Health Tue, 19 Mar 2019 03:14:43 +0000 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb Cameroon: The Garoua Regional Hospital to become operational in December. Cameroon: The Garoua Regional Hospital to become operational in December.

According to the National Cameroon daily, Cameroon Tribune, the Regional Hospital under construction as well as refurbishment shall become functional in December 2018. It must be noted that hospitals aren't only infrastructure, far from that. A hospital should have standards, should meet the aspirations of the patients, care givers as well as the staff, should provide the much needed services and by specialized personnel. {loadposition myposition} If this is done, patients won't be flown out of the country as medical tourist. If this is checked, hospitals in the Country shall be able to raise a lot of revenue for the state and can even foot their bills. This joyous announcement was made in Garoua during the visit of the Minister of Public Health, Andre Mama Fouda, that took on the 14th of March, 2018.

However this pompous announcement is only coming as an exigency of the African Nations Cup tournament, earmarked for 2019 in Cameroon and Garoua, being one of the designated stadia. Cameroon lacking behind in terms of medical care delivery, was tasked to construct more top quality health facilities that can meet the demands of the Confederation of African football. Is it today that the Ministry of Public Health has understood that the suffering people of Garoua badly need a specialized hospital? Why hasn't it being upgraded to a Specialized hospital?

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]]> (Concord Newsdesk) Health Tue, 20 Mar 2018 19:36:39 +0000
Cameroon receives receives CFA108 billion to fight Diseases Cameroon receives receives CFA108 billion to fight Diseases

From 2018 to 2020, the Global Fund for AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria will provide CFA108 billion to Cameroon to help the country fight against the diseases mentioned.

During a ceremony organized for the purpose, officials of the ministry of health announced that this fund was the highest obtained by Cameroon since the collaboration between Cameroon and the global fund in 2003.{loadposition myposition}

For the record, Cameroon was provided CFA203 billion in the 15 years of its collaboration with the global fund. Most of that amount was utilized in fighting AIDS and malaria, the deadliest diseases in Cameroon.

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]]> (Concord Newsdesk) Health Mon, 19 Mar 2018 20:51:58 +0000
Fighting malnourishment in Cameroon: Germany pumps in €15 million to Fighting malnourishment in Cameroon: Germany pumps in €15 million to

On this day February 28, Germany and UNICEF have launched the second phase of the project named "S'attaquer à la malnutrition chez les enfants de moins de cinq ans dans les régions de l’Extrême-Nord, du Nord, de l’Adamaoua et de l’Est", in Yaoundé.

Germany which had provided €8 million (CFA5.24 billion) during the first phase which started in 2016 will disburse another  €15 million (CFA9.8 billion) this year to support the project till 2020.{loadposition myposition}

“This contribution will help extend the activities to 68 health districts, 31 more than those covered during the first phase, to reach all the regions targeted by the project”, Germany explains.  

UNICEF explains that chronic malnutrition is a structural problem which has persisted for the last two decades in Cameroon. This form of malnutrition is often ignored because it is hardly noticeable. Among children aged 5, it is characterized by low height during growth.

According to the UNICEF, this problem is as a result of mothers been poorly nourished during  pregnancy coupled with  malnourishment during the development of the fœtus and during early childhood.{loadposition myposition2}

]]> (Concord Newsdesk) Health Thu, 01 Mar 2018 06:24:59 +0000

From the 22nd to the 27th of January 2018, Bafoussam was the venue of intensive training of the North West Rapid Response Team (RRT). The team was made up of about thirty (30) individuals from various backgrounds: Clinicians, veterinians, Epidemiologists, Lab Scientists, WASH experts, Communicators, expert in psychosocial assistance, Data managers, Logisticians. The training workshop was done by the department of Control of Diseases, Epidemics and Pandemics of the Ministry of Public health in Partnership with Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Cameroon Field Epidemiology Training Program (CAFETP). {loadposition myposition}
On behave of the North West Regional Delegate for Public Health Dr. CHE Kingsley, the coordinator for CERPLE Dr. NKWECHE Charles expressed the necessity of a such training for the North west and the constitution of an alert team, for the Region is found in a tropical zone with forest where epidemics can spread rapidly, the zone is highly populated and the Cameroon share border through the North West Region with Nigeria who registered some cases of the dreaded Ebola Virus during the epidemic in some West Africa Countries.

He went further by saying as “the North West Team has been drilled, he will henceforth lean on competent agents to prevent or manage any Emergency situation likely to affect the Region. The RRT initially acts as a stabilizing agent during the first phase of an outbreak and essentially be able to act immediately (24 to 72 hours) after notification of a suspected case” end of quotes.

It’s worth to note that the RRT is a multidisciplinary team whose purpose is to ensure detection and a rapid response in the event of epidemics or other public health events like Ebola Virus, Cholera, or any event likely to cause harm to individuals or domestic animals.
The training ended with the award of certificates to participants.

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]]> (Concord Newsdesk) Health Mon, 29 Jan 2018 10:29:25 +0000
Ibuprofen Linked to Men's Fertility Problems Ibuprofen Linked to Men's Fertility Problems

Taking the common painkiller ibuprofen has been linked in a small study with a condition affecting male fertility problems.

Male fertility is dropping around the world and the researchers wanted to see if ibuprofen might be contributing to this.


Ibuprofen is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug sold without a prescription for short-term treatment of pain, inflammation from injuries, and fever. Health professionals may recommend longer-term use.

It is known to increase the risk of heart attacks and stroke if taken regularly in high doses for a long time.

It has already been linked with fertility problems in women taking the drug.

Common brands of ibuprofen include Advil and Motrin.

The Danish and French study looked at 31 athletic men between the ages of 18 and 35.

Half the group took 600mg of ibuprofen twice a day – the maximum recommended dose in the U.S. is 800mg up to four times a day -- for 2 weeks. The other half took a dummy (placebo) tablet. Samples were taken before and after the trial for comparison.

Those who took the ibuprofen were more likely to have indications of testicular problems -- including a condition called compensated hypogonadism that affects reproductive health -- meaning men are less likely to be able to father a child. This is more common in older men than younger ones.

Ibuprofen appears to affect the pituitary gland that's involved in production of the male hormone testosterone, as well as other processes linked to sperm production.{loadposition myposition}

'Landmark study'

Several experts have reacted to the study findings.

Richard Quinton, MD, from Newcastle University in England and the Society for Endocrinology, says: "This is a landmark study that elegantly combines clinical and basic research, at both tissue and cellular levels, to show that ibuprofen, a common over-the-counter painkiller, can reversibly hinder testosterone production by testicular cells."

Before now, he says, "most warnings regarding this family of painkillers have focused on limiting long-term use in the elderly to prevent gastrointestinal, renal and cardiac adverse effects. This study should give pause for thought to sportsmen using them routinely for exercise-induced aches and pains.”

Professor Allan Pacey from the University of Sheffield, cautions: "The results suggest that long-term use (several weeks) of ibuprofen can affect the production of the male hormone by the testicles. The authors speculate that this could have health implications for such men, given the known links between the disruption of such hormones and cardiovascular disease, diabetes and infertility.

"However, this is currently speculative. So, for the time being, I would urge men who need to take ibuprofen to continue to do so. However, it is recommended that if men (or women) need to take it for more than 3 days consecutively then they should first consult their family doctor."

Kevin McEleny, PhD, from the British Fertility Society says: "This was a short-term study and the effects seen on testicular health may be reversible. No direct effect on fertility was shown, but the results of this initial study suggest that it warrants further investigation.

“Long-term use of ibuprofen has other negative effects on overall health so people should only be taking it over a period of weeks, months or years if a doctor has prescribed it.”

Source: Webmd

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]]> (Concord Newsdesk) Health Mon, 15 Jan 2018 03:00:28 +0000
Drinking 3 to 4 cups of coffee a day may have health benefits: Study Drinking 3 to 4 cups of coffee a day may have health benefits: Study

Coffee may not only give you a morning boost; it also may have significant health benefits.

So says a review by British scientists of more than 200 studies on coffee consumption and health, published Wednesday in The BMJ, a British medical journal.

“Coffee drinking appears safe within usual patterns of consumption,” said the University of Southhampton's Robin Poole, who led the study.

According to the researchers, people who drink three to four cups of coffee a day are more likely to see health benefits than harm, experiencing lower rates of premature death, cardiovascular disease and liver disease.

Drinking more coffee is also associated with a decrease in several types of cancer — including prostate cancer, endometrial cancer, skin cancer, leukemia and liver cancer — according to the researchers' findings. There were also lower rates of type 2 diabetes, gallstones and dementia associated with coffee consumption.{loadposition myposition}

Drinking three to four cups of coffee offers the most health benefits, except for pregnant women and people who are prone to bone fractures.

Since the review was an analysis of existing studies, it is impossible to account for many other factors that might have influenced the subjects' health. More studies would be needed to determine causation and not just correlation. In other words, it might be that healthier people also drink coffee, but the review's findings suggest that there are more positive effects than negative ones.

Although the review found that there was more benefit than harm from drinking coffee, the studies were not adjusted for important confounders, such as body mass index, smoking, age, alcohol use, income and education level.


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]]> (Concord Newsdesk) Health Fri, 24 Nov 2017 13:31:01 +0000
Uganda Confirms 1 Death From Ebola-like Marburg Virus Uganda Confirms 1 Death From Ebola-like Marburg Virus

Uganda’s ministry of health confirmed Thursday that one person has died of Marburg hemorrhagic fever, a close relative of the Ebola virus. Surveillance teams have deployed to the affected district in the eastern part of the country to contain the outbreak.

Uganda’s Ministry of Health says one of the two suspected cases of Marburg virus disease has been confirmed via laboratory tests conducted by the Uganda Virus Research Institute.

“The confirmed case was a 50-year-old female from Chemuron village, Kween District in Eastern Uganda. She presented with signs and symptoms suggestive of a viral hemorrhagic fever," said Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng, the minister for health. "Preliminary field investigations indicated that prior to her death, the deceased had nursed her 42-year-old brother, who had died on September 25, 2017 with similar signs and symptoms."

According to the World Health Organization, Marburg is transmitted via contact with the bodily fluids of an infected person or the handling of infected animals. Local media report that the deceased woman’s brother was a hunter.

The Ministry of Health has dispatched a rapid response team to the Kween district.{loadposition myposition} 

“As of this morning, because their surveillance obviously started from the hospitals where the confirmed case passed away, we have ten health workers who have been listed as contacts, and they have already been isolated in their homes for follow up,”Aceng said.

Uganda is no stranger to viral hemorrhagic fever. The country has battled several outbreaks of Ebola, including an outbreak in 2000 that killed over 200 people.

Marburg is named after the town in Germany where it was first identified in 1967, though that outbreak was traced back to infected monkeys brought from Uganda.

“We have the caves that have the bats that are capable of transferring infection to man in different parts of the country. You can never know when the next outbreak will be. It depends on when man interacts with an infected bat from one of these caves,” said Dr. Miriam Nanyunja , the disease prevention and control officer for the WHO in Uganda.

A person suffering from Marburg presents with sudden onset of high-level fever and headache. This can be accompanied by vomiting, joint and muscle pain, and unexplained bleeding.

There is no cure or vaccine available for Marburg. Patients are given supportive treatment to increase their chance of survival.


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]]> (Concord Newsdesk) Health Fri, 20 Oct 2017 11:34:36 +0000
Urgent Action Under Way to Prevent Spread of Cholera in West Africa Urgent Action Under Way to Prevent Spread of Cholera in West Africa

An emergency vaccination campaign is getting under way in northeastern Nigeria to prevent a deadly cholera outbreak from spreading to other countries.

The World Health Organization reports the potentially devastating cholera situation is emerging in Borno State in northeastern Nigeria. During the past few months, it says 2,600 suspected cases of this fatal disease, including 48 deaths, have occurred in this former stronghold of Boko Haram. The militant group has been waging war to establish an Islamic state in northeast Nigeria.{loadposition myposition}

Dominique Legros is cholera coordinator for WHO’s department for pandemic and epidemic diseases. He says the outbreak, which is centered in camps for internally displaced people, is spreading to other areas of northeastern Nigeria, toward Chad and northern Cameroon.

He says 900,000 people in the state will receive the oral cholera vaccine to quickly contain the spread of the disease.

“Once it is out of the box, once it has spread, it is very, very difficult to contain and we have a huge number of cases and deaths," he said. "So, this outbreak in Nigeria, hopefully, will not reach Chad, because in Chad already, we have an alert in the eastern part of the country towards the border with Sudan, 344 cases, 49 deaths.”

Legros says this comes to a 14 percent case fatality. He notes this is very high for a cholera outbreak, which usually has a case fatality rate of less than one percent.

WHO estimates the global cholera disease burden at around 2.9 million suspected cases, including 95,000 deaths. It reports Yemen has the world's worst cholera epidemic, with nearly 690,000 suspected cases and more than 2,000 deaths.

The agency expresses concern about the situation in Africa, where it reports tens of thousands of suspected cases and thousands of deaths in, among others; Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya and Tanzania.{loadposition myposition2}

]]> (VOA) Health Tue, 19 Sep 2017 09:31:30 +0000
Cholera Outbreak Threatens More Than 1M People in Nigeria Refugee Camps Cholera Outbreak Threatens More Than 1M People in Nigeria Refugee Camps

At least 1.4 million people uprooted by Boko Haram's insurgency in northeast Nigeria are living in 'cholera hotspots,' prey to an outbreak of the deadly disease which is sweeping through camps for the displaced, the United Nations said on Thursday.

An estimated 28 people have died from cholera in the conflict-hit region, while about 837 are suspected to have been infected with the disease, including at least 145 children under the age of five, said the U.N. children's agency (UNICEF).

The outbreak was first identified last week in the Muna Garage camp in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state, which is the heart of jihadist group Boko Haram's brutal eight-year campaign to carve out an Islamic caliphate in northeast Nigeria.

About 1.8 million people have abandoned their homes because of violence or food shortages, U.N. agencies say, and many live in camps for the displaced throughout northeast Nigeria.{loadposition myposition}

Several aid agencies last month told the Thomson Reuters Foundation that Nigeria's rainy season could spread disease in already unsanitary displacement camps, and 350,000 uprooted children aged under five are at risk of cholera, UNICEF said.

"Cholera is difficult for young children to withstand at any time, but becomes a crisis for survival when their resilience is already weakened by malnutrition, malaria and other waterborne diseases," UNICEF's Pernille Ironside said in a statement.

"Cholera is one more threat amongst many that children in northeast Nigeria are battling today in order to survive," added Ironside, UNICEF's deputy representative in Nigeria.

UNICEF said aid agencies have set up a cholera treatment centre at the Muna Garage camp, chlorinated water in camps and host communities to curb the outbreak, and mobilised volunteers and local leaders to refer suspected cases to health facilities.

The disease, which spreads through contaminated food and drinking water, causes diarrhea, nausea and vomiting. It can kill within hours if left untreated, but most patients recover if treated promptly with oral rehydration salts.

The latest figures represent a 3.3 percent fatality rate - well above the 1 percent rate that the World Health Organization rates as an emergency. The short incubation period of two hours to five days means the disease can spread with explosive speed.

More than 20,000 people have been killed in the conflict with Boko Haram, at least 2.2 million have been displaced, and 5.2 million in the northeast are short of food, with tens of thousands living in famine-like conditions, U.N. figures show.{loadposition myposition2}

]]> (Concord Newsdesk) Health Fri, 08 Sep 2017 12:06:58 +0000
Controversial appointment: Fired Director of Laquintinie appointed Regional Delegate of Public Health Controversial appointment: Fired Director of Laquintinie appointed Regional Delegate of Public Health

The Minister of Public Health has appointed Jean II  Dissongo Regional Delegate of Public Health for Littoral, barely 19 months after his sacking.
The former director of Laquintinie was dismissed in 2016 by a ministerial order following the deaths of a pregnant  woman(Monique Komaté) and her unborn twins. {loadposition myposition}
In the wake the tragedy which made international headlines, the Minister of Public Health defied public demand for his resignation. Instead, he fired the director of the hospital on grounds that there was appalling poor management at the institution.

But shockingly, the same man who 'couldn't manage a simple hospital' has been giving the giant task of overseeing the health of a whole region.
What's happening?
Will Mama Fouda apologise and resign? {loadposition myposition2}

]]> (Concord Newsdesk) Health Wed, 06 Sep 2017 16:46:52 +0000