Top Ten News Items on Health, 22nd February 2019

Six states to benefit from N23.3b UK malaria intervention project. Government urged to step up to HIV as donor funding drops. FG allocates land for Afreximbank’s medical centre of excellence. Commit 1% of your profit to health sector, Dangote tells business leaders. Why Nigeria is battling to control disease outbreaks like Lassa fever. 10 Killed, 28 New Cases Recorded As Lassa Fever Hits Plateau- Commissioner. Maternal mortality rate in Nigeria still high – UNICEF. TB major cause of morbidity, mortality in Nigeria -Experts. 2.6m Children Suffer Severe Acute Malnutrition. Training traditional birth attendants will curb maternal mortality – Doctor. READ…

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As Childhood Cancer Rises, Sector Players Intensify Education

By Jessica Ahedor Although, Ghana has been successful in reducing childhood diseases especially under five mortality cases through effective control of infectious diseases, childhood cancers continue to affect many children who get little or no treatment at all. As the disease is seeing upward trend experts, advocates and well-wishers are calling for education on the condition to be intensified. The 15th February every year the Accra Labone Leo club the youth wing of Lion club international, a humanitarian club based in Chicago USA had set aside this day to create awareness…

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Infertility in Ghana: The Pains Of A Womb I Never Wish Anyone

By Jessica Ahedor Nurse Eugenia Beatson, m. Ramatu Zango, c. Sekinata Sakande, 7, m.o., 7.7 kg. Infertility cases in Ghana are shooting up due to the delay in marriages as result of Career driven education, lifestyle, and improper treatment of infections according to DR Kweku Asah-Opoku, the Consultant Obstetricians Gynecologist at one of Ghana’s premier Hospital, Kor-lebu Teaching Hospital. Consultant Obstetricians Gynecologist at the Kor-lebu  Dr kweku Asah-opoku has admonished the African society to rather encourage couples experiencing infertility to seek for medical care than tagging them as witches. According…

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Top Ten News Items on Health, 15th February 2019

Why Nigerians should know their HIV status today, by NACA. UNICEF, Kaduna state move to reduce new HIV cases. JOHESU rejects planned privatisation of Public Health Institutions. Lagos seeks private partnership in health insurance scheme. Presidential Committee on drug abuse begins work. Malaria Elimination: Stakeholders advocate accountability, sustainability of programme. Nigeria, others spend $14 billion importing pharmaceutical products. Niger state introduces contributory health scheme. African, Health Leaders Call for Increased Investment in Healthcare. Kebbi state approves N10 million to treat indigent cancer patients. READ ALL STORIES HERE Share this:

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Kenya:President Kenyatta issues ultimatum to nurses

By Samuel Ouma |@journalist_27 President Kenyatta on Wednesday ordered striking nurses to report back to work latest by Friday, February 15 or face the sack. The Head of State also directed police to take stern action against any medical personnel who will harass their colleagues who will resume work. “All nurses should resume duty with immediate effect and in any case not later than Friday at 8pm. Any nurse who fails to report to work as directed above will be dismissed by the County Governments and the Ministry of Health,”…

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Ebola’s lost blood: row over samples flown out of Africa as ‘big pharma’ set to cash in

“The samples have to return, they have to come back. There’s no question about that,” says Dr Kennedy. One of the Ebola treatment centres funded by the UK during the 2014-15 outbreak in Kerry Town, Sierra Leone CREDIT: LOUIS LEESON/SAVE THE CHILDREN “We took risks and we never benefited,” says a Liberian technician who drew over 1,000 samples of blood – knowing that a single drop could kill. “After the samples were collected, we were left out of the picture,” he says, speaking on condition of anonymity. He was angry…

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Black Publishers Push for More Diabetes Awareness

(Photo: Mark Mahoney / NNPA) By Lauren Poteat, NNPA Newswire Washington Correspondent On a mission to combat issues of diabetes, which disproportionately afflicts Black Americans nationwide, the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA), the trade association for more than 215 of the nation’s leading Black media companies, moderated a very important conversation surrounding the chronic condition and its ongoing negative impacts on people of color. Panelists participating in a high-energy January 24th discussion, held during the NNPA’s Mid-Winter Conference, vehemently pushed for people of color to actively “get ahead” of their…

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Congo-Kinshasa: Why Ebola Vaccine On Trial in the DRC Is Raising Hopes

Photo: World Health Organisation Health workers practice proper donning of protective gear during training on vaccination against Ebola. analysis By Arthur Wickenhagen, University of Glasgow and Shirin Ashraf The World Health Organisation (WHO) has emphasised that an experimental vaccine is playing a major role in controlling the spread of Ebola in the ongoing outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Without the vaccine, the outbreak has the potential to spiral out of control, considering the country’s social and political landscape as well as the sheer ability of the virus…

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West Africa: Lassa Fever – WHO Increases Response in Nigeria, Four Other West African Countries

By Ayodamola Owoseye With five West African countries reporting outbreaks of Lassa fever, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has scaled up its efforts to support the region’s response. The international health agency disclosed this in a press statement on Friday. The countries in the region currently witnessing outbreaks of the disease are Nigeria, Benin, Guinea, Liberia and Togo. The countries are some of those in the Africa Lassa Fever belt. Nigeria is the most hit with 275 cases confirmed in 19 states as of February 3. Last year, Nigeria recorded…

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South Africa: Gauteng Intern Doctors to Be Paid By Monday

The Gauteng Department of Health says it will pay medical interns on Monday – the last batch to be paid after the department failed to pay interns on time. Department spokesperson Khutso Rabothata told News24 on Friday that 803 medical interns received their salaries on Wednesday and the remaining 409 interns would be paid after the weekend. EWN reported last week that several Gauteng medical interns and community service doctors had contacted them, claiming that they had not received their salaries on January 28, as expected. It reported that it…

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