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RDC/Covid-19 : 101 nouveaux cas testés positifs, aucun décès et 665 guéris vendredi
February 27, 2021 | 0 Comments

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Depuis le début de l’épidémie déclarée le 10 mars 2020, le cumul des cas est de 25.792, dont 25.791 cas confirmés et 1 cas probable. Au total, il y a eu 707 décès et 18.951 personnes guéries.  

  • 101 nouveaux cas confirmés, dont 43 à Kinshasa, 20 au Lualaba, 13 dans le Haut-Katanga, 12 à l’Equateur, 9 au Sud-Kivu et 4 au Kongo Central;  
  • 654 échantillons testés  ;
  • Aucun nouveau décès parmi les cas confirmés ;
  • 665 nouvelles personnes sorties guéries dans les CTCo et parmi les personnes suivies à domiciles, dont 599 à Kinshasa, 37 au Kongo Central, 13  dans le Haut-Katanga, 13  au Sud-Kivu et  au Nord-Kivu . 
NB: Le test Covid-19 est gratuit pour tout le monde en République démocratique du Congo. Cependant, le test des voyageurs est payant à 30 dollars américains. 

 
* Les 23 provinces touchées:
 

  1.   Kinshasa: 19 497 cas;
  2. Nord-Kivu: 1,544 cas;
  3.   Kongo Central: 1,517 cas;  
  4.   Haut-Katanga: 1,427 cas;
  5.   Sud-Kivu: 752 cas;
  6.   Lualaba: 441 cas; 
  7.   Ituri: 224 cas;
  8.   Tshopo: 109 cas;
  9.   Haut-Uélé: 95 cas;
  10.   Équateur: 62 cas; 
  11.   Nord-Ubangi: 40 cas;
  12.   Maniema: 20 cas;
  13.   Kasaï Central: 17 cas;
  14.   Kwilu: 9 cas;
  15.   Sud-Ubangi: 7 cas;
  16.   Tanganyika: 7 cas;
  17.   Kasaï Oriental: 7 cas;
  18.   Bas-Uélé: 6 cas;
  19.   Kwango: 4 cas;
  20.   Kasaï: 2 cas;
  21.   Maï-Ndombe: 2 cas;
  22.   Tshuapa: 2 cas;
  23.   Haut-Lomami: 1 cas.

 
* /! \ Les données présentées dans ce tableau sont susceptibles de changer ultérieurement, après investigations approfondies et après redistribution des cas et décès dans leurs zones de santé respectives. *

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Ghana: Poor Education Causing Panic on COVID-19 Vaccines-Immunologist
February 27, 2021 | 0 Comments

By Ahedor Jessica

Arrival of COVID 19 vaccines in Ghana. Photo credit Francis Kokoroko / UNICEF
Arrival of COVID 19 vaccines in Ghana. Photo credit Francis Kokoroko / UNICEF

Ghana will from first week in March 2021 start vaccinating its populace with the two different types of COVID-19 vaccines available for use in the country. Prior to the arrival of the vaccines on 24th February 2021 there were mixed reactions as a result of the many conflicting theories about the vaccine. While many of the citizenry are of the view that the vaccines among other theories targets depopulating blacks, experts are calling for the right information to forestall public confidence in the process.

Immunologist, Dr Bernard Amoani at the Department of Biomedical Sciences, University of Cape Coast, Ghana asserts in winning public trust to achieved the desired result for this immunization, Government must use the right people to channel the appropriate information on the vaccines for a smooth take-off and a successful roll-out.

According to him, the available vaccines – COVID-19 mRNA vaccines and viral vector vaccines saw its preliminary data on the impact in Scotland reducing the risk of hospitalization substantially as such, this shows real promise that the vaccines could protect the citizenry from the severe effects of COVID-19.

“Findings from the first study to assess the impact of COVID-19 vaccination on prevention of severe illness in communities reveals four weeks after administration of a first dose, the risk of hospitalization was reduced by up to 85% by the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine and up to 94% by the Astra Zeneca vaccine”.

But Ghana has more than 3 variants of the covid-19 strains, hence the growing concerns about which type of the variants are the two available vaccines targeting to provide immunity for.   

Prof. Alfred Yawson, Head of Community Health Department, University of Ghana Medical School explains the UK variants is predominant in Ghana hence the Astra Zeneca vaccine and the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccines works perfectly for Ghana as well.

“We have carried out tests and we realized the UK variant is the dominant one in Ghana so the vaccines they use also fit well for us”.   

Available literature on the benefit of mRNA vaccines, like all other vaccines, reveals those vaccinated gains protection without ever having to risk the consequences of getting sick with COVID-19. COVID-19 mRNA vaccines instruct the cells to make a harmless piece of spike protein that is found on the surface of the virus that causes COVID-19.

These vaccines are given in the upper arm muscle. Once the instructions (mRNA) are inside the immune cells, the cell uses them to make the protein piece (spike proteins). After the protein piece is made, the cell breaks down the instructions and gets rid of them. Thus, they are no longer in the body to cause any harm as it is being speculated. The body cells display the protein piece on its surface and the immune systems recognize that the protein doesn’t belong there and begin to build an immune response and make antibodies, like what happens in natural infection against COVID-19. At the end of the process, the body has learned how to protect against future infection. Experts say any temporary discomfort experienced after getting the vaccine is a natural part of the process and an indication that the vaccine is efficacious.

However, vaccines are not like antimalarial drugs that start their work immediately after one has taken it. It takes time for the body immune system (cells) to produce immunity that can fight and defend one from getting the COVID-19 virus. Thus, it is prudent for the public to continue to observe the COVID-19 protocols even after one has taken the vaccine for some time until the body produces immunity.

If we are able to go round the country and vaccinate everybody we believe our problem with COVID-19 will begin to go down, says Health Minister-designate, Kwaku Agyemang-Manu
If we are able to go round the country and vaccinate everybody we believe our problem with COVID-19 will begin to go down, says Health Minister-designate, Kwaku Agyemang-Manu

Health Minister-designate, Kwaku Agyemang-Manu has implored every Ghanaian to avail themselves for the vaccination against the coronavirus, emphasizing the only way to reduce the rate of infection is to vaccinate.

The Health Minister Reiterated Ghana’s success on previous vaccinations as the country continues to use that as a spring board.

“Luckily, in Ghana, we have success stories to tell with vaccines in children. Measles, polio, tetanus, we have used vaccines to try to prevent our kids from getting them. So now, vaccines shouldn’t be a new thing for us. The only new thing we are going to add on to the battle that we have fought since last year is the vaccines. If we are able to go round the country and vaccinate everybody we believe our problem with COVID-19 will begin to go down,” he said.

Meanwhile the health ministry would deploy a total of 12,471 vaccinators, 37,413 volunteers and 2079 team supervisors for a planned two rounds vaccinations campaign.

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Sierra Leone receives Sino Pharm COVID -19 vaccine from China
February 26, 2021 | 0 Comments

By Ishmael Sallieu Koroma

The Sierra Leonean government has today received a donation from the Chinese government of its first ever vaccine of 200,000 doses of the Sino Pharm COVID-19 Vaccine and 201,600 pieces of disposable needles and syringes which was brought in a chartered flight at the country’s Lungi international.

The donation according to the Sierra Leonean government ‘’reflect the long term traditional friendship and deep mutual trust between the two countries’’ adding that the vaccines would play an important role in Sierra Leone’s drive to prevent and contain the Covid-19 virus epidemic in the country.

Handing over the consignment, the Ambassador of China in Sierra Leone, Mr. Hu Zhangliang, said that the relationship between China and Sierra Leone has been in existence for over 45 years.

He said that the first batch of vaccine is to help boost the government of Sierra Leone in the fight against COVID-19 stating that  currently people all over the world are striving to get the vaccine and that their  support is by no means meet the high demand across the board at the moment.

“I strongly believe this donation will help the country fastly succeed in fighting against Covid 19 and contribute to the final victory of the final fight. H.E. President Xi Jinping has solemnly made it clear that China will contribute to the realization of the availability and affordability of COVID-19 vaccines in developing countries. China walks the talk. At the request of the WHO, China decided to provide 10 million doses of Chinese vaccines to the COVAX with a view to meeting the urgent needs of developing countries. China has also provided vaccine assistance to other friendly countries,’’ he said.

The Chinese Ambassador in Sierra Leone added that the fight against the pandemic is a relay race to save lives together rather than a zero-sum game. It is important for the International Community to join hands in rejecting vaccine nationalism, addressing vaccine deficits, bridging the “immunization gap”, and promoting fair and reasonable deployment of vaccines. All countries should come together and respond with solidarity and coordination like never before.

 Spokesperson for the Covid-19 Response in the country, Solomon Jamiru Esq, thanked the Chinese government for their timely support during the outbreak of the corona virus, adding that the strong bilateral ties between China and Sierra Leone have existed for a long time. He said the donation reflects the long term diplomatic friendship and deep mutual trust.

“Indeed the Republic of Sierra Leone and the People’s Republic of China are celebrating a wonderful 50 years of diplomatic relations. I must establish the importance for our people to understand that the relationship between China and Sierra Leone has been special and cordial and will continue to involve from peace to peace, good health to health and prosperity. We are receiving this consignment from the people’s Republic of China on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of this special relationship,” he said.

He said the Sierra Leone has now realized that China is a true friend, he this has is shown at a time the country is country is fighting a pandemic war. He expressed gratitude to Ambassador Hu for his kind of gesture.

“The Ministry of Health and Sanitation’s Extended Programme on Immunization (EPI) is working with partners to finalize vaccine roll-out plans adding that these plans will aim to offer the vaccine to those at highest risk from getting seriously sick and dying from COVID-19 as early as possible and once everything is in place (including cold-chain distribution, training of healthcare workers etc.)’’

“Once plans are finalized the specific timelines and first groups to be vaccinated will be communicated to the general public, including on this page. Keep up the great work, and stay safe,’’ the government said.  

Sierra Leone has so far recorded a total confirmed cases of the virus of 3,880 as of Wednesday and a total deaths of 79 with recoveries of 2,612 so far according to the Government‘s daily covid-19 update in the country.

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Mozambique To Receive Covid 19 Vaccines From China
February 24, 2021 | 0 Comments

By Jorge Joaquim

President Nyusi with Chinese leader Xi Jinping
President Nyusi with Chinese leader Xi Jinping

Mozambique is receiving today (24) the first batch of the vaccine against Covid-19 from China to ensure the vaccination of priority groups, among them health professionals, Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi announced on Facebook.

“Over the past two months I have maintained contacts with the President, Xi Jinping for access to the Covid-19 vaccine,” Nyusi wrote on his official account on Wednesday morning. “So I would like to share with the Mozambican people that the first batch of the vaccine arrives in the country this Wednesday afternoon, 24 February” he said.

With the arrival of this batch, the challenge continues to ensure the arrival of other doses, which negotiations are at an advanced stage with Mozambique’s partners, he added

However, it is not clear the quantity of the vaccine and the type of dose.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Embassy in Mozambique announced yesterday that the U.S. Government is providing an additional $3.7 million to help guarantee the country’s vaccine readiness per COVAX requirements. 

This includes planning the delivery and distribution of the vaccines throughout Mozambique, and technical assistance in the provision of comprehensive medical treatment to patients with COVID-19, including in the safe and effective utilization of oxygen.  

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Kenyan clinical officers ordered to suspend strike
February 23, 2021 | 0 Comments

By Samuel Ouma

The Labor Court on Tuesday halted an ongoing strike by clinical officers.

Justice Maureen Onyango directed the workers to resume work and continue offering services at their respective workstations.

In her ruling, Justice Onyango ordered that all disciplinary procedures against the clinical officers be halted. The employers were also ordered to pay salaries for all workers without fail.

In compliance with the court ruling, Kenya Union of Clinical Officers (KUCO) Chairman Peterson Wachira called off the strike and asked all members to report back to work.

“We will comply with the court order…we direct our members to report to their work stations…Employers have not addressed our grievances even as we resume duty.”

“We shall not voluntarily expose ourselves even as we report back to duty…We urge employers to sign and implement the Return To Work Formula (RTWF),” said Dr. Wachira.

The officers downed their tools in December last year, protesting against insufficient Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) for the frontline workers battling against the novel coronavirus.

The workers accused the government of failing to honor its promises to cater to health care workers’ needs.

The go-slow kicked off when nine clinical officers had succumbed to the Covid-19 and at least 763 infected.

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Impact of Covid-19 Vastly Underestimated in Africa – Zambian Researchers
February 21, 2021 | 0 Comments

By Prince Kurupati

A group of Zambian researchers based at the Boston University School of Public Health recently conducted a research into the impacts of Covid-19 in Africa. The research was inspired by the need to ascertain if the widely held belief that Africa has largely been spared the worst effects of the corona virus pandemic is true or not. At the end of the study, the researchers came to the conclusion that “the impact of Covid-19 in Africa has been vastly underestimated.”

The group of researchers used the University Teaching Hospital morgue in Lusaka as the study setting. Conducting their study which ran from June to September, 2020, the researchers enrolled 372 corpses as research participants. Out of the 372, 364 were exposed to PCR testing most of whom posthumously. Of the 364 participants that were tested, 15.9% were positive to Covid-19. The study however, could not ascertain if Covid-19 was the cause of death for all of those who tested positive.

From the research, the researchers managed to conclude that “deaths with Covid-19 were common in Lusaka (Zambia). Most occurred in the community where testing capacity is lacking. However, few people who died at facilities were tested, despite presenting with typical symptoms of Covid-19. Therefore, cases of Covid-19 were underreported because testing was rarely done not because Covid-19 was rare. If these data are generalisable, the impact of Covid-19 in Africa has been vastly underestimated.”

The results of the study made the researchers to postulate that by extension, the same trend of undercounting and underestimating the impact of Covid-19 maybe true elsewhere in Africa. This, in essence, disproving official records which state that Covid-19 fatalities in Africa account for just 4% of the population in a continent that makes up 17 per cent of the world’s population.

Various myths and theories that were forwarded by different individuals on the continent were also tackled during the course of the research. Firstly, many individuals believe that Covid-19 is a pandemic that rakes havoc mostly in the middle and upper classes of society. Low density communities that live in densely populated areas are of the view that they have been largely spared by the pandemic. To justify this, many claim that if the pandemic had caused as much havoc as it did in the East and West, then hundreds of deaths would be recorded. This however, according to the research was disproved as it found out that “most deaths occurred in the community” but “the majority of people who died in the community… had not been tested for Covid-19 before death”. To compound the situation, out of the people who die in the communities, upon arriving at health institutions, “testing was rarely conducted” even though some would have died showing “a constellation of symptoms typical of Covid-19”.

In recent times, public fatigue at Covid-19 countermeasures such as mask wearing and social distancing has been on the rise. Many youths and young adults hold the belief that the elderly are at higher risk of contracting the virus and succumbing to the virus thus they leave themselves vulnerable. This, however, has been disproved by the research which states that “deaths with Covid-19 occurred quite evenly across the age spectrum, not just among elder people. Most deaths were in people aged 20-59 years. This pattern is distinct from that described in the US, the EU, and China; it is more typical of the death by age distribution and population age structures common in African countries.”

Furthermore, to highlight the impact that Covid-19 has had on the younger generations, the research concluded that “10% (7/10) of the deaths with Covid-19 were in children, including three infants. Among the younger children, gastrointestinal rather than respiratory complaints predominated, which may be a factor explaining why only one had been tested for Covid-19 before death. The preponderance of gastrointestinal symptoms among children has been described previously.”

However, while the research did disprove several commonly held beliefs, it did agree with the popular belief that Covid-19 affects more those living with comorbidities. The research “identified a high frequency of novel potential underlying risk factors that may be more specific to Africa. Notably, tuberculosis, malnutrition, and HIV/AIDS were very common in this setting.” Other high risk factors included chronic conditions such as “diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and emphysema”.

Overall, the research team led by Lawrence Mwanayanda came to the conclusion that Africa is no different to any other continent when it comes to the question of the impact of Covid-19. The assertion that Africa was spared the worst effects is thus not true. On this front, the research called for more systematic surveillance to be conducted by different African countries. Only when this is fulfilled can Africa have a more definitive answer to the question of the real impact of Covid-19 on the continent. The research encouraged African countries to take a leaf from South Africa when it comes to systematic surveillance as it has been a frontrunner.

The conclusions reached by the Boston University School of Public Health were supported by Dr Faisal Shuaib, chief executive of Nigeria’s National Primary Health Care Development Agency. Dr Shuaib said the findings of the study rang true in Nigeria, “There are a lot of communities where autopsies are not carried out, so we don’t have complete data on causes of death… So, yes, it is possible that we don’t know how many people are dying of Covid.” However, Dr Shuaib said that it was of critical significance for the research to be rigorously peer reviewed before its findings and recommendations are taken as the way forward.  

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Covid-19 en RDC : 179 nouveaux cas téstés positifs, aucun décès et 16 guéris mardi
February 17, 2021 | 0 Comments

Coronavirus Lab

Depuis le début de l’épidémie déclarée le 10 mars 2020, le cumul des cas est de 24.602, dont 24.601 cas confirmés et 1 cas probable. Au total, il y a eu 695 décès  (694 cas confirmés et 1 cas probable) et 15.560 personnes guéries. 

•    179 nouveaux cas confirmés, dont 105 à Kinshasa, 55 dans le Haut-Katanga, 10 au Nord-Kivu, 8 au Kongo Central et 1 au Sud-Kivu ;
•    445 échantillons testés ;
•    Aucun nouveau décès parmi les cas confirmés ;
•    16 nouvelles personnes sorties guéries dans les CTCo et parmi les personnes suivies à domiciles à Kinshasa.
 

N.B : Le test Covid-19 est gratuit pour tout le monde en République démocratique du Congo. Cependant, le test des voyageurs est payant à 30 dollars américains. 

*Les 23 provinces touchées : 

1.      Kinshasa     :     19.051 cas ; 
2.      Kongo Central    :    1.471 cas ;  
3.      Nord-Kivu    :     1.428 cas ; 
4.      Haut-Katanga     :    1.124 cas ; 
5.      Sud-Kivu     :     669 cas ; 
6.      Lualaba    :    260 cas ;  
7.      Ituri         :     224 cas ;
8.      Tshopo    :    109 cas ;
9.      Haut-Uélé    :    95 cas ; 
10.      Equateur    :    48 cas ; 
11.      Nord-Ubangi    :    40 cas ;
12.      Maniema    :    19 cas ; 
13.      Kasaï Central    :    17 cas ;
14.      Kwilu         :     9 cas ;
15.      Sud-Ubangi    :    7 cas ;
16.      Tanganyika    :    7 cas ;
17.      Kasaï  Oriental    :    7 cas ; 
18.      Bas-Uélé    :    6 cas ;
19.      Kwango    :    4 cas ;
20.      Kasaï        :    2 cas ;
21.      Maï-Ndombe    :    2 cas ;
22.      Tshuapa    :    2 cas ;
23.      Haut-Lomami    :    1 cas.

*/!\ Les données présentées dans ce tableau sont susceptibles de changer ultérieurement, après investigations approfondies et après redistribution des cas et décès dans leurs zones de santé respectives.*

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Misa-Zimbabwe calls for inclusion of Journalists in COVID-19 vaccination priority roll-out
February 17, 2021 | 0 Comments

By Wallace Mawire

Harare,Zimbabwe-MISA Zimbabwe has called upon the government to prioritise and also include journalists among the first priority groups listed for the COVID-19 vaccination rollout programme.

“Our request is informed by the fact that the media was declared an essential service in terms of Zimbabwe’s COVID-19 regulations,” MISA-Zimbabwe said.

 The media watchdog organization said that Journalists, together with other essential priority groups, are frontline workers that need to be prioritised as well given the critical role they play in keeping the nation informed on developments and measures the government is taking to contain the COVID-19 pandemic.

 “In any case, the media, by virtue of its fundamental and normative role of informing and educating, is key to the coverage of the immunisation rollout,” MISA-Zimbabwe said.

 It added that the media can, therefore, not be left out for later consideration as journalists will be reporting from the frontline as the country rolls out immunisation of the essential groups identified to receive the first jabs.

 The organization added that the government can work closely with the Zimbabwe Media Commission, media houses and media representative organisations on how best to implement the immunisation for journalists as they are a critical component of the sectors and groups that have been declared essential services.

 They said that Journalists are frontline workers that risk their lives as they collect and disseminate information hence the need to prioritise their health and safety.

 MISA-Zimbabwe added that lessons can be drawn from Zambia, which through its Ministry of Health, recently announced that journalists would be among the first recipients of the COVID-19 vaccines when they arrive in that country.

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RDC/Covid-19 : 37 nouveaux cas, 2 décès et 132 guéris lundi
February 16, 2021 | 0 Comments

Coronavirus Lab

Depuis le début de l’épidémie déclarée le 10 mars 2020, le cumul des cas est de 24.423, dont 24.422 cas confirmés et 1 cas probable. Au total, il y a eu 695 décès  (694 cas confirmés et 1 cas probable) et 15.544 personnes guéries. 

  • 37 nouveaux cas confirmés, dont 14  dans le Haut-Katanga, 12 à Kinshasa, 5 au Nord-Kivu, 5 au Sud-Kivu et 1 à la Tshopo ;  
  • 171  échantillons testés ;
  • 2 nouveaux décès des cas confirmés, dont :
  • 1 nouveau décès dans le CTCo à Kinshasa ;
  • 1 nouveau décès communautaire au Nord-Kivu ;
  • 132 nouvelles personnes sorties guéries dans les CTCo et parmi les personnes suivies à domiciles, dont 40 à Kinshasa, 34 dans le Haut-Katanga, 25 au Kongo Central, 20 au Nord-Kivu, 6 au Sud-Kivu, 4 en Ituri et 3 au Lualaba. 

N.B : Le test Covid-19 est gratuit pour tout le monde en République démocratique du Congo. Cependant, le test des voyageurs est payant à 30 dollars américains.
 
*Les 23 provinces touchées :  

  1.   Kinshasa          :            18.946 cas ;
  2.   Kongo Central  :              1.463 cas ; 
  3.   Nord-Kivu       :            1.418 cas ;
  4.   Haut-Katanga :            1.069 cas ;
  5.   Sud-Kivu          :            668 cas ;
  6.   Lualaba              :              260 cas ; 
  7. Ituri                 :            224 cas ;
  8.   Tshopo            :            109 cas ;
  9.   Haut-Uélé       :            95 cas ;
  10.   Equateur         :            48 cas ; 
  11.   Nord-Ubangi  :            40 cas ;
  12.   Maniema        :            19 cas ;
  13.   Kasaï Central  :            17 cas ;
  14.   Kwilu               :            9 cas ;
  15.   Sud-Ubangi     :            7 cas ;
  16.   Tanganyika     :            7 cas ;
  17.   Kasaï  Oriental             :            7 cas ;
  18.   Bas-Uélé         :            6 cas ;
  19.   Kwango           :            4 cas ;
  20.   Kasaï                :            2 cas ;
  21.   Maï-Ndombe  :            2 cas ;
  22.   Tshuapa          :            2 cas ;
  23.   Haut-Lomami :            1 cas.

*/!\ Les données présentées dans ce tableau sont susceptibles de changer ultérieurement, après investigations approfondies et après redistribution des cas et décès dans leurs zones de santé respectives.*

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Kenya:New Bill to raise minimum smoking age to 21
February 15, 2021 | 0 Comments

By Samuel Ouma

ACCPA chairman Mwangi Macharia
ACCPA chairman Mwangi Macharia

The African Centre for Corrective and Preventive Action (ACCPA), a Kenyan-based NGO, seeks to raise the minimum smoking age to 21 with the introduction of a new Bill in Parliament.

The draft to amend the Tobacco Act of 2007 from 18 to 21 will protect those below the age of 18 from exposure to incidences of debilitating illness, disease, disability, and death resulting from smoking cigarettes and tobacco.

ACCPA chairman Mwangi Macharia said limiting smokers’ age will be instrumental for both health and behavioral reasons.

“Tobacco control is the single most preventable cause of death in the world today and is estimated to kill more than five million people every year, more than tuberculosis, HIV/Aids and malaria combined. By 2030, the death toll will exceed eight million a year, unless urgent action is taken,” stated Mr. Machararia in his memorandum sent to the Parliament.

If the Bill sails through, Kenya will join the US’s likes, which has prohibited smoking among those under 21.

In December 2019, Former US President Donald Trump assent into Bill the law barring anyone under 21 from buying or any other tobacco products in the country.

The new law approved by the US congress also applied to electronic cigarettes and vaping products that heat a liquid containing nicotine.

Elsewhere, the Indian government also early this year drafted a Bill to increase the smoking age to 21 from the current 18.

India’s Union Health Ministry prepared the Bill.

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Three die as new Ebola outbreak declared in southern Guinea
February 15, 2021 | 0 Comments

Guinean health authorities have declared an outbreak of Ebola in a rural community in the south of the country, with at least seven people infected, three of whom died, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed on Sunday.  

NEW YORK, USA, February 15, 2021,-/African Media Agency (AMA)/-This is the first time the disease has been reported in the country since the deadly 2014-2016 outbreak in West Africa which claimed over 11,000 lives. 

“It’s a huge concern to see the resurgence of Ebola in Guinea, a country which has already suffered so much from the disease”, Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa, said

“However, banking on the expertise and experience built during the previous outbreak, health teams in Guinea are on the move to quickly trace the path of the virus and curb further infections”, she added. 

According to the UN health agency, the cases, which were confirmed by the national laboratory, occurred in Gouéké in N’Zerekore prefecture, in southern Guinea. Initial investigations found that a nurse from a local health facility died on the 28 January. Following her burial, six people who attended the funeral reported Ebola-like symptoms and two of them later died. The other four are in hospital. 

Samples of the confirmed cases have been sent to the InstitutPasteur centre in Senegal for full genome sequencing to identify the strain of the Ebola virus. 

Guinea was one of the three most-affected countries in the 2014-2016 West Africa Ebola outbreak which was the largest since the virus was first discovered in 1976. The outbreak, which saw some 28,000 cases, including 11,000 deaths, started in Guinea and then moved across land borders to Sierra Leone and Liberia.  

WHO supporting response 

Staff from WHO are already on the ground, assisting surveillance, and infection prevention and control efforts.   

“WHO is supporting the authorities to set up testing, contact-tracing and treatment structures and to bring the overall response to full speed”, Dr. Moeti said. 

WHO personnel are also reaching out to communities to ensure they take a key role in the response. In addition, the agency is also helping Guinea procure the Ebola vaccine which has proven instrumental in controlling outbreaks in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).  

As the epicentre of the current outbreak in a border area, WHO is also working with health authorities in Liberia and Sierra Leone to step up community surveillance of cases in their border districts as well as strengthening their capacity to test for cases and conduct surveillance in health facilities.  

WHO is also reaching out to Cote d’Ivoire, Mali, Senegal and other countries at risk in the region, the agency said.  

Ebola virus disease 

Ebola virus disease (EVD) is a rare but severe, often fatal illness in humans. The average EVD case fatality rate is around 50 per cent, with rates having varied from 25 per cent to 90 per cent in past outbreaks.  

The Ebola virus spreads through contact with the body fluids – such as vomit, faeces or blood – of an infected person, or through surfaces and materials (such as bedding, clothing) contaminated with these fluids. 

The incubation period, that is, the time interval from infection with the virus to onset of symptoms, is from two to 21 days. The symptoms of EVD can be sudden and include fever, fatigue, muscle, pain, headache, and sore throat.  

This is followed by vomiting, diarrhoea, rash, symptoms of impaired kidney and liver function, and in some cases internal and external bleeding. 

According to WHO, though there are no known treatments for Ebola, an Ebola vaccine rVSV-ZEBOV can offer protection against the deadly virus. In addition,  simple interventions early on can significantly improve chances of survival, including rehydration with fluids and body salts (given orally or intravenously), and treatment of specific symptoms. Hand hygiene is also a very effective way to prevent the spread of the virus. 

Distributed by African Media Agency (AMA) on behalf of UN News.

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Covid-19 en RDC : 91 nouveaux cas et 114 guéris enregistrés dimanche
February 15, 2021 | 0 Comments

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Depuis le début de l’épidémie déclarée le 10 mars 2020, le cumul des cas est de 24.386, dont 24.385 cas confirmés et 1 cas probable. Au total, il y a eu 693 décès  (692 cas confirmés et 1 cas probable) et 15.412 personnes guéries. 

  • 91 nouveaux cas confirmés, dont 43 à Kinshasa, 24  dans le Haut-Katanga, au Lualaba, au Sud-Kivu, au Kongo Central et au Nord-Kivu ;  
  • 384  échantillons testés ;
  • Aucun nouveau décès parmi les cas confirmés ;
  • 114 nouvelles personnes sorties guéries dans les CTCo et parmi les personnes suivies à domiciles, dont 34 à Kinshasa, 22 au Sud-Kivu, 19 au Kongo Central, 15 dans le Haut-Katanga, en Ituri, au Lualaba, au Nord-Kivu, dans le Haut-Uélé, au Nord-Ubangi, à l’Equateur et au Kasaï Central.  

N.B : Le test Covid-19 est gratuit pour tout le monde en République démocratique du Congo. Cependant, le test des voyageurs est payant à 30 dollars américains.
 
*Les 23 provinces touchées :  

  1.   Kinshasa          :            18.934 cas ;
  2.   Kongo Central :            1.463 cas ; 
  3.   Nord-Kivu       :            1.413 cas ;
  4.   Haut-Katanga :            1.055 cas ;
  5.   Sud-Kivu          :            663 cas ;
  6.   Lualaba           :            260 cas ; 
  7.   Ituri                    :              224 cas ;
  8.   Tshopo               :              108 cas ;
  9.   Haut-Uélé         :              95 cas ;
  10.   Equateur           :              48 cas ; 
  11.   Nord-Ubangi    :              40 cas ;
  12.   Maniema           :              19 cas ;
  13.   Kasaï Central    :              17 cas ;
  14.   Kwilu                  :              9 cas ;
  15.   Sud-Ubangi       :              7 cas ;
  16.   Tanganyika        :              7 cas ;
  17.   Kasaï  Oriental  :              7 cas ;
  18.   Bas-Uélé            :              6 cas ;
  19.   Kwango             :              4 cas ;
  20.   Kasaï                   :              2 cas ;
  21.   Maï-Ndombe    :              2 cas ;
  22.   Tshuapa             :              2 cas ;
  23.   Haut-Lomami   :              1 cas. 

*/!\ Les données présentées dans ce tableau sont susceptibles de changer ultérieurement, après investigations approfondies et après redistribution des cas et décès dans leurs zones de santé respectives.*

L’article Covid-19 en RDC : 91 nouveaux cas et 114 guéris enregistrés dimanche est apparu en premier sur Matininfos.NET – Information de la RDC en toute impartialité.

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