Africa World 

Climate-related health crisis worsens in the greater horn of Africa

– – New analysis by the World Health Organization (WHO) has found that the number of reported disease outbreaks and climate-related health emergencies in the greater Horn Africa have reached their highest-ever level this century, deepening a health crisis in a region where 47 million people are already facing acute hunger. Most parts of the region are battling the worst… Read More
Africa World 

WHO switches to one dose of cholera vaccine as outbreaks surge

– – The World Health Organization is moving to replace its standard two-dose vaccination regimen for cholera with a single dose due to vaccine shortages and rising outbreaks worldwide. The one-dose strategy is effective as a response to cholera outbreaks but the duration of protection is limited and appears to be much lower in children, the agency said. Countries like… Read More
Africa Gambia West Africa World 

Gambia: WHO issues alert over  66 cough syrup related deaths 

– – The World Health Organisation(WHO) has issued an alert over the use of some Indian manufactured cough syrup following the death of some 66 children in the Gambia. According to the WHO, the syrups have been “potentially linked with acute kidney injuries and 66 deaths among children”. The products were manufactured by an Indian company, Maiden Pharmaceuticals, which had… Read More
Africa Ghana West Africa World 

Ghana declares end of Marburg outbreak

– – Health officials in Ghana have declared that the recent outbreak of the Marburg virus is now over following no positive case in 42 days. In July, an alert over the outbreak of the highly infectious disease related to Ebola was issued  after two deaths were recorded. One of those later turned out to have been incorrectly diagnosed. In… Read More
Africa Ghana West Africa World 

Ghana confirms outbreak of Marburg virus

Ghanaian health officials have confirmed the outbreak of the deadly Marburg virus in the country. Samples on these two cases had been taken to the Institut Pasteur in Senegal for further tests this month. The cases were found in Ghana’s Ashanti Region with the person who had the suspected virus already reported dead. The highly infectious disease was recorded in… Read More
Africa Ghana West Africa World 

Ghana confirms two suspected cases of Marburg virus

– – Ghanaian health officials have confirmed that two suspected cases of Marburg virus have been recorded in the country. Samples on these two cases though have been taken to the Institut Pasteur in Senegal for further tests. The cases were found in Ghana’s Ashanti Region with the person who had the suspected virus already reported dead. In a statement… Read More
Africa World 

WHO to rename Monkeypox to remove African stigma

– – The World Health Organization is working with experts to come up with a new name for Monkeypox. It comes after more than 30 scientists wrote last week about the “urgent need for a non-discriminatory and non-stigmatising” name for the virus and the disease it causes. According to the effects, the continuous reference to the virus as African is both inaccurate… Read More
Africa World 

Africa records 1,400 cases of monkeypox

– – Seven African countries have cumulatively reported about 1,400 monkeypox cases. The World Health Organization (WHO) said the cases were all recorded by mid-May. They include 1,392 suspected and 44 confirmed cases. The cases were reported in Cameroon, Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Liberia, Nigeria, Congo-Brazzaville and Sierra Leone. The number of cases this year… Read More
Africa World 

Vaccine-preventable disease outbreaks on the rise in Africa

– – Africa is witnessing a surge in outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases over the past year. Almost 17 500 cases of measles were recorded in the African region between January and March 2022, marking a 400% increase compared with the same period in 2021. Twenty African countries reported measles outbreaks in the first quarter of this year, eight more than… Read More
Africa South Africa World 

Omicron: AU, UN criticize travel restrictions on African countries

– – The African Union and United Nations have strongly criticized travel restrictions placed on several Southern African countries following the confirmation of the Omicron variant of the Covid-19. UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres warned that the restrictions could lead to “travel apartheid”, describing them as “deeply unfair, punitive and ineffective” in stopping the spread of the variant. He said… Read More