A dossier released by the Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) on immunization last evening shows that the panel that sat on December 7, has agreed and recommended that countries that are currently using inactivated vaccines such as the Sinovac vaccine that was initially used to inoculate teachers in Uganda may consider using MRNA vaccines such as Pfizer/BioNTech as a booster.
Dr Alex Gasasira who heads the WHO Zimbabwe Country Office told Journalists attending a transnational media café involving journalists from East and Southern Africa on Tuesday that researchers have been following cases that suffered from COVID-19 way back in February 2020 but are still experiencing side effects after recovery.
Even before the pandemic, half a billion people were already being pushed into extreme poverty because of payments they made for health care. The organizations expect that that number is now considerably higher.
The two southern Africa countries account for 62% of cases reported globally, said Dr. Abdou Salam Gueye, Director of Emergency Preparedness and Response at WHO Africa Regional Office at the weekly press conference.
He said Omicron has a high number of mutations in its spike protein at 32, and preliminary evidence suggests an increased risk of reinfection, when compared with other variants of concern.
Analysis of data reported from 25 countries finds that since March 2021, 1.3 million health workers were fully vaccinated, with just six countries reaching more than 90%, while nine countries have fully vaccinated less than 40%.
WHO reports in its latest statement that fifteen countries are yet to introduce measles second dose in their national immunization schedules, which they say leaves children and adolescents in those countries to measles outbreaks.
Atuyambe says in a study whose results are expected in November, they will be able to offer some pointers on how pollution is affecting lung health in the country. For now, people are advised to avoid jogging or taking walks during peak hours when there’s highest traffic because the particulate matter is extremely high at those times, and to adopt clean cooking practices.
None of the targets for effective leadership and governance for mental health, provision of mental health services in community-based settings, mental health promotion and prevention, and strengthening of information systems, we're close to being achieved.
Dr Jimmy Opigo, the Programme Manager of Malaria Control in the Ministry says they plan to integrate the vaccine into the routine childhood vaccination schedule for children but are still discussing whether they should start with highly endemic areas as a pilot or roll out generally.
Now, WHO is recommending widespread use of the Mosquirix, a new vaccine by GlaxoSmithKline which rouses a child’s immune system to thwart Plasmodium falciparum, the deadliest of five malaria pathogens and the most prevalent in Africa. The vaccine is not just a first for malaria — it is the first developed for any parasitic disease.
While the World Health Organisation announced that up to 90 per cent of the high income countries have hit their targets, here only Seychelles and Mauritius in Africa that have covered more than 60 per cent of their people. Morocco has covered 48 per cent whereas Tunisia, Comoros and Cape Verde over 20 per cent .
Since WHO’s last 2005 global update, there has been a marked increase of evidence that shows how air pollution affects different aspects of health. For that reason, and after a systematic review of the accumulated evidence, WHO has adjusted almost all the AQGs levels downwards, warning that exceeding the new air quality guideline levels is associated with significant risks to health. At the same time, however, adhering to them could save millions of lives.
Africa recorded more than 165, 000 cases in the week ending on September 5 which is 23 per cent lower than the week before, yet still higher than the weekly cases recorded at the peak of the first wave.
While the popular Delta variant that originated from India remains dominant and has ravaged many places across the globe, Mu has so far been identified in 39 countries but the UN organization says it has a group of mutations, something that suggests it can evade vaccine immunity.
Robert Onekalit, the in charge of Elegu port health revealed that as the truckers’ protest enters the 10th day, residents are at risk of infections because the drivers are freely mingling with the border community.
Almost 100 million African children have been vaccinated against polio since July 2020, after activities were paused due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Although, in Uganda up to 2million children are estimated to have missed polio vaccination.