Saturday, May 30We Break the News
Shadow

HEALTH

Updates on Covid19

CORONAVIRUS, Covid 19 Donations, EAST AFRICA, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, Nairobi, UGANDA, WORLD, World Health Organization
NAIROBI, Kenya, May 18, 2020/ -- Ministry of Health, Kenya CS Sen. Mutahi Kagwe today attended the historic virtual 73rd World Health Assembly, the 1st of its kind since the establishment of World Health Organization (WHO) & reaffirmed the country’s support for WHO & it’s leadership Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, as it spearheads efforts to combat COVID Coronavirus - Egypt: UK company delivers over 40,000 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test kits to EgyptLeading UK company, Primer Design Ltd, a subsidiary of Novacyt SA has exported over 40,000 PCR test kits to Egypt to support its response to COVID-19CAIRO, Egypt, May 18, 2020/ -- The UK and Egyptian government have been working hard to address the immediate medical needs of both countries by keeping essential trade flowing. In Ap...
Coronavirus – Kenya: President Uhuru hails doctors who are battling the pandemic

Coronavirus – Kenya: President Uhuru hails doctors who are battling the pandemic

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, EAST AFRICA, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, KENYA, Nairobi
Nairobi: On Saturday 16th May 2020, Kenya's President, Uhuru Kenyatta addressed the nation about the effect of Coronavirus pandemic to Kenya. He reassured Kenyans that a brighter future was awaiting for them after this pandemic if at all they follow the guidelines of the Health officials. In his address, the President said; Since we reported our first COVID-19 case, the country has recorded 830 confirmed infections and 50 deaths. It is disturbing to note that close to 30% of these recorded deaths occurred at home. I send my heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of those we have lost. The life of every Kenyan is precious. I, together with millions of Kenyans mourn for the lost dreams cut short so suddenly by this disease.We empathise with the tears and misery of th...
Italy COVID Cases Jump After Italians Were Too Quick to Celebrate an End to Lockdown

Italy COVID Cases Jump After Italians Were Too Quick to Celebrate an End to Lockdown

CORONAVIRUS, EUROPE, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, Italy
VENICE—If the coronavirus pandemic has taught Italians anything, it’s that the cost of being too close can be too high. Italy, with a population of just over 60 million, has logged more than 221,000 cases and 30,000 deaths since the outbreak began February 25. Unlike the United States, which has clearly chosen economic viability over human life, Italy and many other European countries have had a different approach, focusing on science and restraint—at least until now. But three months into the pandemic, as the first glimpses of post-lockdown liberation coincide with warm spring nights, many in the hardest hit areas seem to have forgotten what just happened and hope to go back to the same kind of socializing as before. Monday, the COVID-devastated region of Lombardy saw a spike in...
Coronavirus: Somalia’s COVID-19 Response: More needed for persons with disabilities during pandemic

Coronavirus: Somalia’s COVID-19 Response: More needed for persons with disabilities during pandemic

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, HEALTH, somalia
The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has had tremendous impact on all areas of Somali society, with no group left unaffected. But for one group in particular, the impact of the virus takes a higher toll: persons with disabilities. Some civil society groups are trying to change that. “You can understand the impact of COVID-19 on the economy. People are suffering now and they will suffer even once the virus is defeated,” said the director and founder of the Somali Disability Empowerment Network (SODEN), Mohamed Farah. “But,” he added, “persons with disabilities will be the ones who will be suffering more. Imagine: most of the people living with disabilities rely on family support or begging on the streets – imagine what will happen to them without support?” In Somalia, it i...
Coronavirus – Uganda: Speaker disagrees with Museveni on locking down citizens but allows truck drivers to continue moving

Coronavirus – Uganda: Speaker disagrees with Museveni on locking down citizens but allows truck drivers to continue moving

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, EAST AFRICA, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, Politics, UGANDA, Ugandan Parliamanet
Kampala ---- The Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga has called upon government to either stop the movement of truck drivers who are infected with Coronavirus (COVID-19) or lift the lockdown, instead of letting poor Ugandans suffer inside their houses. While  speaking in Parliament on Thursday, Kadaga  told the House that Ugandans are concerned about government’s decision to continue keeping them locked inside their houses yet they are not infected, while  the same government allows truck drivers, many of who are infected with COVID-19, to continue moving freely around the country. “It is disturbing to note that the bulk of the new COVID-19 cases are from truck drivers. Ugandan locked in their homes are not moving, but truck drivers who are testing positive are going about normal l...
Coronavirus – Libya: UNHCR provides emergency assistance to thousands in Libya as continued conflict and COVID-19 create more hardship

Coronavirus – Libya: UNHCR provides emergency assistance to thousands in Libya as continued conflict and COVID-19 create more hardship

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, Covid 19 Donations, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, libya, UNITED NATIONS
This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Andrej Mahecic – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today’s press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. Amidst deteriorating security conditions, as well as restrictions on movement due to COVID19, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency has provided emergency assistance to some 3,500 refugees and internally displaced Libyans during the last two weeks. The assistance package helped some 1,600 urban refugees, more than 700 refugees being held in detention and close to 1,500 displaced Libyans in different sites across Libya, and included one month’s worth of food and hygiene kits. The distributions are supporting some of the most vulnerable people with help during Ramadan – an important moment to show solidarity as people a...
Coronavirus – Burundi: Outgoing President Nkurinziza expels WHO officials

Coronavirus – Burundi: Outgoing President Nkurinziza expels WHO officials

AFRICA, BURUNDI, CORONAVIRUS, EAST AFRICA, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, World Health Organization
The government of Burundi, headed by President Pierre Nkurunziza, has ordered the country’s top World Health Organization (WHO) representative and three other experts coordinating the Coronavirus response to leave the country amidst allegations of sabotage. The expelled officials include the WHO’s representative Dr Walter Kazadi Mulombo, the country’s Coronavirus coordinator Dr Jean Pierre Mulunda Nkata, communicable diseases head Dr Ruhana Mirindi Bisimwa, and a laboratory expert in the testing for COVID-19, Professor Daniel Tarzy. WHO’s representative Dr Walter Kazadi Mulombo In a letter dated May 12 and addressed to WHO’s Africa headquarters, the foreign ministry said the four officials “are declared persona non grata and as such, must leave the territory of Burundi” by Friday...
Coronavirus – Uganda: Foreign Minister defies travel ban, allows tycoon to fly back into the country from USA

Coronavirus – Uganda: Foreign Minister defies travel ban, allows tycoon to fly back into the country from USA

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, UGANDA
Foreign Affairs Minister Sam Kahamba Kutesa is under fire for authorising three people to fly into the country from abroad in contravention to the presidential directive that ordered closure of all airports and borders into the country. In a May 13, 2020 letter, Kutesa wrote to the Manager of Ethiopian Airlines asking him to charter three Ugandans from USA, via Addis Ababa to Entebbe Airport. The three include; Barbara Kavuya who is the wife to city tycoon and money lender Ben Kavuya, Blanche Kibaju an interior designer and student in USA and a one Tiba Byabashaija. Tycoon Ben Kavuya The development comes after a letter purportedly written by Minister Kutesa permitting Kavuya’s wife Barbra Kavuya, daughter Blanche Kibaju and grandson Isaiah Tiba Byabashaija to fly into Uganda ...
Citi Bank Uganda and Joint Medical Store contribute UGX 385 Million to fight COVID-19 in Uganda

Citi Bank Uganda and Joint Medical Store contribute UGX 385 Million to fight COVID-19 in Uganda

AFRICA, Business, CORONAVIRUS, Covid 19 Donations, EAST AFRICA, FEATURE STORIES, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, World Health Organization
(R-L) Uganda's Prime Minister Rt Hon.Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda, the Political Overseer of the National Response Fund to Covid19 and Minister in charge of General Duties Hon.Mary Karooro Okurut, the Ceo of Citi Bank Uganda Ms. Sarah Arapta Wojega, the Chairman of the same Bank Mr. Kihuguru Geoffrey and the 2nd Deputy Premiere Alhaj Kirunda Kivejinja.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates. Citibank Uganda limited in conjunction with  Joint Medical Store have contributed a total of 385million Uganda Shillings to the National Response Fund to Covid19 to rehabilitate, equip Kajjansi healthy  Centre The Chairman of Citi Bank Uganda Geoffrey Kihuguru (R-L) with the Ceo Ms. Sarah Arapta Wojega.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates. The Rt Hon. Prime Minister Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda and Hon. K...
African Queen donates  100,000 BIC Pens (Valued at 50Million Shillings (Ughs)to the National response Fund to Covid19  to facilitate School going children.

African Queen donates 100,000 BIC Pens (Valued at 50Million Shillings (Ughs)to the National response Fund to Covid19 to facilitate School going children.

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, Covid 19 Donations, EAST AFRICA, HEALTH, UGANDA
African Queen No.1 Distributor Limited, a company dealing in the distribution of fast-moving consumer goods in and around Uganda. "We do distribute for multi-national companies across the Globe such as BIC East Africa, PZ Cussons, Kevian Kenya, Fay Tissue and Serviettes among others. National Response Fund to Covid 19 Member ,Mr. Kishor Jobanputra, Ceo, Picfare Industries, receives the Consignment from the African Queen team. Second Right is the Secretary and Administrator to the Fund Mrs Kisaka Dorothy. Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates. "We write to inform you that our partner/supplier from Kenya- BIC East Africa heard the plea of our President H.E Yoweri Kaguta Museveni on offering any form of donation to the COVID-19 Task Force that has been mandated to not only lead the f...
African Queen donates 18 tons of maize and other goods  towards the fight against Covid-19 in Uganda

African Queen donates 18 tons of maize and other goods towards the fight against Covid-19 in Uganda

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, KENYA, World Health Organization
African Queen No.1 Distributor Limited a company dealing in the distribution of fast-moving consumer goods in and around Uganda. We do distribute for multi-national companies across the Globe such as PZ Cussons, Kevian Kenya, Bic, Fay Tissue and Serviettes among others. The African Queen team led by Mr Moses Senkubuge,the head of Supply Chain&Logistics.Photo by Ronald kabuubi/KMA Updates. We write to inform you that our partners/suppliers from Kenya heard the plea of our President H.E Yoweri Kaguta Museveni on offering any form of a donation to the COVID-19 Task Force that has been mandated to not only lead the fight against the COVID-19 virus but also ensure proper distribution of food to those families that have been greatly affected during this time. African Queen thus wishe...
Coronavirus – Sierra Leone: Government of Japan announces 2020 grant of USD 254,545 for malnutrition treatment in Sierra Leone

Coronavirus – Sierra Leone: Government of Japan announces 2020 grant of USD 254,545 for malnutrition treatment in Sierra Leone

AFRICA, ASIA, CORONAVIRUS, Covid 19 Donations, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, japan, Sierra Leone
The Government of Japan has committed a new contribution of USD 254,545 to improve the coverage of critical Severe and Acute Malnutrition treatment services and thereby reduce child mortality in Sierra Leone.   This commitment was formalised at a time when Government of Sierra Leone, Government of Japan and UNICEF are acknowledging the successful implementation of the project “Addressing critical gaps in the treatment of Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) in four high burden districts”, which Japan funded to the tune of US$ 1.5 million in 2019. “The Government of Sierra Leone remains is gratified of this sustained cooperation we are sustaining with the Government of Japan to keep the most vulnerable children healthy and protected from the effects of malnutrition,” said the Minister of ...
Coronavirus – Africa: Norway to strengthen global health efforts in response to coronavirus pandemic

Coronavirus – Africa: Norway to strengthen global health efforts in response to coronavirus pandemic

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, Covid 19 Donations, EUROPE, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, Norway
‘In Malawi, only 600 tests for COVID-19 have been conducted for a population of 17.5 million. It is vital that more developing countries are able to increase their testing capacity and have access to personal protective equipment,’ said Minister of International Development Dag-Inge Ulstein.  It is the poorest and most vulnerable countries that are likely to be hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic. The pandemic has made it necessary to increase funding for global health efforts. The Government has therefore proposed increasing Norway’s allocation to global health by NOK 541 million, to a total of NOK 4.152 billion in 2020. There is a significant need for funding for infection control measures, testing and the development of treatments for COVID-19. This is why Norway is increasin...
Coronavirus – Africa: UNICEF appeals for $1.6 billion to meet growing needs of children impacted by COVID-19 pandemic

Coronavirus – Africa: UNICEF appeals for $1.6 billion to meet growing needs of children impacted by COVID-19 pandemic

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, Covid 19 Donations, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, UNITED NATIONS
UNICEF is appealing for US$1.6 billion to support its humanitarian response for children impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, up from $651.6 million requested in a similar appeal late March. This increase reflects the devastating socioeconomic consequences of the disease and families' rising needs. As the outbreak enters its fifth month, the costs for supplies, shipment and duty of care are increasing dramatically. "The pandemic is a health crisis which is quickly becoming a child rights crisis," said UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore. "Schools are closed, parents are out of work and families are under growing strain. As we begin to reimagine what a post-COVID world would look like, these funds will help us respond to the crisis, recover from its aftermath, and protect children fr...
Coronavirus – Africa: Norwegian Government proposes increased support for World Bank’s International Development Association, International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) Catastrophe Containment and Relief Trust and lending schemes for low-income countries

Coronavirus – Africa: Norwegian Government proposes increased support for World Bank’s International Development Association, International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) Catastrophe Containment and Relief Trust and lending schemes for low-income countries

AFRICA, Banking, CORONAVIRUS, Covid 19 Donations, EUROPE, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, Norway
In order to strengthen international cooperation to mitigate the impacts of the coronavirus crisis, the Government is proposing a contribution to the IMF’s Catastrophe and Containment Relief Trust and contributions to the IMF and World Bank lending schemes for low-income countries. The Government is proposing an increase in Norway’s core contribution to the International Development Association (IDA), the part of the World Bank that provides assistance to the world’s 76 poorest countries. Over half of these countries are in Africa. This will be additional to Norway’s contribution to the 19th IDA replenishment for the period 2020-22, which amounts to NOK 976 million in 2020.  ‘The World Bank and IDA responded quickly to the COVID-19 outbreak by freeing up substantial resources. ...
Coronavirus – Africa: Norway increases support for sub-Saharan Africa

Coronavirus – Africa: Norway increases support for sub-Saharan Africa

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, Covid 19 Donations, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, Norway
What has been a crisis for Norway could become a disaster in developing countries. African governments are facing major challenges in dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. In this situation, Norway will do more to assist these countries strengthen their health systems and assist vulnerable people,’ said Minister of International Development Dag-Inge Ulstein. The Government is proposing an increase of NOK 30 million in the regional allocation for sub-Saharan Africa. The support will go to countries identified as partner countries in Norway’s development cooperation, and in addition to Madagascar and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Also, NOK 150 million of the increased allocation for global health efforts will go to priority countries including Malawi, Mozambique, Nepal, Sudan and...
Coronavirus – Mauritania: President Mohamed Ould Ghazouani declares the country to be free of COVID-19

Coronavirus – Mauritania: President Mohamed Ould Ghazouani declares the country to be free of COVID-19

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, Mauritania
Mosques in Mauritania reopened after a week of no new coronavirus cases were recorded. Authorities allowed mosques to open for prayer, but called on worshippers to respect social distancing and wear masks – a call which seems to have been largely ignored. The West African country of Mauritania said that it has become coronavirus free after all infected people recovered or died, authorities said. Mauritania's President Mohamed Ould Ghazouani has declared his country to be virus free. However, local human rights organisations, including UNPO Member IRA have begun to question the official count. The reason for distrust lies on the fact that there hasn't been mass testing, and even those people who were in quarantine are back in the community without being tested. Meanwhile, rights grou...
Coronavirus – Cameroon: Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TİKA) Supports Cameroon’s Fight against COVID19

Coronavirus – Cameroon: Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TİKA) Supports Cameroon’s Fight against COVID19

AFRICA, cameroon, CORONAVIRUS, EUROPE, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, turkey
Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TİKA) provided 10,000 surgical masks, 500 N95 masks, 50 infrared thermometers, and a large number of gloves, eye protection, and disinfectants to Cameroon to combat COVID-19 Various medical supplies and equipment provided to combat COVID-19 were delivered to Cameroon’s Ministry of Public Health at a ceremony attended by the Republic of Turkey’s Ambassador to Yaoundé Ayşe Saraç. Stating that Cameroon is one of the African countries that has been affected the most by the COVID-19 outbreak, Cameroon’s Minister of Public Health Malachie Manaouda said, “We consider Turkey as our strategic partner. This assistance provided in such a difficult time means a lot to us.” In her speech, the Republic of Turkey’s Ambassador to Yaoundé Ayşe Saraç of...
New coronavirus outbreak in China causes concern for a second wave

New coronavirus outbreak in China causes concern for a second wave

ASIA, China, CORONAVIRUS, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS
New coronavirus cases are popping up in China, causing authorities to fear a second wave of COVID-19 Fears are spreading of a second coronavirus wave sweeping through China as new cases with untraced origins are popping up in different provinces. These new cases being detected come right after the Chinese government officially stated that all regions in the country are at a medium risk of infection. Now, China's national health commission officially reported 17 new cases, its second day of double-digit rises and the highest number in the last two weeks. Just this past Sunday, Chinese authorities reclassified the city of Shulan in the Jilin province to 'high risk'. Three people were found to have the virus Shulan, bringing the city's total case count to 12. In response to these no...
WHO Finally Agree To Work With Madagascar Only On One Condition

WHO Finally Agree To Work With Madagascar Only On One Condition

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, Madagascar, World Health Organization
Last Month, Madagascar's president Andry Rajoelina launched a herbal drink that they said could cure corona virus. Although the president said that he had confidence that the cure could work in curing the coronavirus which has spread through the whole world, WHO had previously warned that the drink could not be allowed to be used for curing corona virus since it had not passed clinical tests. So far, the country of around 26 million people has not experienced any death arising from corona virus as they still insist that the cure that was developed from artemisia spp plant has the ability to cure corona virus completely. WHO has said that it is willing to work with Madagascar in fighting corona virus. According to the tweet sent by @MoetiTshidi, to WHO African Region official Twitte...