Freight forwarders support Bugesera Genocide survivors

The Rwanda Freight Forwarders Association has donated Rwf1.5 million to Genocide survivors in Ntarama sector, Bugesera District Eastern Province to support the group’s income generating activities.  Speaking at the hand over ceremony, Fred Seka, the Rwanda Freight Forwarders Association...

Wednesday, May 20, 2015, 12:00 AM

The A-Z of dealing with burns, scalds

About two years ago Adelene Kwizera’s baby was badly scalded on the left arm after she accidentally hit a sauce pan containing boiling water. Her daughter’s dark scar is still visible today. “She was in terrible pain after the accident, always crying. I stayed up late in the night to try and make...

Monday, May 18, 2015, 12:00 AM

Vaccination: Rwanda's inspiring journey

Last month’s ‘African Vaccination Week’ that took place under the theme ‘Vaccination a gift for life’ provided an opportunity for countries to strengthen their immunization services and systems through advocacy, education, communication tools and activities....

Sunday, May 17, 2015, 12:00 AM

Africa to get five regional disease prevention centres

The African Union Commission (AUC) in partnership with the World Health Organisation (WHO), are set to launch five regional Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC’s) starting this year, in a bid to detect and immediately respond to imminent disease outbreaks on the continent. A...

Wednesday, May 13, 2015, 12:00 AM

Proper hygiene, healthy diet will keep intestinal worms away

Brandon Butera, 26, says he gave up on restaurant food two years ago. He used to suffer stomach upset, occasional diarrhea, and body weakness, and always tested positive for parasitic worms after eating from the restaurant. According to medics, up to two-thirds of children are at risk of getting...

Monday, May 11, 2015, 12:00 AM

Tetanus:That small cut could lead to your demise

Peter Kimonyo, 40, a resident of Kinyinya, a Kigali city suburb, was moving around his living room barefoot while speaking on phone. Suddenly he felt a chilling prick in his foot. The pain was so much that he cried out aloud attracting the attention of his family members and neighbours. On close...

Monday, May 11, 2015, 12:00 AM

Why Rwanda remains among best places to be a mother

Rwanda is the best place to be a mother in the East African community, Save the Children has said. In a survey, released last week, the charity assesses the capacity of 179 countries worldwide based on five indicators related to maternal health, education, income levels and the status of women....

Monday, May 11, 2015, 12:00 AM

RDF hands over more health posts

The Ministries of Defence and Health yesterday inaugurated five health posts in different parts of the country, expected to play a significant role in slashing maternal and child death rates. The health posts were commissioned in Kicukiro, Kirehe, Burera, Rusizi, and Nyaruguru districts. The...

Friday, May 8, 2015, 12:00 AM

Numbness in the limbs may be an early symptom of a stroke

Moses Gakuba, 44, a former local league basketballer, was once the real definition of the word ‘giant’, he was not only tall, but also physically  well built. The resident of Kicuciro sector, Kigali, however started experiencing strange body changes in 2008; he started getting...

Monday, May 4, 2015, 12:00 AM

How will Africa ever eradicate malaria?

Investment in malaria prevention in recent years raised hopes that deaths from the disease could almost be eradicated by 2018, but poverty and corruption could frustrate such efforts, experts say. Malaria is one of the oldest diseases to afflict humanity – and certainly one of the deadliest...

Sunday, May 3, 2015, 12:00 AM

World Malaria Day: Govt in fresh drive against killer disease

Last Saturday, April 25 was World Malaria Day. In commemoration of the day, people across the globe took part in a wide range of activities as part of advocacy against the killer disease. The day that was marked under the theme, Invest in the future: Defeat malaria, saw the World Health...

Monday, April 27, 2015, 12:00 AM

Nutrition: Why those dietary pills may come in handy?

Esperance Karungi, a mother of two and resident of Nyagatare town, Eastern province, has several tins of food supplements in her house.Occasionally while conversing with her, she will stop to swallow one of the pills. She says the supplements apparently harbour nutrients ranging from vitamins,...

Monday, April 27, 2015, 12:00 AM

Children at risk of obesity as family incomes grow

Phillip Karera (not real name), 11, opens the kitchen cabinet and is greeted by bags of chips, candy bars and microwave pizza. This is the life the boy, who weighs 60 kilograms, has known since he was a toddler.  “I have tried before to replace my son’s menu with tasty cut-up...

Sunday, April 26, 2015, 12:00 AM

Why you need to go for cancer screening regardless of age

A few days ago, Rosemary Nankabirwa, a former news anchor with a Ugandan television station, passed on after a long battle with adrenocortical carcinoma cancer. The death of the 37-year-old hurt many because she was young, but also demystified the myth that cancer is a disease for the old people...

Monday, April 20, 2015, 12:00 AM

Why genocide survivors need to document their experiences

Eric Irivuzumugabe was 16 years old and living in what is today Mukarange Sector in Kayonza District when the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi started. As his family fled in disarray in a desperate attempt to evade the killers who combed villagers for their victims, he separated and lost contact...

Sunday, April 19, 2015, 12:00 AM

MoH mulls routine inspection of private health facilities

In a bid to ensure improved healthcare services in private facilities, the Ministry of Health has announced plans to conduct quarterly inspection of the facilities. This was announced, yesterday, during a meeting at King Faisal Hospital presided over by the Minister of Health, Dr Agnes Binagwaho...

Tuesday, April 14, 2015, 12:00 AM

New approach against HIV virus 'holds promise'

The first human trial of a new type of HIV therapy suggests it could be a promising weapon in the fight against the virus.  A report in the journal ‘Nature’ shows that infusions of so-called ‘broadly neutralising antibodies’ could suppress the amount of HIV in a...

Tuesday, April 14, 2015, 12:00 AM

Cure for allergy may not be guaranteed even after treatment

Darius Mugisha, a resident of Kimisagara, Kigali, moves around with three handkerchiefs. This is to counter the endless sneezing that usually comes with cold weather. “My misery does not only come with rainy days, but the cold mornings and evenings too,” he says. Mugisha says that a recent...

Monday, April 13, 2015, 12:00 AM

Constant fatigue could be a sign of anaemia

Donatile Uyisenga is a 33-year-old mother of two and lives in Kibagabaga, a Kigali suburb. In a period of three months she developed a cocktail of symptoms ranging from shortness of breath, a fast heartbeat, dizziness, weakness and a headache, among others. She went to a nearby health facility...

Monday, April 13, 2015, 12:00 AM

Why you should avoid self medication

In many cases, when people develop fever, colds, cough and headache, they usually rush to the pharmacy to buy painkillers or antibiotics without consulting a doctor. That habit, however, can have dire consequences if unchecked. Health experts advise “A minor health issue which could be resolved...

Monday, April 6, 2015, 12:00 AM

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