Top Ten News Items on Health, 16th August 2019

WHO approves two highly effective Ebola drugs for immediate use. Nigeria: NCAA issues Ebola alert to Airlines, calls for vigilance. UNAIDS welcomes the appointment of Winnie Byanyima as its new Executive Director. Osun Begins Construction of 120 Bed Ward, 30 Doctors Quarter. Borno State launches first Malaria Operational Plan, reawakens fight against malaria. Yellow Fever: Ebonyi to conduct mass immunisation of residents. LASG begins free health mission for 21,000 children. Nigeria loses about 1.3% of GDP annually due to poor sanitation. AHAPN reaffirms commitment to quality pharmaceutical services. International Youth…

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Congo-Kinshasa: Mystery Militia Sows Fear – and Confusion – in Congo’s Long-Suffering Ituri

Bunia and Tchomia — The general hospital in Tchomia is not designed for medical emergencies. The shabby, single-storey clinic in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s northeastern Ituri province has no X-ray machine, no defibrillator, and barely enough doctors and nurses to get through the day. But there is an emergency unfolding here, inside overcrowded wards where the smell of antiseptic fills the air. On one bed, a soldier lies with gunshot wounds to his left knee and right thigh. Blood is escaping through his bandages. On the next bed, a…

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Protea Hotel by Marriott Hunters Rest – a historic countryside gem

Millions of years ago, long before Mount Everest was formed, the Magaliesberg mountains were created. Over time, as the area turned lush and green, it became home to a diverse range of fauna and flora. Elephants, rhinos, lions, leopards and perhaps even dinosaurs, were just some of the creatures that roamed on the slopes of these mountains and the surrounding landscape. Today, the area is a World Heritage Site, and a Protected Natural Environment. Hotel Entrance Nestled in the shadow of these mountains, is the Protea Hotel by Marriott Hunters…

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Take the Lion Longevity Oath with FOUR PAWS, and help Save Our Lions.

Following on my recently published article – Bringing The Big Cats Home – that highlights the essential work being done by FOUR PAWS and Lionsrock Big Cat Sanctuary, I’d like to encourage you all to get involved with their Lion Longevity Oath and make a personal promise to help our lions. COMMIT TO HELP SOUTH AFRICA’S LIONS It’s a sobering thought that more lions are held in captivity than can be found in the wild. In the past few years over 7000 carcasses, 12000 trophy animals and more than 30 000 lion body…

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Ghana: GII Launches Awards Scheme

The Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII) has launched an awards scheme as an incentive to influence positive behaviour among the citizenry. It sought to honour outstanding individuals and public sector institutions that have undertaken outstanding projects and initiatives which had significantly impacted on the fight against corruption in society. The awards, the first of its kind, would have the main event taking place on December 9, 2019, which coincided with the commemoration of the International Anti-Corruption Day. Various categories including Policy and Administrative Reforms, Transparency and Social Accountability and Efficient Public…

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International Tequila Festival comes to Cape Town!

Put your Mexican Sombrero’s on and get your dancing shoes out for Cape Town’s first ever International Tequila Festival 2019. The event will feature 30 Tequila, Mezcal and other Agave spirits. The festival will be running over three days. It will be a rocking Mexican fiesta with food, drinks, music and masterclasses showcasing the best Global Tequila & Agave Brands in the Mother City. The festival will be running over three whole days! So if you are an aficionado or just sampling for the first time, you’ll have ample time…

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