TELEMEDICINE IN AFRICA: A DIFICULT BUT POSSIBLE REALITY

What is Telemedicine? The word ‘telemedicine’ originates from the Greek word “tele”, which means “at a distance”, and the Latin word “mederi”, meaning “healing” (referring to medicine). Thus, telemedicine can be said to literally mean “healing from a distance”. More concisely put, telemedicine refers to the use of information and communication technology (ICT) for diagnostic,Continue reading “TELEMEDICINE IN AFRICA: A DIFICULT BUT POSSIBLE REALITY”

SYPHILIS: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

What is Syphilis? Syphilis is a highly contagious disease caused by the bacterium Treponema pallidum, which is mostly spread through sexual activity, including oral and anal sex. Infected persons often do not realize early enough that they have the disease, and are very likely to pass it on to their sexual partner. Syphilis was once considered a majorContinue reading “SYPHILIS: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW”

GONORRHOEA: THE ADVERSE EFFECTS ON HEALTH

What is Gonorrhoea? Gonorrhea, also referred to as “the clap” or “drip”, is an infectious sexually transmitted disease (STD) capable of occurring in both men and women. The disease is caused by specific bacteria known to mostly infect the urogenital tract, and occurs as a very common sexual infection among young individuals, especially those aged between 15-24Continue reading “GONORRHOEA: THE ADVERSE EFFECTS ON HEALTH”

How the new Coronavirus Compares with the Influenza Virus

The new coronavirus outbreak has made headlines in recent weeks, but there’s another viral epidemic hitting countries around the world: flu season. But how do these viruses compare, and which one is really more worrisome? So far, the new coronavirus has led to more than 218,000 illnesses and more than 8,000 deaths worldwide as of MarchContinue reading “How the new Coronavirus Compares with the Influenza Virus”

HIV/AIDS: EFFECTS ON HEALTH AND LIFESTYLE

What is HIV/AIDS? HIV is an abbreviation that means Human Immunodeficiency Virus, while AIDS is an acronym that means Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome. HIV specifically refers to the virus which infects the body and damages the immune cells, thus making the person’s immune system become weaker (immunocompromised). AIDS is a severe disease complication that can ariseContinue reading “HIV/AIDS: EFFECTS ON HEALTH AND LIFESTYLE”

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT HEPATITIS

What is Hepatitis and what causes it? Hepatitis basically refers to the inflammation of the Liver. A number of things can cause the Liver to be inflamed, like excessive alcohol intake, hard drugs and toxic chemicals, however, the most common cause of hepatitis is the ‘Hepatitis Viruses’. There are five types of hepatitis viruses, whichContinue reading “WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT HEPATITIS”

THE DISEASE CALLED DIPHTHERIA

What is Diphtheria? Diphtheria is a rare, highly communicable disease known to man from as far back as the 5th Century BC, when it was first discovered and described by the Classical Greek Physician, Hippocrates. The disease is caused by a bacterial infection that causes inflammation of the mucous membranes of the upper respiratory tract.Continue reading “THE DISEASE CALLED DIPHTHERIA”

DENGUE FEVER: THE VECTOR-BORNE DISEASE

What is Dengue Fever? Dengue Fever is a severe, painful disease with acute flu-like symptoms caused by a virus that is transmitted through the bite of a particular mosquito species. The disease is also called “breakbone fever” due to the intense pains it causes in the joints and muscles. The disease has a widespread prevalenceContinue reading “DENGUE FEVER: THE VECTOR-BORNE DISEASE”

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE COVID-19 VACCINE

Introduction The COVID-19 outbreak remains one of the biggest public health threats ever experienced by mankind since the history of infectious diseases. Currently, over 216 million cases and 4.5 million deaths have occurred worldwide, causing a great deal of panic, decrease in healthcare access, and economic distress. No widely approved treatment currently exists for COVID-19;Continue reading “WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE COVID-19 VACCINE”