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Zimbabwe: Doctors on strike over the abduction of union leader

Doctors in Zimbabwe are on strike demanding the release of an abducted union leader. Peter Magombeyi who heads a doctor’s union disappeared on Saturday. His colleague doctors and other union officials fear that he could have been abducted by the security forces. Dr. Magombeyi has not been heard from since after sending a message on Saturday to his girlfriend saying he had been kidnapped by three men. Magombeyi reportedly organized a doctors’ strike demanding better working conditions. He had said the worsening economic conditions in Zimbabwe made it impossible for…

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DR Congo: Ex-health minister arrested over Ebola funds

Former health minister of the Democratic Republic of Congo has been arrested by the Police for allegedly mismanaging funds allocated for the Ebola epidemic. Oly Ilunga has however denied any wrongdoing following his arrest. He resigned as health minister in July and criticized the World Health Organisation in his resignation letter. Dr Ilunga said the global health body’s plan to use an unlicensed vaccine against Ebola was inappropriate. Police have detained him based on information that he intended to evade legal proceedings and leave the country. Officials in DR Congo…

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Ghana launches immunization against polio virus

Immunization of children under five years against Polio Type-2 has begun in Ghana’s capital, Accra. The exercise follows the detection of a positive case of polio virus in environmental samples in Accra and Chereponi in the Northern Region where a two-year-old girl tested positive to the Type Two polio virus and the detection of the specific polio virus in environmental samples. The Ghana Health Service has since issued an alert since it has been ten years since the last polio case was recorded. At a ceremony to launch the exercise,…

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Kenya: Anger as teenager commits suicide over ‘menstrual shame’

A school in Kenya has been shut down over the death of a pupil who committed suicide after she was embarrassed by her teacher for staining her uniform during menstruation. The 14 year old school girl hanged herself after she was shamed by her class teacher for having her menses and staining her uniform. According to the mother of the deceased her daughter’s teacher  called her “dirty” for soiling her uniform and ordered her to leave the class in Kabiangek, west of the capital Nairobi, last Friday. “She had nothing…

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Every 40 seconds one person dies from Suicide globally

The World Health Organization has said that every 40 seconds one person dies from suicide globally. The WHO’s latest report was released on Monday as part of activities to mark the World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10. The global body however said the number of countries with “national suicide prevention strategies has increased in the five years since the publication of WHO’s first global report on suicide.” It said “the total number of countries with strategies, at just 38, is still far too few and governments need to commit…

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DR Congo: Death toll from Ebola outbreak hits over 2,000

Officials in the Democratic Republic of Congo say the country’s year-long Ebola outbreak has led to the death of at least 2,000. According to government data published on Friday, the number of confirmed and probable cases has also hit a milestone of more than 3,000. The government data showed Ebola deaths reaching 2,006 and cases at 3,004. The current Ebola outbreak is the second-worst in history. In the DR Congo the current outbreak is the 10th Ebola to be recorded. The worst epidemic was recorded between 2013-2016 in West Africa.…

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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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WHO revises guidance for contraceptive use for women

The World Health Organization (WHO) has revised its guidance on contraceptive use to reflect new evidence that women at high risk of HIV can use any form of reversible contraception. That includes progestogen-only injectables, implants and intrauterine devices (IUDs), without an increased risk of HIV infection. However, as these contraceptive methods do not protect against HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs), the guideline emphasizes that correct and consistent use of condoms should be used where there is a risk of STIs, including HIV. WHO also recommends considering offering pre-exposure…

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Ghana: Women declare sex strike over lack of health facility

Women in a farming community in Ghana called Ntenanko in the country’s third largest region, Ashanti have declared a sex strike. They have vowed not to engage in sexual activity with their husbands in order to avoid getting pregnant. The women say there are no proper health facilities in the community for antenatal care. They are hoping that their action will compel their husbands to demand the opening of the Community-based Health Planning and Service (CHPS) compound facility built in 2015. According to them the facility which was built to…

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Ghana: Ex-bipolar disorder patient helping others to recover

Mental health issues are often controversial globally and in many African societies they are discussed superstitiously. Those with mental conditions hardly speak out and families with persons with mental health conditions often suffer discrimination. But in Ghana, one young man who suffered from bipolar disorder has now recovered and is speaking about the condition. He is also helping other mental health patients and persons with bipolar to recover. When Africa Feeds met Bright Tavi in his community in Southern Ghana the former bipolar disorder patient revealed that he made an…

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