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10 newborn babies die in hospital fire, India
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10 newborn babies die in hospital fire, India

10 newborn babies have reportedly died in a fire outbreak at a state-run hospital in western India in the early hours of Saturday. 17 infants where in the unit for sick newborn babies when the fire broke out at the Bhandara District General Hospital in Maharashtra state. Seven infants died due to smoke suffocation, and three from burn injuries, Maharashtra health minister Rajesh Tope told reporters. Seven babies were rescued by the nurses and ward staff. All the infants were aged between a few days and three months, Bhandara district health official Prashant Uike said. The government has ordered a probe into the incident and a safety audit of all neo-natal care units in the state. Initial reports indicated that the fire may have been caused by a short circuit in o...
COVID-19: Madagascar Sacks Health Minister
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COVID-19: Madagascar Sacks Health Minister

Madagascar on Thursday said it had fired its health minister as part of a government reshuffle, a move that came a month after he butted heads with the president for seeking outside help for coronavirus. The Indian Ocean island-nation saw COVID-19 cases surge in July despite an official campaign to promote a controversial herbal drink touted as a remedy for the virus. As hospitals raised concern about lack of beds, Health Minister Ahmad Ahmad wrote a letter in July asking international agencies to send medical equipment. His appeal sparked anger in President Andry Rajoelina’s administration, which said Ahmad had acted “without consulting” either the government or head of state. Ahmad’s cabinet exit was revealed on Thursday in the announcement of a new list of ministers fol...
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DR Congo hit by fresh EBOLA OUTBREAK

DR Congo reported a fresh Ebola outbreak in the northwest part of the country on Monday. This is the 11th Ebola outbreak in the vast central African country, and coming just weeks before it had hoped to declare the end of the 10th outbreak in the country. Health Minister Eteni Longondo said that “four people have already died” from Ebola in a district of the northwestern city of Mbandaka. “The National Institute of Biomedical Research (INRB) has confirmed to me that samples from Mbandaka tested positive for Ebola,” Longondo told a press conference on Monday. “We will send them the vaccine and medicine very quickly,” he said, adding that he planned to visit the site of the outbreak at the end of the week. The capital of Equateur province, Mbandaka is a transport hub on th...
Rwanda Takes Delivery of Robots that Can Screen ‘150 People per Minute’ for Coronavirus
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Rwanda Takes Delivery of Robots that Can Screen ‘150 People per Minute’ for Coronavirus

The Rwandan government has taken delivery of 5 humanoid robots which can screen and deliver foods and drugs to those suffering from Coronavirus. BBC reported that the country’s health minister, Daniel Ngamije made the announcement on Tuesday May 19. He also disclosed that the robots were brought in to reduce the exposure of health workers to COVID-19 patients. Ngamije said; "We need additional robots for other duties like disinfection in public space and we are working to get them."   The 5 robots which were named Akazuba, Ikizere, Mwiza, Ngabo and Urumuri, are manufactured by a Belgium-based company. Rwanda's health ministry says the units have a number of abilities, including: Screening 50 to 150 people per minute Recording and storing patient data ...
How To Identify Substandard Hand Sanitizers – Health Minister
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How To Identify Substandard Hand Sanitizers – Health Minister

The health minister, Dr Osagie Ehanire has warned that not all hand sanitizers in circulation are up to standard. Speaking during a media briefing on Tuesday, he implored the general public to be in the lookout for NAFDAC number of the hand sanitizers they intend to buy and also check to ensure that it contains at least 60 percent alcohol in contents. “I will start by using the opportunity to issue an advisory on sanitiser. You will see a lot of sanitisers out in the market. A study carried out by research institution in the Ministry of Health has shown not all of them are up to standard. “In buying sanitisers, there is an advisory I will like to share. You must look first of all at the NAFDAC number. A sanitiser should have a NAFDAC number. “Secondly, it should have a place wh...
Adewole: 66 cheers to a rare breed
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Adewole: 66 cheers to a rare breed

By every standard, he could probably be seen as a rare breed. His lifestyle is in similitude of a candle; burning himself up in order to give others light. He uses his voice for kindness, his ears for compassion, his hands for charity, his mind for the truth, and his heart for love and forgiveness. On this note, there can’t be a celebratory staleness as far as the immediate past Health Minister, Prof. Isaac Folorunso Adewole is concerned. To those who are very familiar with him, he could be likened to what Winston Churchill describes as a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma. He is 66 years old today. With the entire swagger that is all his, coupled with a richly precocious mind, bristling with the rare combination of brilliance, confidence and compassion for humanity, Prof. Ade...
Coronavirus: Buhari should probe Kyari’s death – Falana attacks Nigeria’s elite, NCDC
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Coronavirus: Buhari should probe Kyari’s death – Falana attacks Nigeria’s elite, NCDC

Legal luminary, Femi Falana (SAN) on Sunday, gave an alarming insight into the fight against coronavirus in Nigeria. He complained that rich Nigerians who had tested positive for the disease were shunning government-approved Isolation Centres and were using unapproved private hospitals for treatment. Falana, in a piece titled ‘Official impunity and hypocrisy in the fight against COVID-19’, cited the case of Abba Kyari and urged President Muhammadu Buhari to probe the death of his late Chief of Staff. Falana declared that coronavirus was on the increase due to inconsistency, double standards of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and lack of coordination on the part of the government. “Without any scientific basis whatsoever, the federal government decided to limit the...
Israel’s health Minister and wife test positive for Coronavirus
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Israel’s health Minister and wife test positive for Coronavirus

Israel's health minister, Yaakov Litzman and his wife Chava have both tested positive for Coronavirus.   The country's Health Ministry which confirmed the development in a statement released on Thursday April 2, said Litzman and Chava have been in isolation after feeling unwell. The statement further revealed that those who have been in contact with the health minister and his wife in the past two weeks, would be notified and ordered into self-quarantine.   It was further gathered that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been made aware of the diagnosis, and it is expected that Litzman "will continue to maintain a regular agenda from his home, in line with medical recommendations."   Before testing positive for the virus, the Minister held meetings alongs...
Turkey virus death toll exceeds 200
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Turkey virus death toll exceeds 200

More than 200 people have died from COVID-19 in Turkey, which has ramped up tests to more than 15,000 a day, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca announced Tuesday. Koca shared the latest figures on Twitter, saying that 46 people had died in the last 24 hours, raising the country’s overall death toll to 214. With 2,704 more cases of the novel coronavirus, the official total of those infected has reached 13,531. “The number of tests has increased by 25.2 percent compared with yesterday,” Koca said. Health officials are identifying positive cases faster and with more accuracy, he added. Turkish officials have repeatedly urged citizens to stay home and respect social distancing rules, with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan advising Turks to adopt “voluntary quarantine” conditions. On ...
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Coronavirus Can Be Sexually Transmitted – Osagie Ehanire, Health Minister

Osagie Ehanire, minister of health, says he believes that coronavirus can be transmitted sexually. Speaking at a media briefing in Abuja on Thursday, Ehanire said the country now has 51 cases of the COVID-19 disease. “If a person is positive, the virus can be transmitted sexually,” he claimed, rather controversially. The World Health Organisation (WHO) says a lot is still unknown about the virus but currently maintains that it is transmitted through droplets from an infected person. The virus’ known routes of transmission are the mouth, nose and eyes. Health experts have said there is no evidence to show that the virus can be transmitted via vaginal or anal intercourse but that it can be transmitted through kissing an infected person. Ehanire said the ministry was gra...
Zimbabwe Reports First Case of Coronavirus
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Zimbabwe Reports First Case of Coronavirus

The Zimbabwean government on Friday March 20, reported its first case of coronavirus. Health Minister Obadiah Moyo who made the announcement on state television ZTV, said the coronavirus case is a man who returned to his home in the tourist resort town of Victoria Falls from Britain last weekend. He said; "This is the first case of Covid-19 in Zimbabwe. The patient is a 38-year-old Caucasian man ... who had travelled to Manchester in the UK on the 7th of March and returned to his home in Victoria Falls on the 15th of March via South Africa." AFP reported that though the country's public health system has been suffering for years from a lack of equipment and drugs, the Zimbabwean government has announced a raft of steps to prevent the virus from spreading and they include th...
South Africa now has 116 Confirmed Cases of Coronavirus
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South Africa now has 116 Confirmed Cases of Coronavirus

South Africa recorded a spike in coronavirus cases in the country in the late hours of Tuesday, as 31 new cases have now been confirmed. In the early hours of Tuesday, the total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in South Africa stood at 85. Health Minister Zweli Mkhize has now confirmed there are 116 confirmed positive cases in the country, out of which there are 14 local transmissions. In a statement he issued, Mkhize disclosed they have collated background information on how these patients were infected. He said;   “Today we have a further increase of six local transmission cases. As part of tracking and tracing, we have collated background information on how these patients were infected. We will provide more information to the public to make them aware...
How Can you Close Your Border for Rice But Open it for Coronavirus – Reno Omokri Slams Nigerian Government
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How Can you Close Your Border for Rice But Open it for Coronavirus – Reno Omokri Slams Nigerian Government

Reno Omokri has slammed the Federal government for refusing to impose travel restrictions  despite the Coronavirus pandemic. This morning, the Health Minister, Osagie Ehanire, confirmed the third case of Coronavirus in Nigeria, and Reno in a post shared on his Instagram page, asked why the borders are closed against rice smuggling and not Coronavirus ''How can you close your border for rice and open it for #CoronaVirus and have the audacity to call yourself a leader? If #COVID19 kills your citizens, who will eat the rice you are protecting? Are rice and fuel more important than human beings who will buy them?'' he wrote
Nigeria’s Second Coronavirus Case Tests Negative
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Nigeria’s Second Coronavirus Case Tests Negative

Health Minister, Dr Osagie Ehanire said Nigeria has recorded success in tackling the Covid-19 virus by recording a negative case. He said the person had contact with the Italian man and the person is now free of the virus. Furthermore, he said the patient will leave soon for home.
French Minister Tests Positive for Coronavirus
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French Minister Tests Positive for Coronavirus

The French minister has tested positive for coronavirus According the health minister, Olivier Veran he said: “He not in hospital, but rather confined to his home, with very few symptoms,” Furthermore, its believed that the minister contacted the virus when he was at the at the country’s lower house National Assembly. Because five cases have already confirmed in recent days there.
Kenya Suspends Flights from Northern Italy Over Coronavirus
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Kenya Suspends Flights from Northern Italy Over Coronavirus

Kenyan government on Tuesday March 3, suspended all flights from two cities in northern Italy specifically Verona and Milan, over concerns about the spread of coronavirus. The East African country became the first African nation to make such move, following reports of Tunisia and Nigeria dealing with coronavirus patients who had travelled from Italy. Kenya's health Minister,  Mutahi Kagwe said the decision was reached after consultations with the Italian embassy. Kagwe said; “The National Emergency Response Committee on Coronavirus has concluded that flights from North of Italy, specifically Verona and Milan be suspended effective 3rd March 2020. This is part of Italy that is currently experiencing coronavirus incidents which could affect the safety of Kenyans." The coun...
We Can Handle Coronavirus – Nigeria’s Health Minister
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We Can Handle Coronavirus – Nigeria’s Health Minister

The Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, has assured that Nigeria has the capacity to detect and respond to the coronavirus if it is imported into the country. The coronavirus, a deadly new virus which originated in Wuhan, China, has killed more than 170 people and spread to several provinces in the country as well as other countries. Thousands of people have been infected. The origin is suspected to be a food market that “conducted illegal transactions of wild animals” in Wuhan. Speaking yesterday at the inauguration of the inter-ministerial and multi-sectoral committee on the novel coronavirus in Abuja, he said: “While the risk of importation exists, we can assure Nigerians of the nation’s capacity to detect, assess and respond to this and other public health threats at the poi...
Suspended NHIS Boss, Usman Yusuf Sues Health Minister, AGF, Agency
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Suspended NHIS Boss, Usman Yusuf Sues Health Minister, AGF, Agency

The Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme , Prof. Usman Yusuf , has sued the Minister of Health, Prof . Isaac Adewole , the Attorney - General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN) , and the NHIS over his suspension by the governing council of the board. In the suit with the number, FHC/ ABJ /CS /1220 /2018 filed before the Federal High Court in Abuja , which was obtained by The PUNCH, Yusuf asked the court to rule among others that the governing council of the NHIS had no powers under the provisions of the NHIS Act to suspend him from office . Yusuf instituted the suit through his lawyer , Uchechukwu Obi (SAN), on Monday . The NHIS boss asked the court to state that the council had no powers under sections 6 and 7 of the Act to discipline him or to in...
Chinese Condoms Too Small For Zimbabwean Men — Health Minister
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Chinese Condoms Too Small For Zimbabwean Men — Health Minister

Health minister David Parirenyatwa has challenged local companies to consider manufacturing condoms, saying imported options aren’t quite up to task. According to New Zimbabwe, the minister was speaking at the recent launch of a new board for the Zimbabwe Private Sector HIV and Aids Wellness Coordinating Programme (ZPSHAWP) in Harare. Condoms are a type of contraception that can both prevent pregnancy and protect against sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Parirenyatwa said most of the condoms available in the country are imported from China, adding that some local men however found them not quite the right size. “You know this region, the Southern African region, has the highest incidence of HIV and we are promoting the use of condoms; both males and females,” said the min...
Fed Govt Should Not Be Blamed For JOHESU Strike – Ngige
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Fed Govt Should Not Be Blamed For JOHESU Strike – Ngige

Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, said Federal Government should not be blamed for ongoing strike by the National Association of Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU). He stated this at the opening of a conciliation meeting with JOHESU leaders, Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, and relevant government agencies on Tuesday in Abuja. The minister deplored media reports credited to National Chairman of JOHESU, Mr Biobeleye Josiah, that the Federal Government should be blamed for the union’s strike. He also decried allegation by the union that he travelled on the day government officials were expected to meet with leaders of the striking workers. According to Ngige, as a minister, “I am fully aware of the sanctity of my responsibilities as a servant and it is w...
Patients Stranded As Doctors Ground Federal Hospitals
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Patients Stranded As Doctors Ground Federal Hospitals

Many Nigerians who reported sick at federal government-owned medical facilities nationwide yesterday were stunned to find out that doctors had embarked on an indefinite strike, leaving them stranded and at the mercy of private hospitals. Their woes were compounded by their inability to access funds to look elsewhere for medical care as banks were closed as a result of the Eid-Maulud holiday which began last Friday. Medical doctors under the umbrella of the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARDS) had commenced an indefinite nationwide strike in the early hours of yesterday following the rejection by its National Executive Council, of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) its leadership had signed with the federal government last week. The development attracted a firm rebuke ...
DR Congo Declares Ebola Outbreak Over
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DR Congo Declares Ebola Outbreak Over

Democratic Republic of Congo declared its two-month Ebola outbreak officially over Saturday after 42 days without recording a new case of the disease. The outbreak in Congo’s remote northeastern forests, a record eighth for the country where the disease was first discovered in 1976, killed four out of the eight people infected, Health Minister Oly Ilunga said in a statement. “I declare on this day, at midnight, the end of the outbreak of the hemorrhagic fever of the Ebola virus in DRC,” Ilunga said. Congolese health authorities approved the use of a new experimental vaccine but ultimately declined to deploy it because of the small scale of the outbreak and logistical challenges. The latest outbreak came a year after the end of the virus’ deadliest episode in West Africa, which ...
Rauf Aregbesola’s 60th Birthday Colloquium
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Rauf Aregbesola’s 60th Birthday Colloquium

Rauf Aregbesola was born on May 25th 1957 Rauf Aregbesola worked at Nigeria External Telecommunications Limited and Lagos Airport Hotel. Later he founded his own company, an Engineering firm, Aurora Nigeria Ltd. Rauf Aregbesola have held the position of the Commissioner of Works and Infrastructural Development in Lagos. In the year 2007, Rauf Aregbesola contested for governorship in Osun State and won the election. Even though he was not declared the winner of the election by the independent National Electoral Commission, The Election Appeal Tribunal on November 26, 2010 declared him the winner of the election, leading to his being sworn-in as the governor of Osun State. On August 9, 2014, Rauf Aregbesola was returned as the Governor of Osun State for another term of four year...
Health Minister, Adewole Bans Chloroquine For Malaria Treatment
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Health Minister, Adewole Bans Chloroquine For Malaria Treatment

The Federal Government of Nigeria has banned the use of chloroquine and artemisinin monotherapy for the treatment of malaria. The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, who made this announcement, stated that about N300bn was being lost annually by the Federal Government in the treatment and prevention of the disease. According to him, the losses were incurred in government’s efforts to tackle the scourge in the country. Adewole spoke on Tuesday in Abuja, during the commemoration of this year’s World Malaria Day. Speaking on the theme, “End Malaria for Good: What is your Role?” The minister said, “With a new emphasis on citizen accountability and rights, I want you as a Nigerian citizen to challenge your health care provider and ask questions. “When you have malaria and ...
Kenyan Woman, Lucy Gihuhi Wins Senate Seat In Australia
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Kenyan Woman, Lucy Gihuhi Wins Senate Seat In Australia

Lucy Gihuhi who was declared winner in the Australian Senate. A stroke of luck has handed a Kenyan born woman a seat in the Australian Senate after a special recount ordered by a court declared her the winner of a contested battle to represent the state of South Australia. Lucy Gichuhi, who moved to Australia in 1999 and acquired citizenship in 2001, had lost to Senator Bob Day during the primaries in July last year but the court in February ruled that he was ineligible to be elected. This set the stage for a recount which took place yesterday. And at her home in Nyeri, the family is planning a major feast today to mark her victory. “I want to slaughter that goat for my family so that we can celebrate this achievement,” said Justus Weru, her father who had keenly been fo...
Burundi’s Government Says Malaria Kills Over 700 This Year
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Burundi’s Government Says Malaria Kills Over 700 This Year

BUJUMBURA, Burundi -- Burundi's government says malaria has killed more than 700 people across the country so far this year. The Ministry of Health told reporters Monday that the country is facing a malaria epidemic. Health Minister Dr. Josiane Nijimbere said the death toll is "worrying" as pregnant women and children under age 5 are the most vulnerable. Nijimbere said regions in the country's north and northeast are the most affected and that $31 million is needed to stem the epidemic. Out of a population of 11 million, over 8 million were sickened by malaria in 2016, according to government figures. Burundi, which has been wracked by political violence since 2015, also faces food shortages that have left many at risk of starvation.
Malaysia Says Kim Jong-Nam’s Family Must Claim Body In Weeks
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Malaysia Says Kim Jong-Nam’s Family Must Claim Body In Weeks

Malaysia has said it will give Kim Jong-Nam's relatives two to three weeks to claim his body before its fate is decided. The Malaysian government believes Mr Kim, North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un's half-brother, died when two women smeared his face with a nerve agent at Kuala Lumpur's airport in February. The findings have been dismissed by North Korea, which has demanded that his body be handed over and refuses to acknowledge that Mr Kim was the victim. Malaysian officials say a positive identification has been made and Mr Kim had a wife, possibly more than one, and children. Health Minister Subramaniam Sathasivam said Malaysia now hopes Mr Kim's family will claim the body which is being kept at a morgue in a Kuala Lumpur hospital. He said: "Now with the positive identificat...
Update On Imported ‘india Garri’: Health Minister Now Aware & Taken Actions
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Update On Imported ‘india Garri’: Health Minister Now Aware & Taken Actions

Recall that a tweet first caught Nigerians attention on Sunday 19th February 2017 which was about a certain pack of Imported Garri with the source given as India, which was found on the shelve of a Nigerian supermarket. Now, the tweet have reached the stables of Nigeria Health Minister, Prof. Isaac Adewole. According to Prof. Isaac Adewole, NAFDAC have jumped into investigations and proper actions will be taken on this matter. "We knew we had work to do, and Monday 20th we did. Our actions and findings are outlined below: (Updates via @NafdacNigeria)" 1. NAFDAC Officers visited the Supermarket in Ikoyi today 2. 26 packets of 500mg each of the products were seized for analysis 3. The product has no NAFDAC number 4. The product is said to be from Ghana but packaged in UK 5. The ...
Health Minister Denies Knowledge Of HIV Cure By Professor
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Health Minister Denies Knowledge Of HIV Cure By Professor

The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, has said that he was not aware of a cure for HIV/AIDS being reported by the majority of the Nigerian media (not The PUNCH). The minister had reacted to the not-so-new claims of finding a cure for HIV being made by a Professor of Virology at the Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike in Abia State, Maduike Ezeibe. Contrary to media interpretation of his claims, Ezeibe said he had only found a “potentiate” for possible manufacturing of HIV drugs. As reported by the media, the professor had said, “The medicine had been used to “potentiate Ampicilin, Chloroquine, Piperazine and Sulphadimidin, among others… “Local and international pharmaceutical companies would find the product as a veritable raw material…” Technically ...

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