Ulcers: Why your lifestyle could be the cause

Plaisir Mutunzi, 34, a resident of Gashora sector, Bugesera district, Eastern province, started experiencing a burning pain in the abdomen; the kind that moves up to one’s neck, down to the navel and sometimes through the back. The pain could last from a few minutes to a few hours, sometimes...

Monday, June 29, 2015, 12:00 AM

How Rwanda has combated abuse and trafficking in illicit drugs

The world on Friday celebrated the International Day against Drug Trafficking to raise awareness on the dangers of illicit drugs to society. According to 2014 statistics from Kigali Health Institute, more than half of the youth in the country (14-35 years) have consumed one or different types of...

Monday, June 29, 2015, 12:00 AM

Red meat: Why you must keep your appetite low

In the past, meat was mainly a preserve for a few rich people. The majority (the poor) only tasted it on Easter, Christmas or at big events such as weddings. With more development and better incomes, however, all that has changed. Today, many people can hardly spend two days without eating meat...

Monday, June 22, 2015, 12:00 AM

MDGs: What has Rwanda done to achieve universal primary education?

Solange Akamuntu, a primary six school girl at Groupe Scolaire Mwendo, Gashora, Bugesera District, says studying is no longer difficult as class tutorials are now digitally assisted. “Our English and Science subject teachers come armed with internet enabled Ipads, each with various teaching...

Sunday, June 21, 2015, 12:00 AM

Malnutrition: Why the elderly are at a higher risk

Justin Uwera, 27, a graduate from the University of Alberta, Canada, takes care of about six elderly females at her Kanombe home in Kigali. Through donations, she is able to provide them with basics like clothes, health insurance and food. “I developed the idea of starting a home for the...

Monday, June 15, 2015, 12:00 AM

MoH in fresh drive to increase health insurance subscription

The Ministry of Health is set to kick start a sensitisation campaign in a bid to increase health insurance subscriptions. Though the country’s community health insurance subscriptions increased from 73 per cent in the fiscal year 2013/14 to 76 per cent for the fiscal year 2014/2015, about Rwf7...

Friday, June 12, 2015, 12:00 AM

How 30-year-old Nyebaza made it to the top in clearing business

For many people, the freight forwarding business is associated with men and limited time to rest. As the economy becomes stronger and more competitive, importers and exporters have increased their volumes and time of trade. Indeed,  many sector players are always on their toes, literally, as they...

Tuesday, June 9, 2015, 12:00 AM

Keloids could be a sign of skin cancer

Sylvia Mugwaneza, 23, a business administration graduate is not only tall but also stunningly beautiful, except for a big dark swelling on her left ear lobe. “Medics call it a Keloid scarring. It kills my confidence and makes me feel uncomfortable,” she confesses. What are Keloids?...

Monday, June 8, 2015, 12:00 AM

30% of women get fibroids, but few know about them

For three years, I had heavy menstrual bleeding (at times with blood clots) and my menstrual periods lasted longer than normal. I also urinated more often than usual and experienced a lot of pain during sexual intercourse,” Darlene Zaninka, 35, says. Zaninka, who was an expert at self-medication...

Monday, June 8, 2015, 12:00 AM

Rwanda on right path of achieving MDG mark in health care provision

In 2000, 189 United Nations member states (now 193) made a promise to free citizens from deprivations like extreme poverty, hunger, lack of health care, gender inequality, among others by the end of this year (2015). This pledge turned into the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDG’s)....

Sunday, June 7, 2015, 12:00 AM

Experts call for early breast cancer screening

The National Cancer Survivors Day (NCSD) is an annual celebration by those who have survived cancer. Observed worldwide on the first Sunday of June each year, thousands of cancer survivors around the World gather to share their experiences so as to inspire others who could be going through the...

Sunday, June 7, 2015, 12:00 AM

DNA tests will help tackle paternity disputes - PS

Government plans to secure a DNA testing machine by 2016 as part of efforts to reduce cases of child neglect caused by paternity disputes. This was announced last week during the launch of a report by ACORD, a development based research firm, highlighting the state of gender based violence in the...

Friday, June 5, 2015, 12:00 AM

Police recover Rwf428m stolen from businessman

Police are holding six people suspected of conniving to rob $725,000 (about Rwf502 million) from a Burundian-born businessman. Police was able to recover $618,000 (about Rwf428 million), which was returned to the owner, Karim Somji, yesterday, at the Police headquarters in Kacyiru. Businessman...

Wednesday, June 3, 2015, 12:00 AM

Is your ear safe from infection?

The ear is one of the most valuable assets of any human being. But due to ignorance and carelessness of most people, the ear is usually exposed to chronic infections. An ear infection occurs when a bacterial or viral infection affects the middle ear — the sections of your ear just behind the...

Monday, June 1, 2015, 12:00 AM

Prostate cancer, the slow but steady killer of men

A disease by any name is already numbing enough. But besides the incurable lot, there are those that are so silent yet deadly. You will hardly know or feel it is eating you badly until the signs and symptoms start showing. Prostate cancer ranks high among these diseases. Mayo Clinic defines...

Monday, June 1, 2015, 12:00 AM

Two IT geeks out to end taxi-moto accidents

At the University Teaching Hospital of Kigali’s causality ward, Raymond Karamage, 26, is lying on a bed; his heavily bandaged left leg in a suspended position supported by cords. Karamage, a taxi-moto operator, was on his way from Shyorongi to Kigali when he sustained an ankle and thigh bone...

Sunday, May 31, 2015, 12:00 AM

RMC scoops global award for fostering ethical journalism

Rwanda Media Commission (RMC), the country’s media self-regulatory body, was on Tuesday honoured with a global prize for promoting ethical and professional journalism. The recognition was bestowed by the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) at a forum in Geneva...

Tuesday, May 26, 2015, 12:00 AM

Pain while passing urine could be a sign of kidney stones

It all starts with severe pain in the side and back, below the ribs, pain that spreads to the lower abdomen and groin or ache that comes in waves and fluctuates in intensity. Experts, however, warn that when this graduates to frequent  urge to pass urine (darkish in colour), especially if it’s...

Monday, May 25, 2015, 12:00 AM

CHUK to screen 3,200 patients for possible surgery

The Central University Teaching Hospital of Kigali (CHUK) this week embarked on a seven-week screening and surgical drive to be conducted at five public hospitals countrywide. The exercise, that started on Monday, will see the first two weeks used for screening and the subsequent five weeks for...

Friday, May 22, 2015, 12:00 AM

Gicumbi coop vows to eliminate malnutrition

Two years ago, about 15 cases of acute malnutrition were reported every month in Rukomo Sector, Gicumbi District. This prompted 32 parents in the area to form a co-operative called Abashyizehamwe, and started a vegetable farm on community land that is less than an acre. The farm is fitted with an...

Thursday, May 21, 2015, 12:00 AM