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World short of six million nurses, WHO says

Geneva, Switzerland | AFP | As COVID-19 captures global headlines, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned Tuesday that the world needs nearly six million nurses. The UN’s health agency along with partners Nursing Now and the International Council of Nurses (ICN) underscored in a report the crucial role played by nurses, …

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Herbalist arrested in Soroti for claiming COVID-19 cure

Soroti, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The police is holding a 24-year-old man who hoodwinked people in Soroti that he can cure COVID-19, with a concoction of herbal medicine. Speaking to Journalists at the Uganda Media Centre today, police spokesperson Fred Enanga said they couldn’t allow the suspect, identified as …

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Kitgum Hospital runs out of protective gear

Kitgum, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Kitgum General Hospital in northern Uganda has run out of protective equipment (PPE) for health workers. Dr Geoffrey Okello, Kitgum General Hospital acting Medical Superintendent says protective equipment especially masks delivered by government in the fourth quarter have run out. He made the revelation …

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Medical workers protest harassment during curfew

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Medical workers under their umbrella organization, the Uganda Medical Association are threatening to lay down their tools if the government doesn’t clarify how they are to operate in the wake of Coronavirus Disease (COVID -19) which came with lockdowns, in among others, public transport. …

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Test, protect, inform: what HIV can teach us about COVID-19

Paris, France | AFP | From being a killer in the shadows, to having its own international day and UN programme, HIV’s emergence into a global reality can offer many lessons in how to respond to COVID-19, the head of the International Aids Society told AFP Thursday. Kevin Osborne, who has lived with HIV for nearly half his …

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Measles threat grows amid COVID-19 crisis: vaccine group

Geneva, Switzerland | AFP | With all eyes on the rapid global spread of the novel coronavirus, health experts fear a drop in routine vaccinations could fuel other, potentially deadlier outbreaks of diseases like measles. With nearly half of the world’s population told to stay at home, many parents are having to postpone taking their …

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