Fighting cancer with mobile mammography van in Uganda

Many Ugandans now have a chance of survival from the early detection of breast cancer through free screening offered by a mobile mammography van. The van arrives at the doorstep of Ugandans fully equipped to freely test breast cancer in both men and women. This is an initiative of the comprehensive cancer community programme of the Uganda cancer institute. Since the project was introduced a decade ago, more than 500 breast cancer cases have been diagnosed and successfully treated….

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India AstraZeneca shot delay could be ‘catastrophic’ for Africa: health official

India’s temporary hold on major exports of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 shot will undermine Africa’s vaccination plans, and could have a “catastrophic” impact if extended, the head of the continent’s disease control body said on Thursday. India decided to delay big exports of the shots made in its territory by the Serum Institute of India (SII) to make sure it could meet local demand, two sources told Reuters last week. The hold “will definitely impact our ability to continuously vaccinate people,”…

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Somalia starts first inoculations with AstraZeneca

Somalia started administering COVID-19 vaccinations Tuesday with the inoculation of the health minister, who received the jab publicly to reassure the nation about its safety. The Horn of Africa nation, which has recently experienced a surge of cases, on Monday received its first shipment of 300,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine through the international COVAX initiative to ensure that low- and middle-income countries receive vaccines. Somalia’s first vaccinations happened in a small ceremony at the Martini hospital in the…

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COVID-19 vaccines touchdown in Sudan and Rwanda

Through the UN-led vaccine initiative COVAX, Sudan and Rwanda have become the latest beneficiaries to receive the lifesaving COVID-19 inoculation, UN agencies reported on Wednesday. In a boost for equitable distribution in Africa, 800,000 doses of the AstraZeneca shots touched down in Khartoum, making Sudan the first country in the Middle East and North Africa region to receive the vaccine, according to a press release from the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF). This delivery follows the arrival on 26 February,…

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Nigerians fight COVID-19 by turning drums into handwashing basins

As the rest of the world grapples with the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, two young Nigerian furniture-makers are turning old metal drums into handwashing basins. Bamigbose Adams and Emmanuel Ogbu are selling the recycled basins in Lagos in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. Clean hands are essential for preventing the spread of COVID-19 but around 157 million Nigerians lack access to proper hand-washing facilities, according to a 2018 report by WaterAid, making it difficult to follow the World…

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Addressing vaccine hesitancy, a potential problem in the fight against coronavirus

The COVID 19 pandemic has wreaked enormous havoc on the health, economic and social fabric of nations around the world. Ghana is certainly no exception. As at the time of writing (February 26th, 2021) the number of SARS COVID 19 recorded infections in Ghana stood at 81673 with 588 deaths (Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center). Whilst the number of deaths may seem minuscule relative to the number of recorded cases, to the families, friends and loved ones of each…

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Ghana receives first historic shipment of COVID-19 vaccinations from international COVAX facility

Six hundred thousand doses of lifesaving COVID-19 vaccine from the UN-partnered COVAX initiative have arrived in Ghana: a historic first for the international partnership to provide equitable innoculations for all. Confirming the news on Wednesday, the World Health Organization (WHO) said that further supplies of the AstraZeneca/Oxford jab will reach Côte d’Ivoire later this week. These are the first coronavirus shots from the COVAX scheme to be distributed outside India, where the vaccine is being produced under licence. They…

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WHO calls on Tanzania to act as Covid deaths climb in the country

The Director-General of the World Health Organisation (WHO) on Sunday called on Tanzania to take measures to protect its own citizens but also the people of countries visited by Tanzanians from the Covid-19 pandemic. “Many Tanzanians travelling to neighbouring countries and beyond have tested positive for Covid-19. This shows the need for Tanzania to take robust measures to protect both its own people and people in these countries and elsewhere,” says Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus in a statement. In his…

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South African scientists to discuss Pfizer vaccine study

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South African scientists will meet on Thursday to discuss a laboratory study that suggests the dominant local coronavirus variant may reduce antibody protection from the Pfizer vaccine by two-thirds, the health ministry said. The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine late on Wednesday, includes additional data to one released in a pre-print review published in late January. South Africa plans to start rolling out the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine in the coming months, after on…

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Ghana’s Karaga District Hospital records zero maternal deaths in 2020

Ghana’s Karaga District Hospital has for the first time in ten years last year recorded zero maternal deaths. This achievement has been attributed to the hardworking and dedicated staff of the hospital amidst challenges and the fight against the global COVID-19 pandemic. At the 2020 Annual Performance Review of the hospital at Karaga, the Medical Superintendent, Dr. Barihama Adam expressed gratitude to the midwives and called for the support of all to continue to provide quality health care to…

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