Kenya is on high alert after 3 ebola cases were confirmed in neighbouring Uganda. This is feared to be a sign that ebola is spreading from DRC to neighbouring countries. Of the 3 confirmed cases, 2 of the patients died and one was repatriated, at their request, to DRC, so Uganda no longer has any confimed ebola cases. However, this doesn't mean that we shouldn't be concerned. Ebola is very much a public health issue, and key to beating the outbreak is creating awareness. So here's what you need to know about ebola.
May is Asthma Awareness Month. Asthma affects 339 million people worldwide and kills about 1000 people per day, with developing countries suffering the most. It is a common disease amongst children. Furthermore, the number of asthma cases has been going up with the decrease in air quality due to pollution. But what exactly is asthma? Here are your asthma questions, answered.
Heart attacks: they’re dramatic; you clutch your chest and suddenly collapse to the ground, right? Wrong. Heart attacks often do not present like that. In fact, there is such a thing as a silent attack. This is what makes heart attacks so deadly; the fact that you can have one without knowing that you’re actually having one. People who don’t know they’re having a heart attack won’t seek treatment for it. This can lead to death. It is therefore very important that we all know how to spot a heart attack.
From a young age, we are taught what we should and shouldn't believe, and what we should hold dear to our hearts. However, somehow, mental health is not included in the conversation. I never knew about mental health until I was suffering badly at the age of 14. Due to the stigma around mental illness, the topic was hidden from me by my family and by my school.
Saturday was World Aids Day 2018. I spent the day talking to people about HIV/AIDS offline and online through various social campaigns. I talked about many things, but I think that the most important point I got to address was AIDS denialism.