Ministry of Health rapid response team swiftly rules out Ebola scare in Karonga

By Duncan Mlanjira A rapid response team from the Ministry of Health has swiftly ruled out a suspected case of Ebola in Karonga on Sunday when a 37-year-old Malawian male presented himself with haemorrhagic symptoms similar to Ebola at Kaporo Rural Hospital. The rapid response team travelled to the health centre and conducted investigations that came up with the result Ebola negative. The report says the case is not in line with Ebola case definition and the conclusion being…

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Muslim Youth United organizes a Blood Donation Camp

By Duncan Mlanjira Muslim Youth United on Sunday organised a Blood Donation Camp at Mpingwe Sports Club in Limbe, which the Malawi Blood Transfusion Service (MBTS) described as very welcome initiative in their drive to keep the blood bank well stocked. MBTS’s lab technician on duty, Levison Munthali, said demand for blood is always high throughout the country and they are always appreciative when groups like this mobilize themselves to assist. “This is indeed a very welcome initiative because…

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Malaysia legalises Marijuana for medicinal and research purposes

By Duncan Mlanjira  Malaysia government has legalised the growing of Marijuana (cannabis) only if permission is first obtained from the health ministry and it is for medicinal and research purposes. A report quotes Malaysian National Anti-Drugs Agency director-general Datuk Seri Zulkifli Abdullah as saying there was room in the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 for the cultivation of cannabis for said purposes, with the condition that prior permission is obtained. He added that its cultivation should be strictly controlled so…

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US scientists claim cannabis may be useful in treating cancer and its side effects

By Duncan Mlanjira Commercial planting and possession of cannabis (Indian hemp) is illegal in most parts of the world but there are some schools of thought in Malawi who contemplate on legalizing the growing of the hemp for industrial use. New reports coming from the US have emerged that numerous scientists believe cannabis to be a successful cancer cure and a a number of states including the District of Columbia have passed laws to legalize medical marijuana. By federal…

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Government pledges to work with the Church

The government has pledged to work with the Church and development partners to ensure promotion of quality education for nurses, midwives and other medical practitioners to achieve quality health services delivery. Vice President Everton Chimulirenji made the statement at St Luke’s Nursing and Midwifery College in Zomba Thursday during the graduation ceremony of 176 nurses and midwifery technicians. “We further commit our government to work with the Church for the betterment of Malawians,” Chimulirenji said. The vice president acknowledged…

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First Lady visits World Vision in New York

New York, September 26, 2019: First Lady Gertrude Mutharika has commended World Vision for uplifting lives of Malawians through various programmes. Such programmes include health, agriculture, food security, education, economic development, child protection, water and sanitation. Mutharika said this on Thursday during her visit to World Vision offices in New York where she addressed the organisation’s executives. “My visit today is to appreciate your office and also convey my appreciation to various US sponsors who are contributing to Malawi’s…

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Blantyre DHO takes Ebola awareness to communities

Blantyre District Health Office (DHO) has intensified Ebola awareness campaigns amid reports that the disease has spread to Tanzania which is closer to Malawi. Unconfirmed reports indicate that one person is suspected to have suffered from the disease in Tanzania, a country that borders with Malawi to the north. Speaking on Tuesday in Senior Group Village Head (GVH) Chiwembe, Blantyre DHO Health Promotion Officer, Chrissy Banda, said the campaigns were one way of preparing communities against any possible Ebola…

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Namitambo’s sons and daughters donate state-of-the-art ambulance to government health centre

A grouping of sons and daughters from Namitambo in Chiradzulu South constituency, who reside in different parts of the country, mobilized funds amongst themselves and bought a state-of-the-art ambulance, which they officially presented to their community’s  government health centre. Trending under the name ‘Zakwathu Ku Namitambo’, the grouping has the blessings of the area’s MP and the country’s Minister of Finance, Joseph Mwanamveka, who graced the occasion in the company of Chiradzulu District Commissioner, Reinghard Chavula; Council chairperson Bruno…

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Closing in on malaria with vaccination

Fainesi Maida (not real name) of Bereu Village in Traditional Authority (TA) Maseya’s area in Chikhwawa District never saw two of her three babies grow through to 11 months. She lost both to malaria; the first at six and the other at 10. Maida has since then been a desperate regular client of Bereu Health Centre with her third who is now seven months old. “I can dare you, no one knows the pain and emptiness of losing a…

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