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1.8 million Zambians get cholera vaccine

LUSAKA, Zambia | Xinhua | About 1.8 million Zambians in cholera hotspot areas have gotten the oral cholera vaccine as the exercise comes to a close, health authorities said on Saturday. Minister of Health Sylvia Masebo said in an update statement on the cholera situation that the vaccine was administered …

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Malaria victory that’s a blueprint for Africa

Cabo Verde has achieved a WHO-certified malaria-free status, showcasing the power of strategic health planning. The achievement inspires African nations as more countries pursue malaria elimination BIRD STORY| BONFACE ORUCHO | Cabo Verde, a country that comprises a group of Islands of the West African coast in the central Atlantic Ocean, has …

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Health workers justify charging C-section fees

Mayuge, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Health workers at Mayuge health center IV have confessed to charging expectant mothers C-section fees over inadequate government supplies to the facility. They charge between 250,000-300,000 Shillings for C-section to mothers in need of this services as a means of reducing maternal mortality. The money …

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Dangerous chemicals found in recycled plastics

This makes them unsafe for reuse – experts explain the hazards ANALYSIS | BETHANIE CARNEY ALMROTH & ERIC CARMONA MARTINEZ | Plastic pollution is a menace worldwide. Plastics are now found in every environment on the planet, from the deepest seas to the atmosphere and human bodies. Scientific evidence describing harm …

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WHO releases new guidance on Artificial Intelligence use in health

Geneva, Switzerland | THE INDEPENDENT | The World Health Organization (WHO) has released new guidance on the ethics and governance of large multi-modal models (LMMs), a type of fast-growing generative artificial intelligence (AI) technology with applications across health care. The guidelines outline over 40 recommendations for consideration by governments, technology companies, and …

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G77 spouses visit Entebbe Children’s Surgical Hospital

Entebbe, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Fabrice Brad Rulinda, the Mayor of Entebbe, emphasized the pressing need to establish additional healthcare facilities to augment specialized services, especially for underprivileged communities. The mayor’s insightful remarks were delivered on Sunday evening as he addressed the spouses of G77 summit delegates during their visit …

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Health ministry interdicts commissioner after intern deployment mess

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Moses Kabangi, the Assistant Commissioner in charge of Environmental Health has been interdicted over allegations of soliciting money from medical interns with the promise of deploying them in favorable hospitals. The Senior Public Relations in the Ministry of Health (MOH), Emmanuel Ainebyoona, revealed this to URN in …

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Ibanda imposes livestock quarantine to curb anthrax

Ibanda, Uganda | THE INDEPENDNET | Authorities in Ibanda district have enforced a quarantine on the movement of cattle and, the sale of animal products following an outbreak of anthrax. According to the Ibanda District Chief Administrative Officer Ruhemba Kweronda, the district has registered sporadic cases of anthrax disease in …

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