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A two day conference on water, hygiene and Sanitation has been held in Freetown, Sierra Leone. It was under the theme: ‘WASH for all: addressing the current and growing challenge facing the country’.
Scientific Laboratory of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) revealed after forensic analysis, the packaging of drugs and chemicals to be administered to the Benin President Boni Yayi through his personal physician, with the assistance of the niece of the president are toxic.
Haemophilia’s treatments are chosen on how critical the disease is, and could have to start directly at birth. Treatments for this are replacing clotting factors, or having to receive a blood transfusion.
Ian Khama has had stitches in his face after being scratched by a cheetah, officials say.
The Pharmacy Board of Sierra Leone has destroyed over 1 billion Leones worth of counterfeit, expired and substandard products approximately two hundred and thirty three thousand Dollars.
The government of Benin is none too happy with the continuing proliferation of clandestine medical clinics. These have no legal status, are staffed by unqualified personnel and may offer the wrong medical advice and treatment to people thinking they are dealing with proper doctors.
Around 200 million faulty condoms made in China have made their way to Ghana to the irritation of the country’s Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) and health services. Accra Correspondent Kofi Agyepong caught up with Thomas Amedzro and asked him about the seizure of the condoms
Most communities in Sierra Leone, including the capital, Freetown, are facing serious shortages of safe drinking water, with the most affected being children and women who become vulnerable to water-borne diseases.
According to the 2011 State of the World Children report, the lives of nearly 4,000 children could be saved in Sierra Leone, if it met the Millennium Development Goals to halve the proportion of people without safe drinking water by 2015.
“Lack of proper sanitation and hygiene in many African cities is very troubling, embarrassing and depressing,” the Mayor of the Liberian capital, Monrovia, Mary Broh, has said.
She was one of thousands of delegates to Dakar's recent Africities meeting, swapping ideas on making Africa's cities cleaner and more efficient.
Poor sanitation was cited as the key cause of Sierra Leone’s worst cholera epidemic experienced this year, claiming over 2,086 lives.
But since the outbreak subsided a few months ago, there has been no major change in the overall sanitary condition, with rubbish in almost every street corner, especially in the capital, Freetown, which was hardest hit.