Health & Environ

A DAUNTING JOURNEY WITH COVID-19, a survivor's story

Nov
19
Dr. Romano Byaruhanga, Obs & Gynae Specialist

Dr. ByaruhangaLike a creeping thief in the night, it finally knocked at my door, unannounced, un-welcomed.

 

 

 

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TAKING STOCK OF SOME AFRICAN VIEWS ON COVID-19 

Nov
19
Editor

Coronavirus COVID-19When coronavirus (COVID-19) first appeared, Africans expressed variable opinions about its origin, purpose, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention. Some of the opinions, speculations, theories, and beliefs were obviously false, misleading, truthful, or indeterminate. We are now 10 months into the COVID-19 pandemic, though the situation is constantly changing, it is time to assess where some of these views about the pandemic stand today.

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THE CORONAVIRUS CAMPAIGN IN THE THIRD WORLD PUSHES OTHER PRIORITIES ASIDE

Nov
19
Jonathan Power

Polio VictimsA great piece of news was announced last month by the World Health Organization that wild type polio has been wiped out in Africa, thanks to a vaccine. However, it still remains in some isolated parts of Pakistan and Afghanistan where public health officials fight the polio virus against inbred conservative peoples, some of whom  are prepared to kill the health workers on the mistaken belief that they are the ones spreading the disease.

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COVID-19 pandemic exposes world-wide inequality

May
23
Okot Nyormoi

COVID-19 first appeared early December 2019 as a mysterious respiratory disease in Wuhan Province China. By December 20, 2019, there were 60 confirmed cases. It did not attract much world attention and was dismissed as another flu that would soon disappear.

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To be or not to be vaccinated

Nov
26
Okot Nyormoi

Vaccination has become a question of to be or not to be. Parents worry about it, not just because of the prick their babies must endure but because without vaccination certificates, their children may not attend school. Adults are also not free of vaccination requirements because vaccines such as yellow fever and cholera may be required for international travel.

 
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Vaccines are a two-edged sword

Nov
26
Nirupama Shankar

Sometime ago, I accompanied my sister to a pediatrician’s office, for the first of many vaccination appointments for her twin 8-week old girls. Fortunately for my sister, the nightmare ended after a few pokes of the needle and a few throaty bawls of protest. Sadly, not every parent’s ordeal ends the same way. Each day, parents around the world take their children on this routine with faith that this will protect their children against deadly and potentially life-threatening infections. But what if this very tool that is intended to protect becomes a lethal source of disability?

 
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THE STRANGE AND LITTLE KNOWN DISEASE WHOSE CAUSE NO ONE KNOWS

May
25
Okot Nyormoi

The year was 1960, it was the first ever report of a strange and mysterious disease characterized by constant nodding of the head in affected individuals, all of whom were children. Adults appeared to be immune to the new disease! The report located the disease in a remote part of southern Tanzania, a country known at the time as Tanganyika. Years later the disease showed up in war ravaged South Sudan and then ...

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Will we live in a better and safer world?

Jan
15
Jonathan Power

According to the World Health Organization, over the last two decades infant deaths have fallen by a half, measles fatality by three-quarters, tuberculosis and maternal deaths by a half. AIDs related illnesses are dawn by more than a quarter

 

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