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Cholera Scare On Algeria-France Flight

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Cholera Scare On Algeria-France Flight

A sick child triggered a cholera scare onboard a flight from the Algerian city of Oran to Perpignan in southern France on Wednesday, the regional emergency service said.

The child was among 147 passengers on the ASL Airlines flight who were kept on the plane for about an hour after it landed.

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They were eventually allowed off after disinfecting their hands.

The emergency services for the Pyrenees-Orientales region told AFP that the child, whose age was not given, was “suspected of having cholera and was taken to hospital for tests” with her mother and other relatives.

Algeria, a former French colony, was last month hit by its first cholera outbreak in over two decades.

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Two people have died and dozens more been infected since the outbreak began, the Algerian health ministry said in a statement at the weekend.

French authorities kept contact details of all passengers on the flight in order to monitor their health in the event that a case of cholera was confirmed.

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Cholera is transmitted through infected faecal matter, often via contaminated water or food.

It causes acute diarrhoea and vomiting, inducing dehydration that if left untreated can lead to death.

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133 Somali Nationals Repatriated Out Of Uganda

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133 Somali Nationals Repatriated Out Of Uganda

One hundred thirty-three Somali nationals have been repatriated to Mogadishu, the Somalian capital, after more than three months in Uganda because of the suspension of flights.

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They are part of the three hundred fifty, who have so far been evacuated from Uganda by the Somali government since the outbreak of the coronavirus.

Majority of these were Somalis studying in various universities in Uganda.  Others were visitors, tourists and Somali business men and women.

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Acting Somali ambassador to Uganda, Ali Mohamed, expressed his country’s gratitude to his Somalia’s government for extending a helping hand toward supporting its nationals return home.

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Zimbabwe Nurses Arrested As They Protest Over Pay

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Zimbabwe Nurses Arrested As They Protest Over Pay

The Zimbabwe nurses’ association says police have arrested 13 nurses during protests outside state hospitals on Monday.

The union, which represents nearly 15,000 state nurses, had called on members last week to go on strike over low salary.

The health workers are demanding to be paid in U.S. Dollars as inflation running at nearly 800% was eroding their salaries.

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Zimbabwe police arrested more than a dozen nurses, including, union representatives and leaders while a demonstration- against poor pay was ongoing at Zimbabwe’s biggest hospital in the capital Harare. The union said they had been told that the arrested health workers would appear in court on Tuesday.

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Nurses also gathered in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe’s second biggest city, to demand better pay.

The protests, come at a time coronavirus cases are rising in the nation. Zimbabwe has recorded 734 infections and nine deaths.

President, Mnangagwa’s government announced a 50% salary hike for state employees last month and a $75 allowance for three months but workers said the increase was not reflected in their June salary.

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Zimbabwe’s lockdown measure to combat the spread of coronavirus have led to economic crisis.

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DR Congo Health Workers Strike Over Non-Payment

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DR Congo Health Workers Strike Over Non-Payment

In the Democratic Republic of Congo, health workers battling the coronavirus pandemic in capital Kinshasa say they will continue to be on strike until they get paid.

Health workers say they last received their salary more than three months ago. They also allege they had been refused the right to sign contracts despite the risks associated with the covid-19, and if infected, a doctor or nurse was just sacked.

Nearly 7, 500 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in DR Congo. Most of the registered infections were found in the capital.

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