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Overcoming COVID-19 at 99 years-old in Guinea

Conakry – When Bagama Guehara walked out of Donka Hospital in Guinea’s capital, Conakry, on 7 July this year, leaning on a walking stick for support, she was met with a rapturous applause from the medical staff and fellow patients. At 99, Guehara is the oldest person to have tested positive for COVID-19 in Guinea…
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    WHO launches first Mass Casualty Management (MCM) training in Addis Ababa

    WHO Emergency Medical Team (EMT) in collaboration with WHO Academy held the first Mass Casualty Management (MCM) training course in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on February 8–11, 2021. The training was facilitated in collaboration with the Ethiopian Ministry of Health (MoH) and WHO Ethiopia.  Thirty-one healthcare workers drawn from federal, regional, and private hospitals participated in…

    Update COVID-19 25 February 2021

    25 February 2021 — One hundred and ten (110) new COVID-19 cases were identified out of 4425 samples tested today. This brings the cumulative number of confirmed cases eighteen thousand, five hundred and fifty-three (18553). To date, seventeen thousand, two hundred, and seventy-nine (17279) patients have recovered, including fifteen (15) in the past 24 hours.…

    What is COVID-19 vaccine efficacy?

    Brazzaville/Geneva – In an incredible scientific feat, COVID-19 vaccines have been developed within less than a year after the virus was first detected. Several vaccines that have become available have shown different levels of efficacy. So what is vaccine efficacy? Dr Lee Hampton, a paediatrician and medical epidemiologist with GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance, explains. What…

    COVID-19 patients on admission receive Dignity Kits from WHO

    25 February 2021 The World Health Organization Ghana has donated 6000 Dignity Kits valued at GHS 447,300.00 to the Ministry of Health to be distributed to the various COVID-19 treatment centers across the country.  Presenting the items, the WHO Country Representative for Ghana, Dr. Francis Kasolo said he was confident that the supplies would go…

    WHO pledges to support Kebbi State towards elimination of cervical cancer.

    Abuja, 25 February, 2021 - The World Health Organization is strengthening collaboration with the office of Kebbi State Governor’s wife to champion early cancer detection, improvement of the chances of successful treatment and create awareness for the purpose of eliminating the deadly disease. The WHO Country Representative (WR), Dr Walter Kazadi Mulombo in a recent virtual…

    West African countries ramp up Ebola preparedness

    Brazzaville – As Ebola immunization scales up in Guinea, the country’s neighbouring nations are on high alert, urgently preparing to detect, isolate and manage any cases and quickly stamp out potential cross-border outbreaks.  Nine cases, including five deaths have been reported in Guinea. While no confirmed cases of Ebola have been recorded outside of the country,…

    Vaccination campaign aims to reach over 2.8 million children with monovalent oral polio vaccines in South Sudan

    Juba, South Sudan, 24 February 2021 – The Ministry of Health and partners are rolling-out the second round of the national polio vaccination campaign targeting over 2.8 million children aged 0 – 59 months. The campaign started on 16 February and covers 74 counties, with vaccinators going from house to house to vaccinate children, while…

    Update COVID-19 24 February 2021

    24 February 2021 — One hundred and eighteen (118) new COVID-19 cases were identified out of 5252 samples tested today. This brings the cumulative number of confirmed cases eighteen thousand, four hundred and forty-three (18443). To date, seventeen thousand, two hundred, and sixty-four (17264) patients have recovered, including thirteeen (13) in the past 24 hours.…

    Community informants employ mobile data collection tools to strengthen COVID-19 surveillance 

    Kano, 25 February 2021- With the second wave of COVID-19 outbreak in Nigeria, WHO is supporting government to leverage on the existing   Auto-Visual Acute Flaccid Paralysis Detection and Reporting (AVADAR) system to strengthen community-based surveillance for the disease. In 731 wards across eleven (11) COVID-19 high risk states, WHO is supporting engagement of more…

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