Infection fears as eight babies die at Vosloorus hospital

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Eight babies have died in one month at a Gauteng hospital ward in what nurses fear could be another deadly outbreak. The babies died at a neonatal ward at Thelle Mogoerane Hospital in Vosloorus in Ekurhuleni last month. The neonatal ward was forced to shut down five months ago after another six babies died from a Klebsiella outbreak. Klebsiella is an infection which spreads through contact and can result in symptoms such as breathing difficulties and fever. However, the Gauteng health department has dismissed claims of an outbreak this time,…

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Zimbabwe needs 173 million condoms annually

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ZIMBABWE on Wednesday joined the international community in marking World Condom Day with reports that the HIV burdened country needs 173 million condoms a year. International Condom Day is observed every February 13 preceding Valentine’s Day which falls on the 14th in order to remind people to use condoms and to promote safer sexual awareness. Condoms are one of the seven tried and tested HIV prevention methods recommended and so far the only method that provides dual protection even from unwanted pregnancies. In a statement on Thursday, the Ministry of…

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Students are being paid to be infected with dangerous tropical diseases in the U.K

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Cash strapped university students are being paid as much as £3,500 to be infected with dangerous tropical diseases including typhoid, malaria and pneumonia. The UK students are among a growing number of healthy volunteers being paid to be infected with exotic bacteria and viruses for scientific research at institutions including Oxford University and Imperial College London. The UK is a world leader in the study of infectious diseases and the experiments – known as “challenge trials” where human guinea pigs, mainly students, are “challenged” with an infectious disease – have…

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Swine flu outbreak kills 9 in Morocco

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An outbreak of swine flu in Morocco has left nine people dead in the past week, the kingdom’s health minister said Saturday. The spread of the H1N1 virus was “normal” for the time of the year, said Anas Doukkali, quoted by Morocco’s official MAP news agency. The first death in Morocco from the influenza-type virus was reported by local media on Wednesday, since when anxious rumours have spread on social media. “ Vigilant efforts continue to detect possible cases in different hospitals across the kingdom,” said government spokesman Mustapha Khalfi.…

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HIV implants and the future

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THE use of implants with multiple purposes in HIV prevention and treatment are set to change the face of management of the disease as these advanced methods are likely to be embraced more in the future. With young women in Zimbabwe being noted as one of the groups that are most at risk, the new Multi Purpose Technologies (MTP) will see women being able to use a single device for HIV prevention, Sexually Transmitted Infections treatment and family planning. According to Angelo Kaggwa Katumba Programme Manager from AVAC a New…

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UK-based pastor donates medicines to Mpilo Hospital

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A UNITED Kingdom-based pastor has donated drugs and hospital consumables to Mpilo Central Hospital to ease the burden on the largest referral hospital in the southern part of the country. Mpilo Central Hospital receives patients from Bulawayo, Matabeleland North and South, Midlands and Masvingo. Reverend Allen Charredee lived in Zimbabwe in the 1980s and has been consistently visiting the country in the past 25 years where he donates to hospitals across the country. In an interview recently after handing over hospital consumables at Mpilo Central Hospital, Rev Charredee said he…

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Sierra Leonean Student Developing New Breast Cancer Cure for African Women

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A Sierra Leonean woman, Sandra Musujusu, is on the cusp of something big. A Sierra Leonean woman is on the cusp of something big. Sandra Musujusu, a student at the African University of Science and Technology in Abuja, Nigeria is reported to be developing an alternative treatment for a type of breast cancer that mainly affects women of African ancestry. The Nigerian Tribune reports that the development was publicised when the World Bank Education Director, Dr Jaime Saavedra Chanduvi and his team visited the University on a tour of the…

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‘Expired drugs’ claim rejected…‘Zimbabwe values safety of citizens’

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Government has dismissed claims that the Ministry of Health and Child Care is dispensing expired drugs and assured Zimbabweans that the expired medication was being kept ahead of orderly disposal. This follows reports by the Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors’ Association (ZHDA) and some sections of the media that some of the medication stocked at NatPharm was beyond expiry dates. Acting President Constantino Chiwenga toured NatPharm on Thursday to see medicines stocked and ready to be delivered to health institutions. In a statement yesterday, Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Permanent Secretary Mr…

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New flesh-eating drug is sweeping the UK – leaving addicts with rotting flesh and scaly skin

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ROTTING flesh, scaly skin and pus-filled gaping wounds… these symptoms may sound like something straight out of a horror film. But this year has seen a number of cases of Brits living with these life-threatening injuries in secret – after becoming addicted to a new flesh-eating drug known as Krokodil, which experts say is “one of the worst drugs in the world”. The dangerous substance – which can be homemade from a deadly concoction of household products – costs just a few pounds and creates a high similar to that of…

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Mnene Hospital ‘source’ of cholera outbreak

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Mnene Mission Hospital in Mberengwa is suspected to be the source of a cholera outbreak that has killed three people in Chomubobo Resettlement Area in Mberengwa, after samples taken from a river which is the main water source for people in the area was found to be contaminated. It is suspected that raw sewer from the Lutheran-run hospital contaminated Mnene River. “These are rural areas and Mnene Mission Hospital is the only institution up stream that has sewage. So it is suspected that it discharged raw sewer into an open…

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