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President Kenyatta calls for intensification of fight against malaria in Africa

President Kenyatta calls for intensification of fight against malaria in Africa

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, INTERNATIONAL, KENYA, MALARIA, WORLD, World Health Organization
KILIFI COUNTY, July 22, 2021, (PSCU)--President Uhuru Kenyatta has called for the intensification of fight against malaria and other diseases ravaging Africa even as the continent tackles Covid-19. President Uhuru Kenyatta, Kilifi Governor Amason Jeffa Kingi, CS Lands Farida Karoney and CS Interior and Coordination of National Government Dr. Fred Matiang'i arrive at Kasidi Primary School grounds for the issuance of 2,169 Title Deeds in Rabai, Kilifi County. The Head of State spoke Thursday at the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI)-Wellcome Trust Station in Kilifi County where he unveiled the first locally manufactured malaria rapid diagnostics kit developed by the institute. “We have a good number of diseases that we still have to overcome and we are here to overcome that. ...
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 ...
KEMRI KILIFI: President Uhuru Kenyatta unveils first locally manufactured malaria rapid diagnostic kit

KEMRI KILIFI: President Uhuru Kenyatta unveils first locally manufactured malaria rapid diagnostic kit

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, KENYA, MALARIA, WORLD, World Health Organization
President Uhuru Kenyatta has today unveiled the first locally manufactured malaria rapid diagnostic kit at the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme in Kilifi County. The Head of State, who was taken on guided tour of the world renowned health research facility, also announced the attainment of World Health Organization (WHO) pre-qualification for the first locally manufactured malaria medicine.
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...
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...
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...
Merck Foundation Health Media Training to be organized virtually

Merck Foundation Health Media Training to be organized virtually

AFRICA, COVID-19, HEALTH, Mauritius, Ministry Of Health, Women Emamanicipation, World Health Organization
PORT LOUIS, Mauritius, July 13, 2021/ -- Merck Foundation Health Media Training will be chaired by Senator, Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation (Merck-Foundation.com); Merck Foundation, to announce a call for applications for 6 different awards for Media, Film, Fashion and Music fraternity in Mauritius, Mauritius, Madagascar, and Seychelles to break Infertility stigma and raise awareness about coronavirus. Merck Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany, in partnership with Media Trust Board, Mauritius to conduct Merck Foundation Health Media Training, particularly for Mauritius, Madagascar, and Seychelles media fraternities. The objective of the training is to emphasize the significant role that media plays to break the stigma around inf...
COVID-19 Delta variant spreading, present in 104 countries, WHO warns

COVID-19 Delta variant spreading, present in 104 countries, WHO warns

COVID-19, HEALTH, World Health Organization
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned that the COVID-19 Delta variant was ripping around the world at a scorching pace, driving a new spike in cases and deaths from COVID-19. WHO Director-General, Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus said this at a media briefing on COVID-19 on Monday at WHO headquarters in Geneva. In his speech posted on WHO website, the director-general said last week marked the fourth consecutive week of increasing cases of COVID-19 globally, with increases recorded in all but one of WHO’s six regions. He said after 10 weeks of declines, deaths were increasing again such that “the Delta variant is ripping around the world at a scorching pace, driving a new spike in cases and death. “Not everywhere is taking the same hit though, we’re in the midst of a growing...
Africa: Over 37 Million Covid-19 Vaccinations Administered Across Continent

Africa: Over 37 Million Covid-19 Vaccinations Administered Across Continent

COVID-19, HEALTH, VACCINE, World Health Organization
Des artistes sénégalais ont peint des peintures murales dans la capitale, Dakar, pour sensibiliser les gens à la Covid-19. As of July 9 confirmed cases of Covid-19 from 55 African countries reached 5,822,718 while over 37,004,431 vaccinations have been administered across the continent. Reported deaths in Africa reached 149,602 and 5,030,301 people have recovered. South Africa has the most reported cases 2,135,246 and 63,499 people died. Other most-affected countries are Morocco (538,589), Tunisia (473,229), Egypt (282,737), Ethiopia (276,799), Libya (199,526) and Kenya (187,525). For the latest totals, see the AllAfrica interactive map with per-country numbers. The numbers are compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at John...
Sydney to Remain in Coronavirus Lockdown for a Third Week

Sydney to Remain in Coronavirus Lockdown for a Third Week

Australia, COVID-19, HEALTH, LOCK DOWN, World Health Organization
Officials in Australia’s New South Wales state have ordered a week-long extension of Sydney’s strict coronavirus lockdown as the city of five million residents struggles to contain an growing outbreak of the delta variant of COVID-19. The latest lockdown was imposed on June 26 after a Sydney airport limousine driver who had been transporting international air crews tested positive for the variant. More than 300 people have since been infected. The outbreak has grown to more than 300 people, including 27 new cases reported Wednesday. “This delta strain is a game-changer,” New South Wales state Premier Gladys Berejiklian told reporters in Sydney. “We don’t want to be in a situation where we are constantly having to move between lockdown, no lockdown, lockdown, no lockdown.” ...
The latest from South African President

The latest from South African President

AFRICA, COVID-19, HEALTH, Ministry Of Health, PRESIDENT, South Africa, WORLD, World Health Organization
H.E Cyril Ramaphosa View this• Monday, 5 July 2021 •Dear Fellow South African, Since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic early last year, we have been waging a struggle on many fronts. We have been working to save lives, restore human health and protect livelihoods, and all the while revive an economy that was deeply damaged by the pandemic. As we intensify these efforts in the face of a third wave of infections, we are greatly encouraged by the latest evidence of economic recovery. Last week, the South African Revenue Service (SARS) announced that we recorded yet another record trade surplus in May, to the value of R54.6 billion. The surplus is due to a 1.5% increase in exports between April and May. Our trade balance surplus has been increasing year on year.  The trade surplus is p...
Former Uganda ICT minister Aggrey Awori is dead.

Former Uganda ICT minister Aggrey Awori is dead.

COVID-19, EAST AFRICA, HEALTH, Media, Ministry Of Health, Social Media, UGANDA, World Health Organization
According to Uganda media, the former presidential candidate died on Monday afternoon aged 82. The report of his death was confirmed by Awori's close friend, Peter Oguttu. Oguttu said the former ICT minister passed away at a private hospital in Naalya, Kampala. "He has been sick for about a month and I have been in touch with him until today when his wife, Thelma told me that he has died," Oguttu said according to the Daily Monitor. Awori who was voted the best legislator in the sixth Parliament, lost to  Stephen Mugeni Wasike in the subsequent election. He retired from active politics before President Yoweri Museveni appointed him minister. He was Minister for Information and Communications Technology from February 16, 2009 to May 27, 2011. He attended Nabumali ...
WHO Calls for Urgent Action to Slow Covid-19 Spread in Africa

WHO Calls for Urgent Action to Slow Covid-19 Spread in Africa

AFRICA, COVID-19, World Health Organization
Geneva — The World Health Organization is calling for urgent action to stem the rapid spread of COVID-19 across Africa, which is being fueled by a surge of more contagious variants of the disease. Latest reports say COVID-19 cases in Africa have been rising by 25% every week for the past six weeks, bringing reported cases there to more than 5.4 million, including 141,000 deaths. WHO regional director for Africa, Matshidiso Moeti, warns the rampant spread of the more contagious alpha, beta, and delta variants is raising the pandemic threat across the continent to a new level. "The speed and scale of Africa's third wave is like nothing we have seen before," said Moeti. "Cases are doubling every three weeks, compared to every four weeks at the start of the second wave. Almost 20...
Africa is second least Covid-affected region in the world. How it managed

Africa is second least Covid-affected region in the world. How it managed

AFRICA, COVID-19, LOCK DOWN, PAN AFRICA, World Health Organization
Most countries adopted national strategies, such as closing borders. The fear that Africa would be the epicentre of the pandemic was fuelled by a few factors.One was the presence of overcrowded informal settlements TORONTO : One prediction at the outbreak of COVID-19 was that Africa could be the epicentre of fatalities from the pandemic. This hasn’t happened. The record of rate of infections, fatalities and recoveries shows that Africa is the second least affected region of the world. The fear that Africa would be the epicentre of the pandemic was fuelled by a few factors. One was the presence of overcrowded informal settlements. Another was weak systems in many countries and the inadequate number of medical personnel across the board. In addition, hospitals lack cri...
Aspirin Cuts Risk of Death in Cancer Patients by 20 Percent, Study Shows

Aspirin Cuts Risk of Death in Cancer Patients by 20 Percent, Study Shows

CANCER, HEALTH, World Health Organization
The Irish Times published the following article: Cancer patients taking aspirin as part of their treatment could cut their risk of death by 20 per cent, according to a review. UK scientists say that for patients with a wide range of the disease, which includes colon, breast and prostate cancers, aspirin has “biological mechanisms” that help reduce mortality risk. In addition, the team also found the medication - commonly used as pain relief - to reduce the spread of cancer within the body. As part of their study, the researchers reviewed 118 observational studies, which included 250,000 patients with 18 different cancers. Based on their findings, published in the open-access journal eCancermedicalscience, the researchers say “serious consideration” could be given to using ...
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