At least 17 people have died in the Democratic Republic of Congo where health personnel confirmed an outbreak of the Ebola virus disease. The outbreak declaration came after laboratory results confirmed two cases of Ebola in the north-western region of DRC.
Union says government needs to go back to the drawing board.
In the second leg of a process that started in 2017 and benefited about 84 000 men, authorities in Mozambique are set to circumcise more than 100 000 men in a bid to help prevent the incidence of sexually transmitted diseases.
In a surprising development the conservative southern African country of Zimbabwe published a licensing regime that will allow the legal cultivation of marijuana. After Lesotho it is the second African country to take the controversial step. The government of Zimbabwe says it will now issue five-year licences for the production and sell of marijuana for medical or research use.
The World Health Organisation’s Expert Committee on Drug Dependence conducted an initial review of Cannabidiol, a cannabis compound, with increased interest from member states on its use in palliative care. The Committee posted a positive review, declaring the compound non addictive.
Morbidity from Tuberculosis and HIV remain major health challenges including that TB is an important entry point for HIV diagnosis and treatment.