Tag Archives: Health and medicine

#VOA. | Polio virus detected in sewage in New York

“Detection of Polio Virus in New York City Wastewater Samples Disturbing, But Not Surprising”said Mary Bassett, a state health official, in a statement. In mid-July, a case of polio was recorded in Rockland County, a few dozen kilometers north of Manhattan. It was the first case of polio in the …

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#VOA. | The latest resurgence of cholera in Cameroon has claimed 200 lives in ten months

A resurgence of cholera has claimed 200 lives since October 2021 in Cameroon, where more than 10,300 cases have been listed, announced the Minister of Health. This acute diarrheal disease, from which one can die in a few hours if left untreated, reappears periodically in the country. Since the start …

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#VOA. | 21 cases confirmed since January in Nigeria

The roar of motorcycles rumbles in the distance and the man everyone is waiting for is quickly surrounded by the crowd. His face dripping with sweat, Kunle Adeyanju finally cut contact after a 41-day journey across Africa, which went viral on social networks. Leaving London on April 19, Kunle Adeyanju, …

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#REUTERS. | Monkeypox can be brought under control with quick actions, says WHO

The priority in the fight against monkeypox is to limit its spread in countries where the disease is not endemic, which is possible with rapid measures, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday. Monkeypox is an endemic viral disease in central and western Africa, but its recent appearance in …

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#REUTERS. | Zimbabwean farmers hope to cash in on medical cannabis boom

Zimbabwean farmers are counting on the medical cannabis boom to revive the local economy after decades of crisis, although they still face a series of regulatory hurdles and high production costs. This southern African country, in search of new sources of income in dollars, became one of the first on …

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#VOA. | End of compulsory mask for children in South Africa

Dressed in a yellow jumper emblazoned with the inscription “vaccinator”, Doretta Konney goes from house to house with her team in the densely populated fishing community of Chorkor, in Accra, the capital of Ghana. The West African country is making efforts to convince the population to get vaccinated against Covid-19 …

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#REUTERS. | Resurgence of covid cases in Africa, especially in South Africa

Dressed in a yellow jumper emblazoned with the inscription “vaccinator”, Doretta Konney goes from house to house with her team in the densely populated fishing community of Chorkor, in Accra, the capital of Ghana. The West African country is making efforts to convince the population to get vaccinated against Covid-19 …

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#REUTERS. | End of restrictions linked to the Covid pandemic in South Africa

The rate of new infections and deaths from the virus has slowed markedly in South Africa since mid-February. According to Mr Ramaphosa, the death rate has fallen from a daily average of 420 in July last year to just 12 last week. “We hope that the worst is behind us, …

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#VOA. | Burdened by high costs, Nigerians turn to herbal remedies

Despite his job in finance in Kano, the largest city in northern Nigeria, Usman Ahmad buys herbal preparations to treat his family in the face of rampant inflation. Like Mr. Ahmad, many Nigerians, crushed by an ever-increasing cost of living, are turning to cheap natural remedies in hopes of curing …

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#VOA. | Moderna to set up its first vaccine factory in Africa in Kenya

The American vaccine manufacturer Moderna announced on Monday the construction of its first African vaccine factory in Kenya, after signing a preliminary agreement with this country which provides for the production of 500 million doses per year. The company intends to invest 500 million dollars (460 million euros) in this …

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#VOA. | President of Botswana positive for Covid

The president of Botswana, one of the first two countries with neighboring South Africa to have detected the Omicron variant, has been placed in isolation after testing positive for Covid-19, the government said in a statement on Monday. “The president has no symptoms and is under close medical monitoring”, he …

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#VOA. | Former Mauritanian President Aziz, imprisoned, hospitalized for “urgent care”

Former Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, in preventive detention since June in a case of alleged corruption, was admitted Wednesday evening to the military hospital of Nouakchott for “urgent care”, announced Thursday one of his lawyers to the ‘AFP. Mr. Aziz, who ruled Mauritania from 2008 to 2019, “was …

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#VOA. | Omicron cases explode in South Africa but severe cases do not

The Omicron variant has exploded cases of Covid-19 infection in South Africa, but for now hospitalizations and deaths remain fewer than in previous waves, health officials said on Friday. South Africa on Wednesday recorded the highest number of infections the country has ever seen during the pandemic, due to the …

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#VOA. | Biden outlines strategy to ‘end epidemic’ in US by 2030

President Joe Biden is due to discuss later today the broad outlines of this strategy, which aims to reduce the number of HIV infections by 75% by 2025, and by 90% by 2030, according to a report. roadmap presented by the US administration. It is for this to set up …

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#VOA. | Rising number of Covid cases in South Africa

Marie-Chantal is waiting for her injection. “But only because I was asked,” grumbled the fifty-something, resigned, before rolling up her sleeve. The Central African Republic has only vaccinated 7% of its population against Covid-19 for the time being. For the health authorities of this vast country, the second least developed …

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