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Sacked Zimbabwe doctors reject deal to return to work

The Union that represents Zimbabwe state doctors has rejected a deal that would have seen hundreds of doctors sacked recently return to work. The doctors on Friday rejected an offer from the government to get them back to work. In September, over one thousand of state doctors went on strike. When they refused to call off their strike, the government decided to sack them in November. The doctors have been on strike for months demanding better working conditions as some earn as low as $100 a month. Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors…

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Sierra Leone launches drone corridor for medical supplies

Sierra Leone on Friday launched West Africa’s first drone for good corridor to help in fast and efficient health care delivery of medical supplies. A drone corridor is an airspace where drones and drone solutions can be tested for use to support different sectors. With support from UNICEF Sierra Leone and UNICEF’s Office of Innovations in New York, Sierra Leone’s drone corridor is to explore using aerial drones for medical deliveries, emergency response activities, agroforestry, and geospatial mapping to start. The initiative is under the technical leadership of Sierra Leone’s…

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Armed groups kill Ebola workers in DR Congo

Three health workers fighting the spread of the Ebola virus in the eastern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo have been killed. They were killed in an attack launched by armed groups in the restive Ituri province. Four others were also critically injured in the attack. Such attacks have surged in recent months as local militias doubt the seriousness of the virus and how the vaccine is administered. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO), tweeted about the incidents. He said “Attacks by armed groups…

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Ghana’s faith healers defy ban on chaining of patients

Faith-based and traditional healing centers in Ghana are reported to be defying a ban on chaining up patients considered to be suffering mental health conditions. According to Human Rights Watch, the ban on chaining patients at these healing centers was announced in 2017 but such a treatment continues. On Wednesday the rights group said in a statement that from November 4 to 8, 2019, it “interviewed 25 people, including people with psychosocial disabilities, mental health professionals, staff at prayer camps and traditional healing centers, mental health advocates, religious leaders, and two…

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Sierra Leone: Dutch doctor dies from Lassa fever

A Dutch doctor has died after contracting Lassa fever during his stay in Sierra Leone. He was flown back to his home country but died in hospital, according to local media reporting. The doctor whose name was not disclosed was reportedly evacuated home this month after being infected in the northern town of Masanga. He showed symptoms of the viral haemorrhagic illness after operating on a pregnant woman. Sierra Leone’s Health Ministry said in a statement that the deceased doctor showed symptoms of Lassa fever after performing a Caesarean section.…

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Toilet facility made from plastics in Ghana

The Ghana Recycling Initiative by Private Enterprises (GRIPE), in partnership with the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s Building and Road Research Institute (CSIR-BRRI), have built a sanitation facility constructed out of modified concrete. The facility which is a six-seater Aqua Privy Toilet Facility block constructed with post-consumer plastics forms part of GRIPE’s commitment to demonstrate and provide a second-life solution to post-consumer plastics and to reinforce the fact that plastic waste is a resource which can be harnessed to unlock socio-economic benefits for the country. The sanitation facility constructed…

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Uganda to launch drone medical supply service in 2020

Ugandan officials are reported to be planning on launching a drone medical supply service in 2020. The Ugandan government is currently in talks with a firm to seal a deal to deliver blood packages, drugs and medical equipment to public health facilities. An executive of the drone service firm, Flexdrone was reported by Reuters on Friday to have confirmed the reports of ongoing discussions. John Goslino who is business manager at Flexdrone, told Reuters his firm owned by a Ugandan and a German hopes to start a delivery service in…

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Tanzania’s sanitary workers dig faeces with bare hands

There is a looming health crisis in Tanzania as millions of its nationals rely on the services of illegal sanitary workers to take care of their sewage. The workers popularly called “frogmen” dive into pit latrines with buckets and a shovel – then dig out faecal matter with their bare hands. The spotlight has been put on the health risks associated with their work on the occasion of the World Toilet Day. A joint report issued by the International Labour Organisation, the World Bank and WaterAid said up to 90% of…

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DR Congo: Johnson & Johnson Ebola vaccine rolled out

The second model of an Ebola vaccine has now been introduced in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The Johnson & Johnson manufactured vaccine has been introduced to compliment that of Merck. The Merck manufactured vaccine was introduced this year and administered to thousands of people. That vaccine has been administered to over 250,000 people since the start of the outbreak in August 2018. Health officials in the country say this latest move is to help combat the spread of the deadly virus in the country’s eastern provinces. Médecins Sans Frontières…

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Zimbabwe sacks hundreds of doctors over strike action

Zimbabwe has sacked over 200 out of the 1,601 of doctors who work in public health institutions. A third of its workforce of doctors who provide health care in public hospitals are currently facing the sack. The decision to sack these doctors is based on their refusal to call off their strike and return to work. Doctors have been on strike for months now demanding better working conditions. But the government continues to hold disciplinary hearings for the doctors who defied a Labour Court ruling to return to work. So…

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