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South African president signs controversial healthcare bill into law

South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa on Wednesday signed a controversial National Health Insurance bill into law, just two weeks ahead of a highly-contested general election. His ruling African National Congress is widely expected to lose its majority in parliament in the vote, for the first time since the end of apartheid. The new law aims to provide quality universal health ...

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Major step in malaria prevention as three West African countries roll out vaccine  

In a significant step forward for malaria prevention in Africa, three countries—Benin, Liberia and Sierra Leone—today launched a large-scale rollout of the life-saving malaria vaccine targeting millions of children across the three West African nations. The vaccine rollout, announced on World Malaria Day, seeks to further scale up vaccine deployment in the African region.    Today’s launch brings to eight the ...

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Gaza doctors deliver baby girl from mother killed in Israeli airstrike

Doctors in Gaza have delivered a baby girl from the womb of her mother who lay dying from injuries sustained in an Israeli airstrike on the southern city of Rafah on Saturday. Sabreen’s father and her 4-year-old sister were also killed in the attack When emergency responders learned that her mother was 30 weeks pregnant, doctors at Kuwaiti hospital, where ...

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Violations of women’s reproductive health rights trigger rise in preventable deaths

African women are 130 times more likely to die due to pregnancy or childbirth complications than women in Europe and Northern America, the UN sexual and reproductive health agency (UNFPA) said in a new report published on Wednesday. Interwoven Lives, Threads of Hope: Ending inequalities in sexual and reproductive health and rights, reveals that more than half of all preventable ...

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KATH records 500% increased stroke cases, introduces new remedy

The Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital admits over one thousand stroke patients every year. The figure is in contrast to some 200 cases recorded 40 years ago. A time-bound and minimally damaged treatment has been launched at the hospital to improve stroke treatment.  A decreased blood flow stroke occurs when the blood supply to part of the brain is blocked or ...

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Cholera vaccine stocks run out as Africa battles outbreaks

The vaccine shortage comes as southern Africa battles a protracted cholera outbreak which has killed 700 people in Zambia alone. Medical charity Doctors Without Borders said that the shortage has affected its teams trying to respond to outbreaks in more than 16 countries. Public health experts have urged manufacturers to speed up the production of the oral vaccine. All drugs ...

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Mental disorders high in pregnant women, 50 percent face depression

More than 50 percent of expectant and new mothers experience perinatal depression, a situational analysis of mental health disorders related to pregnancy has shown. Among the number, between 13 and 17 percent develop suicidal intentions. The analysis was conducted by the Ghana Health Service (GHS), in partnership with the Ministry of Health (MoH), the World Health Organisation (WHO), the UK-Foreign ...

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Save A Life campaign yielding positive results-MTN

Prince Owusu Nyarko, Regional Senior Manager, South West of MTN has noted that the Company’s blood donation Initiative dubbed, ‘Save A Life’ campaign has so far yielded very positive results. Since its inception in 2011, the MTN Save a Life Campaign, organised in partnership with various institutions has been making some inroads to help improve the health sector. Addressing the ...

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GHS to vaccinate young girls against cervical cancer

The Ghana Health Service (GHS), in an effort to reduce the prevalence of the human papillomavirus among women in Ghana, will roll out a vaccination campaign by the end of the year targeting pre-adolescents aged 9 to 14. This nationwide vaccination aims to immunize adolescents before entering into sexual activity, given the alarming rate of cervical cancer. Programmes Manager for ...

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Cameroon starts world’s first malaria vaccine program for children

Cameroon will be the first country to routinely give children a new malaria vaccine as the shots are rolled out in Africa. Officials described the campaign due to start Monday as a milestone in the decades-long effort to curb the mosquito-spread disease on the continent, which accounts for 95% of the world’s malaria deaths. “The vaccination will save lives. It ...

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