Zimbabwe: SAFAIDS Ignites Debate on Universal Health Care

Diana Mailosi Harare Zimbabwe-SAFAIDS [Southern Africa AIDS Information Dissemination Services] and a Humanitarian consortium of a number of Civil Society Organisations have joined hands to spark interesting discussions on Universal Health Coverage. Kicking on in Harare, the dialogue attended by a bunch of several organisations at heart with the HIV and AIDS scourge, the symposium dealt on an objective meant to drive the Health System of Zimbabwe. Diana Mailosi the Moderator coming from the Advocacy Core Team pointed out on main objectives rallying on the need to salvage country populations…

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Top Ten News Items on Health, 15th November 2019

WHO Prequalifies Ebola Vaccine, Paving The Way For Its Use In High-Risk Countries. Sen. Oloriegbe calls for adequate funding of health sector to boost performance. 6.5m Nigerian women now use modern contraceptives — Report. 13 States to Benefit from $250m World Bank Loan for Malaria Control. Polio in Nigeria: ‘I opposed vaccinations until my son caught polio’. Cost of treatment drug for Tuberculosis slashed 70%. Access to Finance Has Revitalised Healthcare in Delta, Says Nkechika. One child dies of pneumonia every 39 seconds, agencies warn. Nigeria has only 8,600 registered…

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Kenya: Despite Ban, 5 Maize Flour Brands Still On Nakuru Shelves

Five maize flour brands banned by the Kenya Bureau of Standard (Kebs) nearly a week ago are still on sale in various shops in Nakuru town. A spot-check by the Nation Thursday evening in some supermarkets and retail outlets in Nakuru town, revealed the brands banned by Kebs are still on the shelves. For instance, the Nation found bundles of Dola maize meal by Kitui Flour Mills at the Tuskys supermarket on Kenyatta Avenue. On display were 1 and 2 kilogramme packets of the Dola brand. Some customers at the…

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Lesotho Ebola drill leads to scare in South Africa

South Africa’s National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) assured the public Thursday that there are no cases of Ebola within the nation and it is not testing for any cases in neighboring countries, following miscommunication over an Ebola drill at a Lesotho border crossing. “The NICD houses the only biosafety level 4 laboratory for Southern Africa to diagnose Ebola,” the agency explained in its statement. “The NICD, in addition, understands that countries, from time to time, perform Ebola Virus Disease simulation exercises to test their preparedness for disease outbreaks and…

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Zimbabwe: A Third of Govt Doctors Face the Axe

A third of doctors who work in public health institutions, a total of 516 out of the 1 601 on the State payroll, face dismissal from public service this month as Government continues to hold disciplinary hearings for all who defied a Labour Court ruling to return to work within 48 hours. So far the Health Services Board (HSB) has sent letters with the charges to 279 of the 516 and has conducted hearings for 213. Of these, 210 were found guilty in absentia of absenting themselves from work without…

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Ecobank fighting against Non-Communicable Diseases in Togo as it marks the 7th Edition of Ecobank Day

LOME, Togo, November 8, 2019/ — Ecobank (www.Ecobank.com) in collaboration with the World Health Organization in Togo, and the Ministry of Health and Public Hygiene through its National Program for the Control of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs), will carry out prevention activities against NCDs this Saturday, November 9th on the 7th Edition of the Ecobank Day. Ecobank Day is a day annually in which the Ecobank Group and its employees give back to the communities in the 33 countries where it operates. Ecobank is committed to various causes to better address the…

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We need more staff for the NHS, but not from the poorest countries | Letters

It’s exasperating that when NHS staff are buckling under significant workforce shortages and growing patient need, one government department continues to ignore a quick win that could alleviate that pressure and improve patient care. (‘No-brainer’ plans to allow more foreign doctors into UK blocked by the Home Office, 4 November). Clinicians are putting our faith in the next government to get to grips with the health and care workforce crisis. Time after time the stats show just how short of staff we really are, but anyone working on the frontline…

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