01 July 2015
Friday, 03 August 2012 12:32
Caption: Viral hepatitis is inflammation of the liver caused by a viral infection Viral Hepatitis : the silent diseaseWritten by News On Sunday
World Hepatitis Day was observed on July 28 to increase the awareness and understanding of viral hepatitis and the diseases that it causes. In Mauritius, hepatitis C is the most common, followed by hepatitis B. According to estimates, 3% of the population are affected by hepatitis B and C.
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Haemorrhagic stroke is very common in Mauritius, affecting more than 2,000 people. It involves bleeding within the brain which affects nearby brain tissues and can have damaging outcomes.
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Our children are more and more encountering weight problems and obesity, causing health authorities to worry. This is because obese children run the risk of developing non-communicable diseases like high blood pressure, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases when they reach adult hood.
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Seasonal flu is affecting everyone across the country. Hospitals and health centres are treating on average 16,000 cases per week. There are many more getting treatment from private doctors while others are relying on auto-medication.
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Has it ever happened that one of your friends or relatives has been hurt and you found yourself standing helpless, having no clue what was the best thing to do? At that time, you might have wished that you had an inkling of first aid. Unfortunately, Mauritians in general do not realise the importance of first aid, notes Red Cross.
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Many women prefer bottle-feeding their babies to breastfeeding, due to their professional commitments, observes the Mauritian Association for the Promotion of Breastfeeding and Infant Nutrition (MAPBIN) as well as health experts. They advise mothers to breastfeed their babies during the first weeks following child birth.
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Treating the disease is not enough; diabetes patients should also receive psychological support, says Andy Ramasawmy, president of the Diabetic Group Mauritius. According to him, diabetes patients suffer not only from the disease but they also go through psychological problems. Often, he deplores that, this side of the disease is neglected.
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The rate of cigarette smoking in Mauritius has gone down at all levels, be it in men, women, among the youth and children as well. The Ministry of Health rejoices at the slight decrease but is maintaining its campaign against cigarette smoking.
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Seasonal flu is in the air and infants and children, being vulnerable, are the ones being mostly affected. Dr Faezah Soobadar, paediatrician at Apollo Bramwell Hospital, gives further explanation.
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