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Ilo Endorses Zambia’s Socialisation For Social Protection



The International Labour Organization -ILO- has complimented Zambia for extending the country’s social protection coverage to the informal sector under the National Pensions Scheme Authority -NAPSA.

Andrew Allieu, a senior social protection specialist for the International Labour Organization, praised Zambia for exceeding the 24 percent mark for social protection coverage while speaking at the 49th session of the African Region Labour Administration Centre -ARLAC – High-level Meeting for Senior Officials in Addis Abeba, Ethiopia.

Mr. ALLIEU urged member nations to cooperate to close the gap because the global goal was to reduce it by 40% by 2025.

ARLAC’s Advanced Labour Market Courses are ready to be implemented in Zambia, according to Acting Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Labour ZECHARIAH LUHANGA.

He declared that a Memorandum of Understanding between ARLAC and the University of Zambia and the Open University of Mauritius was currently being signed.

By offering recognized training appropriate for employees of the Labour Administration system in ARLAC member countries, Mr. LUHANGA claimed the effort will assist participants in the labor market and Zambians across many industries.

Moreover, Zambia was chosen to serve on the ARLAC Executive Management Committee for a two-year term (2022-2024) during the ARLAC Governing Council meeting.

INUTU MWANZA, the first secretary for press and tourism at the Zambian Embassy in Addis Abeba, Ethiopia, made this claim in a statement.


5 side effects of morning-after pills you should know




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The morning-after pill, also known as emergency contraception, is a type of birth control that can be used to prevent pregnancy after unprotected sex or contraceptive failure.

It is most effective when taken within 72 hours of intercourse, although it can be effective up to five days after.

While the morning-after pill is generally considered safe, it is important to be aware of the potential side effects.

The most common side effects of the morning-after pill include nausea, vomiting, and diarrhoea.

These symptoms are usually mild and should go away within a few days. Some women may also experience headaches, dizziness, fatigue, or breast tenderness.

These side effects are generally considered normal and are not cause for alarm.

Less Common Side Effects
In some cases, women may experience more serious side effects after taking the morning-after pill. These include:

1. Allergic reactions
Some women may experience an allergic reaction to the medication. Symptoms may include hives, swelling of the face or tongue, or difficulty breathing. If you experience any of these symptoms after taking the morning-after pill, seek medical attention immediately.

2. Ectopic pregnancy
While the morning-after pill is highly efficient at preventing pregnancy, it is not 100% effective. In rare cases, women who take the morning-after pill may still become pregnant, and the pregnancy may be ectopic. An ectopic pregnancy occurs when the fertilised egg implants outside of the uterus, typically in the fallopian tube. This can be a serious and potentially life-threatening condition that requires immediate medical attention.

3. Changes in menstrual cycle
The morning-after pill can affect your menstrual cycle, causing irregular bleeding or spotting. You may also experience heavier or lighter periods than usual. These changes are generally temporary and should go away within a few cycles.

4. Mood changes
Some women may experience mood changes after taking the morning-after pill. This may include feeling more emotional or irritable than usual. These symptoms should go away within a few days.

5. Blood clots
In rare cases, the morning-after pill may increase the risk of blood clots. Symptoms may include swelling, redness, or warmth in the leg, chest pain, or difficulty breathing. If you experience any of these symptoms, seek medical attention immediately.

The morning-after pill is a safe and effective way to prevent pregnancy after unprotected sex or contraceptive failure. While it is generally well-tolerated, it is important to be aware of the potential side effects. If you experience any unusual symptoms after taking the morning-after pill, seek medical attention immediately.

It is also important to note that the morning-after pill should not be used as a regular form of birth control, as it is less effective than other methods and may have more side effects. If you are considering using emergency contraception, talk to your healthcare provider about the best options for you.

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10 pregnancy tips to avoid miscarriage





Miscarriages are undoubtedly difficult. It is the spontaneous loss of a pregnancy before the 20th week.

It typically occurs in about 11-16 percent of pregnancies, according to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention.

The number might be higher as many experience miscarriages without realising that they were pregnant.

But you can follow a few tips to have a healthy pregnancy and avoid miscarriage. Here are 10 tips that can help you.

1. Have folic acid
According to the American Pregnancy Association, folic acid can help prevent miscarriage, early delivery, anemia and defects in baby during birth.

It helps in the formation of red blood cells and their normal functioning. It also protects the baby from low birth weight, spinal or brain defects. You can consume lentils, beans, broccoli, orange juice, spinach and cereals for folic acid.

2. Protect yourself from infections
According to the NIH, infections are the cause of 15 percent early miscarriages and 66 percent late miscarriages. It can affect a person physically and psychologically. Bleeding, pain and fear of hemorrhage are a few common results of miscarriage due to infections. You can avoid the risk of infections by washing your hands frequently, taking the flu and pneumonia shots and consulting the doctor for other preventive measures.

3. Practice safe sex
According to Mayo clinic, it is completely fine to have sex during pregnancy. There is no harm to the baby since it is protected by the amniotic fluid around the uterus. Any position is safe until you feel comfortable but you should avoid having unprotected sex. It can lead to STIs or STDs which may put you as well as the baby at risk.

4. Maintain a healthy weight
It is advisable to maintain a healthy weight and BMI during the pregnancy and if you are planning the pregnancy, it is better to start losing weight before you conceive. According to Mayo clinic, obesity or overweight puts you and your baby at risk. Overweight can cause miscarriage, still birth, defective organs, childhood diabetes and impaired growth of the baby.

5. Eat healthy
It becomes essential for you to choose healthy food for yourself and your baby. It also helps keep miscarriage at bay and promotes the growth and development of the baby. According to HealthLine, pregnant women must avoid fish with high mercury, under cooked meat or fish, caffeine, unpasteurised dairy products, unwashed foods or processed foods to prevent miscarriage.

6. Manage your chronic illnesses
According to NIH, chronic diseases like diabetes and hypertension can adversely affect the pregnancy of a woman. Most pregnant women suffer from type-2 diabetes and this can cause miscarriages, neonatal complications, still births, restrictive growth and development of the baby. It is advisable to manage diseases like hypertension, thyroid, diabetes with the help of counseling, dietary changes, glycemic control and certain medications under doctor’s advice.

7. Quit smoking
Cigarettes contain harmful substances like tar, nicotine and carbon monoxide that puts the mother and the baby at risk. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, smoking results in placenta complication and slow fetal development which can result in miscarriage and still birth (miscarriage after 20 weeks).

8. Quit drinking
There is no known amount of alcohol, type of alcohol or timing of drinking that can be considered safe during pregnancy. According to the CDC, the alcohol in the mother’s blood can pass on to the baby through the umbilical cord causing physical, mental and intellectual damage for life and increase the chances of miscarriages or still birth.

9. Manage stress
Studies have shown that women who stay relaxed and happy during pregnancy are at a lower risk of miscarriage.

There is no doubt that a woman undergoes a lot of physical and mental changes but you must take care of your mental health as much as your physical well being. You must learn to rest, avoid unnecessary stress and keep yourself calm to avoid anxiety and depression.

10. Regular health check-ups
Regular check-ups with your doctor can help with healthy pregnancy and take care of yourself and your baby in a better way. You can discuss the changes in your diet, workout regime and the need for supplements or medication.

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