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Tedros Ghebreyesus elected first African Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO)

An Ethiopian medical doctor, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, has been elected the new Director-General of the World Health Organisation. Mr. Ghebreyesus, who was nominated by the Government of Ethiopia and will begin his five-year term on 1 July, was elected Tuesday as the first African to occupy the position. He had served as Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ethiopia from 2012-2016 and ...

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Yemen civil war: 250 people killed by cholera in May

A major epidemic of cholera is feared in Yemen, according to charity Save the Children. Almost 250 people have died of the disease this month alone, with hundreds of suspected cases being reported every day, it says.   Children in Sanaa receiving treatment for cholera symptoms [Image copyright: EPA] The World Health Organization said the water-borne illness is spreading at ...

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180 people killed by Meningitis in Niger

  At least 179 people, almost half of them children, have died of meningitis since January in Niger, where some 3,000 suspected cases have been reported, the United Nations said Wednesday.   “From January 2 to May 7, 2017, a total of 3,037 suspected cases of meningitis, including 179 deaths, was reported in the country,” said the UN’s humanitarian agency, ...

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Venezuela Crisis: Lack of medicines and low salaries increase infant and maternal mortality [READ]

President Nicolas Maduro says the health crisis is caused by medicines being hoarded to encourage a coup against him Venezuelans trekked to the border with Brazil or Colombia to buy medicine and seek treatment in public hospitals. Health care workers protested in February in Caracas against President Nicolas Maduro’s government, against the lack of medicines and low salaries There has ...

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After healthcare victory, President Trump declares Obamacare is dead

President Donald Trump has declared Obamacare dead after the Republican healthcare bill was narrowly passed by the lower chamber of Congress. The 217-213 vote marked his first legislative victory and goes some way to keeping a key campaign promise to roll back his predecessor’s law. Democrats say the American Health Care Act will leave millions uninsured. The bill now heads ...

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US House of Representatives endorse Trump healthcare bill in moves to strike off Obamacare

The US House of Representatives has passed a healthcare bill, bringing President Trump’s pledge to repeal and replace Obamacare a stride closer. The American Health Care Act (AHCA) passed with a vote to spare, after weeks of cajoling within the Republican party to muster enough support. Democrats were unanimously opposed and their House leader Nancy Pelosi called it a “cowardly ...

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Leprosy found in bones of pilgrim who died in the 11th century

Genetic analysis of a pilgrim who died in the late 11th or early 12th century showed that he was infected with Mycobacterium leprae belonging to the 2F lineage.   The University of Surrey’s Michael Taylor and his colleagues excavated the pilgrim and two other individuals for biomolecular, radiocarbon, and isotopic analysis. As they reported on January  26, 2017 in PLOS ...

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Meningitis death toll in Nigeria rises to 813 says Minister of Health Isaac Adewole [LOOK]

Over 800 Nigerians have been killed by meningitis since the latest outbreak of the epidemic in the country 16 weeks ago. The Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, disclosed this figure on Wednesday after the Federal Executive Council meeting at the State House in Abuja. Mr. Adewole said though the outbreak which started in Nigeria in 2016 is now spreading more ...

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After 346 people die of meningitis in Zamfara, health officials hide away 370 Meningitis Vaccines [LOOK]

Two officials of Bungudu local council in Zamfara have been ordered to produce the missing meningitis vaccines allocated to the area or be sanctioned.   The affected officials are the local council’s director of health, Rabiu Dansadau and the councillor of health, Sanusi Umar.   Aliyu Kagara, chairman of the state sub-committee for the procurement, management and distribution of meningitis ...

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Every year, 170,000 people die from tropical diseases [READ]

More people are now getting treatment for lymphatic filariasis which makes limbs swell There has been a record-breaking achievement in distributing tablets to fight neglected tropical diseases, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation says. The effort has ramped up since a key meeting in London five years ago. In 2015, one billion people worldwide were treated for at least one ...

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