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W.H.O.: Obese people are more likely to smoke

Obese people are more likely to indulge in smoking, a research conducted by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) shows. IARC, a World Health Organization (WHO) agency, published the study on Thursday, noting...

DR Congo Ebola outbreak spreads to Mbandaka

The Ebola outbreak in Congo has spread from the countryside into a city, prompting fears that the disease will be increasingly difficult to control. Health Minister Oly Ilunga Kalenga confirmed a case in Mbandaka, a...

Experimental ebola vaccine cleared for use in DR Congo

Officials in the Democratic Republic of Congo approved use of an experimental Ebola vaccine to help stem the spread of the deadly virus. World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says he received the...

W.H.O. has 4,000 Ebola vaccines ready for Congo deployment

The Democratic Republic of Congo and U.N. agencies began deploying emergency teams of specialists over the weekend to try to prevent the spread of an Ebola epidemic suspected to have infected more than 30...

Nigeria ratchets up defense against possible Ebola outbreak

Nigeria has never stopped the screening of inbound passengers at the airports since an Ebola outbreak in 2014 after an American-Liberian, Patrick Sawyer, brought it into the country, an official said Thursday. Nigeria's Federal Executive...

17 dead following confirmed outbreak of Ebola in DR-Congo

At least 17 people have died in an area of northwestern Democratic Republic of Congo where health officials have now confirmed an outbreak of Ebola, the health ministry said on Tuesday. It is the ninth...

Cholera outbreak confirmed in Kampala

Ugandan authorities confirm a new cholera outbreak is underway in the country. At least five people have died of cholera across the country in the past few days according to ministry of Health acting director...

Nigerian company suspends cough syrup distribution

A Nigerian company says it has suspended distribution of its cough syrup after a BBC investigation into its role in an addiction epidemic. Emzor Pharmaceuticals has also dismissed a company executive who was caught selling...

Mozambique to circumcise 100,000 men in fight against STDs

More than 100,000 men in Mozambique are to be circumcised in a bid to help prevent sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV/Aids. The health authorities in the central province of Zambezia say their campaign will focus...

WHO launches ‘We are ready to beat malaria’ campaign

In commemoration of World Malaria Day 2018, the World Health Organization (WHO) and its partners are calling on all concerned parties to be ready to end the scourge of malaria. This call comes against the...