Paediatric

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Gastroenteritis and food poisoning.

Gastroenteritis and food poisoning.

Medical Information, Medicine, Paediatric
Gastroenteritis (GE) is inflammation of the stomach and small intestines presenting with nausea, vomiting, abdominal discomfort or pain and diarrhoea. Food poisoning is the illness as a result of consumption of contaminated food with bacteria, viruses, parasites as well as chemical and natural toxins. Food poisoning also presents just like Gastroenteritis. In Kenya Gastroenteritis is very common in children. Many children presents in our hospitals with diarrhoea. Food poisoning is also common in Kenya especially following consumption or undercooked meat in joints or food not handle hygienically. Just recently opposition leader Raila Odinga was treated with food poisoning. Gastroenteritis may be of nonspecific, uncertain, or unknown etiology or of bacterial, viral, parasitic, o...
Malaria in Kenya.

Malaria in Kenya.

Medical Information, Medicine, Paediatric
As a medical practitioner in a malaria endemic region Mombasa city down at the coast of Kenya, I see a lot of patients with malaria. Malaria is one of the leading causes of Morbidity and Mortality in Kenya, it accounts to about 15% of all outpatients attendance in the country’s health facilities. It’s common in the Lake Victoria region of western Kenya and the Coastal region. Children and pregnant mothers are a high risk population for Malaria. Malaria is caused by parasitic organism of the Plasmodium species. There are 5 types, P. Falciparum, P. Vivax, P. Ovale, P. Malariae and new species P. knowlesi. Plasmodium Falciparum is the most aggressive and causes severe disease. Malaria is transmitted by an infected female anopheles mosquito who has fed on the blood of an infected per
Asthma

Asthma

Medical Information, Medicine, Paediatric
Asthma is a chronic inflammatory lung disease characterized by airway narrowing and increased airway responsiveness to a variety of stimuli. Asthma presents with cough, chest tightness, difficulty or shortness of breath (dyspnea) and wheezing usually associated to a certain triggering event. Epidemiology It is estimated that 300 million people have asthma around the world. It affects about 26 million people in the United States. Prevalence of asthma is 10% in Kenya compared with international prevalence which is about 2-10%. It is common in urban than rural areas here in Kenya. It is common in children, more common in male up to the age of 20 years of age where there is no difference in the sexes. After age of 40 years, it becomes common in women. In Kenya it is common i...
CHICKENPOX OUTBREAK IN MOMBASA AND NAIROBI.

CHICKENPOX OUTBREAK IN MOMBASA AND NAIROBI.

General Health, Medical Information, Paediatric, TRENDING
Just last week, a 4-year-old boy in a Sub-county Hospital in Mombasa came in with chicken-pox symptoms. The Mother explained to me that there has been an outbreak of Chickenpox in their neighborhood and was just worried about her son, prompting her to seek consultation. The Ministry of Health had indeed confirmed that there is an outbreak of Chickenpox in Mombasa and Nairobi counties in Kenya. Speaking on phone to Daily Nation, Director of Medical Services Jackson Kioko said that Chickenpox outbreaks happens a lot during holidays and they pick up cases through enhanced awareness among the public. He also explained that chickenpox is a self-limiting disease in which a patient can recover without getting healthcare. Although the Ministry says the outbreak is not a cause for alarm, the...