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Rwanda Reports 38% Drop In Malaria Cases

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Rwanda Reports 38% Drop In Malaria Cases

Rwanda’s ministry of health has confirmed that malaria cases in the country fell by as much as 38% during the 2019/2020 fiscal year. Health workers say a change in the way people relate to efforts to protect themselves from malaria has been paying off.

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The drop in malaria cases is also attributed to measures put in place to fight the disease. The Rwanda biomedical center says measures to fight malaria should not be relaxed, just because cases have reduced noticeably.

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A local health councilor in the nation`s capital city, Kigali, says she has seen significant changes because, malaria no longer claims as many lives in her sector. Local residents in turn say they understand the importance of using mosquito nets, removing stagnant water where mosquitoes breed, and closing doors and windows at home so that mosquitoes do not enter.

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ECOWAS Hints At Lifting Mali Sanctions

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ECOWAS Hints At Lifting Mali Sanctions

Leaders of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) have hinted on lifting sanctions earlier imposed on Mali in the wake of last month’s coup.  Imports to land-locked Mali have slumped since the imposition of a trade embargo.

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ECOWAS envoy, Nigerian former president, Goodluck Jonathan said Mali military officers, who overthrew president Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta, were acceding to international calls for a transition to civilian rule.

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The military junta announced a former minister of defence, Bah Nda`Oh, as interim leader that would oversee a transition to a civilian-led government. Coup leader, Colonel Assimi Goita, has been named vice-president.

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Cameroon: Protesters Call For End To Bloodshed From Anglophone Crisis

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Cameroon: Protesters Call For End To Bloodshed From Anglophone Crisis

Protesters in Cameroon have called for a ceasefire and negotiations to end a long-running conflict between Anglophone separatists and security forces. More than 3,000 lives have so far been lost in the conflict. The protesters are also demanding a reform of the electoral system.

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Police and soldiers had taken up positions in several cities, including Douala, and the capital-Yaounde, since opposition leader, Maurice Kamto, called for a peaceful demonstration.

Police used tear gas and water cannon to break up a protest by hundreds of people in Cameroon’s economic capital Douala on Tuesday.  They were calling for an end to bloodshed in the country’s Anglophone regions.  At least one protester was reported killed.

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Last month Kamto, head of the movement for the rebirth of Cameroon and runner-up to president Paul Biya in a 2018 election, labelled Biya`s government a “kleptocracy.” Kamto accused 87-year-old Biya of “ruling through disdain and terror,” and urged a “giant campaign calling for the pure and simple departure of Paul Biya from power.”

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Ghana’s Nurses And Midwives Call Off Strike

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Ghanaian nurses and midwives have called off their indefinite strike to resume work today following the government’s promise to conclude negotiations within a month.

The nurses and midwives are demanding better terms of service including rent and transport allowances.

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The strike left many patients stranded, and some dead, in medical facilities across the country.

The National Labour Commission secured a court order to enforce an earlier injunction meant to end the strike and compel the healthcare workers to continue negotiations with the government.

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