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Tag: 2020 HEALTH NEWS

HEALTH: Uganda Cancer Institute, UCC set up toll-free line to address knowledge gap in cancer management

HEALTH: Uganda Cancer Institute, UCC set up toll-free line to address knowledge gap in cancer management

HEALTH, UGANDA
KAMPALA — Uganda Communications Commission and Uganda Cancer Institute have partnered to provide outreach services and cancer related information to patients and the general public. The two parties signed a memorandum of understanding in June 2019, establishing an Interactive Voice Responsive System (IVR) at Mulago National Referral Hospital, where the Uganda Cancer Institute (UCI) is based. Under the memorandum of understanding, UCC supported UCI “to establish, develop, implement, and study the existence and impact of an Interactive Voice Response system (IVR)” in a bid to harness ICTs to improve cancer care provision. The project seeks to achieve “effective and efficient provision of cancer information to patients at the Uganda Cancer Institute and/or their caregivers and the g...
EAST AFRICA: Kenya records one of the highest single-day COVID-19 cases, numbers stand at 1888.

EAST AFRICA: Kenya records one of the highest single-day COVID-19 cases, numbers stand at 1888.

AFRICA, COVID-19, HEALTH, KENYA
NAIROBI — Kenya’s Health Minister Dr Rashid Aman has confirmed that 143 more individuals had tested positive for COVID-19 after 2,959 samples were tested within the last 24 hours. Aman stated that the total number of COVID-19 individuals in the country stood at 1888. All the 143 cases are Kenyans, with the youngest patient being one month and the oldest being 88 years old Aman further stated that 26 individuals from hospitals around the county had been discharged, bringing the total number of those who had recovered to 464. At the same time, the ministry recorded the loss of a 59-year-old, bringing the total number of those who had succumbed to 63. The Health CAS further insisted that Kenyans should continue to follow measures that have been set by the government including;...
HEALTH: World Health Organization (WHO) and key health partners join forces to fight COVID-19 in Africa.

HEALTH: World Health Organization (WHO) and key health partners join forces to fight COVID-19 in Africa.

AFRICA, HEALTH
NAIROBI, Kenya, -- With confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Algeria, Senegal, Nigeria and South Africa, the World Health Organization (WHO) and key health partners are strengthening cooperation to better coordinate readiness and response efforts across Africa. WHO convened a meeting in Nairobi this week, with representatives from the Kenyan Health Ministry, the African Union and key United Nations partner agencies in attendance.  A parallel meeting was also taking place in Dakar with Francophone partners, also led by the WHO Regional Office for Africa. This week’s meetings were to ensure that efforts are coordinated, not duplicated, and that scarce resources are used in the most effective way possible.  At the meetings, a regional partner coordination mechanism was establis...
HEALTH: 5 risk factors you should avoid to live longer.

HEALTH: 5 risk factors you should avoid to live longer.

HEALTH
How would you like to add seven to 10 healthy, disease-free years to your life as you age?Try eliminating these five bad health habits: smoking, not exercising, being overweight, drinking too much alcohol and eating an unhealthy diet.A 'blue zones' diet: Live longer from what you eatThat's the takeaway from a new study that analyzed the impact of those behaviors on the chance of living a longer life free of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer and other chronic diseases."We found that following a healthy lifestyle can substantially extend the years a person lives disease-free," said senior author Dr. Frank Hu, who chairs the department of nutrition at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health."In particular, women who practiced all five habits gained over 10 years of disea...
HEALTH: Coronavirus death toll soars to 722.

HEALTH: Coronavirus death toll soars to 722.

HEALTH, WORLD
The number of deaths from China's new coronavirus epidemic jumped to 722 on Saturday, surpassing the toll from the SARS outbreak on the mainland and Hong Kong almost two decades ago. Another 86 people died from the virus, according to the national health commission, with all but five in hard-hit Hubei province, where the disease emerged in December. In its daily update, the commission also confirmed another 3,399 new cases. There are now more than 34,500 confirmed infections across the country. Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), a disease in the same family as the new coronavirus, left nearly 650 people dead in mainland China and Hong Kong in 2002-2003. More than 120 others died around the world. China has struggled to contain the current virus despite hav...