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Dry Foods And Appendicitis 

By Elsie Sume*

CameroonPostline.com — Alarming cases of appendicitis among today’s youths has been traced to the rampant eating of dry foods. According to Dr. Ngomba Mojoko of the Cameroon Development Corporation, CDC, Central Clinic, many people have been diagnosed with the disease at her clinic; some have been treated, while others are still receiving treatment. A majority of those suffering from the disease are girls, she noted.

Appendix is a small tube that is joined with the large intestine, while appendicitis is an inflammation of the appendix. The appendix is a three and half inch long tube of tissue, which is an extension of the large intestine. However, Dr. Ngomba says there is no certainty regarding the actual function of the appendix, which is a medical emergency that requires prompt surgery for removal.

If left untreated, Dr. Ngomba told The Post, an inflamed appendix may eventually burst, spilling infectious material into the abdominal cavity, leading to peritonitis; a serious inflammation of the abdominal cavity’s lining that can be fatal unless it is treated quickly with strong antibiotics.
The surgeon indicated that appendicitis occurs when the appendix gets blocked, often by stool, a foreign body or cancer. Blockage, she said, may also occur from infection, since the appendix swells in response to any infection in the body.

According to Dr. Ngomba some appendicitis manifest by way of a slight pain near the upper abdomen that becomes sharp as it moves to the lower right abdomen. Loss of appetite, severe cramps, painful urination, inability to break wind and fever of 99 to 102 degrees Fahrenheit are also evident. Youths of today she pointed out, “eat lots of dry foods; what they call bakery stuff, rather than nourishing foods. The girls, who tend to be selective with meals, want to eat sweet but very dry foods like bread, cakes, biscuits and chips.

“On the other hand, boys who think that eating bread accompanied by groundnuts, butter or chocolate prevents them from any infections tend to be shocked at the end of the day, when this eventually sends them to the theatre. Generally, it is not advisable to be operated upon for girls in particular, because they tend to face difficulties during childbirth, as the wound leaves a scar on the stomach,” she explained.

A victim of appendicitis, Felicity Ngum, shared her experience on how she ended up with appendicitis. “I eat a lot of ‘Calabar chalk’, bread and fried things as well. It was so painful and I’m begging my friends out there to limit the way they eat dry things before they visit the theatre like me,” she advised.

Dr. Ngomba told this Reporter that appendicitis was not as common many years back like today. “Appendicitis is becoming very common, as the rate at which the youth are being diagnosed of it is alarming. I am advising them to be more careful with what they eat and also avoid eating dry things in particular,” said Dr. Ngomba.

*(UB Journalism Student On Internship)

First published in The Post print edition no 01450

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