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WHO and MOH brief Malawian journalists about the Ebola Virus Disease outbreak situat...

On 13 August 2019 journalists from five media institutions namely; Malawi News Agency, The Times Group, Nations Publication Limited, Zodiak Broadcasting Station and Malawi Broadcasting Coorporation  in Malawi were informed of the status of the Ebola Disease outbreak in the African Region. This took place at a press conference that took place at Ministry of Health and Population headquarters in Lilongwe. The Guest of Honour was the Minister of Health, Honorable Mr Jappie Mhango, MP.

Turning Communities into Partners in the Fight Against Ebola

Bundibugyo, 14 August 2019:- Kambayaya Tembo lives in the Bundibugyo District, Uganda. He rushed to his family when his wife, Florence, called with the terrible news that his brother had died in their house. His first instruction to her was to keep the children away from the body – no one should touch it.

His greatest fear was that his brother could have died of Ebola because the young man worked at a town close to the border with the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) where the Ebola Virus Disease outbreak has entered its second year.

Nigeria introduces Meningitis A Conjugate Vaccine into Routine EPI Schedule

Abuja, 12 August, 2018 - Nigeria has introduced the Meningitis A Conjugate Vaccine into the routine Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI) schedule. 

Speaking during the flag-off ceremony at the Area 2 Primary Healthcare Centre (PHC) on 09 August, 2019, the Executive Director (ED) of National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr Faisal Shuaib said, “Men A remains a major global challenge.” According to the ED,”25 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) fall within the meningitis belt; putting 26.7 Nigerians at risk of meningitis”.

Improve funding for hepatitis testing and treatment services – WHO Representative fo...

Dr Owen Laws Kaluwa, the World Health Organisation (WHO) Country Representative, has called for improved funding for hepatitis testing and treatment services.
He noted that despite available diagnostic tools and effective treatment, less than one in ten of the 71 million people with hepatitis B and C in Africa had access to testing, and more than 200,000 die each year due to complications like end-stage liver cirrhosis and liver cancer.

WHO interventions in underprivileged communities positively impact RI turnout, disea...

Abuja 08 August 2019 – Located in a slum on the outskirts of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) at Dutse-Alhaji Primary Health Care Centre (PHC), baby Gift Okorie gazes deeply at Nurse Margaret Okpara as she drops a tinge of Vitamin A in her mouth. 

“I’m happy that the majority of mothers at our facility have been consistent with the necessary routine immunization for their infants. I wish all Nigerian parents take routine immunization (RI) as seriously as these parents do,” she says. 

Botswana’s Minister of Health and Wellness welcomes the new WHO Representative

Gaborone, Botswana - 07 August 2019: This morning, the Minister of Health and Wellness Honourable Dr Alfred Madigele welcomed Dr Josephine Namboze, the new WHO Representative to Botswana. Minister Madigele intimated that he was happy to meet and welcome Dr Namboze, whose reputation preceded her. The Minister indicated that he had been told of the great achievements and successes that Dr Namboze had in Eritrea.