WEEKLY HEALTH NEWS HIGHLIGHTS

EAC states urged to step up disease surveillance

The appeal follows reports of an outbreak of yellow fever in Kenya that has caused the deaths of at least three people and information on outbreaks of Rift Valley Fever (RVF) among livestock in partner states.  

https://www.theeastafrican.co.ke/tea/science-health/eac-states-urged-to-step-up-disease-surveillance-3744902 

Covid deaths are probably three times higher than records say

More than 18 million people - three times higher than official records suggest - have probably died because of Covid, say researchers.

https://www.bbc.com/news/health-60690251

Stool tests might help spot early pancreatic cancer

Pancreatic cancer often doesn't cause symptoms in the early stages. That means it is usually more advanced and harder to treat when it is found. 

https://www.bbc.com/news/health-60661260 

Obama tests positive for Covid, encourages vaccines

Obama reiterated his support for the vaccine in his tweet Sunday, saying his own positive test was "a reminder to get vaccinated if you haven’t already, even as cases go down."

https://www.monitor.co.ug/uganda/news/world/obama-tests-positive-for-covid-encourages-vaccines-3746962 

Growth in vaccine-skeptic Ugandans puzzles experts

Health experts are now warning that if not upturned, this trend could have devastating long-term effects on other routine immunization for children and adults, reversing gains made in the fight against killer diseases in the country.

 ttps://www.monitor.co.ug/uganda/news/national/growth-in-vaccine-sceptic-ugandans-puzzles-experts-3745708 

Ugandans embrace family planning 

Health experts are now warning that if not upturned, this trend could have devastating long-term effects on other routine immunization for children and adults, reversing gains made in the fight against killer diseases in the country.

 https://www.newvision.co.ug/articledetails/129176/ugandans-embrace-family-planning

Kenya lifts mask mandate

Kenya's Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe said Thursday that wearing of face masks in open public places had been lifted and full in-person worship for vaccinated persons restored. 

https://www.theeastafrican.co.ke/tea/news/east-africa/kenya-lifts-mask-mandate-in-public-places-3744496

WHO issues new guidelines on abortion to help countries deliver lifesaving care

Based on the latest scientific evidence, these consolidated guidelines bring together over 50 recommendations spanning clinical practice, health service delivery, and legal and policy interventions to support quality abortion care. 

https://www.who.int/news/item/09-03-2022-access-to-safe-abortion-critical-for-health-of-women-and-girls