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UNICEF: DR Congo Battles Five Diseases – Malaria, Measles, Cholera, Coronavirus And Ebola

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WHO Sets Up Ebola Vaccination Sites In DR Congo

The United Nations Children’s Agency (UNICEF) says the Democratic Republic of the Congo is bewildered with five deadly diseases. UNICEF says the country`s healthcare system needs urgent support or children’s futures will be destroyed as the nation is struggling to cope with malaria, measles, cholera, coronavirus and Ebola.

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Although the number of covid-19 cases is relatively low, there are fears of a catastrophe if it becomes wide spread.

A vast part of DRC is also reported conflict-ridden. D.R. Congo is also trying to contain an outbreak of Ebola disease in the country’s east, where dozens of militias operate and one million persons have been displaced.

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Last year, 16 and a half million malaria cases were reported in the country. It suffered the world’s worst measles epidemic that killed thousands of children under five.  Cholera is endemic – there were more than 30,000 cases last year.

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UNICEF has called on the government of this mineral-rich country to allocate more resources to the failing health system.

If not, it says, the lives of many Congolese children will be destroyed by preventable diseases.

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Global Coronavirus Cases Exceed 4.8 Million

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Global Coronavirus Cases Exceed 4.8 Million

The latest tally from the Johns Hopkins University in the U.S. has confirmed covid-19 cases have now reached nearly five million globally, with more than 318,000 fatalities and nearly two million recoveries.

The U.S. leads the world with one and a half million covid-19 infections and more than ninety thousand deaths. Director of the U.S. Center for Disease Control, Robert Redfield says the number of deaths is projected to exceed 100,000 by June the first.

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U.S. President Donald Trump says he is taking hydroxychloroquine as preventative measure, despite experts’ warning the drug, normally taken for malaria, is not effective in fighting the coronavirus.

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Russia’s covid-19 cases are now close to three hundred thousand, the second highest number of coronavirus infections in the world after the united states.

Brazil is the world’s third worst-hit nation with more than 250,000 cases.

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The Chinese mainland has 82,960 covid-19 cases, of which 1,707 were imported. Also, 389 asymptomatic patients are under medical observation. China’s covid-19 death toll stands at forty-six hundred forty-five.

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Coronavirus Could Kill 190,000 In Africa, WHO Warns

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Coronavirus Could Kill 190,000 In Africa, WHO Warns

The World Health Organization (WHO) has raised an alarm that coronavirus could kill up to 190,000 persons in Africa and overwhelm the available medical capacity on the continent in the first year if control measures fail to work.

The world health body said on Thursday, the novel coronavirus could kill between 83,000 and 190,000 Africans and infect between 29 million and 44 million in the first year if it is not contained. It has proposed a strengthening of health care systems on the continent.

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W.H.O. Africa regional director, Matshidiso Moeti says transmission of the virus in Africa has been slower but could result to a longer outbreak.

Moeti told reporters in a teleconference, the new projections are contained in a latest W.H.O. Africa study based on assumptions that no containment measures are put in place, which has fortunately not been the case.

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There are 54,083 confirmed cases with 2,073 deaths. 18,412 patients have recovered. 53 African countries have recorded infections while one country, Lesotho, is the only virus-free nation on the continent.

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WHO Cautions Against Untested Covid-19 Traditional Remedies

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WHO Cautions Against Untested Covid-19 Traditional Remedies

The World Health Organization (WHO) has said medicinal plants such as Artemisia Annua, touted as possible treatments for covid-19, should be tested for efficacy and side effects before being put into use. Adding that the use of products that have not been robustly investigated could put people in danger, give them a false sense of security and distract from preventive measures.

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The world health body said on Monday, it supported scientifically proven traditional medicine, saying that alternative and complementary medicine had many benefits.

As the race to find a cure for covid-19 has sparked renewed interest in plants such as Artemisia Annua, also known as sweet wormwood, Madagascar’s president, Andry Rajoelina, is promoting a cure based on the plant.  Several African presidents have received consignments of it or announced placing orders.

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But the herbal mix has not been scientifically tested yet.

The who said it was working with research institutions to select traditional medicine products that can be investigated for clinical efficacy and safety for treatment of the respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus-covid-19.

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It said caution must be taken against misinformation, especially on social media, about the effectiveness of certain remedies as efforts were under way to find treatment for coronavirus.

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