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Uganda intensifies Ebola screening at international airport

Entebbe International Airport

Uganda has intensified Ebola screening at Entebbe International Airport to prevent the disease from spreading from the neighbouring eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Entebbe International Airport Emmanuel Ainebyoona, ministry of health spokesperson, told Xinhua by telephone on Monday, January 14, 2019 that all passengers arriving through Entebbe airport, about 40 km south of the capital, Kampala are screened of ...

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Govts urged to sensitise Nigerians to effects of packaging food with plastics

Food in plastic

An ecologist, Mr Richard Inyamkume, has urged government at all levels to sensitise Nigerians, particularly food handlers, to the negative effects of wrapping hot foods in nylons and plastics. Food in plastic container Inyamkume, the Executive Director, Ambassadors of Dialogue, Climate and Reintegration, an NGO, gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on ...

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Restaurateurs told to desist from packaging hot foods with plastics

Food in plastic

An ecologist, Mr David Michael, has urged restaurateurs not to package hot foods with plastics to prevent chemicals from getting into the foods. Food in plastic container Michael, the Executive Director, Global Initiative for Food Security and Ecosystem Preservation (GIFSEP), gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Friday, January 11, 2019. ...

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$14bn needed to fight AIDS, TB, malaria globally

Peter Sands

At least $14 billion is needed to accelerate the fight against AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and quell stubborn epidemics that still kill millions, the head of a global health fund said on Friday, January 11, 2019. Peter Sands, Director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria Announcing a fundraising target for the next three-year cycle, Peter Sands, Director ...

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Polio likely to be eradicated in Pakistan by 2019 – WHO

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

Director-General of the World Health Organisation (WHO), Tedros Ghebreyesus, says that polio is likely to be eliminated from Pakistan by the end of 2019, a statement said on Tuesday, January 8, 2019. Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organisation (WHO). Photo credit: AFP / FABRICE COFFRINI / Getty Images Ghebreyesus, who led a delegation, met with Pakistani ...

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Eight hospitalised as cholera hits Uganda’s capital

Yoweri Museveni

Uganda’s capital Kampala is experiencing a cholera outbreak which has left eight people admitted to an isolation centre, a ministry of health official said on Tuesday, January 8, 2019. President of Uganda, Yoweri Museveni “Eight people are admitted at an isolation centre at the China-Uganda Friendship Hospital in Kampala,’’ Emma Ainebyoona, Ministry of Health spokesperson, said. He said the ministry ...

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UN clamours increased action to curb human trafficking

Yury Fedotov

The number of human trafficking victims is on the rise, while armed groups and terrorists are trafficking women and children to generate funds and recruit, according to the latest Global Report on Trafficking in Persons launched on Monday, January 7, 2019 in Vienna, Austria. Yury Fedotov, Executive Director, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) The report by the United ...

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Congo’s Ebola outbreak exceeds 600 cases – WHO


The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Friday, January 4, 2019 said there are now more than 600 confirmed or probable cases of Ebola in Congo. Health workers move to prevent Ebola spread Most of the new cases occurred in cities and urban areas in Eastern North Kivu province, where an Ebola outbreak was declared in August 2018. Numerous militia groups ...

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Reducing malaria burden through increased research

Isaac Adewole

The war against malaria has been on for long, but still seems far from ending as malaria remains endemic and life-threatening in developing countries including Nigeria. Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole Medical experts blame malaria prevalence on several factors including inadequate funds, drug counterfeiting, malaria resistance to drugs, mosquito’s resistance to insecticides and global warming. Analysts also identified dearth of ...

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WFP secures $7m from China for food aid in South Sudan

Adnan Khan

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said it has received $7 million contribution from China to bolster its food and nutrition assistance in South Sudan where some five million people are food insecure. Adnan Khan, WFP country director in South Sudan Adnan Khan, WFP country director in South Sudan, said in a statement on Thursday, January 3, 2019 that ...

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