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Zimbabwe: Villagers Contract Suspected Anthrax After Eating Dead Hippos

Nine villagers from northern Zimbabwe have contracted suspected anthrax after eating the meat of dead hippos, the state broadcaster is reporting.

The Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) said as many as 58 villagers ate the meat in Saba village, Binga district.

The type of anthrax the nine appear to have contracted is cutaneous anthrax, as most human anthrax infections are. With proper treatment, most people who contract this kind of anthrax survive.

However, the incident is extremely worrying given the large number of people who may have been exposed to the hippo meat.

Anthrax spores can survive in the environment for decades.

Local authorities and conservationists initially thought the mysterious deaths of up to 11 hippos in the district this month were due to pesticide use.

The number of dead hippos has now gone up to 16.

Some possibly-infected hippo meat was found on sale mixed with goat meat in a butchery, according to a medical officer quoted by ZBC.



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Nigeria: Kaduna Lawmaker Decries Abortion Among Young Girls

By Christiana T. Alabi

Kaduna — The house committee chairman on health in the Kaduna State House of Assembly, Dr. Isaac Zinkai Auta, has decried increasing cases of abortion among young girls, saying many deaths have been recorded as a result of such acts both in the state and the country at large.

Speaking at a one-day CSO/NGO forum on the revised Essential Medicine List and its Implications, Dr. Isaac who was represented by house committee chairman on information, Nuhu Goro Shadalafiya, lamented that many young girls have lost their lives in the process of trying to get rid of unwanted pregnancies the wrong way.

He advocated that all stakeholders should carry the message of safe sex to schools including primary, secondary schools, tertiary institutions as well as the communities.

“Many girls have through abortion cut off their dreams and aspirations for life.

“Our young girls must be reminded of our culture, particularly, the religions which prohibit sex before marriage, and that is why it encourages us to marry.

“If in the course of this advocacy we find a girl who is pregnant, we should let her know that it is not the end her life. There are people who passed through that stage and today they are standing tall. They delivered the baby, the baby is well taken care of while they continued their education.

“Some of such people today are renowned members of the society. Children are gifts from God and should not be thrown away. I want to encourage us not to allow those who make mistakes to die in their mistakes,” he said.

He also called for enforcement of laws that seek to punish medical practitioners and quacks who engage in abortion.


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Amavubi Stars Thrash Mauritius

By Bryan Kimenyi

Amavubi stars of Rwanda Tuesday evening scored five past Mauritius at Amahoro stadium in Kigali in the ongoing 2017 African Nations (AFCON) qualifiers.

Savio Dominique Nshuti was first on the score sheet in the 11th minute with a well-placed header that gave Jean Louis Kevin Obrim, the Mauritius goal keeper, no chance.

Twenty minutes later, Ernest Sugira made it 2-0 with a fine volley just inside the box before he completed his brace a few seconds later, finishing in an empty net after beating the Mauritian goalkeeper.

First half ended 3-0.

After the break Rwanda started from where they had left off before the interval, creating a succession of chances. This paid off in the 74th minute when full back Fitina Ombarenga’s long range shot found the back of the net.

Substitute Jean Baptiste Mugiraneza, who had a goal disallowed for offside earlier on, completed the rout in the 90th minute.

The Mauritius National Football team, ‘Les Dodos’, were 1-0 winners in the first leg when the two teams met on Saturday at Belle Vue in Mauritius.

Ghana lead Group H with 10 points while Rwanda and Mauritius have six points each. Mozambique, who play Rwanda on June 3 in Kigali, are rooted bottom with one point.

Amavubi will travel to Ghana for their last 2017 African Nations qualifiers game onSeptember 2.


Ghana 10 points

Rwanda 6 points

Mauritius 6 points

Mozambique 1 point


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Muvunyi Turns Focus to Paralympic Games

By Richard Bishumba

After winning two medals at the 10th IPC Grand Prix de Tunis, Rwanda international Paralympian Hermas Cliff Muvunyi has shifted focus to the 2016 Paralympic Games slated for September 7-18 in Brazil.

The former World champion in Men 800m- T46 Category, Muvunyi did what he does best at the annual Tunis International Meet to win two medals, gold in 400m and bronze in 1500m, both in T46 category. This year’s edition was held from March 24 to 26 in Tunisia’s capital.

After displaying a delightful performance in Tunisia alongside compatriot Jean Claude Ndayisenga who also won bronze in Men’s 400m- T47 category, the sensational middle distance runner Muvunyi is keen to replicate the good form at this year’s Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro city, Brazil.

“To date, a Paralympic medal is what I need to accomplish my career goals. The competition will be a very tough contest, it’s going to require hard work, willpower and resilience and that’s what I am ready to invest. I will do everything possible for a podium finish in Brazil,” Muvunyi told Times Sport on Monday.

After winning multiple medals in various continental competitions and a world championship gold medal from France in 2013, his dream is bagging a medal in Paralympic.

The APR athletics club runner further revealed to this paper that after a short break to shrug off fatigue from Tunisia, he will resume regular training at Amahoro stadium.

The 28-year-old reigning national champion Muvunyi and sprinter Ndayisenga arrived back in the country on Monday afternoon.


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More Rally Events Lined Up This Year

By Jejje Muhinde

Rwanda Automobile Club (RAC) is planning to organise several rally events to attract young upcoming drivers in the sport and to entertain rally fans this year.

The RAC General Assembly held last week, agreed to organise more events this year.

Part of the events on this year’s calendar is the “National Slalom” a new event which was organised last Sunday at Amahoro stadium by Huye Motorsport club. The event attracted over 30 crews.

“The essence of events like Slalom is to attract and promote sports in the country. Over 40 had registered for the event but because some of them lacked the required documents, we reduced the number to 30 drivers,” said Fabrice Nyiridandi, a RAC official.

Ten youngsters aged between 18-20 years with different personal cars took part in short closed event, and Nshimiyimana Dadi was crowned the youngest driver.

The other events to be organized this year include: The Eastern province sprint scheduled for April 30th, the Liberation Rally at the beginning of July, Mountain Gorilla in August, the Huye Gakwaya Memorial Race in October and the Christophe Duquesne Memorial Rally in December.

0n the continental level, Ivorian driver Gary Chaynes leads the African Rally Rankings with 25 points, Don Smith from Kenya is second with 18, following the first event- Bandama Rally De Cote D’ Ivoire held in Febuary. The second continental rally event will be Sasol Rally in South African.


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Nakumatt Boosts V-Ball Youth Championships

By Peter Kamasa

Kenyan supermarket, (Nakumatt) has offered to sponsor the first inter school volleyball Junior championships which will be held in Ruhango District in the men and women category from May 21-22.

Nakumatt will give the trophies for the winners, and best players in both male and female categories. At least 25 teams are expected to participate in the event.

The event is organised by National Team head coach Paul Bitok and Rwanda Volleyball federation (FRVB) as part of talent search efforts ahead of the Junior and Youth Africa Championships, later this year.

The upcoming African National Youth Championships U19 in boy’s category will be held in Niger, July/August, and U18 girls will be held in Madagascar July/August, men U21 will be held in Chad, women U20 will be staged in Botswana while women U23 will be held in Kenya and South Africa will host U23 in men’s category.

Three years ago the beach volleyball teams U23 men and women played in the world cup held in Poland, the U19 (boys) team took part in Mexico, while the U21 also played in the world championships in Turkey in what has been an outstanding calendar year for Rwandan volleyball.

At that time in Africa, Rwanda finished in third position in Youth and Junior categories while in Beach Volleyball they won medals but since then Rwanda has not qualified for the world cup.


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Africa: Plea for Treaty On Drug Research

By Inga Vesper

London — Health activists are demanding an international treaty on medical research and development (R&D) to speed up the creation of cheap medicines.

Outdated intellectual property (IP) regimes and market distortions hold back research on new medicines, activists said at a meeting of the UN Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Access to Medicines, held on 10 March in London, United Kingdom.

“We do our R&D in an IP system that has created a hugely wasteful process,” said Els Torreele, the director of the Access to Essential Medicines Initiative of grant-making network the Open Society Foundations. “We could do so much better if we weren’t limiting ourselves to only innovating what we can also patent.”

The medical industry focuses on creating patentable compounds that can be developed into products or sold for a good price, which channels research spending – both public and private – into just a few highly profitable areas, the event heard.

It also means medicines for small markets or diseases affecting poor people are less likely to be researched, attendees said.

An international agreement on medical R&D funding could help separate the cost of research from the final product’s price, resulting in cheaper drugs and more research on neglected diseases, said Tim Reed, the executive director of Netherlands-based NGO Health Action International.

This would entail governments pooling funding for innovation and taking a leading role in steering research efforts, rather than relying on companies to make these decisions, the panel heard.

“This would get rid of the situation where medicine is only developed if [it can be] sold at high prices,” Reed told the UN panel.

But pharmaceutical industry speakers, representing companies including Pfizer, Eli Lilly and Novartis, opposed the idea of an international agreement to control drug R&D spending. A spokesman for Eli Lilly said this would be “unconstructive”.

He pointed out that companies run compassionate programmes under which they distribute free medicines to health systems in poor countries.

But these programmes do not reach far enough, said Hans Hogerzeil, the chairman of The Lancet Commission on Essential Medicines Policies, a group of specialists tasked by The Lancet medical journal to offer recommendations for global essential medicine policies.

Hogerzeil told the panel that 110 million people in developing countries need insulin, but only 50,000 are covered by compassionate programmes, for example.

The third Sustainable Development Goal says that every person on the planet has the right to healthcare and medicine, said Ruth Dreifuss, the UN panel’s cochair – which puts pressure on international governance bodies to lower prices.

The hearing was part of a UN initiative to develop international medical innovation policy to ensure more life-saving medicines reach the poorest people in the world. A second meeting of the panel will take place tomorrow in Johannesburg, South Africa.


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Kenya: Relief for Patients As Cheap Breast Cancer, Diabetes Drugs Arrive

By Ouma Wanzala

Breast cancer, diabetes, hypertension and asthma patients can now breathe a sigh of relief following the arrival of the first consignment of subsidised drugs in the country.

The medicines, which have been supplied by Novartis Access, will be managed by the Mission for Essential Drugs and Supplies (Meds).

This is part of a deal the global health care firm entered into with the faith-based medical supplier in October last year.

Meds Managing Director Paschal Manyuru said the initiative offers the much-needed relief for many Kenyan families struggling to meet the high cost of managing hypertension, breast cancer, diabetes and asthma.

“The low cost drugs will not only cushion those affected but also promote better management of these diseases,” said Mr Manyuru in a statement.

This first consignment of drugs will enable 17,000 patients to have access to medicines for the four diseases.

Patients will be expected to pay about Sh160 per treatment per month for the Novartis Access medicines.

A monthly dose of such treatment currently costs between Sh5,000 and Sh8,000.

The initial portfolio has been selected based on the World Health Organisation’s Model List of Essential Medicines.

Meds will warehouse and distribute the medicines to patients across the country through faith-based organisations, NGOs and county government health facilities, among others.

“This initial shipment is crucial as it sets the basis for a steady supply of Novartis Access medicines in the country,” said Dr Harald Nusser, the global head of Novartis Access.

Dr Nusser went on: “The only medicine that counts is the one that reaches the patient. We also need to secure the integrity of the distribution chain so patients who need these medicines receive them at an affordable price.”


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