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KENYA: Kagwe moves 60 Health ministry staff

August 2020 DailyNation; Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe has transferred 60 officials from Afya House as he attempts to clean up the beleaguered ministry that is on the spot over misuse of coronavirus funds. Of these, 21 have been redeployed within the Health ministry while the remaining 39 have been …

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KENYA: Nairobi doctors issue 7-day strike notice

August 2020 TheStar ;Doctors working in Nairobi County have issued a seven-day notice for a strike to begin on August 21.  In the notice to the Nairobi Metropolitan Services, Kenya Medical Practitioners Pharmacists and Dentists Union lists five grievances.  They are demanding comprehensive National Hospital Insurance Fund covers, saying their …

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Sh5.7bn NHIF claims crippling rural hospitals

August 2020 BusinessDaily ; Rural private hospital operators want the National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) to release Sh5.7 billion in accumulated claims which they say have crippled operations. Rural Private Hospitals Association of Kenya (Rupha) said it had submitted the claims through the national insurer’s online system over a year …

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South Africa Says Virus Outbreak May Have Reached Its Peak

August 2020 Bloomberg ; South Africa’s coronavirus outbreak appears to be slowing, with the latest data showing fewer new infections and a drop in natural excess deaths. Confirmed cases in all of the country’s nine provinces have fallen in recent days, most markedly in Gauteng, the most populous and economically …

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Weed is not good for your heart, studies say

August 2020 CNN; You may love smoking weed, but it does not love your heart, according to the American Heart Association’s new scientific statement on marijuana.”The American Heart Association recommends that people not smoke or vape any substance, including cannabis products, because of the potential harm to the heart, lungs …

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Teladoc to take over Livongo in $18.5B digital health deal

August 2020 Fiercebiotech; Telehealth giant Teladoc has moved to absorb the digital disease management company Livongo through a deal worth as much as $18.5 billion, reflecting the growing importance of virtual healthcare platforms as the world is caught in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The massive medtech acquisition takes …

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