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Malawi public health facilities run of drugs as Chakwera enjoys global trotting – The Maravi Post



BLANTYRE-(MaraviPost)-Malawi’s public hospitals have been faced with acute stock out of essential Medicines putting lives of poor and marginalized at risk of dying from curable diseases.

This was revealed in a press release issued by Oxfam on Saturday, October 23, 2021.

This comes as President Lazarus Chakwera continues enjoying petty local and international tours which he could save some funds to buy drugs and essential medical equipment in public facilities.

President Chakwera’s trip could be avoided as about only local trip cost taxpayers MK20 million on average.

In the press release, Oxfam revealed that a recent study conducted by The Universal Health Coverage Coalition (UHCC) indicated that essential Medicines to non communicable diseases such as high blood pressure and diabetes are among the drugs that have stocked out.

Among the districts in Malawi with essential drug shortages, Nsanje, Mchinji, Dowa, Mangochi, Karonga, Neno, Mzimba, Lilongwe, Dedza to name a few indicated worrisome figures.

The findings from Development Communications Trust (DCT) in Balaka at Chiyendausiku Health center indicated that among the shortages of medicines, there were some irregularities in stock cards as they were not updated as required by 2003 National Health Commodities and Logistics Manual.

It has also been revealed that Malawi loses about 30% of the national drug budget due to pilferage in the process of transportation from supplier or manufactures to the national warehouse such as central medical Stores.

UHCC study revealed that Central Medical Stores Trust (CMST) is ineffective and sometimes incessant stock out of essential drugs which indicates that Malawi is failing to stock essential drugs as required by the World Health Organization’s Essential Medicines List (EML).

Recently, a pharmacy technician was charged in Mchinji district at Mkanda Health center after being found breaking into a drug store at night to steal drugs.

In 2020, a guard at Thyolo District Hospital was arrested after he allegedly stole medical drugs from the hospital.

Few years ago, Central Medical Stores officials were also arrested two for allegedly misappropriating drugs.

Since President Chakwera took reins of power, Malawians have been living in hell subjected to social-econoimc ills including skyrocketing basic good and services; cooking oil, fuel and among others.

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Guinea: Ex-leader Alpha Conde released, moved to wife’s home – The Maravi Post




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Guinea’s deposed president, Alpha Conde has been released by the ruling military junta after weeks of calls by the international community for that to be done.

Mr. Conde is now reported by the soldiers to have been moved to his wife’s home in the capital Conakry.

The ruling junta, the National Rally Committee for Development (CNRD), said in a statement broadcast on state television that the former president is now with his wife, Hadja Djene Kaba Condé.

The military rulers said they would “continue to provide the former head of state with treatment worthy of his rank, and this without any national or international pressure”.

Mr. Conde, 83 was ousted in a military coup on September 5 and was held in detention for months despite international pressure for him to be freed.

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p data-reactid=”.1hfn18vhlnc.$post-61a5adaa7b70b1571927bcef.$post_5″>He first came to power in 2010 in Guinea’s first democratic transfer of power after that year’s presidential election.

Last year there tension was high in Guinea with some streets reportedly deserted as security forces patrolled them to contain a post election violence.

Supporters of the opposition had been clashed with security forces after Alpha Condé won a third term in office.

Before the 2020 elections, he pushed through a new constitution which he argued would modernize the country.

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The changes to the constitution allowed him to bypass a two-term limit for presidents in order to seek a third term.

When he was ousted Guinea got suspended from the West Africa’s regional bloc, Ecowas, following the coup.

Ecowas also imposed travel bans and a freeze on the financial assets of Guinea’s coup leaders and their families.

The military rulers have stood their grounds saying they will restore democratic rule to Guinea according to their own timeline.

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Timothy Adegoke’s Murder: Oriyomi Hamzat One Man Crusade For Justice By Bayo Oluwasanmi – The Maravi Post




Since Timothy Adegoke was mysteriously butchered in Room 305 at Hilton Hotel and Resorts Ile-Ife, Oriyomi Hamzat has been on the hunt to track down his killer(s).

Hamzat, ace broadcaster, social activist, and  crusader extraordinaire for justice is the owner of the popular and influential radio station Agidigbo 88.7 FM, Ibadan. Hamzat’s detailed daily investigation and updates on the murder of Adegoke takes on the Herculean task of tracking a career murderous money ritualist on one hand, and a sworn promise to deliver justice to Adegoke and his family on the other hand.

Adegoke had checked in at the hotel on November 5, 2021 to begin review for his final Executive MBA exams at OAU, Ile-Ife. Two days later, he was declared missing. But the news of a missing person soon gave way to ominous dark clouds that delivered frozen uncertainty in the horizon. A much darker force was looming: The body of Adegoke, occupant of Room 305, had been dumped by his killer(s) in the bush near the hotel.

In the days that followed, his grieving widow and children, families, friends, colleagues were sorrowfully subdued by his mysterious death. Hamzat immediately went to work chasing every lead to reveal the killer(s). Each day, Hamzat brings renewed dedication, fresh perspective, and investigative rigor to the case. As a seasoned crusader for the truth, he followed his instincts and tirelessly pursued the truth wherever it leads him ny raising pertinent questions that beg for answers.  

Hamzat, a radio personality, has attained the reputation for fighting injustice against oppressed poor Nigerians who are economically disadvantaged, socially trapped and politically locked out. Watching Hamzat as a one man crusade fighting for justice to unravel the killer(s) of Adegoke, reminds me of Benjamin Burombo’s statement that “Each time I want to fight for African rights, I use only one hand because the other hand is busy trying to keep away Africans who are fighting me” is so apt in the case of Hamzat. Each time he plunges himself into the cockpit of the investigation, each time his life was threatened by the supporters of killer(s) of Adegoke.

Unbowed, uncowed, Hamzat the one man crusade for justice, remains undaunted. Rather, he digs in deeper and deeper everyday to keep concerned Nigerians posted on the progress or lack of police investigations into the murder. Where are the human rights activists? Where are the bloggers? Where are the religious leaders? What happened to the Nigerian media? All gone AWOL! All declared MIAs – missing in action! All lovers of justice must team up with Hamzat to bring the killer or killers of Adegoke to justice. We must all come together as a people in the name of justice and demand that whoever- high or low, rich or poor, prince or pauper that was involved in the murder of Adegoke must be sent to the gallows for the heinous crime. 

Hamzat has taught us a great lesson: injustice against one is injustice for all. And more importantly, no one is safe until all of us are safe. We are in this together. Together, we can get rid of money ritualists in our community.

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Workers with HIV-AIDS continue to face stigma, discrimination: ILO  – The Maravi Post




Despite some improvement in people’s tolerance to the disease in the more than 40 years since the AIDS epidemic began, a survey of 55,000 people in 50 countries found that only one in two people knew that HIV cannot be transmitted by sharing a bathroom. 

“It is shocking that, 40 years into the HIV and AIDS epidemic, myths and misconceptions are still so widespread,” said Chidi King, head of ILO’s Gender, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Branch. 

Wake-up call 

A lack of basic facts about how HIV is transmitted is fuelling stigma and discrimination. This survey is a wake-up call to reinvigorate HIV prevention and education programmes; the world of work has a key role to play.” 

Stigma and discrimination in the workplace marginalize people, pushing those with HIV into poverty, Ms. King maintained. 

Working with opinion poll company Gallup, the ILO Global HIV Discrimination in the World of Work Survey reveals that discriminatory attitudes are fuelled by a lack of knowledge about HIV transmission. 

At the end of 2020, approximately 38 million people globally were living with HIV, with 1.5 million newly infected that year, and approximately 680,000 people dying from AIDS- related illnesses, according to the survey. Despite progress made on combating stigma, the coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated the situation. 

Care burdens 

“The COVID-19 pandemic has certainly pushed back some of the efforts, some of the progress that had been made towards eradicating HIV, and there is an even more urgent need now to double those efforts,” Ms. King said. 

“In terms of the impact on people affected by HIV, not only people living with HIV but people who may be looking after somebody with HIV…care burdens have increased during the pandemic due to the non-availability of certain services, therefore seeing a disproportionate impact in relation to women in particular, and in some instances, girls as well.” 

Asia and Pacific in spotlight 

The survey noted that the lowest tolerance for working directly with people with HIV was found in Asia and the Pacific, followed by the Middle East and North Africa. 

The regions with the most positive attitudes were Eastern and Southern Africa, where almost 90 per cent of respondents said they would be comfortable working directly with people with HIV. 

Higher educational levels were also associated with positive attitudes towards working with those living with HIV

The report also offered a number of recommendations, including implementation of HIV programmes to increase awareness of modes of transmission and to improving the legal and policy environment around HIV to protect rights of workers. 

“The workplace has a key role in this education,” Ms. King told journalists in Geneva. “Workers and employers certainly have a role to play. Social dialogue is a key mechanism through which they can craft policies and materials and products in order to raise awareness, ensuring that recruitment policies do not discriminate against people with HIV/AIDS. Governments also have a role to play in terms of broader engagement.” 

Confronting inequalities and ending discrimination is critical to ending AIDS, the report said, particularly during the ongoing COVID pandemic.  

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