Health

A new case of Ebola virus detected in DR Congo

A new case of the Ebola virus has been detected in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, the country’s health ministry says. A woman from the town of Biena near the city of Butembo has died from the disease. The authorities say they are sending a response team to the area. This would be DR Congo’s 12th Ebola …

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Joe Biden reverses global abortion ‘gag rule’ and expands Obamacare

US President Joe Biden has reversed a ban on federal funds going to international aid groups that perform or inform about abortions. He said the ending of the so-called Mexico City Policy reverses former President Trump’s “attack on women’s health access”. The memo orders a review of a Trump-era policy blocking funding for US clinics that offer abortion referrals as …

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Kenya adopts Trusted Travel digital tool for COVID-19 test result verification

0n 9 January 2021, the Government of the Republic of Kenya announced the launch of its Trusted Travel platform, based on the Africa CDC Trusted Travel platform, becoming the first country to adopt the platform for managing travels during the COVID-19 pandemic. “The ministry has collaborated with the African Union and Africa CDC, with technical support from PanaBIOS to implement an online …

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Quebec researchers find effective drug against COVID-19

MONTREAL — A team of researchers from the Montreal Heart Institute believes they have found an effective weapon against COVID-19: colchicine, an oral tablet already known and used for other diseases. For Dr. Jean-Claude Tardif, who led the study, this is a “major scientific discovery” and colchicine is the first “effective oral drug to treat out-of-hospital patients.” “To be able …

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Bill Gates glad high COVID-19 death rate predicted for Africa didn’t happen

BILL GATES, the Co-chairman Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation says the world doesn’t have enough data yet to understand why the numbers of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic deaths in Africa aren’t high as first predicted. The American philanthropist in his end of the year note also said said he was happy to have been wrong about— “at least, I hope I was …

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What the US can learn from how African countries handled Covid

Epidemiologists had expected weak health systems in Africa to crumble under the weight of Covid-19. Eight months into the pandemic, Africa with a population of 1.3 billion, reported nearly 1.8 million Covid infections, while the US, on its way to its third peak, has reported more than nine million cases. While some of this low reporting could be attributed to poor testing, …

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How these 4 Countries are Leading Africa through the COVID-19 fight

SEATTLE, Washington — Researchers and developers around the world are focused on finding ways to tackle the local and global challenges presented by COVID-19. Four countries are leading Africa through COVID-19 with innovative strategies and presenting tactics that can be employed globally to ensure health and safety for all. Morocco: Through a collaboration between USAID and Morocco’s Ministry of Education, Morocco is leading the …

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The Nutritional Facts and Health benefits of Edible Palm Weevil Larvae (Akokono)

The palm weevil insects have emerged as a significant animal protein product in the 21st century.  The existence of the Edible Palm Weevil Larvae (Akokono) is paramount towards the achievement of food security. The foregone is recognized as a top priority for eradicating hunger, improving good health, nutrition, promotion of agriculture and it explicitly mentioned in the Goal 2 of the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG).   Paradoxically, Globally, the …

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Liberia’s Vice President flown to Ghana with ‘respiratory complications’

The Vice President of Liberia, Jewel Howard-Taylor has been flown to Ghana for health treatment. The government said she was sent to Ghana on Tuesday after developing “respiratory complications”. The vice president was being treated at a private clinic in the capital, Monrovia for four days but doctors decided to send her to Ghana for further treatment. Mrs Taylor’s office …

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