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‘They could have done more’: Zimbabweans slam gov’t anti-cholera campaign

Many Zimbabweans say the government is yet to tackle the cause of recurrent bouts of cholera in the nation. Zimbabwe’s sewage system, part of its inherited colonial infrastructure, has been overwhelmed as the population grew from about 3.7 million in 1960 to 17 million today. And potable water remains unavailable in many parts of the …

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Zimbabwe starts an emergency polio vaccination drive after detecting cases caused by a rare mutation

Zimbabwe began an emergency campaign to inoculate more than 4 million children against polio on Tuesday after health authorities detected three cases caused by the rare mutation of the weakened virus used in oral vaccines, including a 10-year-old girl who was paralyzed in January. The health ministry said laboratory tests from samples collected from sewage …

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Ghana: Mental Health to Be Covered by NHIS Starting 2024.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has revealed that mental health treatment will be incorporated into the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) benefits, effective from the forthcoming year. This initiative, in conjunction with the establishment of Agenda 111 health facilities and other measures, reflects the government’s commitment to enhancing access to high-quality, affordable, and accessible healthcare …

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AfriSummit 2023: African Health Authorities and Industry Leaders Unite to Discuss Pharma Regulations and Innovations.

In Cairo, Egypt, the AfriSummit 2023 brought together prominent healthcare authorities and industry experts in a groundbreaking four-day hybrid event dedicated to exploring the latest advancements in pharmaceutical and medical device regulations across Africa. Drawing over 300 delegates from diverse sectors and featuring 80 thought leaders from regulatory, legal, manufacturing, and distribution spheres, the summit …

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WHO: Anthrax Outbreaks Across Five East and Southern African Nations Claim 20 Lives.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has reported outbreaks of anthrax in five countries across East and Southern Africa, resulting in more than 1,100 suspected cases and 20 deaths so far this year. According to WHO, Kenya, Malawi, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe have collectively reported 1,166 suspected cases of anthrax, with laboratory tests confirming 37 cases. …

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Athi River Basin Residents in Kenya Turn to Innovative Water Filter Solution for Clean Water Access.

Residents living along the Athi River in Kenya are facing a dire water crisis. With no access to piped water or a sewage system, the situation is compounded by droughts, forcing residents to rely on expensive trucked-in water. The scarcity has pushed many to use unsafe water sources, like swamps, for daily needs like cleaning …

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Kenyan Women Win Legal Battle Against Forced Sterilization Amid HIV Cases.

Four women in Kenya, each awarded $20,000 (£16,000) in damages, revealed their agonizing experiences of being involuntarily sterilized due to their HIV status. Their nine-year legal battle culminated in a High Court ruling that affirmed the violation of their rights. To protect their identities, their names were kept confidential throughout the case. Penda, a mother …

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At Least 20 Wounded Gazans Received Treatment in Tunis, Tunisia.

Tunisia has received and treated some of the wounded from Gaza, where fighting between Hamas and Israeli defense forces resumed after a seven-day pause. At least 20 injured Palestinians, including a one-year-old baby, were transported to Tunisia for treatment. Mustapha Ferjani, advisor to President Kais Saied, confirmed that the number of wounded is 20, with …

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WHO Identifies Climate Change as Major Threat in Combating Malaria.

The World Health Organization’s (WHO) 2023 World Malaria Report revealed a concerning surge in malaria cases, marking an increase from 223 million to 249 million cases within three years. Various factors such as drug resistance, climate change, and humanitarian crises were attributed to this rise, which was exacerbated by the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 …

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Save the Children reports at least 23 fatalities from cholera outbreak in Ethiopia.

At least 23 individuals have succumbed to cholera within a fortnight in eastern Ethiopia, a region heavily affected by severe flooding, as reported by the NGO Save the Children on Thursday. The organization voiced concerns that the outbreak might escalate beyond control in this area. Cholera, an acute diarrheal illness caused by consuming contaminated food …

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