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Africa:Why Are Health Experts So Concerned About Drug Resistance?
[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Rome -Rising levels of drug resistance is a serious threat not only to public health but also for food safety, food security and development of low and middle-income countries, experts say.
11/20/2017 10:13 AM
Nigeria:Nigerian Charity Steps in to Help Sick Chibok Girls
[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Chibok -A group of injured and sick Chibok schoolgirls freed by Boko Haram will be supported by a Nigerian charity to get the treatment they need, after the girls' parents said the government had failed to help them to pay their medical bills.
11/20/2017 03:16 PM
Angola:Moxico - Most Deaths in General Hospital Caused By Malaria
[ANGOP] Luena -Malaria was the main cause of death in the last seven days in the General Hospital of the eastern Moxico Province, the head of the institution?s Casualty ward, JĂșlio Pedro Mendes, has informed.
11/20/2017 02:34 PM
Africa:Africa Yoga Project Celebrates 10 Years With Open Invitation
[Capital FM] Known for teaching powerful free yoga classes to over 6,000 people in marginalized communities each week, Africa Yoga Project (AYP) Teachers' talents extend far beyond yoga. In celebration of their 10 year celebration on November 25 at the popular Alchemist Bar in Westlands, organizers are extending an open invitation to be part of the #AYPDAY.
11/20/2017 01:11 PM
Zimbabwe:Medical Aid Fraud On the Increase
[The Herald] Medical aid societies are incurring huge losses through fraud, a phenomenon blamed on the lack of specific laws designed to deal with healthcare fraud in the country.
11/20/2017 12:08 PM
Namibia:Communities Urged to Register People With Albinism
[Namibian] LEADERS of the Namibia Albino Association recently completed a tour of Kavango East and West, Zambezi, Ohangwena, Oshana and Omusati regions to raise awareness about the plight of people living with albinism.
11/20/2017 09:48 AM
South Africa:Life Esidimeni - Manamela's Late Application for Postponement Dismissed
[News24Wire] Justice Dikgang Moseneke has dismissed an application by Gauteng Director of Mental Health Dr Mmakgabo Manamela for a four-week postponement in giving testimony on her role in a rushed move of over 3 000 mentally ill patients from Life Esidimeni to various unlicensed NGOs in 2016.
11/20/2017 03:08 PM
South Africa:Additional Budget to Strengthen Gauteng Health
[] The Gauteng Department of Health says the additional budget allocation to the department will help alleviate the urgent financial pressures faced by the department.
11/20/2017 02:57 PM
Angola:Over 500 Cases of Early Pregnancy Recorded in Lunda Sul
[ANGOP] Saurimo -At least 542 of cases of early pregnancy have been recorded from January to October this year in northeastern Lunda Sul province Maternity.
11/20/2017 02:26 PM
Rwanda:Anal Fissure - a Common Cause of Painful Defecation
[New Times] An anal fissure is a tear in the lining of the anus, the opening where bowel movements come out. Anal fissures cause pain, especially during a bowel movement.
11/20/2017 01:36 PM
Zimbabwe:Avenues Clinic to Set Up World Class Maternity Facility
[The Herald] PREMIER healthcare provider, The Avenues Clinic, intends to set up a world class maternity facility in Harare at a cost of approximately $18 million, as it seeks to diversify revenue streams.
11/20/2017 01:20 PM
Rwanda:Mass Non-Surgical Circumcision 'Prepex' Curbing HIV Transmission in Rwanda
[New Times] Kamanzi Alex is one of thousands of Rwanda men who have finally decided to have the cut - get circumcised. He has come for his second and last immunization jab against tetanus prior the procedure at Rwamagana hospital.
11/20/2017 01:15 PM
Tanzania:Fighting Child Premature Deaths in Top Gear
[Daily News] THE Government is committed to roll out treatment guidelines, including the Kangaroo mother care approach in its district and regional hospitals to fight newborn deaths resulting from premature deliveries which currently stands at 27 per cent.
11/20/2017 12:35 PM
Rwanda:Parents Optimistic As Early Childhood Centre Construction Starts in Kicukiro
[New Times] Parents in Kicukiro District will no longer worry about where to leave their children whenever they go to work as an Early Childhood Development (ECD) Centre is set to be completed in the area.
11/20/2017 12:18 PM
Liberia:Liberians Urged to Observe Diet, Exercise Regularly
[Observer] Two visiting Indians doctors from Fortis Hospital, Prem Kumar and Priyank Bhatt, a urologist and cardiologist, respectively, have observed that the lack of dietary observation and exercise among Liberians can contribute to serious health risks. Drs. Kumar and Bhatt, who came to Liberia on an invitation from Varsay E. Sirleaf, Jr., CEO of Snapper Hill Clinic, noted that after examining more than 250 patients, they saw signs of critical stages of heart disease and urinary tract infections.
11/20/2017 11:54 AM
Nigeria:PACFaH Holds Discussion On Nigeria's Poor Health Funding (Live Updates)
[Premium Times] Concerned about the poor funding of the health sector, the Partnership for Advocacy in Child and Family Health at Scale, PACFaH, is organising a press conference with theme: 'The falling 2018 health sector allocation as a threat to government's health care under one Roof Policy.'
11/20/2017 11:22 AM
Nigeria:Breathing Dirty Air May Raise Miscarriage Risk
[Guardian] Smog might raise a woman's risk of miscarriage early in her pregnancy, a new study suggests.
11/20/2017 11:13 AM
Liberia:UMU Midwifery Dep. Holds Scientific Session
[NEWS] Liberia last Friday joined the world to celebrate World Prematurity Day with the Post Basic Midwifery Program of the Winifred J. Harley College of Health Sciences at the United Methodist University (UMU) holding a scientific session for senior students of the program.
11/20/2017 10:59 AM
Uganda:200,000 Children Born Premature Annually - Report
[Monitor] Kampala -A new report released by Save the Children, a non-governmental organisation, has revealed that 226,000 children born every year in Uganda are below the normal 37 weeks of gestation. This is an equivalent of more than 18 per cent of the total births.
11/20/2017 10:37 AM
Uganda:How Big Is the Lunch Problem?
[Observer] Mid last year, the National Planning Authority (NPA) held a half-day workshop at Hotel Africana, which explored possible interventions to propel the country to a middle-income status.
11/20/2017 10:29 AM
Nigeria:How Severe Malaria Is Ravaging States
[Daily Trust] Abuja, Kano, Birnin Kebbi -Reports from the North Western states of Kano, Kaduna, Katsina, Kebbi and Sokoto as well as the Federal Capital, Abuja indicated a resurgence of malaria in these areas.
11/20/2017 10:28 AM
South Africa:Eskom Brings Healthcare Closer to N Cape Communities
[] Eskom's Development Foundation has brought healthcare within reach for communities in the Northern Cape through two health minibuses.
11/20/2017 09:58 AM
Namibia:Prematurity a Leading Cause of Infant Deaths
[New Era] Oshakati -Prematurity is the leading cause of death among children under the age of five. This was said during Namibia's first commemoration of World Prematurity Day at Oshakati Intermediate Hospital on Friday.
11/20/2017 09:54 AM
Nigeria:Major Health Stories in the News Last Week
[Premium Times] These are the major health stories that hit public attention last week.
11/20/2017 09:49 AM
Nigeria:Lasuth Seeks Partnership to Make IVF Affordable to Indigent Nigerians
[Guardian] Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) has solicited for partnership to achieve affordable Assisted Reproductive Technology, ART, popularly known as In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) for indigent infertile couples.
11/20/2017 09:34 AM
Burundi:Antibiotics Are Developing Resistance Due to Auto-Medication, Researches Indicate
[Iwacu] Different researches show that antibiotics are building up resistance at a high level. Health professionals ask both the government and population to get involved.
11/20/2017 09:32 AM
Namibia:Antibiotic Resistance On the Increase
[New Era] Windhoek -Antibiotics are in danger of losing their effectiveness due to over-prescription and dispensing by healthcare professionals, as well as misuse by patients, such as not following the advice of healthcare professionals; overuse in farming and animal husbandry; poor infection control, and a lack of new antibiotics, says the World Health Organisation (WHO).
11/20/2017 09:17 AM
Sudan:Red Sea Hospital Reports New 'Watery Diarrhoea' Cases
[Radio Dabanga] Tokar -A health source in Red Sea state reported that nine cases of "acute watery diarrhoea" are being treated in the hospital in Tokar on Wednesday.
11/20/2017 09:00 AM
Sudan:Dispute Between West Darfur Hospital and Striking Interns
[Radio Dabanga] El Geneina -Interns at hospitals in West Darfur started an open-ended strike on Wednesday against the monthly incentive of SDG1,000 ($149) instead of double. The interns risk being dismissed as the hospital claims the amount is appropriate.
11/20/2017 09:00 AM
Tanzania:Laparoscopy Surgery Proves Wonders At KCMC
[Daily News] TANZANIA has introduced the first-ever day care laparoscopy surgery, which offers great potentials of relieving patients of pains and significantly reducing congestions in hospital.
11/20/2017 08:30 AM