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Uganda: Update on national Measles-Rubella and Polio immunisation campaign 2019 (November 15th, 2019)

Zimbabwe: Chitungwiza Central Hospital – Memorandum – Subject: Outcome of Disciplinary Hearings for Striking Doctors (14.11.2019)

Opinion: Buhari should look into his own actions, before curving medical tourism…

““President Mohammadu Buhari has resolved to curb medical tourism by supporting initiatives from individuals and groups,” Mamora said. “We are focused on improving working conditions in the hospitals because medical tourism is not necessarily an outcome of lack of medical equipment. It encompasses factors like lack of conducive hospital environment and poor attitude of health workers towards health care delivery.” (The Cable – ‘Buhari has resolved to curb medical tourism, says minister’ 05.11.2019).

There are some stories you cannot make up. Sometimes some stories that are too good to be true. Like reading the scripture and seeing the Holy Ghost. It is just a amazing experience. Today was one of them moments. As the President and his handlers are on a private visit to London, again. Surely for some check-ups and medical care, not only signing of laws and acting Presidential from Abuja House. He surely will act aloof too.

“It is estimated that 30,000 Nigerians travel abroad every year for medical care and spend about $1billion in the process, and about a quarter of the sum was spent in India in 2012. Realization of the potential benefits to the economy if such expenditures are retained locally has prompted several reactions including calls for restriction of government sponsorship of public officials and channeling of more resources toward the health sector” (Helpman Associates – ‘Medical Tourism, Demographics and Nigeria’s Health System’ 28.09.2019).

In this regard, the President and his minister has stated that they have targeted the medical tourism aka himself and his comrades. Which I have a hard time believing as the state haven’t sufficient funds for the health care in the Republic, neither has it invested in the term of Buhari significantly in it. I’m sure that Jubril of Sudan has done more in Khartoum, than what Buhari has done in Abuja, Kano or in Port Harcourt.

Just look at the past of the President:

“LONDON — After a blackout of close to three months — and a blizzard of speculation — Nigerians have caught sight of their elusive leader, 3,000 miles from home. President Muhammadu Buhari has not been seen since leaving Africa’s most populous country, which is battling an economic crisis, terrorism and a regional famine, for medical treatment at the beginning of May” (Eoghan Macguire – ‘Nigerian President Buhari Pictured in London After Three Months Off Grid’ 25.07.2017).

“ABUJA, Nigeria — President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria, who has urged politicians not to go abroad to seek medical care, has traveled to Britain on his fifth official trip to see a doctor there. Mr. Buhari, 75, left for London on Monday for a four-day visit, setting off renewed concerns about his health” (..) “The president is scheduled to return to Nigeria on Saturday, at which point he will have spent more than 170 days in London on official medical leave since becoming president in 2015” (Emmanuel Akinwotu – ‘Nigeria’s President Draws Criticism for Seeking Medical Care Abroad’ 08.05.2018).

We can see the money spent and the amount of people doing it. Not just the public officials, MPs and the President. Therefore, the elite can afford to get health care abroad, but the ordinary Nigerian cannot.

That is why the state have to do something about this. Actually invest and use own funds to get the Health Care Facilities up to scratch. Instead of travelling abroad and do it in India or in the United Kingdom. Which the President most likely is doing now and have done for over a 170 days since his term begun.

Buhari should look at his own actions, before directing anyone else. He knows what his up too and he pledges allegiance to the Queens Medical Treatment and not the ones of the Republic. That is the mere reality of it all. Peace.

Zimbabwe: Senior Hospital Doctors Association (SHDA) – Clarification of Current State of Mpilo Central Hospital (05.11.2019)

Uganda Paediatric Association: Press Release (16.10.2019)

Zimbabwe: Itai Dzama Trust Statement on the Abduction of Dr. Magombeyi (16.09.2019)

Brexit: Joint letter to Members of Parliament on no deal Brexit (03.09.2019)

Brexit: Chief Medical Officer Prof. Sally Davis letter to Jacob Rees-Mogg MP (05.09.2019)

As Ebola cases reach 3000 in Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), WHO calls on all partners to fulfill promises to communities (30.08.2019)

With a population of 80 million, the Democratic Republic of the Congo has more than 4 million displaced and is home to the world’s second largest food crisis.

GENEVA, Switzerland, August 30, 2019 -As the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo reaches 3000 cases, WHO calls for the full force of all partners to respond and increase their presence in the field to stop Ebola and to address one of the largest and most complex humanitarian crises in the world.“Our commitment to the people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo is that we will work alongside them to stop the Ebola outbreak,” said WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.  “Our commitment also means strengthening the health systems to give them all the other things they need. Building strong systems is what will protect people, communities and the world.“

With a population of 80 million, the Democratic Republic of the Congo has more than 4 million displaced and is home to the world’s second largest food crisis with 13 million people food insecure. Since January 2019, there have been outbreaks of cholera (15 331 cases, 287 deaths), measles (161 397 cases, 3117 deaths) and malaria, the leading cause of death in the DRC, which kills more than 48 000 people every year.

Dr Tedros will accompany UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on his mission to the country this weekend, along with senior officials, including Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa.

“We are working in an incredibly complex environment, but thanks to support from donors and actions taken by the Ministry of Health, WHO and partners, we have saved thousands of lives,” said Dr Moeti. “We strive towards a much more united approach and call on NGOs and UN partners to continue to accelerate all activities. Everyone has a role to play and we each must be accountable for what we signed up to do, only then will we end this outbreak.”

The outbreak was declared on 1 August 2018. As of 27 August, there have been 2997 cases of Ebola, with 1998 deaths and 893 survivors. Most of the cases are in North Kivu province. In the past 10 weeks, an average of 80 people per week are sickened by the virus.

More than 200 000 people have been vaccinated against Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, along with health and frontline workers in Uganda, South Sudan, Rwanda and Burundi. Two therapeutic treatments being used in the country as part of a clinical trial have shown to save 9 of 10 lives if used at the right time.

More than 89 million screenings within the country and at international borders have helped control the spread, by identifying and providing care to anyone with symptoms. On 29 August, Ugandan health officials announced confirmation of another case in the country: a child who had crossed over from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. As this alert underlines, regional preparedness will remain key.

Uganda: Ministry of Health – Press Release – Confirmation of an Imported Ebola Viruse Disease case in Kasese District (29.08.2019)

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