The burden of oral diseases


March 20 marks the World Oral Health Day (WOHD). The day’s activities are dedicated to raising global awareness on the prevention and control of oral diseases.

What causes bad body odour?

My house help has bad body odour. He takes a bath twice a day and I always buy him deodorant but it doesn’t seem to help. What could be the...

Do I have hernia?

I have some pain in my lower abdomen and yesterday I noticed a swelling. The pain has been there for two days now. My housemate says it could be hernia....

How can I cure my cough?

I’ve been coughing for over a month now and medication doesn’t seem to help. I sometimes get a fever in the night. What could be behind this?

Is your deodorant making you ill?

It’s meant to make you smell fresher.

Is it normal to nose bleed often?

My cousin is living with me but I noticed she nose bleeds a lot. She says it has always been like this. Is this normal?

Putting an end to teenage pregnancy

During a conference held in Kigali on International Women’s Day, one of the key speakers expressed concern about teen pregnancy. Many girls in developing countries are said to become mothers...

Could cannabis help treat eczema and psoriasis?

Scientists believe anti-inflammatory compound found in plant may offer hope to millions of patients.

New dietary advice to prevent type 2 diabetes

Eat more cheese, apples and yoghurt and cut down on red meat and potatoes to prevent diabetes, new health guidelines say.

Urethral strictures: A common distress


The urethra is the tube that allows passage of urine from the bladder so that it can be expelled out from the body.

How to deal with pinworms in children

Do you usually check out the places your children play from? Do you monitor the hygiene of their nails, hair, other parts of the body, clothing and beddings? If not,...

Dealing with cleft lip and palate


Cleft lip and cleft palate are kinds of birth defects. A cleft lip is an opening or split in the upper lip. A cleft palate is an opening or split...

Heart patients to undergo free surgery at King Faisal Hospital


At least 16 Rwandan heart patients are set to benefit from a free surgery camp this month.

Sleep: Why less than 8 hours is poison to your health


The overall health of human beings revolves around many factors, sleep being one of them. Health experts say this does not only affect the subject (person), but also affects the...

Why you should make breakfast a priority

After overnight fasting, the first meal taken in the morning is breakfast. Many individuals skip it because they have no time in morning to eat. Some skip it as a...

My stomach rumbles a lot

Passing gas 2 to 4 times every day is normal for the body. But passing excess or foul smelling gas becomes troublesome and embarrassing. There are many reasons for formation...

What should I consume for a healthy liver?

The liver is a very important part of the body. It helps to eliminate many toxins from the body like alcohol, also many drugs and chemicals. It is the site...

Rwandan doctor wins international innovation grant


Dr Fidel Rubagumya, a resident physician - clinical oncology and the founder of Rwanda Children’s Cancer Relief has won a $20,000 (about Rwf17 million) grant from American Society of Clinical...

My child has red eyes

In a child as young as 3 years, red and itchy eyes are most likely due to allergy. The allergy can be due to something applied locally. It can also...

Oral HIV self-testing; why people should embrace it


Even with all the existing facilities for HIV testing in the country, experts say people still shun the process.

Heart failure: Early intervention prevents fatal consequences


Heart failure is a condition in which the heart does not pump well. This causes the heart to lag behind in its job of moving blood throughout the body. As...

Dealing with insomnia

Insomnia is a condition that involves difficulty in falling asleep or staying asleep. Sleep is one of the most necessary requirements of the human body. It is necessary to remove...

Do I have an eye problem?


I usually get dirt in the corners of my eyes no matter how often I wash them. Is it some sort of eye defect?

What is the cause of bad breath?


My brother seems to have a problem with his breath no matter how many times he brushes his teeth. It’s a really big problem and I try to get him...