PO Box 42557 Almost 90% of the fresh produce available in Shoprite Zambia’s supermarkets is sourced locally. Nausea and increased leukorrhea were common; bleeding control was good. “All I see are women coming here with complications. The Chinese contraceptives are on sale in many herbal clinics in the country. Our business generates a steady annual income from activities on our farm, some 20km from the Shoprite distribution centre outside Lusaka,” says Mazuba. There are common side effects associated with taking the pill. It is taken on the fifth day of menstruation for the first time, then after 20 days and every 30 days thereafter, Zhai says. She leaves her baby at home when she goes to work, she says, because she fears that people might laugh at her because her children will be so close in age. All Rights Reserved. The report, however, notes that available evidence indicates a high incidence of bothersome side-effects and hypertension. But how can you tell the difference between which symptoms are normal, and … Employees of ECM Farms’ skills set now includes food processing and packaging which as it adds value to the produce they sell to Shoprite Zambia. THE Ministry of National Guidance and Religious affairs has clarified that it is not considering a National Dress Code as reported by the Zambia Daily Mail. Every time she travels to China for business, which is twice a year, she buys enough stock for herself and her friends. Prudence Phiri, GPJ, translated some interviews from Nyanja. “The fact that the language on the package is in Chinese confirms that the pill has not been approved,” Mwape says. Akinyi says ordinary contraceptives suppressed her libido and made her gain weight. Each pill goes for 20 Zambian kwacha ($2). Kimani said children under the age of three were having enlarged breasts and uteruses after their mothers used these contraceptives. Acne. A 2007 review of studies on once-a-month pills used in China, including those containing a combination of levonorgestrel and quinestrol, states that high hormone doses in the pills raises questions about their safety. Raised blood pressure 9. diarrhea 10. “We don’t know whether they have negative side-effects because we don’t know what chemicals they contain. “I have taken the pill for the last eight months and I don’t have any complications,” she says. AT a popular herbal clinic in Ngara, Nairobi, a woman enquires whether there are herbal contraceptives on sale. The head of reproductive health division at the Health ministry declined to comment on the matter. But some women who have taken the pill say it causes heavy bleeding. Health officials say women should be cautious when using them because it’s not clear what they contain, and some women have reported serious side effects including heavy bleeding. He refused to explain why he considers the pill to be herbal when it contains artificial hormones. Anyone who sells the pills or any other illegal medicine could be prosecuted, Mwape says. And speaking at the same function, Smart Zambia Institute National Coordinator, who is also Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet, Dr. Martine Mtonga said improving ICTs infrastructure is an effective and efficient way of running the country’s economy. Very little is known about the long-term effects of the monthly pills. The most serious side effects include severely low blood pressure and loss of consciousness. LUSAKA, ZAMBIA — Esnart Tembo is pregnant and has a 1-year-old baby. Common side effects of the progesterone-only contraceptive injection include headaches, irregular periods, weight gain and abdominal discomfort. “Also, a big player like Shoprite has a significant influence on pricing and ensures that we are able to sell our vegetables to others at more competitive prices.”. From side-effects to future fertility, we answer your most common contraceptive pill questions. The pills have Chinese writings on them and the woman can’t read Chinese, so she engages the attendant for more information. The Contraceptive Pill. It worked for about three months but going in the fourth month, I started having a funny feeling in the abdomen and experienced heavy bleeding that lasted almost another three months. Sometimes those chemicals have long-term effects so we can’t tell what effects they will have on users in the long run. “If they are imported as medicine, they have to be registered in Kenya,” Osur says. The name of the pills and instructions on how to use them are all in Chinese. The paper, published in the journal Contraception, indicated high incidence of side effects and hypertension in the short term. Tembo, 20, sells roasted mice, a common delicacy in Zambia, to earn a living. Maingi was on the pill for two years but then stopped because she wanted another baby. He/she may switch you to another birth control pill. she asks. So far, the authority hasn’t received any reports about the pill, and no one has been prosecuted, he says. These include headaches, mood swings, nausea and breast tenderness. Common side effects of contraceptive pills include high blood pressure, severe headaches, lower extremity pain, blood clots and loss of menses. A Chinese-made fertility pill that was banned from the Kenyan market 10 years ago due to multiple negative side effects on women and babies is being sold … “I can’t even comment on the Chinese pill because as a health provider I know nothing about it,” Chibwe says. Although these side effects are also associated with the daily pill, they are more common and severe in the monthly dose. I decided to try the Chinese pill because I was told it was herbal. About seven percent of Chinese that use contraception choose to use temporary forms of contraception, such as contraceptive pills and … The reproductive health expert says even the director of medical services cannot ban the Chinese medicine because they do not fall under his jurisdiction. Since she discovered the Chinese contraceptives, she has never looked back. Now, most Chinese clinics that purport to sell herbal medicine in Lusaka stock the pills. This happens due to the hormonal changes which the pill causes in the body of the female. “I decided to try the Chinese pill because I was told it was herbal,” she says. Even though they are marketed as herbal products, studies conducted on the contraceptives show that they have high doses of estrogen and progestogen, which are artificial hormones. Side effects with the emergency contraceptive pill. The Chinese single dose monthly contraceptive pill, also referred to as a once-a-month contraceptive pill, is now becoming common among women. ECM Farms provide the retailer with leafy vegetables like rape, spinach, Kalembula, Chibwabwa, Chinese cabbage and Bondwe. Mothers reported feeling pregnant all the time, while others went into depression. Taking contraceptive pills or birth control pills may often result in tenderness of the breasts for women. She is now eight months pregnant and plans to continue using the Chinese pills after giving birth. Acne 8. Irregular periods 3. Hormonal IUDs can have similar side effects to those of the pill. With the positives, there are some side-effects of contraceptive pills as well. The contraceptive pill can cause side effects - it's a well-known fact. THE Mweemba family’s fortunes have undergone considerable change since they became the first local supplier of fresh vegetables to Shoprite Zambia, when the retailer entered this market 25 years ago. After two months, Tembo says, she had heavy bleeding, so she stopped taking the pill. “We specialise in establishing long-term partnerships with local suppliers, so that their enterprises can grow alongside our business to the benefit of many more Zambians,” explains Charles Bota, General Manager of Shoprite Zambia. Some disadvantages of the pill include: it can cause temporary side effects at first, such as headaches, nausea, breast tenderness and mood swings – if these do not go after a few months, it may help to change to a different pill; it can increase your blood pressure; it does not protect you against sexually transmitted infections A 2007 study published by the US National Institutes of Health says lack of good quality data prevents confident assessment of the safety and efficacy of the once-a-month pills. The pills, which are marketed as herbal contraceptives, are a popular option for Zambian women seeking non-hormonal contraceptivesomen who have taken them say they cause heavy bleeding. Chinese contraceptive pills raise libido but cause more side-effects. So 10% of women are going to have a benefit, 10% of women are going to have a side effect. Esnart Tembo, (CQ) (CQ) a young, pregnant mother who has used a Chinese contraceptive pill, works selling roasted mice near a bus stop in Lusaka, Zambia’s capital city. Osur says the drugs are probably imported as herbal medicine or supplements and that is why they have never come under the radar of the Pharmacy and Poisons Board. THE National Institute of Public Administration (NIPA) Executive director  Royson Mukwena says improved Information Communication Technology (ICTs) infrastructure directly translates into Zambia enjoying some of the benefits of the globalised economy. We don't know if it's the same 10%. Seemingly worked up, the attendant hands back her money and asks her to leave, saying she cannot guarantee that the pills will not have negative side-effects on her. In one of the larger trials of Quin-Ng pills, each of the side effects (depression, breast tenderness, pigmentation, hair loss, lack of libido, insomnia, blurred eyesight, increased body weight and edema) occurred at rates hovering between 2% and 5% in the first 6 months of use, with pigmentation complaints increasing to 10% towards the end of 1 year of use . The pill is taken on the fifth day of menstruation for the first time, then after 20 days and after every 30 days thereafter. The housewife says if the pills had any negative effects, she would have known by now. INSIDE THE STORY: Hoping for a story that could go viral, GPJ Reporter Prudence Phiri listens in on a conversation in a hair salon and comes away with a hot idea. Weight gainor water retention 4. Most of those who sell them and those who use them do not seem to have much information on these pills because they are packaged in Chinese. Read the blog. Christine Mwakapila, a 33-year-old mother of two, says she also tried the Chinese pill for a month but upon hearing of the adverse side effects some women had, she stopped. Even her current pregnancy has been uneventful. These pills may help you to track your menstrual cycle more closely. An elderly attendant at the desk responds in the affirmative and fishes out tiny pink tablets from one of the drawers. July 26, 2018 mwebantunews. In 2010, the Pharmacy and Poisons Board issued guidelines on the regulation of herbal medicine but these guidelines are yet to take effect. “Of course it is a medicine that is approved.”. The Chinese pill is a popular option for Zambian women seeking non-hormonal contraceptives,” the attendant said. In 2009, then Director of Medical Services Dr Francis Kimani raised the alarm on reports of health complications linked to the use of the Chinese contraceptives, but the warning seems to have fallen on deaf ears. Each pill goes for USD 5.00. This usually clears up after the first couple of months, but if you are still experiencing these side effects after a while, you might want to try a different pill. Osur says it is difficult for health experts to talk about the drugs’ efficacy and side-effects because they do not know what they contain. Oral contraceptive pills are adopted by worldwide women. The MEDiCAM statement warned of an increased risk of blood clots, troublesome breakthrough bleeding, nausea, head­aches, weight gain, and breast tenderness. “For me the only side-effects I experienced are the good ones,” says Jane Maingi, a housewife in Nairobi. This is considered a good method to avoid unwanted pregnancy. A contraceptive tablet that acts like the morning-after pill but could be taken up to a month after sex is probably scientifically possible and would be welcomed by women, scientists said. Chinese contraceptive pills are illegal in Zambia but easily purchased in the capital city of Lusaka. One of the most common side effects of a contraceptive pill for women is headache and a feeling of dizziness. The combined oral contraceptive pill is commonly just called “the pill”. Since starting the pill about 3 years ago my (Chinese) mother has been badgering me to go off of it because she’s concerned about the after-effects. The once-a-month contraceptive pill has been used in China since the 1960s. Dizziness 11. “People selling herbal medicine are registered under the Department of Cultural Services. It’s not clear how the pills get to Zambia, or when they first arrived in the country, but the World Health Organization notes that Chinese contraceptives flow freely into southeast Asia. “Due to the stringent standards required by Freshmark, the quality of our crops keep on improving, which means we are able to provide all our clients with first grade vegetables,” describes Mazuba. But some women, like Misozi Mwanza, a mother of one, say the pill works. He said digitalisation of the economy promotes the livelihoods of citizens at various levels of society. The combined pill … Asked on the efficiency of the pill, Mrs Mutale says she has had no major side-effects from the time she started taking the drug. For Quin-Ng and Quin-Lng once-a-month pills, 1 year continuation … Katumbi asks President Cyril Ramaphosa to intervene in the ongoing political crisis in the DRC, Zambian women advised to stay away from the Chinese single dose contraceptive pill, Afrishop and Mwebantu collaborating to donate 10,000 medical masks to Zambian Students in China, Zambia is ready for Wuhan coronavirus, says UNZA, Mwebantu, surrender your illegal firearms, Kakoma Kanganja has urged, Mwebantu, another miracle as building materials turn into Konyagi Alcohol. We’ll go over the mild and more serious side effects of the pill. Kimani said the pills contain high levels of hormones, about 40 times those in conventional contraceptives. He also noted that the MoU between the two institutions is timely as it is a mode of closing up the existing digital divide in the country and ensure optimal usage of ICTs and e-Services by citizens. It is until someone carries out a chemical analysis on them that we can say whether they are safe or not,” Osur says. Some of the women who have used the pill confirm these findings. The pill had no side effects, Tembo was told. Hypertension developed in 5.8% of Quin-Ng pill users during the first year of use. Jane Phiri, a 32-year-old mother of four, says she experienced heavy bleeding when she tried the pill. But, for some, it can cause difficult side-effects. For Quin-Ng and Quin-Lng once-a-month pills, 1 year continuation rates were 73.6 and 82.1 per 100, respectively. “My libido was so high that I used to beg my husband to sneak out from work and come back home.”. Mood swings 7. He said ICTs will make the public sector more responsive and adaptive to global trends. Vomiting may also occur in about 4% of women. Once-a-month contraceptive pills have been used in China since the 1960s. from 3rd Aug 2020 to 9th Aug 2020, Win a Professional Camera from The Device Store worth K8,150, Chaminuka Art – Zambia’s largest private art collection goes online, Unicaf University Zambia has the honour to invite you to the Virtual Open Lecture, Catholic Bishop of Monze Diocese, Moses Hamungole dies, Join Extreme Sports Betting today and get a FREE K50 Bet, SPORTS betting king Reuben Mulungu WINS over K64 PIN cash, UNZA student wins K46,123 on Castle Bet website, Zambian Woman wins K349,455.11 Lucky Balls World Jackpot on Bolabet, Melbet Zambia: The Battle for the kings of European Club Football. Nausea and increased leukorrhea were common; bleeding control was good. “Our growth has been phenomenal. Problem or side effect: Choosing a contraceptive pill to help: Irregular periods. The pills also cause increased sex drive, a welcome side-effect for many women. Increased appetite 12. The 1-year perfect use pregnancy rate was 1.1 per 100 women-years. Zambia's leading Social news platform. An elderly attendant at the desk responds in the affirmative and fishes out tiny pink tablets from one of the drawers. In a media statement made available to Mwebantu, Mrs Musukwa said the minister’s statement was misrepresented as her comment as her comment was on the National Dress Code and not the dress code. “How can I be selling something that is illegal?” says Zhai, who claimed to be a doctor but refused to give GPJ his full name. When you first start the pill, it's common to experience continuous bleeding or spotting between your periods. Brief demographic data, details of previous contraceptive use and concerns about possible side effects of contraception were noted. “There are no contraceptives without side-effects,” the attendant says. 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