Browsing Tag: Health

obesity-not-choice

” fatty, blown-up ball, round drum…”The words kept echoing in Kate’s head as she rode the bus home. Tears stung her eyes. It was her second week in the new school and the taunting had already begun. Her parents had changed her school every time the taunting had gotten serious.”Excuse me”Kate looked up at the tall, slim blonde talking to her and wondered why she could not be like her.”Excuse me, you are occupying extra space. Do you mind shifting just a little so I can sit?”Despite the politeness, the tears still came. Kate…

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female-genital-mutilation-promiscuity

A lot of religious books and folklore have contributed to the continuity of some barbaric practices. Some writers make reference to statements made by Jesus Christ while He was here on earth. A true leader who wants growth will not misuse the bible to defend terrible practices. I doubt He meant an actual act when he said: “…pluck it out!”But humans, centuries later, decided to extend the mantra. “If the female genitalia would cause our daughters to sin, let’s help them chop it off!”The World Health Organization defines female genital mutilation thus; “FGM is a procedure that…

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self-examination-tips-for-women-and-cancer-prevention

We all hate cancer but the embarrassing position it puts some women makes it hard to achieve early diagnosis and treatment. A lot of us feel uncomfortable during medical examinations, conducting a physical examination on a female is one of the most awkward moments for male doctors. But that moment is even more awkward for the female who is torn between reassuring the male doctor to go on with the examination because she needs it and shouting caution in her mind so that no untoward act goes unnoticed.Once a woman presents sick to a doctor, the least he can…

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sickle-cell-anemia-threatens

“Let me die,” that was what nine-year-old Abiye said to me as I sat down beside her bed to give her the next dose of ibuprofen in the bid to reduce her pain levels as much as possible. This was her 3rd admission in the space of a year and maybe her 7th or 8th since she was diagnosed. She had lost count. I watched her clench her teeth as the pain came again; she made no effort to conceal her tears.“I wish I was not born, this is too much…”“Sometimes I wish I was not…

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