Nigeria: Death Toll in Lagos Bridge Accident Rises

Jun 21, 2018 0

One more person was recovered dead at the scene yesterday where a containerized truck fell on four vehicles at Ojuelegba on Tuesday night, the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) has said. This recovery brought to three the number of persons killed in the accident that occurred at about 8:30p.m. A truck with unknown registration number laden with wooden sheets tilted while negotiating the curved part of the bridge, causing the container to fall on three commercial buses and a saloon car down the bridge, leaving many others injured. According to LASEMA’s General Manager, Adesina Tiamiyu, the prompt response by emergency and security agents saved two trapped victims as they were extracted from the crushed vehicles. He said: “Two trapped victims were extracted with the aid of the agency’s light rescue equipment and immediately taken to the hospital by the officials of the Lagos State Ambulance Service for further medical treatment but unfortunately three male adults were confirmed dead. “The agency and other responders ensured that all the wooden sheets and accidented vehicles... ...

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Uganda: 46,000 More People Catch HIV

Jun 20, 2018 0

Kampala — About 46,000 Ugandans contracted HIV last year, according to new Uganda Aids Commission (UAC) study findings released yesterday. These infections are, however, a drop from the 52,000 recorded the year before, according to UAC Director General, Dr Nelson Musoba. “The number of new infections stood at 46,000 in 2017,” he said. The release of the report launched by Speaker of Parliament, Ms Rebecca Kadaga, marked the first anniversary of the Presidential Fast Track Initiative (PFTI) to end Aids in Uganda by 2030. A total 8.8m individuals tested, some multiple times, and 250, 000 overall were found to carry the deadly virus. This statistical mismatch, UAC noted, was due to repeat tests as well as cumulative enrolment and does not necessarily mean new infections. This would mean up to 200,000 of the recorded cases were repeat tests if only 46,000 were new infections. The good news in the report is that, unlike in the past, more men are willingly testing for HIV, particularly those aged 15 and above. Six... ...

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Nigeria: 15 Die, 65 Others Hospitalised As Cholera Outbreak Hits Bida  Laleye dipo in minna,

Jun 19, 2018 0

An unconfirmed source monday evening stated that 15 people died and 65 others were hospitalised as a result of cholera outbreak in Bida Local Government Area of Niger State. However, the local government area in an official statement confirmed 10 deaths and 60 hospitalised. Residents of the ancient town also claimed that the community had been thrown into panic and fear as a result of the outbreak. The residents blamed the outbreak consumption of unhygienic water because the town had been without pipe borne water ” for some time”. Some of the victims were admitted at either the Federal Medical Centre or the Abdulmalik Ndayako general hospitals in the town. An official letter from the Bida LGA signed by the Council Secretary y Suleiman Sheshi for the chairman dated June 18, 2018 and addressed to the State Commissioner for Health, which also The letter, ...

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South Africa: MEC Helen Sauls-August Announces Plan to Identify Ambulance Attackers

Jun 17, 2018 0

Eastern Cape Health MEC Ms Helen Sauls-August has announced that the department is roping in law enforcement agencies and security sector to deal with the spate of sporadic attacks on ambulances in various districts in the Province. In the past four weeks, 11 ambulances responding to emergency calls and transporting patients to health facilities were attacked in Mzamomhle, Keiskamahoek, Dimbaza, Peddie, King Williams Town, Alice, Fort Beaufort, Tsholomnqa and Duncan Village. These cases have all been reported to South African Police Services in the relevant police stations. They have also been referred to the crime intelligence and State Security for further, specialized investigation. There have been no fatalities on the attacks. MEC Helen Sauls-August condemns the attacks on the ambulances which endanger lives of both patients and emergency personnel. “Emergency Services is there to save lives of the most vulnerable and indigent people who require urgent medical attention at our health facilities. Attacks on these emergency vehicles means fewer vehicles will be available to respond to emergency calls,” Helen Sauls-August said.... ...

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Tanzania Removes Ban On SA Meat

Jun 15, 2018 0

Dar es Salaam — Tanzania has formally lifted the ban on imports of meat and its products from South Africa. The Tanzania Food and Drugs Authority (TFDA) decided to prohibit importation of meat and its products three months ago following an outbreak of listeriosis epidemic in the economically powerful southern Africa nation. However, in a statement, the TFDA said three factories, which produced products that triggered the outbreak of the disease Enterprises Food Polokwane (ZA 33), Enterprise Foods Germiston (ZA 126) and RCL Foods Consumer-Chicken (ZA 32)–will not be allowed to export their products to Tanzania. “TFDA has received reports from South Africa about measures taken by their regulatory authorities in response to the epidemic and assured us of safety of the meat and its products,” read part of the statement Following the March 7 ban, the authority conducted inspections in the market to ensure that the products were not released for human consumption. However, the inspected products did not show any sign of bacteria that cause the disease. Listeriosis... ...

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 ‘Martyr of the A10’: DNA leads to France arrests over 1987 murder

Jun 14, 2018 0

French police have arrested a couple 31 years after their daughter was found dead, in a cold case revived through DNA evidence. The mutilated body of the girl, who was unidentified, was found by the side of a motorway in central France in 1987. The parents were traced after the DNA of their son, tested in an unrelated case, was matched with that of the girl, French media report.  They are to be questioned by a judge on Thursday and could face murder charges. The parents have not been identified but are believed to be in their 60s. Police have not commented officially on reports of the arrests, which are said to have taken place on Tuesday. The body was found in a ditch along the A10 motorway near the city of Blois in August 1987. The authorities were unable to identify her and she was believed to be between three and five years old at the time of her death.  The girl bore marks of horrific, long-standing abuse, such... ...

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Malawi: 22 Die of Rabies in Mulanje, K17m Needed to Control Disease

Jun 13, 2018 0

At least 22 people have died of rabies in Mulanje as the government needs K17 million to buy vaccines for dogs and cats. Taurayi Mbengo from veterinary office in Mulanje said the deaths have occured from July last year. He said 1600 people had dog bites and were infected with rabies. Mbengo said 74 dogs died of rabies within the same period. He said the government would need K63 million to treat the rabies patients, saying each dog and cat needs K9000 while the cost of treating a patient stands at K15000. ...

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Nigeria: Erectile Dysfunction Linked to Increased Risk of Heart Disease – Study

Jun 12, 2018 0

Erectile dysfunction (ED) is linked to greater cardiovascular risk, regardless of other risk factors like cholesterol, smoking and high blood pressure, according to new research published on Monday in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation. The study followed more than 1,900 men aged 60 to 78 over four years, and found that those who reported ED were twice as likely to experience heart attacks, cardiac arrests, sudden cardiac death and fatal or non-fatal strokes. “Our findings suggest that clinicians should perform further targeted screening in men with erectile dysfunction, regardless ofother cardiac risk factors,” said the study’s senior investigator, Michael Blaha, associate professor of medicine at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. ED, defined as the inability to achieve or maintain an erection for satisfactory sexual intercourse, affects nearly 20 per cent of men over age 20, according to research. Cardiovascular disease and ED share common risk factors, including obesity, hypertension, smoking, diabetes and metabolic syndrome, a condition marked by a cluster of features such as elevated blood sugar, hypertension... ...

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