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Uganda confirms outbreak of hemorrhagic fever

Uganda

Uganda’s health ministry on Monday, January 15, 2018 confirmed an outbreak of Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever (CCHF) in the central district of Nakaseke, Sarah Opendi, State Minister for Health, said. The official told Xinhua that the laboratory results of the samples taken from a nine-year-old suspected case who has been under isolation at Kiwoko Hospital, Nakaseke tested positive of the fever. ...

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Why dreadful viral diseases are now upon us

Dr Winnie Mpanju-Shumbusho

Beautiful, patterned white lines and detailed symbols traced the walls of the room. Inside there, in Gbolaka-Ta village, young Liberian girl Hawa Singbeh almost died from Ebola in 2015 – the same room she was born in. Her brother and sister did not survive this virus. The most complex and widespread Ebola virus disease outbreak in history occurred in six ...

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Government asked to emulate other African nations on shisha ban

shisha

The Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN) has urged the Nigerian government to take a cue from nations that have banned the importation and smoking of water-pipe tobacco otherwise known as shisha, due to its addictiveness and deadly effect on the health of users. ERA/FoEN made the demand following the announced ban on the product by a host ...

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Cholera: Passport offices closed as Namibia bans food imports from Zambia

Lusaka slum

The Namibian government on Thursday, January 11, 2018 provisionally banned the import of all perishable food, fish, fruits, unprocessed food and water from neighbouring Zambia, which has been hit by a cholera outbreak. So far, no fewer than 60 people have died. The ban came into effect on Monday and will stay until the situation in Zambia returns to normal, ...

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Zambia records 95 new cholera cases

Lusaka slum

Zambia has recorded 95 new cholera cases in the last 24 hours, with Lusaka, the country’s capital recording 83 of the cases, health authorities said on Wednesday, January 10, 2018. In a statement, the Ministry of Health said Lusaka recorded 83 new cases while 12 other cases were recorded in other parts of the country, bringing the cumulative figures since ...

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Zambia suspends passport issuance in capital due to cholera outbreak

Lusaka, Zambia

The Zambian Government on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 placed a temporary suspension on issuance of passports and national identity cards in Lusaka, the country’s capital, following an outbreak of cholera. Minister of Home Affairs, Stephen Kampyongo, said the suspension was necessitated by the escalating cases of cholera in the city. According to him, the suspension is also in line with ...

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Chinese-produced HIV, Hepatitis vaccines receive WHO prequalification

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

Two Chinese-produced vaccines, a Bivalent Oral Poliomyelitis Vaccine (BOPV) and a Hepatitis “A” Vaccine (HAV), have received prequalification by the WHO. The move indicates that the WHO has given the vaccines its stamp of approval for the safety and efficacy, and UN procuring agencies may now source them. Mr Fabio Scano, an officer in the WHO Representative Office in China, ...

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Zambia declares curfew in Lusaka slum struck by cholera

Lusaka slum

The Zambian Government has declared a  curfew in a poor Lusaka township badly affected by a cholera outbreak that has killed 58 people across the country since September. Health Minister Chitalu Chilufya told reporters that the curfew in Kanyama, a densely populated slum of iron-roofed shacks and winding dirt tracks, begins on Sunday and will run from between 1800 and ...

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Harmattan: Protect children from cold – Paediatrician

School children

Dr Juliet Ochi of the Paediatrics Department, Enugu State University Teaching Hospital (ESUTH), has advised parents to protect their children from cold as harmattan set in. Ochi gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday, January 6, 2018 in Enugu. She explained that the current hazy harmattan could lead to excessive sneezing, cough ...

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Zambia cholera outbreak may hurt economic prospect – Analysts

Lusaka, Zambia

Authorities in Zambia should quickly put in place adequate measures to contain a cholera outbreak as prolonged outbreak might have negative implications on the country’s economic prospects, analysts said on Friday, January 5, 2018. Cholera, which broke out in October 2017 in Lusaka, the country’s capital, has now been reported in other parts of the country. According to figures from ...

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