Health

Child development: What to expect

There’s nothing more fascinating than watching a child grow and develop. Especially to a parent, each milestone from early stages on is amazing. Even though kids develop at their own pace, for children to have a healthy life, experts say that monitoring and paying attention to their growth...

Sunday, August 12, 2018 - 11:07pm

Pass the salt? What you should know about sodium chloride

Sodium chloride, also known as salt, is an essential compound our body uses to; absorb and transport nutrients, maintain blood pressure, maintain the right balance of fluid, transmit nerve signals, and contract and relax muscles. However, health experts warn that while sodium is good, it may have...

Sunday, August 12, 2018 - 10:41pm

Is TV a health hazard?

Television can be a health hazard for many viewers, especially those that are glued to the screens. Watching too much television leads to weight gain, mental lapse, and other bad side effects. Of course, the average person doesn’t watch that much television, but some people take it to the...

Sunday, August 12, 2018 - 10:37pm

Involving fathers for healthy families

Last week, we celebrated the annual World Breastfeeding Week, raising awareness and support for mothers to breastfeed anytime, anywhere.  The promotion of early initiation of breastfeeding, exclusive breastfeeding and timely and safe complementary feeding, have been identified as essential...

Sunday, August 12, 2018 - 10:28pm

Dealing with backache during pregnancy

Lower back pain is common during pregnancy; doctors say that the main cause of the pain is the weight of the growing baby and the uterus which puts pressure on the blood vessels and nerves in the pelvis and back. Eric Mutabazi, a senior physiotherapist at Oshen King Faisal Hospital, Kigali, says...

Sunday, August 12, 2018 - 10:25pm

What you need to know about cervical cancer screening

Cervical cancer happens when normal cells in the cervix change into abnormal cells, and grow out of control. Most women whose cervical cancer is found and treated early do very well. Cervical cancer is the fourth most frequent cancer in women world over. Approximately 90 per cent of the 270,000...

Sunday, August 12, 2018 - 10:22pm

Schizophrenia: Experts urge Rwandans to de-stigmatise patients with mental illness

Nyiramana from Muhanga was living a calm normal life until she suddenly started behaving in an alarming manner. Five years ago, 63-year old Nyiramana started to change her attitude and behaviour such as sitting alone and biting her tongue, said Jaqueline Umuhoza, her grandchild who takes care of...

Friday, August 10, 2018 - 8:52am

Gov’t teams up with Johnson & Johnson to treat mental health

Mental health patients in Rwanda will access drugs at subsidised prices courtesy of a new partnership between the Government and Johnson & Johnson. The American big-pharma yesterday signed a five-year deal with the Ministry of Health that will see prices slashed by up to 70 per cent. The...

Wednesday, August 8, 2018 - 8:46am

Do you drink enough water?

A bout 60 per cent of our body is made up of water. For it to continue to function properly, it’s crucial that we take in enough of the drink on a daily basis. Hydration is key to helping all the organs in our system work efficiently. Since our bodies lose water through breathing,...

Monday, August 6, 2018 - 8:35am

Why do I get pimples when I shave?

Dear Doctor, When I shave my beard I get nasty pimples. They really hurt and take time to heal. Why is this so and what can be done to avoid it? Lucas - Dear Lucas, Nasty pimples after shaving cause discomfort and look bad. But it is not an uncommon problem. Shaving can cause irritation of the...

Sunday, August 5, 2018 - 10:40pm

Know your rights: The rights of children infected or affected by HIV/AIDS

Some children acquire HIV/AIDS at birth, while others get infected during the course of their lives. Such children need special care. For this reason, N° 20/32 of 05/12/2013 the Ministerial Order determining programmes and strategies to ensure protection and assistance to children infected or...

Tuesday, July 31, 2018 - 9:15pm

The importance of drug safety

When sick, people take medicine to feel better and improve their health, however, experts say when these medicines are not taken the way they are prescribed and directed by a health personnel, they can lead to complications, or death, in some cases. To ensure safety, medics say it starts with...

Monday, July 30, 2018 - 9:56am

Rwanda’s early childhood development programme impresses Chadian minister

Chadian Minister for Women, Protection of Early Childhood and Solidarity, Dr Djalal Adrjoun Khalil, has praised Rwanda’s women empowerment initiatives and early childhood development policies. The Chadian official was speaking to The New Times on Thursday while on a study tour with her team...

Monday, July 30, 2018 - 9:31am

Incredible health benefits of cauliflower

Cauliflower is easy to add to one’s diet; nutritionists say one can consume it raw, which requires very little preparation, or eaten as a mildly cooked snack with other vegetables. When it comes to cooking, they say cauliflower can be prepared in many ways, including steaming, roasting or...

Sunday, July 29, 2018 - 11:06pm

Monitor your own health

Health is wealth’ is an age-old adage which holds true even today. Barring exceptions, only a physically and mentally fit person can work hard to fulfil responsibilities and achieve success. The busy urban life style leaves little time for people to have a regular healthy lifestyle which...

Sunday, July 29, 2018 - 10:58pm

What do you know about paediatric heart disease?

Jacqueline Mukanyarwanya gave birth to a seemingly healthy baby boy; however, during vaccination when he was three and a half month’s old, medics were concerned about his loss of weight. “The baby had some issues like diarrhoea and incessant cough,” Mukanyarwanya says. She took...

Sunday, July 29, 2018 - 10:47pm

Chronic pancreatitis: Prevention and early intervention

The pancreas is an organ in the abdomen. The pancreas is an organ that makes certain juices that help break down food and is also responsible for producing certain hormones, including insulin, which is responsible for regulating one’s blood sugar. Pancreatitis is the term doctors and nurses...

Sunday, July 29, 2018 - 10:42pm

Masaka hospital: An epitome of Rwanda-China’s people-to-people ties

It isa busy Friday morning and Dr Hasida Lai, a Chinese dentist and his Rwandan counterpart Dr Emmanuel Dusabe are surrounded by patients at Masaka regional referral hospital in Kicukiro district. The two doctors communicate in English and Chinese languages, which eases communication with patients...

Monday, July 23, 2018 - 6:05am

Manage stress to prevent additional complications

The environment we live in can be stressful, mostly, home and the workplace. Managing stress is the close relative of managing further complications because stress is a health hazard. Medics say that the cause of stress stems from day-to-day situations, and that it’s important to understand...

Monday, July 23, 2018 - 12:45am

Why you should add mushrooms to your shopping cart

Mushrooms, locally known as ‘ibihumyo’, are not as common in local markets as expected. Despite the scarcity, nutritionists say they are worth looking for because of the amazing health benefits they have to offer. Rene Tabaro, a nutritionist at Oshen King Faisal Hospital, says...

Monday, July 23, 2018 - 12:23am