May 2017

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The Health Press – Zambia, Volume 01, Issue 05, ISSN: 2520-4378, 08 June 2017 Download full Issue

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EDITORIAL


No to tobacco to reduce mortality
by ML Mazaba

The world celebrates ‘World No Tobacco Day’ on the 31st of May as one of its major health days. The day is earmarked for bringing to the attention of the global population tobacco’s negative effects that cause the deaths of up to 7 million people each year, 10% of which are a result of passive exposure to smoking


PESPECTIVES


Tax the smoker, save the smoker! -The health and economic benefits of increased tobacco tax in Zambia
by AN Moraes

Tobacco kills 6 million people globally each year; in Zambia, more than 3,300 deaths each year are due to smoking. Zambia’s cigarette consumption is growing steadily fuelled by adolescent smoking. Cigarette taxes dropped from 34% in 2008 to 27% in 2012, making cigarettes effectively more affordable. Increasing taxes effectively reduces smoking and generates revenue


CASE REPORT


Depressive Disorder in Child Psychiatric Practice: A Case Report
by A Tsarkov, P Petlovanyi

Depression in children and adolescences is a common phenomenon, but, unfortunately, it’s diagnosed late, because is not similar to the classical depressive states of adults. In every period of childhood, depression looks different and often hides behind the signs of physical diseases, behavioural disorders, or temporary “intellectual collapse”. We present the case of a 13-year-old Zambian girl with major depressive disorder (MDD) comorbid with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Treatment issues are discussed, and some reasons for the urgency of early recognition and treatment are explained. To the best of our knowledge this is the first documented paediatric case of depression from Zambia