Health

Governments must stand up for health

GENEVA – It was just a century ago that the Spanish flu epidemic spread across the world and killed tens of millions of people. Long before the moon landing, the Internet, or the discovery of the Higgs boson, the world was at the mercy of a disease that struck indiscriminately and did not...

Friday, September 21, 2018 - 11:05pm

Rwf1 billion project seeks to lower teenage pregnancies

Local leaders have welcomed a new project aimed at promoting sexual and reproductive health rights as well as addressing gender based violence among teenagers. The number of teenage pregnancies is on the rise nowadays due to the lack of information and skills about sex and reproductive health,...

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 - 11:55am

Visually impaired call for more reading materials

Persons with visual impairment have decried the lack of reading materials in public libraries and academic institutions which hinders the promotion of reading culture among them, and their education in general. Visually impaired people use the Braille to read but reading materials are not...

Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 2:04pm

Could traditional medicine become a viable industry?

Traditional healers in Rwanda could soon benefit from government support with the aim to help them set up small model processing plants for herbal medicine as part of the industrial development and lucrative businesses that offer jobs in the next five years, officials say. According to George...

Tuesday, September 11, 2018 - 1:09am

HIV/Aids interventions paying off, they should be scaled up

Fighting the spread of the HIH/Aids scourge has been one of the country’s major priorities. About a quarter of a century ago, the epidemic had reached such proportions in the region that a town in a neighbouring country was completely wiped out. Many charlatans cropped up, taking advantage...

Monday, September 10, 2018 - 9:14pm

How to help children maintain a healthy weight

Daniella Ineza, a pupil at King David School, is nine years old and weighs 50 kilograms. Her mother says she had a normal birth weight but at the age of five, she started getting worryingly heavier. Ineza’s mother says that though she tries to help her daughter control her weight, as advised...

Sunday, September 9, 2018 - 11:05pm

Why you need food supplements

Are you the kind of person that consumes any kind of dietary supplements before consulting a dietician or doctor? It is high time you consulted before consuming any supplements in order to know the nutrients your body needs. Private Kamanzi, a nutritionist from Amazon Wellness Centre, Remera, says...

Sunday, September 9, 2018 - 11:03pm

How do I help my daughter control her weight?

Dear Doctor, My child is a bit too chubby for her age. She is only four but looks older because of her weight, obese actually, though people say it is just baby fat. She has a great appetite and I try to give her healthy food but I’m worried. How can I get the weight to go down? Maria...

Sunday, September 9, 2018 - 11:00pm

Why do my gums hurt?

Dear Doctor, My gums hurt when I brush my teeth, however, I have never had issues with my teeth. What is the cause of this? Anita - Dear Anita, The most common cause for gums that hurt is a chronic inflammation of the gums, i.e. chronic gingivitis. It usually occurs as a result of chronic...

Sunday, September 9, 2018 - 10:57pm

Colorectal cancer: Do not ignore that gut feeling

Colorectal cancer, also known as bowel cancer, colon cancer, or rectal cancer, is any cancer that affects the colon and the rectum. It is one of the top leading causes of cancer death in women and men. However, health experts say that just like other cancers, colorectal cancer can be prevented...

Sunday, September 9, 2018 - 10:40pm

Know your rights: The right to safe water

Without water, people cannot survive. Without safe water, people cannot stay healthy. Unsafe water is associated with serious health conditions such as diarrheal diseases like cholera, guinea worm disease, typhoid, and dysentery which kill approximately 2000 children around the world every day. To...

Wednesday, September 5, 2018 - 12:01am

INES to set up centre for non-communicable diseases

The Institute of Applied Sciences (INES) is set to establish a centre for non-communicable diseases in Northern Province in an effort to foster research and raise awareness about such diseases. The Musanze-based institute on Tuesday said that the centre will contribute to addressing obstacles...

Thursday, August 30, 2018 - 9:46am

22 specialists begin medical camp at Kibungo Hospital

A team of specialist doctors in ear, nose, throat (otolaryngology) and eyes (ophthalmology) from seven countries have started an outreach programme that will see dozens of Rwandans treated from Kibungo Referral Hospital. The team is made up of 22 experts from Israel, Switzerland, Hungary, Belgium...

Wednesday, August 29, 2018 - 3:27am

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