Middle East journalist praises story on breast cancer by Maravi Express; contributes own article

By Jennifer Mpango After reading a story on Maravi Express about the Breast Cancer Awareness Carnival being organised by Breast Care Ltd on October 27, journalist Dr. Ahmed Mohiuddin Siddiqui based in the Middle East, has praised the way the story was handled. “I regularly follow The Maravi Express I particularly like the variety of coverage and pages like Health,” said Mohiuddin Siddiqui, who is a felicitated senior journalist, political analyst and columnist based in Oman. “The report…

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Nurses organisation hails Lucy Kadzamira as no ordinary nurse

  By Duncan Mlanjira The National Organisation of Nurses and Midwives of Malawi (NONM) has described murdered Lucy Kadzamira, a retired nurse, as a pillar of wisdom to the nursing and midwifery sector in Malawi and Africa. Police are investigating the murder of Kadzamira, who was discovered dead in her home at Area 47 in Lilongwe. “NONM joins the nursing and midwifery members, leaders, family, and the public in mourning Dr Lucy Kadzamira, the retired nurse and midwife and…

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Ministry of Health procures 74 ambulances; more expected

By Duncan Mlanjira The Ministry of Health (MoH) has procured 74 state-of-the-art ambulances and so far the first consignment of 40 arrived two weeks ago and has been distributed to all district and central hospitals in the country. MoH spokesperson Joshua Malango said the ambulances have been bought with Malawi Government funds from the 2018/19 budget and that they expect to expect more this year as the newly-passed budget has also allocation for ambulances procurement. “In total, we have received 40…

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Breast Care Ltd organizes Breast Cancer Awareness carnival

By Duncan Mlanjira Breast Cancer Awareness campaigners, Breast Care Ltd, has organised a carnival scheduled for October 27 at the Old Lucky Luciano near South End School along Chikwawa Road where there will be screening for breast cancer. Among other activities include a 5km awareness walk, a flea market, food stalls, beer garden and music. Founder of Breast Care Ltd, Ria Duke, a breast cancer survivor, said the event is also a fundraiser for their future activities and participants…

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The Karonga Ebola patient-suspect dies but not from Ebola itself

  By Duncan Mlanjira The 37-year-old Malawian male, ho presented himself with haemorrhagic symptoms similar to Ebola at Kaporo Rural Hospital but was diagnosed that he was not suffering from the disease itself, died on Tuesday afternoon. A statement from Ministry of Health and Population signed by its Secretary, Dr. Dan Namarika, said the patient, who was in isolation at the Karong Treatment Camp presented with fever, facial swelling and some bleeding in the eyes, nose and mouth. “Epidemiologically,…

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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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