Solomon Asaba

editorial@newtimes.co.rw

Countless benefits of carrots

When carrots are mentioned, the first thing that crosses people’s minds is the crunchiness of orange coloured vegetables. Well, the biggest news is that carrots are powerhouses for the essential vitamin A. Without this vitamin, normal vision would be impaired and total deficiency would even...

Monday, May 9, 2016, 12:00 AM

Why a hand wash will keep the doctor away

Asking someone to wash hands after visiting the toilet or before eating food may come off as belittling, yet ignoring this seemingly simple practice of hygiene is stifling the fight against microbial infections. The results are evident, especially due to the soaring cases of fecal contamination....

Monday, May 9, 2016, 12:00 AM

DHS survey shows overall improvement across major health indicators

There is a significant improvement across vast health indicators over the last 10 years, the 5th Demographic and health Survey released Monday by the National Institute of Statistics Rwanda shows. The survey released during a dissemination workshop in Kicukiro District shows a reduction in...

Monday, May 9, 2016, 12:00 AM

International chef trains local hoteliers ahead of WEF Kigali meet

As Rwanda prepares to host thousands of high profile guests for the World Economic Forum next week, Silvia Bianco an award-winning American chef, writer and former restaurateur, on her maiden visit to the country participated in different trainings in culture, hotel food, tourism and hospitality...

Saturday, May 7, 2016, 12:00 AM

Medics blame hospital-acquired infections on poor hand hygiene

Although good sanitary practices include simple hand-washing, health professionals are calling for improved sanitation practices to reduce the burden of diseases spread by medical workers through dirty hands.  The call was made, yesterday, during a workshop at King Faisal Hospital, Kigali,...

Friday, May 6, 2016, 12:00 AM

Schools win greenhouses in 'Farming is Cool' initiative

As part of its ‘Farming is Cool Rwanda’ initiative, Balton Rwanda recently rewarded the first set of schools for embracing agriculture as a feasible career option. Safari Evariste, the agriculture division manager at Balton Rwanda, said the students won greenhouses after a competition...

Wednesday, May 4, 2016, 12:00 AM

Why you need training in basic life support principles

In the wake of the recent incident when Congolese musician Papa Wemba slumped and died on stage during a performance in Ivory Coast, the media has been awash with condolence messages from fans as well criticisms of the way the emergency was handled. A disturbing footage shows the musician...

Monday, May 2, 2016, 12:00 AM

Who is responsible for the poor academic research?

It is a common saying that the world’s greatest minds solve nothing. Others have also argued that intelligent researchers spend most of their time on academic work and neglect their role in society. While there is evidence for works of their studies in form of books, journals and papers, the...

Wednesday, April 27, 2016, 12:00 AM

MoH to bolster malaria interventions during 'mother and child health week'

Following the resurgence of malaria cases in the country, the Ministry of Health is seeking to reinforce interventions at the community level.  This was announced yesterday on the occasion of the World Malaria Day, marked under the global theme “Ending Malaria for Good.’’...

Tuesday, April 26, 2016, 12:00 AM

Malaria resurgence: What exactly went wrong?

As Rwanda Joins the rest of the World today to mark malaria day, the resurgence in malaria cases comes as a surprise considering the amount of effort invested by government to fight the disease. Figures from the health ministry indicate that the country registered close to two million malaria...

Monday, April 25, 2016, 12:00 AM

Microsoft, Rwanda in partnership to boost technology transformation

In a bid to boost ICT skills in learners, majority of schools around the world are switching to digital classrooms. Even in Rwanda, the approach of smart classrooms is evident in some schools around the country through projects that were championed by ICT companies such as Microsoft. The New Times...

Monday, April 25, 2016, 12:00 AM

Our operations in Rwanda are legal, says JKUAT's Cheruiyot

Recently, the Kenyan parliament launched investigations into operations of two Kenyan public universities holding campuses in Rwanda and Tanzania. The two are Jomo Kenyatta University of Science and Technology (JKUAT) and Kenyatta University. Although Kenyatta University holds a campus in Tanzania...

Wednesday, April 20, 2016, 12:00 AM

Government cracks down on shoddy health facilities

The ministry of Health has withdrawn licenses of 16 pharmacies and five private health centers over alleged negligence and malpractices. 14 nurses and pharmacists have also been suspended and cannot practice pending further investigations. According to the Ministry of Health, the move was geared...

Wednesday, April 20, 2016, 12:00 AM

Yellow fever; why timely vaccination is important

Apart from that time when travellers are compelled to present certificates before going to certain countries, vaccination against yellow fever has for long received limited attention from the public. Even following fresh outbreaks in Angola and Uganda this year, regional governments only...

Monday, April 18, 2016, 12:00 AM

Experts tip on using ICT as a teaching aid

With the world becoming one global village, the demand for better skills on the job market is rapidly forcing a shift in education systems. During the inaugural BETT Leadership Forum for Africa and the Middle East in Abu Dhabi, last week, several experts pointed out that ordinary classrooms no...

Wednesday, April 13, 2016, 12:00 AM

Genocide studies key in fight against hate speech in schools

When close to one million people were killed during the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, the perpetrators never discriminated between age or sex. Both the young and old, male and female, suffered at the hands of the genocidairers, who were even promoting this monstrous ideology within schools....

Wednesday, April 13, 2016, 12:00 AM

Tuberculosis, a double tragedy for community and patient

Each day at least 4,000 people lose their lives to tuberculosis. The World Health Organization places the principal burden on poor communities or those vulnerable and marginalised. However, no one is safe as TB spreads faster in crowded environments such as those in urban areas. Nathan Mugume,...

Monday, March 28, 2016, 12:00 AM

Rwanda has what it takes to 'become health tourism hub'

Two delegates from SevenHills Hospital, one of the biggest healthcare providers around the globe were in the country to forge a partnership with the Government that will improve the health care sector. The group toured many hospitals and health centres around the country. The New Times’ Solomon...

Monday, March 28, 2016, 12:00 AM

School life: Why observing uniformity is very crucial

It’s a debate that educationists have not come to a conclusive agreement about. Some say there is a link between keeping long hair at school and academic performance, while others argue that there is no link whatsoever. In the past, it was a taboo to go to school with hair slightly an inch longer...

Wednesday, March 23, 2016, 12:00 AM

Low activity at bourse as week opens

There was low activity at the local bourse with only Bank of Kigali shares exchanging hands, while the bond market was quiet.  The Bank of Kigali moved 100 shares during yesterday’s trading session, recording a total turnover of Rwf28,000 traded in one deal, the Rwanda Stock Exchange (...

Tuesday, March 22, 2016, 12:00 AM

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