C-section: What you should know about this birth option

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Every expectant woman always looks forward to delivering a healthy baby. But no matter the circumstances, medics say one cannot rule out the possibility of cesarean section, which they advise...

Why it’s everyone’s responsibility to donate blood

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Immaculee Gusenga was one of the beneficiaries of a blood donation drive that was organised by King Faisal Hospital in Kigali last week. After undergoing a successful operation, the 31-year-old...

Ovarian cysts: A major cause of anxiety in women

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Ovarian cysts are little sacs of fluid that form on or in a woman’s ovary. Each woman normally has two ovaries, one on each side of her lower belly. In...

Healthy ways to lose postpartum weight

For any pregnant woman, it’s advisable to gain an appropriate amount of weight which is vital for a health pregnancy outcome. However, according to nutritionists, the weight should be in...

Why herpes zoster is a common problem

Herpes Zoster, (shingles or zona) is an infectious illness, where a nerve or nerve root is affected causing severe burning pain on the affected part of the body.

e-health key in leveraging the quality of healthcare services

Information and communication technology (ICT) is no longer just bits and bytes; it has become a tool to scale the world to greater heights. Various sectors have embraced it as...

Poor oral hygiene a precursor to NCDs

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Oral diseases are the most common and preventable non-communicable diseases (NCDs) worldwide, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). However, many people, especially in developing countries, pay little attention to...

Why you should go for genetic testing

According to medics, genetic testing is when a blood test is taken on prospective parents to look for abnormal genes that could cause certain diseases or abnormalities in their baby.

Hook worm infestation

Hook worm infestation continues to be a major cause of chronic anemia and deaths in developing tropical countries. About 576-740 million people worldwide are said to be affected by hook...

How to prevent vitamin B12 and folic acid deficiency

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Vitamin B12 and folic acid (also called “folate”) are 2 different vitamins that your body needs to work normally. A “deficiency” means that your body does not have as much...

What you should know about constipation

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A number of times people find difficulty passing stool, but have you ever wondered about what the cause could be? According to Dr Private Kamanzi, a nutritionist at Amazon Nutrition...

Understanding the mystery behind bleeding disorders

Do you experience recurrent nose bleeding or rather sometimes bleed excessively even from minor injuries? Visiting a medic could be a vital call because you could be suffering from a...

Colic: An irritating condition for babies

Ritah Ankunda is a mother of a one-year-old baby boy. Being a first-time mother, she was not so familiar with a number of things concerning babies. At two weeks, her...

How to control hypertension through lifestyle changes

Hypertension is the medical term for high blood pressure. Blood pressure refers to the pressure that blood applies to the inner walls of the arteries. Arteries carry blood from the...

What mothers should eat after giving birth

After giving birth, many mothers suffer with lots of responsibilities looking after the new-born baby and end up forgetting about their own health. However, experts say this is not healthy...

Strengthen the mind with yoga

The international yoga day has just passed by on 21st June. The purpose of it is to remind people of the importance of yoga in our daily lives. It is...

How to maintain good health as one ages

As one ages, medics say they face a high risk of developing non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as cancer, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, obesity, high blood pressures, depression, and stroke, among others.

Hepatitis: Why it remains a thorn in the flesh

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Rwanda will next month join the rest of the world to mark World Hepatitis Day (WHD). A series of activities on prevention, access to testing, treatment and care will feature...

What you should know before considering to wean your baby

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Weaning is that period when a child stops breastfeeding. According to medics, weaning is the gradual replacement of breastfeeding with other foods or simply the first time a baby takes...

Dealing with asthma during pregnancy

Asthma is a condition that can make it hard to breathe. Asthma does not always cause symptoms. But when a person with asthma has an “attack” or a flare up,...

Heart burn: Causes and prevention

Heart burn, locally loosely translated as ‘Ikirungurira’, is the painful sensation one experiences when there is too much gas or acid from the stomach to the food pipe of the...

Why do my legs swell when I sit for long?

I experience pain and swelling of the legs when sitting for a long period of time, usually beyond 2 hours. What causes this and how can one go about solving...

What causes chest pain?

Chest pain is mostly linked to heart problems and is frightening to the individual, whenever it occurs. It can be due to multiple causes, harmless in most cases.

I get pimples when I eat bread with butter

Why do I develop pimples on my face whenever I use butter on bread? What causes this and what alternatives can I use to make my bread tastier? Gideon

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