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Congo-Kinshasa:MSF Steps Up Ebola Response After 26 Deaths
[MSF] DR Congo -Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has stepped the Ebola epidemic response in DRC's Équateur province while one new laboratory-confirmed Ebola case has been registered in the city of Mbandaka.
05/24/2018 09:23 AM
Nigeria:What You Can Do to Protect Yourself From Ebola
[Vanguard] With memories of the 2014 West African Ebola Virus Disease outbreak still relatively fresh, Nigerians should not take the ongoing outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo, DRC, lightly.
05/24/2018 05:18 AM
Tanzania:Tanzanian University Launches an APP That Tracks Ebola
[Citizen] Morogoro -Morogoro Researchers at Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) have come up with a digital surveillance app to empower communities report infectious diseases that they are likely to find in their areas.
05/24/2018 02:27 PM
South Africa:EXCELLENT NEWS: Groundbreaking Development as SA Cabinet Approves the New Intellectual Property Policy
[MSF] Fix The Patent Laws Coalition optimistic policy will herald a new era for access to medicines in South Africa by prioritising people' lives over the profits of pharmaceutical corporations
05/24/2018 01:16 PM
Namibia:Smart Cut Campaign Kicks Off in the Erongo Region
[Namibia Economist] Musician 'The Dogg' and Get Smart Cut Ambassador held an information session with Namport staff members in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Social Services recently.
05/24/2018 12:56 PM
Namibia:The Threat of the Ebola-Like Virus
[Namibian] Ebola has re-emerged, once again in the Democratic Republic of Congo where it was first discovered in the 1970s.
05/24/2018 11:45 AM
Zimbabwe:Govt Fails to Contain Foot and Mouth
[New Zimbabwe] The Veterinary Services department is failing to combat the spread of foot and mouth in Masvingo province with Gutu being the latest district to be hit by the deadly disease.
05/24/2018 11:00 AM
Congo-Kinshasa:Lessons From Last Ebola Outbreak Guide Approach
[VOA] When Ebola broke out in West Africa in 2014, no one was prepared. A potential vaccine had been in limbo since a previous outbreak a decade earlier. Governments dragged their feet while failing to recognize the risks the outbreak carried. Local health workers were quickly overwhelmed. And aid agencies were scrambling to catch up.
05/24/2018 10:05 AM
Congo-Kinshasa:Coming Weeks Crucial in Containing Ebola Spread
[VOA] Health Experts at the World Health Assembly in Geneva agree the next few weeks will be crucial in determining whether the Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo can be contained and prevented from spreading to highly-populated urban areas.
05/24/2018 10:01 AM
Kenya:Scientists Find Drug to Curb Malaria During Pregnancy
[Nation] Scientists at the Kenya Medical Research Institute have come up with a safe and superior drug for preventing and managing malaria during pregnancy.
05/24/2018 09:39 AM
Tanzania:Tanzania Boosts Ebola Response in Border Regions
[East African] Tanzania has intensified its surveillance at all points of entry following the Ebola outbreak that has so far killed 27 people in neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo.
05/24/2018 08:10 AM
Nigeria:World Fistula Day - 'Nigeria Accounts for 40% of Fistula Cases Worldwide'
[Daily Trust] Kaduna -According to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) about 50,000 to 100,000 women sustain obstetric fistula in the act of trying to bring forth new life annually while Nigeria accounts for 40 per cent of fistula cases worldwide; the Programme Director of Development Communications Network, Akin Jimoh has said.
05/24/2018 05:24 AM
Tanzania:Use Drones to Combat Mosquitoes, Experts Urge Campaigners
[Citizen] Dar es Salaam -The government has been urged to use drones to save money on distributing biolarvicides and spraying mosquito larvae.
05/24/2018 02:59 PM
Angola:Angola Bolsters Epidemiological Surveillance At Border With DRC
[ANGOP] Soyo -At least 14 health technicians in Soyo town, northern Zaire province, were deployed along the Mwanda region and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) border to bolster the surveillance and avoid the spread of Ebola outbreak hitting that neighbouring country.
05/24/2018 01:03 PM
Kenya:Nurses Advised to Stay Away From Mbagathi Hospital
[Nairobi News] Kenya National Union of Nurses (KNUN) has called for its members to stay away from Mbagathi Sub-county Hospital maternity wing until their safety can be guaranteed.
05/24/2018 01:02 PM
Angola:Minister Welcomes WHO Support in Fight Against Epidemics
[ANGOP] Geneva -The Health Minister, Sílvia Lutucuta, on Tuesday welcomed the support received from the Wprld Health Organisation (WHO) and other international partners, which has helped overcome the three diseas yellow fever, malaria and dengue in Angola in the last years.
05/24/2018 12:45 PM
Namibia:Increase in Teenage Pregnancy Attributed to Policy
[New Era] Windhoek -The Education Sector Policy for the Prevention and Management of Learner Pregnancy Policy has once again come under the spotlight by drawing criticism from community members who feel the policy encourages teenagers to continue bearing children without being concerned.
05/24/2018 10:22 AM
Kenya:Nurses Asked to Stay Way From Mbagathi Hospital's Maternity Block
[Nation] The Kenya National Union of Nurses (KNUN) has asked its members to stay away from Mbagathi Hospital's maternity block until their safety is guaranteed.
05/24/2018 10:21 AM
Namibia:Strangers Become Friends at Engela State Hospital
[Namibian] The thirty something tents across the maternity waiting room about a five-minute drive from the Engela State Hospital in Ohangwena region don't look like much from a distance.
05/24/2018 09:02 AM
Botswana:Tlokweng Clinics in Short Supply of Drugs
[Botswana Daily News] Tlokweng -An official from the district commissioner's office in Tlokweng Sub-district, Ms Ketshepile Nthaolang says Tlokweng clinics continue to experience shortage of drugs.
05/24/2018 07:44 AM
Tanzania:Health Experts Root for Proper Nutrition to Tackle Childhood Diabetes and Obesity
[Citizen] Geneva -Various health experts have stated that one of the best ways to tackle diabetes in children is through proper nutrition.
05/24/2018 07:08 AM
Kenya:Let's Leave No One Behind in Campaign to End Fistula
[Capital FM] The International Day to End Obstetric fistula (IDEOF) is marked annually on May 23rd to raise awareness and intensify actions towards ending obstetric fistula.
05/24/2018 05:53 AM
Nigeria:Govt to Hands-Off HIV/Aids Control to States
[Guardian] Udeajah -The Federal Government may next year hand over the management of HIV/AIDS to states.The coordinator of the Abia State AIDS Control/Programme, Dr. Rock Hemuka disclosed this yesterday.He spoke at an advocacy meeting on maternal, new born and child health forum in Umuahia, the state capital.
05/24/2018 05:34 AM
Nigeria:Experts Urge Lupus Patients to See Their Doctors Regularly
[This Day] To raise awareness and make a difference for people affected by Lupus in Nigeria, experts from Labalaba Foundation for Lupus Awareness and Advocacy have urged patients to make their rheumatologists their best friends and go for constant check up.
05/24/2018 05:30 AM
Nigeria:Nestle Launches Global Initiative to Tackle Malnutrition
[This Day] As part of plans to mark the 2018 United Nations International Day of Families, Nestle has launched its global 'Nestlé for Healthier Kids' initiative, aimed at tackling malnutrition worldwide.
05/24/2018 05:30 AM
Nigeria:Survey Rates Nigeria Health Care Performance Low
[This Day] For Nigerians to enjoy better healthcare delivery, government at all levels have been urged to ensure improved access to facilities at the primary healthcare level by the citizens.
05/24/2018 05:30 AM
Nigeria:Lambo - Only Political Will Can Address Universal Health Coverage
[This Day] Thirteen years after Nigeria launched its National Health Insurance Scheme, only four per cent of its populace has been enrolled under the scheme. Martins Ifijeh ran into a former Minister of Health, Prof. Eyitayo Lambo who birthed the scheme in 2005. In this exclusive interview, he spoke on how the absence of political will is fast killing universal health coverage in the country, among other sundry issues
05/24/2018 01:28 PM
Nigeria:'Water, Sanitation, Good Hygiene Practices Crucial in Fight Against Ebola, Other Deadly Diseases'
[This Day] WaterAid Nigeria has warned that efforts to fight Ebola and other diseases threatening the nation and Africa cannot be successfully sustained unless the world's poorest are given the tools they need to fight the disease - clean water, decent sanitation and good hygiene.
05/24/2018 09:48 AM
Nigeria:Doctors Provide Services Rendered By JOHESU Members in Katsina
[This Day] Katsina -As the ongoing strike embarked upon by the Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) intensifies, medical doctors at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Katsina have converted some of their colleagues to provide services hitherto rendered by JOHESU members.
05/24/2018 05:17 AM
Nigeria:Medical Guild Rejects Appointment of Non Doctor in Lagos Health Commission
[This Day] The Medical Guild has rejected the appointment of a non-medically qualified person as the permanent secretary of the state Health Service Commission, saying it contravenes the Health Sector Reform Law 2006 setting up the commission.
05/24/2018 02:24 PM