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Ethiopia Records 22 Cases of Yellow Fever

160318142107-01-angola-yellow-fever-outbreak-exlarge-169Ethiopia is the latest African nation to record cases of yellow fever cases following an outbreak of the disease in Angola last year.

According to the United Nations, about 22 suspected cases of yellow fever have been reported in Ethiopia. …

Rwanda invests in medical tourism

By Ivan Ngoboka

 The New Times–(Kigali)-Medical tourism has for long been a preserve of a few countries such as South Africa, India, Saudi Arabia and to some extent Kenya – those countries with a long tradition of a developed health …

Ugandan doctors to aid Liberian colleagues in Ebola fight

 By Joyce Namutebi & Agencies 

  Newvision-(Kampala) – A team of Ugandan doctors and health workers have been deployed by the World Health Organization (WHO) to provide medical support for an Ebola treatment centre in Monrovia, Liberia.

The team comes with …

Ethiopia becomes the largest refugee host in Africa

The Star (Addis Ababa) – Ethiopia has overtaken Kenya to become the largest refugee-hosting country in Africa, the UN refugee agency announced on Tuesday.

Speaking during a press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, UNHCR spokesperson Adrian Edwards …

Kenya bars travelers from Ebola-affected countries

CAPITAL FM (NAIROBI) – The Ministry of Health has, on Saturday evening, announced that it will not allow passengers from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea into Kenya from Tuesday.

Health Cabinet Secretary, James Macharia explained that the decision was informed …

East African nations on high alert for Ebola

The east African region has been set on its toes following the revelation of an outbreak of Ebola infections in west Africa this March.

This disease, which was first identified in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Sudan in the …

South Sudan: Cholera infections drop

The number of people diagnosed daily with cholera in Juba has dropped significantly since the outbreak of this deadly communicable disease was officially announced in the middle of last month.

According to the Minister of Health, Riek Gai Kuk, the …

Ethiopia marks 23rd anniversary of the downfall of Dergue regime

The Government and people of Ethiopia have commemorated the 23rd anniversary of the country’s adoption of modern democratic principles and structures.

On May 28th 1991, ‘Ginbot 20’ rebels from the ruling Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) marched into Addis …

Ethiopia to host global food security conference

More than 800 experts in food and other related disciplines are set to convene in Addis Ababa on Thursday, May 15th, to discuss how to integrate resilient strategies in the fight against hunger and poverty globally.

The meeting, themed ‘Building …

Kenya: 81 die after consuming toxic alcohol

More than 80 people have been reported dead and about 175 hospitalised after imbibing alcohol laced with unhealthily high levels of methanol this week.

Although reports of negative side effects to highly patronized home-made alcohol brands are allegedly common in …

Nairobi dam set to be cleaned

County officials have unveiled a plan to undertake a major clean up exercise on the Nairobi dam.

The Chairman of the Nairobi Dam Restoration Taskforce, Bartonjo Chesaina, who divulged the news to the media today, revealed that the dam will …

Ethiopia mulls restricting Teff Export

A few years ago, discussions about Ethiopia usually revolved around the country’s precarious food security and its poor economy.

Now things are starting to change, Ethiopia is increasingly becoming synonymous with teff; a highly nutritious, gluten free “super food,” which …

East African Community harmonize Medical Standards

The East African Community has initiated a multi-million Shillings project aimed at harmonizing medicine registration and ensuring access to effective and safe cures for the most prevalent illnesses in the region.

The three-year Medicines Registration Harmonization Project comes following about …

Activists stage Protests against Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill

Monday was designated a “Global Day of Action” by homosexual activists across the world against Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill, which is currently awaiting presidential signature to become law.

While international activists such as Amnesty International campaigned online, lesbian, gay, bisexual and …

Chikugunya Infections Recorded in Uganda

Medical experts say cases of the harrowing Chikugunya disease have been recorded in Uganda.

Although this is not the first time the mosquito-borne virus has been found in Uganda, or the East African region,  it’s resurgence comes in the wake …

Ethiopian Lawmakers Enact Anti-Tobacco Law

The Ethiopian House of Representatives has reportedly ratified the World Health Authority’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), which places limitations on the sale and use of cigarettes.

Besides a ban on smoking in public, the proclamation also includes plans …

Kenya Completes Polio Immunization Campaign

After a rather eventful campaign, in which both the public and doctors are guilty of causing delays, Kenya’s Ministry of Health on Wednesday completed a nationwide polio immunization exercise.

In total, about 8 million children under 5 years of age …

Apollo Group to Open its First Clinic in East Africa

Apollo Hospitals Group logoIndia’s Apollo Group of Hospitals will open its first clinic in Tanzania and East Africa within the next four months.

Apollo Hospitals Enterprises Limited and the Tanzanian Government had earlier signed a preliminary joint venture agreement to setup a hospital …

Striking Health Workers in Kenya to Forfeit Salary

Kenyan officials have revealed that all health workers who are still on strike, despite the court order requesting them to resume work issued last week, will not be paid for the month of December.

Health workers across Kenya have been …

WHO Confirms Hepatitis E Outbreak in Tanzania

 

The World Health Organization (WHO) has confirmed 15 cases of Hepatitis E virus in Kigoma, Tanzania.

The cases were detected after 46 blood samples from individuals suffering from an unknown illness were sent to a research laboratory in Nairobi …