Screening And Vaccination Can Help Beat Cervical Cancer

Vwani cervical cancer sketch

I’ve talked about cancer a number of times before, actually, the first article I ever posted online was a story on cancer. Cancer is deadly most common lately is cervical cancer, no woman is ready to hear a word like that in their ears. Being a core player, together with physicians, nurses and data managers in creating cervical cancer awareness, it’s always my pleasure to say a word or two about cervical cancer – the most common cause of gynecological cancer being malignant neoplasm arising from cells of the cervical wall.

I noted that there is a relative paucity of cervical centers in Kenya and this calls for an urgent need to direct health planning efforts to adapt effective systems that will ensure proper provision of services such as clinical evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment through a coordinated team of cervical cancer providers in a compassionate patient – centered environment. Most women realize they are victims of cervical cancer when it’s too late, at the age of 30 years and above when complications have developed. This is usually a challenge to most doctors where integrating and proper sequencing of treatment modalities is critical. This is one reason why it’s advisable for every young woman to take that bold step and go for cervical cancer testing, actually, every woman above 21 years of age needs a “pap”.

Until recently the number of those going for cervical cancer screening was very low. Most would wait until complications arose before taking action. Worrying is most youths these days are engaging in early coitus with multiple sexual partners. The number is expected to rise most researchers predict. And this calls for continuous awareness to the public by healthcare providers.

There is the need for proper data keeping that shows the number of new cases and those that have undergone successful therapy. Clinical audits for cervical cancer can be readily doable with transparency and can be eventually fed into the cancer registry. This will help put measures in place to enable free screening is accessible to almost every woman. Thanks to CERVERIX® and human papillomavirus vaccine because there is hope of eradicating this deadly disease, they say prevention is better than cure.

New But Useful “Weed”

Phone addiction is becoming more chronic than addiction to any type of drug. Tried avoiding your phone for more than a day? Leave alone a day, let’s say more than one hour… You will be very anxious, who called? What if someone special had an emergency. Even more, in places of worship some people can’t switch off there phones for only an hour or two , the phone creates in you fear that would have been avoided.

That phone never gives you a piece of mind without it. Two decades ago these gadgets were not there but people survived without them, life was simple. The key molecule that keeps one on the phone is internet, it’s automatic for most of us when browsing through our phones to open Facebook as the first internet page. Twitter has made things worse, Tweeps spend long hours looking for followers and trying to stay relevant in the name of being “bigwigs” . There is always that guy who’s always tweeting every thirty seconds 24 hours a day.

Nature doesn’t set out to deceive us. We don’t even set out to deceive ourselves. It is simply that we cannot cope, all at once, with the clutter of information and emotion that is delivered to us. So we consign that to the attic of our conscious and say, “I’m not going to miss the next model version of the new iPhone 6.

Having a new gadget is not an issue, also keeping up with  what is trending in the social media is awesome but the major problem is, how much time and money do you spend just to stay relevant?  Is it worth it? Although the internet is making things much easier, most organization’s performance is poor because employees want to save one more minute for them to be online.

A good tool for advertising social media is, most companies have taken it for online advertising which is very efficient. Most bills can be paid through a mobile device by just a few clicks without moving a single step ,opening a bank account or applying for a loan  you’ll not need to go queue and fill forms in the bank. These are just a few things that the mobile phones have made easier for us. How we use these gadgets still remains a challenge only the future will tell. 

Kenyan Hospitals Need Prescription Refill Containers

container prescription refill

Perfectly filling a prescription should not be the only aim of the pharmacist. How the medication is packaged is very vital for the patient before he or she takes them home . The package should keep the medication in perfect and favorable conditions until the whole dosage has been consumed.

I’m not trying to be rude discussing something we all both already know but this to me feels like diarrhoea, I don’t mean verbal diarrhoea incase you are thinking ahead of me. Most community pharmacies in kenya have almost 91% of there medications packaged in blister packs, this is not similar to what happens in our most depended government hospitals where the same comes in large containers and has to be prepacked into small packs. Not that I’m trying to say this is bad but what if Kenyans adopted plastic container prescription refill packages. I understand I’m not putting this across well, anyway most CCCs use refill bottles for ARVs it has worked! The issue of cost I know is tricky, and also space when it comes to container packaging, on the other hand I’m not implying that all drugs should come packed in containers. We are all always trying to cut down cost and make healthcare provision affordable however efficiency is always better.

Well, it doesn’t make sense having to package medication to be used for five days in containers since the containers will be irrelevant after five days. These containers come in handy for medication like antipychotics , antihypertensives , antidiabetes e.t.c… I mean medications that have to be taken for more than a month. It would be much easier and convenient if these containers were used in such scenarios, you carry your container to the pharmacy, your monthly dose is filled.

I know of some goon somewhere trying to say, ‘ooh! This guy is trying to market company X or Y with intentions of supplying containers’ … No. It’s only that the ideas didn’t sink into your skull. I know most pharmacists prefer blister packs to counting tablets each time a client comes to refill their monthly dose. Yea it’s awkward as a pharmacist to be seen counting tablets especially when you in a hurry and tablets keep falling on the floor and you have to pick then up.

The government has tried to some level, plastic packs keep medication free of moisture, it has helped in most hospitals. The major challenge is instructions written on these kind of packs gets erased easily soon before the patient finishes their dose. This is very confusing when the patient forgets how the drugs are supposed to be taken and the combination is of three or more drugs.

Response Is Perspective

By Peter Wanga

At the heart of communication lies facets that make it expedient, we bear our personality with us wherever we go, to school, to work, in a relationship… Everywhere.
The whole conception of communication is the honor of God, which is one of the intangible elements that connects us to him and defines as us human beings. The core of communication builds itself in three foundations; attitude, listening (perception) and response.

Attitude is the expression of favour or disfavour towards a person, thing or event. How should we feel? Regardless of how we feel at any given moment, our goal at the end of the end of the conversation for instance should be of positive outcome, any conversation should always open and inspire our mind.

The reason we have two ears and one mouth is because we are meant to listen more than talk. We should always take amble time to listen without divided attention to whatever the point the person we are conversing with is trying to bring up.This allows time to understand and give correct response after getting the right perspective of the subject matter at hand.

Response being the high note of a conversation sugar coats the foundations of communication after considering the first two aspects, response automatically sums up everything. Depending on the situation a conversation begins at, our attitude will determine the success of the response from the other party

In conclusion despite our misgiving or perception, or person we are communicating with, for a happy ending the success or correct standing depends on which stand we take while communicating. Happiness is no magic billet but evidence is clear and compelling that it changes our odds of getting disease or dying young. Actually attitude protects us against poor health later in life and may be a powerful antidote to stress pain and illness.

Crack Down On Medical Quacks

The ongoing crackdown on health practitioners operating without licenses and those not qualified in pharmacies and medical centers within Nairobi has seen shut down of multiple medical businesses that had mushroomed within the city suburbs, as many have since found themselves on the wrong side of pharmacy and poisons board law. This action has been taken to ensure quality healthcare is provided as required by the profession.

The common trend by many people  of acquiring medication without prescription from a physician is said to be the major setback in providing quality healthcare. Usually the client or patient explains what he or she is feeling and from the symptoms the pharmacist dispenses medication. This appears to save time and money that would have been spent consulting the doctor. However things have always turned out differently, although in an ideal situation you should be able to trust that you have been given correct medication, have you ever stopped to ask yourself these questions; Is this medication right for my condition? Is the person selling medication to me qualified?

The pharmacist too can take wrong diagnosis since he is in a hurry to clear the queue of impatient waiting clients. Ponder this, you are trying to save money, you go to a pharmacy and medication is prescribed to you, you are given wrong medication to take home, your situation worsens and you are forced to see the doctor you had ignored at first. The bill becomes huge since you have to pay more for consultation and  medication again.

Sometimes some people are reckless when it comes to taking hypertensive medication. It can be tricky adjusting to antihypertensives but this doesn’t make it such a serious condition … but some people can make it be. There are people who fail to understand there situation and keep walking from one pharmacy to another seeking unprofessional assistance instead of sticking to one doctor. Most fake operating practitioners are not keen to observe there medical history. This is the reason the pharmacy and poisons board insists prescription medication be dispensed only through prescription from physician

Conjugal Rights Verses Sleep

Medics recommend that a medical student should have scored highly in Chemistry for them to take part in any medical course. The student should also posses great capability in keen observation of practical experiments especially the tail part which is the most significant, mostly students take it for granted.

The chemistry behind love works almost through the same vein as this. At the beginning everything is enthralling but towards  the end the potency of love keeps diminishing. Terms like ‘from a region of high concentration to low’ can crop in at some point to define a trend of a certain relationship. I’m not saying love is some kind of experiment… No_

There is this growing trend among long time couples to have separate beds, for most adolescents this gives an impression of folks trying to keep their bedroom affairs discrete. The truth of the matter is most couples find it difficult sleeping in the same bed.

Women are the core victims and are usually on the front line to petition for separate beds or bedrooms. It is difficult to get good sleep when locked into each other. The idea of women being fond of holding to teddy bears at night doesn’t mean they would to be held all night long … actually it is unhealthy.

Sleep is very important, after attending to conjugal obligations everyone should retreat to there side and sleep. Although sociologists claim that most women would want to caressed after sex, most of them find it a chore as they only prefer to be cuddled less.

How about an ambush from slumber by a horny partner? Not all women are at ease with this. It is obvious that men and women have different sleeping patterns from biology, and when a woman is startled from sleep by his partner this could mean she’ll scuffle for sleep as her man by her side snoring.

So… There is always another options when you are just about to say “I’ll spend the night on the sofa.