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Persistence of stomach ulcers among Nigerians

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Stomach ulcers persist among Nigerians due to Misdiagnosis and neglect.

Gastric ulcers, also known as stomach ulcers, are open sores that form on the stomach’s lining. Additionally, a section of the intestine right above the stomach may develop ulcers. The term for this is duodenal ulcers. Peptic ulcers are sometimes used to describe stomach and duodenal ulcers. These details apply to both. When the barrier defending the stomach lining from acid breaks down, stomach ulcers develop. This makes it possible for the stomach lining to suffer harm. In the majority of cases, it is typically brought on by taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medicines (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen or aspirin, especially if they are taken frequently or in large quantities, or by having an infection with the Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) bacteria.

Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) has been neglected for a long time in Africa, but according to Prof. Stella Smith, founding president of the African Helicobacter and Microbiota Study Group, the pathogen persists in infecting people and causing a wide range of illnesses in a significant number of them. Helicobacter pylori is a Gram-negative bacterium that colonizes and infects the human gut, according to Smith, who is also the Director of Research at the Nigerian Institute of Medical Research (NIMR).

Numerous gastrointestinal problems have been linked to the virus.

According to her, the virus has been linked to a variety of gastrointestinal conditions, including gastritis, peptic ulcer disease, gastric mucosa-associated lymphoid tissue (MALT) lymphoma, and gastric cancer. Helicobacter pylori has been reported to have infected 50% of the world’s population, with different races and regions having varying levels of severity and pathological outcomes. Smith outlined the difficulties associated with the disease in her paper, “Helicobacter pylori: The Peptic Ulcer Bug Neglected But Unrelenting,” presented at the 2022 Health Writers Association of Nigeria’s Symposium, HEWAN.

Professor cited a research study that revealed that different regions of Nigeria have different rates of H. pylori infections, with northern Nigeria having the highest rates. According to the study, there are a number of difficulties with H. pylori research, diagnosis, and treatment in Africa, including a lack of precise prevalence data, a lack of agreement on diagnosis and treatment, a lack of funding, a shortage of professionals, and an insufficient infrastructure for health care.

Many diagnostic techniques have been used within Africa.

Smith lamented the fact that Helicobacter pylori infection (HPI) is frequently overlooked in Africa whereas the majority of other infectious diseases, such as HIV, malaria, tuberculosis, and COVID-19, receive more funding and grants for research. With a reported incidence of 70.1%, the infection burden in Africa is significant. However, given the paucity of data in some continent-wide locations, this number may be greater. She further added that while the prevalence is declining in industrialized countries, it is rife in developing ones and affects 51% of the world’s population.

Early diagnosis of the infection in Africa is a crutial step in the right direction. Given the high prevalence of Helicobacter pylori infection (HPI) in Africa and the clinical consequences it causes, early and correct identification is essential for controlling, treating, and curing the illness. She claimed that many diagnostic techniques, both invasive and non-invasive, have been used all throughout Africa. An ache or searing sensation in your stomach (abdomen), stomach pain that may be worse on an empty stomach, nausea, loss of appetite, frequent burping (belching), bloating, and accidental weight loss are all signs and symptoms of HPI.

Misdiagnosis and lack of awareness remains a major problem in Africa.

She noted that due to ignorance and incorrect diagnosis, the majority of stomach-aches in Nigeria are mistaken for ulcers. Misdiagnosis combined with ignorance is still a significant issue in Africa, particularly Nigeria. The African Helicobacter & Microbiota Study Group was established in response to the demand for precise diagnosis and therapy (AHMSG). Antibiotic resistance has been evolved in various bacterial infections, including H. pylori, as a result of antibiotic abuse and overuse. This is making it extremely difficult to effectively treat and get rid of the H. pylori infection. The treatment of H. pylori in Africa has involved the evaluation of numerous antibiotic regimens. A few number of regimens, though, have consistently shown high eradication rates. Additionally, there is a lack of information on the prevalence of antibiotic resistance in H. pylori.


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1 year ago

Persistence of stomach ulcers among Nigerians – Stomach ulcers persist among Nigerians due to Misdiagnosis and neglect. – Express your point of view.

DimOla
DimOla
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1 year ago

The information above is a clear picture of what is presently happening in Nigeria. Majority Nigerians are actually suffering from ulcer which is being misdiagnosed as ordinary stomach ache hence the call for serious awareness.

Abusi
Abusi
Member
1 year ago

A lot of Nigerians suffer from stomach ulcers. It is really affecting the health of some Nigerians. I think enlightenment should be done about the dangers of ulcer to help encourage people get it treated.

Tonerol10
Tonerol10
Member
1 year ago

Persistence of stomach ulcers among Nigerians, major cause of this stomach ulcer is hunger. Nigeria Poverty is one of the major reason. Government should step up please

SarahDiv
Member
1 year ago

Thanks to this article that has informed me about a bacteria called Helicobacter pylori responsible for majority of the Ulcer cases that is prevalence in Nigeria. In agreement with the article this Ulcer cases persist in Nigeria due to misdiagnoses and negligence.

Kazeem1
Kazeem1
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1 year ago

Ulcers in the stomach can form when the protective barrier that prevents the stomach lining from being damaged by acid.

Adesanyaj72
Adesanyaj72
Member
1 year ago

The infectious agent continues to infect people and is responsible for a wide variety of ailments in a sizeable portion of those infected.

Hassan Isa
Hassan Isa
Member
1 year ago

It has been claimed that the population of the world has been infected with Helicobacter pylori, with different racial groups and geographical areas experiencing varying degrees of severity and pathological effects.

Chibuzor
Chibuzor
Member
1 year ago

There is a significant variation in the prevalence of H. pylori infections across the various areas of Nigeria, with the greatest rates being seen in northern Nigeria.

Taiwoo
Taiwoo
Member
1 year ago

Even though the number of cases is going down in industrialized countries, it is very common in developing countries, where 51% of the world’s population lives. In spite of this, the prevalence is falling in industrialized nations.

Godsewill Ifeanyi
Godsewill Ifeanyi
Member
1 year ago

However, there are a few other treatments that have repeatedly demonstrated high eradication rates. There is also not enough information about how much H. pylori strains have become resistant to antibiotics.

Nwachukwu Kingsley
Nwachukwu Kingsley
Member
1 year ago

The majority of people in Nigeria who complain of stomach pain have their symptoms misdiagnosed as ulcers due to a combination of ignorance and poor medical practices.

Adeolastan
Adeolastan
Member
1 year ago

Lack sensitisation,awareness and ignorance are some of the problem facing most Africans.In situation whereby someone continue taken ibrufen tablet for reduce or cure of ache and later result to another ailment without knowing that taken excess of ibucap can result to another ailment.

Iyanu12345ogg
Iyanu12345ogg
Member
1 year ago

Majority Nigerians are actually suffering from ulcer which is being misdiagnosed as ordinary stomach ache hence the call for serious awareness. Enlightenment should be done about the dangers of ulcer to help encourage people get it treated.

Haykaylyon26
Member
1 year ago

We need to be taking good care of our health our health is important to us but neglect is causing us a lot not showing seriousness when anything occur to the body and Misdiagnosis also cause issue for not treat our health well

jdpumping
Member
1 year ago

Stomach ulcer is prevalent in Nigeria and there are lots of thing to be done and used n lots of mis diagonise and more awareness need be done.

theApr
theApr
Member
1 year ago

Early and accurate identification is crucial for controlling, treating, and curing the condition due to the high frequency of Helicobacter pylori infection (HPI) in Africa and the clinical effects it produces.

Remi1
Remi1
Member
1 year ago

Many Nigerians experience stomach ulcers. It has a serious impact on certain Nigerians’ health. I believe that spreading awareness of the risks associated with ulcers will motivate more people to seek treatment.

Christiana
Christiana
Member
1 year ago

The above data shows Nigeria’s current situation. Most Nigerians have ulcers that are misdiagnosed as stomach aches, thus awareness is needed.

Tolaniiii
Tolaniiii
Member
1 year ago

Stomach ulcers affect many Nigerians. Some Nigerians’ health is suffering. I think ulcer hazards should be publicized to encourage treatment.

Bola12
Bola12
Member
1 year ago

Ulcers can develop in the stomach when the protective barrier that normally keeps the lining of the stomach from being damaged by acid is compromised.

Ultra0711
Ultra0711
Member
1 year ago

Our health is vital to us, therefore we need to take good care of it. However, when something goes wrong with our bodies, we often don’t take it seriously, and misdiagnoses also lead to poor health treatment.