Postpartum depression, also known as postnatal depression is one of the mental illnesses which most African communities are quite ignorant about. Stigma around mental illnesses is worrisome in Africa and the illnesses are sometimes associated with lack of faith in religion, as portrayed in a thread I was reading in the Divorce Diaries of Jaruma Magazine, an online magazine of Nigeria. A 47 year old man divorced her wife after years of a happy marriage because she was not herself after giving birth. Doctors advised that it was Postpartum/postnatal depression but the family took the mother back home where she was secluded and was given herbal medicine. ‘My ever smiling Habiba became withdrawn and moody. Her ever smiling face was replaced by a permanent frown. Habiba had locked herself
As the doctors strike in Kenya enters day 60, i just have to share this to the Citizens of Kenya so that you wake up. Health Care is not a privilege but a right to all Citizens! By Dr. Onyimbo Kerama. Last year, 2016, I attended a medical camp organized by Dr. Amakove Wala . The medical camp was in Huruma, in East Lands, Nairobi. I saw poor people. The people who came for care were so poor to a point I concluded that I am actually detached from normal mwananchi. That was the second time I felt elitist. The first was when I read that at least 6 million Kenyans play Sportpesa daily. Which people are these? Is it a generational gap?? Am I that old?? Anyway I digress. The people I attended to were so poor, I could not even relate to their suffering. Two cases were most desperat...
A lot has been said about virginity in our societies. Proof of virginity before marriage is so important in many communities such as the Somalis, Swahilis, and Arabs among many others, often making them go to extreme lengths to confirm the virginity status of a woman after marriage. I have heard of weird stories of the wedding night where relatives wait outside the door or some go to the extent of waiting inside the room for evidence that the lady was a virgin. This is sometimes followed by a bizarre occasion where the bride’s family dance in pride with the blood stained bed sheet, celebrating the ‘chastity’ of their daughter. This could turn to be quite the embarrassment to those who had already lost their virginity, forcing them to look for herbal medicine or even surgery to repair o
By Dr Ali Omar Scopolamine also known as Hyoscine or ‘Devil’s Breath’ is a drug used to treat motion sickness and post-operative nausea and vomiting among other medical uses. Its common side effect is sleepiness which is used commonly by criminals to commit crimes with the hope that the victim becomes unconscious or unable to effectively resist robbery. Scopolamine is derived from the flower of the Borrachero shrub, common in the South American country of Colombia. In Colombia, 50,000 criminal incidents of Scopolamine usage are being reported yearly. Scopolamine is been used for criminal activities in Kenya especially in Nairobi. What make Scopolamine effective in criminal activities are its effects of sleepiness, victim’s inability to effectively resist robbery and loss of me
By Libby Wacu At twelve years of age, James deserves happiness, he deserves love and education just like his age mates, and he is just beginning to be aware of himself. Because at around this age, many changes are happening to his body, yes he is growing hairs in his groin and armpits, the voice is becoming deeper and he is becoming masculine. He should be feeling like a man now, but he is not. He is sorry for having lived this long, and for the first time in his life he is bitter, he is bitter of his dead parents whom he barely remembers, he is bitter about life and he cannot help but hate himself. Yes, because all his body is just but a shame, his thinness is a sight to behold, and his whole face he would hide it, if it were possible because he is tired of the long stares how peo
Gwaro closed the album and pushed it aside just when there was a loud knock on the bedroom door. Whoever it was shouldn’t have bothered to knock at all for she did not wait for a response. It was Maria, her daughter ‘mama why have you been crying?’ she was surprised there in the mirror in front of her she saw her face ;Yeah two lines on either side of her face her eyes were red too, she could not deny it was too obvious . She looked at Maria, she had grown a great deal lately and she looked older than her 13 years .Her daughter was happy she would never crash her world. ‘Am okay my dear, ‘She lied,’ I had been cutting onions before I came here” It was a lie for an answer but still an answer to get her daughter away. She had been looking at the album that had her wedding photos and
By Dr Ali Omar As I was watching international news, there was this report about depression on medical students that really caught my attention. According to Research analyzed by the Journal of the American Medical Association, more than a quarter of medical students report depressive symptoms or depression (26.7%) while one in ten (11%) experiences suicidal thoughts. The analysis reviewed almost 200 studies involving 129,000 Medical Students in 47 countries. Medical students are two to five times more likely to experience depression compared to the general population of the United States of America with variations across the regions. The rate of Depression Is even higher (29%) in residents-Doctors who are further training for Masters or specialization in the medical field. The anal...
Every day in various hospitals is a theatre day. This chilly Tuesday morning I had an opportunity to be in theatre the whole morning for orthopaedics surgeries in anaesthetics rotation.. imagine changing into scrubs in that cold day. The series of traumatising events starts by ensuring the patient was prepared a day before the surgery and comes in nil per oral. My colleagues and I as student doctors are supposed to participate actively in the management of the patient right from preparation to recovery. The young surgeon I am is supposed to act normal despite the fact that I am scared of the whole process woe to the patient if she could watch what is been done to her body she won’t have let herself here. The surgeon in scrubs begins with scrubbing in, that is; washing hands thoroughl
By Dr. Laura Odero Several hours spent watching television may not be entirely bad for you. On the contrary you might expand your pool of knowledge. Imagine suffering from a disease so rare it has barely been heard of or a condition that remains a medical mystery among health care professionals. Over the years I’ve followed medical documentaries and come across numerous conditions, most of which were new to me .While I found most bizarre, three of them completely baffled me. Strangely, if not coincidentally they all began with the letter P. PROGERIA Hutchinson- Gilford progeria is an extremely rare genetic condition. To date only 53 cases have been reported. Awkwardly reminiscent of the film ‘The curious case of Benjamin Burton’, it is characterized by accelerate
By Dr. Loise Mbau Wednesdays happen to be my favorite day of the week, its elective caesarean section day. This means no long ward round and I get to spend my day in the theatre. This Wednesday, just before one cs, the patient says she wants a word with the consultant. Many of us are curious so we stay behind, thankfully the consultant does not send us away. You can imagine our shock when the woman tells the consultant that her placenta should not be disposed but kept as she wants to eat it. I have heard a lot about this tradition but I didn’t believe I would see it for myself one day. I thought that with modernization these practices had faded away and I wouldn’t encounter it during my practice. Placentophagia is the eating of the placenta whether raw or cooked. There’s an