Lydia Atieno

Watch out for glaucoma

Being visually impaired is a condition that one can be born with; however, health experts say there are certain lifestyles and conditions that could cause the condition. In fact, they say, people who develop such conditions don’t normally show signs or symptoms. The most common ailment,...

Monday, April 30, 2018, 3:47 PM

Rainy season; preventing common diseases

During the rainy season, health experts say the risk of people — both adult and children — catching various diseases are high due to unhygienic conditions, and not adhering to basic preventive measures. According to Francis Kazungu, a general practitioner in Kigali, many of these...

Monday, April 30, 2018, 3:32 PM

Academic research; why it’s significant to students’ learning

Education experts comprising of senior officials from private and public universities from six EAC partner states; Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda, are meeting in Kigali to discuss the scarcity of researchers in regional varsities. The workshop seeks to devise ways of...

Tuesday, April 24, 2018, 10:15 PM

Why it’s important to maintain good hygiene in children

Did you know that the simple habit of hand washing with soap is estimated to reduce diarrhoea significantly, especially in children under the age of five? Experts say it also reduces the risks of respiratory infections such as pneumonia, among others. According to Raymond Awazi, a paediatrician...

Sunday, April 22, 2018, 10:05 PM

Health benefits of sugar snap peas

Sugar snap peas are members of the legume family, and can be eaten raw or steamed on low heat. Nutritionists say these kinds of peas are good because of their high content of Vitamin C and other nutrients. Dieudonne Bukaba, the nutrition programme coordinator at Africa Humanitarian Action (AHA)...

Sunday, April 22, 2018, 9:58 PM

Knitwear: Cozy and chic

Knitted outfits have been around for ages, what most people do not know, however, is that the trend is not limited to sweaters or scarves. The options are unlimited, and in this rainy season, warm but stylish clothing is your safest bet. They range from sweaters and skirts, to dresses, hats and...

Thursday, April 19, 2018, 2:03 AM

How can I help my friend overcome her grief?

Dear Counsellor, I’m a student at a higher institution of learning in Kigali. My best friend, like many others, lost many of her loved ones, including her parents, during the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. Every April, she gets very sad and I would like to help her.  Last year, she...

Wednesday, April 18, 2018, 11:59 PM

Children and social media: Should parents be worried?

Recently, concerned youth and parents in Kenya started a hashtag on Twitter and Facebook - it should reach the parents. This was after shocking nude photos of youngsters emerged on social media sites. This sparked outrage and mixed reactions on what the future of teenagers is and how such photos...

Tuesday, April 17, 2018, 11:33 PM

The impact of preterm birth

For any mother, giving birth to a premature baby is a terrifying time. In fact, medics say mothers can be affected physically and emotionally. Such babies could be delivered without any problem, however, the earlier they are born, the more likely they are to have problems later. As weight is...

Sunday, April 15, 2018, 11:40 PM

Why kales should be part of your daily diet

Did you know that one of the reasons why some people always have chronic headaches or migraines is because of the deficiency of leafy vegetables in their diet? Nutritionists say that one way of preventing this is to include kales in your diet, the reason being that like other vegetables; they...

Sunday, April 15, 2018, 10:49 PM

GAERG: Where student survivors find solace

Fidèle Nsengiyaremye was only three years old when in 1994 he narrowly escaped death at the hands of the Interahamwe militia who wiped out his entire immediate family, leaving him as the sole survivor. He says that when the machete wielding gang attacked their home to kill them, his parents had...

Wednesday, April 11, 2018, 2:15 AM

Mandarin oranges; a sweet substitute

It’s easy to mistake them for oranges; however, mandarin oranges (referred to by some as tangerines) are sweeter than oranges— the ‘flesh’ has a bright orange colour, and they are easier to peel. Apart from being delicious, they offer many health benefits. Private Kamanzi...

Monday, April 9, 2018, 12:00 AM

Lung disease: Why it is still a burden

When it comes to lung disorders, health experts say they always result from direct or indirect exposure from the environment caused by inhalation of dusts, fumes, and smoke, gases and vapors substances.  The most common substances that can injure the lungs, they say, include wood, cotton,...

Monday, April 9, 2018, 12:00 AM

Lipstick; choosing the right colour

Many women can’t do without lipstick; it doesn’t matter if she’s at home, visiting the local grocery store or on a night out. It is — to some — an essential addition that helps enhance one’s look. However, a good number of women are not crazy about ‘...

Wednesday, April 4, 2018, 11:42 PM

Holidays: Why the learning process should stretch

Holidays started early for many students, counting the long Easter holiday.This is the beginning of the first term holiday.   Many believe that holidays are meant to be for relaxation, and a break from the usual book-and-pen schedule.   However, educationists believe that both...

Wednesday, April 4, 2018, 12:32 AM

What you should know about thrombosis

March is ‘blood clot awareness’ month, dedicated to activities concerning blood clots. It’s in this regard that Rwanda Clot Awareness Network (R-CAN), a local network aimed at fighting the condition, organised community work to create awareness on the condition. Community work...

Monday, April 2, 2018, 12:28 AM

Reasons you should make corn part of your diet

Maize, or corn, is common in local markets. Locally known as ‘Ibigori’, one can buy them at Rwf100 apiece, roasted or boiled. For people who prefer to prepare them at home, they can be accessed raw as well. It would be wise for anybody to add maize to their diet. Why? Nutritionists say...

Monday, April 2, 2018, 12:06 AM

Global trends: Why integrated approach to education is vital

Last week, the sixth academia-public-private partnership forum 2018 was held at the Catholic University of East Africa in Nairobi under the theme, ‘The Est African Common Higher Education Area’ During the forum, the regional education experts called for increased private...

Tuesday, March 27, 2018, 8:05 PM

Why money management skills are a ‘must-have’ for any business

Many a business operators complain about lack of funding, and yet many more squander the little cash they have, including bank loans, which eventually leads to their collapse. It is no secret that an entrepreneur is as successful as their money handling habits. According to Claude Harerimana, a...

Tuesday, March 27, 2018, 12:00 AM

Banks, agric cooperatives look to increase farmer access to finance

Agriculture financing has been a contentious issue for decades, with farmers saying that financial institutions are reluctant to support the sector claiming that it is risky. And for the few sector players that manage to secure funding, the interest rates are often high. This, coupled with the...

Tuesday, December 19, 2017, 12:00 AM

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