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Nigerian son hacks father to death over chicken meal – The Maravi Post

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ONDO STATE-(MaraviPost)-Men of the Ondo State Police Command on Tuesday arrested 26-year-old Godwin Matthew for killing his father over chicken meal.

The incident occurred at the Ala Area of Akure, the Ondo State capital.

The suspect was said to have killed his father, Audu Mathew, after an argument over the chicken meal.

In a statement issued by the state Police Public Relations Officer, Mrs Funmilayo Odunlami, on Tuesday evening, the incident happened on September 9, 2021, and the suspect had confessed to the crime after he was arrested.

The suspect’s mother reported the matter at the Ala Police Divisional Headquarters, leading to his arrest.

The statement reads, “One Mrs Christiana Audu Matthew said that her son Godwin Matthew, 26-years-old left home with his father to the family’s farm but later discovered that the young man had macheted his father to death.

“In the course of interrogation, the suspect stated that on 9th September 2021, his late father directed him to kill a chicken for his brother, one Emmanuel Audu for his entertainment.

Meanwhile, it was only the chicken head that was given to him and this made him to kill his father.”

According to Mrs. Odunlami, the suspect had been charged to court.

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Malawi police in Mchinji arrest 62 illegal immigrants – The Maravi Post

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MCHINJI-(MaraviPost)-The Malawi Police in Mchinji have arrested 62 immigrants of different nationalities including Ethiopians, Bangladesh and Pakistanis as they allegedly tried to exit Malawi using unchartered routes.

The suspects include 50 Ethiopians, eight Bangladeshi and four Pakistans.

They were detained by community members from the area of Traditional Authority (T.A) Kazyozyo in the district, before police officers and the Malawi Defence Force soldiers went to the scene to apprehend them.

Station Officer for Mchinji, Charles James Mpezeni, told the press that the immigrants are between the ages of 13 and 37, were picked from Dzaleka Refugee Camp. They shall be handed to immigration officials for deportation.

Detamo Tafese, an Ethiopian in the group says they have been in transit for over three months.

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UN honours Henrietta Lacks, whose cells transformed medical research worldwide  – The Maravi Post

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This Wednesday, the UN World Health Organization’s (WHO) Director-General, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, recognized her world-changing legacy with a special award.   

In 1951, while Ms. Lacks sought treatment, researchers took biopsies from her body without her knowledge or consent, and her cells became the first “immortal” cell line, now known as the “HeLa cells”.  

‘Reckoning’ with injustice 

Shockingly, as WHO points out, the global scientific community once hid her race and her real story, a historical wrong that Wednesday’s recognition hopes to help redress. 

For Tedros, in honouring Mrs. Lacks, the UN agency “acknowledges the importance of reckoning with past scientific injustices and advancing racial equity in health and science.” 

He said the award was also “an opportunity to recognize women, particularly women of colour, who have made incredible but often unseen contributions to medical science.” 

Legacy 

The award was received at the WHO office in Geneva by Lawrence Lacks, Ms. Lacks’ 87-year-old son.  

He is one of the last living relatives who personally knew her. Mr. Lacks was accompanied by several of Henrietta Lacks’ grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and other family members. 

Mr. Lacks said the family was moved to receive this historic recognition, honouring “a remarkable woman and the lasting impact of her HeLa cells.” 

“My mother’s contributions, once hidden, are now being rightfully honoured for their global impact,” he said.  

“My mother was a pioneer in life, giving back to her community, helping others live a better life and caring for others. In death she continues to help the world. Her legacy lives on in us and we thank you for saying her name – Henrietta Lacks.”  

According to WHO, women of colour continue to be disproportionately affected by cervical cancer. The COVID-19 pandemic has also exposed the many health inequities that persist among marginalized communities around the world. 

Studies in various countries consistently document that Black women are dying of cervical cancer at several times the rate of white women. Today, 19 of the 20 countries with the highest cervical cancer burdens are in Africa. 

Cervical cancer strategy 

The past year, which saw the 100th anniversary of Henrietta Lacks’ birth, also coincided with the launch of WHO’s Global strategy to accelerate the elimination of cervical cancer, an initiative Mrs. Lacks’ family has endorsed.  

Her relatives have also joined WHO in advocating for equity in access to the HPV vaccine, which protects against a range of cancers, including cervical cancer.  

Despite having been prequalified by WHO over 12 years ago, supply constraints and high prices still prevent adequate doses from reaching girls in low and middle-income countries. 

As of 2020, less than 25% of low-income countries and less than 30% of lower middle-income countries had access to the HPV vaccine through their national immunization programmes, compared with more than 85% of high-income countries. 

For the Assistant Director-General for Strategic Priorites and Special Advisor to the Director General, Princess Nothemba Simelela, “it is unacceptable that access to the lifesaving HPV vaccine can be shaped by your race, ethnicity or where you happen to be born.” 

Reminding that the HPV vaccine was developed using Henrietta Lacks’ cells, she added: “We owe it to her and her family to achieve equitable access to this groundbreaking vaccine.” 

Remarkable Contribution  

As a young mother, Henrietta Lacks and her husband were raising five children near Baltimore when she fell ill.  

She went to Johns Hopkins medical centre in the city, one of the few leading hospitals at the time which served African-Americans, after experiencing extensive vaginal bleeding and was diagnosed with cervical cancer.  Despite treatment, she died on October 4, 1951, at only 31 years old. 

During treatment, researchers took samples of her tumour. That “HeLa” cell line was a scientific breakthrough: the first immortal line of human cells to divide indefinitely, under laboratory conditions, to power research.  

The cells were mass produced, for profit, without recognition to her family. Over 50,000,000 metric tonnes of HeLa cells have been distributed around the world – forming part of over 75,000 studies. 

In addition to the HPV and polio vaccines, they allowed for development of drugs for HIV/AIDS, haemophilia, leukaemia, and Parkinson’s disease; breakthroughs in reproductive health, including in vitro fertilization; research on chromosomal conditions, cancer, gene mapping, and precision medicine. 

Currently, they are being used in studies responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Teal tribute 

Following the presentation of the award, the family and WHO proceeded to the shores of Lake Geneva, to watch the city’s iconic Jet d’Eau illuminate in the colour teal, the colour which marks cervical cancer awareness. 

It is the first of several world monuments that will illuminate in teal between now and November 17th, marking the first anniversary of the launch of the global elimination campaign.

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Malawi First lady Monica Chakwera calls for Monica Chakwera: As Think Pink Icon Blandina Khondowe celebrated – The Maravi Post

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LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)-Malawi ‘s First Lady Monica Chakwera has appealed to organisation and people of good will to work hand in hand with government in making sure that people especially rural women are aware of breast cancer.

Chakwera made a call on Tuesday night, October 12, 2021 at a fundraising dinner organised by Think Pink Malawi to remember the life of its founder Blandina Khondowe who died of cancer in November 21, 2020.

The first lady said it is sad that women are dying of breast cancer because they lacked information about the disease.

“Let us all borrow a leaf from the life from Blandina Khondowe who wanted to take breast cancer messages to rural communities. Each one of us should take this responsibility to inform other women in our villages about breast and cervical cancer.

We need to get organised to teach our women in the villages on breast cancer and educate them on self-breast cancer exam,” she said.

Chakwera who made a donation of MK1 Million said medical research shows over 80 percent of breast cancer cases are curable if detected early.

She therefore asked women to always go for cancer examination, screening and treatment saying cancer is not e death sentence since it can be cured if detected early.

She expressed happiness to note that some corporate institutions have teamed up with Think Pink Malawi in raising awareness about the disease.

The first lady also advised medical practitioners to speed up in making referral on cases that needs special treatment.

Minister of Health Khumbize Chiponda Kandodo said the presence of the first lady at the event demonstrates government commitments to fight cancer in the country.

She said President Lazarus Chakwera has ordered her ministry to complete the construction of cancer center at all cost.

She added that some of the challenges cancer patients are facing will be overcome once the cancer center becomes operational.

“Government is doing all it can to fight against the disease. We have enough drugs for treatment of various cancers in Malawi,” he said.

Co-founder of Think Pink Cleanor Nkosi thanked men for who stand with her organisation to fight against breast cancer.

She described Khondowe as a very passionate lady who was very instrumental in advocating for adequate cancer equipment in hospitals.

“Even at a time she knew she was dying she could still talk to people about the danger of danger and the importance of early detection,” she said.

She said the fight against cancer is being challenged by fear and misconception in communities adding; “it is not true and proper for one to believe that once you have cancer then your breast will be removed.”

Nkosi said all the funds raised will be used to buy a bus which her organisation be using when carrying out programs in communities.

Khondowe was an advocate for breast cancer awareness and she spoke highly about lack on facilities and access to equitable management of the disease.

Born on October 12, 1980, she also founder of Hope for cancer Foundation and was affiliated to global and local cancer associations.

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