WORLD NEWS

USA: Are We Witnessing an Obamacare Exodus?

August 2016 TheMotleyFool; It’s been more than two years since the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as “Obamacare,” was fully implemented, but the controversy surrounding the health law hasn’t died down one iota. In one corner, supporters of Obamacare can rightly point to the lowest uninsured rates on record. The …

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USA: The Vaccination Double Standard

July 2016 slate; For a baby born at 28 weeks—a full three months early—he was doing remarkably well, “feeding and growing” until he was big and strong enough to be cared for at home. As medical residents on the neonatal unit, we rarely saw this baby’s family. But when we …

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USA: The latest nail in ObamaCare’s coffin

July 2016 nypost; Count it as another nail in ObamaCare’s coffin: Humana, one of the country’s top insurers, announced Thursday that it’s pulling out of ObamaCare exchange plans in all but a few states next year. It will offer policies in “no more” than 11 state marketplaces, down from 19. …

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GHANA: Mahama Beats Retreat … On Trainee Nurses Allowances

July 2016 theChronicle; Government has rescinded its ‘unpopular’ decision to scrap the nursing trainee allowances as the November 7 polls draw closer to court some ‘cheap’ votes. In 2013, the National Democratic Congress [NDC] administration of John DramaniMahama declared the abolishment of the trainee nurses allowance, cheekily explaining that it …

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NIGERIA: U.S. Endorses Draft Policy to Eliminate Fake Drugs

July 2016 TheGuardian; The United States (U.S.) has said that full implementation of the planned National Quality Assurances Programme Guidelines will eliminate fake and substandard drugs and food products in Nigeria. The United States Pharmacopeia (USP) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) at a two-day workshop in …

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MALAWI: WHO Donates Cervical Cancer Screening Equipment

July 2016 MalawiNewsAgency; The World Health Organisation (WHO) Tuesday donated cervical cancer screening and treatment equipment worth more than K15million to the ministry of health. Speaking during the handover ceremony at central information office in Lilongwe, WHO country representative, Dr Eugene Appiah Nyarko said cervical cancer was a preventable disease. …

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SOUTH AFRICA: Medicine ‘ATMs’ Coming to SA

July 2016 SANews; South Africans will soon get their medication from self-service “ATM-style” machines. This was one of the announcements made by the South African Ministry of Health today at 21st International Aids Conference taking place this week in Durban. The Pharmacy Dispensing Unit (PDU), currently being piloted at Thembalethu …

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NIGERIA: Partner With Govt On MRI in Hospitals, RRBN Urges

July 2016 DailyTrust; The Registrar and Chief Executive Officer of the Radiographers Registration Board of Nigeria (RRBN), Mr Michael Okpaleke, has called on the private sector and wealthy Nigerians to partner with the federal government to make Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machines and its services available to Nigerians. MRI is …

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