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Seven Zimbabwe Babies Stillborn In One Night At Hospital

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Seven Zimbabwe Babies Stillborn In One Night At Hospital

Zimbabwean doctors have on Wednesday said seven babies were stillborn in one night at a major hospital in the country this week because their mothers did not get adequate medical care due to a nurses’ strike.

The crippling health sector in Zimbabwe has been facing dispute over unhealthy working conditions in hospitals. Nurses are on strike nationwide because of a lack of personal protective equipment (PPE) and other concerns, and the maternity wards were overwhelmed.

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Nurses are demanding U.S. dollar salaries, which the government says it cannot afford. The health sector has recently been hit by a Covid-19 procurement scandal.

That has left government hospitals with skeleton staff and doctors and senior nurses stretched at a time when the country is grappling with rising COVID-19 cases.

Three doctors who work in the maternity and paediatric units told Reuters that out of eight pregnant women who underwent caesarean sections on Monday night at Sally Mugabe Hospital, the biggest in the country, only one successfully delivered a baby.

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“This was preventable. Some ruptured their uterus because nobody was there to monitor them, so when interventions were made it was to save the mother,” one of the doctors said, declining to be identified because they are not allowed to speak to the press.

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Another doctor said fresh stillbirths – meaning a baby that dies during labour or delivery – were just a window into the state of Zimbabwe’s public hospitals, which had become “dysfunctional and a death trap to citizens”.

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Zimbabwe President Vows To ‘Flush Out’ Opponents

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Zimbabwe President Vows To 'Flush Out' Opponents

There has been an outrage over a statement by Zimbabwe president Emmerson Mnangagwa has sparked outrage after he gave a stark warning to opposition figures and human rights campaigners amid growing uproar over corruption and economic mismanagement.

In a televised address on Tuesday, the president said those who promote hate and disharmony will never win. He said bad apples that have attempted to divide the people and weaken Zimbabawe systems will be flushed out. The president also condemned what he called, the machinations of destructive, terrorist opposition groupings.

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His speech has raised concerns about repression. Mnangagwa said “security services will continue to carry out their duties with appropriate astuteness and resolve.

Mnagawa has been facing growing global criticism following arrests of opposition members. Many have already been arrested during protests.

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Zimbabwe’s economy has been on the slide, the government blaming that on acts of economic aggression, currency manipulation and western sanctions.

More than 100 prominent African writers have signed a petition calling for Zimbabwe to be suspended from the African Union and the southern African regional bloc.

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COVID-19: Dozens Of South Sudan Medics Test Positive

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COVID-19: Dozens Of South Sudan Medics Test Positive

South Sudan’s health ministry says about 78 frontline healthcare workers have tested positive for COVID-19.

The country has recorded more than twenty-four hundred cases of the coronavirus including 46 deaths. A health official says one male healthcare worker has died.

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Last month, eight health workers resigned because of pressure from their families, who expressed concerns that they might bring the virus home and infect their relatives.

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Somalia Sets Up Disaster Warning Centre To Battle Floods And Locusts

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Somalia Sets Up Disaster Warning Centre To Battle Floods And Locusts

The Somalia government`s newly established office of national disaster is helping citizens with early warnings designed to help the country predict disasters. This year, Somalia has already suffered from flooding and a locust invasion.

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The disaster office uses the latest satellite data, from temperatures to wind pressure, to provide early warnings for flooding, drought, and locust movements.

The new National Disaster Centre opened in June and is funded by Saudi Arabia through the United Nations’ World Food Programme. It was conceived after cycles of floods and drought caused widespread food shortages, including a famine in 2011 that killed more than a quarter of a million persons.

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The United Nations says 5 million of Somalia’s 15 million people, currently need aid, and more than 2 and a half million are displaced by fighting and natural disasters.

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