Category «Health»

Don’t smoke while breastfeeding;doctors warn

Mental health experts warn that breast feeding mothers who smoke are at risk of developing severe health complications that may lead to death. They say such mothers also expose the breastfeeding babies to different complications and they are more likely to die before their first birthday. A senior consultant psychiatrist at Butabika Hospital Dr. Julius Muron says the poisonous chemicals consumed by the mother go directly to the baby. Dr. Muron notes that such babies are always malnourished, sickly and always have abdominal pains that may lead to their death. He is now advising breasting mothers to strive to adopt health habits for the sake of ensuring normal lives for their babies.

Breakfast good for your heart-researchers

People should eat breakfast to keep their hearts in good condition, according to researchers in the US. Their study of 27,000 men, in the journal Circulation, showed those skipping breakfast were at a greater risk of heart problems. The team at the Harvard School of Public Health said missing the meal put an “extra strain” on the body. The British Heart Foundation said breakfast helped people resist sugary snacks before lunch. The men, aged 45-82, were studied for 16 years. During that time there were more than 1,500 heart attacks or cases of fatal heart failure. However, people who skipped breakfast were 27% more likely to have heart problems than those who started the day with a meal. The researchers …

Check teen pregnancies-MPS appeal

The Uganda Parliamentary Forum on Food Security, Population and Development has expressed concern over high number of teen pregnancies in the country. The forum’s Vice Chairperson Betty Aol says teen mothers face high risk of complications and death. She says many girls have also been forced into early marriages which increase teenage pregnancies. She says there is need for mass sensitization on the risks of over population. Currently Uganda has one of the highest child marriage rates in the world. The World Population Day will be marked tomorrow, under the theme; Lets invest in reducing teenage pregnancies, let girls be girls. In Uganda the national celebrations are to be held in Ngora district. Meanwhile, as the country prepares to mark …

Kasese water cleared as safe for use

Child drawing water from a tap

The National Water and Sewerage Cooperation has cleared the water in Kasese Municipality as safe for consumption. This follows tests conducted on the water, which have allayed earlier fears of poisoning. Residents in the Municipality woke up to rumors of alleged poisoning of the water at source. The residents were forced to pour out all the water they had fetched last night as fears grew in the morning. Normal activity had also been paralyzed for hours with afew people reporting to work. The National Water and Sewerage Cooperation branch water manager Stanley Kamugisha says the water is safe for consumption. He has also assured the residents that the water source is well guarded and not easily accessed. It is estimated …

Another suicide case at Mulago Hospital

Another person has committed suicide at Mulago hospital. The deceased identified as Kenneth Muhumuza jumped to his death from the fourth floor of the hospital. Muhumuza is said to have been battling a heart disease and tuberculosis and had spent a week at Uganda heart institute in Mulago ward 4C where he committed suicide. The deceased’s brother Baguma Muhumuza says the patient tried to commit suicide yesterday but was restrained till this morning when he escaped and jumped off the building. His body has been taken to the hospital mortuary and the hospital authorities are yet to comment on the matter. This is the third person to commit suicide at Mulago hospital in a space of just one week.