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WHO prequalifies breakthrough vaccine for typhoid

The World Health Organization (WHO) has  prequalified the first conjugate vaccine for typhoid, Bharat Biotech’s Typbar-TCV®. Typhoid conjugate vaccines (TCVs) are innovative products that have longer-lasting immunity than older vaccines,

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Reckitt Benckiser partners Zambia on health, hygiene initiatives

Hosts  first Healthcare for Women and Children Conference With a focus on heartburn and acid reflux in pregnancy and fever in children, Zambia’s first Healthcare for Women and Children Conference

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UNAIDS congratulates Swaziland over 73% viral load suppression among adults with HIV

• Also on reduction of HIV incidence between 2011 and 2016 GENEVA – The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has congratulated the Kingdom of Swaziland over findings showing

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World leaders, others raise fresh US$1.2bn for polio eradication

… Fund targets US$450m children yearly Global leaders, including foremost non state actors, have raised fresh US$ 1.2 billion to rev the onslaught against poliomyelitis in the three remaining nations

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Americas eliminate measles

… fifth vaccine-preventable disease to be eliminated from the region The Region of the Americas has become the first in the world to have eliminated measles, a viral disease that can

Japanese researcher wins 2016 Nobel prize for medicine

Japanese biologist Yoshinori Ohsumi has been declared winner of the 2016 Nobel Prize in medicine. According to the announcement by the Nobel Assembly at Stockholm’s Karolinska Institute, the biologist was awarded

Shocking: Nigeria is 5th unhealthiest nation in the world!

Ranks 187 out 190 countries Franc is healthiest as No 1 Latest ranking by the World Health Organisation (WHO) of the health systems of its 191 member states has placed Nigeria among

Polio: EU reiterates commitment to Nigeria’s immunisation programme

The Europe Union, EU, has pledged its full commitment to Nigeria’s immunization programme despite fresh cases of polio recorded recently in Borno State. The Union, working through the European Union

Zika virus hits Africa

Just few months after containing the dreaded Ebola virus disease, the World Health Organization, WHO, has announced the presence of another rampaging virus, Zika, on the continent. In a statement

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Brain-dead Polish woman gives birth to baby boy

A brain-dead Polish woman has delivered a baby boy after she was kept alive for 55 days so that she could give birth. A hospital official said on Tuesday that

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Kenya tightens measures to keep out yellow fever

Anyone travelling to Kenya from Uganda or Angola will have to adhere to the yellow fever immunisation protocol. The Ministry of Health also says any Kenyan coming into the country

UNICEF launches $2.8 billion appeal for children

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Tuesday announced the launch of a $2.8 billion appeal to reach 43 million children in humanitarian emergencies worldwide, with for the first time ever

Drug scarcity hits Sudan

Khartoum — The plight of medicine supply in Sudan has worsened as competent authorities fail to provide vital drugs and prices have increased, sometimes by up to 100 percent, over

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Facts you should know about Zika virus infection, Zika fever

What is Zika virus infection? Zika virus infection is caused by the bite of an infected Aedes mosquito, usually causing mild fever, rash, conjunctivitis, and muscle pain. The virus was

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Zika virus set to spread across Americas

The mosquito-borne Zika virus, which has been linked to brain damage in thousands of babies in Brazil, is likely to spread to all countries in the Americas except for Canada

WHO raises alert on highly contagious meningitis outbreaks in African countries

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has raised the alert on Meningitis outbreaks in some African countries saying the outbreaks have become “an enormous public health threat.” Describing the outbreak in

Male baby boom in Ghana’s military hospital

ACCRA – The Police Hospital and the 37 Military Hospital on New Year’s Day together recorded 37 new births of which 76 per cent were males. Corporal Faustina Nunekpeku, the

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Britain set for first mass strike by doctors in 40 years

LONDON – The British government said it was seeking to hold talks with doctors in its state-funded health service in a last-ditch bid to avert a series of mass walkouts,

Poor diet, hypertension now leading risk factors for early death

A new study on global burden of disease has revealed that poor diet and high blood pressure are now the leading cause of early death worldwide. According to the results

cicirculating vaccine-derived poliovirus confirmed in Ukraine

…emergency outbreak response planned Two cases of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 1 (cVDPV1) have been confirmed in Ukraine, the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) has reported. The genetic similarity between

Again, WHO declares Liberia Ebola-free

The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced, for the second time around, that Liberia is now free of the Ebola virus. A statement issued by the world body on Thursday

India eliminates maternal, neonatal tetanus

India has achieved a momentous public health feat – the elimination of maternal and neonatal tetanus. Maternal and neonatal tetanus is reduced to less than one case per 1 000

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Ghanaian doctors suspend strike

The Ghana Medical Association (GMA) has announced the suspension of the 3-week strike by doctors in the country over working conditions. The strike which was suspended on Friday had paralysed