Health

Friday, 16 January 2009 07:18

Keeping hope alive even as the going gets tough

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When doctors told Esther Njeri that she had cancer, she did not think it was a serious illness that would immobilize her and eventually cost her life if nothing else fatal happens.

“The doctors looked at me puzzled because I did not show any signs of shock. It is only in reflection I now understand their expression,” says Agnes, whose cancer has spread to all the critical parts of her body.

Friday, 16 January 2009 05:59

A mother's agony of looking after a cancer kid

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When Caroline Chepkemoi Sigira’s second born son shared his excited requests for his fifth birthday presents, the anxious mother could only weep tears of sorrow.

Most mothers eagerly observe each milestone their children reach. But Sigira’s first born son, Sam George Muchai, was diagnosed with leukaemia or cancer of the bone marrow or blood, shortly after celebrating his fifth birthday.

Friday, 16 January 2009 05:27

Doctors run away from death talk about cancer

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After a brief counseling session with the doctors treating her for cancer, Peruse (not her real name) walked out of an office at Kenyatta National Hospital in a jovial mood. But her doctors did not share her lighthearted spirits.

The moment the door closed behind Peruse, one doctor remarked sadly. “She might not survive past next year. The cancer is in its advanced stage and can longer be treated successfully.”

The doctor, who requested to remain anonymous for the sake of his patients, said the prognosis for Peruse is grave, and what they are focused on is keeping her alive for a couple of months, before she succumbs to the cancer. But Peruse is poised to overcome the disease.

Friday, 09 January 2009 09:15

Maximising the Benefits of AIDS Funding

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Significant new investments in the fight against the AIDS pandemic could have positive impacts on broader health systems in Africa if governments handle them right.

A study of six countries -- Argentina, Brazil, Dominican Republic, Zimbabwe, Kenya and Uganda -- by the International Treatment Preparedness Coalition (ITPC), titled "Missing the Target 6 - The HIV/AIDS Response and Health Systems" indicates that new investment in AIDS services has exposed existing fragilities in health systems. In some cases it has placed increasing burdens on these systems by expanding demand and stretchied already overextended human resources.

Monday, 27 October 2008 09:43

Mental illness in the rise in northern Uganda

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One in four people in Gulu district in northern Uganda suffer from mental illness as a result of alcohol abuse, depression and anxiety due to effects of the 22 years old war that displaced 2 million people from their homes, a study reveals.

The study  that was done by the university of Gulu between 1998 – 2008 reveals that between 16,000 – 17,000 people attempted suicide, a figure much higher than 99 – 100,000 international rating.

Friday, 24 October 2008 12:31

Cancer on the rise in Uganda

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Lack of financial commitment by the government is to blame for the high number of infection and deaths as a result of cancer related ailments in Uganda.

“No money is allocated to cancer research management despite the increase in cancer cases in the country. Instead the burden of caring for cancer patients has been shifted to the family and individuals,” Dr. Jackson Orem, Head of cancer Institute at Mulago Referral hospital in Kampala says.

Friday, 29 August 2008 09:38

The fad about organic foods hits Kenya

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The demand for organic foods seems to be on an upward trend in the city with new restaurants popping up and Kenyans of middle class drifting towards consumption of these foodstuffs.

A spot-check in the city by the AWC found supermarkets now stocking organic groceries more than ever before, while restaurants specializing in these foods enjoying increasing popularity.

Doctors' ToolsSenior doctors at Kenyatta National Hospital are spending more quality time with well-paying patients in their private clinics, where they make triple what they earn on government salary, a situation that has left poor patients coming through the public at a loss.

From time immemorial herbalists have been treated more with suspicion than a healthy respect and recognition by the people from the western world despite hundreds and even thousands of years of time-tested knowledge in Africa and Asia.

African people too have continued to misunderstand herbalists and at times interpret them to mean witchdoctors and occultists, hence causing fear amongst would be clients who are in dire need of effective but affordable treatment.

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