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Nigerian scientist develops cancer drug from African plants

A molecular biologist at the Center for Biotechnology Research, Bayero University, Kano, Mansurah Abdulazeez has developed a drug that can be used for the treatment of cancer. The drug, the work of years of research by the Nigerian woman is however yet to be fully tested and used for the fight against tumours But this significant breakthrough by Abdulazeez adds to several emerging stories of Africans doing great in the field of medicine. The molecular biologist in June this year won a Nigerian National Research grant of $86,000 for her…

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Kenyan governors want cancer declared national disaster

Governors in Kenya have joined the call for the government to declare cancer a national disaster. They have urged the country’s President Uhuru Kenyatta to make the declaration to help mobilize resources to deal with the disease. The council of governors Chairman Wycliffe Oparanya made the call on Saturday days after ordinary citizens staged a protest to make a similar call. Kenya is getting overwhelmed by a surge in cancer related deaths and citizens are demanding urgent action. At least 33,000 people die from cancer annually in Kenya. Many patients are…

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Kenya’s cancer crisis: Citizens demand urgent action

Kenya is getting overwhelmed by a surge in cancer related deaths and citizens are demanding urgent action. On Thursday hundreds of patients and service providers staged a protest in the capital Nairobi. They want the government to declare the disease a national disaster and allocate needed resources to fight it. At least 33,000 people die from cancer annually in Kenya. Many patients are forced to seek medical care abroad once they have the means. The poor who are unable to access needed funding and therapy are left to die. Many…

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President John Atta Mills of Ghana has died at age 68

Ghana’s President John Atta Mills, who was most recently treated in the U.S. for an unspecified condition, has reportedly passed away. His replacement will be sworn in Tonight., Questions about the President’s health had been swirling for almost a year. Regarding his frequent visits to U.S. hospitals – 3 this year alone – President Mills replied: ‘’I am going for a medical checkup. I go there to ensure everything is okay. I am going to see my doctors for some examination then I will come back and continue my work…

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Wangari Maathai dies at 71; Kenyan environmentalist

Reporting from Johannesburg, South Africa— Wangari Maathai, a Kenyan environmentalist who made it her mission to teach her countrywomen to plant trees and became Africa’s first female Nobel Peace Prize winner, has died. She was 71. One of Kenya’s most beloved figures, Maathai died Sunday after a yearlong battle with cancer. Her illness was not widely known until after her death in a Nairobi hospital. Maathai won the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize for her work on sustainable development, democracy and peace. She believed that environmental degradation and unbridled development were…

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