Investing in Africa’s health-care & STEM workers can help fight next pandemic

As industrialized economies start to see Covid-19 cases decline, the threat the coronavirus poses to much of Africa will soon become front and center. This is certainly not the first time a disease or virus has drawn attention to the vulnerabilities of health systems in the global south. However, the truly worldwide nature of the Covid-19 pandemic offers an opportunity …

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Coronavirus deaths in US top 100,000

The US has passed 100,000 deaths in the coronavirus outbreak in less than four months. It has seen more fatalities than any other country, while its 1.69 million confirmed infections account for about 30% of the worldwide total. The first US infection was reported in Washington state on 21 January. Globally there have been 5.6 million people recorded as infected …

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Coronavirus found in semen of infected men, might be sexually transmitted

Chinese researches have said they have been able to found traces of the coronavirus in the semen of some severely infected men. The new study found evidence of the virus in six men out of a group of 38 patients with COVID-19 at Shangqiu Municipal Hospital in China. Semen was found in samples provided by six men included four who were still infected and two who …

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Is it safe to reuse a face mask to protect yourself against coronavirus?

The coronavirus that causes COVID-19 is believed to primarily pass from person to person through respiratory droplets and contaminated surfaces, so properly used face masks can act as a barrier to help prevent its spread. One major problem: Masks, along with other protective gear, are in short supply. That includes cloth and thin surgical masks as well as N95 respirators, which are used by construction workers and in hospital …

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Covid-19: Ethiopian drug ready for clinical trials

As scientists around the world race to develop a vaccine for the Covid-19, Ethiopia says it is also developing a cure for the highly contagious virus. In a joint press statement, the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Innovation and Technology said “a domestic treatment drug” is being developed by traditional medicine experts in the country. The two ministries …

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US-trained Pharmacist facelifts pharmaceutical service provision in Kumasi

Dr. Nyame-Mireku (inset) and the entrance to his new pharmacy

A former, Assistant Director of Pharmacy and Director of the Residency Program of the Pharmacy Department at the Virginia Hospital Center in the United States (US), Dr. Nyame-Mireku returned to Ghana in a bid to give a face-lift to the provision of quality and affordable pharmaceutical services in Kumasi — the Ashanti Region of Ghana. Dr. Nyame-Mireku (inset) and the …

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Brain Tumor: Some of the symptoms and signs to look out for

Brain tumor

The symptoms of a brain tumor vary according to the size, type, and location of the tumor. Symptoms typically arise because of destruction or damage to the brain, swelling of the brain, or blockage of the flow of fluid that flows around the brain and spinal cord. Brain tumors may be benign or malignant (brain cancer). It is important to …

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Women in healthcare and society push endometriosis awareness in Nigeria


EndoSurvivors International Foundation (EIF) held an endometriosis conference in the third week of September 2018, in Lagos, Nigeria. EIF used the event to raise awareness about endometriosis and educate women, the public, as well as healthcare professionals. Endometriosis is an abnormal growth of cells affecting an estimated 1 in 10 women and girls during their reproductive years. Victims of the …

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Pen To Paper Ghana gives girls ‘wings to fly with’ at Menstrual Hygiene workshop

Menstrual Hygiene

Co-founder of Pen to Paper Ghana (P2P) Katie Emerson in a chat with has said the P2P Menstrual Hygiene and Empowerment Workshop held to address the monthly problem behind some female students missing classes in Ghana was a huge success. “We noticed that a lot of our female students were missing a week of school and our classes every month. After sensitively …

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‘Health Outcomes in a Foreign Land’ authored by Dr. Bernard Kwabi-Addo targets Diaspora Africans

Dr. Bernard Kwabi-Addo

According to Dr. Bernard Kwabi-Addo and in his book, ‘Health Outcomes in a Foreign Land – A Role for Epigenomic and Environmental Interactions (Springer 2017)’, there has been a high incidence and mortality rates for cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, chronic liver disease, kidney disease and cancer among the African diaspora in Western European and North American countries. The picture is different when …

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