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Bandits abduct babies and nurses in Nigeria

– – Armed bandits have abducted babies, nurses and security guards from the National Tuberculosis and Leprosy Centre in Zaria, Kaduna State. The incident occurred when the bandits stormed the residential quarters of the NTC. Reports say the armed bandits stormed the area from a nearby forest. They engaged police officers in a gun battle before escaping with their victims. The area where the kidnap occurred, known as Saye District in the outskirts of Zaria, is close to notorious Sabon Birni, Galadima and Malu Forests where armed bandits keep their…

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Africa South Africa Southern Africa World 

37-year-old South African woman gives birth to 10 babies

– – A South African woman has set a new record by giving birth to 10 babies at a go on Monday night in Pretoria. Gosiame Thamara Sithole, 37 thus sets a new Guinness World Record held by Malian Halima Cissé, who gave birth to nine children in Morocco last month. Sithole gave birth to her decuplets, two more than doctors had earlier detected during the medical scans. Sithole, who has six-year-old twins, said that her pregnancy was natural and wasn’t on fertility treatment. Her husband Teboho Tsotetsi told IOL…

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Africa Mali West Africa World 

25-year-old Malian woman gives birth to nine babies

– – Malians have been thrown into a state of shock following news of a woman giving birth to nine babies at a go. The rare case of Halima Cisse, 25, giving birth to five girls and four boys has surprised many and attracted attention. Mali’s health minister said in a statement that the woman gave birth to the babies in a Moroccan hospital where she was admitted. Health Minister Fanta Siby said in a statement that the deliveries were done through Caesarean section. She congratulated the medical teams in Mali…

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Singapore will pay citizens to have a baby amid the pandemic

Singapore will offer a one-time payment to aspiring parents during the coronavirus pandemic. The country’s deputy prime minister said the incentive would help reassure people who face financial pressure and are worried about their jobs. “We have received feedback that Covid-19 has caused some aspiring parents to postpone their parenthood plans,” Heng Swee Keat told lawmakers on Monday. “This is fully understandable, especially when they face uncertainty with their income,” he added. Heng said the payment would help parents with expenses, but he did not confirm how much would be paid out.…

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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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Foreigners in Kenya banned from adopting children

Foreign nationals in Kenya have been banned from adopting children. The Kenyan government announced that ban saying it takes immediate effect until new regulations are put in place. President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday directed the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection to enact new policies to regulate the practice of adoption. The activities of the Child Welfare Society of Kenya (CWSK) are also to be streamlined. There have been several media reports citing ambiguities in the adoption process. There were fears that could led to human trafficking. Kenya does not…

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What is Anemia?

Certain people are at increased risk of anaemiaThe red blood cells (RBC) carry oxygen around the body, using a particular protein called haemoglobin. An essential component of haemoglobin is iron. Anaemia is condition in which there is a deficiency in the number or quality of red blood cells. Lack of iron is common in anaemic people. Anaemia means that either the level of red blood cells or the level of haemoglobin is lower than normal.


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