Dr. Rachna Pande

Why can’t I get pregnant?

Dear Doctor, My husband and I have been trying to have kids for over a year now but we’ve failed. My husband has one child from a previous relationship so I thought the issue was with me. I am 27 years old and I went for a check-up but nothing could be detected that is hindering the process...

Thursday, March 22, 2018, 12:00 AM

Putting an end to teenage pregnancy

During a conference held in Kigali on International Women’s Day, one of the key speakers expressed concern about teen pregnancy. Many girls in developing countries are said to become mothers before the age of 18, due to multiple factors. In Rwanda, it is much less than other Sub Saharan...

Monday, March 19, 2018, 12:00 AM

How can I control my breast milk flow?

Dear Doctor, I’m a new mother and my baby is only a week old. However, I seem to have too much breast milk and I can’t control it.  The baby also has a problem taking it in and I have to stop her lest she chokes. Kindly advise. Is there a way to control it? Is it something I...

Thursday, March 15, 2018, 12:00 AM

What are the risks of having a baby at 45?

Dear Doctor, I am 45 years old with three children, the youngest is 8. I recently found out that I was pregnant (about 12 weeks) even though I’ve been on the pill. This was so unexpected and I was honestly done having kids. What complications do I stand to face at my age? Tina ----- Dear...

Thursday, February 15, 2018, 12:00 AM

The importance of water to the human body

Water is an absolutely essential nutrient of the body. Survival is possible for months together without other nutrients, but not without water. But a lot of people are ignorant about the importance of water. They would consume sodas or fruit juices on feeling thirsty but avoid water. Sixt per cent...

Monday, February 5, 2018, 12:00 AM

What effective birth control method can I use?

Dear Doctor, I gave birth to my first child two months ago. I want to start birth control but I’m not sure of which method to use. What’s the best birth control method and what are the side effects? Pamela Dear Pamela, Menstrual cycle, pregnancy, delivery, all phases in the life...

Thursday, February 1, 2018, 12:00 AM

Destruction of nervous system by diabetes

The nervous system is a common target, and is likely to be damaged by diabetes. In spite of good diabetic control, it can occur. Only the intensity of symptoms would vary with the diabetic control, that is, if one has well controlled glucose symptoms, it may be less severe and with poor control,...

Monday, January 29, 2018, 12:00 AM

What causes urinary tract infections?

Dear Doctor, I’m in my 30s and fairly healthy. However, I keep getting urinary tract infections. My husband and I want to know what I can do to prevent them. Dina Dear Dina, For various reasons, urinary tract infections (UTIs) are very common in young women. First is the short length...

Thursday, January 25, 2018, 12:00 AM

Hyperthyroidism

Anita(not real name), a young energetic woman, was doing her routine work in office combined with home as usual. Gradually she noticed that she had started losing weight for no apparent reason. Investigations done revealed her to be having hyperthyroidism. Hyperthyroidism is a condition of the...

Monday, January 22, 2018, 12:00 AM

Can I still have a period if I’m pregnant?

Dear Doctor, After all the classic symptoms of pregnancy, I took a test and it came out positive. I’m 24 years old and this is my first. I’m not sure how far along I am though. However, for about three days now, I’ve had what I assume is a period. Is that possible? Can I still...

Thursday, January 18, 2018, 12:00 AM

Beware of mini stroke

A 60-year-old lady was watching T.V. when she suddenly her left side of body became paralysed. The family was shocked and immediately rushed her to the doctor. But within few hours, she recovered spontaneously in the doctor’s clinic, while under surveillance. The doctor explained that she has...

Monday, January 15, 2018, 12:00 AM

How can I boost my toddler’s appetite?

Dear Doctor, For weeks now, my toddler’s appetite has been strange. I’ve tried to make her all sorts of things but she refuses to eat and just wants milk. I’ve been advised to give her toractin syrup but I do not know much about it. Is it safe for babies? Are there natural...

Thursday, January 11, 2018, 12:00 AM

What do I need to know about still births?

Dear Doctor, I’m pregnant with my first child but I’m worried because of all the things that could go wrong. I’m in my third trimester and so far so good. I’ve heard about still births and I would like to know what causes that and what I should avoid. Is exercise good at...

Thursday, January 4, 2018, 12:00 AM

Teenagers and alcoholism

Many people indulge in booze around the Festive Season. Major concern is the use of alcohol by teenagers. A teenager is a growing adult. Physically they are growing, but lack the mental maturity and worldly experience of an adult. They are easily lured into adult vices without knowing the risks of...

Monday, January 1, 2018, 12:00 AM

What do I need to know about still births?

Dear Doctor, I’m pregnant with my first child but I’m worried because of all the things that could go wrong. I’m in my third trimester and so far so good. I’ve heard about still births and I would like to know what causes that and what I should avoid. Is exercise good at...

Thursday, December 28, 2017, 12:00 AM

Malnutrition

Malnutrition is the condition where there is excess or deficiency of some nutrients in the diet. A number of health related problems can arise depending on whether there is under or over nutrition and its severity. Malnutrition deprives individuals of the necessary vitality and energy needed on a...

Monday, December 25, 2017, 12:00 AM

Be aware of low blood sugar

As high blood sugar levels are harmful for the body, so is low blood sugar. Hence one needs to be aware of it. Normal blood sugar levels are 60 to 100 mg / 100 ml. in a fasting condition and 100 to 160mg / 100 ml, 90 to 120 minutes after a full meal. Any level of blood sugar, below 60 mg / 100 ml...

Monday, December 18, 2017, 12:00 AM

How do I know I’m ovulating?

Dear Doctor, I’m confused about ovulation and safe days. My period is regular but I’ve failed to understand the cycle and when the biggest chances of getting pregnant are. Is it before or after my period? And how do I know that I am ovulating? Sometimes I feel mild pain in my abdomen a...

Thursday, December 14, 2017, 12:00 AM

Acute pancreatitis

Acute pancreatitis is the sudden inflammation of the pancreas. Pancreas is part of the body situated in the abdomen, adjacent to the liver and gall bladder. It helps in converting food into fuel for utilisation by the body and also aids in regulating the blood glucose by secreting insulin. The...

Monday, December 11, 2017, 12:00 AM

Can signs of cervical cancer resurface after treatment?

Dear Doctor I am in my late 30s but I am afraid of getting cervical cancer. A few years ago I went for a pap smear test and the doctor discovered I had signs that could lead to cervical cancer. The doctor told me I was lucky it had not developed into cancer and I was given treatment. Are there...

Thursday, December 7, 2017, 12:00 AM