provision of health services across the country.

“Her (First Lady Margaret Kenyatta) consistent support for the Government’s Linda Mama Programme under the Universal Healthcare Scheme has led to many mothers delivering in medical facilities assisted by professionals,” said Kagwe.

HEALTH:  Kenya among countries to receive flavoured HIV Drug for children to be rolled out in Africa

HEALTH: Kenya among countries to receive flavoured HIV Drug for children to be rolled out in Africa

A strawberry-flavored tablet for children living with HIV will be rolled out in African countries in 2021, the first generic pediatric version of a key anti-retroviral available even for babies, aid agencies said on Tuesday, World AIDS Day.

Some 1.7 million children worldwide live with HIV, but only half receive any treatment — often hard to administer due to the bitter taste or incorrectly dosed by crushing adult pills, the global health agency UNITAID said. Some 100,000 children die from AIDS-related illnesses annually.

“For many of those children, the HIV virus is not suppressed due in part to lack of availability of effective drugs that are palatable and properly adapted for them,” UNITAID spokesman Herve Verhoosel told a Geneva news briefing.

UNITAID and the Clinton Health Access Initiative have reached a pricing agreement with the generic drugmakers Viatris and Macleods for the dispersible pediatric formulation of dolutegravir, a statement said.

The first-line HIV treatment is recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) from the age of four weeks and three kilograms, but it had been out of reach for babies because of the lack of appropriate formulations.

The estimated cost for combination therapy will now be some $120 US for a child’s annual treatment, against $480 currently, UNITAID said.

Benin, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Uganda, and Zimbabwe are due to receive the first tablets in the first half of 2021, Verhoosel said.

Self-test introduced

The Public Health Agency of Canada said this year that the COVID-19 pandemic has heightened challenges for people living with HIV and those who are most at risk for contracting the infection.

“For many, accessing culturally safe and timely HIV prevention, testing, treatment, and care is more difficult than before,” the agency said in a statement on Tuesday.

The federal government recently authorized the first HIV self-test kit in Canada. The one-minute self-test allows people to detect if they have an HIV infection through a single drop of blood, Health Minister Patty Hajdu told reporters.

Packaging included with the test provides advice on what to do following a positive result.

Tuesday also marks the beginning of Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week in Canada.