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COVID-19 affects maternal health care

Maternal deaths increase as health workers shift to care for COVID-19 patients Kampala, Uganda | PATRICIA AKANKWATSA | Uganda’s response to COVID-19 has negatively impacted maternal, child and neonatal health, according to data by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). The UNFPA says the biggest and longest lasting impact is …

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Africa sidesteps warning on J&J Vaccine

Vaccine linked to rare condition in which the immune system attacks the nerves Africa, the continent with the world’s lowest vaccination rate, is going ahead with plans to procure Johnson & Johnson’s Covid-19 vaccine undeterred by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s warning about the inoculation. The FDA earlier this …

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Turkey to reduce sugar in food, drinks to fight obesity

Istanbul, Turkey | Xinhua | Turkey will gradually reduce sugar amounts in foods and beverages to fight the climbing rate of obesity due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has altered people’s eating habits. Last week, the Turkish Health Ministry released the Sugar Reduction Guide in order to gradually reduce the amount …

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WHO recommends new drugs for COVID-19 treatment

Interleukin-6 receptor blockers join corticosteroids on list of effective treatments for severe coronavirus. Geneva, Switzerland | Xinhua | The World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday recommended interleukin-6 receptor blockers for people with severe COVID-19, urging the producers to join efforts to rapidly increase the access to the drugs. The WHO said …

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Technology in hospitals can delay care

As revealed by experiences of doctors and nurses | OLUWAMAYOWA O. OGUNDAINI | Information and communication technologies can dramatically improve healthcare delivery. They can make communication and exchange of information between healthcare professionals easier. And patients can consult doctors remotely. Some of the most commonly used information and communication technologies …

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