A round-up of the all the latest health news from theStar
No one wants to hear their doctor say “you have cancer” at any point in life. But apparently, two in every ten Kenyans will get a cancer diagnosis before they are 75, according to the ministry of health.
During the ten years Julie Matiba nursed children with cancer at the Kenyatta National Hospital, she witnessed just how the disease can take its toll on the body, sometimes gruesomely. Treatment to fight cancer was also aggressive.
If you have
been feeling the urge to pass urine constantly but when you go to the bathroom
very little of it comes out, and when it does, it burns and has an offensive
smell, then you probably have a urinary tract infection. A urinary tract
infection remains one of the most common infections in the body but just because
they are common, that does not mean that they are harmless.
How many people find it hard to complete an antibiotic dose that is probably one tablet a day for 5 days? Do you remember the last time the doctor said you needed to get an injection and you thought to yourself, surely there must be some other way and so you tried negotiating with the doctor? Now imagine having to take twenty-seven pills a day for not just 5 days but 2 years and on top of that a painful daily injection for 6 months? Take a moment and let that sink in. You are probably thinking that you would not be able to manage it.
Marian Loveday of the South African Medical Research Council (MRC), presented a real life interesting case study at the 46th Union World Conference on Lung Health, held in Cape Town recently, which illustrated the typical treatment journey of a multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB) patient in South Africa. South Africa, where a decentralized model of treatment is being adapted in most facilities, has one of the largest MDR-TB epidemics in the world found in its Kwa Zulu-Natal Province, with approximately 75% of the MDR-TB patients being co-infected with HIV.
In Kenya, there is a phrase ‘serikali saidia’ which translates to ‘government help us’ and it is often that you will find that this phrase appear in conversations of victims of disaster situations. Therefore, if a bridge is swept away during a flood, you are bound to hear the villagers explaining how fundamental the bridge is to their day-to-day activities and their plea to the government is that it builds a stronger and wider bridge next time.