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  •  The Delta Youth Parliament has passed a resolution urging Gov Ifeanyi Okowa to strengthen the state healthcare services to ensure that rural dwellers especially those living in coastal areas have unfettered access The resolution was sequel to a motionby Mr Paul Ohwofataro member representing Patani Constituency during plenary on Thursday in Asaba The governor had on Sept 8 2020 inaugurated the first assembly of the state Youth Parliament with a call on it to use the platform to create awareness build confidence and leadership capacity in youths Moving the motion Ohwofataro urged the governor to direct the state Ministry of Health to employ and deploy more health workers to all the rural areas of the state especially the coastal communities He said that deploying more health workers would go a long way in reducing the rate of deaths in the rural communities Ohwofataro recalled how some minor ailments had resulted in the death of many residents in most of the rural communities particularly the riverine dwellers He said that except an urgent step was taken to address the trend the situation might escalate Seconding the motion Mr Chukwubueze Obi Ojinka member representing Ndokwa West constituency stressed the need for the state government to address the health needs of residents of the area Obi Ojinka while underscoring the importance of health in any given society regretted that some residents in the rural communities in the state were allegedly denied access to good health In some health facilities in some rural areas there may be a medical doctor but fewer health while some other areas do not have doctors at all The situation is indeed worrisome We call on the state governor to direct the state ministry of health to engage in massive recruitment of health workers and ensure that our primary health care centres are equipped with the requisite health care facilities he said The motion was unanimously adopted by the youth parliament when put to a voice vote by the Speaker Dr George Ohwoekvwo Also at Thursday s plenary the parliament passed a resolution calling on Okowa to direct the state Ministry of Basic and Primary Education to employ and deploy more teachers to schools in coastal areas The resolution followed a motion by the member representing Ndokwa East Constituency Mr Princewill Ogbolu Moving the motion Ogbolu said that recruiting and deploying of teachers to the areas would help to address the increasing educational gap in the area He said that insufficient teachers in most schools in the rural communities was a major challenge in the area Ogbolu said that some schools in his community have few pupils because parents were withdrawing their children and wards to the city where there were enough teachers The member representing Bomadi constituency Miss Besta Ekede seconded the motion She appealed to the parliament to support the motion saying that most of the schools in the rural communities do not have teachers for core subjects The motion was also unanimously adopted by the parliament when put to a voice vote by the speaker NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Delta Youths task Okowa on healthcare for rural dwellers
     The Delta Youth Parliament has passed a resolution urging Gov Ifeanyi Okowa to strengthen the state healthcare services to ensure that rural dwellers especially those living in coastal areas have unfettered access The resolution was sequel to a motionby Mr Paul Ohwofataro member representing Patani Constituency during plenary on Thursday in Asaba The governor had on Sept 8 2020 inaugurated the first assembly of the state Youth Parliament with a call on it to use the platform to create awareness build confidence and leadership capacity in youths Moving the motion Ohwofataro urged the governor to direct the state Ministry of Health to employ and deploy more health workers to all the rural areas of the state especially the coastal communities He said that deploying more health workers would go a long way in reducing the rate of deaths in the rural communities Ohwofataro recalled how some minor ailments had resulted in the death of many residents in most of the rural communities particularly the riverine dwellers He said that except an urgent step was taken to address the trend the situation might escalate Seconding the motion Mr Chukwubueze Obi Ojinka member representing Ndokwa West constituency stressed the need for the state government to address the health needs of residents of the area Obi Ojinka while underscoring the importance of health in any given society regretted that some residents in the rural communities in the state were allegedly denied access to good health In some health facilities in some rural areas there may be a medical doctor but fewer health while some other areas do not have doctors at all The situation is indeed worrisome We call on the state governor to direct the state ministry of health to engage in massive recruitment of health workers and ensure that our primary health care centres are equipped with the requisite health care facilities he said The motion was unanimously adopted by the youth parliament when put to a voice vote by the Speaker Dr George Ohwoekvwo Also at Thursday s plenary the parliament passed a resolution calling on Okowa to direct the state Ministry of Basic and Primary Education to employ and deploy more teachers to schools in coastal areas The resolution followed a motion by the member representing Ndokwa East Constituency Mr Princewill Ogbolu Moving the motion Ogbolu said that recruiting and deploying of teachers to the areas would help to address the increasing educational gap in the area He said that insufficient teachers in most schools in the rural communities was a major challenge in the area Ogbolu said that some schools in his community have few pupils because parents were withdrawing their children and wards to the city where there were enough teachers The member representing Bomadi constituency Miss Besta Ekede seconded the motion She appealed to the parliament to support the motion saying that most of the schools in the rural communities do not have teachers for core subjects The motion was also unanimously adopted by the parliament when put to a voice vote by the speaker NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Delta Youths task Okowa on healthcare for rural dwellers
    General news4 months ago

    Delta Youths task Okowa on healthcare for rural dwellers

    The Delta Youth Parliament has passed a resolution urging Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa to strengthen the state healthcare services to ensure that rural dwellers, especially those living in coastal areas have unfettered access.

    The resolution was sequel to a motionby Mr Paul Ohwofataro, member representing Patani Constituency during plenary on Thursday in Asaba, The governor had on Sept. 8, 2020 inaugurated the first assembly of the state Youth Parliament, with a call on it to use the platform to create awareness, build confidence and leadership capacity in youths.

    Moving the motion, Ohwofataro urged the governor to direct the state Ministry of Health to employ and deploy more health workers to all the rural areas of the state, especially the coastal communities.

    He said that deploying more health workers would go a long way in reducing the rate of deaths in the rural communities.

    Ohwofataro recalled how some ‘minor ailments’ had resulted in the death of many residents in most of the rural communities, particularly the riverine dwellers.

    He said that except an urgent step was taken to address the trend, the situation might escalate.

    Seconding the motion, Mr Chukwubueze Obi-Ojinka, member representing Ndokwa West constituency, stressed the need for the state government to address the health needs of residents of the area.

    Obi-Ojinka, while underscoring the importance of health in any given society, regretted that some residents in the rural communities in the state were allegedly denied access to good health.

    “In some health facilities in some rural areas, there may be a medical doctor, but fewer health , while some other areas do not have doctors at all.

    ”The situation is indeed worrisome.

    “We call on the state governor to direct the state ministry of health to engage in massive recruitment of health workers and ensure that our primary health care centres are equipped with the requisite health care facilities,” he said.

    The motion was unanimously adopted by the youth parliament when put to a voice vote by the Speaker, Dr George Ohwoekvwo.

    Also at Thursday’s plenary, the parliament passed a resolution calling on Okowa to direct the state Ministry of Basic and Primary Education to employ and deploy more teachers to schools in coastal areas.

    The resolution followed a motion by the member representing Ndokwa East Constituency, Mr. Princewill Ogbolu.

    Moving the motion, Ogbolu said that recruiting and deploying of teachers to the areas would help to address the increasing educational gap in the area.

    He said that insufficient teachers in most schools in the rural communities was a major challenge in the area.

    Ogbolu said that some schools in his community have few pupils because parents were withdrawing their children and wards to the city where there were enough teachers.

    The member, representing Bomadi constituency, Miss Besta Ekede, seconded the motion.

    She appealed to the parliament to support the motion, saying that most of the schools in the rural communities do not have teachers for core subjects.

    The motion was also unanimously adopted by the parliament when put to a voice vote by the speaker.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •   President Adama Barrow has called on Gambians and residents to participate in numbers and register for the newly introduced Biometric Birth Certificate and Health Insurance Scheme after successfully registering with the new Electronic Civil Registration and Vital Statistics and the National Health Insurance Scheme at Banjul State House Wednesday August 3 2022 The President congratulated the entire government in particular the Ministry of Health for the introduction of the Health Insurance Regime which he described as a significant initiative He said the scheme would ease the challenges people face when they are sick and provide needed solutions Emphasizing the importance of the scheme the president urged Gambians to register for the electronic birth certificate which comes with the insurance card saying Gambians are long overdue for a secure data record As Head of State I think it is important for me to go through the same process to have Health Insurance and a biometric birth certificate This is a great achievement for our country said President Barrow Providing adequate health care services to people living in The Gambia is a campaign promise made by the President The Gambian government through the Ministry of Health introduced the National Health Insurance Scheme to make healthcare accessible and affordable for all Gambians According to the Ministry of Health the registration process will last three months throughout the country at no cost to citizens
    President Barrow calls for mass registration for biometric birth certificate and health insurance plan
      President Adama Barrow has called on Gambians and residents to participate in numbers and register for the newly introduced Biometric Birth Certificate and Health Insurance Scheme after successfully registering with the new Electronic Civil Registration and Vital Statistics and the National Health Insurance Scheme at Banjul State House Wednesday August 3 2022 The President congratulated the entire government in particular the Ministry of Health for the introduction of the Health Insurance Regime which he described as a significant initiative He said the scheme would ease the challenges people face when they are sick and provide needed solutions Emphasizing the importance of the scheme the president urged Gambians to register for the electronic birth certificate which comes with the insurance card saying Gambians are long overdue for a secure data record As Head of State I think it is important for me to go through the same process to have Health Insurance and a biometric birth certificate This is a great achievement for our country said President Barrow Providing adequate health care services to people living in The Gambia is a campaign promise made by the President The Gambian government through the Ministry of Health introduced the National Health Insurance Scheme to make healthcare accessible and affordable for all Gambians According to the Ministry of Health the registration process will last three months throughout the country at no cost to citizens
    President Barrow calls for mass registration for biometric birth certificate and health insurance plan
    Africa4 months ago

    President Barrow calls for mass registration for biometric birth certificate and health insurance plan

    President Adama Barrow has called on Gambians and residents to participate in numbers and register for the newly introduced Biometric Birth Certificate and Health Insurance Scheme after successfully registering with the new Electronic Civil Registration and Vital Statistics and the National Health Insurance Scheme at Banjul State House.

    Wednesday, August 3, 2022.

    The President congratulated the entire government, in particular the Ministry of Health, for the introduction of the Health Insurance Regime, which he described as a 'significant initiative'.

    He said the scheme would ease the challenges people face when they are sick and provide needed solutions.

    Emphasizing the importance of the scheme, the president urged Gambians to register for the electronic birth certificate, which comes with the insurance card, saying Gambians are long overdue for a secure data record.

    ''As Head of State, I think it is important for me to go through the same process to have Health Insurance and a biometric birth certificate.

    This is a great achievement for our country,'' said President Barrow.

    Providing adequate health care services to people living in The Gambia is a campaign promise made by the President.

    The Gambian government, through the Ministry of Health, introduced the National Health Insurance Scheme to make healthcare accessible and affordable for all Gambians.

    According to the Ministry of Health, the registration process will last three months throughout the country at no cost to citizens.

  •   Kenya s effort to ensure access to the safe and ethical use of human cells tissues and organs will be updated with the establishment of the Kenya Tissue and Transplant Authority by President Uhuru Kenyatta The authority which was established by means of a special bulletin dated August 1 will succeed the Department of the National Service of Blood Transfusion Tissues and Human Organ Transplantation It will be necessary to ensure the safety biosafety and welfare of donors and recipients in medical services related to medical products of human origin by establishing and maintaining systems that meet legal and safety requirements The authority will be tasked with regulating all services related to the transplantation of human cells tissues and organs in accordance with the Health Act of 2017 registering and licensing facilities and establishments dealing with human cells tissues and organs and transplant services maintain a registry of transplant service providers donors and recipients as well as establish an equitable mechanism for the matching and allocation of cells tissues and organs It will also oversee the implementation of policies guidelines procedures and standards related to human tissues and organs provide support services for transfusion and transplant systems including testing pooling typing storage processing distribution manufacturing and quality control develop a national emergency response mechanism including maintaining strategic stockpiles of human tissues and organs mobilizing educating and raising public awareness to encourage voluntary cell tissue and organ donations and collaborating with other established organ exchange organizations other countries for the exchange of tissues and organs Other functions include conducting and collaborating with other interested parties in the conduct of research on human cells tissues and organs and related services advising the Secretary of the Cabinet of Health the national and county already all interested parties on ethical legal and clinical issues related to human tissue and cell services and organ transplantation and other functions determined by the Board with the approval of the Secretary of the Cabinet In carrying out its mandate the authority has been empowered to establish and maintain ties with relevant regulatory and service agencies on matters related to human organ tissue and cell medical services issue and enforce instructions to ensure compliance inspect hospitals periodically to review transplant quality and follow up care for people who have had transplants and people who have organs removed It may also summon any person in possession of any information relating to violations enter search and inspect any location suspected of being in the course of unauthorized removal procurement or transplantation of human cells organs or tissues or order the presentation of any document or material object suspected of being used in connection with the unauthorized removal procurement or transplantation of human cells organs or tissues The authority shall have a board composed of a non executive Chairman appointed by the President the Principal Secretary of the Ministry of Health responsible for finance or his representative appointed in writing the Attorney General or his representative appointed in writing a person other than Governor nominated by the Board of Governors three other members who are not civil servants appointed by the Cabinet Secretary on the basis of gender disability regional balance and their knowledge and experience of matters related to hematology pathology transplant medicine finance management economics law or any other relevant field The CEO shall be an ex officio member of the Board The formation of the authority comes amid increased investments in modern blood processing storage and testing equipment access to safe organs and transplant services and distribution mechanisms across the country In order to institutionalize and safeguard the gains made Kenya has developed the Kenya Policy on Donations Transfusions and Transplantation of Medical Products of Human Origin the first integrated policy on blood cells tissues and organs in Eastern Central and Southern Africa To address the challenge of outdated equipment and resources in the management of blood cells tissues and organs the Ministry of Health has invested in the digitalization of health by leveraging technology with the recent launch of the Blood Bank Information System of Kenya Damu KE The system ensures the efficiency and safety of related products and in building capacity for the health system to respond to critical needs The system has been implemented in all the Regional Blood Transfusion Centers and in the county satellites and is operational in the national reference hospitals As part of the medium term Plan 4 the Ministry of Health has prioritized the development of a Kenya Blood and Organ Centre The Center will house a strategic blood product reserve bank to eliminate shortages during emergencies with a nationally coordinated deployment mechanism It will include an organ and stem cell bank for a repository of available products and thus facilitate the implementation of an organ matching and allocation scheme In an effort to safeguard the quality of related products the first Blood and Organs Reference Laboratory will be established to serve East and Central Africa in addition to investing in the training of human resources with the capacity for medicine and research specialized in transfusions and transplants
    Sea change as President Kenyatta creates Kenya Tissue and Transplant Authority
      Kenya s effort to ensure access to the safe and ethical use of human cells tissues and organs will be updated with the establishment of the Kenya Tissue and Transplant Authority by President Uhuru Kenyatta The authority which was established by means of a special bulletin dated August 1 will succeed the Department of the National Service of Blood Transfusion Tissues and Human Organ Transplantation It will be necessary to ensure the safety biosafety and welfare of donors and recipients in medical services related to medical products of human origin by establishing and maintaining systems that meet legal and safety requirements The authority will be tasked with regulating all services related to the transplantation of human cells tissues and organs in accordance with the Health Act of 2017 registering and licensing facilities and establishments dealing with human cells tissues and organs and transplant services maintain a registry of transplant service providers donors and recipients as well as establish an equitable mechanism for the matching and allocation of cells tissues and organs It will also oversee the implementation of policies guidelines procedures and standards related to human tissues and organs provide support services for transfusion and transplant systems including testing pooling typing storage processing distribution manufacturing and quality control develop a national emergency response mechanism including maintaining strategic stockpiles of human tissues and organs mobilizing educating and raising public awareness to encourage voluntary cell tissue and organ donations and collaborating with other established organ exchange organizations other countries for the exchange of tissues and organs Other functions include conducting and collaborating with other interested parties in the conduct of research on human cells tissues and organs and related services advising the Secretary of the Cabinet of Health the national and county already all interested parties on ethical legal and clinical issues related to human tissue and cell services and organ transplantation and other functions determined by the Board with the approval of the Secretary of the Cabinet In carrying out its mandate the authority has been empowered to establish and maintain ties with relevant regulatory and service agencies on matters related to human organ tissue and cell medical services issue and enforce instructions to ensure compliance inspect hospitals periodically to review transplant quality and follow up care for people who have had transplants and people who have organs removed It may also summon any person in possession of any information relating to violations enter search and inspect any location suspected of being in the course of unauthorized removal procurement or transplantation of human cells organs or tissues or order the presentation of any document or material object suspected of being used in connection with the unauthorized removal procurement or transplantation of human cells organs or tissues The authority shall have a board composed of a non executive Chairman appointed by the President the Principal Secretary of the Ministry of Health responsible for finance or his representative appointed in writing the Attorney General or his representative appointed in writing a person other than Governor nominated by the Board of Governors three other members who are not civil servants appointed by the Cabinet Secretary on the basis of gender disability regional balance and their knowledge and experience of matters related to hematology pathology transplant medicine finance management economics law or any other relevant field The CEO shall be an ex officio member of the Board The formation of the authority comes amid increased investments in modern blood processing storage and testing equipment access to safe organs and transplant services and distribution mechanisms across the country In order to institutionalize and safeguard the gains made Kenya has developed the Kenya Policy on Donations Transfusions and Transplantation of Medical Products of Human Origin the first integrated policy on blood cells tissues and organs in Eastern Central and Southern Africa To address the challenge of outdated equipment and resources in the management of blood cells tissues and organs the Ministry of Health has invested in the digitalization of health by leveraging technology with the recent launch of the Blood Bank Information System of Kenya Damu KE The system ensures the efficiency and safety of related products and in building capacity for the health system to respond to critical needs The system has been implemented in all the Regional Blood Transfusion Centers and in the county satellites and is operational in the national reference hospitals As part of the medium term Plan 4 the Ministry of Health has prioritized the development of a Kenya Blood and Organ Centre The Center will house a strategic blood product reserve bank to eliminate shortages during emergencies with a nationally coordinated deployment mechanism It will include an organ and stem cell bank for a repository of available products and thus facilitate the implementation of an organ matching and allocation scheme In an effort to safeguard the quality of related products the first Blood and Organs Reference Laboratory will be established to serve East and Central Africa in addition to investing in the training of human resources with the capacity for medicine and research specialized in transfusions and transplants
    Sea change as President Kenyatta creates Kenya Tissue and Transplant Authority
    Africa4 months ago

    Sea change as President Kenyatta creates Kenya Tissue and Transplant Authority

    Kenya's effort to ensure access to the safe and ethical use of human cells, tissues and organs will be updated with the establishment of the Kenya Tissue and Transplant Authority by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

    The authority, which was established by means of a special bulletin dated August 1, will succeed the Department of the National Service of Blood Transfusion, Tissues and Human Organ Transplantation.

    It will be necessary to ensure the safety, biosafety and welfare of donors and recipients in medical services related to medical products of human origin by establishing and maintaining systems that meet legal and safety requirements.

    The authority will be tasked with regulating all services related to the transplantation of human cells, tissues and organs in accordance with the Health Act of 2017, registering and licensing facilities and establishments dealing with human cells, tissues and organs and transplant services, maintain a registry of transplant service providers, donors, and recipients, as well as establish an equitable mechanism for the matching and allocation of cells, tissues, and organs.

    It will also oversee the implementation of policies, guidelines, procedures, and standards related to human tissues and organs, provide support services for transfusion and transplant systems, including testing, pooling, typing, storage, processing, distribution, manufacturing, and quality control, develop a national emergency response mechanism, including maintaining strategic stockpiles of human tissues and organs, mobilizing, educating and raising public awareness to encourage voluntary cell, tissue and organ donations and collaborating with other established organ exchange organizations other countries, for the exchange of tissues and organs Other functions include conducting and collaborating with other interested parties in the conduct of research on human cells, tissues and organs and related services, advising the Secretary of the Cabinet of Health, the national and county already all interested parties on ethical, legal and clinical issues related to human tissue and cell services.

    and organ transplantation and other functions determined by the Board, with the approval of the Secretary of the Cabinet.

    In carrying out its mandate, the authority has been empowered to establish and maintain ties with relevant regulatory and service agencies on matters related to human organ, tissue and cell medical services, issue and enforce instructions to ensure compliance, inspect hospitals periodically to review transplant quality and follow-up care for people who have had transplants and people who have organs removed.

    It may also summon any person in possession of any information relating to violations, enter, search, and inspect any location suspected of being in the course of unauthorized removal, procurement, or transplantation of human cells, organs, or tissues, or order the presentation of any document or material object suspected of being used in connection with the unauthorized removal, procurement, or transplantation of human cells, organs, or tissues.

    The authority shall have a board composed of a non-executive Chairman appointed by the President, the Principal Secretary of the Ministry of Health responsible for finance, or his representative, appointed in writing, the Attorney General or his representative, appointed in writing, a person , other than Governor, nominated by the Board of Governors, three other members, who are not civil servants, appointed by the Cabinet Secretary on the basis of gender, disability, regional balance, and their knowledge and experience of matters related to hematology, pathology, transplant medicine, finance, management, economics, law or any other relevant field.

    The CEO shall be an ex officio member of the Board.

    The formation of the authority comes amid increased investments in modern blood processing, storage and testing equipment, access to safe organs and transplant services and distribution mechanisms across the country.

    In order to institutionalize and safeguard the gains made, Kenya has developed the Kenya Policy on Donations, Transfusions and Transplantation of Medical Products of Human Origin, the first integrated policy on blood, cells, tissues and organs in Eastern, Central and Southern Africa.

    .

    To address the challenge of outdated equipment and resources in the management of blood, cells, tissues and organs, the Ministry of Health has invested in the digitalization of health by leveraging technology with the recent launch of the Blood Bank Information System of Kenya: Damu-KE.

    The system ensures the efficiency and safety of related products and in building capacity for the health system to respond to critical needs.

    The system has been implemented in all the Regional Blood Transfusion Centers and in the county satellites and is operational in the national reference hospitals.

    As part of the medium-term Plan 4, the Ministry of Health has prioritized the development of a Kenya Blood and Organ Centre.

    The Center will house a strategic blood product reserve bank to eliminate shortages during emergencies with a nationally coordinated deployment mechanism.

    It will include an organ and stem cell bank for a repository of available products and thus facilitate the implementation of an organ matching and allocation scheme.

    In an effort to safeguard the quality of related products, the first Blood and Organs Reference Laboratory will be established to serve East and Central Africa, in addition to investing in the training of human resources with the capacity for medicine and research specialized in transfusions and transplants.

  •  A global nutrition initiative Alive amp Thrive and the Kaduna State Government say they are mobiliding nutrition stakeholders to promote exclusive breastfeeding in the state The event was to commemorate the 2022 World Breastfeeding Week with the theme Step up for Breastfeeding Educate and Support The stakeholders comprise Civil Society Organisations community leaders development partners state ministries departments and agencies NAFDAC healthcare workers and the media At the nutrition community engagement forum in Kaduna Mrs Sarah Kwasu Kaduna State Team Lead of Alive amp Thrive said the community engagement forum would provide opportunity for stakeholders at different levels in society to interact and share ideas She said the forum would also avail them the opportunity to share successes best practices opportunities challenges and to further collaborate in bridging the existing gaps on breastfeeding in their various communities She noted that the forum would inform engage and galvanise all the stakeholders to step up for breastfeeding by protecting promoting and supporting the act in their various capacities in the society and their homes Kwasu explained that exclusively breastfeeding infants breastmilk only during the first six months of life was one of the essential actions for infant development and survival She said the meeting had set new motivation for breastfeeding campaign in Kaduna state She said they were pleased to work closely with the state s Ministry of Health Primary Healthcare Development Agency and other partners in commemorating the WBW We look forward to incorporating recommendations from the forum into our programming as we work to improve maternal adolescent infant and young children nutrition in Kaduna state Kwasu said She called for the need for stakeholders at all levels to redouble their efforts in ensuring exclusive breastfeeding in the state Earlier the Kaduna State Nutrition Officer Ramatu Musa said the meeting was to highlight best practices and strategies to be used in achieving success in promoting exclusive breastfeeding in the state She said that they would outline the existing gaps challenges in practising or promoting exclusive breastfeeding amongst beneficiaries and service providers and suggest way forward We will highlight opportunities and deliberate on how to better sustain the successes made and further collaborate in bridging the existing gaps on breastfeeding in their various communities Musa said they would further develop plan of actions and get stakeholders commitment to protect promote and support exclusive breastfeeding in the state Also a nutrition specialist with UNICEF Kaduna Office Mrs Chinwe Ezeife said practising exclusive breastfeeding by nursing mothers for six months ensured proper well being of their babies Also a member of the panellist Mallam Isa Abubakar said Islam supported women to embark on exclusive breastfeeding to enhance the health of their babies According to him exclusive breastfeeding will not harm the child noting that Islam is not against it Alive amp Thrive being funded by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation recently began the second phase of its activities in Nigeria with Accelerating the Scale of Maternal Infant and Young Child Nutrition ASMIYCN Project in Kaduna and six other states NAN reports that Minister of State for Health Joseph Ekumankama had on Aug 1 inaugurated Nigeria s celebration of WBW where key stakeholders including the Minister of Women Affairs and the Senate Committee on Health attended Other stakeholders present at the event were representatives of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the UN agencies NewsSourceCredit NAN
    KDSG, NGO mobilise stakeholders to promote exclusive breastfeeding
     A global nutrition initiative Alive amp Thrive and the Kaduna State Government say they are mobiliding nutrition stakeholders to promote exclusive breastfeeding in the state The event was to commemorate the 2022 World Breastfeeding Week with the theme Step up for Breastfeeding Educate and Support The stakeholders comprise Civil Society Organisations community leaders development partners state ministries departments and agencies NAFDAC healthcare workers and the media At the nutrition community engagement forum in Kaduna Mrs Sarah Kwasu Kaduna State Team Lead of Alive amp Thrive said the community engagement forum would provide opportunity for stakeholders at different levels in society to interact and share ideas She said the forum would also avail them the opportunity to share successes best practices opportunities challenges and to further collaborate in bridging the existing gaps on breastfeeding in their various communities She noted that the forum would inform engage and galvanise all the stakeholders to step up for breastfeeding by protecting promoting and supporting the act in their various capacities in the society and their homes Kwasu explained that exclusively breastfeeding infants breastmilk only during the first six months of life was one of the essential actions for infant development and survival She said the meeting had set new motivation for breastfeeding campaign in Kaduna state She said they were pleased to work closely with the state s Ministry of Health Primary Healthcare Development Agency and other partners in commemorating the WBW We look forward to incorporating recommendations from the forum into our programming as we work to improve maternal adolescent infant and young children nutrition in Kaduna state Kwasu said She called for the need for stakeholders at all levels to redouble their efforts in ensuring exclusive breastfeeding in the state Earlier the Kaduna State Nutrition Officer Ramatu Musa said the meeting was to highlight best practices and strategies to be used in achieving success in promoting exclusive breastfeeding in the state She said that they would outline the existing gaps challenges in practising or promoting exclusive breastfeeding amongst beneficiaries and service providers and suggest way forward We will highlight opportunities and deliberate on how to better sustain the successes made and further collaborate in bridging the existing gaps on breastfeeding in their various communities Musa said they would further develop plan of actions and get stakeholders commitment to protect promote and support exclusive breastfeeding in the state Also a nutrition specialist with UNICEF Kaduna Office Mrs Chinwe Ezeife said practising exclusive breastfeeding by nursing mothers for six months ensured proper well being of their babies Also a member of the panellist Mallam Isa Abubakar said Islam supported women to embark on exclusive breastfeeding to enhance the health of their babies According to him exclusive breastfeeding will not harm the child noting that Islam is not against it Alive amp Thrive being funded by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation recently began the second phase of its activities in Nigeria with Accelerating the Scale of Maternal Infant and Young Child Nutrition ASMIYCN Project in Kaduna and six other states NAN reports that Minister of State for Health Joseph Ekumankama had on Aug 1 inaugurated Nigeria s celebration of WBW where key stakeholders including the Minister of Women Affairs and the Senate Committee on Health attended Other stakeholders present at the event were representatives of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the UN agencies NewsSourceCredit NAN
    KDSG, NGO mobilise stakeholders to promote exclusive breastfeeding
    General news4 months ago

    KDSG, NGO mobilise stakeholders to promote exclusive breastfeeding

    A global nutrition initiative, Alive & Thrive, and the Kaduna State Government, say they are mobiliding nutrition stakeholders to promote exclusive breastfeeding in the state.

    The event was to commemorate the 2022 World Breastfeeding Week with the theme: “Step up for Breastfeeding, Educate and Support.

    ” The stakeholders comprise Civil Society Organisations, community leaders, development partners, state ministries, departments and agencies, NAFDAC, healthcare workers and the media.

    At the nutrition community engagement forum in Kaduna, Mrs. Sarah Kwasu, Kaduna State Team Lead of Alive & Thrive, said the community engagement forum would provide opportunity for stakeholders at different levels in society to interact and share ideas.

    She said the forum would also avail them the opportunity to share successes, best practices, opportunities, challenges and to further collaborate in bridging the existing gaps on breastfeeding in their various communities.

    She noted that the forum would inform, engage, and galvanise all the stakeholders to step up for breastfeeding by protecting, promoting and supporting the act in their various capacities in the society and their homes.

    Kwasu explained that exclusively breastfeeding infants breastmilk only during the first six months of life was one of the essential actions for infant development and survival.

    She said the meeting had set new motivation for breastfeeding campaign in Kaduna state.

    She said they were pleased to work closely with the state’s Ministry of Health, Primary Healthcare Development Agency and other partners in commemorating the WBW.

    “We look forward to incorporating recommendations from the forum into our programming as we work to improve maternal, adolescent, infant, and young children nutrition in Kaduna state,” Kwasu said.

    She called for the need for stakeholders at all levels to redouble their efforts in ensuring exclusive breastfeeding in the state.

    Earlier, the Kaduna State Nutrition Officer, Ramatu Musa, said the meeting was to highlight best practices and strategies to be used in achieving success in promoting exclusive breastfeeding in the state.  

    She said that they would outline the existing gaps, challenges in practising or promoting exclusive breastfeeding amongst beneficiaries and service providers and suggest way forward.

    “We will highlight opportunities and deliberate on how to better sustain the successes made, and further collaborate in bridging the existing gaps on breastfeeding in their various communities.

    ”   Musa said they would further develop plan of actions, and get stakeholders commitment to protect, promote and support exclusive breastfeeding in the state.  

    Also, a nutrition specialist with UNICEF, Kaduna Office, Mrs Chinwe Ezeife, said practising exclusive breastfeeding by nursing mothers for six months ensured proper well-being of their babies.

    Also, a member of the panellist, Mallam Isa Abubakar, said Islam supported women to embark on exclusive breastfeeding to enhance the health of their babies.

    According to him, exclusive breastfeeding will not harm the child, noting that Islam is not against it.  

    Alive & Thrive, being funded by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, recently began the second phase of its activities in Nigeria with “Accelerating the Scale of Maternal, Infant, and Young Child Nutrition (ASMIYCN) Project in Kaduna and six other states.  

    NAN reports that Minister of State for Health Joseph Ekumankama had on Aug. 1, inaugurated Nigeria’s celebration of WBW, where key stakeholders, including the Minister of Women Affairs and the Senate Committee on Health attended.  

    Other stakeholders present at the event were representatives of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the UN agencies.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •   Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja has pledged that Cabinet will reconsider an earlier Parliament resolution on increasing pay for Village Health Teams VHTs Nabbanja s commitment followed a motion put forward by the Buhaguzi County Member of Parliament the Hon Stephen Aseera on Tuesday August 02 2022 during the plenary session chaired by speaker Anita Among Aseera proposed that the government increase the VHT monthly stipend from 10 000 Shsh to 100 000 Shh per member Nabbanja noted that such a request had been made in the 10th Parliament and discussed in Cabinet in 2017 but that government has been financially constrained ever since The government couldn t bring him here let me withdraw it and report within a month Nabbanja said Aseera said the plight of VHTs must be considered because of the critical role they play in bringing health services to the people Most of the population lives far from health centers and VHTs close that gap VHTs participate in the management of local health services including home visits health education treatment of common diseases and monitoring of pregnant mothers said Aseera Aseera said that despite the visible contribution of the VHTs the performance of their duties remains poorly facilitated which has led to a high turnover of program members A study by the Ministry of Health in 2014 pointed to the lack of regular monthly payment as a barrier to their performance he said The deputy of the municipality of Bugiri H E Asuman Basalirwa aware that Aseera s motion had a financial implication for national resourcing suggested that the Prime Minister take up the proposals According to article 193 b of the Constitution we cannot proceed in this way because the motion creates a charge to the Consolidated Fund the government should pick it up and proceed from there Basalirwa said Basalirwa said MPs were currently shouldering the burden of paying for VHTs and prayed that the government would pick up the mantle We appreciate the role they play and we must not lose sight of the importance of this motion Let the Prime Minister take it to other channels and save MPs from this responsibility Basalirwa said
    Uganda: Government to review salaries of village health teams
      Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja has pledged that Cabinet will reconsider an earlier Parliament resolution on increasing pay for Village Health Teams VHTs Nabbanja s commitment followed a motion put forward by the Buhaguzi County Member of Parliament the Hon Stephen Aseera on Tuesday August 02 2022 during the plenary session chaired by speaker Anita Among Aseera proposed that the government increase the VHT monthly stipend from 10 000 Shsh to 100 000 Shh per member Nabbanja noted that such a request had been made in the 10th Parliament and discussed in Cabinet in 2017 but that government has been financially constrained ever since The government couldn t bring him here let me withdraw it and report within a month Nabbanja said Aseera said the plight of VHTs must be considered because of the critical role they play in bringing health services to the people Most of the population lives far from health centers and VHTs close that gap VHTs participate in the management of local health services including home visits health education treatment of common diseases and monitoring of pregnant mothers said Aseera Aseera said that despite the visible contribution of the VHTs the performance of their duties remains poorly facilitated which has led to a high turnover of program members A study by the Ministry of Health in 2014 pointed to the lack of regular monthly payment as a barrier to their performance he said The deputy of the municipality of Bugiri H E Asuman Basalirwa aware that Aseera s motion had a financial implication for national resourcing suggested that the Prime Minister take up the proposals According to article 193 b of the Constitution we cannot proceed in this way because the motion creates a charge to the Consolidated Fund the government should pick it up and proceed from there Basalirwa said Basalirwa said MPs were currently shouldering the burden of paying for VHTs and prayed that the government would pick up the mantle We appreciate the role they play and we must not lose sight of the importance of this motion Let the Prime Minister take it to other channels and save MPs from this responsibility Basalirwa said
    Uganda: Government to review salaries of village health teams
    Africa4 months ago

    Uganda: Government to review salaries of village health teams

    Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja has pledged that Cabinet will reconsider an earlier Parliament resolution on increasing pay for Village Health Teams (VHTs).

    Nabbanja's commitment followed a motion put forward by the Buhaguzi County Member of Parliament, the Hon. Stephen Aseera on Tuesday, August 02, 2022 during the plenary session chaired by speaker Anita Among.

    Aseera proposed that the government increase the VHT monthly stipend from 10,000 Shsh to 100,000 Shh per member.

    Nabbanja noted that such a request had been made in the 10th Parliament and discussed in Cabinet in 2017, but that government has been financially constrained ever since.

    “The government couldn't bring him here; let me withdraw it and report within a month,” Nabbanja said.

    Aseera said the plight of VHTs must be considered because of the critical role they play in bringing health services to the people.

    “Most of the population lives far from health centers and VHTs close that gap.

    VHTs participate in the management of local health services, including home visits, health education, treatment of common diseases, and monitoring of pregnant mothers,” said Aseera.

    Aseera said that despite the visible contribution of the VHTs, the performance of their duties remains poorly facilitated, which has led to a high turnover of program members.

    “A study by the Ministry of Health in 2014 pointed to the lack of regular monthly payment as a barrier to their performance,” he said.

    The deputy of the municipality of Bugiri, H.E. Asuman Basalirwa, aware that Aseera's motion had a financial implication for national resourcing, suggested that the Prime Minister take up the proposals.

    “According to article 193 (b) of the Constitution, we cannot proceed in this way because the motion creates a charge to the Consolidated Fund; the government should pick it up and proceed from there,” Basalirwa said.

    Basalirwa said MPs were currently shouldering the burden of paying for VHTs and prayed that the government would pick up the mantle.

    “We appreciate the role they play and we must not lose sight of the importance of this motion.

    Let the Prime Minister take it to other channels and save MPs from this responsibility,” Basalirwa said.

  •   The Kenyan government and Novo Nordisk a Danish multinational pharmaceutical company have signed a memorandum of understanding for the supply of medical products aimed at improving the treatment and self care of type 1 diabetes in children Speaking during the ceremony Cabinet Secretary for Health Mutahi Kagwe said that the long term aspiration of the program is not only to improve the lives of the children enrolled in the project but also to find ways to integrate the components of the program into the provision of health care in the country He said the parties have entered the partnership to use their respective competencies and strengths to improve the well being of people living with diabetes in Kenya through sustainable partnerships and collaborations as well as improve diabetes care for children with type 1 diabetes in Kenya the country We welcome you and thank you for your support Your association is important and we value it We invite you to think about investing in the country in terms of manufacturing said the Health CS To reach more children living with diabetes Kenya will establish additional type 1 diabetes clinics and build the capacity of health workers with Novo Nordisk committing 2 billion shillings to support the program over the next 3 years The two parties agreed on how to improve and establish the infrastructure of diabetes clinics and the supply of medical and laboratory equipment the training and education of health professionals working on type 1 diabetes in children and adolescents the provision of equipment and supplies for monitoring blood glucose and human insulin at no cost for children and adolescents They also agreed to educate children and adolescents with type 1 diabetes and their families establish a registry for children and adolescents with type 1 diabetes and share ideas and results for the continuous improvement of the Changing Diabetes in Children Project between Parties In the agreement the Kenyan government will be obliged among other things to progressively integrate the Changing Diabetes in Children program into the national health system as well as to ensure that diabetes and more particularly type 1 diabetes is included in the national agenda of non communicable diseases in line with the sustainable development goals Novo Nordisk in turn shall provide relevant diagnostic detection and monitoring equipment to be used for the organization and operation of diabetes clinics and patient registration provide free human insulin to cover diabetes treatment needs type 1 in children and adolescents up to 25 years of age in health establishments supported by the CDiC Project The company is also expected to provide support for the training of health professionals in the management of type 1 diabetes in children and adolescents support awareness campaigns in collaboration with different stakeholders support diabetes self management education for children adolescents and their families including the development of CDiC Project patient education materials as well as support for the improvement of infrastructure in some of the diabetes clinics as determined by the Ministry of Health The MoU was signed by Vinay Ransiwal General Manager and Vice President on behalf of Novo Nordisk and CS Mutahi Kagwe on behalf of the Government of Kenya and was witnessed by the Danish Ambassador to Kenya Ole Thonke The Changing Diabetes in Children program was launched in Kenya in 2012 to ensure that children with type 1 diabetes have access to appropriate treatment and support The partnership was between Novo Nordisk the Government of Kenya Roche Diabetes and the Kenya Diabetes Management and Information Center DMI It was established to identify solutions that could lead to an integrated approach to diabetes diagnosis treatment and management for children living with type 1 diabetes
    Kenya signs MoU with Novo Nordisk to expand support for children with diabetes
      The Kenyan government and Novo Nordisk a Danish multinational pharmaceutical company have signed a memorandum of understanding for the supply of medical products aimed at improving the treatment and self care of type 1 diabetes in children Speaking during the ceremony Cabinet Secretary for Health Mutahi Kagwe said that the long term aspiration of the program is not only to improve the lives of the children enrolled in the project but also to find ways to integrate the components of the program into the provision of health care in the country He said the parties have entered the partnership to use their respective competencies and strengths to improve the well being of people living with diabetes in Kenya through sustainable partnerships and collaborations as well as improve diabetes care for children with type 1 diabetes in Kenya the country We welcome you and thank you for your support Your association is important and we value it We invite you to think about investing in the country in terms of manufacturing said the Health CS To reach more children living with diabetes Kenya will establish additional type 1 diabetes clinics and build the capacity of health workers with Novo Nordisk committing 2 billion shillings to support the program over the next 3 years The two parties agreed on how to improve and establish the infrastructure of diabetes clinics and the supply of medical and laboratory equipment the training and education of health professionals working on type 1 diabetes in children and adolescents the provision of equipment and supplies for monitoring blood glucose and human insulin at no cost for children and adolescents They also agreed to educate children and adolescents with type 1 diabetes and their families establish a registry for children and adolescents with type 1 diabetes and share ideas and results for the continuous improvement of the Changing Diabetes in Children Project between Parties In the agreement the Kenyan government will be obliged among other things to progressively integrate the Changing Diabetes in Children program into the national health system as well as to ensure that diabetes and more particularly type 1 diabetes is included in the national agenda of non communicable diseases in line with the sustainable development goals Novo Nordisk in turn shall provide relevant diagnostic detection and monitoring equipment to be used for the organization and operation of diabetes clinics and patient registration provide free human insulin to cover diabetes treatment needs type 1 in children and adolescents up to 25 years of age in health establishments supported by the CDiC Project The company is also expected to provide support for the training of health professionals in the management of type 1 diabetes in children and adolescents support awareness campaigns in collaboration with different stakeholders support diabetes self management education for children adolescents and their families including the development of CDiC Project patient education materials as well as support for the improvement of infrastructure in some of the diabetes clinics as determined by the Ministry of Health The MoU was signed by Vinay Ransiwal General Manager and Vice President on behalf of Novo Nordisk and CS Mutahi Kagwe on behalf of the Government of Kenya and was witnessed by the Danish Ambassador to Kenya Ole Thonke The Changing Diabetes in Children program was launched in Kenya in 2012 to ensure that children with type 1 diabetes have access to appropriate treatment and support The partnership was between Novo Nordisk the Government of Kenya Roche Diabetes and the Kenya Diabetes Management and Information Center DMI It was established to identify solutions that could lead to an integrated approach to diabetes diagnosis treatment and management for children living with type 1 diabetes
    Kenya signs MoU with Novo Nordisk to expand support for children with diabetes
    Africa4 months ago

    Kenya signs MoU with Novo Nordisk to expand support for children with diabetes

    The Kenyan government and Novo Nordisk, a Danish multinational pharmaceutical company, have signed a memorandum of understanding for the supply of medical products aimed at improving the treatment and self-care of type 1 diabetes in children.

    Speaking during the ceremony, Cabinet Secretary for Health Mutahi Kagwe said that the long-term aspiration of the program is not only to improve the lives of the children enrolled in the project, but also to find ways to integrate the components of the program into the provision of health care in the country.

    He said the parties have entered the partnership to use their respective competencies and strengths to improve the well-being of people living with diabetes in Kenya through sustainable partnerships and collaborations, as well as improve diabetes care for children with type 1 diabetes in Kenya.

    the country.

    “We welcome you and thank you for your support.

    Your association is important and we value it.

    We invite you to think about investing in the country in terms of manufacturing”, said the Health CS.

    To reach more children living with diabetes, Kenya will establish additional type 1 diabetes clinics and build the capacity of health workers with Novo Nordisk committing 2 billion shillings to support the program over the next 3 years.

    The two parties agreed on how to improve and establish the infrastructure of diabetes clinics and the supply of medical and laboratory equipment, the training and education of health professionals working on type 1 diabetes in children and adolescents, the provision of equipment and supplies for monitoring blood glucose and human insulin at no cost for children and adolescents.

    They also agreed to educate children and adolescents with type 1 diabetes and their families, establish a registry for children and adolescents with type 1 diabetes, and share ideas and results for the continuous improvement of the Changing Diabetes in Children Project between Parties.

    .

    In the agreement, the Kenyan government will be obliged, among other things, to progressively integrate the Changing Diabetes in Children program into the national health system, as well as to ensure that diabetes, and more particularly type 1 diabetes, is included in the national agenda of non-communicable diseases.

    in line with the sustainable development goals.

    Novo Nordisk, in turn, shall provide relevant diagnostic, detection and monitoring equipment to be used for the organization and operation of diabetes clinics and patient registration, provide free human insulin to cover diabetes treatment needs type 1 in children and adolescents up to 25 years of age in health establishments supported by the CDiC Project.

    The company is also expected to provide support for the training of health professionals in the management of type 1 diabetes in children and adolescents, support awareness campaigns in collaboration with different stakeholders, support diabetes self-management education for children, adolescents and their families, including the development of CDiC Project patient education materials, as well as support for the improvement of infrastructure in some of the diabetes clinics as determined by the Ministry of Health.

    The MoU was signed by Vinay Ransiwal, General Manager and Vice President on behalf of Novo Nordisk and CS Mutahi Kagwe on behalf of the Government of Kenya and was witnessed by the Danish Ambassador to Kenya Ole Thonke.

    The Changing Diabetes in Children program was launched in Kenya in 2012 to ensure that children with type 1 diabetes have access to appropriate treatment and support.

    The partnership was between Novo Nordisk, the Government of Kenya, Roche Diabetes and the Kenya Diabetes Management and Information Center (DMI).

    It was established to identify solutions that could lead to an integrated approach to diabetes diagnosis, treatment and management for children living with type 1 diabetes.

  •   The Ministry of Health activated the national and district emergency management committees to coordinate the response and engage with the community GENEVA Switzerland September 18 2021 APO Group On 16 September 2021 the Ministry of Health of Guinea declared the end of the Marburg virus disease outbreak in Gu ck dou prefecture Nz r kor Region In accordance with WHO recommendations the declaration was made 42 days after the safe and dignified burial of the only confirmed patient reported in this outbreak This was the first ever Marburg virus disease case reported in Guinea From 3 August 2021 to the end of outbreak declaration only one confirmed case was reported The patient a man had onset of symptoms on 25 July On 1 August he went to a small health facility near his village with symptoms of fever headache fatigue abdominal pain and gingival hemorrhage A rapid diagnostic test for malaria returned a negative result and the patient received ambulatory supportive care with rehydration and symptomatic treatment Upon returning home his condition worsened and he died on 2 August An alert was subsequently raised by the sub prefecture public health care facility to the prefectorial department of health in Gu ck dou The investigation team was immediately deployed to the village to conduct an in depth investigation and collected a post mortem oral swab sample which was shipped on the same day to the viral hemorrhagic fever laboratory in Gu ck dou city On 3 August the sample tested positive for Marburg virus disease by reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction RT PCR and negative for Ebola virus disease The deceased patient was buried safely and with dignity on 4 August with the support of the national Red Cross On 5 August the National Reference Laboratory in Conakry provided confirmation by real time PCR of the positive Marburg result and on 9 August the Institut Pasteur Dakar in Senegal provided an additional confirmation that the result was positive for Marburg virus disease and negative for Ebola virus disease Public health response The Ministry of Health activated the national and district emergency management committees to coordinate the response and engage with the community Additionally the Ministry of Health together with WHO the United States Centers for Disease Control the Alliance for International Medical Action the Red Cross UNICEF the International Organization for Migration and other partners initiated measures to control the outbreak and prevent further spread including the implementation of contact tracing and active case search in health facilities and at the community level During the outbreak a total of one confirmed case who died CFR 100 and 173 contacts were identified including 14 high risk contacts based on exposure Among them 172 were followed for a period of 21 days of which none developed symptoms One high risk contact was lost to follow up At the different points of entry in Gu ck dou prefecture where passengers were screened no alerts were generated Ongoing activities include Capturing and sampling of bats in the localities of Temessadou M Bok Baladou P bal and Koundou to better understand the involvement of bats in the ecology of Marburg viruses Development of a sero surveillance protocol in the sub prefecture of Koundou Development and implementation of plans to strengthen Infection Prevention and Control IPC programmes at the national and facility level including establishing and mentoring of IPC focal persons IPC hygiene committees ongoing training of health workers and adequate procurement and distribution of supplies such as personal protective equipment PPE Implementation of water sanitation and hygiene measures with partners including in health facilities and communities Supporting training on community based surveillance in Gu ck dou prefecture and Risk communication and community mobilization activities in Gu ck dou prefecture as a component of a health emergency preparedness and response action plan WHO risk assessment Marburg virus disease MVD is an epidemic prone disease associated with high case fatality ratios CFR 24 90 In the early course of the disease clinical diagnosis of MVD is difficult to distinguish from many other tropical febrile illnesses because of the similarities in the clinical symptoms Other viral hemorrhagic fevers need to be excluded particularly Ebola virus disease EVD as well as malaria typhoid fever leptospirosis rickettsial infection and plague MVD is transmitted by direct contact with the blood bodily fluids and or tissues of infected persons or wild animals e g monkeys and fruit bats Investigations are ongoing to identify the source of the infection Guinea has previous experience in managing viral hemorrhagic diseases such as EVD and Lassa fever but this was the first time that MVD was reported The country has a fragile health care system due to the overburden of disease outbreaks COVID 19 pandemic and the recurrent threat of epidemics such as malaria yellow fever measles Lassa fever EVD health care associated infections high rates of acute malnutrition cyclical natural disasters such as floods and socio political unrest Guinea health authorities responded rapidly to the event and measures were rapidly implemented to control the outbreak Cross border population movement and community mixing between Guinea and neighboring Sierra Leone and Liberia increased the risk of cross border spread Sierra Leone and Liberia health authorities activated contingency plans and started public health measures at the points of entry with Guinea The affected village is in a remote forest area located at the border with Sierra Leone about 9 km from a main international border crossing point between the two countries The proximity of the affected area to an international border cross border movement between the affected district and Sierra Leone and the potential transmission of the virus between bat colonies and humans posed an increased risk for cross border spread These factors suggested a high risk at the national and regional level and given that Gu ck dou prefecture is well connected to Foya in Liberia and Kailahun in Sierra Leone this outbreak required an immediate and coordinated response with support from international partners The risk associated with the event at the global level was assessed as low WHO advice Human to human transmission of Marburg virus is primarily associated with direct contact with blood and or bodily fluids of infected persons and Marburg virus transmission associated with the provision of health care has been reported when appropriate infection control measures have not been implemented Health care workers caring for patients with suspected or confirmed Marburg virus disease should apply standard and transmission based IPC precautions to avoid any exposure to blood and or bodily fluids as well as unprotected contact with the possibly contaminated environment IPC precautions include Early recognition screening triage and isolation of suspected cases Appropriate isolation capacity including infrastructure and human resources Health care workers access to hand hygiene resources i e soap and water or alcohol based hand rub Appropriate and accessible PPE for health care workers Safe infection practices emphasize on single use only needles Procedures and resources for decontamination and sterilization of medical devices and Appropriate management of infectious waste IPC assessments of health facilities in affected areas using the IPC Scorecard revealed sub optimal results highlighting the need for ongoing supportive supervision and mentorship for implementation of IPC in health care settings in addition to implementing IPC minimum requirements to support and strengthen future preparedness for emerging and re emerging infectious diseases Integrated disease surveillance and response activities including community based surveillance must continue to be strengthened within all affected health zones Raising awareness of the risk factors for Marburg virus disease and the protective measures individuals can take to reduce human exposure to the virus are the key measures to reduce human infections and deaths Key public health communication messages include Reducing the risk of human to human transmission in the community arising from direct contact with infected patients particularly with their bodily fluids Avoiding close physical contact with patients who have Marburg virus disease Any suspected case ill at home should not be managed at home but immediately transferred to a health facility for treatment and isolation During this transfer health care workers should wear appropriate PPE Regular hand washing should be performed after visiting sick relatives in hospital and Communities affected by Marburg should make efforts to ensure that the population is well informed both about the nature of the disease itself to avoid further transmission community stigmatization and encourage early presentation to treatment centers and other necessary outbreak containment measures including safe burial of the dead People who have died from Marburg should be promptly and safely buried To reduce the risk of wildlife to human transmissions such as through contact with fruit bats monkeys and apes Handle wildlife with gloves and other appropriate protective clothing Cook animal products such as blood and meat thoroughly before consumption and avoid consumption of raw meat and During work research activities or tourist visits in mines or caves inhabited by fruit bat colonies people should wear gloves and other appropriate protective clothing including masks Further information Disease Outbreak News Marburg virus disease in Guinea published on 9 August 2021 Health topic Marburg virus disease Ebola and Marburg virus disease epidemics preparedness alert control and evaluation interim version 1 2 Field guideline How to conduct safe and dignified burial of a patient who has died from suspected or confirmed Ebola virus disease Case definition recommendations for Ebola or Marburg virus diseases Marbug haemorrhagic fever factsheet Fi vre h morragique de Marburg Aide m moire Relev pid miologique hebdomadaire 80 15 135 138 Organisation mondiale de la Sant 2014 D finitions de cas recommand es pour la surveillance des maladies virus Ebola ou Marburg recommandation provisoire Organisation mondiale de la Sant Organisation mondiale de la Sant amp Bureau international du Travail 2020 S curit et sant au travail durant les crises sanitaires un manuel pour la protection des personnels de sant et des quipes d intervention d urgence
    Marburg Virus Disease – Guinea – Disease Outbreak News
      The Ministry of Health activated the national and district emergency management committees to coordinate the response and engage with the community GENEVA Switzerland September 18 2021 APO Group On 16 September 2021 the Ministry of Health of Guinea declared the end of the Marburg virus disease outbreak in Gu ck dou prefecture Nz r kor Region In accordance with WHO recommendations the declaration was made 42 days after the safe and dignified burial of the only confirmed patient reported in this outbreak This was the first ever Marburg virus disease case reported in Guinea From 3 August 2021 to the end of outbreak declaration only one confirmed case was reported The patient a man had onset of symptoms on 25 July On 1 August he went to a small health facility near his village with symptoms of fever headache fatigue abdominal pain and gingival hemorrhage A rapid diagnostic test for malaria returned a negative result and the patient received ambulatory supportive care with rehydration and symptomatic treatment Upon returning home his condition worsened and he died on 2 August An alert was subsequently raised by the sub prefecture public health care facility to the prefectorial department of health in Gu ck dou The investigation team was immediately deployed to the village to conduct an in depth investigation and collected a post mortem oral swab sample which was shipped on the same day to the viral hemorrhagic fever laboratory in Gu ck dou city On 3 August the sample tested positive for Marburg virus disease by reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction RT PCR and negative for Ebola virus disease The deceased patient was buried safely and with dignity on 4 August with the support of the national Red Cross On 5 August the National Reference Laboratory in Conakry provided confirmation by real time PCR of the positive Marburg result and on 9 August the Institut Pasteur Dakar in Senegal provided an additional confirmation that the result was positive for Marburg virus disease and negative for Ebola virus disease Public health response The Ministry of Health activated the national and district emergency management committees to coordinate the response and engage with the community Additionally the Ministry of Health together with WHO the United States Centers for Disease Control the Alliance for International Medical Action the Red Cross UNICEF the International Organization for Migration and other partners initiated measures to control the outbreak and prevent further spread including the implementation of contact tracing and active case search in health facilities and at the community level During the outbreak a total of one confirmed case who died CFR 100 and 173 contacts were identified including 14 high risk contacts based on exposure Among them 172 were followed for a period of 21 days of which none developed symptoms One high risk contact was lost to follow up At the different points of entry in Gu ck dou prefecture where passengers were screened no alerts were generated Ongoing activities include Capturing and sampling of bats in the localities of Temessadou M Bok Baladou P bal and Koundou to better understand the involvement of bats in the ecology of Marburg viruses Development of a sero surveillance protocol in the sub prefecture of Koundou Development and implementation of plans to strengthen Infection Prevention and Control IPC programmes at the national and facility level including establishing and mentoring of IPC focal persons IPC hygiene committees ongoing training of health workers and adequate procurement and distribution of supplies such as personal protective equipment PPE Implementation of water sanitation and hygiene measures with partners including in health facilities and communities Supporting training on community based surveillance in Gu ck dou prefecture and Risk communication and community mobilization activities in Gu ck dou prefecture as a component of a health emergency preparedness and response action plan WHO risk assessment Marburg virus disease MVD is an epidemic prone disease associated with high case fatality ratios CFR 24 90 In the early course of the disease clinical diagnosis of MVD is difficult to distinguish from many other tropical febrile illnesses because of the similarities in the clinical symptoms Other viral hemorrhagic fevers need to be excluded particularly Ebola virus disease EVD as well as malaria typhoid fever leptospirosis rickettsial infection and plague MVD is transmitted by direct contact with the blood bodily fluids and or tissues of infected persons or wild animals e g monkeys and fruit bats Investigations are ongoing to identify the source of the infection Guinea has previous experience in managing viral hemorrhagic diseases such as EVD and Lassa fever but this was the first time that MVD was reported The country has a fragile health care system due to the overburden of disease outbreaks COVID 19 pandemic and the recurrent threat of epidemics such as malaria yellow fever measles Lassa fever EVD health care associated infections high rates of acute malnutrition cyclical natural disasters such as floods and socio political unrest Guinea health authorities responded rapidly to the event and measures were rapidly implemented to control the outbreak Cross border population movement and community mixing between Guinea and neighboring Sierra Leone and Liberia increased the risk of cross border spread Sierra Leone and Liberia health authorities activated contingency plans and started public health measures at the points of entry with Guinea The affected village is in a remote forest area located at the border with Sierra Leone about 9 km from a main international border crossing point between the two countries The proximity of the affected area to an international border cross border movement between the affected district and Sierra Leone and the potential transmission of the virus between bat colonies and humans posed an increased risk for cross border spread These factors suggested a high risk at the national and regional level and given that Gu ck dou prefecture is well connected to Foya in Liberia and Kailahun in Sierra Leone this outbreak required an immediate and coordinated response with support from international partners The risk associated with the event at the global level was assessed as low WHO advice Human to human transmission of Marburg virus is primarily associated with direct contact with blood and or bodily fluids of infected persons and Marburg virus transmission associated with the provision of health care has been reported when appropriate infection control measures have not been implemented Health care workers caring for patients with suspected or confirmed Marburg virus disease should apply standard and transmission based IPC precautions to avoid any exposure to blood and or bodily fluids as well as unprotected contact with the possibly contaminated environment IPC precautions include Early recognition screening triage and isolation of suspected cases Appropriate isolation capacity including infrastructure and human resources Health care workers access to hand hygiene resources i e soap and water or alcohol based hand rub Appropriate and accessible PPE for health care workers Safe infection practices emphasize on single use only needles Procedures and resources for decontamination and sterilization of medical devices and Appropriate management of infectious waste IPC assessments of health facilities in affected areas using the IPC Scorecard revealed sub optimal results highlighting the need for ongoing supportive supervision and mentorship for implementation of IPC in health care settings in addition to implementing IPC minimum requirements to support and strengthen future preparedness for emerging and re emerging infectious diseases Integrated disease surveillance and response activities including community based surveillance must continue to be strengthened within all affected health zones Raising awareness of the risk factors for Marburg virus disease and the protective measures individuals can take to reduce human exposure to the virus are the key measures to reduce human infections and deaths Key public health communication messages include Reducing the risk of human to human transmission in the community arising from direct contact with infected patients particularly with their bodily fluids Avoiding close physical contact with patients who have Marburg virus disease Any suspected case ill at home should not be managed at home but immediately transferred to a health facility for treatment and isolation During this transfer health care workers should wear appropriate PPE Regular hand washing should be performed after visiting sick relatives in hospital and Communities affected by Marburg should make efforts to ensure that the population is well informed both about the nature of the disease itself to avoid further transmission community stigmatization and encourage early presentation to treatment centers and other necessary outbreak containment measures including safe burial of the dead People who have died from Marburg should be promptly and safely buried To reduce the risk of wildlife to human transmissions such as through contact with fruit bats monkeys and apes Handle wildlife with gloves and other appropriate protective clothing Cook animal products such as blood and meat thoroughly before consumption and avoid consumption of raw meat and During work research activities or tourist visits in mines or caves inhabited by fruit bat colonies people should wear gloves and other appropriate protective clothing including masks Further information Disease Outbreak News Marburg virus disease in Guinea published on 9 August 2021 Health topic Marburg virus disease Ebola and Marburg virus disease epidemics preparedness alert control and evaluation interim version 1 2 Field guideline How to conduct safe and dignified burial of a patient who has died from suspected or confirmed Ebola virus disease Case definition recommendations for Ebola or Marburg virus diseases Marbug haemorrhagic fever factsheet Fi vre h morragique de Marburg Aide m moire Relev pid miologique hebdomadaire 80 15 135 138 Organisation mondiale de la Sant 2014 D finitions de cas recommand es pour la surveillance des maladies virus Ebola ou Marburg recommandation provisoire Organisation mondiale de la Sant Organisation mondiale de la Sant amp Bureau international du Travail 2020 S curit et sant au travail durant les crises sanitaires un manuel pour la protection des personnels de sant et des quipes d intervention d urgence
    Marburg Virus Disease – Guinea – Disease Outbreak News
    Africa1 year ago

    Marburg Virus Disease – Guinea – Disease Outbreak News

    The Ministry of Health activated the national and district emergency management committees to coordinate the response and engage with the community

    GENEVA, Switzerland, September 18, 2021/APO Group/ --

    On 16 September 2021, the Ministry of Health of Guinea declared the end of the Marburg virus disease outbreak in Guéckédou prefecture, Nzérékoré Region. In accordance with WHO recommendations, the declaration was made 42 days after the safe and dignified burial of the only confirmed patient reported in this outbreak. This was the first-ever Marburg virus disease case reported in Guinea.

    From 3 August 2021 to the end of outbreak declaration, only one confirmed case was reported.  The patient, a man, had onset of symptoms on 25 July. On 1 August he went to a small health facility near his village, with symptoms of fever, headache, fatigue, abdominal pain and gingival hemorrhage. A rapid diagnostic test for malaria returned a negative result, and the patient received ambulatory supportive care with rehydration and symptomatic treatment. Upon returning home, his condition worsened, and he died on 2 August. An alert was subsequently raised by the sub-prefecture public health care facility to the prefectorial department of health in Guéckédou. The investigation team was immediately deployed to the village to conduct an in-depth investigation and collected a post-mortem oral swab sample, which was shipped on the same day to the viral hemorrhagic fever laboratory in Guéckédou city. On 3 August, the sample tested positive for Marburg virus disease by reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) and negative for Ebola virus disease. The deceased patient was buried safely and with dignity on 4 August, with the support of the national Red Cross.

    On 5 August, the National Reference Laboratory in Conakry provided confirmation by real-time PCR of the positive Marburg result, and on 9 August, the Institut Pasteur Dakar in Senegal provided an additional confirmation that the result was positive for Marburg virus disease and negative for Ebola virus disease. 

    Public health response

    The Ministry of Health activated the national and district emergency management committees to coordinate the response and engage with the community. Additionally, the Ministry of Health together with WHO, the United States Centers for Disease Control, the Alliance for International Medical Action, the Red Cross, UNICEF, the International Organization for Migration, and other partners, initiated measures to control the outbreak and prevent further spread including the implementation of contact tracing and active case search in health facilities and at the community level.

    During the outbreak, a total of one confirmed case who died, (CFR=100%) and 173 contacts were identified, including 14 high risk contacts based on exposure. Among them, 172 were followed for a period of 21 days, of which none developed symptoms. One high-risk contact was lost to follow up. At the different points of entry in Guéckédou prefecture where passengers were screened, no alerts were generated.

    Ongoing activities include:

    Capturing and sampling of bats in the localities of Temessadou M´Boké, Baladou Pébal and Koundou to better understand the involvement of bats in the ecology of Marburg viruses; Development of a sero-surveillance protocol in the sub-prefecture of Koundou; Development and implementation of plans to strengthen Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) programmes at the national and facility level including establishing and mentoring of IPC focal persons, IPC/hygiene committees, ongoing training of health workers and adequate procurement and distribution of supplies such as personal protective equipment (PPE); Implementation of water, sanitation and hygiene measures with partners including in health facilities and communities; Supporting training on community-based surveillance in Guéckédou prefecture; and Risk communication and community mobilization activities in Guéckédou prefecture as a component of a health emergency preparedness and response action plan.

    WHO risk assessment

    Marburg virus disease (MVD) is an epidemic-prone disease associated with high case fatality ratios (CFR 24-90%). In the early course of the disease, clinical diagnosis of MVD is difficult to distinguish from many other tropical febrile illnesses, because of the similarities in the clinical symptoms. Other viral hemorrhagic fevers need to be excluded, particularly Ebola virus disease (EVD), as well as malaria, typhoid fever, leptospirosis, rickettsial infection and plague. MVD is transmitted by direct contact with the blood, bodily fluids and/or tissues of infected persons or wild animals (e.g., monkeys and fruit bats).

    Investigations are ongoing to identify the source of the infection. Guinea has previous experience in managing viral hemorrhagic diseases such as EVD and Lassa fever, but this was the first time that MVD was reported. The country has a fragile health care system due to the overburden of disease outbreaks, COVID-19 pandemic, and the recurrent threat of epidemics such as malaria, yellow fever, measles, Lassa fever, EVD, health care-associated infections, high rates of acute malnutrition, cyclical natural disasters such as floods, and socio-political unrest.

    Guinea health authorities responded rapidly to the event, and measures were rapidly implemented to control the outbreak. Cross-border population movement and community mixing between Guinea and neighboring Sierra Leone and Liberia increased the risk of cross-border spread. Sierra Leone and Liberia health authorities activated contingency plans and started public health measures at the points of entry with Guinea.

    The affected village is in a remote forest area located at the border with Sierra Leone, about 9 km from a main international border crossing point between the two countries. The proximity of the affected area to an international border, cross-border movement between the affected district and Sierra Leone, and the potential transmission of the virus between bat colonies and humans posed an increased risk for cross-border spread.

    These factors suggested a high risk at the national and regional level, and given that Guéckédou prefecture is well connected to Foya in Liberia, and Kailahun in Sierra Leone, this outbreak required an immediate and coordinated response with support from international partners. The risk associated with the event at the global level was assessed as low.

    WHO advice

    Human-to-human transmission of Marburg virus is primarily associated with direct contact with blood and/or bodily fluids of infected persons, and Marburg virus transmission associated with the provision of health care has been reported when appropriate infection control measures have not been implemented.

    Health care workers caring for patients with suspected or confirmed Marburg virus disease should apply standard and transmission-based IPC precautions to avoid any exposure to blood and/or bodily fluids, as well as unprotected contact with the possibly contaminated environment. IPC precautions include:

    Early recognition (screening, triage) and isolation of suspected cases; Appropriate isolation capacity (including infrastructure and human resources); Health care workers’ access to hand hygiene resources (i.e., soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub); Appropriate and accessible PPE for health care workers; Safe infection practices (emphasize on single-use only needles); Procedures and resources for decontamination and sterilization of medical devices; and Appropriate management of infectious waste.

    IPC assessments of health facilities in affected areas using the IPC Scorecard revealed sub-optimal results highlighting the need for ongoing supportive supervision and mentorship for implementation of IPC in health care settings in addition to implementing IPC minimum requirements to support and strengthen future preparedness for emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases.

    Integrated disease surveillance and response activities, including community-based surveillance must continue to be strengthened within all affected health zones.

    Raising awareness of the risk factors for Marburg virus disease and the protective measures individuals can take to reduce human exposure to the virus are the key measures to reduce human infections and deaths. Key public health communication messages include:

    Reducing the risk of human-to-human transmission in the community arising from direct contact with infected patients, particularly with their bodily fluids; Avoiding close physical contact with patients who have Marburg virus disease; Any suspected case ill at home should not be managed at home, but immediately transferred to a health facility for treatment and isolation. During this transfer, health care workers should wear appropriate PPE; Regular hand washing should be performed after visiting sick relatives in hospital; and Communities affected by Marburg should make efforts to ensure that the population is well informed, both about the nature of the disease itself to avoid further transmission, community stigmatization, and encourage early presentation to treatment centers and other necessary outbreak containment measures, including safe burial of the dead. People who have died from Marburg should be promptly and safely buried.

    To reduce the risk of wildlife-to-human transmissions, such as through contact with fruit bats, monkeys, and apes:

    Handle wildlife with gloves and other appropriate protective clothing; Cook animal products such as blood and meat thoroughly before consumption and avoid consumption of raw meat; and During work, research activities or tourist visits in mines or caves inhabited by fruit bat colonies, people should wear gloves and other appropriate protective clothing including masks.

    Further information

    Disease Outbreak News – Marburg virus disease in Guinea, published on 9 August 2021 Health topic - Marburg virus disease Ebola and Marburg virus disease epidemics: preparedness, alert, control, and evaluation, interim version 1.2 Field guideline: How to conduct safe and dignified burial of a patient who has died from suspected or confirmed Ebola virus disease Case definition recommendations for Ebola or Marburg virus diseases Marbug haemorrhagic fever - factsheet; Fièvre hémorragique de Marburg - Aide-mémoire.  Relevé épidémiologique hebdomadaire, 80 (‎15)‎, 135 - 138 Organisation mondiale de la Santé. (‎2014)‎. Définitions de cas recommandées pour la surveillance des maladies à virus Ebola ou Marburg : recommandation provisoire. Organisation mondiale de la Santé Organisation mondiale de la Santé & Bureau international du Travail. (‎2020)‎. Sécurité et santé au travail durant les crises sanitaires : un manuel pour la protection des personnels de santé et des équipes d’intervention d’urgence

  •   Use the facility to the maximum and ensure that surveillance and public health measures are in place to protect travelers and ensure the people of South Sudan JUBA South Sudan September 17 2021 APO Group To improve capacity for coordination and communication to mitigate the risk of cross border spread of disease and other public health threats WHO with support from the Government of Japan has established and handed over a port health facility at the Juba International Airport to the Ministry of Health in South Sudan The international health regulations IHR 2005 mandate countries to designate strengthen and maintain capacities at points of entry to mitigate the risk of cross border disease spread and preserve international public health security Establishing a port health facility in Juba and other designated points of entry will help South Sudan to expand surveillance and response capacity to timely detect assess report and respond promptly and effectively to public health risks among international travelers at the frontiers said Honorable Dr Victoria Anib Majur Undersecretary Ministry of Health I am grateful to the Government of Japan and WHO for the generous support Honorable Dr Anib added Dr Anib urged the port health team at Juba International Airport to use the facility to the maximum and ensure that surveillance and public health measures are in place to protect travelers and ensure the people of South Sudan The Government of Japan in partnership with the UN agencies has supported South Sudan s effort to combat COVID 19 and other diseases through various projects including construction and improvement of health facilities provision of thermal scanners and medical supplies and improvement of vaccine cold chain Japan s assistance to South Sudan through WHO will help in preventing the cross border spread of COVID 19 and other diseases and accordingly saves more lives said H E Tsutsumi Naohiro Ambassador of Japan to the Republic of South Sudan Dr Fabian Ndenzako the WHO Representative a i for South Sudan noted that South Sudan has reached a significant milestone by establishing the Port Health facility at the Juba International Airport in fulfilment of its obligation under the IHR 2005 and in line with the South Sudan National Action Plan for Health Security NAPHS 2020 2024 I commend the Government of Japan for continued support to health system resilience and emergency preparedness in South Sudan said Dr Ndenzako WHO is also working with the Ministry of Health and other stakeholders to establish a similar port health facility at the border town of Nimule which is one of the main gateways into South Sudan Dr Ndenzako added The 2017 Joint External Evaluation JEE of national capacities underscored the need to strengthen the port health policy and governance framework The JEE also recommended strengthening of IHR capacities for Juba International Airport JIA and other designated points of entry in Nimule and Renk Since August 2018 Juba International Airport along with other points of entry have conducted screening for several diseases including yellow fever Ebola virus disease COVID 19 and other public health threats South Sudan has continually faced an increased risk of emerging diseases like Ebola virus yellow fever cholera the ongoing COVID 19 and other diseases with a threat to international public health security due to cross border diseases spread To reduce their impact WHO is working collaboratively with the Ministry of Health and other stakeholders to strengthen capacities for in country and cross border surveillance and response within the framework of the integrated disease surveillance and response IDSR The IDSR is the core strategy for strengthening national disease surveillance systems in the WHO African Region and was approved by the Regional Committee in 1998
    WHO and the Government of Japan establish a port health facility at Juba International Airport to enhance public health security in South Sudan
      Use the facility to the maximum and ensure that surveillance and public health measures are in place to protect travelers and ensure the people of South Sudan JUBA South Sudan September 17 2021 APO Group To improve capacity for coordination and communication to mitigate the risk of cross border spread of disease and other public health threats WHO with support from the Government of Japan has established and handed over a port health facility at the Juba International Airport to the Ministry of Health in South Sudan The international health regulations IHR 2005 mandate countries to designate strengthen and maintain capacities at points of entry to mitigate the risk of cross border disease spread and preserve international public health security Establishing a port health facility in Juba and other designated points of entry will help South Sudan to expand surveillance and response capacity to timely detect assess report and respond promptly and effectively to public health risks among international travelers at the frontiers said Honorable Dr Victoria Anib Majur Undersecretary Ministry of Health I am grateful to the Government of Japan and WHO for the generous support Honorable Dr Anib added Dr Anib urged the port health team at Juba International Airport to use the facility to the maximum and ensure that surveillance and public health measures are in place to protect travelers and ensure the people of South Sudan The Government of Japan in partnership with the UN agencies has supported South Sudan s effort to combat COVID 19 and other diseases through various projects including construction and improvement of health facilities provision of thermal scanners and medical supplies and improvement of vaccine cold chain Japan s assistance to South Sudan through WHO will help in preventing the cross border spread of COVID 19 and other diseases and accordingly saves more lives said H E Tsutsumi Naohiro Ambassador of Japan to the Republic of South Sudan Dr Fabian Ndenzako the WHO Representative a i for South Sudan noted that South Sudan has reached a significant milestone by establishing the Port Health facility at the Juba International Airport in fulfilment of its obligation under the IHR 2005 and in line with the South Sudan National Action Plan for Health Security NAPHS 2020 2024 I commend the Government of Japan for continued support to health system resilience and emergency preparedness in South Sudan said Dr Ndenzako WHO is also working with the Ministry of Health and other stakeholders to establish a similar port health facility at the border town of Nimule which is one of the main gateways into South Sudan Dr Ndenzako added The 2017 Joint External Evaluation JEE of national capacities underscored the need to strengthen the port health policy and governance framework The JEE also recommended strengthening of IHR capacities for Juba International Airport JIA and other designated points of entry in Nimule and Renk Since August 2018 Juba International Airport along with other points of entry have conducted screening for several diseases including yellow fever Ebola virus disease COVID 19 and other public health threats South Sudan has continually faced an increased risk of emerging diseases like Ebola virus yellow fever cholera the ongoing COVID 19 and other diseases with a threat to international public health security due to cross border diseases spread To reduce their impact WHO is working collaboratively with the Ministry of Health and other stakeholders to strengthen capacities for in country and cross border surveillance and response within the framework of the integrated disease surveillance and response IDSR The IDSR is the core strategy for strengthening national disease surveillance systems in the WHO African Region and was approved by the Regional Committee in 1998
    WHO and the Government of Japan establish a port health facility at Juba International Airport to enhance public health security in South Sudan
    Africa1 year ago

    WHO and the Government of Japan establish a port health facility at Juba International Airport to enhance public health security in South Sudan

    Use the facility to the maximum and ensure that surveillance and public health measures are in place to protect travelers and ensure the people of South Sudan

    JUBA, South Sudan, September 17, 2021/APO Group/ --

    To improve capacity for coordination and communication to mitigate the risk of cross-border spread of disease and other public health threats, WHO with support from the Government of Japan has established and handed over a port health facility at the Juba International Airport to the Ministry of Health in South Sudan.

    The international health regulations (IHR (2005)) mandate countries to designate, strengthen, and maintain capacities at points of entry to mitigate the risk of cross-border disease spread and preserve international public health security.

    “Establishing a port health facility in Juba and other designated points of entry will help South Sudan to expand surveillance and response capacity to timely detect, assess, report and respond promptly and effectively to public health risks among international travelers at the frontiers, said Honorable Dr Victoria Anib Majur, Undersecretary, Ministry of Health. “I am grateful to the Government of Japan and WHO for the generous support” Honorable Dr Anib added.

    Dr Anib urged the port health team at Juba International Airport to use the facility to the maximum and ensure that surveillance and public health measures are in place to protect travelers and ensure the people of South Sudan.

    The Government of Japan, in partnership with the UN agencies, has supported South Sudan’s effort to combat COVID-19 and other diseases through various projects including construction and improvement of health facilities, provision of thermal scanners and medical supplies, and improvement of vaccine cold chain.  

    “Japan’s assistance to South Sudan through WHO will help in preventing the cross-border spread of COVID-19 and other diseases and accordingly saves more lives”, said H.E. Tsutsumi Naohiro, Ambassador of Japan to the Republic of South Sudan.

    Dr Fabian Ndenzako, the WHO Representative a.i. for South Sudan noted that South Sudan has reached a significant milestone by establishing the Port Health facility at the Juba International Airport, in fulfilment of its obligation under the IHR (2005) and in line with the South Sudan National Action Plan for Health Security (NAPHS) 2020-2024.

    “I commend the Government of Japan for continued support to health system resilience and emergency preparedness in South Sudan,” said Dr Ndenzako, “WHO is also working with the Ministry of Health and other stakeholders to establish a similar port health facility at the border town of Nimule which is one of the main gateways into South Sudan,” Dr Ndenzako added.

    The 2017 Joint External Evaluation (JEE) of national capacities underscored the need to strengthen the port health policy and governance framework. The JEE also recommended strengthening of IHR capacities for Juba International Airport (JIA) and other designated points of entry in Nimule and Renk.

    Since August 2018, Juba International Airport, along with other points of entry have conducted screening for several diseases including yellow fever, Ebola virus disease, COVID-19, and other public health threats.  

    South Sudan has continually faced an increased risk of emerging diseases like Ebola virus, yellow fever, cholera, the ongoing COVID-19 and other diseases with a threat to international public health security due to cross-border diseases spread. To reduce their impact, WHO is working collaboratively with the Ministry of Health and other stakeholders to strengthen capacities for in-country and cross border surveillance and response within the framework of the integrated disease surveillance and response (IDSR). The IDSR is the core strategy for strengthening national disease surveillance systems in the WHO African Region and was approved by the Regional Committee in 1998.

  •   Ghana s exclusive breastfeeding rate currently stands at 43 percent representing a significant drop from 63 percent in 2008 ACCRA Ghana September 16 2021 APO Group The World Health Organization has joined the Ministry of Health the Ghana Health Service and partners to launch the 2021 National Breastfeeding Week celebration under the theme Protect Breastfeeding A shared responsibility This year s event will focus on raising awareness and galvanizing action on protecting breastfeeding to improve public health The week long celebration will be marked with a call on stakeholders to make investments and commitments to support actions aimed at reducing malnutrition amongst newborns infants and young children in Ghana Addressing participants at the launch Dr Patrick Kuma Aboagye the Director General of the Ghana Health Service GHS emphasized the need for mothers to breastfeed their babies adding that it remained central to survival health and well being of women children and the nation at large Dr Kuma Aboagye expressed worry about the gradual decline in exclusive breastfeeding and assured that the Ghana Health Service and the Ministry of Health were working closely with key health partners including the World Health Organisation WHO and UNICEF with a focus on informing people about the importance of protecting breastfeeding According to Dr Kuma Aboagye the significant decline could be attributed to poor traditional practices which involved giving water and other homemade preparations to newborn babies and indiscriminate advertising of breastmilk substitutes among others Ghana s exclusive breastfeeding rate currently stands at 43 percent representing a significant drop from 63 percent in 2008 In a statement read on his behalf Dr Francis Kasolo the WHO Representative to Ghana reminded policy workers health workers CEOs parents traditional leaders and community members of their roles in promoting and protecting breastfeeding Dr Kasolo further referred to the Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey MICS 2017 2018 which estimates that in Ghana 52 of newborns are breastfed within 1 hour of birth and 43 of infants under 6 months are exclusively breastfed However the target rates for 2030 are 70 for initiation in the first hour 70 for exclusive breastfeeding 80 at one year and 60 at two years Optimal breastfeeding practices that is early initiation within the first hour of birth exclusive breastfeeding for 6 months and appropriate complementary feeding with continued breastfeeding up to 2 years or beyond are among the most effective interventions to protect children from common causes of death including complications from prematurity newborn infections pneumonia and diarrhoea A statement presented by Ms Ruth Situma Nutrition Specialist on behalf of UNICEF recommended enforcement of national legislation and restricting aggressive marking of products that undermined breastfeeding and further strengthen the consequences for violators WHO and UNICEF released a number of capacity building tools for the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative BFHI during the Global launch of World Breastfeeding Week in August 2021 These include a BFHI Competency Verification Toolkit for direct care providers training of maternity staff in BFHI and the care for small sick and pre term babies The tools can also help improve health workers skills and competencies to ensure universal access to skilled breastfeeding support
    Ghana launches National Breastfeeding Week
      Ghana s exclusive breastfeeding rate currently stands at 43 percent representing a significant drop from 63 percent in 2008 ACCRA Ghana September 16 2021 APO Group The World Health Organization has joined the Ministry of Health the Ghana Health Service and partners to launch the 2021 National Breastfeeding Week celebration under the theme Protect Breastfeeding A shared responsibility This year s event will focus on raising awareness and galvanizing action on protecting breastfeeding to improve public health The week long celebration will be marked with a call on stakeholders to make investments and commitments to support actions aimed at reducing malnutrition amongst newborns infants and young children in Ghana Addressing participants at the launch Dr Patrick Kuma Aboagye the Director General of the Ghana Health Service GHS emphasized the need for mothers to breastfeed their babies adding that it remained central to survival health and well being of women children and the nation at large Dr Kuma Aboagye expressed worry about the gradual decline in exclusive breastfeeding and assured that the Ghana Health Service and the Ministry of Health were working closely with key health partners including the World Health Organisation WHO and UNICEF with a focus on informing people about the importance of protecting breastfeeding According to Dr Kuma Aboagye the significant decline could be attributed to poor traditional practices which involved giving water and other homemade preparations to newborn babies and indiscriminate advertising of breastmilk substitutes among others Ghana s exclusive breastfeeding rate currently stands at 43 percent representing a significant drop from 63 percent in 2008 In a statement read on his behalf Dr Francis Kasolo the WHO Representative to Ghana reminded policy workers health workers CEOs parents traditional leaders and community members of their roles in promoting and protecting breastfeeding Dr Kasolo further referred to the Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey MICS 2017 2018 which estimates that in Ghana 52 of newborns are breastfed within 1 hour of birth and 43 of infants under 6 months are exclusively breastfed However the target rates for 2030 are 70 for initiation in the first hour 70 for exclusive breastfeeding 80 at one year and 60 at two years Optimal breastfeeding practices that is early initiation within the first hour of birth exclusive breastfeeding for 6 months and appropriate complementary feeding with continued breastfeeding up to 2 years or beyond are among the most effective interventions to protect children from common causes of death including complications from prematurity newborn infections pneumonia and diarrhoea A statement presented by Ms Ruth Situma Nutrition Specialist on behalf of UNICEF recommended enforcement of national legislation and restricting aggressive marking of products that undermined breastfeeding and further strengthen the consequences for violators WHO and UNICEF released a number of capacity building tools for the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative BFHI during the Global launch of World Breastfeeding Week in August 2021 These include a BFHI Competency Verification Toolkit for direct care providers training of maternity staff in BFHI and the care for small sick and pre term babies The tools can also help improve health workers skills and competencies to ensure universal access to skilled breastfeeding support
    Ghana launches National Breastfeeding Week
    Africa1 year ago

    Ghana launches National Breastfeeding Week

    Ghana’s exclusive breastfeeding rate currently stands at 43 percent, representing a significant drop from 63 percent in 2008.

    ACCRA, Ghana, September 16, 2021/APO Group/ --

    The World Health Organization has joined the Ministry of Health, the Ghana Health Service, and partners to launch the 2021 National Breastfeeding Week celebration under the theme, Protect Breastfeeding: A shared responsibility. 

    This year’s event will focus on raising awareness and galvanizing action on protecting breastfeeding to improve public health. The week-long celebration will be marked with a call on stakeholders to make investments and commitments to support actions aimed at reducing   malnutrition amongst newborns, infants, and young children in Ghana.

    Addressing participants at the launch, Dr Patrick Kuma-Aboagye, the Director-General of the Ghana Health Service (GHS), emphasized the need for mothers to breastfeed their babies, adding that it remained central to survival, health, and well-being of women, children, and the nation at large.

    Dr Kuma-Aboagye expressed worry about the gradual decline in exclusive breastfeeding and assured that the Ghana Health Service and the Ministry of Health were working closely with key health partners including, the World Health Organisation (WHO) and UNICEF with a focus on informing people about the importance of protecting breastfeeding. 

    According to Dr Kuma-Aboagye, the significant decline could be attributed to poor traditional practices, which involved giving water and other homemade preparations to newborn babies and indiscriminate advertising of breastmilk substitutes, among others.

    Ghana’s exclusive breastfeeding rate currently stands at 43 percent, representing a significant drop from 63 percent in 2008.

    In a statement read on his behalf, Dr Francis Kasolo, the WHO Representative to Ghana, reminded policy workers, health workers, CEOs, parents, traditional leaders, and community members of their roles in promoting and protecting breastfeeding.

    Dr Kasolo further referred to the Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS), 2017/2018, which estimates that, in Ghana, 52% of newborns are breastfed within 1 hour of birth and 43% of infants under 6 months are exclusively breastfed. However, the target rates for 2030 are 70% for initiation in the first hour, 70% for exclusive breastfeeding, 80% at one year, and 60% at two years.

    Optimal breastfeeding practices: that is, early initiation within the first hour of birth, exclusive breastfeeding for 6 months, and appropriate complementary feeding with continued breastfeeding up to 2 years or beyond - are among the most effective interventions to protect children from common causes of death, including complications from prematurity, newborn infections, pneumonia, and diarrhoea.

    A statement presented by Ms Ruth Situma, Nutrition Specialist on behalf of UNICEF, recommended enforcement of national legislation and restricting aggressive marking of products that undermined breastfeeding, and further strengthen the consequences for violators.

    WHO and UNICEF released a number of capacity-building tools for the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) during the Global launch of World Breastfeeding Week in August 2021. These include a BFHI Competency Verification Toolkit for direct care providers, training of maternity staff in BFHI, and the care for small, sick, and pre-term babies. The tools can also help improve health workers' skills and competencies to ensure universal access to skilled breastfeeding support.

  •   At this time I like to encourage all of you with all of those theories that are so unprofaned to take their vaccines and wear their masks MONROVIA Liberia September 13 2021 APO Group The risk of severe illness from COVID 19 increase with age is something global health organizations including the World Health Organization WHO the Center for Disease Control CDC as well as GAVI and others have recommended adults 65 years and older to receive COVID 19 vaccines Those health organizations have also placed emphasis on important steps to help prevent getting sick from COVID 19 once people lure to the global vaccination exercise As a result the Ministry of health in collaboration with partners in Liberia have joined this global initiative to rollout nationwide immunization exercises since the arrival of both the AstraZeneca and the J amp J vaccines that have been simultaneously or parallelly administered across the nation However the Ministry of Health is expected to vaccinate about 10 of the nation s total population as mandated by the World Health Organization This global health benchmark it is not clear whether the Ministry and Liberian Government would meet up with it but expectations are surge as health authorities are optimistic of triggering it Daily Liberians are gradually pulling to various vaccination sites across the nation The Ministry and its partners are also moving into communities to get people vaccinated and tested in order to break the trade of transmission However Joanna Eva George 99 on September 08 2021 was among the latest older people to get vaccinated with the Johnson and Johnson vaccine As a way of providing quality routine health services to the public in general a team of medical practitioners moved to Mrs George s residence where she received her dose I am Joanna Eva George I am 99 years and December I will be 100 years I was informed by my children about the vaccine therefore I decided to be vaccinated she narrated Explaining the vaccines essentiality Yornweh Ophelia Clemons her daughter said it s important that people take the vaccines for their own safety because the new delta variant of the pandemic is killing people globally People are dying from the virus so we want our mother to take the vaccines Mrs Clemons For her part Mrs Mornjay George Pratt another daughter of Mrs Joanna Eva George lauded the government of President George Manneh Weah for initiating nationwide COVID 19 Vaccines immunization which her 99 years old mother has formed a part At this time I like to encourage all of you with all of those theories that are so unprofaned to take their vaccines and wear their masks I have taken mine and all of our employees we encouraged to take theirs and they had taken their vaccines Mrs Pratt disclosed She stressed the need for Liberians to embrace the vaccination and dismiss myth surrounding the vaccines safety
    Coronavirus – Liberia: 99yrs Old Vaccinated with J&J Vaccine
      At this time I like to encourage all of you with all of those theories that are so unprofaned to take their vaccines and wear their masks MONROVIA Liberia September 13 2021 APO Group The risk of severe illness from COVID 19 increase with age is something global health organizations including the World Health Organization WHO the Center for Disease Control CDC as well as GAVI and others have recommended adults 65 years and older to receive COVID 19 vaccines Those health organizations have also placed emphasis on important steps to help prevent getting sick from COVID 19 once people lure to the global vaccination exercise As a result the Ministry of health in collaboration with partners in Liberia have joined this global initiative to rollout nationwide immunization exercises since the arrival of both the AstraZeneca and the J amp J vaccines that have been simultaneously or parallelly administered across the nation However the Ministry of Health is expected to vaccinate about 10 of the nation s total population as mandated by the World Health Organization This global health benchmark it is not clear whether the Ministry and Liberian Government would meet up with it but expectations are surge as health authorities are optimistic of triggering it Daily Liberians are gradually pulling to various vaccination sites across the nation The Ministry and its partners are also moving into communities to get people vaccinated and tested in order to break the trade of transmission However Joanna Eva George 99 on September 08 2021 was among the latest older people to get vaccinated with the Johnson and Johnson vaccine As a way of providing quality routine health services to the public in general a team of medical practitioners moved to Mrs George s residence where she received her dose I am Joanna Eva George I am 99 years and December I will be 100 years I was informed by my children about the vaccine therefore I decided to be vaccinated she narrated Explaining the vaccines essentiality Yornweh Ophelia Clemons her daughter said it s important that people take the vaccines for their own safety because the new delta variant of the pandemic is killing people globally People are dying from the virus so we want our mother to take the vaccines Mrs Clemons For her part Mrs Mornjay George Pratt another daughter of Mrs Joanna Eva George lauded the government of President George Manneh Weah for initiating nationwide COVID 19 Vaccines immunization which her 99 years old mother has formed a part At this time I like to encourage all of you with all of those theories that are so unprofaned to take their vaccines and wear their masks I have taken mine and all of our employees we encouraged to take theirs and they had taken their vaccines Mrs Pratt disclosed She stressed the need for Liberians to embrace the vaccination and dismiss myth surrounding the vaccines safety
    Coronavirus – Liberia: 99yrs Old Vaccinated with J&J Vaccine
    Africa1 year ago

    Coronavirus – Liberia: 99yrs Old Vaccinated with J&J Vaccine

    At this time, I like to encourage all of you with all of those theories that are so unprofaned to take their vaccines and wear their masks

    MONROVIA, Liberia, September 13, 2021/APO Group/ --

    The risk of severe illness from COVID—19 increase with age is something global health organizations, including the World Health Organization (WHO), the Center for Disease Control (CDC) as well as GAVI and others have recommended adults 65 years and older to receive COVID-19 vaccines. Those health organizations have also placed emphasis on important steps to help prevent getting sick from COVID-19, once people lure to the global vaccination exercise.

    As a result, the Ministry of health in collaboration with partners in Liberia have joined this global initiative to rollout nationwide immunization exercises since the arrival of both the AstraZeneca and the J&J vaccines that have been simultaneously or parallelly administered across the nation.

    However, the Ministry of Health is expected to vaccinate about 10% of the nation’s total population as mandated by the World Health Organization. This global health benchmark, it is not clear whether the Ministry and Liberian Government would meet up with it, but expectations are surge as health authorities are optimistic of triggering it.

    Daily, Liberians are gradually pulling to various vaccination sites across the nation. The Ministry and its partners are also moving into communities to get people vaccinated and tested in order to break the trade of transmission.

    However, Joanna Eva George, 99, on September 08, 2021, was among the latest older people to get vaccinated with the Johnson and Johnson vaccine.

    As a way of providing quality routine health services to the public in general, a team of medical practitioners moved to Mrs. George’s residence, where she received her dose.

    “I am Joanna Eva George. I am 99 years and December; I will be 100 years. I was informed by my children about the vaccine; therefore, I decided to be vaccinated,” she narrated.

    Explaining the vaccines’ essentiality, Yornweh Ophelia Clemons (her daughter) said it’s important that people take the vaccines for their own safety because the new delta variant of the pandemic is killing people globally.

    “People are dying from the virus; so we want our mother to take the vaccines,” Mrs Clemons.

    For her part, Mrs Mornjay George Pratt, (another daughter of Mrs Joanna Eva George) lauded the government of President George Manneh Weah for initiating nationwide COVID-19 Vaccines immunization, which her 99 years old mother has formed a part.

    “At this time, I like to encourage all of you with all of those theories that are so unprofaned to take their vaccines and wear their masks. I have taken mine and all of our employees, we encouraged to take theirs and they had taken their vaccines”, Mrs Pratt disclosed.

    She stressed the need for Liberians to embrace the vaccination and dismiss myth surrounding the vaccines’ safety.

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