Nairobi July Cold & Flu

It has been long since I posted something, last time I checked was when I was reading a re-post of one of the posts re-posted through another blog. I must say thanks because my blog statistics show even without sharing my posts there has  still been activity. I feel special with you being my number one motivation. To me this is like coming back home, this time round I want to keep it perfect and simple.

We are a few centimeters into July and everyone is trying to keep warm, since it’s very cold most of us have already started taking antihistamines. Your nose is snuffy, your throat is scratchy, you are sneezing and you have a headache, it’s either a cold or flu since symptoms overlap.

Last week I couldn’t help it when got a cold, while I hate taking medicines I kept juggling between antihistamines because most on them don’t work on me. Today I told my roomy to make her usual concoction because her sore throat just got worse since we are not communicating with the way her voice sounds.

Simon just called a few hours before I wrote this, and he was complaining of what he said were needle like chest and back pains. Their last business meeting day in Naivasha and already he’s missing Nairobi.  Usually with such trips he complains about stomach problems .

I can’t forget to mention how things are getting  funnier with #KOT s  “I’m talking like an ICC witness because of homa “.  So what’s the difference between a flu and a cold? Again everyone has their version of answering this. But it’s simple, if they are one and same thing why do we say flu vaccine and not cold vaccine.

Actually while cold typically resolves quickly symptoms can last up to approximately two weeks, contrary flu symptoms are generally mild and in most cases do not lead to any serious health complications.

Any questions? I think I’m done here, I’m not just ready to dilute anything. This is just a blog and I’ve been out there for long, I really missed this.

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