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MANGOCHI SET FOR PHASE lll OF POLIO VACCINATION CAMPAIGN

MANGOCHI SET FOR PHASE lll OF POLIO VACCINATION CAMPAIGN

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Mangochi District Health Office has launched the third phase of the Polio Vaccination Campaign expected to be administered from the 11th to 14th of August across the district. In the campaign, Mangochi District Hospital is expected to reach out to not less than 200 hundred thousand children, with a special focus on hard-to-reach areas bordering neighbouring Mozambique. Speaking at Chapalamawamba School Ground in the area of Sub Traditional Mapira, District Environmental Health Officer, Dr Kondwani Mamba, called on community leaders to help in mobilising people to have their children vaccinated for the campaign to be a success.
Third Round Polio Vaccines Rolls Out

Third Round Polio Vaccines Rolls Out

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The third round of polio vaccine has rolled out in the southern region districts. Director of Social Services for the district Alexander Chijuwa in Zomba says, the campaign will also target urban based residents who were missed during the initial campaign. Speaking at the launch of the campaign at senior chief Mlumbe headquaters, Zomba district council chairperson Blazio Chinthenga urged residents to avail under five children to recieve the vaccination. Senior Chief Mlumbe has since warned his subjects against prohibiting young ones from getting polio vaccine or face unspecified action. On February 24 this year a case of polio was detected in Lilongwe
Men’s Shun Medical Attention

Men’s Shun Medical Attention

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Men's tendency of shunning medical attention until they are critically ill is said to be fuelling HIV related deaths in the country. This was revealed on Tuesday during a stakeholders meeting that National AIDS Commission - NAC held at M'mbelwa District Council. NAC HIV Prevention and Management Officer, Dominic Gondwe, revealed that a 2022 epidemiological estimate report indicates that HIV related deaths involving males of 15 years above stands at 6,100 whilst females of the same age category the deaths stand at 4,500. 'By the time they visit the hospital, its when they are very sick. Unfortunately, they had unknowingly spread the HIV virus to many people', Gondwe said. Mzimba South Director of Health and Social Services, Dr. Ted Bandawe expressed worry over the statistics an...
WHO Donates Essential Drugs To Malawi

WHO Donates Essential Drugs To Malawi

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World Health Organisation (WHO) has reiterated its commitment to continue assisting the government of Malawi through the provision of medical supplies and technical support. WHO representative in Malawi Dr Neema Kimambo was speaking in Lilongwe during the official symbolic handover of the medical supplies to the Government of Malawi. "As WHO we are committed to continuing assisting Malawi in various areas including case management," said Kimambo. Kimambo said WHO is committed to continuing to assist the government in quality health service delivery. She said following the request by the government of Malawi on the provision of anaesthetic medicine supply the organisation decided to respond quickly looking at its urgency. The medicines assist to lessen the pain of patients g...
Ministry Of Health Receives 140 Bicycles

Ministry Of Health Receives 140 Bicycles

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World Bicycle Relief has handed over 140 bicycles to the Ministry of Health, for Health Surveillance Assistants to reach hard-to-reach areas with service delivery. Minister of Health Khumbize Kandodo chiponda says the donation has come at the right time when the country is carrying out vaccination campaigns. World Bicycle Relief Country Director, Anthony Kinnaird, says they intend to donate more than 8,000 bicycles in Zomba and Kasungu.
Lack Of Civic Education In sexual Reproductive Contribute Unplanned Pregnancies

Lack Of Civic Education In sexual Reproductive Contribute Unplanned Pregnancies

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Lack of adequate information in Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) Services is said to be one of the contributing factors to unintended pregnancies, contraction of HIV and STl's among the adolescents and young people in the Country. This was revealed on Friday during a media breakfast conducted by Hivos in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Yoneco in Lilongwe. The meeting under the theme: “Age of Consent for Adolescents’ Access to Health Services,” sought to build consensus and harmonization among key stakeholders to reduce barriers to access sexual reproduction health services for adolescents and young people in the country. HIVOS Programs Manager, Nana Zulu underscored the need for explicit, clear and comprehensive laws as well as policies that support adol...
<em>Malawi has received</em> <em>1,464,000 doses of</em> <em>Janssen vaccine from</em> <em>Germany</em> .

Malawi has received 1,464,000 doses of Janssen vaccine from Germany .

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Minister of Health Khumbize Kandodo Chiponda has described the gesture as an important push in efforts to ensure that Malawians access the Covid jabs. While asking government to expedite the administration of the vaccines, German Ambassador Ralph Timmermann said his government hopes that Malawi will meet the minimum immunisation obligation of 10 percent. Since March 2021, around 1.2 million (9 percent) of Malawians have been vaccinated with the first dose, while approximately 1.1 million (8.4 percent) have been fully vaccinated. Atom.com report
Nkhatabay District Council Commemorates World Aids Day

Nkhatabay District Council Commemorates World Aids Day

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Nkhata Bay district council is today holding a duo commemorations of World AIDS Day and Candlelight memorial. The commemorations have commenced with a solidarity walk of about a kilometer from Nkhata Bay post office to the venue at fisheries office in the district under the theme, "we remember, we take action, we live beyond HIV." Nkhata Bay district council officials, non-governmental organizations, religious leaders from different denominations and traditional leaders are mong those attending with guest of honour being the council's Chairperson, Councilor Malani Kafunda. The commemoration has also been graced with traditional dances, songs, poems and drama. Acording to the district council's spokesperson, Patrick Botha, the event failed to take place in December, last year d...
KCH Has Gas Plant

KCH Has Gas Plant

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Lives of patients requiring oxygen could be saved at the Kamuzu Central Hospital in Lilongwe following the official opening of a gas plant at the facility on Thursday. Health Minister, Khumbize Kandodo Chiponda, who presided over the official opening, indicated the plant has the capacity to fill over 20 cylinders within 24 hours. The gas plant is located in the isolation side of the hospital. Germany Ambassador to Malawi Ralph Timmermann said the gas plant would help in saving lives of not only COVID-19 patients requiring oxygen. He further announced a donation of 12 Million Euros from the Germany government expected to help in the COVID-19 vaccination campaigns across the country.
KCH Operating Without CT scan

KCH Operating Without CT scan

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Health practitioners are blaming the continued absence of CT Scan equipment at the Kamuzu Central Hospital – KCH for the ineffective radiological diagnosis of various complicated health conditions. For close to two years now, the referral facility has been operating without the vital piece of equipment, a situation that forces local surgeons to seek such services from private health facilities. CT scans are mainly used to make medical analysis of conditions in the brains and other very internal organs that require high resolution scanning systems to determine. one of the surgeons at KCH, Natasha Ngwira Chafuwa, makes a disparate call to the authorities to resolve the matter as a means to saving lives.