Mwaiwathu hospital in BP screening campaign: Warns on herbal or Chinese drugs

Medical experts at Mwaiwathu Private Hospital in Blantyre, Malawi have reiterated that high blood pressure (hypertension) is a “silent killer” and about 30-40% of adults are hypertensive with 60% of these don’t know that they have hypertension.

Kalengo, Christopher Banda, Guy Banda and disease awareness cordinator Kadam'manja (in green uniform)

Kalengo, Christopher Banda, Guy Banda and disease awareness cordinator Kadam’manja (in green uniform)

Hospital Services Manager Dr Guy Banda

Hospital Services Manager Dr Guy Banda

They have since discouraged people from taking herbals and Chinese related products, saying they contain harmful substances that lead to kidney failure.

“Herbals and chinese medicine are no good and can harm and damage your kidneys. Some of these herbals contain detrimental substances that can lead to kidney failure.

“Kidney failure is a serious condition and every expensive to have your blood cleansed where the kidneys have been damaged,” said Dr Staphael Kalengo, Head of Dialysis Unit at the hospital.

Kalengo said this during disease awareness media briefing at the hospital’s premises in the commercial capital.

The kidneys cleanse one’s blood by removing waste and excess fluid, maintain the balance of salt and minerals in the body and help regulate blood pressure.

“When the kidneys have damaged, waste products and fluids accumulate in the body, causing body swelling and shortness of breath.

“If left untreated,  diseased kidneys may eventually stop functioning completely. Kidney failure is serious and potentially fatal condition,” he explained.

While Head of Accidents and Emergency, Dr Christopher Banda, zeroing on hypertension, said some medications like “birth control pills or over-the-counter cold medicine” can cause high blood pressure as well.

Banda said hypertension is called the “silent killer” mainly because people often have no symptoms, “yet it leads to some serious and sometimes even fatal conditions”.

“High blood pressure is a silent killer because it can lead to some very serious complications. It can lead to abnormal heart rhythm and it can also make you likely to have a heart attack or heart failure, kidney problems, or even a stroke,” asserted Banda.

He therefore advised those with hypertension to always take scientifically proven medication as directed by medical personnel and monitor their blood pressure in their homes with monitoring devices.

“There are many risk factors for high blood pressure. Some factors you can’t change. Others are modifiable based on your lifestyle.

“Factors that are modifiable include being overweight, not exercising enough, eating unhealthy diet, consuming excess salt, drinking alcohol and smoking. If you have a family history of high blood pressure, you should work with your doctor on reducing risks,” advised Banda.

Meanwhile the hospital is conducting high blood pressure screening exercises in various locations ahead of the disease awareness open day on November 21 and are being carried under the theme ‘Hypertension and the Kidney’.

According to Disease Awareness Committee Chairperson, Lutengano Kadam’manja, the screening exercises are aimed at raising awareness about high blood pressure, kidney problems and other non-communicable diseases which are getting common.

“Its our corporate responsibility to sensitise the communities so that we should be able to enjoy life together.  We want to prevent high blood pressure and related diseases amongst us by providing improved diagnositic services to communities,” said Kadam’manja.

“We are also expecting medical experts from South Africa who will join us and also conduct high blood pressure screening on November 21. We shall also have various activities including testimonies survivors of stroke, high blood pressure and other diseases,” she said.

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19 thoughts on “Mwaiwathu hospital in BP screening campaign: Warns on herbal or Chinese drugs”

  1. Magaseni says:

    KKKK ndinkadziwatu ine kuti misika izayamba kuvuta mtsogolomo chifukwa cha kuona patali kwathuku. mulungu ndiopusa kulenga mitengo? mmesa zima drugzo ndizimene zikupangitsa ma Bp, cancer ndi zimatenda zina zosadziwika? LA mmesa ndi artemesia? chabe mumangoikamo ma poison anuwo mu artemesia annua mo. ginger, papaya, turmeric,mint, mvunguti, adyo, uchi, ect zikomo chifukwa chobwera poyera ndi zintchito zanu, Kaye kunyada ma doctor tikakupezani nzipatalamo. Muisova.

  2. ozitsata says:

    vuto lake aMalawi timakonda kunyoza. koma kuyamika zero pa ten. Mwaiwathu saves a lot of lives. anthu mukayenda yenda ku malmed kaya kwa gombwa kaya ku adventist kenako zikathina nkumabwela ku mwaiwathu…. the staff do the best they can. ma patient awo amakhala odwalika zedi. and most of the time, they bring them back from deaths door.

    as for herbal medications, aMalawi kutengeka too much. mukangomva herbal basi go konko. as someone in the health sector i can tell you that yes, some herbs are good and they work but others will give you kidney damage and liver damage! that is not mwaiwathu being greedy by telling this… IT IS A FACT. go to Queens, kafunseni ma medics kumeneko and they will tell you the same, they also have people in their wards with the same issues due to herbs and zitsamba and mankhwala akwa a sing’anga….

    western medicine is advisable because before mass production it is tested and undergoes ma safety checks angapo. herbal medication usually does not. stay away from western medication if you must but be wise about which herbal medication you swallow.

  3. fuso says:

    Would like to thank mwaiwathu hospital for this theme: hypertension and kidney disease,to my fellow patients let’s ask ourselves y we are having increase in these diseases which are non communicable than communicable ones.lets join hands against these diseases, big mwaiwathu

  4. steve says:

    Guys , lets be serious .Achipatala they are not gods.They shudnot be expected to work out miracles when we refuse to go for testing early-tikudikira kuti titikitike kaye.

  5. Munthuwamba says:

    Nowadays, herbs are the real deal.These so called western drugs tend to have so many side effects when consumed. Google it and see the benefits of natural medicines. Gone are the days when people could just follow blindly and take things said by the so called health professionals as gospel truth. I will give you a simple example. Ever heard of Viagra?? it is touted as a highly potent drug that enhances libido and causes rock hard erections. But just google its side effects. There is a multitude of them. Now, Gondolosi which is a natural root, does the same function and I have never heard a single person who took it complaining of any side effects. See what I mean?? And there are equally so many natural foods and remedies for unclogging your arteries and improving your blood flow thereby successfully preventing the so called high blood pressure and other ailments. Ginger and garlic are just two of them but there are so many.

  6. Dr Nfiti Sidutsa Manda says:

    My friends at Mwaiwathu, do not despite local medicine. Local medicine are potent and effective, even more effective than these second hand expired drugs western and indian pharmacies sell you at a high cost. Why do you think a lot of people die at Mwaiwathu and other hospitals. Its because of these western medicines, the pioson and kill people. You think you parents and their parents in the village you come from would have leaved and given birth to you if local medicine were not working? Do not be silly and believe anything you are tolk in schools, white people are all over africa taking sample of trees and getting knowlegde from some of us about how local medicine work and you are here spilling trush? Do you not know that the current malaria medicine LA and Quine all came from local medicines. Whites only concentrated them and packaged them? You are educated but foolish.

  7. JJ King says:

    These people are saying nothing true. Traditional and Chinese medicne go beyond convention medicine as such shoulde not be undermined. Our learned doctors are just full of hatred and jealosy

  8. Wazitsamba says:

    Mwaiwathu, are you colluding with Big Pharma to rip us of our hard-earned cash by prescribing metformin, glibeclamide and stuff like that? Herbals are the big deal. As for me and my family, we have gone herbal. And it’s paying off immensely!

  9. mtima wa nyani says:

    and ndi staff ocita leak information ya ma ptient, kuwerenga mu file ya peshenti opanda mwini wake kufusidwa ciloledzo basi kumakauza azizao- acina molini kawale2 ETC. ma stafu opanda efikis ya nchito yao.
    conde livampu principles of the cipatala. timamva zambili koma ulemu cabe kaambaso poti palibe anacitidwapo sue kuyambila ma dokotala kutsikila mmusi mwake.

  10. Noxy says:

    We have taken these herbal medicine since Mwayiwathu inception and you have never thought of giving such important messages.We call this “Management by Crisis” Where were you all this time?Then you say chinese medicine are not good at all and they destroy kidneys,you haven’t told us about which medicine as there are a lot of herbal medicines around.Please give a comprehensive detail about this or else we just think you want to promote this hospital where people are destined to die.

  11. Germana says:

    Herbs cure, Drugs kill.ask the Chinese.

    Mwaonakuti malonda sakuyenda?

  12. Guantanamo says:

    Mwaiwathu is now a killer hospital. No drugs. If u go for surgery they tell u to bring or buy ur own drugs. They r expensive for nothing. Respectable people r now flocking to Queens for medical attention. Mwaiwathu r day time robbers. Patients die undeservedly. After operaration amaiwala thonje mmimba, kapena amaiwala kusoka malo ena ankati mwa mimba. A minor surgery graduates into a life threatening operation. Mpaka kubwelerako katatu ku theater? U r a disgrace. I hate u. And ur nurses and doctors r very pompous. Malawians, let us pay our taxes promptly so that government clinics r properly funded for good medical services. As for BP scanning u hv not told us at what fees/cost. As for me wil continue taking Chinese and lacal herbs like mvunguti, adyo, aloevera, papaya and guava leaves. I lost trust in Mwaiwathu long time ago

  13. Zabwino says:

    Its high time the medical doctors swallowed there pride by accepting that herbal medicine is workable in Africa and Malawi in particular. Even the western medicine comes from herbs. History has it that Once upon a time there were no western medicine and yet herbal medicine was being used and people got cured. There were few if no cases of the so called BP etc. Our for fathers lived a healthy life without the western medicine and were strong, lived long but since the western medicine came into being our lives have been shorten, why, because we have opted for western medicine. Mwaiwathu, we appreciate what u are doing so too other hospitals and my advise is that work together with the herbal personnel for a better Malawi as deep down our hearts we all know whats good for us. Let us leave selfish motives aside because of money and fame, let us love one another in one accord – as Malawians – above all lets engage the spiritual teachings of our Lord and Savoiur Jesus Christ to help us bring glory to our beautiful country as a God fearing nation. Chikhalidwenso chasintha chifukwa cha Western Culture.

  14. mulibwanji says:

    Warning yet nanunso kumbali mukumamwa zomwezi. Hypocrites

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  16. Isaac says:

    Infact mankhwala a BP abwino ndi achikuda simply because alibe ma side effects. Tell us BP imayamba bwanji cause thus the root cause why people are dying today not the issue of screening. 1. what we eat and drink more especially in the urban areas is one of the contributing factors
    2. We Malawians hardly do exercises…. Tikumati Kufewa. (life style)

    So what next
    1. reduce the intake of high cholestrol food
    2. At least take a 30 minutes walk every day
    3. garlic, chamwamba, and mvunguti are some of the possible solutions to you my parents, brothers and sisters out there.

    YAHWEH created these plants as a remedy. Zinazi tingopangirapo ndalama basi.

  17. Mandla says:

    Herbal medicine is good. Some of these drugs have very bad side effects. You urge people to go for screening, yet your services are very expensive. How can ordinary people access your services? How many people can manage to come to Mwaiwathu Hospital for screening? Kumango nena ngati ni free service?

    I remember my Auntie never went to the hospital. Once she is sick she would have recourse to herbal medicine.

  18. levelheaded says:

    Very welcome campaign.

  19. Patriot says:

    Warning ya chani?
    You know deep inside your hearts that herbal medecine are far much better than your EXPENSIVE addictive drugs.
    Example Adyo is far much better than zimankhwala zanuzo.

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