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Kenya: Kenya Urged to Take Advantage of Its Health Assets in Medical Tourism

[The Exchange] Kenya needs to take advantage of its existing assets it the medical sector to attract other nationals seeking specialised treatment services abroad, experts have urged. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Review Restrictive Laws On Abortion, Group Urges FG

[This Day] Ipas, an international organisation that champions the reproductive health and rights of women has called on the federal government to consider a review of the restrictive laws on abortion, saying that the law was costing women their lives in large number in the country. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Enugu Bans Sale of Unapproved Water

[This Day] The Enugu State Government has banned the sale and distribution of water by water tankers and other vendors from unauthorised sources in the state "particularly the IBUSA Street Water/Stream in Independence Layout, Enugu". A statement by the Commissioner for Information, Nnanyelugo Chidi Aroh, stated that the ban was in furtherance of the commitment of Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi's administration to protect the health and safety of residents of Enugu. (AllAfrica)

Uganda: Three Dead As Yellow Fever Outbreak Is Confirmed in Northern Uganda

[Monitor] The Ministry of Health has confirmed an outbreak of yellow fever in Northern Uganda after three people died in Moyo and Buliisa Districts. (AllAfrica)

South Africa: No Cases of Coronavirus Here - Institute for Communicable Diseases

[News24Wire] There have been no cases of the novel coronavirus known as "2019-nCoV" identified in South Africa, the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) said on Thursday. (AllAfrica)

Zimbabwe: Masiyiwa Family Extends Free Transport to Doctors and Nurses

[263Chat] Higherlife Foundation has extended by an additional six months the free transport programme for nurses and doctors employed at public healthcare institutions in Zimbabwe. (AllAfrica)

Africa: U.S. Stops Issuance of Visa for Childbirth

[This Day] The United States Thursday said it would no longer issue visas to foreigners who want to give birth in the country. (AllAfrica)

Uganda: Health Teams Dispatched to Kagadi After Case of Crimean-Congo Fever Confirmed

[Independent (Kampala)] Kampala, Uganda -Ugandan health experts have been dispatched to Kigadi district to contain an outbreak of the Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever (CCHF). (AllAfrica)

South Africa: Officials on 'High Alert' for Coronavirus

[VOA] South Africa's health ministry says it is on "high alert" for possible coronavirus patients at the continent's busiest airport. (AllAfrica)

Zimbabwe: Mai Titi Breaks Down After Facebook User Taunts Boyfriend Over Her HIV Status

[New Zimbabwe] Local comedienne, Mai Titi, Thursday broke down on her Facebook Live after one internet user taunted her boyfriend for dating an HIV positive person. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Medical Trips - Reps Seek Court Approval for President, Govs, Other Public Office Holders

[Vanguard] Abuja -A bill to bar the President, Governors and other public office holders from traveling abroad for treatment without court approval, has been slated for second reading in the House of Representatives. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Investigative Journalist Exposes State Country's Oldest Psychiatric Hospital

[This is Africa] A Nigerian investigative journalist Fisayo Soyombo has exposed the corruption and decrepit state of the country's oldest psychiatric hospital, Yaba Nero-Psychiatric Hospital. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: NCDC Raises the Alarm Over Rising Cases of Lassa Fever

[This Day] Abuja -Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has reported a sharp increase in the case of Lassa fever across the country. (AllAfrica)

Africa: No Scientific Evidence That Wearing a Bra Causes Breast Cancer

[Africa Check] A meme posted on Facebook warns women and girls that wearing a bra, underwear that covers and supports the breasts, could be dangerous. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: U.S. Moves to Stop 'Birth Tourism'

[Vanguard] The U.S. Department of State has introduced new regulations to stop "birth tourism", the practice of giving birth in the country to obtain American citizenship for a child. (AllAfrica)

Liberia: LAC Praised for Managing Lassa Fever

[New Dawn] The National Public Health Institute of Liberia (NPHIL) together with the World Health Organization and the U.S. Center for Disease Control (US CDC) lauds the Liberia Agriculture Company (LAC) for achieving lowest deaths from hospitalized patients affected by Lassa fever worldwide. (AllAfrica)

Namibia: Blood Transfusion Service Appeals for 'O' Blood Type

[Namibia Economist] The Blood Transfusion Service of Namibia (NamBTS) requires a minimum of 2000 blood donations before the end of January to bolster the blood supply. (AllAfrica)

Zimbabwe: Humanitarian Crisis Reaches Breaking Point

[Zimbabwe Independent] Zimbabwe's humanitarian crisis has reached catastrophic levels with thousands of children in the country facing disease and death due to acute malnutrition. A recent report by the United Nations (UN) special rapporteur on the right to food stated that Zimbabwe is hurtling towards "man-made starvation". (AllAfrica)

Liberia: Healthcare Federation Launched Here

[New Dawn] Private healthcare facilities and practitioners here have launched a federation named 'Healthcare Federation of Liberia.' (AllAfrica)

Liberia: NPHIL Intensifies Surveillance Against Corona-Virus Outbreak

[Observer] ..Urged the public to remain calm (AllAfrica)

West Africa: Liberia Joins West Africa Healthcare Federation

[FrontPageAfrica] Monrovia -Liberia Monday joined the West Africa Health Care Federation. Liberia joined during the launch the Health care Federation of Liberia (HFL). The goal of the organization is to unify the private health sector in every country in order to collaborate to create an enabling environment for health care in the country. (AllAfrica)

Liberia: Public Health Authorities Release Health Advisory On Coronavirus Outbreak in China

[FrontPageAfrica] Monrovia -The National Public Health Institute of Liberia has released a public health advisory to the Liberian public on the coronavirus outbreak in the People's Republic of China. (AllAfrica)

Liberia: Amb. Kemayah Gets Commitment From Colombian President Márquez to Help Address the Problem of Drug Use

[FrontPageAfrica] New York -Liberia's Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary and Permanent Representative to the United Nations, His Excellency Dee-Maxwell Saah Kemayah, Sr. has stressed the need for increased continuous and predictable financing of United Nations peacebuilding activities in Liberia. (AllAfrica)

Liberia: Major Govt Lab for Testing Medicine, Health Products Not Functional

[FrontPageAfrica] Monrovia -The Liberia Medicine and Health Products Regulatory Authority (LNHRA) has disclosed that the only laboratory available for the testing of the wholesomeness of medical products coming into the country is not functional. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Some States Yet to Receive Govt's Support As Lassa Fever Spreads

[Daily Trust] As the recent outbreak of Lassa fever continues to claim lives and spreads to more states, some affected states have received some level of support from the federal government while others have not. (AllAfrica)

South Africa: Meet the Afri-Vegans: South Africa Slowly Embracing Veganism

[VOA] Meat may be meeting its match, as more and more South Africans are experimenting with vegetarian and vegan lifestyles. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: EU Constructs 170 Latrines for Schools in Borno

[Daily Trust] Maiduguri -The European Union (EU) has constructed new gender-segregated latrines for primary schools in nine local government areas in Borno State under the education component of its support to response, recovery and resilience in the state. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Lassa Fever - Kano Govt Dismisses Report of 292 Cases

[Vanguard] Kano State Government has faulted report by a section of the media which claims that the state has recorded 292 cases of Lassa Fever. (AllAfrica)

South Africa: Medical Doctor Arrested for Contravening the Medical Act

[News24Wire] A medical doctor is expected to appear before the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) Inspectorate Office for allegedly contravening the Medical Act. (AllAfrica)

Tanzania: Improved Services Draw More Patients to Mloganzila Hospital

[Daily News] THE number of outpatients and inpatients at the Muhimbili National Hospital's Mloganzila Campus has increased by an average of 56 per cent, with management attributing it to service satisfaction. (AllAfrica)

New global plan to end TB

The Stop TB Partnership launched the Global Plan to End TB 2018-2022 that calls for 2.6 billion USD per year for vital research and development of new tuberculosis (TB) diagnostic tools, new drug regimens and a new vaccine, and 13 billion USD per year for TB care and prevention. With the new Global Plan, the... (

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