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Zimbabwe: Govt Denies Dispensing Expired Drugs

[The Herald] There are no expired medicines being dispensed at public health institutions as there are systems to ensure the safety of citizens, Government has said. (AllAfrica)

Zimbabwe: We Are Fully Qualified - Striking Doctors Angrily Tell VP Chiwenga

[New Zimbabwe] STRIKING doctors have reacted angrily to claims by government that the State assisted them through medical school and that there are enough medicine stocks in the country. (AllAfrica)

Africa: Oxfam Forced to Suspend Ebola Response in DR Congo Following Pre-Election Violence

[Oxfam] Oxfam has been forced to suspend its work in the Ebola ravaged areas of Beni and Butembo, due to violent protests following the announcement that people in these areas won't be able to cast their votes for a new president, when the rest of country goes to the polls this Sunday. (AllAfrica)

Zimbabwe: Can Zim End Aids By 2030?

[The Herald] Mary is a first-year tertiary student at one of the country's state universities. (AllAfrica)

Congo-Kinshasa: Women Join Hands to Oust Ebola From the Democratic Republic of the Congo

[WHO] Twice a week, Mama Mwatatu rises early and makes a two-hour trek from her home in Beni's Cité Belge neighbourhood in North Kivu, the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the local radio station. For the past 12 years, she has hosted a call-in radio talk show called "Women and Development" and has a devoted audience, earning her the nickname Mother Counsellor of Beni. (AllAfrica)

Zimbabwe: Harare Without Tap Water for Days

[New Zimbabwe] MOST parts of Harare have gone for days without tap water due to a breakdown of equipment at the main treatment plant as well as poor quality of raw water. (AllAfrica)

Liberia: Monrovia City to Erect 'Thousands of Public Toilets'

[Observer] Under the watchful eyes of the Monrovia City Mayor, Jefferson Koijee, the Director for City Beautification, Edwin Tisdell told journalists over the weekend that plans are underway for the construction thousands of public latrines in the City. (AllAfrica)

Zimbabwe: VP Chiwenga Blasts Striking Doctors for 'Gambling With Life'

[New Zimbabwe] Government has warned that junior doctors will face disciplinary action if they want to return to work as Acting President Constantino Chiwenga accused the medics of "gambling with people's lives". (AllAfrica)

Libya: WHO Warns Repeated Attacks Could Close Key Hospital

[Premium Times] The World Health Organisation (WHO) has strongly condemned an armed attack on Al Jala Hospital in Libya's second-largest city of Benghazi, which took place on Tuesday. (AllAfrica)

Zimbabwe: New Terms for Junior Doctors to Avert Future Job Disruptions - VP Chiwenga

[The Herald] Government is considering changing internship conditions for junior doctors to avert future work disruptions that expose patients to risk, Acting President Constantino Chiwenga has said. (AllAfrica)

Zimbabwe: Govt Needs U.S.$85 Million for Medicines Every Year - Minister

[New Zimbabwe] The government needs US$85 million in foreign currency annually to buy medicines for public hospitals, health minister Obadiah Moyo has revealed. (AllAfrica)

Zimbabwe: Outcry Over Doctors-Govt Impasse

[263Chat] Following the impasse between government and striking doctors, the general public has reacted angrily at the militant approached adopted to force junior medical practitioners to report back for duty. (AllAfrica)

Angola: Governor Recommends Improvements in Health Services Management

[ANGOP] Saurimo -The governor of the eastern Lunda Sul Province, Daniel Neto, last Thursday in Saurimo City appealed for immediate improvements in the region?s health services and the creation of complaint offices in hospitals, with a view to enabling better supervision of the performance of health professionals. (AllAfrica)

Kenya: Jambopay Bosses Sue Haji, AG in Bid to Stop NHIF Fraud Trial

[Nation] Two directors of Web Tribe Limited have filed a suit against their prosecution over claims of Sh1.1 billion fraud at the National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF). (AllAfrica)

South Sudan: A New Multipurpose Infectious Disease Unit Opens in Juba, South Sudan

[WHO] Juba 20 December, 2018 - A new state of the art multi-purpose, Infectious Diseases Unit was officially opened today 20 December by His Excellency Gen. Taban Deng Gai; the First Vice President of South Sudan. (AllAfrica)

Africa: Ministry of Health and Who Commend Journalists On the Critical Role They Play During Public Health Emergencies

[WHO] Kampala 20th December 2018: - Uganda's Minister of Health, Dr Jane Ruth Aceng has commended the tremendous contribution of journalists during public health emergencies. She was speaking at a one-day orientation of journalist on Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) held in Kampala, yesterday. (AllAfrica)

Zimbabwe: Pharmaceutical Company Takes Delivery of Medicines, Sundries

[The Herald] Government has started receiving medicines and medical sundries from suppliers and is distributing them across the country. (AllAfrica)

Africa: Universal Healthcare in Africa Is a Necessity for Genuine Development

[Fahamu] A recent conference in South Africa raised issues on whether universal healthcare should be a private or state-driven endeavour. (AllAfrica)

Kenya: Lamu Launches Sh137m Project to Improve Contraceptive Use

[Nation] Lamu County has launched a three-year plan aimed at increasing the rate of contraceptive use from 43 percent to at least 46 percent by the year 2020. (AllAfrica)

Sudan: Doctors' Strike Widens in Sudan

[Radio Dabanga] El Gedaref / Kassala / Port Sudan -The strikes by doctors and medical staff in solidarity with the anti-government protests have spread further across Sudan this week. (AllAfrica)

Congo-Kinshasa: 4 Humanitarian Hurdles for the DRC's Next Leader

[Citizen] Kinshasa -As elections to replace President Joseph Kabila in the Democratic Republic of Congo were postponed on Thursday, after a delay already of more than two years, a host of humanitarian crises - from Ebola to protracted conflicts - continued to await his successor. (AllAfrica)

Kenya: Matiang'i Orders Probe On Traditional Leaders Over Illicit Brew Trade

[Nation] Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang'i has ordered investigations on two chiefs in Bomet after three children consumed a bootleg drink and fell ill. (AllAfrica)

Ethiopia: Ethiopia Launched New Guideline for Reaching Missed Tuberculosis Cases

[WHO] The Ethiopian Federal Ministry of Health, the National TB Program in collaboration with WHO and partners conducted a workshop from December 17 to 18, 2018 to launch a new guideline for reaching missed tuberculosis cases. (AllAfrica)

Kenya: Kenya Lifts Abortion Ban On Global Charity Marie Stopes

[Thomson Reuters Foundation] London -Kenya has lifted a ban on Marie Stopes carrying out abortions in the country after a review found it had not actively encouraged women and girls to have them, a move that will prevent many unsafe terminations. (AllAfrica)

South Africa: Over 300 Healthy Babies Born On Christmas Day in Gauteng

[News24Wire] Public health facilities across Gauteng were abuzz on Christmas Day as 324 babies were born, the provincial Department of Health said in a statement on Wednesday. (AllAfrica)

Zimbabwe: Mnene Hospital Suspected Source of Cholera Outbreak

[The Herald] Mnene Mission Hospital in Mberengwa is suspected to be the source of a cholera outbreak that has killed three people in Chomubobo Resettlement Area in Mberengwa, after samples taken from a river, which is the main water source for people in the area, was found to be contaminated. (AllAfrica)

Africa: Climate Change - Why the Air You Are Breathing Could Send You to the Grave

[East African] Climate change is the single greatest health challenge that the world faces today, because it affects all aspects of human life and threatens to undo all the improvements made in health, warns a report by the World Health Organisation. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: How to Improve Disease Diagnosis in Nigeria - Roche

[Guardian] Taofeek Oloruko-oba is the Country Head, Roche Diagnostics in Nigeria. Roche is a global pioneer in pharmaceuticals and diagnostics. He spoke to journalists on how to improve disease diagnosis in the country. NKECHI ONYEDIKA-UGOEZE was there. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Concerns Over Rise in Rat-Borne Infections, Deaths

[Guardian] It is no longer news that rats sparked the ongoing Lassa fever outbreak that has affected over 23 states in Nigeria. Latest reports from the Nigeria Centre Disease Control (NCDC) showed that from January 1 to December 9, 2018, a total of 3276 suspected cases have been reported with 149 deaths. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Ageing Lagos University Hospital In Dire Need of Funding

[Guardian] The imposing medical facility lies between Idi-Araba, Surulere and Mushin. The Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) Idi-Araba is the foremost tertiary hospital in Lagos State. It serves as the last resort and referral for all disease conditions. It is believed that if a medical case could not be treated at LUTH then the situation is hopeless. The only other teaching hospital of repute in Lagos is the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) Ikeja. (AllAfrica)

Congo-Kinshasa: Four Humanitarian Challenges for Congo's Next Leader

[IRIN] As elections to replace President Joseph Kabila in the Democratic Republic of Congo were reportedly postponed on Thursday, after a delay already of more than two years, a host of humanitarian crises - from Ebola to protracted conflicts - continued to await his successor. (AllAfrica)

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