Category Archives: Health

Zambia: High Court orders Maureen Mwanawasa to pay back money given to her MMCI NGO

Story from the Lusaka Times Website
THE Lusaka High Court has ordered former first lady Maureen Mwanawasa and five others to pay back over K1.2 million they received through a non-governmental organisation the Zambia National AIDS Network (ZNAN) for HIV/AIDS-related activities which they have failed to account for. Read More

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Zambia: Sondashi shares his HIV/AIDS Formular during campaign rally

Story from the Zambia Intelligence News
SEVERAL Livingstone residents on Sunday jostled to taste the Sondashi Formula when FDA president Dr Ludwig Sondashi dispensed the supposedly HIV cure to his supporters during a campaign rally. Read More

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Zambia: World Health Organisation Declares Zambia Yellow Fever Free

Story from the Mwabantu Website
ZAMBIA received an early Christmas present when it was declared a yellow fever-free zone by the World Health Organization (WHO) in the run up to the end of year festivities. Read More

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Zambia: Parents At UTH Children’s Cancer Clinic Protest [VIDEO]

Story from the Muvi TV Website
Parents at the University Teaching Hospital UTH children’s cancer clinic have protested over alleged unfair distribution of food by the nurses at the ward. Read More

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Zambia/Malawi: SMS for Healthy, Aids-Free Babies

Story from the allAfrica News Website
In rural Zambia and Malawi, new mums face long delays finding out if they have passed HIV on to their babies. “What we found with these rural clinics is that often the test results never came back, whatsoever,” Erica Kochi, of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Innovation Unit in New York, told IPS. Read More

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HINTS FOR SENSIBLE, MODERATE, AND RESPONSIBLE ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION

1. Know your limit. If you do not already know how much alcohol you can handle without losing control, try it out one time at home with your parents or friend present. Explain to them what you are attempting to learn. Most people find that no more than a drink an hour will keep them in control of the situation and avoid drunkenness. Have your parents or friend videotape you while you are attempting to see what happens when you consume more than the recommended one drink per hour.

2. Eat food while you drink. It is particularly good to eat high protein foods such as cheese and peanuts, which help to slow the absorption of alcohol into the circulatory system. Many cultures consume alcohol only with food to prevent various problems.

3. Sip your drink. If you gulp a drink for the effect, you are losing a pleasure of drinking, namely tasting and smelling the various flavors. This is particularly true for wine.

4. Accept a drink only when you really want one. At a party if someone is trying to force another drink on you, ask for ice or drink a non-alcoholic beverage.

5. Cultivate taste. Choose quality rather than quantity. Learn the names of fine wines, whiskeys, and beers. Learn what beverage goes with what foods.

6. Skip a drink now and then. When at a party, have a nonalcoholic drink between the alcoholic one to keep your blood alcohol concentration down. Space your alcoholic drinks out to keep the desired blood alcohol concentration.

7. When drinking out, if you must drive home, have your drinks with a meal, not afterwards. This allows time for the alcohol to be burned up and for it to be absorbed slowly into the circulatory system.

8. Beware of unfamiliar drinks. Such drinks as zombies and other fruit and rum drinks can be deceiving, as the alcohol is not always detectable, and it is difficult to space them out.

9. Make sure that drinking improves social relationships rather than impairs them. Serve alcohol as an adjunct to an activity rather than as the primary focus. Have a German night party rather than just getting together to drink beer.

10. Appoint a designated driver. Have someone available who will not be drinking and will drive all drinkers home. This is critical if the person has consumed more than one drink per hour.

11. Use alcohol carefully in connection with other drugs.This includes over the-counter drugs such as sleeping pills and cold or cough medicines. Alcohol should be avoided while taking certain antibiotics, arthritic, anti depressant, and many other prescription medications. Check with your physician or pharmacy before you drink while on any prescription drug.

12. Respect the rights of individuals who do not wish to drink. It is considered impolite to attempt to get people to drink who do not wish to. They may abstain for religious or medical reasons, because they are recovering alcoholics, or they just may not like the taste and effect it has on them.

13. Avoid drinking mixed drinks on an empty stomach on a hot day. This might produce hypoglycemia, which can cause dizziness, weakness, and mood change.

14. If you know that you will have to drive after consuming alcohol, limit your consumption to no more than one drink an hour. In reality many people who have a drink with a meal have no other option other than to drive home. Consuming NO MORE than one glass of wine, beer or mixed drink with a meal in a hour is generally safe for driving.

15. Upper limit of drinks for males is 21 and for females is 14 drinks per week. Most studies suggest that these limits are safe for health. In older individuals moderate drinking may help prevent against heart disease. This amount, of course, is spread out over a weeks period. This means for males no more than 2-3 drinks and for females 1-2 drinks per day preferably with meals.

Zambia: Secretary to Cabinet confirms President Sata’s death

Zambian President Micheal Sata

Zambian President Micheal Sata

Zambian President Michael Sata has died in London, cabinet secretary Roland Msiska confirmed on Wednesday. “As you are aware the. president was receiving medical. attention in London,” Msiska told state television. “The head of state passed on in October 28. President Sata’s demise is deeply regretted. The nation will be kept informed on burial arrangements.”

Zambia: UTH hikes fees

Story from the Daily Nation Website
THE University Teaching Hospital (UTH) has hiked user fees by up to 200 percent for services under the premium and standard patients’ schemes owing to the high cost of goods and services. Read More

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Morocco: Morocco won’t host 2015 African Cup of Nations due to fears of Ebola

Story from the Zambia Daily Mail Website
Morocco have withdrawn their rights to host the African Cup of Nations next year due to fears of the viral disease Ebola, which has ravaged a number of African nations over the last few months. Read More

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Zambia/USA: US parents pull children out of school after principal’s trip to Zambia

Ebola

Ebola

Story from the Lusaka Voice Website
An enormous crowd of parents pulled their children out of school Wednesday after learning that the Hazlehurst Middle School principal returned to work after a trip to southern Africa. Principal Lee Wannik traveled to Zambia for his brother’s funeral, which is far from the Ebola hot spot countries on the other side of Africa. Read More

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