Nigeria: National Assembly Budget Cuts to Stifle Vaccines, HIV Drugs

Jun 21, 2018 0

A total of N7.45 billion has been cut from funds allocated for strategic interventions in health care, after lawmakers adjusted portions of the 2018 Budget signed into law on Wednesday. The funding was to pay to upgrade of some federal hospitals, transport and cold-chain storage of vaccines, and payment for anti-retroviral drugs for patients on treatment, the Presidency said hours after signing the budget. The fund was also meant to establish chemotherapy centres and procure consumables for dialysis, according to a list of cuts made by lawmakers. Some 4,700 projects across different sectors were affected by the cuts, amounting to N347 billion. But the lawmakers also introduced 6.403 projects of their own amounting to N578 billion. That’s raised the initial proposal of N8.162 trillion for the 2018 budget to N9.12 trillion. ...

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Nigeria: Cholera Outbreak – Niger Govt Confirms 7 Deaths, 74 Cases

Jun 20, 2018 0

Niger state government has confirmed 7 people dead in the outbreak of Cholera in Bida local government area,even as 74 cases have so far been reported in the area. Commissioner of health,Dr Mustapha Jibril disclosed this yesterday in Minna amidst speculations on the outbreak that was reported to have claimed more lives by some section of the media. The commissioner who was in the area for assessment earlier yesterday said that contrary to the earlier claim that 15 out of 60 reported cases died of the outbreak said that the death toll was exaggerated . He stated that the state government acted promptly to avoid recording high casualties with the necessary proactive measures by making sure that all of the cases reported received the desired medical attentions. According to him, 15 patients are on admission at the Federal Medical Center and Umoru Sanda Memorial hospital all in Bida with medical personnel on standby attending to them with the desired attention. On the cause of the outbreak,Jubril stated that the outbreak... ...

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 Nigeria: Paternity Leave – 2 in 3 Infants Missing Out On Fatherly Care – – Unicef

Jun 19, 2018 0

Almost two-thirds of the world’s children under one year – nearly 90 million – live in countries where their fathers are not entitled by law to a single day of paid paternity leave, according to a new UNICEF analysis. As a result, UNICEF has called for investment in family-friendly policies that support early childhood development including paid paternity and maternity leave, free pre-primary education, and paid breastfeeding breaks. In the analysis, UNICEF noted that 92 countries do not have national policies in place that ensure new fathers get adequate paid time off with their newborn babies, including India and Nigeria – which all have high infant populations. In comparison, other countries with high infant populations, including Brazil and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, ...

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Glasgow art school blaze: Fire crews spend second day at the scene

Jun 17, 2018 0

Fire crews are spending a second day working to extinguish the blaze which has devastated Glasgow’s School of Art. Fire chiefs said the fire – which also badly damaged the nearby O2 ABC music venue – had largely been contained. Thermal imaging cameras are being used to identify any remaining hotspots. The fire service said it was too early to speculate on the cause, adding that forensic experts would not be able to gain access to the building until it had been made safe. Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon described the damage as “heartbreaking”. Friday night’s blaze is the second to hit the Charles Rennie Mackintosh-designed building in four years.   Also Read Billy Caldwell: ‘Let me treat epileptic son at home’, says mum ...

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Ugandan wins Africa prize for bloodless malaria test

Jun 15, 2018 0

A Ugandan inventor has won a major prize for a device which tests for malaria without drawing blood. Brian Gitta, 24, won the Royal Academy of Engineering’s Africa Prize for a device that detects tell-tale signs of malaria by shining a red beam of light on the patient’s finger. The diagnosis is ready to be shared to a mobile phone in a minute. He developed the device, called Matibabu, after blood tests failed to diagnose his own malaria. Malaria is the leading cause of death in Uganda, but it took four blood tests to diagnose Mr Gitta with the disease, Shafik Sekitto, who is part of the Matibabu team, told the BBC’s Focus on Africa programme. “[Gitta] brought up the idea: ‘Why can’t we find a new way of using the skills we have found in computer science, of diagnosing a disease without having to prick somebody?” Mr Sekitto said. “Matibabu is simply a game-changer,” Rebecca Enonchong, Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation judge and Cameroonian technology entrepreneur, said in a... ...

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Malawi: Airtel Malawi in Crisis, Mass Exodus of Workers Over Indian Boss Abuse

Jun 14, 2018 0

There is deep managerial crisis at Airtel Malawi which has exposed abuse of Malawian workers by Indian boss leading to mass exodus of employees who cannot take it anymore, Nyasa Times can reveal. So far about 42 employees have left the company in the past four months which include senior executives namely Rachel Mijiga who was Director of Enterprise Business, Paul Kachika and Chifundo Kumpukwe. Insiders said Malawian managing director Charles Kamoto, despite getting around US$25,000 (Approximately K18 million) per month is not helping matter as he cannot fight for fellow Malawian workers who are mostly verbally abused by Indian bosses. Airtel Malawi is owned by an Indian businessman. “There is just blatant abuse of workers here at Airtel Malawi, people are working for 18 hours a day and are expected to be back in the office at 8.30am the following day. On top of that the Indians, especially the Finance director Indradip verbally abuses Malawian workers,” said Nyasa Times source at Airtel Malawi. The sources said salaries for shop... ...

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Eating disorder patients to get up to 50 therapy sessions in new trial

Jun 13, 2018 0

Hundreds of people with eating disorders will get access to expanded psychological treatments under a pilot study conducted on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. •       Pilot trial to boost therapy for patients with eating disorders •       Patients with anorexia will get up to 50 sessions of therapy •       Hopes success of trial in Queensland could lead to national roll out Patients with anorexia will be able to get up to 50 psychotherapy sessions, while patients with less complex eating disorders will be offered up to 20 sessions. Advocates have been calling for access to expanded therapy to ensure patients with eating disorders get the treatment they need, as currently only 8 to 10 sessions with a psychologist are available under the Better Access scheme. Expert say it is the first time multidisciplinary therapy services will be tailored to each patient, based on their individual needs. Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt said the trial will be conducted with patients at Queensland’s Sunshine Coast over 18 months. “Thousands... ...

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 Bottle feeding is a woman’s right, midwives told

Jun 12, 2018 0

If a woman decides not to breastfeed her baby it is her choice and must be respected, midwives are being told.  The Royal College of Midwives’ new position statement makes it explicitly clear that women should be supported if, after being given advice, information and support, they opt to bottle feed using formula milk. Although breast is best, often some women struggle to start or sustain breastfeeding, says the RCM. Informed choice must be promoted. The National Childbirth Trust says women can experience unacceptable levels of pressure however they feed their babies – from family and friends, as well as from people they hardly know.  Mothers who breastfeed their babies often feel pressurised and constrained about whether, where, how often, and how long they breastfeed. Similarly, mothers who use formula milk often feel judged or guilty too, particularly – but not only – if they planned to breastfeed.  Researchers at Liverpool University studied the experiences of more than 1,600 new mums in 2016. Among the 890 who did formula feeding,... ...

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