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GHANA: Doctors threaten enmasse resignations

August 2015 TheAfricaReport; At least 4,000 public sector medical doctors across Ghana have quit their consulting rooms indefinitely, threatening to carry out mass resignations if the government fails to improve their conditions of service. Ghana Medical Association (GMA) in a statement outlined how they would proceed with their industrial action, …

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NAMIBIA: Health Ministry Enacts Special Fund for Patients

August 2015 NewEra; The special fund to finance the treatment of state patients with special medical conditions, which cannot be treated at any state health facility, has been enacted. The annoucement was made by the public relations officer in the Ministry of Health and Social Services, Ester Paulus, on Friday. …

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MOZAMBIQUE: Health Ministry Issues New List of Essential Medicines

August 2015 MozambiqueNewsAgency; The Mozambican Health Ministry on Monday issued a new list of essential medicines, which eliminates the import of over 90 types of drugs. Announcing the new list, Health Minister Nazira Abdula, cited by the independent television station STV, said “the selection, acquisition, distribution and administering of medicines, …

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NIGERIA: UN Body Advises Govt On Use of Data to Fight HIV/Aids

August 2015 TheGuardian; THE Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has advised the Federal Government to make effective use of data and survey on the prevalence rate of HIV/AIDS in the country to fast-track its elimination. UNAIDS Country Director for Nigeria, Dr. Bilali Camara, who gave the advice during …

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NIGERIA: Govt Spent Over N198 Billion On Medical Trips in 2014

August 2015 DailyTrust; Public officials who travelled abroad for medical care last year cost Nigeria nearly N198.95 billion ($1 billion), the Federal Health Ministry has said. The revelation comes as the ministry and stakeholders met in Kaduna to articulate strategies for the implementation of the National Health Act whose implementation …

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NIGERIA: Buhari Must Focus On Primary Healthcare

August 2015 ThisDay; With a new government in power, a UK-based gynaecologist and a visiting Professor, University of Sunderland, Prof. Rotimi Jaiyesimi, shares with journalists what he expects of the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration in the provision of primary healthcare to Nigerians. He also spoke on the disharmony among health …

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PHILIPPINES:Philippines reports affordable healthcare gains

August 2015 SciDevNet; The government-owned Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) is claiming a dramatic surge in membership to over 80 per cent of the population, up from 38 per cent in 2000, putting the country closer to achieving its target of universal health coverage for all. While these figures have …

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