#BREAKING: Africa Records First Coronavirus Case

Egypt has confirmed its first case of coronavirus, also the first known infection on the continent of Africa. SOURCE: DW. The patient — who is not from Egypt — did not show any symptoms of being ill. Egypt on Friday confirmed its first case of coronavirus, making it the first known infection in Africa. A joint statement from Egypt’s health and population ministries said the patient was not from Egypt. It did not say what nationality the person was or where they had been prior to arriving in Egypt. The…

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NetOne Fights For Wetlands Preservation

MOBILE Network Operator, NetOne is complementing  government and other key players in coming up with workable strategies of sustainably managing the environment in particular wetlands. HealthTimes Correspondent Under its One Environment Corporate Social Investment pillars, NetOne  took time to appreciate efforts by various environmental awareness organisations that include EMA, Birdlife Society, Harare Wetlands Trust to educate students from over 40 schools on the importance of wetlands and biodiversity at a World Wetlands commemorations event that took place at Haka Game Park. Wetlands Day is celebrated every year in February to raise global awareness…

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AU Summit: African leaders call for action to end malnutrition by 2025

AFRICAN countries have made progress toward eradicating malnutrition and stunting but need to do more to hit United Nations malnutrition targets by 2025. This was the main message of a meeting that took place during the 33rd African Union Summit. Speakers at a meeting of the African Leaders for Nutrition (ALN) included the heads of state of Madagascar, Cote d’Ivoire and Sierra Leone, national ministers of health as well as African Development Bank (AfDB.org) President Akinwumi Adesina, head of the African Development Bank. Leaders acknowledged the scope of the challenge…

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#BREAKING: Blood Transfusion Breakthrough, Now Your Own Blood Can Be Recycled In Emergencies

A new surgical  autotransfusion device called  Hemafuse is set to revolutionize blood access across Africa, HealthTimes has learnt. African Correspondent Hemafuse is designed to salvage and recycle whole blood from cases of internal bleeding. The device can be used in both emergencies and scheduled procedures to recover blood from where it pools inside of a patient, into a blood bag, where it is immediately available to be re-transfused back to that same patient. Hemafuse was created for patients suffering from internal bleeding resulting from trauma, ruptured ectopic pregnancies, or for…

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Here’s How Well the Apple Watch Can Detect Heart Problems

IT’S one of the goals of digital medicine: you wear a device on your wrist that constantly monitors aspects of your health, and if anything is off, it sends you an alert. That’s your cue to connect with your doctor or get a more thorough checkup to head off any potentially serious problems down the road. That’s the idea behind the Heart app on the Apple Watch, which can monitor heart pulse patterns, and detect abnormalities, which could indicate a condition called atrial fibrillation, or AFib. The irregular heart beats…

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Sudan: Lives of traumatized, displaced women in West Darfur under threat

ONGOING instability in Sudan’s West Darfur region has left the lives, health and safety of thousands of women hanging in the balance, according to the United Nations Population Fund, UNFPA. Since 28 December, intercommunal disputes in camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs) have left more than 40,000 civilians displaced, of whom an estimated 10,800, are women of reproductive age. More than 50 were killed and 60 others injured, the UN has reported, and thousands of civilians in recent weeks crossed the border into Chad, seeking refuge. Citing two flash reports…

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Magombeyi Steps Down As Doctors Union President

ZIMBABWE Hospital Doctors Association (ZHDA) president, Dr Peter Magombeyi has stepped down from the helm of the organization under yet to be ascertained reasons. HealthTimes Reporter In a letter addressed to the organization’s secretary general, Dr Magombeyi urged other doctors to continue with the fight for better living and working  standards. I cannot thank all the doctors enough for the opportunities the Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association (ZHDA) has provided me. Working with you has been incredibly instrumental in my personal growth and I will never forget the struggle we go…

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Twin Palms Gets ISO Certification and Accreditation

TWIN Palms and its subsidiary the Gamma Allergy and Immunology Laboratory (GAMMA) received a Certificate of Accreditation from the Southern African Development Community Accreditation Service (SADCAS), while SAZ presented its Clinical wing the Asthma, Allergy and Immune Dysfunction Clinic with the ISO 9001:2015 accreditation certificate. By Michael Gwarisa The laboratory is certified to the ISO 15189 standard which is a prestigious honour only awarded to organisations which would exhibited exceptional adherence to standards in their various fields of expertise. In a speech read on behalf of the deputy minister of…

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Nutrition Crucial For Pregnant, Lactating Women & children During Droughts

AS our nation slowly plunges into what has been projected to be one of the most catastrophic droughts over decades, it is crucial that key decision makers in government ministries take cognizance of the fact that good nutrition takes center stage in human and economic development of our country. By Kudakwashe Zombe According to the World Food Program (WFP),  Zimbabwe was facing another famine following indications that the 2020 harvest  could be low at the back continued dry spells. The WFP said it was appealing to the international community to…

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Machete Gangs Killed 105 People Since August 2019

A total of 105 people have died at the hands of Machete  wielding gangs between August and October 2019, a civil society organization has said. In a statement, Heal Zimbabwe Trust (HZT) said its was  gravely concerned by the escalation of cases of violence involving machete killings by artisan miners across the country. “During the festive season, there were reports of one police officer who was hacked to death by the machete-wielding gangs at Good Hope Mine in Battlefields. On Christmas eve, a gold buyer suffered the same fate in…

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