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Leke Baiyewu, Abuja

Plenary at the Senate was rowdy for about 30 minutes after its President, Bukola Saraki, read a letter from President Muhammadu Buhari seeking legislative confirmation of appointments into the board of the Federal Emergency Road Maintenance Agency.

Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, raised a point or order to protest against non-compliance by the President with his appointment of heads of Federal Government departments, agencies and parastatals.

According to him, the recent appointments made by Buhari and for which he had sought legislative approval showed that the nominees were from particular parts of the country.

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The Majority Leader, Ahmad Lawan, however argued that the appointments were balanced ‎”if you look at the larger picture.”

Saraki pointed out that the Senate would not act on sentiments and opinion, ruling that the Committee on Federal Character investigate Buhari’s appointments and present a report to the chamber on Tuesday.

The chamber, however, became noisy as the lawmakers shouted ‘yes’ and ‘no.’

Apart from Ekweremadu, three lawmakers from the South-East successively raised points of order to ask the chamber to suspend further consideration and screening of nominees pending the presentation and adoption of the report by the Committee on Federal Character.

Those who protested were senators Chukwuka Utazi, Mao Ohuabunwa and Obinna Ogba‎.

Saraki, however, insisted that only the report by the committee would determine if the protesters were right or wrong, and if the Senate would continue to act on Buhari’s requests for confirmation of appointments.

Details later…



Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Thursday urged Pope Francis to sack an Australian archbishop convicted of concealing child sex abuse.

Archbishop Philip Wilson, 67, in May became the most senior Catholic cleric to be convicted of not disclosing to police abuse by another priest.

Wilson was sentenced to a year’s detention earlier this month. He has stepped aside as archbishop of Adelaide in South Australia state but has not resigned, insisting he would do so only if he is unsuccessful in an appeal.

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Turnbull, who has previously called on Wilson to resign, escalated his criticism of Wilson remaining in office.

“He should have resigned and the time has come for the Pope to sack him,” Turnbull told reporters in Sydney.

“I think the time has come now for the ultimate authority in the church to take action and sack him.”

The Archdiocese of Adelaide was not immediately available for comment.

Lawyers for Wilson, who maintained his innocence throughout his trial, had argued that he did not know priest James Fletcher had committed child sex abuse throughout the 1970s.

The court was told that two victims, one an altar boy, told Wilson of the abuse in 1976.

Fletcher was found guilty in 2004 of nine counts of child sexual abuse and died in jail in 2006 after a stroke.

Wilson remains on bail while he is assessed by prison authorities for home detention, instead of jail.

Wilson, who was earlier this year diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease, is due to face court again on August 11 for a ruling on whether he will be imprisoned or allowed to serve his sentence in home detention.

Allegations of sexual abuse cover-ups have continued to rock the Catholic Church years after perpetrators of sexual abuse started regularly appearing before the courts.

In Chile, the country’s 34 bishops in May offered to resign over allegations of a cover-up of sexual abuse.

(Reuters/NAN)



Oladapo Ashiru

Sperm testing is not without its attending issues. For example, sperm count that is below average can result from testing a sperm sample that was taken too soon after the last ejaculation or after an illness or stressful event.

Also, testing a sample that did not contain all of the ejaculated semen, due to spillage during collection, can yield below average sperm count. Therefore, the results are generally based on the selection of several samples over a period.

Treatment of male infertility is possible through assisted reproductive techniques and, sometimes, surgery for Varicocele and undescended testes.

Assisted reproductive techniques are the advanced methods of achieving conception. The techniques could be invasive or non -invasive. The non-invasive techniques include medical treatment with drugs for patients with hormonal imbalances such as anti-estrogens, e.g., clomiphene citrate, tamoxifen, gonadotropins, such as HCG, dietary supplements, e.g., coenzyme Q10, aromatase inhibitors like Anastrazole and cyclic steroids (for immune-suppression). It is important to note that these drugs can be combined to get better results. The clinician has to identify the underlying causes and appropriate medications to use.

Patients with mild and even moderate oligozoospermia can benefit from Artificial Insemination/Fallopian Tube Sperm Perfusion, which is also a non-invasive treatment for the men.

Patients with severe oligozoospermia can benefit from Intra-cytoplasmic Sperm Injection, which involves the direct injection of sperm into the oocyte (eggs). For this to be done the oocytes have to be retrieved from the female partner while semen is collected from the male partner and processed.

The invasive techniques are advanced sperm retrieval methods involving minor surgical procedures, using local anaesthesia. It can be used to collect sperm in patients with azoospermia. Many patients, whose semen very little or no sperm, still have some sperm in their testes (organ where sperm is produced) and epididymis (stores mature sperm). These techniques include the Testicular Sperm Aspiration, Testicular Sperm Extraction, Micro-Testicular Sperm Extraction and Percutaneous Epididymal Sperm Aspiration. They all involve the direct collection of sperm from the testes and epididymis.

Pregnancy rates, according to the above treatment, vary. In artificial insemination pregnancy rates are about 20 per cent per trial and multiple births are common when combined with superovulation. It could be as high as 35 per cent or 45 per cent. It can also go up to 60 per cent with numerous trials, using intracytoplasmic sperm injection techniques. We have also reported many pregnancies and babies born through the TESA/TESE/PESA techniques.

When all else has failed, we counsel couples on the use of third party reproduction, such as the use of donor sperm. There is a process of matching and evaluation of the third party to enable the suitability of the sperm for the said purpose.

The use of antibiotics has also been proved to be effective in treating sexually transmitted infections, such as syphilis and gonorhoea.  Similarly, changes in  lifestyle, such as quitting cigarette smoking and psychoactive substances, relief  from stress, weight loss, dietary change and avoidance of toxins have also shown a significant improvement in the sperm qualities

Total detoxification of the body in a medical spa helps to remove toxins, such as food preservatives, drugs, cosmetics which have propensity for vital organs in the body, thereby improving fertility and overall patient wellbeing.

In summary, the diagnosis of male infertility is not the end of the road for the couple. We encourage both partners to seek treatment together.

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