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Sweden slaughters 200,000 hens on bird flu fears

Stockholm, Sweden | AFP | Sweden on Friday said 200,000 chickens were being slaughtered at a farm where bird flu has been detected, following a resurgence in the virus across Europe. Traces of the H5N8 virus were found at the Aniagra farm in Morarp, southwest Sweden, on Thursday. The discovery …

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Tracksuited Thai junta chief leads workout for bureaucrats

Bangkok, Thailand | AFP |  He’s a mercurial army general known for penning saccharine ballads and angry tirades against his critics. Now Thailand’s junta chief has launched a new eye-catching project: trimming the waistlines of the kingdom’s civil servants. Former army chief turned Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha ditched his fatigues …

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Parliamentary committee closes Blue Wave mineral water factory

The parliament committee on equal opportunities has ordered the immediate closure of Blue Wave Beverages Uganda Limited factory over failure to comply with minimal health standards. The directive was issued by the chairperson of the committee Mohammad Nsereko after an interface  on Tuesday with the directors of the beverages company …

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Chile sues Nestle, Kellogg’s in anti-obesity drive

Santiago, Chile | AFP |  Chilean authorities are suing the giant breakfast cereal-makers Nestle and Kelloggs for putting children’s cartoon characters on packets of fattening food in breach of an anti-obesity law, officials said Tuesday. The government’s National Consumer Service said in a statement it had filed a suit against …

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HIV treatment soars, but young African women suffer

Windhoek, Namibia | AFP |  The number of HIV-infected people taking anti-retroviral medicine has doubled in just five years, the UN said Monday, while highlighting high infection rates among young African women. A new report by UNAIDS said it was on course to hit a target of 30 million people …

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COMMENT: Responsive health systems

COMMENT: By Moses Mulumba Beyond private sector driven health systems and commoditising the provision of healthcare Experts met this week for the Fourth Global Symposium on Health Systems Research in the beautiful Canadian city of Vancouver. This particular symposium theme was built around resilient and responsive health systems for a …

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Uganda marks World Diabetes Day

Uganda has joined the rest of the world to mark the World Diabetes Day. Speaking to journalists, Health Minister Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng said 80% of Ugandans are suffering from diabetes yet unaware. The country is estimated to have more than 500,000 people living with the disease. This makes them …

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