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Why you have to care for your reusable mask

After Rwanda confirmed her first Covid-19 case in mid-March, there was nothing like mandatory wearing of face masks. The Ministry of Health had, by then, called on citizens to leave masks for Covid-19 patients as well as health practitioners directly interacting with these patients. A month...

Monday, November 23, 2020 - 12:18am

Why you should keep food portions under control

To attain or maintain a healthy weight, your portions are just as important as what you eat, health practitioners say. One may ask, ‘how much food is enough’; nutritionists define a portion as how much food one chooses to eat at one time, whether in a restaurant, from a package, or...

Monday, November 23, 2020 - 12:17am

Mint leaves; a healthy addition to your diet

Mint leaves are a popular ingredient in several foods and beverages, ranging from teas and alcoholic drinks to sauces, salads, and desserts, smoothies as well as in water. Locally and easily found in food markets and grocery stores, mint leaves are pocket friendly at only Rwf 200 a bunch. The...

Monday, November 23, 2020 - 12:16am

What is a good hair care routine?

The occasional bad hair day—we all go through it. But what about smelly hair days? After a sweaty night out, or a long run on a hot and humid day, it’s quite normal to find that your hair gets a bit stinky. However, it’s nothing that a proper shampoo and rinse can’t solve...

Monday, November 23, 2020 - 12:15am

The negative impact of too much screen time on children

In this era of technology, it is understandable that most children spend their time watching movies, playing video games on laptops, or on smartphones, among other things.   Because of this, medical specialists suggest that attention should be paid to how these youngsters spend their time,...

Monday, November 23, 2020 - 12:14am

Placental abruption: Symptoms, risk factors, and prevention

Among the many complications pregnant women may experience is placental abruption. Placental abruption is known to have a possibility of depriving the baby of oxygen and nutrients, and cause heavy bleeding for the mother. If doctors discover this condition, they can advise early delivery, in some...

Monday, November 23, 2020 - 12:13am

Mental health activist on making campaign public

One in four Rwandans suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, nearly one in every six adults in Rwanda suffers from depression, according to statistics from Partners in Health, which explains why different organisations have, over the years, scaled up their efforts to raise awareness on mental...

Monday, November 16, 2020 - 12:14am

Infections:What causes anti-microbial resistance?

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention-CDC, antibiotic resistance happens when germs like bacteria and fungi develop the ability to defeat the drugs designed to kill them. The germs are not killed and continue to grow. CDC states that the infections caused by antibiotic-...

Monday, November 16, 2020 - 12:13am

What are the health benefits of watercress?

Watercress is a dark, leafy green that is said to be an excellent source of minerals. Consuming all types of fruits and vegetables, including watercress, has been linked to better overall health. Health experts say the benefits of eating watercress are many, and that one can eat watercress...

Monday, November 16, 2020 - 12:12am

Youth pledge to take lead in fight against infectious diseases

Figures by the Ministry of Health indicate that people living with non-communicable diseases are more susceptible to Covid-19 and have been the most impacted.  A report shows that at least 90 per cent of deaths registered in Rwanda due to Covid-19 were people with underlying conditions,...

Monday, November 16, 2020 - 12:11am

Polio immunisation: What you need to know

At the age of three, Bonaventure Hategekimana was diagnosed with polio, a disease that has had him incapacitated for 55 years now.     “I started experiencing high fever and went to a hospital. I was admitted, but towards recovery, I became paralysed from the waist down, and to...

Monday, November 16, 2020 - 12:10am

Irritable bowel syndrome; when to call the doctor

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common disorder of the intestine. In most cases it normally results in abdominal pain with constipation, diarrhoea, or alternating periods of both.  Celestine Karangwa, a medic at Technology Clinic in Remera-Kigali, says sometimes it can be mistaken for...

Sunday, November 15, 2020 - 8:53pm

The impact of alcohol on mental health

While drinking alcohol in moderation may not be that dangerous, there are some serious side effects of drinking heavily over a long period of time. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), globally, 3.3 million deaths every year result from the harmful use of alcohol. The National...

Monday, November 9, 2020 - 12:15am

The sunny side of eating eggs

As part of a balanced diet, it has been established that eggs provide many health benefits; in fact, research suggests that eating eggs can also support weight loss. Nutritionists say eggs make one feel fuller, hence eating fewer calories throughout the day. However, nutritionists caution...

Monday, November 9, 2020 - 12:14am

The benefits of massage therapy

In a bid to contain Covid-19 in the country, massage therapy, among other therapeutic services, were halted since mid-March. Last week, however, Rwanda Development Board (RDB) announced massage therapies as one of the services permitted to resume their operations. According to health experts...

Monday, November 9, 2020 - 12:13am

Take medication at right time or it might not work

You might have been told by a pharmacist when ill to take medication in the morning, afternoon, and evening. But what time precisely, some may ask.  Amon Nsengimana, a community pharmacist in Kigali, observes that people can interpret morning differently; some may consider it as the time at...

Monday, November 2, 2020 - 12:04am

Endive; the leafy vegetable to try

Endives are leafy vegetables belonging to the chicory leaves family and contain several unique qualities. The common ones found in our local markets and supermarkets are known as the ‘Belgian endive’ that go for Rwf 500 to 1,000 apiece, depending on the size. Endives can be eaten...

Monday, November 2, 2020 - 12:04am

Pads vs tampons: Pros and cons

The age-old dilemma of tampons vs. pads prevails. You’ve probably chosen your ride-or-die period product, but do you actually know the good and bad of what you’re using every month? Tampons are one method of absorbing menstrual flow during periods. They are designed to be inserted...

Monday, November 2, 2020 - 12:03am

Tech-neck: Are you putting yourself at risk of injury?

With the daily use of phones and computers at work, home, on the streets, in buses and elsewhere, people’s necks are bent more often while using these gadgets —in the long run, this develops into a ‘tech-neck’ as the muscles are stressed.  The result is known to be...

Monday, October 26, 2020 - 12:14am

Covid-19 and burden of non-communicable diseases

Rwandan Non Communicable Disease Alliance (RNCDA), a non-communicable diseases civil society, is advocating for an inclusive universal health coverage by leveraging on the commonalities between non-communicable diseases and infectious diseases. The advocacy follows different figures around the...

Monday, October 26, 2020 - 12:13am

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