Health

Hepatitis B and C; what you should know

The Ministry of Health, last week launched the Rwanda population based HIV Impact Assessment (RPHIA) in Kigali. According to officials, the national household-based survey will aim at measuring the reach and impact of Rwanda’s HIV prevention, care and treatment services across the economy....

Sunday, October 14, 2018 - 11:48pm

Breast cancer: Why you should focus on prevention

October is breast cancer awareness month, and thousands of organisations worldwide organise campaigns to highlight the importance of breast cancer awareness and most importantly the benefits that come with early detection. Though management and treatment of cancer techniques have advanced,...

Sunday, October 14, 2018 - 11:40pm

2018 UN high level meeting on NCDs: Key outcomes and flaws

Since its first ever edition in 2010, the UN High Level Meeting on NCDs has proved to be the high decision-making and most influential platform to discuss how governments can tackle Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs) and shape the future in terms of prevention and control. The historic event...

Sunday, October 14, 2018 - 11:38pm

Testicular torsion: Delayed intervention can lead to testicular loss

Testicular torsion occurs when a testicle rotates, twisting the spermatic cord that brings blood to the testicle. When this happens, it causes the flow of blood to the testis to stop causing sudden, often severe pain, and swelling. It should be treated as a serious emergency as delayed...

Sunday, October 14, 2018 - 11:37pm

Winning the war on tuberculosis

JOHANNESBURG – The world is finally waking up to the threat posed by one of the most overlooked diseases of our time. Last month, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) hosted the first-ever high-level meeting on tuberculosis (TB) to explore options for international eradication...

Sunday, October 14, 2018 - 9:09pm

Sever period cramps could signal serious problem

Majority of women experience some cramping for one to two days during their period, and this is normal.  Cramping is usually strongest in the first one to two days of the period, then settles for the remaining four to five days. This tends to get better as girls get older. However, some...

Sunday, October 14, 2018 - 7:27pm

How to avoid a dry skin

Dryness  of the skin is a big problem in those who suffer from it. The skin feels flaky and even itchy due to dryness. In extreme cases, it causes cracking of lips, hands and feet, particularly heels.  One feels tempted to scratch it but scratching a dry skin carries risk of introducing...

Sunday, October 14, 2018 - 7:24pm

Vitamin D supplements don’t improve bone health, study

Vitamin D supplements do not improve bone mineral density or prevent fractures or falls in adults, finds a large study that advises health professionals to stop recommending the supplements to most patients. The vitamin has long been associated with a decreased risk of a number of conditions, such...

Sunday, October 14, 2018 - 2:23am

HIV and cancer top worry for old and young alike

Cancer and HIV/Aids are the most worrying health issues for both young people and adults in the world, according to the Goalkeepers Global Youth Outlook Poll that was released last week. According to the poll commissioned by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and conducted by Ipsos in July and...

Sunday, October 14, 2018 - 2:12am

WHO cracks down on illicit sale of tobacco

Parties to a new global treaty to combat the illicit sale of tobacco products have taken the first steps toward cracking down on this multi-billion dollar trade. At a three-day meeting at the headquarters of the World Health Organization in Geneva they have outlined a plan to shut down the...

Saturday, October 13, 2018 - 10:11pm

Doctors warn of global C-section ‘epidemic’

Worldwide cesarean section use has nearly doubled in two decades and has reached “epidemic” proportions in some countries, doctors warned Friday, highlighting a huge gap in childbirth care between rich and poor mothers. They said millions of women each year may be putting themselves...

Saturday, October 13, 2018 - 10:09pm

Over 10,000 households to get free home-based HIV screening

The Minister of State for Public and Primary Healthcare, Dr Patrick Ndimubanzi, has said that 10,800 households will be given free home-based screening for HIV, allowing them to benefit from ‘Treat All’ approach for those who will be found to be positive. It was during the launch of the...

Friday, October 12, 2018 - 12:02am

Measles: Immunisation remains only safe haven

Coping with disability can be really hard, especially if the affected person was not born with it, and that is exactly what befell Peter Nyankiko and his wife, Venantie Mukanziza, residents of Bibare Cell, Kimironko Sector in Gasabo District when they became blind at the age of eight. Their...

Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 2:51pm

How to handle heart problems in children

At La Confiance Wellness Clinic, Kimironko in Gasabo District, a group of medics from India, mainly pediatric cardiologists, last week held a three-day camp where they screened, tested and carried out echocardiography on children below 18 years of age. Echocardiography is a painless test that uses...

Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 2:49pm

HIV/AIDS: Early testing is key to effective treatment

On December 1 every year, Rwanda joins the rest of the world to mark World AIDS Day. Creating awareness on HIV prevention and commitment to end the spread of the virus, as well as ending the stigma and discrimination faced by those living with the condition, have been the messages shared on the day...

Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 2:48pm

Breast cancer: Early detection saves life

Haston Charlotte talks with a calm and confident endearing voice, sharing her story of how she survived one of the deadliest diseases, cancer. The 50-year old mother of one from Kagugu in Gasabo District was able to beat breast cancer, thanks to early diagnosis and treatment which was administered...

Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 2:47pm

WHO vows tighter, broader actions against tobacco industry

GENEVA– The World Health Organization (WHO) unveiled a global strategy on Saturday to scale up the tobacco control agenda over the next few years and to prevent further interference by tobacco industry in public health policies. The strategy, titled the Medium-Term Strategic Framework (MTSF...

Monday, October 8, 2018 - 12:52am

What alcohol can do to your health

Anew report has been launched by World Health Organisation (WHO), estimating that three million people die every year from excessive consumption of alcohol, and most of them are men. Worldwide, an estimated 2.3 billion people drink alcohol. Of these, around 237 million are men and 46 million are...

Sunday, October 7, 2018 - 11:45pm

What to eat after giving birth

After giving birth, women are required to take note of the kind of food they eat in order to manage their health. Nutritionists advise food that will not cause allergic reaction to the nursing baby. Dr John Muganda, an obstetrician gynaecologist at Harmony Clinic Kigali, says that vegetables and...

Sunday, October 7, 2018 - 11:37pm

Be mindful of heart diseases

September 29 is commemorated as World Heart Day, a day to generate greater awareness among people regarding heart diseases. The heart is one of the most vital organs of the body and functions nonstop throughout life to keep the body parts well perfused with blood.  Blood carries oxygen to...

Sunday, October 7, 2018 - 11:28pm