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More Than 100 Kenyan Girls Died From Pregnancy Last Year
Health, Kenya, News

More Than 100 Kenyan Girls Died From Pregnancy Last Year

In Kenya, 104 girls aged between 10 and 19 died as a result pregnancy-related issues last year, according to figures just released by the country's health ministry. This is a big increase from the previous year. In 2020, 31 girls died due to similar complications. The reported deaths are mostly as a result of unsafe abortions and the fact that some of the girls’ bodies are not developed enough to carry a foetus, hence they experience obstructed labour. Read Also: Kenya Records Close to 4,000 Pregnant School Girls During Corona Virus Lockdown Acting Director of Medical Services Dr Andrew Mulwa said that this rise should not necessarily be seen as an increase in cases of maternity deaths. He said that as more pregnant girls are going to clinics for help, the deaths of tho...
<strong>Kenyan Fighting FGM Crowned World’s Best Nurse</strong>
Health, Kenya, News, Women Empowerment

Kenyan Fighting FGM Crowned World’s Best Nurse

Kenyan-nurse, Anne Qabale Duba, has been named the World's best nurse in the inaugural Aster Guardians Global Nursing Award at a ceremony held in Dubai. Anna Qabale Duba, who practices at Marsabit County Referral Hospital in northern Kenya walked home with $250,000 after a panel of judges, championed her work in helping to protect vulnerable women and children in Africa. Duba, the founder of Qabale Duba Foundation in Kenya has been championing against harmful cultural practices against women like female genital mutilation, FGM, and early/forced marriage, alongside empowering women through education, implementing peace-building activities, and advocating for girl-child education.  The centre trains women and children and equips them with skills to enter the working w...
Senegal: Three Midwives Convicted Over Death Of Pregnant Woman
Health, Judiciary, Justice, News, Senegal

Senegal: Three Midwives Convicted Over Death Of Pregnant Woman

People demonstrate during a sit-in to demand justice for Astou Sokhna and call for a more humane and patient-friendly health care system at the Place de la Nation in Dakar Three Senegalese midwives involved in the death of a woman in labour have been found guilty of not assisting someone in danger. They received six-month suspended sentences, after Astou Sokhna, died while reportedly begging for a Caesarean. Her unborn child also died. Three other midwives who were also on trial were not found guilty The case caused a national outcry with President Macky Sall ordering an investigation. Mrs Sokhna was in her 30s when she passed away at a hospital in the northern town of Louga. During her reported 20-hour labour ordeal, her pleas to doctors to carry out a Caesarean were i...
Thousands Abandon HIV Drugs In Mozambique
Health, HIV/AIDS, News

Thousands Abandon HIV Drugs In Mozambique

The authorities in Mozambique say over 14,000 HIV patients have abandoned antiretroviral therapy in the first three months of the year in the central province of Zambézia. Male patients form the largest part of those no longer taking the drugs, according to Dr Cheinaze Veríssimo - the provincial head of the HIV Programme in the region. He blamed stigma and prejudice associated with HIV for the high rate of defaulters. Read Also: Hoodlums Kill Three, Loot Hospitals in Darfur – MSF Over 300,000 patients receive HIV antiretroviral care in Zambézia province. “The challenge we have now is in relation to those patients who drop out. If the person abandons treatment, the virus automatically gains more strength, the person gets sick and can even, in some cases, lead to death," ...
Hoodlums Kill Three, Loot Hospitals in Darfur – MSF
Health, News, Security, Sudan, Violence

Hoodlums Kill Three, Loot Hospitals in Darfur – MSF

At least three people have been killed following a hospital raid in Kreneik area in the Sudanese region of Darfur, medical charity, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has said. The hospital´s pharmacy was also looted, it said in a statement. The victims included two medical workers. MSF teams were not present at the facility at the time of the attack, the charity added. The MSF says a second raid was staged at El Geneina Teaching Hospital, in West Darfur’s capital city, with Médecins Sans Frontières Read Also: Senegal: Health Workers Strike Over Death of Pregnant Woman shooting taking place inside the facility, including the emergency room. One hospital staff was killed, and health workers, including those from MSF, were evacuated. “We are shocked by these attacks and...
Senegal: Health Workers Strike Over Death of Pregnant Woman
Health, Judiciary, Justice, Labour, News, Senegal, Women Empowerment

Senegal: Health Workers Strike Over Death of Pregnant Woman

Health workers in Senegal went on strike to protest at charges filed against six midwives accused of negligence in the death of pregnant woman that sparked nationwide anger. The National Association of Midwives and several other groups in the health sector said they were joining a work stoppage ranging from one to three days. The public health system has been “paralysed,” Mballo Dia Thiam at an umbrella group of healthcare workers called ASAS, said. The health ministry, gave no details about the impact of the strike, saying only that it had “taken steps.” The affair was sparked by the death of a nine-months-pregnant woman named Astou Sokhna at a public hospital in the northern town of Louga. She repeatedly pleaded with doctors to perform a caesarean secti...
Face Masks Now Optional, COVID-19 Restrictions To Go Soon – FG
Covid-19, Health, News, Nigeria

Face Masks Now Optional, COVID-19 Restrictions To Go Soon – FG

COVID-19 The Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19 has said the use of face masks in public places is now optional, while the decision on the final relaxation of measures will be taken after Easter. The Head of the Technical Secretariat, who also doubles as the Secretary of the PSC on COVID-19, Dr Muktar Muhammed, disclosed this in an interview with The PUNCH in Abuja. Countries across the world have started relaxing COVID-19 measures. Recently, Ghana, a West African country, announced that the use of face masks was no longer mandatory. Nigeria has continued to witness a drop in the number of daily COVID-19 cases. The PSC also announced that it would stop demanding proof of PCR tests from fully vaccinated travellers. Muhammed stated, “We are easing up ...
I’m Recuperating After Being Poisoned Third Time – Mr Ibu
Entertainment, Health, Movies and Films, News, Nigeria

I’m Recuperating After Being Poisoned Third Time – Mr Ibu

Actor, John Okafor, aka Mr Ibu, has said he is currently in the hospital after being poisoned for the third time in about three years. Speaking with Saturday Beats from his hospital bed, Ibu said, “I just got poisoned again. It seems my enemies are using me to rehearse (their powers). This time, I wasn’t poisoned in the village. I was poisoned in Abuja last week at an entertainment event. I really cannot explain how I was poisoned because it was a gathering of people, though it was not a big event.” Mr Ibu Though he sounded weak, the actor maintained that he was getting better. He said, “I am recuperating, although I have neither worked out nor driven since I got ill. However, I intend to take a walk this (Friday) evening, because I am hopeful that I would get better. I am eatin...
Buhari Returns To Nigeria After Medical Trip To London
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Buhari Returns To Nigeria After Medical Trip To London

President Muhammadu Buhari has returned to Abuja on Friday, following a medical check-up in London, UK. Buhari left the country on March 6. He had earlier planned to embark on the medical trip from Nairobi, Kenya after attending the United Nations Environmental Programme at 50, but returned to Nigeria on March 4. Read Also: President Apologises to Nigerians over Power Outage, Fuel Scarcity While in London, the president met with Mai Mala Buni, the Interim National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Committee. The presidential aircraft carrying Buhari touched down at the Presidential Wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, at about 7.09pm. Source: DailyPost
Court Grants Abba Kyari Permission to Treat Diabetes, Others
Health, Judiciary, Justice, News, Nigeria

Court Grants Abba Kyari Permission to Treat Diabetes, Others

Justice Inyang Ekwo of a Federal High Court in Abuja, on Monday, turned down the bail application filed by the detained former Commander of the Intelligence Response Team, Force Intelligence Bureau of the Nigeria Police Force, Deputy Commissioner of Police Abba Kyari. Kyari is in the custody of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency over an alleged involvement in illicit drug business. Delivering judgment in the bail application, which was moved by his counsel, Cynthia Ikenna, the judge said the application had been overtaken by the order of the court given on February 22, which permitted the NDLEA to detain Kyari for another 14 days. Justice Ekwo declined to grant the bail application. Read Also: “My Health Has Deteriorated” – Abba Kyari Says As Court Refuses To Release Him...