Breast cancer: Africa’s next struggle

A young lady (25) walked into my consultation room complaining primarily of shoulder pain, then as an afterthought she mentioned a tiny lump that she had felt in her left breast. It was painless so it didn't bother her much. When I examined her breasts I found that she had a huge mass in her…

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The Faceless Crowd

It can be very socially awkward when you fail to recognize someone who clearly knows you from somewhere, sometimes they even know your name. This has happened to most of us, a smile and a faked familiarity usually smoothens the situation. Imagine you have a high school reunion but you have no idea what your…

How I lost the love of my life

There is an untold story about how I lost the love of someone I loved dearly, and if truth be told, still do. The whole story will need an autobiography, which I will definitely write at some point. At this point however, a summary will suffice, for my own therapeutic benefit and for anyone who…

“Panic buying” health?

Until a few weeks ago, Gogo Esther*, an elderly hypertensive patient at our surgery had been well controlled and enjoying good health save for the occasional aches and pains of arthritis. She was diagnosed of hypertension 20 years ago and has been on her current medication for 10 years, doing very well. She never got…

Hypertension: Ignorance is not bliss

My recent encounters with patients have prompted me to write a short warning to everyone concerning the disease hypertension. I have already written in detail about hypertension (Link) and I don't intend to repeat it again but simply to share a few concerns. One of my patients whom we recently diagnosed of hypertension and put…

Understanding Diabetes Mellitus

Diabetes mellitus is a chronic condition which is poorly understood by the ordinary person and it's management causes nightmares for both the physician and the patient. In this article I will explain some basic facts and dispel some myths about the disease. I will also discuss what the diagnosis means to the patient as well…

Victoria 22

Finding a place to eat out can be a daunting task, especially if it's not something you do regularly or when you are a visitor to a city or a country. Most people, like myself are very particular about the service they want, the quality of food as well as the value for money. Not…

Health workers and the HIV/AIDS stigma

One of the biggest challenges Africa has faced in the fight against HIV/AIDS is stigma. Our communities have found it easier to shun and judge people living with HIV than to accept them and help them. As a result these people have found it difficult to live openly in their societies or even to get…

Death by culture

We commemorated Africa day a few days ago, at least those of us of African heritage did. Although we are diverse in terms of languages, beliefs, politics and culture. We are also a lot similar in all those same aspects, in fact our similarities are way more than our differences. As the rest of the…