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Malawi’s TB patients dared on herbal products uptake – The Maravi Post

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By MphatsoNkuonera

LILONGWE-(MANA)-One of the renowned herbal producing company Chia investment, producers of Kombumax and Umuthi has advised other herbal producing companies to advise clients with Tuberculosis (TB) to seek medical attention for a healthier life.

Production Manager, Chiyambi Mazengela made these remarks in an interview with Malawi News Agency (Mana) on Tuesday.

“Firstly, allow me to disassociate ourselves from any misleading and misinforming adverts that are aired, claiming to have a cure for TB. It is wrong to cheat clients and it must be condemned in strongest terms.

“My free and honest advice to all our clients who buy and use our products, and any herbals in the country, is that they should use the hospital as the prime and reliable facility of diagnosis and treatment, TB is curable once it is detected at an early stage,” Mazengela said.

He added that products from Chia investments are certified and cross examined by all relevant bodies making them fit and safe for use.

“So far we have never received any complaint ever since this company was born, we get support from our clients daily who have always appreciated on the quality and results,” he added.

Malawi Traditional Healers Umbrella Organization (MTHUO) President Frank Manyowa has hailed, Chia Investments company for being honest and in feeding the public with correct information regarding TB ailment.

He said MTHUO hasfor long challenged individual herbalists who claim that their products cure TB or HIV and AIDS to produce certified and tangible clinical evidence.

“Such herbal producers are liars and thieves; they risk closure or being severely punished according to our policies. It must be very clear that by now, no herbal product cures TB. Ask them where did they do research and who scientifically and clinically confirmed such products.

“We applaud Chia Investments for coming out clearly and honestly to advise clients. Our key message to other herbal producers in all corners of the country is to emulate Chia investments and refrain from duping clients at the expense of their health,” he said.

MTHUO asked clients who feel cheated to lodge a formal complaint to its office for redress.

Spokesperson in the Ministry of Health, Adrian Chikumbe said government closely monitors what is being sold on the market and warned citizens to be sure of the herbal products they are using to avoid using hazardous products.

“We wish to advise the general public not to put themselves at the risk of developing various medical conditions out of using unregistered medications.

“All our actions or reactions need to be guided by law. We have been using legislation which was last reviewed in 1988 when most of these herbal medications were not available. The Pharmacy and Medicines Act has since been reviewed and criminalizes use and distribution of unlicensed medication,” he said.

He added that before any medication is certified fit for human use, a number of factors need to be validated.

“We need to validate what it contains, its mode of action,its safety to users, its shelf life, its possible side effects, its conditions that may make a user not to use or take.

“All these pieces of important information are not shared with the herbal medications,” he added.

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How ‘I am waiting to see almost killed me’ – The Maravi Post

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By Murielle E.

Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), 29th November 2021 -/African Media Agency (AMA)/- I am Murielle. Former beauty queen. Executive. Mother of three. If there is one thing that characterises me at first sight, it is elegance. I’m always dressed to the nines, perched on high heels. I am the kind of woman you meet in the big African capitals. I should also mention that I am in my fifties. I’m not saying any of this out of pride. I tell you this so that you understand what follows

Here is my story. 

Not long ago, I was like some of you: sceptical about the COVID-19 vaccine. I thought I would wait, observe how things played out, then make up my own mind about whether to get it. When a friend’s husband told us that he had received two doses of the vaccine, I thought to myself: let’s see if he develops any side effects.

So I waited. But everything changed one afternoon in September. It began with the typical malaria symptoms : cold, aches, fever. But soon, I had trouble breathing. I was literally suffocating.

Seeing that I was in bad shape, my eldest son decided to call an ambulance. I was taken to a private clinic in Abidjan. They ran some tests. Soon, the diagnosis was in : COVID-19. After analysis, it turned out that I had the Delta variant, which is not covered by health insurance providers in Ivory Coast. I had to pay a deposit before I could be treated. Half-conscious and unable to pay the amount requested, my family rallied together to raise the funds so that I could be admitted. I was in the hospital for a full 10 days. I left exhausted, out of breath, and financially depleted since I had to pay the balance for treatment before I could be released from the hospital. 

I’m better today – but I’m far from fully recovered. In fact, the hardest part of this experience is the after effects I still have—especially the breathlessness, despite undergoing aerosol rehabilitation sessions. But I’m grateful that I have my life.

Today, I am passionate about encouraging people to get vaccinated. It’s true that the vaccine doesn’t guarantee that you won’t contract COVID-19. But, it is still the surest way to avoid severe forms of the disease. According to statistics, not only are the vaccines more than 90 per cent effective in preventing hospitalizations and death, they also meet the safety and efficacy criteria established by the WHO and have received the required regulatory approval. 

If you’re like me and waiting to see, my message to you is simple : Please don’t wait. Don’t learn the hard way. Don’t wait until it’s too late.

This article is part of a series on vaccination in Africa brought to you by Africa CDC in partnership with the Mastercard Foundation under the Saving Lives and Livelihoods initiative—a $1.3 billion partnership that is enabling access to COVID-19 vaccinations, and long term health security, for Africa. 

Distributed by  African Media Agency (AMA) on behalf of Africa CDC.

The Africa CDC
Africa CDC is a specialized technical institution of the African Union that strengthens the capacity and capability of Africa’s public health institutions as well as partnerships to detect and respond quickly and effectively to disease threats and outbreaks, based on data-driven interventions and programmes. Learn more at: http://www.africacdc.org

For media inquiries, please contact:
Cordelia Kwon, Partnership and Communications Associate, The Access Challenge, cordelia.kwon@accesschallenge.org

Raïssa Litete Beyande, Campaign and Promotion Support officer, Africa CDC, LiteteR@africa-union.org

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Is Rapper Digga D Dead Or Alive? Rumors Explained as News of Rapper Stabbing Someone in Dubai

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As per the latest news, Digga D’s name is going viral because of something which is trending on Twitter. Yes, we are talking about Digga D whose name is getting linked to the trading matter on Twitter. A report says that the rapper Digga D reportedly stabbed in Dubai.

Is Digga D Dead Or Alive

People thought this rumour was true because the rapper is in Dubai right now. Here is the complete information that you should know about and get the full updates on the matter.

Is Rapper Digga D Dead Or Alive?

The news has been circulating on Twitter and when people get started knowing about it, they started looking for brief detail. Currently, there are many details available and you should know about them.

When you watch the viral content in which the people saying that he is Digga D rapper stabbing someone. The content went viral within a few moments. The picture is beyond the expectation and you can see it below.

The girl who is appeared in the video has been identified. As per the details, she is Tennessee Thresher who is also in Dubai. She has shared the Instagram story on her Instagram handle on November 28, 2021. However, she has not yet commented on the rumor. While on the other side, Digga also did not share any statement on the rumor and removed his profile picture also.

 

Is Digga D Arrested?

The most recent update from the Dubai Police says that they have arrested the rapper who is an artist in the UK and he is 21 years old. He was arrested as per the rules of Dubai. The police said in this matter that he was arrested because he breached the criminal behavior order. He was also attacked in prison back in 2019.

Digga D’s relationship information is not available completely on the internet. Most probably it is yet to be updated here. We are looking for the information and will add many more things in the upcoming days. There are many things which is important to know about them.





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Widespread vaccination is the best safeguard for our children’s futures – The Maravi Post

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By Dr Jonathan Awori

Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), 29th November 2021 -/African Media Agency (AMA)/- I remember my first COVID-19 patient. She was 16 and I was called to see her after she had been admitted to hospital. Alone in her hospital room, she looked scared. Though I tried to hide it, I was too. I was, after all, knowingly entering the same room as a COVID-positive person. At that time, we knew little about this highly contagious virus, and a vaccine was months away—at best.

What we did know, however, was encouraging for young people. Early data indicated that while young people were as susceptible to the disease as anyone else, they were much less likely to be hospitalized or die from it. Yet there were other costs. Hidden costs.  

Decked out in my personal protective equipment, I remember how hard it was to hear my patient over the hum of the fan in my headgear. I introduced myself and we had a brief chat. Over the next two days, I noticed that she looked forward to our brief check-ins. It was then I realized that she probably felt lonely. Away from her family, she had no-one to talk to, no one to hug, no one to laugh with, or do any of the things that feel human. In the hospital, everyone avoided her room unless necessary. Even when they came in, they tried to keep their distance. Understandably. 

One day, after our brief check in, I reached out for her hand and squeezed it briefly. It was a fleeting moment. And a gloved hand. But I hoped it would mean something to her. I hope it did something to meet the need for human connection.

Those of us in the medical community, often think about COVID-19 in terms of case load and lives lost. From this lens, we can misunderstand the peculiar suffering young people have endured under this pandemic. COVID-19 has cost young people their education, their mental health, their wellbeing, and their hopes. It has dimmed their prospects for economic prosperity. 

Today, widespread vaccination is the best tool we have for saving lives in Africa. The research is clear – vaccines are highly effective, particularly at preventing hospitalization and death. And while many of us see the importance of vaccination for our parents—for the elderly—we also have to appreciate that vaccination is the only way to safeguard our children’s futures. Vaccination is the only way they can resume life, learning, and social interactions. It’s the only way economies can fully and permanently reopen and begin recovering to restore and create opportunities for young people. 

Africa is a predominantly young population, with almost 60 percent of our population under the age of 25. The longer this pandemic drags, the more profound its effects will be on their lives. They have a tremendous stake in this crisis—and we have a responsibility to ensure they are able to live healthy, productive lives, and to set the right example, by getting the vaccine.

This article is part of a series on vaccination in Africa brought to you by Africa CDC in partnership with the Mastercard Foundation under the Saving Lives and Livelihoods initiative—a $1.3 billion partnership that is enabling access to COVID-19 vaccinations, and long term health security, for Africa. 

Distributed by African Media Agency (AMA) on behalf of Africa CDC.

The Africa CDC
Africa CDC is a specialized technical institution of the African Union that strengthens the capacity and capability of Africa’s public health institutions as well as partnerships to detect and respond quickly and effectively to disease threats and outbreaks, based on data-driven interventions and programmes. Learn more at: http://www.africacdc.org

For media inquiries, please contact:
Cordelia Kwon, Partnership and Communications Associate, The Access Challenge, 
cordelia.kwon@accesschallenge.org 

Raïssa Litete Beyande, Campaign and Promotion Support officer, Africa CDC, LiteteR@africa-union.org

Source : African Media Agency (AMA)

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