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KILIFI COUNTY: President Uhuru flaggs off Kenya-Cuba Malaria Vector Control Programme

KILIFI COUNTY: President Uhuru flaggs off Kenya-Cuba Malaria Vector Control Programme

AFRICA, HEALTH, Health Workers, KENYA, MALARIA, Ministry Of Health, WORLD, World Health Organization
Kenya: His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday morning in Kilifi County flagged-off the Kenya Malaria Army and unveiled the Kenya-Cuba Malaria Vector Control Programme. The President, who is the current Chairperson of the African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA), also witnessed a demonstration on the use of Drones for mapping and outdoor spraying of malaria breeding sites. The Head of State was accompanied by Cabinet Secretary for Health Mutahi Kagwe, Kilifi Governor Amason Kingi amongst other senior government officials and local leaders.
How Imperative is Marketing in the Vape Industry?

How Imperative is Marketing in the Vape Industry?

HEALTH, Health Workers, Ministry Of Health, WORLD, World Health Organization, Youth
Vaping has gained popularity worldwide as a sustainable, healthy, and efficient alternative to smoking. The primary reason for such explosive sales might be the benefits offered by the product, but vape marketing plays an integral role in the process. Vape marketing has helped the industry introduce flavors and new products to youngsters with alarming ease. Most companies that manufacture vape pens and e-juices target young people as they are a core market group. But, how important is vape marketing to the industry, and can companies go without it?  Here's a look at everything you need to know about the importance of marketing within the vape industry. https://pixabay.com/photos/smoking-cigarette-bad-air-ash-2529858/ Marketing Within the Vape Industry  Over the past...
MTN bed donations increase safe deliveries in govt health centres

MTN bed donations increase safe deliveries in govt health centres

AFRICA, Business, EAST AFRICA, HEALTH, Health Workers, Ministry Of Health, MTN, South Africa, UGANDA, World Health Organization
Mbale,Uganda:Before 2018, Busiu Health Centre IV in Mbale district received about 60 women delivering at the facility every month.  The health centre which at the time had very limited beds tried to house the mothers for at least 24 hours for purposes of medical review in vain.    “Initially we would tell the mother to stay around for 24 hours but when there was no room for the mother to sleep, she would go away,” Dr Maumbe Bernard the in-charge Busiu Health Centre IV narrates.  MTN Foundation led by MTN Uganda CEO Wim Vanhelleputte handed over 10 beds, mattresses, bedsheets and mosquito nets to the district health officer Dr Jonathan Wangisi. The early departure of the mothers from the health centre was one of the reasons why some of the newly born babies died ...
India’s true COVID-19 death toll could be as high as 2.4 million, 6 times the official figures, experts warn

India’s true COVID-19 death toll could be as high as 2.4 million, 6 times the official figures, experts warn

COVID-19, HEALTH, Health Workers, INDIA, PANDEMIC, World Health Organization
A mass cremation of people who died due to COVID-19 in New Delhi, India, on April 22, 2021. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui Experts believe that India's COVID-19 death toll is far higher than official numbers suggest.One study estimates that between 1.8m and 2.4m people in India have died from the virus.Reports suggest that Indian officials have attempted to suppress the true figures. India's true COVID-19 death toll could be 5 to 7 times more than the official figures suggest, according to The Economist. Earlier this year, the country was ravaged by a disastrous second wave of COVID-19, with widespread reports of hospitals overflowing and oxygen shortages. The Indian health ministry claims that since the start of the pandemic, a little over 411,000 people have lost their lives t...
Midwives bring portable ultrasound technology to remote communities in Kenya

Midwives bring portable ultrasound technology to remote communities in Kenya

HEALTH, Health Workers, KENYA, WOMEN
For years, pregnant women on Mfangano Island have had to travel to the mainland not only for emergency obstetric care, but also for diagnostic servicesIn her four years at Sena Health Centre, midwife Goretti Adhiambo has seen too many lives lost to complications in pregnancy and childbirth. “We provide all the basic maternal health services at the health centre including antenatal care, but complicated cases have to be referred to the mainland hospital for specialized care,” she explained.  Her health centre is located on the remote Mfangano Island in Kenya’s Homa Bay County. Reaching the mainland town of Mbita for treatment requires at least an hour’s boat ride – two, if the waters are choppy. During an obstetric emergency, this delay can be deadly. In 2018, Ms. Adhiambo treate...
DRC: Doctors Without Borders calls for urgent boost to support survivors of sexual violence

DRC: Doctors Without Borders calls for urgent boost to support survivors of sexual violence

CONGO, DRC, HEALTH, Health Workers, VIOLANCE, WOMEN
MSF warns of the lack of support available for survivors of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) In a new report, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) warns of the lack of support available for survivors of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Given the magnitude of such violence and its impact, MSF calls on the Congolese authorities and their partners to swiftly act in order to respond to the huge medical, legal, socioeconomic, and protection needs that we observe. The figure is colossal. However, it is only the tip of the iceberg: in 2020, nearly 11,000 survivors of sexual violence were assisted with the support of MSF teams in six of the 26 provinces of the DRC, approximately 30 per day. The data collected by MSF...
How Obamacare Has Lowered Your Out-of-Pocket Expenses

How Obamacare Has Lowered Your Out-of-Pocket Expenses

ADVOCACY, HEALTH, Health Workers, USA
Experts say the Affordable Care Act has slowed the increases in what people pay for prescription drugs and other healthcare services. Aleksandar Nakic/Getty Images Researchers say the Affordable Care Act has helped ease the out-of-pocket expenses for healthcare services.Prescription drug prices are among the medical expenses that have been substantially affected.Experts note that the expansion of Medicaid programs has also helped. The Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare, has substantially increased health insurance coverage in the United States. It also seems to have helped reduce the amount of money Americans have had to pull out of their wallet to pay for healthcare, a new studyTrusted Source finds. Dr. Sara Collins, vice president for heal...
Health workers cry foul after receiving lesser Covid-19 risk allowance

Health workers cry foul after receiving lesser Covid-19 risk allowance

HEALTH, Health Workers, Ministry Of Health, UGANDA
Health Workers in Gulu Hospital A number of health workers claim to have received less money than expected in unpaid risk allowances. The health workers deployed in the Covid-19 treatment units (CTU) had taken months without receiving their allowances. Last week, a number of health workers received the payment through mobile money instead of their respective bank accounts as it was in 2020. The government committed to pay each health worker in CTU an allowance of Shs 80,000 for each day of work. However, the health workers received only about 70 per cent of the expected pay. A health worker attached to the CTU at Soroti Regional Referral hospital says that she expected Shs 1,680,000 for the 21 days she worked for in May and June but only received Shs 1,175,000 on Friday on her mo...
Uganda Loses 37 Health Workers to COVID-19

Uganda Loses 37 Health Workers to COVID-19

COVID-19, HEALTH, Health Workers, Ministry Of Health, UGANDA
Uganda saw an increase in deaths among health care workers last month just as COVID-19 cases increased. Sixteen doctors died of the disease, while others are in intensive care.   Uganda Medical Association believes more than 100 health workers have died in the country because of the coronavirus pandemic since March of last year. Dr. Mukuzi Muhereza, the association’s secretary general, said that number rose sharply last month. “The biggest bit was the last two weeks when we lost 16.  Some people are in intensive care and we are holding our fingers. And 14 were active clinicians and most likely got it from the hospitals.”  The death of 16 doctors coincides with a general rise in COVID-19 cases last month before the country instituted lockdown restrictions. On J...
Nigerian Government To Decide New Hazard Allowance For Health Workers

Nigerian Government To Decide New Hazard Allowance For Health Workers

HEALTH, Health Workers, Nigeria
The Nigerian Government says it will take the final decision on the new hazard allowance for health workers in the country. The government says it has also directed the health workers who had issued a trade dispute notices to withdraw the strike notices immediately. Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige stated this on  Thursday in Abuja after a meeting of the Presidential Committee on Salaries, relevant Federal Government stakeholders and health sector professional associations and trade unions. The Minister said that the government side allowed enough time for the two big bodies of the health unions and professional, the Nigerian Medical Association NMA and the Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) to harmonise their different positions on the hazard allo...
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