ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia Royal Philips, a global leader in health technology, and the governments of Ethiopia and the Netherlands, have signed a seven-year agreement to build Ethiopia’s first specialized Cardiac Care Center to address the critical shortage of cardiology services in Ethiopia. Under the terms of the agreement, valued at approximately Euro 40 million, Philips will be responsible for the full turnkey design, construction, equipping and commissioning of the hospital location, as well as staff education and equipment maintenance for five years after completion. The new center will be developed within the compound of the existing Tikur Anbessa Specialized Hospital (TASH) in Addis Ababa, the capital city of Ethiopia. The new specialist cardiac care center will comp
GITHUNGURI, Kenya Kenya's First Lady Margaret Kenyatta has called on Kenyans to support initiatives geared towards making provision of universal healthcare a reality. The First Lady said investing in health is critical in accelerating the country’s development plans. “Without good health, children cannot live to their full potential. Without good health, a country can not achieve economic growth,” said the First Lady. The First Lady was speaking at Githunguri in Kiambu County after she laid foundation stones for an ultra-modern level 4 hospital at Bibirioni, Limuru and at Githunguri Health Centre new hospital buildings upgrading the facility into a level 4 hospital. At Githunguri Health Centre, the First Lady who was accompanied by Governor Ferdinand Waititu, was conducted o
LONDON, United Kingdom The International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt has announced that the United Kingdom is going to provide fresh support to help tackle the ongoing Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). This new UK aid support will help the World Health Organisation (WHO) to monitor the spread of the disease, identify and diagnose cases, trace people at risk of infection, support the vaccination campaign, and treat the sick. It will also strengthen the DRC’s own health systems to treat and appropriately manage the growing number of cases of the disease. This extra £5 million in funding means the UK is currently one of the largest country donors to the response. Ms Mordaunt will also set out an additional package of support which is s
KINSHASA, Democratic Republic of CongoCommunities across Equateur Province need to be alerted to the rising Ebola risk if the spread of the killer disease is to be halted. This warning from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) comes following news of reports of a confirmed Ebola case in the provincial capital, Mbandaka, in north-eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). “Local volunteers and health workers are the community’s alarm system,” said Ben Adinoyi, IFRC Regional Head of Health and Care, who is currently based in Kinshasa. “They are our eyes and ears on the ground. They are critical to the early identification and containment of new cases." DRC Red Cross has responded to all past eight Ebola outbreaks in the country and
ADDIS ABABA, EthiopiaOver the past few days, IOM, the UN Migration Agency, has raced to support the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Congolese Ministry of Health in addressing the needs of communities affected by the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). IOM is focusing on population mobility mapping at border crossings and in the affected province, as well as risk communication and sanitary control. DRC’s Ministry of Health declared an Ebola outbreak a week ago (08/05), reporting 21 suspected cases including 17 deaths in the Ikoko Impenge Health Area of Bikoro Health Zone, located in the Equateur Province. Since then, the number of suspected cases and deaths has grown. Equateur Province has a population of approximately 2.5 million people spr
ENTEBBE,Uganda Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni has received a team of Cuban scientists led by Dr. Hector Luis Machado Morales, who are on a 10-day visit to work with their Ugandan counterparts to develop a strategy of bringing Gavac anti-tick vaccine into the country quickly. The Cuban scientists, who were accompanied by their Ugandan counterparts led by Prof. Anthony Mugisha, are from the Heber Biotec S.A. firm in Havana. The two scientific teams are scheduled to work together to concertize the importation of Gavac anti-tick vaccine into Uganda under emergency arrangements with a view to monitoring and evaluating its efficacy. President Museveni urged the scientists from Cuba and their Ugandan counterparts to expend their efforts in the fight against ticks in Uganda. Prof...
NAIROBI, KenyaA Red Cross team has been deployed to Equateur province in north-western Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), bringing with them much needed stocks of life saving equipment and supplies to prevent the further spread of Ebola. Nearly 40 local Red Cross volunteers on the ground have also been mobilized to support affected communities. “Our main concern is that the affected area is difficult to access and that the existing health centers in this isolated area have little or no basic medical supplies,” said Dr Fatoumata Nafo-Traoré, the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent’s (IFRC) Regional Director for Africa. “We are kick starting this response by using our stocks from the 2017 Ebola outbreak. This includes essential items like stretchers, chlo
ABUJA, NigeriaWith six weeks of declining numbers and only a handful of confirmed cases reported in recent weeks, the critical phase of Nigeria’s largest-ever Lassa fever outbreak is under control, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). However, Nigeria is endemic for Lassa fever and people could be infected throughout the year, making continued efforts to control any new flare ups crucial. We must use the lessons learnt to better prepare at risk countries in our region to conduct rapid detection and response In the last reporting week, ending on 6 May 2018, three new confirmed cases of Lassa fever were reported. This year a total of 423 confirmed cases including 106 deaths have been recorded. The national case numbers have consistently declined in the past six week