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What we know about the origin of DRC’s latest Ebola outbreak

On April 23, 2022, the Minister of Public Health, Hygiene, and Prevention announced a new case of Ebola virus disease (EVD) occurring in Mbandaka health zone in Equateur Province, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). EVD outbreaks occurred previously in Equateur Province in 2018 and 2020. The 31-year-old male, a student from Boende in Tshuapa Province, returned to Mbandaka, Equateur Province on February 25, 2022. He was vaccinated against Ebola virus in 2020 and is not known to be an EVD

We can accelerate our efforts to achieve a malaria-free Africa — Moeti

Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO’s Regional Director for Africa expressed optimism in the actualization of a malaria-free Africa. In a statement to mark the World Malaria Day 2022, Moeti said there is the need to urgently scale up innovation and the deployment of new tools in the fight against malaria, while advocating for equitable access to malaria prevention and treatment, within the context of building health system resilience. The past year has seen significant breakthroughs in malaria prevention and control, in spite

Ebola returns to DRC

The health authorities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo today declared an outbreak of Ebola after a case was confirmed in Mbandaka, a city in the north-western Equateur Province. This is the third outbreak in the province since 2018. So far, just one case has been confirmed. The patient, a 31-year-old man, began experiencing symptoms on 5 April and after more than a week of care at home, sought treatment at a local health facility. On 21 April, the patient

eClinic: Powering Nigeria’s Healthcare System Using Technology

A patient walks or is aided by someone else into the reception of a hospital. They walk to the counter and inform the attending nurse that they are seeking medical attention. The nurse asks, “do you have a file?” and the patient responds in the affirmative. The nurse goes to the inventory room, and 15 or more minutes are lost. The patient waits then the nurse returns with a file that looks like it is on the brink of falling apart

Innovative partnership set to improve telemedicine by helping physicians examine and diagnose patients virtually beyond video consultations in Nigeria

The partnership between LaFiya Telehealth and Tyto Care will advance telemedicine at home by accelerating the depth of clinical care that patients can get remotely in Nigeria. Today, LaFiya Telehealth and Tyto Care have partnered to accelerate the depth of clinical care given through telemedicine in Nigeria. The partnership brings an integration of their services to enable remote examinations with live streaming, information from Tyto Care Home kits and consequently allow for a more precise and detailed prognosis and early diagnosis.

COVID-19 deaths are increasing in Africa, WHO warns

The World Health Organization (WHO) has expressed concerns about the trend of COVID-19 deaths in Africa. Addressing the 150th Executive Board Meeting of the WHO, the organization’s Director-General, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus noted that while the number of deaths from the pandemic is rising, it is particularly increasing in Africa where the least proportion of citizens have been vaccinated. “So far, the explosion in cases has not been matched by a surge in deaths, although deaths are increasing in all regions,

New Lipton Extra Strong tea launched at Sip and Paint event

Lipton hosts a Sip and Paint event with Toke Makinwa, Denola Grey, Taymesan, and others to launch the new Lipton Extra Strong tea. Premium tea label Lipton hosted a “Sip and Paint” event on Friday, January 21, 2022, at Tree House Garden, Lagos. The event, which was geared towards encouraging tea consumption and building awareness around the newest addition to its product line, was hosted by radio personality and presenter, Kaylah Oniwo. Commenting on the event, Asst. Brand Manager, Ekaterra-Zainab Abbas, said, “As

WHO recommends against the use of convalescent plasma to treat COVID-19

The World Health Organization (WHO) has updated its living guideline on COVID-19 therapeutics to include convalescent plasma. For non-severe COVID-19 patients, WHO recommends against its use, while it should only be used within clinical trials for severe and critical COVID-19 patients. Convalescent plasma is a transfusion of blood plasma from someone who has recovered from COVID-19. Current evidence shows that convalescent plasma does not improve survival or reduce the need for mechanical ventilation, while it has significant costs. An independent panel of experts,

Pharmacists Commend RxAll for Introducing RxScanner

Members of the pharmaceutical society of Nigeria at the 2021 Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria in Port Harcourt commended RxAll a health tech company for the introduction of RxScanner into the country’s market at the unveiling of the product during the PSN conference held in Port Harcourt recently. Commenting on the unveiling of the product after the presentation, Pharmacist Olusola Porter, UCH Ibadan said “this technology will positively impact the counterfeit drug market in Africa, especially Nigeria while Pharmacist Uchechukwu Eloere of

Only 1 in 4 African health workers fully vaccinated against COVID-19

Only 27% of health workers in Africa have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, leaving the bulk of the workforce on the frontlines against the pandemic unprotected, a preliminary analysis by World Health Organization (WHO) shows. Analysis of data reported from 25 countries finds that since March 2021, 1.3 million health workers were fully vaccinated, with just six countries reaching more than 90%, while nine countries have fully vaccinated less than 40%. In sharp contrast, a recent WHO global study of 22