‘Worrying’ increase in sexually transmitted infections in Europe (agency)


A ‘worrying’ wave of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) has been observed in Europe, the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) warned on Thursday, which calls for work increased prevention.

In 2022, cases of gonorrhea jumped by 48%, with 70,881 cases in the European Union, those of syphilis show an increase of 34% (35,391 cases) and those of chlamydia by 16% (216,508 cases), according to the report annual of the agency.

‘This increase is as staggering as it is worrying,’ said Andrea Ammon, director of the ECDC, at a press conference.

‘These numbers, while important, likely represent just the tip of the iceberg, as the data’ may be underestimated, she added, explaining that this was due to differences in screening practices but also access to sexual health services in the 27 countries covered by the agency.

The results show that there is “an urgent need to raise awareness of the transmission of STIs and a need to improve prevention, access to screening and effective treatments to ad
dress this public health challenge”, underlined the ECDC in a press release.

‘We must prioritize sex education, expand access to testing and treatment services, and combat the stigma associated with STIs,’ Ammon said in the statement.

In addition, consistent condom use during sexual intercourse and ‘open dialogue’ about STIs should be encouraged as they help reduce the transmission of infections.

Source: Burkina Information Agency

Controversy over the distribution of medicines to adolescent girls in Mogtédo: the MCD provides clarification


The distribution of medicines, in particular acid and iron, to young girls at the Mogtédo departmental high school, has been criticized since March 3 on social networks by conspiracy theorists and by parents worried about not have been informed previously. The AIB approached the city health district to find out more.

Faced with this controversy, the Chief Medical Officer of the health district (MCD) of Zorgho, Dr Delphin Kaboré, wanted to provide clarifications. According to him, there was a first publication reporting on the distribution of tablets without platelets to girls at the Mogtédo departmental high school then a second publication by the same author which specifies that it concerns iron and folic acid. . On the first publication, the MCD says it does not recognize itself, on the other hand, it found that the second publication tends towards reality.

According to him, this is not an anarchic distribution of medicines, but rather the implementation of an iron and folic acid supplementation campaign,
carried out for four years by local health authorities with the support of UNICEF. Started in the communes of Zam and Zorgho, UNICEF then enabled the campaign to be extended to all 8 communes of the province of Ganzourgou and the health district of Ziniaré. He clarified that in addition to iron and folic acid, there are also dewormers that are distributed to girls and also boys. According to Dr Kaboré, this campaign aims to prevent anemia among young girls aged 10 to 19, who are particularly prone to this condition due to the onset of their menstruation; the ultimate goal being to reduce maternal and infant mortality.

According to him, the distribution of these drugs falls within a well-defined framework, having benefited from careful planning and communication upstream. Education authorities as well as community leaders were informed of the campaign, and primary, post-primary and secondary schools were chosen as distribution points due to the concentration of the target. The head nurses (ICP) and all health
workers responsible for distributing medicines were also invited to raise awareness among teachers and students about the issues surrounding this iron and folic acid supplementation.

‘I want the population to know that the health district is at operational level. We are here to implement the health policy that is issued at the central level. (…) Let everyone reassure themselves that it is for the good of the population. And health workers are open. If there are misunderstandings somewhere, they can approach us to get the right information. » Said Dr Delphin Kaboré

It should be noted that this campaign took place on February 1 and 2 in all the communes of the province of Ganzourgou. However, despite these awareness and distribution efforts, communication gaps persist, fueling rumors and doubts.

It is therefore essential to distinguish rumor from reality. The distribution of medicines to girls at the Mogtédo departmental high school is part of a legitimate anemia prevention campaign, benefiting from the supp
ort of health and international authorities. However, additional communication efforts are necessary to ensure better understanding and support of the population for such public health initiatives.

Source: Burkina Information Agency

Diapaga/Crash: The two survivors testify


Nicolas Thiombiano and his niece Essita Yonli are the miraculous survivors of the plane crash which claimed the lives of five people yesterday Wednesday in Diapaga (East). This Thursday, in front of the government delegation who came to comfort them, they returned to the tragedy.

‘I was among a colleague and a lady who was going to her husband’s funeral today (Thursday). We were behind the pilot. The fire came from the pilot’s side and caught my left foot. I saw an opening at the bottom of the plane and dove. My uncle Thiombiano Nicolas followed me,’ testifies Essita Yonli, one of the two survivors of the crash in Diapaga of the Lead’Air aircraft.

This Thursday, they were still at the CMA in Fada N’Gourma, all showing traces of burns on their faces, lower and upper limbs…in short, on all parts of the body.

‘When we got out of the plane, the fire had caught my clothes, I took them off to throw them away. While running, I also tore off my left shoe which had caught fire. I found myself under a tree and hel
p came to help me. Then the plane exploded along with the other passengers. I thank God who saved me,’ continued Essita Yonli in front of the government delegation led by the Minister of Transport, Roland Somda.

What happened ?

‘What was reported to me was that it was 12:35 p.m., when in addition to the pilot, 6 other passengers boarded the aircraft to take off for Fada N’Gourma. After a run of approximately 500 m, the plane was actually able to take off. However, 580 m further on, he crashed after hitting two trees,’ explained the IA gendarmerie commander.

He adds: ‘thus, the FDS on site and the accompanying passengers who witnessed it, quickly rushed to help the injured and extinguish the aircraft which was still on fire. So, the injured were taken to the CMA of Diapaga for first aid.’

In terms of damage, he confirms that the accident unfortunately resulted in 5 deaths and 2 injuries who are already being treated at the CMA level and who will then be evacuated.

According to the doctor responsible for t
he CMA of Diapaga, Boris Tanliré, for the moment, the state of health of the patients is stable.

‘Indeed, yesterday, after the plane crash, we received two injured people. These injuries are due to a burn. We were able to diagnose a third degree burn and a deep second degree burn. We recommended evacuation to a higher level for better care of a patient,’ specifies the doctor.

Do you confirm that they are out of danger? Mr. Tanliré responds in the affirmative: ‘Yes, in any case, at present, they are out of danger.’

Coming to bring the government’s compassion to the victims, the minister in charge of transport, Roland Somda, said he was saddened by the tragedy.

‘At the beginning of the afternoon, we received information that a small plane from the private company Lead’Air had crashed at the Diapaga airfield a few minutes after takeoff. So, immediately, we found ourselves at the crisis room at Ouagadougou international airport to set up a crisis unit to be able to centralize all the information linked to thi
s tragedy and also be able to assist the families of the victims.

He specifies that this visit aims to note the impact of the incident on the site and on behalf of the highest authorities and the government, to express his compassion, his sincere condolences to the families and loved ones of the victims and to wish to recover the survivors.

The conclusions of the investigation report expected

‘We came with a team of experts to be able to collect information and really produce a document that can pinpoint the causes of this tragedy that we all deplore,’ he says.

This tragedy, he said, ‘comes at a time when we are preparing the campaign for air services to certain cities in Burkina. It is true that this Diapaga aerodrome had not been included among those to be operated in this first phase.’

And, this incident, he said, will make it possible to call upon all airlines which operate at Burkinabe airports and aerodromes to be much more vigilant and professional.

The minister says he hopes that the conclusions
of the investigation report into the tragedy will make it possible to capitalize and be able to offer quality and safety services to the population. In the afternoon, the victims of the crash (dead and injured people) were all evacuated to Ouagadougou.

Source: Burkina Information Agency

Burkina: More than 3 million children will be vaccinated against measles and rubella from March 15 to March 21


More than 3 million children aged 9 months to 59 months will be vaccinated from March 15 to 21, in 61 health districts of the country, during a response campaign against measles and rubella.

The vaccination campaign against measles and rubella will take place from March 15 to 21, 2024.

It will bring together 3,489,383 children aged 9 to 59 months from 61 health districts in the country. For this 2024 campaign, nine health districts are not affected, because it has already been done.

Health authorities announced last week 2,355 cases of measles including 8 deaths.

Source: Burkina Information Agency

Boulgou: an ambulance and medical-technical equipment for the Wangala CSPS


The AZIENDA SANITARIA FRIULI OCCIDENTALE health center in Italy donated an ambulance and medical-technical equipment to the Wangala CSPS in the Zabré health district (Central-East).

This is a ”valve” type ambulance and technical medical equipment composed of mattresses and beds that the AZIENDA SANITARIA FRIULI OCCIDENTALE health center in Italy offered on Saturday February 24, 2024 to the CSPS of Wangala in the Zabré health district in the Boulgou province (Central-East).

The handover ceremony was chaired by the first vice-president of the special delegation of the commune of Zabré Jacques Gouba in the presence of the chief of the Naaba Zaanr village of Wangala, the chief doctor of the health district of Zabré, former civil servants who served in the village and a strong delegation from Ouagadougou.

According to the donor representative, Emmanuel Lenga, the ambulance and medical technical equipment were fully donated after the submission of a request from the association of Zabré nationals in Italy in o
rder to improve the care offer. .

After obtaining it, the association decided to assign it to the CSPS in Wangala, a village located about fifteen kilometers from Zabré. The contribution of Wangala’s sons and daughters was to put their hand in their pocket to bring the ambulance and the rest of the equipment to Burkina.

The first vice-president of the special delegation of the commune of Zabré praised the resilience of the sons and daughters of Zabré living outside the country.

He maintains that the administration cannot do everything, hence his gratitude to all the actors who contributed to the arrival of the ambulance and equipment to the village of Wangala. ‘In the name of the prefect, president of the special Zabré delegation, who is unable to attend, we urge you to declare the births. This will allow us to plan and prevent at the level of the municipal authorities,’ he indicated.

The chief medical officer of the Zabré health district (MCD), Dr Ahmed Kouanda, welcomed the donation. For him, the ambula
nce, which replaces a tricycle which served as an ambulance and for a long time in the garage, comes at the right time and contributes to improving the conditions of care for the populations of Wangala in particular and Zabré in general. He called on the CSPS major and his collaborators to ensure good management of the material received.

The village chief of Wangala Naaba Zaanr called on the population to visit the health center and above all to give a respectful welcome to any public official assigned to his village. Like the association of former village students who contributed 100 liters of diesel to fuel the ambulance, the chief offered 200 liters.

As a reminder, the Wangala CSPS ambulance already brings to three the number of ambulances received in the Zabré health district during these first two months of 2024

Source: Burkina Information Agency

Ophthalmological campaign: Around forty people regain their sight thanks to a team of German specialists


The ‘Dr Boukaré Sebego’ medical-surgical center in Léo, in collaboration with a team of German surgeons Operieren in Africa, organized from February 26 to March 1, an ophthalmological surgery campaign for the benefit of around forty of people from the said locality

‘In one week of the surgical campaign, a total of around forty people suffering from cataracts were treated by the team of German specialists,’ indicated the director of the German surgical medical center in Léo, Omar Ouédraogo.

Ouédraogo explained that nearly 400 other patients who also had low visual acuity benefited from corrective lenses at social prices.

According to him, 80 corrective lenses were distributed free of charge. According to him, some cases of glaucoma have been treated with laser. This new technology, he says, has made it possible to treat around twenty patients.

He further reassured that the interventions are free, only the implants are covered by the patients.

Omar Ouédraogo continued that the support from specialists come
s at the right time, in the sense that it will make it possible to provide quality care to many poor people.

He therefore invited the population to come regularly for consultations with ophthalmologists, because according to him, the campaign makes it possible to detect and treat certain pathologies early to avoid complications.

The director of the German surgical medical center in Léo finally expressed all the gratitude of the population of Sissili to the German team for everything they do to improve their health.

Source: Burkina Information Agency

Only 6 incubators at B’da Regional Hospital for 19 premature babies


By Mayayong

The Regional Hospital in Bamenda is in dire need of incubators for babies born prematurely according to the Hospital’s director, Dr. Denis Nsame.

Dr. Nsame, speaking to CNA, explained that there are currently 19 pre-term babies in the hospital but the hospital’s neonatal unit only has 6 incubators, leaving 13 other premature babies who need to be in an incubator, without one.

Dr. Noela Ngwanyama who heads the neonatal unit at the Hospital also explained that most of these pre-term babies have infections, asphyxia (breathing difficulties due to their poorly-formed lungs), and neonatal jaundice.

Dr. Nsame, the director of the hospital, also explained that there is a shortage of staff as the Hospital only has 2 pediatricians (doctors specializing in child health), 2 general practitioners (doctors who don’t perform invasive surgery), 12 nurses, and 30 beds with only 6 working incubators.

Source: Cameroon News Agency

World Braille Day: Top rights body pushes for inclusion of braille in school curricula


The Cameroon Human Rights Commission (CHRC) has urged the government of Cameroon to include the study of braille as a subject in schools across the nation.

In a nine-page document made public on January 2, in prelude to World Braille Day which is observed every year on January 4, the Commission expressed concern about several challenges faced by visually impaired persons in Cameroon.

Braille is a system of reading for blind or visually impaired people, consisting of a series of raised dots that are felt with the fingertips. It is named after Louis Braille who invented the method.

Some of the challenges faced by the blind or visually impaired in Cameroon include stereotypes by some parents who leave children with this disability in private centers with no follow-up; few teachers in mainstream schools with a knowledge of braille; lack of textbooks or documents in braille and no consideration given to the visually impaired on things such as pharmaceutical products.

The CHRC therefore urges the Ministries of
Basic, Secondary, and Higher Education; as well as vocational training centers, to include braille as an optional subject in school curricula to help blind people easily integrate into mainstream society.

According to Orbis (an international NGO that specializes in the treatment of preventable blindness), it is estimated that nearly 250,000 people in Cameroon suffer from blindness and 600,000 suffer from vision loss with cataracts contributing nearly half of all cases of blindness. There is a lack of skilled eye care professionals, infrastructure, and equipment to adequately address these needs.

The Cameroonian Society Of Ophthalmology (CSO) reports that it has only 61 surgeons in Cameroon with a population of 24 million people.

Source: Cameroon News Agency

Dengue epidemic and debt recovery on the front pages of daily newspapers

newspapers, in their daily publications, deal with the recovery of debts from the National Society for Land Development and Rural Equipment (SONATER) and the management of the epidemic dengue fever in Burkina.

“Situation of agricultural equipment debts: The government announces strong measures for recovery”, headlines the headline of the oldest private Burkinabe dailies, L’Observateur Paalga.

The National Society for Land Development and Rural Equipment (SONATER) organized a press conference on November 15, 2023 on the situation of receivables relating to the sale of agricultural equipment, the newspaper reports.

According to the private daily Le Pays, SONATER intends to take strong measures against its debtors in the coming days in order to recover its debts.

The newspaper of all Burkinabè Sidwaya adds that the debts amount to more than 11 billion FCFA.

Under another aspect, the private daily L’express du Faso, published in Bobo-Dioulasso, headlines on its front page, “Management of the dengue epidemic: SYNTSHA calls into question the authorities’ therapy”.

The newspaper reports that for Bernard Sanon, Secretary General (SG) of the National Bureau (BN), rapid diagnostic tests (RDT) for dengue fever are in short supply because there have been no significant support measures.

The Country adds that according to the SG of the BN, people diagnosed are left to their own devices, which increases mortality.

As a result, SYNTSHA denounces the bourgeois nature of our health system and calls on the authorities to implement real anti-vector control actions and to improve the diagnostic and therapeutic capacities of health facilities throughout the territory.

Source: Burkina Information Agency

Doctors amputate leg of popular nollywood actor, Mr Ibu

The family revealed this on his official Instagram account.

Mr. Ibu his stage name, real name, John Okafor had been sick for a while now, but attempts to self care for the bills became a burden.

The actor reached out to fellow Nigerians for help and got massive support and reactions from stars like Davido and P square.

On Monday afternoon, the family released a statement revealing that the actor underwent 7 surgeries including amputation of a leg, to “keep him alive”

Source: Cameroon News Agency