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Vaccinate all teachers before school re-opening

Vaccinate all teachers before school re-opening

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, HEALTH, Kenyan Parliament, Parliament, SCHOOL, South African Parliament, UGANDA, WORLD, World Health Organization
Local leaders and educationist in Northern Uganda have called on government to vaccinate all teachers before institutions of learning are re-opened.   In a meeting the Parliamentary Taskforce committee on Covid-19, Lira District leaders said there were a lot of infections in schools which had an effect on the communities when the learners where sent home when the second lockdown was enforced.“We observed that when children came back from schools, that is when the elderly began to fall sick in the villages. Schools realised Covid-19 in their schools and they kept quiet,” Said Bosco Ogwang, a member of the Lira University Covid-19 task force.Ogwang added that students should only go back vaccination of teachers country wide. Jonam County MP, Hon Emmanuel Ongiertho said since the ...
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...
Look For These 10 Qualities In Your Cannabis Terpenes, Before Adding them to Your Cart.

Look For These 10 Qualities In Your Cannabis Terpenes, Before Adding them to Your Cart.

HEALTH, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, Ministry Of Health, WORLD, World Health Organization
What are Terpenes? Terpenes are the essential constituents of fundamental oils and are responsible for the aromatic feature of cannabis. Makers utilize separated terpenes to generate the flavors and fragrances of numerous ordinary items, like scents, body items, and even food sources. Terpenes play a fundamental part in plants. In certain plants, terpenes draw in pollinators, while in different plants, they trigger a strong reaction to repulse hunters, like bugs or rummaging animals. A few terpenes assume a defensive role in the plants. They assist the plant with recuperating from damage; others go about as a piece of the plant's safe framework to safeguard the plants from infectious germs. Besides cannabinoids, terpenes outline synergies, the potential of their combined impact and the...
Australia prolongs COVID-19 lockdown in Victoria amid Delta outbreak

Australia prolongs COVID-19 lockdown in Victoria amid Delta outbreak

Australia, COVID-19, HEALTH, LOCK DOWN, PANDEMIC
A lone passenger sits at a tram stop on a mostly-empty city centre street on the first day of a lockdown as the state of Victoria looks to curb the spread of a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Melbourne, Australia, July 16, 2021. REUTERS/Sandra Sanders/File Photo Australian authorities said Victoria state would extend a COVID-19 lockdown beyond Tuesday to slow the spread of the highly infectious Delta variant, despite a slight drop in new infections in the state and nationwide. Victoria state Premier Daniel Andrews said lockdown rules would not be lifted as cases were still being detected in the community, promising more details would be provided on Tuesday, when the lockdown had been due to end. "It would be perhaps a few days of sunshine and then there is a very high ...
As England prepares to lift Covid-19 restrictions, Boris Johnson goes into self-isolation

As England prepares to lift Covid-19 restrictions, Boris Johnson goes into self-isolation

HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL, PRIME MINISTER, UK
British Finance Minister Rishi Sunak (L) and PM Boris Johnson, seen here on April 29, 2021, will self-isolate as England prepares to lift Covid restrictions. © Dan Kitwood, AFP As England pushes ahead with a controversial decision to lift its remaining coronavirus restrictions on Monday – dubbed "Freedom Day" by the UK press – Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the Chancellor of the Exchequer are self-isolating after meeting with Health Secretary Sajid Javid, who has since tested positive for Covid-19. "Please, please, please, be cautious," Johnson said in a video from isolation on Sunday. The UK government was thrown into turmoil on Sunday by its own rules on Covid self-isolation just as it controversially prepares to ditch pandemic curbs in England. Prime Minister Boris Johnson a...
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 ...
President Uhuru Kenyatta witnesses the signing of MOU between MOH and Gruppo San Donato-

President Uhuru Kenyatta witnesses the signing of MOU between MOH and Gruppo San Donato-

COVID-19, EAST AFRICA, HEALTH, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, KENYA, WORLD, World Health Organization
President Uhuru Kenyatta today at State House, Nairobi witnesses the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Ministry of Health and an Italian health firm Gruppo San Donato (GSD) on advancing mental health in Kenya. The MOU, signed by  Health CS Mutahi Kagwe and the firm's Chairman Mr Kamel Ghribi, will see Kenya and GSD collaborate in research and implementation of mental health interventions. Also present is Ms. Susan Mochache, Principal Secretary Ministry of Health. 
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...
Sydney imposes more COVID-19 restrictions after lockdown fails to curb cases

Sydney imposes more COVID-19 restrictions after lockdown fails to curb cases

Australia, COVID-19, HEALTH, PANDEMIC
A woman wearing a protective face mask walks past the Sydney Opera House, during a lockdown to curb the spread of a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Sydney, Australia, July 1, 2021. (Reuters) Australian authorities ordered more businesses to close Saturday along with a slew of new restrictions in the country’s largest city as a weeks-long lockdown failed to quash an outbreak of COVID-19. For more coronavirus news, visit our dedicated page. Any retail deemed not “critical” would be forced to close across Sydney and its surroundings while those in hard-hit suburbs would be placed under stricter stay-at-home orders from midnight on Saturday, New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian told media in Sydney. “It’s not good enough for us to tread water which is what we’re d...
Brazil inches close to half a million Covid-19 deaths, second worst-hit globally

Brazil inches close to half a million Covid-19 deaths, second worst-hit globally

BRAZIL, COVID-19, HEALTH, PANDEMIC
As of Friday, Brazil has registered 498,499 deaths and a total of 17,801,462 confirmed Covid-19 cases, according to the official data. Brazil continues to be the second worst-hit nation globally - second after the United States. In the last week, Brazil saw 2,000 deaths per day on average. A health worker treats a coronavirus disease (Covid-19) patient at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) in the Ronaldo Gazolla Hospital, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil June 18, 2021.(REUTERS) Already battered by the delayed vaccination campaign and the government's staunch opposition to social distancing measures, Brazil is expected to cross the grim milestone of at least half a million deaths due to coronavirus disease (Covid-19). As of Friday, Brazil has registered 498,499 deaths and a total of 17,801,46...
Tokyo Olympics Village reports first Covid-19 case

Tokyo Olympics Village reports first Covid-19 case

GAMES, HEALTH, OLYMPICS, Sports
The Tokyo Olympics Village reported its first Covid-19 case today (July 17), six days before the Games officially starts. Infected personnel is visitor from abroad Japan Times reported that the infected personnel, who is staying in the Village, is a visitor from abroad who is involved in organising the Games. Masa Takaya, spokesman for the Tokyo organizing committee, said during a press conference: “There was one person in the Village. That was the very first case in the Village that was reported during the screening test." Inside The Games reported that this is a concern for the Tokyo Olympic Games organisers and the International Olympic Committee because they had promised that the Village would be the "safest place" in Tokyo. It also quoted Tokyo 2020 Pr...
Scotland sends £270k oxygen help to Africa

Scotland sends £270k oxygen help to Africa

AFRICA, AID, EMERGENCY, HEALTH, SCOTLAND
THE Scottish Government has spent more than £270,000 on lifesaving oxygen equipment for three African countries. Edinburgh-based charity Kids Operating Room will use the funding to distribute 100 oxygen concentrators each to Malawi, Rwanda and Zambia, where cases of Covid-19 are thought to be rising quickly. The equipment will initially be used to treat patients suffering from breathing problems caused by the virus and will then be used after the pandemic for general treatment. The devices draw oxygen from the atmosphere and concentrate it to therapeutic levels. External Affairs Secretary Angus Robertson said: “The Covid situation in Malawi, Rwanda and Zambia has become very serious, very quickly, and we know that the pressure on health services are putting great stress on...
A $1 Million Lottery Didn’t Improve COVID-19 Vaccination. Here’s What Did

A $1 Million Lottery Didn’t Improve COVID-19 Vaccination. Here’s What Did

COVID-19, HEALTH, VACCINE
A studyTrusted Source recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that vaccine lotteries didn’t appear to make a significant impact.Public health experts suspect the lotteries did not change people’s underlying beliefs about the vaccines.Additionally, many people still face barriers to vaccination. In an effort to drive up vaccination rates, many cities and states launched vaccine lotteries to entice people to get vaccinated against COVID-19 with a chance to win grand prizes and large sums of money. Until now, it’s been unclear whether and how those lotteries motivated people to get inoculated. A studyTrusted Source recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that the lotteries didn’t appear t...
It takes a whole village: the need of a multiple approach to assist survivors of sexual violence

It takes a whole village: the need of a multiple approach to assist survivors of sexual violence

ADVOCACY, CONGO, DRC, HEALTH, VIOLANCE, WOMEN
In light of the magnitude and the impact of the sexual violence in the country, MSF calls on the Congolese authorities and their partners to act now Salamabila is a city of 71,000 inhabitants in the mining region of the province of Maniema, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The prevalence of sexual violence is alarming: on average, 120 to 150 patients who have suffered this type of violence come to MSF every month. However, it can be even more devastating. In March alone, 221 people came for consultation. To assist these people who suffer a lot of stigma, an innovative decentralized program was implemented by Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF): 18 reproductive health agents work directly in communities to identify and welcome people who have experienced this type ...
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...
South Africa: Latest Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 in South Africa

South Africa: Latest Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 in South Africa

COVID-19, HEALTH, South Africa
The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), a division of the National Health Laboratory Service, continues the monitoring and surveillance of COVID-19 in order to inform the public health response. Today the institute reports 16 435 new COVID-19 cases that have been identified in South Africa, which brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 2 253 240. This increase represents a 29.9% positivity rate. Although the number of positive cases appears to be decreasing, testing is critical for understanding the spread of COVID-19 infection. It’s crucial to remember that the testing data is representative of those who came forward for testing, not necessarily a reflection of current community transmission in South Africa. Testing dat...
COVID-19 deaths in Africa surge more than 40% over previous week

COVID-19 deaths in Africa surge more than 40% over previous week

COVID-19, HEALTH, PANDEMIC, World Health Organization
Africa has recorded a 43% week-on-week rise in COVID-19 deaths, as hospital admissions increase rapidly and countries face shortages in oxygen and intensive care beds. Fatalities increased to 6273 in the week ending on 11 July 2021 from 4384 deaths in the previous week. Africa is now less than 1% shy of the weekly peak reached in January when 6294 deaths were recorded. Namibia, South Africa, Tunisia, Uganda and Zambia accounted for 83% of the new deaths recorded in the past week. The continent’s case fatality rate, which is the proportion of deaths among confirmed cases, currently stands at 2.6% against the global average of 2.2%. COVID-19 cases have risen for eight straight weeks, topping 6 million on 13 July 2021. Over the past month, Africa recorded an additional 1 million cases. Th...
CDC Group announces US$50m trade finance facility with Ecobank as part of its Covid-19 response

CDC Group announces US$50m trade finance facility with Ecobank as part of its Covid-19 response

COVID-19, HEALTH, PANDEMIC
Provides systemic liquidity and supports vital supply chains across Africa’s markets; Sustains and increases access to goods and services during the pandemic; Bolsters economic opportunities and inclusive growth, in markets such as Togo, Burkina Faso and Chad. CDC Group, the UK’s Development Finance Institution and impact investor, has announced a US$50 million trade finance facility for Ecobank International (EBI SA), the Paris based member of the Ecobank Group. This marks CDC’s first partnership with EBISA with the commitment aimed at providing systemic liquidity to underserved markets and crucial trade finance support to local banks and businesses across Africa. The Covid-19 crisis has had a significant adverse effect on trade flows, business operations and jobs in Africa’s ma...
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