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Flag of the World Health Organization.By Aggrey Omboki
Kenya and Tanzania are among counties identified by the World Health Organisation as likely hotspots for the plague that has ravaged Madagascar and a recent Marburg virus disease outbreak in eastern Uganda.
So serious is the prospect of the Marburg Virus crossing over the border to Kenya that the WHO has released $500,000 to contain the epidemic.
WHO's latest update on the outbreak put Tanzania, South Africa, Seychelles, Ethiopia, Mauritius, La Réunion, Kenya, Comoros and Mozambique on notice for possible spread of disease because of trade and travel links with Madagascar.
Over the past three months, the plague has claimed 124 lives with 1,133 cases of infection in Madagascar, while two people have died from the Marburg virus in Uganda in the past week.
WHO says the disease first appeared in ports of Madagascar in 1898.
"The recent appearance in Madagascar of a strain of the plague microbe Yersinia pestis showing multiresistance to antibiotics is a matter of much concern and highlights the necessity for effective surveillance of the disease. This strain, isolated from a patient with bubonic plague, was resistant to all first-line antibiotics as well as major alternative drugs," says the document.
The Permanent Secretary in Tanzania's Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Children and the Elderly, Dr Mpoki Ulisubisya, said Ebola, Marburg and Zika fever have not been diagnosed in the country.
On Thursday, Ugandan Health Minister Jane Aceng confirmed one case of the virus, saying a 50-year-old woman had died after doctors diagnosed the disease following a series of tests on the patient.
"Prior to her illness and subsequent demise, she had nursed her 42-year old brother who died on September 25 after falling sick with similar signs and symptoms," said Ms Aceng.
Kenya has put measures in place to protect the country from the disease outbreaks.
The Ministry of Health has intensified surveillance at all points of entry and within counties bordering eastern Uganda, including Busia, Bungoma, Trans Nzoia and West Pokot.
Travellers and crew members of vessels from the two countries must undergo screening and fill surveillance forms upon arrival in Kenya. Aircraft and ships from the two countries are being inspected for rodent and flea infestation.
Tanzania and Kenya are yet to report cases of plague this year but have experienced the epidemics before.
From 1980 to 1997, human plague was reported in Tanzania every year with 7,246 cases and 585 deaths. Kenya reported 393 cases and 10 deaths in 1979 which was the last major epidemic in the country. A total of 10 deaths occurred between 1980 and 1990.
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Nigerian university hires snake charmers after student death
Media playback is unsupported on your deviceMedia captionThe battle against deadly snakebites in Nigeria
A university in north-west Nigeria is hiring snake charmers to eradicate the danger of fatal snake bites on campus.
Zainab Umar, a final-year economics student at Umaru Musa Yar'Adua University in Katsina state, died last week after a snake bite.
The dean of student affairs, Suleiman Kankara, said charmers had been hired before after snake reports.
Snake charming is commonly practiced in south Asian countries but also in parts of Africa.Africa Live: More updates on this and other stories
Against medical advice, Ms Umar was taken away by her friends and her brother from the university clinic where she had been receiving treatment, Mr Kankara added.
Snake charmers typically play a flute which the snake appears to respond to, often at close striking range.
Astonishingly, the snake seems reluctant to strike despite a flared hood in the case of cobras.
In Nigeria, snake charmers physically handle cobras with their bare hands in street performances and sometimes involve members of their audience.
It is common in the northern part of Nigeria as a form of street entertainment but also as a means of advertising the possession of "special powers, charms or medicines" which are sold to onlookers.Read More »
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Former Kisumu Deputy Governor Ruth Odinga. She and Mr Outa went into hiding immediately after the attacks on IEBC.By Rushdie Oudia
The country's chief prosecutor has ordered "immediate prosecution" of former Kisumu Deputy Governor Ruth Odinga and sitting Senator Fred Outa over mob attacks on IEBC staff.
Mr Keriako Tobiko, the Director of Public Prosecutions, on Monday said the two leaders should be arrested and charged with incitement over last week's attacks in Kisumu County.
Last Wednesday, youths allied to the National Super Alliance (Nasa) disrupted a planned training session of Kisumu Central presiding officers and their deputies.
The mobs vandalised tents and plastic chairs at Kisumu Huduma Centre.
Police investigated the incident and the county director of criminal investigations wrote to Mr Tobiko on October 19 and presented his case file.
Mr Tobiko pointed out that upon perusal of the file and analysis of the evidence on record, he found that there was enough evidence to prosecute Ms Odinga, Mr Outa and their accomplices.
He directed that the suspects be charged at Kericho Law Courts with four offences.
They include incitement to violence, malicious damage of property and entering an IEBC centre without authority.
The leaders breached the Election Offences Act, the DPP said.
"The suspects must immediately be charged with obstructing an election officer in executing his lawful duties contrary to section 13 (i) of the Election offences Act of 2016," said Mr Tobiko.
Ms Odinga, Nasa leader Raila Odinga's sister, and Mr Outa have been in hiding since disruption of the training.
The duo last week moved to court to seek anticipatory bail pending any threatened arrest or charge by the government.
The courts declined their request.
The DPP has also ordered that the suspects and the main complainant, Mrs Diana Adhiambo, record statements.
"As a way of further investigations to strengthen the prosecution's case, the CID should get P3 form of Mrs Adhiambo, who was allegedly assaulted and whisked way during the attack," said Mr Tobiko.
The DPP also directed that the owner of the damaged property be sought to state the extent of the damage.
He also wants photos and exhibits to be collected and presented.
The order by the DPP comes a day after a member of the Kisumu County Assembly was arrested on suspicion that he participated in the disruption of training.
Kondele MCA Joachim Oketch, alias Swagga, was arrested on Saturday night at a social joint in town by four flying squad officers.
He was held at Kericho Police Station and is expected to be charged today in Kericho.
Mr Oketch said he was driven 70 kilometers from Kisumu to Koru in the dead of the night.
He was locked up at Koru police Station before being taken to Kericho.
Last Monday, Nyanza regional coordinator Wilson Njega said attacks on independent institutions performing their functions would not be tolerated.
He vowed to arrest leaders behind the attacks that have threatened to paralyse October 26 repeat presidential election in the region.
He spoke on the day that the police apprehended 10 suspects who disrupted a similar training in Awasi on Tuesday.Read More »
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By Isaiah Esipisu
Abidjan — "Africa has the resources, skills, and human and land capacity to move from importer to exporter by eating food made in Africa"
In 2008, as food prices rose around the world, riots broke out in West Africa, and Mali's government stepped in.
It quickly launched an initiative to subsidise purchases of good-quality certified rice seed, as well as fertilisers, for farmers, in an effort to cut reliance on rice imports and grow more food of its own.
In just two years, the country was producing enough grain for domestic consumption, and today is a rice exporter, said Bourema Dembele, who until July was director of research at Mali's Institut d'Economie Rurale, a government institution.
"We had no choice other than to develop a policy that would later see our country out of the crisis," said Dembele, now a Mali programme officer for the Alliance for a Green Revolution Africa (AGRA), a nongovernmental organisation.
Such policies need to be replicated around Africa if the continent is to cope with a burgeoning population and climate change while improving food security and economic growth, African experts say.
"Rice is going to be the biggest challenge for Africa because countries highly depend on imports from sources that are totally unsustainable," William Asiko, the executive director of Grow Africa, a non-governmental organisation, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.
According to a report released last month at the African Green Revolution Forum, African nations spend $35 billion each year on food imports, a figure expected to rise to $110 billion by 2025 unless the continent can boost harvests.
Changing things "will take commitment of African governments to stimulate and guide the transition," said Agnes Kalibata, AGRA's president,
"If left to the private sector alone, growth in the agrifood system will not be as fast as it could, nor will it benefit as many smallholder farmers and entrepreneurs as it could," she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.
According to the Africa Agriculture Status Report 2017, if most African governments moved as aggressively as Mali's, the continent could not only feed itself but meet the growing demand from affluent city dwellers for high-value processed foods.
In Mali, production of rice grew from just 900,000 tonnes in 2008 - below the domestic consumption of 1.1 million tonnes - to 2.7 million tonnes in 2016, thanks in part to government subsidies of 35 billion CFA francs ($64 million). Rice production is now double the country's annual consumption.
Overall food production - including cereal crops such as sorghum, millet, groundnuts, cowpeas and maize, as well as rice - also increased over the same period from 3.6 million tonnes to 8.7 million tonnes, making the country largely self-sufficient.
Apart from subsidising seed and other farming needs, Mali's government in 2015 began buying 1,000 new tractors every year to sell to farmers at half price. Farmers are required to make a downpayment of just 20 percent and can take out loans from commercial banks for the remaining sum.
Poorer or very small-scale farmers also are eligible to buy tractors if they group together to cultivate at least 50 hectares (124 acres) of land with the equipment.
To support the effort, Mali's government has allocated at least 15 percent of the national budget to agriculture, surpassing a target of 10 percent agreed to at the 2003 African Union Summit as part of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme.
Dembele's organisation works with research institutions in Mali to produce quality-certified seeds for farmers to meet growing demand for them. Previously, many small-scale farmers planted uncertified seeds in part because certified seeds had to be imported and were too expensive.
Asiko, of Grow Africa, said more African countries need to create initiatives to increase rice production, especially in West Africa, where it is the main staple.
"When we invest in production, we create a market for seed and fertiliser companies which are investment and business opportunities. When we produce in plenty, we create further opportunities for processors, and when we process enough, we further create opportunities for transporters and sellers," he said.
The Africa Agriculture Status Report suggests that more productive farming could be Africa's "quiet revolution", creating jobs and sustainable economic growth that has largely failed to materialise from mineral extraction and increased urbanisation.
"Africa has the latent natural resources, skills, human and land capacity to tip the balance of payments and move from importer to exporter by eating food made in Africa," Kalibata said.
Apart from Mali, African countries that have had significant success moving towards food self-sufficiency include Ethiopia, Rwanda and Burkina Faso, she said.
(Reporting by Isaiah Esipisu; editing by James Baer and Laurie Goering :; Please credit the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the charitable arm of Thomson Reuters, that covers humanitarian news, climate change, resilience, women's rights, trafficking and property rights. Visit http://news.trust.org/climate)
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Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General, World Health Organization, speaking at the World Conference on NCDs in Montevideo.
Montevideo — AllAfrica's global platform to provide information on non-communicable diseases (NCDs) debuted today at the World Health Organization's Global Conference on Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs), hosted by the government of Uruguay.
The information portal is a project of AllAfrica Global Media, the only independent, comprehensive pan-African news source – of, by and about Africa – with unrivaled reach and reputation. More people rely on allAfrica.com for news and information from all over Africa than on any other source.
NCDs represent the greatest challenge in public health today, accounting for over 70% of deaths worldwide. Communities around the world are mobilizing to fight back against cardio vascular diseases, cancer, type-two diabetes, obesity and mental health – to stop the massive burden caused by these life-threatening illnesses.
In some African countries, NCDs are responsible for more than seven out of every ten fatalities, and in most countries, the proportion of deaths due to NCDs is rising. Principal causes include unhealthy diets, tobacco smoking, alcohol consumption, lack of physical activity, pollution and chemical products. Those affected are children, middle-aged people and elderly - both rich and poor.
Attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), spearheaded by the United Nations and adopted in September 2015 by world leaders, aim "to transform the world" by 2030, through improving lives and protecting the planet. Achieving them will require putting the fight against NCDs at the center of public health policies, particularly in Africa, with its youthful and fast-rising population.
Governments alone cannot win the fight. Participation by the private sector, including media, is essential to the campaign against NCDs.
The new NCD platform - in English and French – aims to be a primary source for both news and contextual information. Surveys show that reliable, health-related data and developments is at the top of what the public wants from news sources.
"AllAfrica has always been there when it matters the most for Africans", said Amadou Mahtar Ba, AllAfrica's co-founder and Executive Chair. "Information is power, and that is particularly true when it comes to combatting diseases". Surveys show that reliable, health-related data and developments are at the top of what people want to learn from news sources.
"That is why AllAfrica is committing resources to create this public information tool to provide policy makers and citizens at large the news and information needed to win the fight against NCDs. We invite the WHO, research institutions, foundations, civil society groups and the private sector to engage with us to disseminate as much information as possible on this topic", Ba said.
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AllAfrica Global Media is the leading source for online content from and about Africa that reaches global 'influentials' - heads of state and other policymakers, leaders of business and industry, entrepreneurs and international investors, analysts, diplomats, scholars and activists – decision takers of all kinds. Distribution channels include the popular allAfrica.com website, mobile devices, Apple News, Google Newsstand, LinkedIn and Viber, plus the AllAfrica News Wire on Bloomberg, Factiva/Dow Jones and other commercial services, as well as Facebook and on Twitter, where AllAfrica's reach exceeds 14.5 million a month.Read More »
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