Coronavirus: Seven Zimbabwe babies stillborn in one night at hospital

Seven babies were born Stillborn at Harare Central Hospital in Zimbabwe on Monday night after urgent treatment was delayed because of staffing issues, two doctors have confirmed to the BBC. Nurses are on strike nationwide because of a lack of personal protective equipment (PPE) and other concerns, and the maternity wards were overwhelmed. One doctor said Monday’s deaths were “the tip of the iceberg”. The health sector has recently been hit by a Covid-19 procurement scandal. It is alleged…

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Growing fears of COVID-19 associated stigma and discrimination in Africa

As the COVID-19 outbreak continues to spread rapidly across the continent, social stigma and discriminatory behaviours against persons perceived to have been in contact with the virus is also on an alarming rise. I recently watched a comic viral video showing people running out of a public bus for dear life as if a bomb had gone off. However, it was not a physical explosion but a loud sneeze from one of the passengers that had sent alarm bells…

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South Africa won’t reopen to visitors this year

The country’s government says it won’t welcome international tourists until February 2021 For three months now, the global tourism industry has been at an almost complete standstill. Hotels have been closed, attractions shuttered and most flights grounded. So it’s no wonder that as countries gradually lift lockdown restrictions around the world, many of the most popular destinations are already beginning to reopen borders in an effort to reboot their struggling visitor economies. Spain, Jamaica and Thailand, to name but three of the biggest, are all…

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WHO says its representative told to leave Equatorial Guinea

Equatorial Guinea is “severely affected” by the coronavirus, the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Africa head said on Thursday, as its representative in the country was told to leave. The Central African nation of over 1.2 million people has registered more than 1,000 cases of COVID-19 and 12 deaths since confirmation of its first case in mid-March, according to WHO data. That is dwarfed by other countries in the region, but is significant given the oil-producing nation’s small population, the…

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Tracking Africa’s coronavirus cases

Experts warn fragile healthcare systems in many nations could be overwhelmed in the face of a severe COVID-19 outbreak. The outbreak of the new coronavirus has reached every nation in Africa, a continent of 1.2 billion people. As of June 3, the confirmed coronavirus death toll on the continent stood at 4,493, with fatalities including the former President of the Republic of the Congo Jacques Joachim Yhombi-Opango and Somalia’s former Prime Minister Nur Hassan Hussein. There are 157,218 confirmed infections and 67,007…

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Coronavirus: Are African countries ready?

Africa is one of only two continents with no confirmed cases of coronavirus however experts have warned that it may not be long before the first case is confirmed, given its increasingly close ties to China. At least 565 people have died with more than 28,000 confirmed cases around the world, most of them in China. Last week the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the coronavirus outbreak a global health emergency – largely because of fears that poorer countries…

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Quality immunization helps stop polio outbreaks

Kenya, Mozambique and Niger curbed different outbreaks of vaccine-derived poliovirus over the past 24 months which affected 14 children.  Although wild poliovirus virus has not been detected in Africa since 2016, roughly 12 countries are currently facing outbreaks of vaccine-derived poliovirus.  “Ending outbreaks in the three countries is proof that response activities along with high quality immunization campaigns and vigilant disease surveillance can stop the remaining outbreaks in the region”, said Dr. Modjirom Ndoutabe, coordinator of WHO-led polio outbreaks Rapid Response Team for the African Region.  “We are strongly…

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Sisi celebrates International Day of Disabled Persons

A celebration for the International Day of Persons with Disabilities is being held Monday in the presence of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and a some artists and public figures. The event will be held at the al-Manara International Conferences Center at the Fifth Settlement, organized by the Egyptian Sports Federation for Mental Disabilities and featuring participation from the Ministry of Youth and Sports and the Ministry of Social Solidarity. The festival will be attended by a number of artists…

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