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India: Two kids killed for ‘defecating in the open’

In India, two men in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh are being held for allegedly killing two children for defecating in the open. Indian police say Roshni, 12, and Avinash, 10, were attacked on Wednesday while defecating near a village road. BBC reports that the children’s family revealed that they had no toilet at home. Roshni and Avinash were cousins. Avinash’s father, Manoj, says he cannot afford to build a toilet at his house. Police superintendent Rajesh Chandel was quoted by the BBC Hindi’s Shuraih Niazi as saying that “The…

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Zambia: Community pressure halts wild animal captures

Local communities in Zambia have reportedly prevented the capture of wild animals from South Luangwa National Park. These communities also helped in stopping the transfer of these animals to private game ranches where they would most likely become victims of trophy hunts. According to a statement from International wildlife charity Born Free, a recent letter exposed on social media, Zambia’s former Minister of Tourism and Arts Dr Charles Banda gave permission for the capture of 35 buffalo in South Luangwa National Park. The minister also gave permission for the transfer of these animals…

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W.H.O accused of ‘rationing Ebola vaccines’ in DR Congo

A medical charity, Médecins Sans Frontières is accusing the World Health Organization (WHO) of rationing the Ebola vaccine in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The group said the global health body is not being transparent in its dealings when it comes to making vaccines accessible to people. Dr. Natalie Roberts, MSF emergency coordinator said in a statement that “Every day we see known contacts of confirmed Ebola patients who have not received their dose despite being eligible for vaccination.” “It’s like giving firefighters a bucket of water to put out…

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How African school children joined the global climate strike

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. That means they are vulnerable to the devastation of changing climate. School children from many African countries therefore had the motivation to push for the protection of the environment. In countries like Ghana, Senegal, South Africa and Kenya among others, school children poured unto the streets to join the global strike on climate change. RelatedItems Zimbabwe: Abducted doctor found but disoriented 16 hours ago Former Tunisian…

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Zimbabwe: Abducted doctor found but disoriented

A leader of a doctors’ union in Zimbabwe, Peter Magombeyi who was abducted a few days ago has now been found. Local media reported that Peter Magombeyi was left near the capital by his abductors but in a disorientated state. He is however in good health, according to a doctor colleague who spoke to the BBC. His colleague doctors and other union officials had feared for his life. They had suspected he could have been abducted by the security forces. They staged a protest this week and stayed away from…

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Ghana: Clinician dumps baby in morgue ‘alive’

A physician assistant at a hospital in Ghana’s Upper East Region has reportedly dumped a baby in morgue despite being told the child is alive. The physician declared the baby boy dead, unaware that the infant was only in “coma”. Even though the baby reportedly jerked back to life, the health officer insisted the boy was dead and dispatched the body to the morgue. Grieving relatives are outraged at the development claiming their child was killed prematurely by the health official. They want to take action against the hospital as…

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Threat of flu-like illness that could kill 80m people in 36 hours

A flu-like illness could travel around the world in 36 hours and kill 80million people, experts have warned. A century ago the Spanish flu pandemic infected a third of the world’s population and killed 50million people. If a similar outbreak were to happen with today’s constantly-traveling population, the effects could be even worse, a report has suggested. The Global Preparedness Monitoring Board (GPMB), a team of health experts led by a former chief of the World Health Organization, has produced the report to try and spur world leaders into action.…

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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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