Lesson #102 : Common Diseases in Swahili (Magonjwa)

Not a fancy, cheerful topic but somebody’s gotta do it so here goes:

Magonjwa:

Malaria- Malaria

Cancer- Saratani (breast: saratani ya matiti, prostate: saratani ya tezi dume, cervical: saratani ya mlango wa kizazi)

Fever- Homa

Yellow Fever- Homa ya manjano

Typhoid- Homa ya matumbo

Insanity- Kichaa/Wazimu

Epilepsy- Kifafa

Diabetes- Kisukari (sukari-sugar)

TB- Kifua kikuu

Cough- Kikohozi

Cholera- Kipindupindu

Diarrhoea- Kuhara/Kuendesha

Cold- Mafua

Vomiting- Kutapika

AIDS- UKIMWI 

Tetanus- Pepopunda

Paralysis- Ugonjwa wa kupooza

Appendicitis- Kidoletumbo

Stomach Ulcers- Vidonda vya tumbo

Asthma- Pumu

Hypertension- Shinikizo la damu

Useful vocabulary:

Disease/Illness- Ugonjwa/Maradhi

Doctor- Daktari/Mganga

Patient- Mgonjwa

Hospital- Hospitali

Nurse- Nesi/Mwuguzi

Treat- Tibu

Syringe- Sindano

Pills- Dawa/Vidonge/Tembe

To be treated- Kutibiwa

To be admitted- Kulazwa

To get better- Kupata nafuu

To get cured- Kupona

To be ill- Kuumwa (kuumwa na tumbo, kuumwa na kichwa, kuumwa na miguu)

To take medication- Kumeza dawa

 

 

 

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