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Nurses in Zimbabwe embark on strike

Nurses at all council clinics in Zimbabwe’s capital Harare have abandoned work compounding the health crisis in the country. The nurses declared strike on Monday citing incapacitation, according to local media reporting. Harare city Health director Dr Prosper Chonzi told Herald Newspaper that the latest development was a big blow to health sector. “As you know, most patients were now receiving treatment from clinics because of the current industrial action at central hospitals. This development will leave more patients stranded and with no alternatives to care,” said Dr Chonzi. Doctors…

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Ghana records outbreak of H3N2 flu in schools

Ghana’s Health Service has confirmed an outbreak of H3N2 flu in some schools in the Eastern part of the country. Over 400 students have been quarantined over the outbreak of Varian Virus disease in the Lower Manya Krobo Municipality. The schools affected are Krobo Girls Senior High School, Akuse Methodist Senior High Technical School and Legacy College – a private school. Reports say school authorities begun treating the affected students for malaria until the situation worsened with more cases of the flu. The Ghana Health Service dispatched a medical team to…

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DR Congo: Journalist killed over Ebola reportage

The army in the Democratic Republic of Congo has said that a Congolese journalist has been killed at his home over his reportage on the deadly Ebola virus. The unidentified attackers, according to the army raided Papy Mumbere Mahamba’s home in Lwebma, in the north-eastern province of Ituri, killing him. His wife was also wounded in the attack with his house set ablaze. The journalist is well known for his reporting on and the creating of awareness about the Ebola virus in DR Congo. According to local reporting, Mr Mahamba…

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Uganda launches self-injectable birth control method

Uganda has launched a new birth control method which requires people to inject themselves with a device at any time of their convenience. Called Sayana Press the method requires patrons to inject with one dose of the widely used contraceptive depot medroxyprogesterone acetate (DMPA-SC). Before use, one has to shake the drug to ensure it is mixed properly and understands the instructions for use. Users have to press the upper part of the device hard for the needle to puncture the drug. The drug is then activated, ready to be delivered…

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Zambians angry as court okays mining in a prime national park

Zambian residents have been left fuming following the decision by the high court, to allow a mining company to carry out large scale mining activities in one of the country’s highly valued national parks, the Lower Zambezi. Most are determined to fight it, with activities to that effect already in motion. The National Park has been a subject of a long legal battle, which started over five years ago, after a decision by a former Minister of Lands, Natural Resources and Environmental Protection, Harry Kalaba, to allow Mwembeshi Resources Limited,…

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Ghana’s campaign to get men to check for breast cancer

The month of October is widely referred to as the Pink month, dedicated to creating awareness about breast cancer. Across countries screening and treatment of the disease do take place but in Ghana this year, focus is being placed on men getting out and testing for the cancer of the breast. In the capital, Accra, dozens of women gather at a health screening outlet on the premises of Star Life, an insurance company to check for cancer of the breast. But they are not the only ones hoping to find…

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Africa World 

Diagnosed with cancer? Some tips for eating right

Cancer is one of the harsh realities of the world. Being diagnosed with a disease with so many possibilities can be a rollercoaster ride. The problem is that cancer usually affects the entire body in one way or the other. To fight it off you need strength, strength that you get by eating. However, one of the major problems with cancer is that it kills your desire to eat along with increasing your demand for nutrients. Ultimately, your body starts breaking down its important components to meet the energy needs…

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World’s first artificial womb for humans developed

Researchers at the Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands received a Future and Emerging Technologies grant of the European Programme Horizon 2020 of almost 3 million euros to develop an artificial womb within the next decade. The model, which is being developed, would provide babies with artificial respiration. Notably, in case of premature birth, the artificial womb will be an adequate substitute for the protective environment of the maternal womb. It will provide a natural environment for the baby completely to ease the transition to a new life. Unlike…

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European drugs regulators approve world’s first Ebola vaccine

The world’s first Ebola vaccine was approved by European drugs regulators on Friday in a move hailed by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a “triumph for public health” that would save many lives. The vaccine, developed by U.S. drugmaker Merck & Co, is already being used under emergency guidelines to try to protect people against the spread of a deadly Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo. It is also being reviewed under a fast-track system by regulators in the United States. “This vaccine has already saved many lives…

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African summit to tackle climate change opens in Ghana

The 2019 Climate Chance Summit has opened in Ghana’s capital, Accra, hosting hundreds of delegates from around the world. Under the theme, “Towards the institutionalization of Local Climate Action and Access to Finance,” efforts are being made to engage local governments in new initiatives to tackle climate change. Already African countries are reportedly at risk of losing about 1.5 percent of their Gross Domestic Product (GDP) to the negative impact of climate change. The opening of the summit on Wednesday brought together mayors from across the sub-Saharan Africa to discuss…

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