The season nine, episode one edition of the newly packaged Vodafone Healthline Series came off with a bank with the show primarily focused on the Coronavirus pandemic.
The opening of the show centred on a trending health topic on social media – Whether exercising will stop a lactating mother’s breastmilk flow after childbirth.
That session had Dr. Aba Folson – a Senior Physician and Dr. Kwekuma Yalley – General Practitoner steering the conversation which was hosted by Frema Asiedu.
Dr. Folson emphasized the need for lactating mothers to always stay hydrated when exercising.
She said the flow of breastmilk could be disrupted if lactating mothers over exercise without being hydrated.
“There are a few things that exercise has a disadvantage for. When you deliver you have to find a way of getting back into routine and much as into shape,” she explained.
Dr. Yalley, on the other hand, highlighted the effect exercises without hydration have on lactating mothers.
“When you over exercise and you do not hydrate, the breast milk changes because there is accumulation of lactic acid and it affects it. A mother who exercises more affects the baby’s nutrition. If you are stressed out it affects the breast milk.”
The second phase of the programme saw Dr. Joseph Oliver Commey,an Infectious Disease Specialist Member discussing the outbreak and spread of Coronavirus throughout the world.
He delivered an extensive education on how Coronavirus is contracted and effective ways of observing the COVID-19 protocols.
Family Physician and Diabetologist, Francis Addae also spoke about the recovery process for persons who have contracted COVID-19.
He said persons who had contracted the disease, could be infected again, given that there is no lifetime immunity for persons who had contracted the disease before.
“From countries such as China, they found out that 40 percent of asymptomatic patients did not have any antibodies to fight Coronavirus, meaning they could easily contract the disease again.”
He also emphasized the need for persons to observe the safety protocols.
Fitness Coach, Maabena also capped off the show with an advice on staying fit.
She demonstrated how exercises for the heart can be undertaken to prevent cardiovascular diseases.