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Nigeria, Niger Hardest Hit By 2009 Meningitis Epidemic, Says UN Health Agency

A vast majority of the nearly 25,000 suspected meningitis cases and more than 15,000 deaths worldwide in the first three months of 2009 have occurred in the so-called "African meningitis belt," hitting Nigeria and Niger the hardest, the United Nations health agency has reported. The bulk of the cases in the meningitis belt, stretching from Senegal...

'Africa is Thirsty for Peace And Development,' Says Benedict XVI

Pope Benedict XVI appealed this Sunday, in Luanda, to Christians all over the world to care for the African continent, because it is thirsty for justice, peace and development. Addressing a huge crowd, during an open-air mass held in Cimangola camp, the Pontiff said "this continent is full of hope, however so thirsty for justice, peace and healthy...

Pope's Comments Stoke Condom Debate in Africa

In his first public statement on condoms and AIDS earlier this week, Pope Benedict XVI reignited an international debate between religious leaders working with AIDS patients and European governments that fund anti-HIV programmes in developing countries. En route to the capital Yaoundé in Cameroon, the pope said: "You can't resolve [the problem of...

Meningitis, Lassa Fever Kill 333 in 22 States of Nigeria

After an initial denial, the Federal Government has finally confirmed the outbreak of two deadly diseases, Lassa fever and Meningitis, in the country. Health Minister Babatunde Osotimehin who made the confirmation at an interactive session with newsmen in Abuja yesterday said 5,323 cerebrospinal meningitis (CSM) cases had been reported in various...

Doctors Fear High Risk of Drug-Resistant TB In Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe's crumbling health system makes it almost impossible to detect and treat tuberculosis (TB), doctors say. As a result, they suspect the country has large numbers of unidentified cases of multi-drug resistant (MDR) as well as extensively drug resistant (XDR) TB. International humanitarian relief organisation, Médicins Sans Frontières (MSF...

Meningitis Ravages the Northern Nigeria - Over 70 Reported Dead, Hundreds Infected

Outbreaks of Cerebro-Spinal Meningitis continue to rear their ugly heads in Northern Nigeria, even as statistics revealed continue to raise concerns. In Kano State, the disease has led to the death of 21 persons out of the 278 cases reported in the state. The Deputy Director, Disease Control of the state's Ministry of Health Dr. Ashiru Rajab, said...

Post-Election Violence In Kenya Caused Hundreds of Patients Fail to Collect Their Antiretroviral Medication

When post-election violence struck western Kenya's Rift Valley last year, hundreds of patients failed to collect their antiretroviral medication from their regular clinics, leading health workers to fear that their patients would develop resistance, or fall ill and even die. More than 90 percent of patients at the Academic Model for the Prevention...

WHO Says Cholera Cases In Zimbabwe Rise Above 70,000

The number of Zimbabweans infected with cholera has risen above 70,000, a new update released by the World Health Organisation has stated. A staggering 1,950 new cases were reported on Monday, with 67 cholera-related deaths, whereas only 362 were reported the previous day along, with nine deaths. The humanitarian aid agency, Water Sanitation and...

Mandela Foundation to Tackle Scourge of Xenophobia

IN LIVING up to its mission of preserving former president Nelson Mandela's legacy of reconciliation, his foundation has launched an initiative to promote peace in divided communities previously plagued by xenophobic attacks. The programme by the Nelson Mandela Foundation is in response to last year's wave of xenophobic attacks that claimed 62...

Painkiller Kills 84 Children In Nigeria

Health authorities in Nigeria announced on 4 February that 84 children have died and a further 27 have fallen ill since November as a result of ingesting a pain-relief syrup called 'My Pikin'. The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) discovered in November that the product contained the chemical Diethylene glycol,...

Pharmaceutical society of Nigeria (PSN) Skeptical Over Diabetes Cure Claim

Following the report by some national dailies yesterday, claiming that a Nigerian Scientist, Dr Louis Obyo Nelson, has discovered a cure for Diabetes Mellitus, said to be number six killer disease in the world, Pharmaceutical society of Nigeria (PSN) yesterday, expressed reservations abou 4 the claim.The reports noted that Nelson had been granted...

Nigerian scientist, Dr. Louis Obyo Finds Cure for Diabetes

It's official - a Nigerian scientist, Dr. Louis Obyo Obyo Nelson, has finally found a cure for the dreaded diabetes disease which afflicts over 123 million sufferers all over the world. The Minister of State for Health, Dr Aliyu Idi Hong, yesterday described as "epoch and historical" the production of Antidiabetic Phytophar-maceutical by Nelson in...

Zimbabwe Receives U.S. $5 Million Boost From Unicef in Fight Against Cholera Outbreak

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) have announced a $5 million donation for Zimbabwe's besieged health sector to help it battle an out-of-control cholera epidemic and the effects of collapsing health services. The death toll in the southern African country's worst ever cholera outbreak has now topped 2,000, with over half the estimated 40...

Patients Pay U.S. Dollars for Healthcare

Brian Towanda sits with his wife on a sofa counting down the days to January 15 -- the day his spouse's gynaecologist said she would deliver their first child. Not even the political stalemate between President Robert Mugabe and MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai on the formation of a unity government, the cholera epidemic and food shortages can drown...

5.5 Million People In Zimbabwe May Need Food, Says UN

Four independent United Nations human rights experts today called on the Government of Zimbabwe and the international community to do more to rebuild the country's health system, end the worst cholera epidemic ever recorded there and ensure adequate food for all people as millions face hunger. "Zimbabwe's health system has completely...