Five Ugandan women create women’s health app

Five women from Makerere University in Uganda have created a test kit that connects to an app on smartphone which detects harmful vaginal bacteria that can cause bacterial vaginosis and other infections, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported today. They posted a video on YouTube in which the team know as the…

WHO declares Liberia Ebola free

Liberia has once again been declared Ebola free. Last Thursday the World Health Organization (WHO) declared Liberia Ebola free after its 42-day period without recording a confirmed case of the virus. Liberia is now entering its 90-day period of vigilance and surveillance, which will hopefully prevent any further outbreaks. Previously,…

Cape Verde escapes major damage from hurricane

A hurricane has hit Cape Verde, producing winds of up to 135 kilometres per hour. The storm, named, Tropical Storm Fred, I now over 400 kilometers away from Islands, the Weather Channel reported. It is the first hurricane to hit the islands since 1892. Cape Verde is made up of…

Why Nigeria took so long to get non-polio endemic status

For both Nigeria and the continent, the country’s removal from the list of polio endemic countries is a huge step towards Africa complying with the global goal of becoming polio free by 2017. The goal is part of the World Health Assembly’s Global Polio Eradication Initiative, to deliver a polio-free…

Oyewale Tomori

Professor Oyewale Tomori is currently, President, Nigerian Academy of Science.

Faith organisations help increase healthcare in West Africa

Faith-based organisations should be more often utilised in spreading healthcare throughout West Africa. Thomson Reuters Foundation quoted a statement made by Edward Mills, the author of the study and a senior epidemiologist at Global Evaluative Sciences in Canada saying that “religious groups are major players in the delivery of healthcare,…

WHO criticised for response to Ebola

The United Nations World Health Organisation (WHO) has been severely criticised for their response to West Africa’s deadly Ebola outbreak, which has been deemed inadequate in a report released Tuesday July 7, 2015. The Report of the Ebola Interim Assessment Panel, which was created by the UN-appointed independent panel of…

Liberia no longer Ebola free

On May 9, 2015, Liberia was declared Ebola free by the World Health Organisation (WHO). However on June 28 a 17 year old boy, Abraham Memaigar, died in Margibi Count from Ebola after earlier being tested and found positive of carrying the virus disease by the Liberian authorities. This is…