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Remain Vigilant, Uhuru Says As He Condoles Somalia

President Uhuru Kenyatta today condoled with the people of Somalia following the massive Mogadishu bomb attack last Saturday that left more than 300 dead and many others injured.

The president, at the same time, asked Kenyans to remain vigilant to prevent such attacks.

“On behalf of Kenyans, I send my heartfelt condolences to the people of Somalia. The attack is a sobering reminder of the dangerous times that we live in,” he said. “I urge all Kenyans to remain vigilant and report any suspicious persons bent on undermining our security from within and without.”

The president, who was speaking during the Mashujaa Day celebrations in Nairobi, also paid tribute the Kenya Defence Forces in Somalia.

“I wish to salute and celebrate our disciplined forces for braving all risks to keep us secure. Unfortunately, some of them have lost their lives in the line of duty. Their sacrifices can never be compensated by monetary or any other terms,” said Mr. Kenyatta.

Following the alleged terrorist bombing attack, the government sent 11 tonnes of aid to Mogadishu with assorted medicines and also received 20 victims for further medical evaluation.


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Student Was Shot Multiple Times in Kisumu County Anti-IEBC Protests – Report

By Rushdie Oudia

A form four student killed in Kisumu during anti-IEBC protests suffered multiple bullet wounds, an autopsy report has revealed.

Michael Okoth, 18, was found lying dead in a pool of blood with visible injuries on the throat and legs on Monday afternoon.


The Vihiga High School candidate had been sent home over Sh10,000 school fees arrears.

His mother said he was shot as he went to buy ice cream.

The autopsy report corroborates eye witness accounts that the boy had been shot more than once.

Witnesses had claimed that Okoth’s assailants shot him in the neck and when he fell a man with dreadlocks, dressed in police uniform, slit his throat to remove the bullet.

The report seen by the Nation, however, showed that the bullets’ exit wounds on the neck had irregular edges.

“As a result of my examination, I formed the opinion that the cause of death was multiple injuries in the neck following gunshot wounds,” said Dr Dixon Mchana, the government pathologist in charge of the post mortem done on Wednesday at the Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral Hospital (JOOTRH).


There was an exit wound and a fracture at the mandible penetrating through the chin, the pathologist observed.

According to sources who were at the hospital police witnesses present during the autopsy tried to push a narrative that the victim was shot three times, given the gaping holes at the exit wounds.

“Three bullets couldn’t have penetrated through a single entry with different exit points,” said the source who sought anonymity.

There had been an earlier attempt by police to carry out a rushed post-mortem of the student without involving his relatives in what was viewed as a cover-up.

It took the intervention of civil society groups, family and neighbours who kept vigil at the morgue for the exercise to be postponed.


Kisumu County Police Commander Mr Titus Yoma had denied police shot at protesters and ordered investigations into the killing of Okoth.

The police chief had argued that the killer may have been an intruder who could also be behind the assault of boda boda operators and torching of their motorcycles near Kenya Medical Training College, Kisumu Campus.

Kisumu Governor Anyang’ Nyong’o had raised similar concerns, saying some criminals masquerade as protesters but are only interested in destruction of property and violence to taint the name of demonstrators.


He also alleged that some outlawed gangs had infiltrated the police and were being used to kill National Super Alliance (Nasa) supporters during the peaceful demos.

Okoth’s killing and baby Shantel Mary’s shooting have only added to the many cases the Independent Policing Oversight Authority is investigating in Kisumu County with regard to excessive use of force by police.

Nigeria:Experts Want Regular Check-Up to Reduce Chronic Diseases’ Risk

By Oluwatosin Areo

The Managing Director of Dennis Ashley Wellness Clinic, Dr. Chima Oti, has said that regular checkup can help reduce the risk of any non-communicable disease (NCD). Oti, however, said early detection gives the patient better chances of survival.

NCDs include: diabetes, hypertension, cancer, kidney damage, stroke, obesity, and osteoarthritis, among others.

Oti, last week, during a community health outreach on hypertension, diabetes and cancer, said that the right way to approach health is to be aware that high blood pressure, diabetes and cancer only show symptoms when it is getting to the critical stage, which can be detected by early diagnosis.

The outreach was organised by Dennis Ashley Wellness Clinic in collaboration with Eti-Osa primary health care centre, Merck, Lancet Laboratories and Lakeshore cancer centre.

On Nigerians’ lackadaisical attitude to health, he said, “many would wait till they are ill or in critical state before seeing the doctor. You need not be sick to see a doctor. Prevention is better than cure.”

In his words: “Dennis Ashley Clinic is dedicated to improving the lives of Nigerians by educating them on health management and wellness. What we are doing today in Eti-Osa local government is a way of giving back to the society and creating awareness as to general healthcare treatment.

“Hypertension is high among black men and early detection might only require a change in lifestyle getting some drugs. Some people boast of many years of being healthy, but it should be noted that the more you advance in age, the more likely to have any of these diseases. These diseases are real and should not be taken for granted,” he noted.

He further allayed the panic some people have when they are diagnosed with NCD, that it is not a death sentence.

“Even if you have all the doctors and best machines in the world, if the patient doesn’t accept that he is sick, he will not go for the treatment. One has to be wary of its contributing factors such as diet, body weight and stress level. If this is checked you can reduce your chances of having these diseases,” he advised.

The Administrative Head of Dennis Ashley Wellness Centre, also a general practitioner, Dr. Obi Ibokwe, decried the increasing rate of people diagnosed with these diseases. He said one in three adult suffers hypertension, one in ten persons suffer diabetes and cancer is on a daily increase.

“This check up is not expensive as many would think. In Dennis Ashley Clinic, we do free blood pressure check very Wednesday,” he said.

Majority Leader of Eti-Osa local government, Honorable Temitayo Oluwaseun, lauded the effort of the medical practitioners and said that it is an eye opener for them to organise such outreach often.

Nurse Who Battled Early HIV Storm Is Now MP

By Sadab Kitatta Kaaya

When HIV/Aids was first reported in parts of present-day Kyotera district, only a few wanted to associate with people suffering from the then mysterious killer disease that left its sufferers looking like walking skeletons.

Only close family members stood by the afflicted. But for Robina Ssentongo Nakasirye, the newly elected Kyotera Woman MP, her professional calling as a nurse took her closer to Aids patients and their families.

“Caring for people infected and affected by HIV/Aids has been my preoccupation for the past 30 years, and because I felt that their voice was not well heard, I decided to join politics so that I could be their voice,” Ssentongo told The Observer on October 12.

Kyotera is one of the five new districts that became effective on July 1, 2017 and thus Ssentongo, who stood on a DP card, becomes the new district’s Woman MP. Her illustrious work in HIV/Aids care under Kitovu Mobile Aids Organisation (KMO) made her a tough candidate to beat for the ruling NRM, in an area perceived to be an NRM stronghold.

The 56-year-old had no mark on the political scene until after the 2011 elections, when talk of a new district of Kyotera started.

“As director and later chief executive officer of KMO, I was responsible for the entire fundraising programs for the organization. That made me travel widely in and out of the country. That is when I realised that because I was a CEO of a local organisation, there were offices I could not easily access,” Ssentongo says.

“But through my work with the local communities, I realised their issues were not being listened to, maybe because there was no one to amplify them; I decided to upgrade to a position where the voices of people suffering could be given due attention.”

The hope for the creation of Kyotera district collapsed back then, and she changed her focus to representing the unified Rakai district. She stood as an independent for the Rakai Woman MP seat in the 2016 elections, but controversially lost to Juliet Kinyamatama.

“2016 was my worst experience, because I knew I was going to win; and I indeed won but the [Electoral Commission] declared somebody else. That is when I realised I had joined something tough,” Ssentongo said.

She went on to successfully challenge Kinyamatama’s election at the High court in Masaka, but as she awaited the Court of Appeal ruling, Kyotera became a district.

She surprised many when she got nominated as a DP candidate and for many, including DP vice president Fred Mukasa Mbidde, there was no way she could beat the NRM candidate Rachael Nakitende. She, however, polled 21,731 votes against Nakitende’s 15,511 votes.

“I decided to stand as DP because they were willing to work with me and also, because my ideals rhyme well with their ideology. I have always wanted to see a just and transparent society where human rights are respected,” Ssentongo said.

She was persuaded to join DP by the Masaka Woman MP, Mary Babirye Kabanda, who promised to support her through the campaigns. This meant financial and technical support.

Kabanda ensured that all the DP MPs as well as other leaders at various levels kept in Kyotera to campaign and lay strategy for their new recruit, popularly known as Maama Kitovu Mobile.

Being that Kitovu Mobile has directly or indirectly benefited each household in the district, it became difficult for the NRM to counter Ssentongo’s popularity.

This partly explains why even members of the state machinery quietly worked for her, including leaking to her camp the election day strategy that had been designed to give the NRM candidate undeserved victory.


In 1987, Sister Ursula Sharpe, an Irish nun working with the Medical Missionaries of Mary, got touched by the suffering of Aids patients that were being admitted at Kitovu hospital, where she worked.

HIV/Aids was a new disease at the time and many people thought it was an aggressive form of witchcraft that left entire villages in Rakai deserted.

Being that it was only a year after the guerrilla war that brought President Yoweri Museveni and the NRM to power, the social service structure was at its worst. And because of this, prevention and treatment plans were not yet in place and many spouses, caregivers and children were infected with HIV and many died within two years.

Patients would literally go to Kitovu to die, but due to biting poverty, their relatives could not even find means of transporting the bodies back home for burial.

In this depressing setting, Sharpe worked with Ssentongo, who had just graduated from Nsambya School of Nursing. They started a mobile care program for HIV/Aids patients in Rakai district where the disease started.

Instead of patients and their relatives coming to suffer at Kitovu hospital, Sharpe and Ssentongo would drive and find them in their respective homes.

As the disease spread to the then unified Masaka district, Sharpe’s Kitovu Mobile Aids Care program was rolled out to other parts of Masaka Catholic diocese, this time with an expanded scope to offer orphans and families support.

“The programs went on evolving, responding to the needs at the time because there was a lot of suffering. These needs included pyscho-social support and general welfare for people living positively with Aids,” Ssentongo said.

In 1995, Sharpe left the country for a long holiday and left Ssentongo in charge of the now growing organisation. On return, Sharpe left Ssentongo to continue running the organisation, and she chose to play an advisory role until 2000 when she left the country for good and left the organisation under Masaka diocese.

In 2005 when Masaka diocese registered it as a company limited by guarantee, Ssentongo, by then a graduate of Human and Social Studies from the University of South Africa, and a holder of diplomas in Development Studies (Dublin), Research Methods (Makerere University), and Counselling and Guidance (Mbarara University of Science and Technology), was appointed the CEO.

She went on to study for a master’s degree in Health Services Management at Uganda Martyrs University, Nkozi.

“I have no intention of abandoning my work, but I want to add on to the care for people infected and affected by Aids with a bigger voice and a bigger potential to fundraise,” Ssentongo said.

She hopes that her parliamentary office can make her a good ambassador for KMO and by extension, the families affected by Aids.

“At KMO, we have been running a program for the older people funded by the Stephen Lewis foundation in Canada; I would love to see these people benefiting from the government program for the elderly, because they suffer a lot caring for their orphaned grandchildren,” Ssentongo said.


“Political parties don’t help the people but instead benefit those holding leadership positions. They’re simply vehicles that lead us to these positions but the needy people don’t think of the political parties when they are suffering; they want to see a leader attending to their needs,” Ssentongo said.

“What you do as a leader is what matters; parties don’t count when one has no food to feed his children, or lacks the means to take a sick child to hospital or when a mother goes to a health centre and she can’t get adequate care.”

Using the KMO model, Ssentongo plans to launch mobile clinics to specifically reach out to mothers and offer care and support for cervical cancer.

“Testing and treatment of such cancers are available at regional referral hospitals but many women can’t find transport to Masaka to get such medical services,” she said.

“I have a double role as a parliamentarian and a development worker. Given the KMO experience, I know that access to quality education is a nightmare in the district. I want to strengthen the economic empowerment programs we had at KMO. I will keep an ear on the ground,” Ssentongo said.

And that is how one selflessly impacts millions of lives and receives their reward in the form of a vote of absolute confidence.

Baby Survives Gunshot Wound in Anti-IEBC Demos

By Angela Oketch

Two-year-old Shantelle was playing with her mates in Nyamasaria, Kisumu. Then she fell down suddenly, crying.

Her mother, Lydia Kageha, who rushed there, thought one of her playmates had hit her with a stone.

But that was not the case: Someone had shot her.


For a two-year-old, protests against the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission is not something she may have been aware of, yet she has become the latest definition of violent protests.

On Monday night, doctors at the Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral Hospital took just two minutes to remove the bullet lodged in her shoulder.

According to Dr Juliana Otieno, Medical Superintendent at the hospital, the operation was done under general anaesthesia.


Medics cut through the area, she explained, and being that the bullet got in after it’s speed was reduced, it did not penetrate to other parts of the body.

It was just under the skin.

“I was a bit worried when the child was brought to the hospital with a bullet lodged in her neck. I knew she was in danger but, luckily enough, it was not major,” she said.

Dr Otieno told the Nation that the operation, which was done on Monday night, did not last long. She is out of danger.

“We are hoping that Shan will be fine though we will continue monitoring her,” she said.


Shan, as she is known at her home, was shot at her home in Nyamasaria.

“She was crying. We thought she had been hit by a stone thrown by one of the children she was playing with.

“When we checked, she was bleeding. We rushed her to the hospital where an X-ray showed there was a bullet in her neck,” her mother said.

The mother, who was accompanied by the girl’s grandmother, Rosa Akinyi, said there were no protests in Nyamasaria and wondered how the girl had been shot at a time no one there was protesting.

“We suspect it was fired from Lower Manyatta, where some people were engaging with the police,” she said of the neighbouring estate.


Ms Akinyi wondered why the officers had to use live bullets to disperse the protesters.

“Where are we headed as a country? I thank God that the bullet did not penetrate to the heart. I would be mourning my granddaughter by now,” she said.

She said that although the granddaughter was out of danger, she was in too much pain.

“Imagine subjecting this young girl into such pain. She is not even aware what is happening yet she will have to live with the scar forever,” she said.


The demonstrations in Kisumu turned chaotic later in the afternoon after an 18-year-old Form Four student was shot and killed.

Witnesses claimed the shooter, wearing police uniform and strangely in dreadlocks, later slit his neck and removed the bullet, perhaps to cover-up the shooting.

But local police chief Titus Yoma denied police had fired any live bullets on protesters, saying his team will investigate the matter.

Uganda:How National Health Insurance Scheme Will Benefit Ugandans

By Lilian Namagembe

Ugandans are optimistic that the long-awaited Health Insurance law that will give birth to the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) for all citizenry is not far from enactment.

In July, the ministry of Finance awarded a certificate of financial implications to the National Health Insurance Bill, 2012 paving way for the creation of the scheme.

The NHIS is expected to relieve ordinary Ugandans from directly pulling money out of their pockets to spend on medical bills.

Drafted 13 years ago, the Health Insurance Bill, according to Health minister Dr Jane Ruth Aceng will initially see about 25 per cent of the 34 million Ugandans covered once it is enacted into law.

“The Bill awaits to be tabled in Cabinet for approval before sending it back to the ministry [of Health] from where it will be re-tabled in Parliament,” Dr Aceng says.

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Once it is approved, civil servants and formally employed Ugandans will be required to contribute 4 per cent of their gross salary to which employers will top up with 4 per cent to make 8 per cent monthly contributions towards the pool.

According to government, the Health Insurance scheme will help to relieve households from the ills of out of pocket expenditure by providing financial protection to clients against catastrophic health expenditure such as organ transplant.

Currently, one needs about $25,000(about Shs90m) to cater for the cheapest kidney transplant in India which is the commonest destination for most Ugandans who seek treatment abroad.

The cost is, however, far beyond the $85 (about 303,709) income that Ugandans earn monthly on average, according to the Uganda National Household Survey Report 2009/2010.

As such, the scheme is expected to get rid of the constant media advertisements fundraising for life-saving operations out of the country.

Dr Jackson Amone, the chairman of the Medical Board, charged with qualifying and recommending patients for treatment says a total of 14 patients were recommended in 2016. However, those who cannot afford the treatment do not bother reaching out to the Medical Board.

He, however, notes: “It is not mandatory for all public servants to qualify to be sponsored by the government to go abroad for treatment.”

But Dr Aceng explains that the scheme for the start will cater for only basic treatment until other packages including one for specialised treatment such as complex surgeries and organ transplant, will be brought on board.

She adds that with time, other citizens in the informal sector will be included on the pool to benefit.

Through cost sharing where patients will be required to contribute under the same scheme, the cost of organ transplant is also expected to go down to $8,000(about 28m) once Mulago Hospital starts carrying out transplants locally.

Nevertheless, the health insurance players under the Uganda Community Health Insurance have since criticised the Scheme, saying in its current form, it is only targeting 10 per cent of the population in the formal sector. These, the players, say will lock out more than 80 per cent of the population in the informal sector.


Under Section 4 of the proposed Bill, eligibility is for public servants and all employees in the formal sector who are residents in Uganda.

The 2013 National Health Accounts survey, an international technique for tracking financial flows in a country’s health sector, indicated that government spends $11 per capita (Shs39,600) or roughly about $1(3,600) a month.

Similarly, government spends Shs7, 020 per person per capital at Mulago National Referral Hospital which is far below the required Shs100,000 per capita.

This health financing gap, Dr Baterana Byarugaba, the executive director of Mulago Hospital, says will easily be solved by the NHIS where patients will be contributing to the cost of treatment as opposed to free treatment.

The commission for Microeconomics for Health recommends that government should annually spend at least $34(122,400) on the health of every citizen -from its own resources.

Statistics from ministry of Health also indicate that Malaria, HIV/Aids, pneumonia, anaemia and tuberculosis are the leading causes of mortality in Uganda.

The VIP’s treatment abroad on recommendation of the Medical Board costs tax payers an average of Shs72m for every official, excluding that of air tickets, upkeep and expenditure on attendants.

Nigeria:Sanofi Moves to Rescue 5m Nigerians From Diabetes

By Chioma Obinna

… Holds National Summit Oct 18

Healthcare professionals, weekend in Lagos raised the alarm over increasing cases of diabetes saying not less than 5 million Nigerians are living with the disease.

To this end, a National Diabetes Summit to improve management of the chronic disease and patient outcome is being put together by Sanofi Aventis Nigeria Limited in Lagos.

At a press conference to herald the maiden edition of the Summit, the Medical Director, Sanofi -Nigeria & Ghana, Dr Philip Ikeme said 50 per cent of diabetes cases are undiagnosed while half of people who have diabetes do not know they have the disease.

Ikeme worried that diabetes has become a global public health concern called for special attention to the problem.

“According to WHO as at 2014, we have a burden of 387 million globally but in 2035, the number will increase to almost 600 million.”

He blamed reasons for the increase on crave for artificial foods instead of natural foods and other unhealthy lifestyles. “People no longer exercise that means there is increase in obesity and when obesity sets in, the ability to manage the blood sugar becomes more difficult. Things like this push us towards the diabetic end of the spectrum.”

He regretted that, three years ago, South Africa and Ethiopia have more diabetes than Nigeria but now; Nigeria has the highest incidence of diabetes in Sub Saharan Africa.

He warned that diabetes is a silent disease, hence, the need for regular screening for the disease.

Ikeme further explained that due to the nature of the disease, by the time patient gets to the hospital to complain about the symptoms of diabetes which he or she may have had unknowingly for minimum of 10 years or an average 15 to 20 years, the person must have had abnormalities in the blood sugar for a minimum of 5 to 10 years which is why at the time of presentation; majority of the patients have complications.

Complications of diabetes include diabetic foot, heart attack, stroke, blindness, kidney disease among others.

Noting that diabetes is a major cause of amputation, he said 9 out 10 amputations are due to diabetes. “Diabetes is not a disease you can cure but can be treated and managed. If treated well, the patients will have a normal life like anybody else. It is also a disease where patients have more responsibility than the physician.”

The General Manager and Country Chair, Sanofi, Nigeria- Ghana, Pharm. Folake Odediran, said the Summit is in line with the company’s vision as a global healthcare organisation involved in prevention, treatment and support for patients in 100 countries of the world.

“The Summit is being organised for three reasons including providing education platform for diabetic management. Provide platform for experts to meet and rub minds, update themselves as well as strengthen management by engaging in robust discussion that can improve management and patients’ outcome.

Various experts including nurses, specialist doctors, family physicians, diabetologists etc are expected to be at the summit to learn latest trend in managing diabetes.

Nigeria:We Have More Mentally Ill Persons On the Streets – Psychiatrist

By Gabriel Olawale

The Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder, The Retreat Mental Hospital, Dr. Olufemi Oluwatayo has called on Nigerians to take their mental health serious, noting that, the fact someone is walking around normally does not mean he or she is mentally stable.

Oluwatayo who spoke during an activity to mark the 2017 World Mental Health Day organised by the hospital in Lagos explained that people commonly seen on the street constitute a minor proportion of people with mental disorder.

“People you see on the street are the one at the very end of mental disorder and they are in minority of people with mental disorder. Majority of people with mental disorders walk around normally because there are varieties of mental disorders such as depression, eating disorder and obsession among others.

“Psychological stress such as divorce, inconsistence in salary can trigger mental health disorder because it’s a stressful situation. Another thing could be abuse of drugs or some physical health conditions.”

Oluwatayo who is also a Consultant Psychiatrist and Medical Director, Milton Park Hospital, United Kingdom stressed the need for relaxation after stressful events “but regrettably that is one of the things Nigerians are not good at. Many people like to keep working but it’s not good for our health. We need to learn to relax and have some rest.”

“Also people need to sleep, a lot of Nigeria doesn’t sleep our body need six to eight hours every night and it has to be structured in such a way that it would be consistence. People need to take time out of work and rest.”

He urged Nigerians to stop stigmatization of people with such problems, saying, it can happen to anyone, “the way people can develop diabetics, cancer and hypertension among other illness that is exactly how people can develop mental illness. Recovery is a slow process but when patient gets better, they recovered completely.

He urged Nigerians to live a healthy life, adding that, it remained a major way of preventing mental disorder, “We need to realise that healthy body is a healthy mind. If you keep your body healthy, your mind will function better. Therefore, you need to comply with healthy lifestyle such as abstain from smoking, if you want to drink it must be in moderation, engage in exercise and eat balance diet.”

He reiterated The RETREAT commitment to adding value to patient wellbeing. In future, we plan to engage in training medical personnel and we want to advocate for people with mental health disorders. But at the moment we are focusing on out-patient, in-patient and screening.

“At RETREAT Hospital our services are affordable, even through it’s a little higher than government hospitals but we have facilities that will justify our charges.”

“For people who will not be able to afford our prices, we are setting up what we call ‘Samaritan Fund’, where people can get access to money to access care and the money is being managed by a credible organisation where individuals or cooperate organisations can pay to support people.

Zimbabwe:Medical Aid Group Joins Whistle Blower Platform

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(File photo).

By Ishemunyoro Chingwere

Premier Service Medical Aid Society (PSMAS), has joined international whistle-blowing platform, Tip Offs Anonymous, as it continues its re-branding exercise and enhancing transparency in handling public funds. The country’s largest medical aid group has been riddled by scandals that first came to the fore in January 2014 when a report showed top management earning at least $1 million in basic monthly salaries at a time the society was reeling under a $38 million debt.

“PSMAS is committed to being an open, honest and transparent organisation, with greater accountability. As part of our strategic direction, we are presenting an opportunity for members, service providers and even members of the public to look out for possible fraudulent activity within the society and within our stakeholders,” said PSMAS in a statement released by their public relations manager Arthur Choga.

“The glory of Tip Offs Anonymous is that whatever tip offs are made, the information does not come to PSMAS directly, but is handled by a third party, which has vast experience in verifying the information and taking the necessary steps thereafter. We are very happy, as an organisation to be a part of Tip Offs Anonymous because this reinforces our commitment to honouring our values as an organisation. It also serves to notify all our stakeholders that we are completely geared towards achieving the kind of service we have always promised,” said PSMAS in a statement.


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Madagascar:Chinese Businesses Donate for Madagascar’s Fight Against Plague

Antananarivo — The association of Chinese traders and entrepreneurs in Madagascar (ACECMA) made a financial donation on Friday evening for Madagascar’s fight against a deadly plague.

“On the occasion of this ceremony, I announce on behalf of ACECMA association to donate 50 million ariary (about 16,667 U.S. dollars) to Madagascar’s government for the control of plague and the fight against the spread of plague,” ACECMA President Cai Guowei said at an event marking ACECMA’s 10th anniversary.

“Chinese citizens in Madagascar attach great importance to the welfare of Malagasy people and to the charity towards the Malagasy people,” Chinese Ambassador to Madagascar Yang Xiaorong said in her speech.

“This donation from the ACECMA proves once again the goodwill of the Chinese nationals to fight the plague together with Madagascar,” Yang said.

The ambassador added that the Chinese government also attaches great importance to its relationship with Madagascar and made efforts to help Madagascar to pass this difficult moment.

China on Thursday handed over a package of medical supplies worth 220,000 U.S dollars to Madagascar for it to fight the plague that has killed 57 people in the past three months.

For his part, Madagascar’s Prime Minister Olivier Mahafaly Solonandrasana said that “Madagascar shares the same values, the same sense of solidarity with China.”

“Madagascar needs China for its economic recovery and I am sure that China also needs Madagascar,” said the prime minister.

“May this win-win spirit between Madagascar and China will know again unimaginable development in the near future,” said the prime minister.

According to the Madagascar’s Ministry of Public Health, the death toll from the plague reached 57 in Madagascar from Aug. 1 to Oct. 12.(1 U.S dollar is worth about 3,000 ariary)


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