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The history of the Ocean Road Cancer Institute (ORCI)—Tanzania’s major cancer centre—dates as far back as the colonial times when the institute was a German Government Hospital. ORCI is located along the Indian Ocean, about 200 meters from the beach but before it was named the ORCI, there was a...
Three pupils—Wilson, Sadia and Doreen; who survived a horrific road accident that killed 33 school children, two teachers and a driver in Northern Tanzania, on May 6, are scheduled to receive super-specialised medical care at Mercy Hospital in Sioux City in United States. Toyota Coaster Van they were travelling in...
For the first time, doctors at Muhimbili National Hospital (MNH) in collaboration with foreign experts, have successfully performed kidney transplant surgery. The Hospital’s Senior Public Relations Officer, Mr Aminiel Algaesha has informed the media that the Minister of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children, Ummy Mwalimu is expected to...
Editorial It’s difficult to say something about the campaigns to fight breast cancer in Tanzania without mentioning ‘MEWATA’, the acronym for Medical Women Association of Tanzania—more so, the champions of the association, such as Dr Subilaga Kasesela-Kaganda who passed away this week. Dr Kaganda breathed her last on Wednesday, May 17th...
Tanzanian Biochemist, Ms Lina Finda and research scientist at the Ifakara Health Institute (IHI) has designed low cost repellent sandals treated with chemical agents known as Transfluthrin which can help people keep away from mosquito bites. The sandals are still on pilot for two years. Ms Lina Finda, who trained...
The name, Gustav Giemsa, may not be recalled easily by most doctors in Tanzania but the diagnostic technique, a dye solution which he developed—the Giemsa stain—is highly regarded in medical laboratories in the country;and most doctors are familiar with it. It’s touted as the world's standard diagnostic technique for identifying...
Tanzania Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH) on Friday May 25 awarded Sh399, 470,000 in funding to a team of researchers in medicinal chemistry, led by Professor Eliangiringa Kaale from the School of Pharmacy at Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS). The funding, handed over to the researchers...
Dr Marko Hingi Streets don’t give rise to children; yet on many streets in Mwanza and Tanzania in general, a large number of children find their homes in those streets—one would think streets are parents to these children. And, as each day unfolds, the number of these children keeps increasing. The...
Professor Esther Mwaikambo, now aged 77, was (this week) on Wednesday September 2017 presented a distinguished award for being Tanzania’s first female medical doctor. She overcame significant poverty to get an education, and eventually, to become the country’s female medical doctor. Esther traveled to Moscow to do her medical studies...
There is a growing thirst for health information among the public in Tanzania. This seems to have jolted health professionals into action, creating platforms that provide the info in various ways. Medical students too, have not been left out in the crusade, Medico PRESS has established. Just last month (January 28),...