Top Ten News Items on Health, 19th July 2019

For 170,000 Nigerians to die from TB disease yearly, is unacceptable – Aisha Buhari. Integrating financing mechanisms to achieve universal health coverage. Babatunde Osotimehin Legacy Forum: Health experts discuss Family Planning in Nigeria. USAID to begin HIV preventive intervention in prisons. 116 million Nigerians lack decent toilets — WaterAid. Cholera: NCDC records 64 suspected cases in Adamawa, Katsina states. Osun Releases N150M for Health Insurance Scheme Take-off. Immunisation: Edo targets 100 per cent coverage this year, says Obaseki. Sanwo-Olu seeks end to medical tourism. Groups partner to improve PHC services…

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Piled up bodies add to wheels of justice turning slowly for Cape murder victims

Cape Town’s sky-rocketing murder rate is adding to the burden of already overworked forensic pathologists. Senior state forensic pathologist based at Cape Town’s Tygerberg mortuary Professor Johan Dempers says winter months traditionally see an increase of pathology cases. This is due to seasonal-related illnesses. But for the last few years, the number of cases has shot up because of the Mother City’s spiralling rate of violent crime and homicides. READ MORE: Two murders, two crime strategies “In the Cape Metro, up to the 15th of July this year we saw…

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Private Sector, Investors enjoy legal protection and respect in The Gambia, President Barrow tells Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce

By Bakary Ceesay Barrow With Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce President Adama Barrow has described The Gambia as the best place for international businesses that are interested in exploring business and investment opportunities in Africa. Outlining the unique comparative advantages of the country during a meeting with the Director General and top officials of the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce, President Barrow said The Gambia is strategically located in the West African sub region pointing out its close proximity to some of the biggest economies on the African continent. He…

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Negotiations between Sudan’s military, protest leaders postponed

Sudan’s alliance of opposition groups has postponded negotiations with the country’s military rulers after members of their movement expressed reservations over a power-sharing deal inked with the generals earlier this week. The deal is aimed at breaking the political deadlock that has gripped the country since the toppling of former President Omar al-Bashir in April. After a long period of stalled negotiations, the two sides signed an accord on Wednesday to establish a joint military-civilian sovereign council that will rule the country by rotation for just over three years, after which elections will be…

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Kenyatta on hand to commission Africa’s largest wind power project

President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya was on hand Friday for the launch of the Lake Turkana wind energy project, which is expected to increase the country’s electricity supply by an estimated 13 percent. The project, the largest in Africa, has an installed capacity of 310 megawatts of clean renewable energy, and will reduce Kenya’s reliance on thermal and hydropower. “For the wind project energy to be connected to the national grid, we also undertook the construction of the 400-kilowatt, 538-kilometer transmission lines,” Kenyatta said. They run from Loiyangalani to Suswa,…

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Please Watch ESPN’s Dan Le Batard Give a Lesson on How to Use Privilege to Be an Ally

Dan Le BatardScreenshot: YouTube Sometimes, the pressure to do and say what’s right outweighs political position, or political correctness, and even employment. Sometimes something is so wrong that it is impossible not to call it such. Sometimes a public platform must become a public pulpit in order to help change things. On Thursday, ESPN radio and TV personality Dan Le Batard lit a match and burned shit down. He called out President Donald Trump’s racist remarks and his supporters’ silence against “the Squad”—the four freshman congresswomen who have endured taunts…

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WHO rejects idea of closing Rwanda-DRC border over Ebola

By Maniraguha Ferdinand Health workers fighting Ebola outbreak in DRC World Health Organization have rejected calls to  order  Rwanda to close its border with Goma city of Democratic Republic of Congo over Ebola outbreak. Since August 2018, Eastern parts of Democratic Republic of Congo have  been hit by Ebola disease that  have claimed over 1600 lives. WHO says that since the outbreak, there are 2512 confirmed or probable cases, including 136 health workers affected, with 40 deaths among them. Early this week,  a new case was reported in Goma, a…

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South Africa’s rand retreats as Fed pendulum swings back to soft cuts

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South Africa’s rand weakened on Friday, giving back some of the big gains from the previous session as expectations of an aggressive interest rate cut by the Federal Reserve cooled, prompting investors to pocket end-of-week profits. South African rand coins are seen in this photo illustration taken September 9, 2015. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings At 1520 GMT the rand was 0.63% weaker at 13.9275 per dollar from a session-best of 13.8150 in early trade after momentum from a local rate cut on Thursday, seen as a boost to faltering…

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EBONY Attitudes: Police Brutality and Gun Violence in African-American Communities

Police brutality and gun violence: These two stark issues seem to be the bookends in the daily narratives of many African-Americans. On the side of police abuse, a notorious example occurred just last May when Phoenix police officers with drawn weapons traumatized a Black family in a parking lot because their 4-year-old girl had allegedly […] source: https://www.ebony.com/life/ebony-attitudes/ebony-attitudes-police-brutality-and-gun-violence-in-african-american-communities/

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USAfrica: Ihedioha says Okorocha “verbally awarded contracts” as Imo Governor

ADDRESS DELIVERED BY HIS EXCELLENCY RT. HON. EMEKA IHEDIOHA, CON, GOVERNOR, IMO STATE TO THE FIRST ENLARGED IMO STATE STAKEHOLDERS MEETING ON THURSDAY, 18TH JULY, 2019. Special to USAfrica multimedia networks [Houston] • USAfricaonline.com This is the first enlarged stakeholders meeting since I was sworn -in as your Governor, and Hon. Engr Gerald Irona as Deputy Governor on 29th May, 2019. It is therefore a great honour and privilege to welcome you all. Today’s event is in keeping with our commitment on openness and communication with you to regularly bring…

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