The Pandemic Within the Pandemic

BY: Loice Achieng Ombajo – Fear of COVID-19 is driving increased over-the-counter (OTC) sales and in-hospital prescriptions of antibiotics – and fueling a silent pandemic in its wake. Globally, antibiotic use in hospitals has surged since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Even though studies show that only 8% of patients admitted to hospital with …

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Traditional Rulers Can Help End Violence in Africa

BY: Nkasi Wodu – On March 21, 137 civilians were killed in localities near Niger’s border with Mali, in what the Niger government described as attacks perpetrated by “armed bandits”. Sadly, the deadly attacks were not a standalone incident or an anomaly. Since January, four separate attacks by armed groups left at least 300 people …

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Medical brain drain: Time to stop the bleeding

BY: Tijani Salami and Adaeze Oreh Two weeks back, the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) ‘conditionally’ called off a 10-day strike which crippled the already challenged health sector. Some of the reasons for the indefinite strike included non-payment of various doctors’ salaries and arrears, non-recruitment of house officers, residency training and hazard allowances. The …

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