Health & Fitness

Pre and post exposure HIV tablets: How to access them

Post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) is a way to prevent HIV infection after a recent possible exposure to the virus. PEP is one among the preventive measures against HIV/AIDS and it is even available in Rwanda. However, the question is how accessible are they? In health centres Dr Aimé Hirwa, the...

Sunday, October 21, 2018 - 10:16pm

Obesity in children, a growing problem

Obesity  is a very clearly identified health hazard. Childhood obesity is an emerging concern today, world over. It is a condition where excess body fat negatively affects a child’s health or well-being.  The diagnosis of obesity is assessed in children by weight for height and body...

Sunday, October 21, 2018 - 10:12pm

Checkups; why you need to go for them regularly

Are you the kind of person who waits to fall sick before going to the hospital? Well, according to health experts, this shouldn’t be the case. They say avoiding this kind of habit is essential and would see us live healthy lives. Janvier Ruzindana, a general practitioner at La Nouvelle...

Sunday, October 21, 2018 - 10:09pm

Why regular push-ups are good for your health

Push-upsor press-ups are among the fit physical activities your body needs more often, according to health experts. Push-up is a conditioning exercise performed in a flat position by raising and lowering the body with the straightening and bending of the arms while keeping the back straight and...

Sunday, October 21, 2018 - 10:07pm

Dealing with urinary tract infections in Children

The urinary tract is the system of organs that makes, stores, and carries urine out of the body. The organs in the urinary tract include the kidneys that make urine, the ureters which are the thin tubes that carry urine from the kidneys to the bladder, the bladder that stores urine and the...

Sunday, October 21, 2018 - 10:05pm

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

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

Cancer is the new HIV

The toll of non-communicable/chronic diseases is frighteningly increasing in the world, and more so in developing countries. Similar to other infectious, blood or airborne diseases, the capacity to fight and preparedness to face epidemics tells much about a country and its health system. I grew up...

Sunday, October 7, 2018 - 11:20pm

Types of cancer treatment

There are many types of cancer treatment. The types of treatment that you receive will depend on the type of cancer you have and how advanced it is. Some people with cancer will have only one treatment. But most people have a combination of treatments, such as surgery with chemotherapy and/or...

Sunday, October 7, 2018 - 11:15pm

Drinking diet drinks or using artificial sweeteners ‘could increase your risk of developing type 2 diabetes’

Diet drinks and artificial sweeteners that many use to cut their sugar consumption could actually put them at risk of developing type 2 diabetes, research suggests. Scientists found just two weeks of high intake of low-calorie sweeteners was enough to significantly alter the make-up of bacteria in...

Sunday, October 7, 2018 - 11:06pm

Preparing to wean baby from breastfeeding

Weaning is the gradual replacement of breast milk with other sources of nutrition, and finally stops breastfeeding. After babies are weaned, they no longer drink breast milk. Breastfeeding without any supplementation (infant formula, juice, water, solid foods) is recommended for the first six...

Sunday, October 7, 2018 - 11:02pm

Understanding the effects of trauma on health

Recently, the case of a girl known as Fabinne Isimbi shocked many after she passed away in her sleep. The 25-year-old was only a year old during the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi during which her parents were killed. Isimbi had been battling headaches and at the same time, suffering from trauma...

Sunday, September 16, 2018 - 8:59pm

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