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WHO Warns That Malaria Fight Has Stalled

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The World Health Organization says progress in the fight against malaria appears to have stalled.

The agency has warned, in its annual report on malaria, that the number of cases and deaths related to the disease has remained largely unchanged in the past two years, in contrast to the dramatic falls seen since the turn of the century. It’s feared that a shortage of funds for anti-malaria programmes will be worsened by the coronavirus pandemic.

Malaria kills at least 400,000 persons every year, vast majority of them in sub-Saharan Africa.

Efforts to control the mosquito-borne disease are also being threatened by growing resistance to some drugs.

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Ghana Opposition Condemns Election Tribunal Timeline

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Ghana opposition leader John Mahama’s lawyers say the court’s timeline is unfair for the case addressing their concerns over December’s election.

Ghana’s supreme court had set the date on Wednesday, for the hearing next Tuesday of an election petition filed by the opposition seeking to annul the results over irregularities.

The court ruled that all parties must file their witness statements by Thursday afternoon and the supreme court will begin the main hearing on Tuesday. The supreme court says the strict timeline was to enable the hearing of the petition within 42 days of the election as prescribed by law.

Mahama’s lawyers say justice should not be sacrificed for speed.

They had applied for a review of the court’s decision to dismiss their request for the electoral commission to answer questions about the process of declaring results.

They had also applied for original copies of the statement of polls which contains constituency results.

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43 Africans Drown Off Libya In First Mediterranean Shipwreck Of 2021- UN

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The first migrant ship wreck in the Mediterranean this year has seen at least 43 African migrants drowned off the coast of Libya on Tuesday while trying to reach Europe. The International Organization for Migration (IOM), and United Nations Refugee Agency, UNHCR, said in a joint statement ten survivors were rescued and brought to shore by coastal security in Zuwahra after their boat capsized in rough seas.

Libya is the major route for migrants seeking to reach Europe from Africa. The U.N. Agencies called for reactivating state-led search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean and for a halt to returning migrants to “unsafe ports.”

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Britain Helps Kenya Prepare For Roll-Out Of COVID-19 Vaccine

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Kenya says it is expecting from next month 24 million Astrazeneca and oxford university vaccine doses.

Health minister Mutahi Kagwe says the vaccines were ordered through an African Union (AU) initiative.

UK foreign minister, Dominic Raab, who is on a one-day visit to Kenya, is quoted as saying Britain was helping the country to prepare to roll out the vaccine.

Raab is quoted as saying it was not just a moral duty, but in the British national interest, to see Kenyans vaccinated as soon as physically, and logistically possible.

Kenya has confirmed nearly one hundred thousand coronavirus cases and has tested more than one million of its 48 million people. There have been eighty-two and a half thousand recoveries and seventeen hundred thirty-four deaths.

 

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