Author Archives: Tenayistilign

About Tenayistilign

I am a physician trained at Jimma Institute of Health Sciences ( now Jimma University, in Jimma, Ethiopia) and Wayne State University ( Detroit, MI, USA). I teach and practice General Nephrology/Hypertension and Kidney Transplantation in the USA.

Barbers and stylists as health educators

  Is this a creative option for Ethiopia? We trained few barbers about hypertension and how to measure blood pressure in our project to address hypertension in East Cleveland. Each barber shop was provided with an automated blood pressure measuring machine. Any … Continue reading

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Electronic Health Records: Challenges for sub-Saharan Africa

I knock at the door, walk in, greet the patient, and sit next to a desk top with access to the electronic medical chart. The patient had already been seen by a nurse, medications updated and vital signs taken. I … Continue reading

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A dollar a day

There is a call by the PM of Ethiopia to Ethiopians and people of Ethiopian origin to contribute a dollar a day for supporting the development of the country. The class of 1989 at the medical school in Jimma University … Continue reading

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At the end of the morning report

  Eritrean –Ethiopian war (1998-2000), a brief reflection. I took brisk steps as I approached the main entrance of the hospital’s auditorium. I was the on call GP. It was a busy night call. I barely had a moment’s sleep. … Continue reading

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Prime Minister Dr Abiy Ahmed of Ethiopia

THE ABIY PHENOMENON ( by Dr Solomon Feyissa) I can imagine that many of us have talked about the Abiy phenomenon since he came to power a little over 100 days ago. I have been mentally wrestling with myself what … Continue reading

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Nancy Alonso

I found a surprise note on my desk after the morning clinic. It was a busy clinic with patients of various kidney and electrolyte problems including a challenging case of hypokalemia or low potassium. At first it didn’t click. I … Continue reading

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A life matters !

“Doctor, doctor, doctor,” she said, with a Spanish accent “Look at me doctor,” she said again grinning “Look at my face, I am happy now, I am happy now, my life is back” Her eyes welled up with tears This … Continue reading

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