Health

Turkish aid body provides health support in Somaliland

Turkey’s state aid agency provided medical equipment to a hospital in Somalia’s breakaway region of Somaliland, according to a statement on Tuesday. The Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) said 216 devices and medical equipment including an ultrasound device, echocardiography equipment, autoclave were provided for the Hargeisa State Hospital, which serves around 3 million patients.

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Concern over re-emergence of polio in Kenya

An emergency committee of the World Health Organization has recommended polio as an emergency public health concern following the upsurge of cases. The paralyzing disease, according to the committee, is a serious health threat that could spread globally as efforts of fighting the disease reveals stagnation. In the committee’s recommendation, Kenya, is among countries classified

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Namibia suspends meat imports from South Africa

Namibia has suspended meat imports from neighbouring South Africa due to the outbreak of the highly contagious foot and mouth disease. The authorities on Tuesday announced that positive laboratory results for the viral disease, which causes lesions and lameness in cattle and sheep, were taken in the Vhembe District of Limpopo, which borders Zimbabwe. Foot

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World’s first baby born from uterus transplanted from dead donor

In a medical first, a mother who received a uterus transplant from a dead donor gave birth to a healthy baby, researchers reported Wednesday. The breakthrough operation, performed in September 2016 in Sao Paulo, Brazil, shows that such transplants are feasible and could help thousands of women unable to have children due to uterine problems,

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Mum Died After Travelling Abroad For ‘Dream’ Bum Lift Surgery

The husband of a teaching assistant who died after having a Brazilian bum lift procedure abroad has urged others not to travel abroad for similar surgery. In a statement issued after an inquest into the death of mother-of-two Tryce Harry, her husband Kirk Harry said he had supported her “dream” of having cosmetic treatment. A

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Somali Health Minister says it is illegal to trade TB medicines

The Minister of Health of the Federal Government of Somalia, Fowsia Abiikar Nur has a signed letter that prohibits traffickers from selling TB medicines and cannot bring them home. Fowsia said that TB medicines are free and accessible to Somali health facilities and it is illegal to trade. On the other hand, the government hospitals

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Thailand: Dengue fever kills 71 people

Epidemic affects more than 57,000 people in 27 regions, says Health Ministry A dengue fever outbreak has killed 71 people in Thailand in 2018, according to the Health Ministry. The ministry said in a Sunday statement that more than 57,000 people in 27 regions have been affected by the disease since January. It also said

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UK issues travel advice on Kenya over Ebola in Congo

The United Kingdom has issued a travel advisory for its citizens travelling to Kenya citing the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The citizens were also asked to carry certified copies of their passports because of a government crackdown on illegal foreigners. “Carry a certified copy of your passport if applying for a

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Outbreak update – Cholera in Somalia, 6 September 2018

6 September 2018 – The Ministry of Health of Somalia has announced 76 new cases of cholera including one death for week 34 (20 to 26 August) of 2018. Over the past two weeks, there has been an increase in the number of cholera cases reported. The cumulative total of cases is 6245, including 42

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Greece’s biggest migrant camp on Lesbos faces closure over public health risks

Greece’s biggest migrant camp faces closure next month unless authorities clean up “uncontrollable amounts of waste,” the regional governor said, citing public health risks. The Moria camp, on the Greek island of Lesbos, has long been described by the United Nations and other human rights organizations as overcrowded and unfit for humans. More than 8,300

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