Top Ten News Items on Health, 1st February 2019

Immunisation: FG, Bill Gates Foundation Sign $75m Financing Agreement. World Leprosy Day – Nigerians urged to stop discrimination against lepers. Nigeria has 11 million stunted children – UNICEF. FG plans to reduce medical tourism with innovative cancer centres. 14.3 million Nigerians abuse cocaine, tramadol, others – FG. Gov. El-Rufai inaugurates multi million naira Dialysis Center in Kaduna. JOHESU threatens to embark on strike. Kogi Govt. approves immediate recruitment of doctors. Resident doctors partner FG to check outbreak of Lassa fever. WAHO calls for collaboration among West African medicines regulatory agencies. READ ALL STORIES HERE Share this:

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3 Caribbean festivals to help you reconnect with your history this February

The Caribbean Tourism Organization has declared 2019 as the Year of Festival. Comprising Dutch, English, French and Spanish-speaking countries and territories, the Caribbean offers tourists the luxury of selecting from a wide array of destinations to experience unique cultures and traditions. “The Year of Festivals will focus on the fascinating events that have become an integral part of the Caribbean tourism calendar. Festivals help to energize communities across the region, while giving visitors more reasons to enjoy our destinations,” said Hugh Riley, Secretary General of CTO. With the Caribbean offering a wonderful blend of culture,…

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Africa: Two Combined Drugs Effective Against HIV-Leishmaniasis

By Baraka Rateng Nairobi — Two-drug treatment of patients with coinfection of HIV and kala-azar – a deadly disease that affects internal organs such as the liver and spleen – has proved 88 per cent effective in a trial in Ethiopia. Kala-azar, also known as visceral leshmaniasis, is caused by a parasite called Leishmania donovani, which is transmitted from the bite of infected female sandflies. According to the WHO, about 50,000 to 90,000 new cases of the disease occur annually worldwide, with more than 95 per cent of untreated cases…

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Gambia: First Lady Barrow Launches Child Protection and Nutrition Project

Her Excellency, First Lady Fatoumatta Bah-Barrow on Wednesday 30th January, 2019, presided over the launching of Nsaa Keno: Nutrition and Protection for Children on the Move project at Jarra Soma, Lower River Region. The project seeks to strengthen regional and local government structures, provide an opportunity for all people to understand the rights of children, and the need for their protection. Additionally, it is designed to provide adequate nutrition to maximize the potential of children in the country. In her statement, the First lady described the launching as opportunity for…

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Liberia: Tomorrow Is ‘World Wetlands Day’

One of several wetlands on the Robertsport Highway in Grand Cape Mount County. President George Weah has by proclamation declared Saturday, February 2, 2019, a “World Wetlands Day” to be observed throughout Liberia as a working holiday, a release has said. According to the release, the President has therefore called on all people residing in the country to join authorities at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), to ensure the sustainable management of wetlands and water bodies in the country. In the proclamation, President Weah called on the EPA to execute…

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Sudan makes amends with Eritrea by opening border after a year of tension

As protest against Sudan’s Omar al Bashir continues in parts of the country, the embattled president is on the look out for allies and supporters from the region. His first step was to announce the opening of borders with Eritrea, which had been closed in January 2018, over what he termed as efforts to combat trafficking of weapons and foodstuff. It had also deployed 50,000 members of the Rapid Support Forces and declared the state of emergency in Kassala, a town neer the border with Eritrea, after reports of activities by…

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Seven Deals for Seven Destination. Win R5000 towards your dream holiday.

If being back at work and struggling through January made you want to run for the hills, or the beaches, you’re not alone. Post-holiday blues are widely documented and affect many people who end up spending much of their working days dreaming about the next holiday they will take. If this is you, rest assured that you’re not alone. But I can help, with these Seven Deals for Seven Destinations, and the opportunity to win  Win R5000 towards your dream holiday. The best solution for this is to plan your…

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Ecuadorean mummy could shed light on history of diseases

A discovery dating back to 1949 and it could shed new light on the history of diseases between Europe and the New World. A mummified body from the 16th century was found standing in the wall of an Ecuadorian church. It had been stuck there for centuries and sheltered from rats and flies, the well-preserved remains have long intrigued experts. There is no evidence to show that the mummy was a friar or a person of a religious order. What we know from yesterday is that the cause of death…

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Remembering Langston Hughes, the Pan-African poet who innovated Jazz Poetry

African-American poet Langston Hughes, considered one of America’s greatest poets and writers and the leader of the Harlem Renaissance, died on this day in 1967. Born James Mercer Langston Hughes on February 1, 1902, in Missouri, Hughes started writing when he was just 13 years old.  At the time, he was living in Lincoln, Illinois with his mother and her husband after his parents divorced. Hughes published his first poem ‘The Negro Speaks of Rivers’ in 1921 and in 1926, he published his first book, The Weary Blues, when he was just 24 years old.…

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Ghana: TVET Is Master Key for Development – NVTI

Mr Freeman Gyebi, Planning Officer, National Vocation and Technical Institute (NVTI), has said Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) remain the master key to accelerating the socioeconomic development of the country. He said TVET helped the individual to establish his or her own business and reducing unemployment rate in the country. Mr Gyebi said this in an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA) at a career guidance workshop for TVET schools and training centres and other stakeholders organised by Fair River International Association for Development (FARIAD) in collaboration…

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