Health

Blood centre targets to collect over 75,000 blood units

The National Centre for Blood Transfusion (NCBT) targets to collect over 75,000 units of blood this year compared to over 68,000 that was collected last year, officials have said Alexia Mukamazimpaka, the head of blood donors’ mobilisation at NCBT, disclosed the information on Monday in...

Tuesday, August 7, 2018 - 9:29am

Dealing with endometriosis

Endometriosis is a condition that affects women. It can cause pain in the lower part of the belly and trouble getting pregnant. Endometriosis is a condition where tissue similar to the tissue that normally grows inside the uterus, also grows outside of the uterus. The tissue inside the uterus is...

Sunday, August 5, 2018 - 11:24pm

Alcohol and involuntary movements

Alcohol is a drink taken by people for recreation, to relieve stress and celebrate — various reasons for centuries. But with advances in medical science in the past century, many adverse effects of alcohol have also come to be known. It is harmful to the entire body. The risks are more with...

Sunday, August 5, 2018 - 11:10pm

Impact of eating celery on your body

Celery is a type of vegetable, it has a long fibrous stalk that tapers into leaves and is common and affordable in local markets. Many people use it in soups, as a spice or even in a salad. Nutritionists say people should know the health benefits the vegetable has to offer, and make efforts to...

Sunday, August 5, 2018 - 11:02pm

Why are my teeth sensitive?

Dear Doctor, I feel sensitivity every time I take a cold drink. I’ve never had issues with my teeth but a cold drink really irritates my teeth. Do I need a check up? What could be the issue? Allan Dear Allan, - When health, sensitivity does not occur with the teeth or gums. However, when...

Sunday, August 5, 2018 - 11:00pm

Why do I get pimples when I shave?

Dear Doctor, When I shave my beard I get nasty pimples. They really hurt and take time to heal. Why is this so and what can be done to avoid it? Lucas - Dear Lucas, Nasty pimples after shaving cause discomfort and look bad. But it is not an uncommon problem. Shaving can cause irritation of the...

Sunday, August 5, 2018 - 10:40pm

Eastern Province: Hospitals eye international accreditation

Heath managers in Eastern Province have committed to improve the quality of the services they give to patients as part of efforts to get international accreditation for hospitals in the province. Service delivery in hospitals was the topic on Wednesday and Thursday at a provincial workshop on peer...

Saturday, August 4, 2018 - 12:14am

Government tables bill seeking to fix Mutuelle challenges

The Government is pushing for changes in the law governing the Community Based Health Insurance Scheme, best known as Mutuelle de Santé, as it seeks to raise billions of Francs to fix the shortfall in the scheme’s financing and ensure its sustainability. Government is looking for a...

Wednesday, July 25, 2018 - 11:38am

Vaccinating against an HIV rebound

BRIGHTON – When I began my career as an HIV activist in Botswana two decades ago, the thought of a vaccine seemed fanciful. Even after the country hosted vaccine trials in the mid-2000s, many of us on the frontlines of the fight against HIV doubted that such a breakthrough would ever happen...

Monday, July 23, 2018 - 9:12pm

Africa on track to eliminate NTDs

Elimination of Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD) in Africa by 2020 is within reach thanks to efforts from governments, private sector players, civil society organisations and the World Health Organisation (WHO). This was observed by by Matshidiso Moeti, the Regional Director for Africa at WHO. She...

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 - 11:18pm

How battle to quit smoking can be won

Steve Maina has struggled with tobacco addiction for over a decade. During this period, he has tried twice to stop smoking using commonly prescribed pharmaceutical drugs to no avail. “I usually take the treatment drugs but end up backsliding along the way – after just a few months. I...

Saturday, July 14, 2018 - 11:31pm

An unusual medical training tool got its start as a childish prank

Allen Wittman and Andrew Masters are two grown men who make a living selling bathroom humor. In 2005, the two former engineers founded Liquid Ass, LLC, in North Carolina. At the time, their entire business was based on selling a spray that comes in a three-ounce plastic bottle bearing the company...

Wednesday, July 11, 2018 - 9:21am

HVP Gatagara to get orthopedics and prosthetics making facility

The Minister for Health, Diane Gashumba, has pledged, in conjunction with development partners, to support the HVP Gatagara, a special hospital for persons with physical disabilities, to acquire modern equipment to fabricate orthopedic and prosthetic devices. She was speaking during the official...

Thursday, July 5, 2018 - 2:14pm

Rwamagana: Students seek to impact community health

University students in Rwamagana have conducted Nursing Student Week to promote health of the community in the district.   The community outreach was prepared by Forum of Higher Learning Institutions in Rwamagana led by University of Rwanda- School of Nursing, Eastern Province and Rwamagana...

Tuesday, July 3, 2018 - 2:27am

Chiropractic treatment: Benefits and risks

Chiropractic care is a fairly known practice; however, it is a method used to re-align the spine, joints and muscles. Its efficiency lies in the gentle but manual operation of re-alignment. The word chiropractic means ‘to be done by hand’. Experts explain that this kind of treatment...

Monday, July 2, 2018 - 2:00am

Dealing with kidney stones in children

The urinary system includes two kidneys (that filter urine), two ureters (that move urine from the kidneys to the bladder), the bladder (that holds urine), and the urethra (that carries urine out of the bladder). Kidney stones develop when a collection of minerals, or other material, form a small...

Monday, July 2, 2018 - 2:00am

Tropical splenomegaly; the neglected condition

Did you know that recurring bouts of malaria could lead to another condition? Health experts say this condition is known as tropical splenomegaly. WHAT IS IT? Cyprien Ntiringanya, a specialist in internal medicine at University Teaching Hospital (CHUK), says many people are not aware of the...

Sunday, June 24, 2018 - 9:50pm

Shortness of breath: Early medical care can be life-saving

People who have shortness of breath describe it in different ways. Some people say that they feel like they can’t take a deep breath in or get enough air. Other people might feel like their chest is tight or they have to work harder than usual to breathe. Shortness of breath can start...

Sunday, June 24, 2018 - 9:31pm

Mutuelle de Santé rolls out special coverage for people with disability

People with disabilities will be happy to learn that effective June 2018, orthopedics and other specialized therapies will be covered by the community-based health insurance, commonly known as Mutuelle de santé. Common procedures may include crutches, arthroplasty for knees, hips and...

Friday, June 22, 2018 - 12:26am

The epidemic we must stop ignoring

PARIS – A primary-school student is diagnosed with tuberculosis in a leafy neighborhood outside Washington, DC. An infant with TB meningitis is transported by helicopter to a hospital in Eastern Canada. A preschool student in Smarves, France, is showing symptoms of TB a year after a classmate...

Thursday, June 21, 2018 - 11:07pm