Optimism for More Chibok girls’ Release

Negotiation was on-going with Nigeria's Boko Haram group for the release of remaining Chibok girls in captivity, a senior official said on Sunday.

At a thanksgiving service organised for the freed girls in Abuja, Minister of Information and Culture Lai Mohammed said the release of the 21 Chibok girls "is only a first step in what we believe will be a total liberation of all the girls."

"This is just the beginning and we are very optimistic that another batch, bigger than this will be released to us soon," Mohammed said.

Pollution Kills More Than Aids and TB

More than 14,000 annual deaths in Kenya can be averted if the country embraces clean environment and inclusive green growth, a conference has been told.

Household pollution caused by smoke emitted from energy sources used mostly in rural and informal settlements in Kenya contributes to more deaths than AIDS and Tuberculosis combined. This is according to Green Assessment Report, 2014.

Cancer Deaths on the Rise in Zimbabwe

CANCER cases and deaths continue to rise in Zimbabwe with the latest report released by the Zimbabwe Cancer Registry (ZCR) showing that 7,018 cases were recorded in 2014.

Of the recorded cases, 2,474 lives were lost to the chronic diseases including 126 children.

Cervical cancer remained the lead cancer followed by prostate, breast cancer, Kaposi sarcoma, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, non-melanoma skin cancer, oesophagus and colo-rectal in that order.

Baby Trafficking Rises in Nigeria

A s 16-year-old Maria strained under the anguish of labour in southeastern Nigeria, a midwife repeatedly slapped her across the face - but the real ordeal began minutes after birth.

"The nurse took my child away to be washed. She never brought her back," the teenager said, gazing down at her feet.
Maria said she learned her newborn daughter had been given up for adoption for which she received 20,000 naira ($65.79) - the same price as a 50 kilogram bag of rice.

NSAIDs Drugs May Risk Heart Failure

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) may raise a person's relative risk of heart failure by nearly 20 percent, according to the analysis of medical records of nearly 10 million patients.

Use of prescription-strength ibuprofen, naproxen and other commonly used pain relievers may be tied to a higher risk of heart failure, researchers report.

Cancer Radiation Therapy lacks in Poorer Countries

A new study found that up to half of patients in countries like Ghana and the Philippines who need radiation for cancer cannot access this treatment.
Many cancer patients in low- and middle-income nations who would benefit from radiation treatment don't receive it, a new study finds.

"In Ghana and the Philippines, for example, about eight in 10 cancer patients who need radiation therapy will not receive needed treatment," said study co-author Dr Elena Fidarova, a researcher at the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna, Austria.

Farmers Back to Work After Little Showers

Residents in the city of Bulawayo returned to the fields on Monday after some little showers pounded the country’s second largest city on Sunday, hoping to take advantage of the rain season to produce food which has turned inaccessible to many.
Inadequate wages and massive company closures in the City of Kings - once the country’s industrial hub - have forced residents to resort to urban farming to supplement their food stocks.

​R250m Donation a Boost for KNP

The South African National Parks has used the R250 million donated by American philanthropist and businessman, Howard G Buffet, to help boost measures to protect the Kruger National Park (KNP) from poachers.

Major general, Johan Jooste, head of the anti-poaching operations, points out that, “The park has upgraded their protection by upgrading ranger points by enabling them to operate helicopters, house the K9 dogs and the training of the rangers, making sure that their equipment is up to scratch.”


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