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Congo’s Ebola cases rise to 14

Oly Ilunga

The number of confirmed Ebola cases in Congo has risen from three to 14, according to the Central African country’s Health Ministry. “In total since the start of the epidemic, there have been 45 cases of hemorrhagic fever, including 10 suspected cases, 21 probable cases, and 14 confirmed cases,” the ministry said in a statement on Friday, May 18, 2018. ...

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Over half of world’s population lacks access to essential healthcare services – WHO

Peter Salama

More than half the global population lacked access to essential healthcare services, the latest annual report released by the World Health Organisation (WHO) revealed on Thursday, May 17, 2018. The report, titled “World Health Statistics: Monitoring Health for the Sustainable Development Goals”, is WHO’s annual snapshot of the state of the world’s health. The 2018 edition contains the latest available ...

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WHO, Gabon collaborate to guard against Ebola virus

Dr. Matshidiso Moeti

The World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Gabonese ministry of health are to set up a safety plan to prevent the spread of Ebola in the country after the outbreak of the disease in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Gabonese authorities, in a statement on Thursday, May 17, 2018, said it had become necessary to strengthen the capacities ...

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DRC, WHO race to prevent runaway Ebola outbreak

Christian Lindmeier

Congolese and United Nations officials were racing on Thursday, May 17, 2018 to prevent a runaway Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). They are working out the logistics of keeping newly acquired vaccines well below freezing in a steamy region on the equator with unreliable power. World Health Organisation (WHO) spokesman, Christian Lindmeier, said the U.N. body ...

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First doses of experimental Ebola vaccine arrive DRC

Oly Ilunga

The first 4,000 doses of experimental vaccine provided by the World Health Organisation (WHO) to combat against the Ebola outbreak arrived on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 in Kinshasa, the capital city of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Orly Ilunga, the Congolese Minister of Health, who received the vaccine in Kinshasa, indicated that the batch received from WHO would be ...

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Ebola outbreak: Guarding against relapse

Isaac Adewole

The 2014 Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in Nigeria was short-lived as the World Health Organisation (WHO) officially declared the country free of the dreaded disease in the same year. EVD, which was imported into Nigeria on July 20, 2014, claimed eight lives including the index case, a Liberian, Patrick Sawyer. Eleven of those infected survived as concerted efforts were ...

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DRC gives WHO approval to use untried Ebola vaccine

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has received a green light from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to import and use an experimental Ebola vaccine in the country, WHO Director-General Tedros Ghebreyesus, told newsmen on Monday, May 14, 2018. “We have agreement, registration, plus import permit, everything formally agreed already,” Tedros said. “All is ready now to really use it,” ...

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Preeclampsia: Silent killer increasing maternal, foetal deaths in Nigeria

Preeclampsia

Tolani Funsho, 28, recalls how she survived preeclampsia after an emergency C-Section was conducted on her eight months into her pregnancy. “My ordeal started when I started noticing that my legs and other parts of my body were swollen every day I woke up,” said the mother of one, which prompted her to complain to her doctor. The doctor advised ...

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WHO D-G arrives Kinshasa, assesses needs of Ebola response

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

Director-General, World Health Organisation (WHO), Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus, has arrived Kinshasa, capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo), to assess the needs of Ebola response first-hand. The director general announced this on his Twitter handle @DrTedros on Sunday, May 13, 2018. He said WHO staffers were in the team that first identified the outbreak, adding that the organisation ...

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Nigeria’s Lassa fever outbreak contained, says WHO

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

The World Health Organisation (WHO) says that with declining numbers and only a handful of confirmed cases reported in recent weeks, the critical phase of Nigeria’s largest Lassa fever outbreak is under control. According to a statement issued by WHO’s Communication Officer, Ms Charity Warigon in Abuja on Friday, May 11, 2018, continued vigilance is, however, needed as the country ...

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