FDA rolls out a tobacco quitting campaign dubbed “Commit to Quit”

GHANA – The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) has launched a year-long campaign dubbed: “Commit to Quit,” aimed at supporting tobacco smokers to abandon smoking as it poses enormous health hazards on their wellbeing. The campaign is purposing to roll out routine public education in schools, market places and transport terminals to serve as a platform for speaking on specific challenges smokers encounter in their quest to quit tobacco smoking. The crusade will advocate for stronger tobacco cessation policies, increase access to cessation services, raise awareness of tobacco industry tactics…

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Manipal Hospitals acquires Vikram Hospital in a move to expand operations in India

INDIA – Manipal Hospitals, the second largest hospital chain in India, has acquired 100% stake in Bengaluru-based multi-specialty hospital Vikram Hospital for a USD 47.9 million. The hospital which is working to expand its operation in Eastern India also acquired Columbia Asia Hospitals in April this year for about 300 USD. Manipal hospitals now has ten operational hospitals in Bengaluru city. Set up in 2009, Vikram Hospital is a 200-bed tertiary care facility located in the central business district and is best known for its clinical expertise in the fields…

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The International Olympics Committee sets up vaccination hubs in Rwanda and Qatar

QATAR AND RWANDA – Qatar and Rwanda established vaccination hubs for pre-games vaccination of Olympic and Paralympic Games participants in collaboration with the IOC, National Olympic Committees (NOC), government authorities and Pfizer. These two vaccination hubs allow Games participants who will be unable to be vaccinated in their home countries in advance of travelling to Japan for the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 to get inoculated. The two hubs will both offer the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, in line with the IOC announcement on 6 May 2021 of the signing of…

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Philips and Akumin partner to improve the access, quality, and productivity of Akumin’s outpatient imaging center network

NETHERLANDS – Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA), a global leader in health technology, and Aukmin Inc., a leading provider of outpatient diagnostic imaging services in the U.S., have announced a strategic collaboration to deploy Philips’ new Radiology Operations Command Center across Akumin’s outpatient imaging centers and co-create clinical standards for Akumin’s MR and CT imaging modalities. Designed to centralize, virtualize, and standardize network-wide imaging operations while facilitating secure remote access, Philips’ vendor-agnostic command center broadens the scope of collaboration and expertise sharing between technologists, radiologists and imaging operations teams across…

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mPharma sets up Community Health by Mutti to improve on community centered healthcare

GHANA – mPharma, a Ghanaian startup which manages prescription drug inventory for pharmacies and their suppliers, has rolled out a program called Community Health by Mutti for community healthcare services. The program aims at incorporating community health workers (CHWs) into the pharmaceutical delivery industry as a way of advancing good health. mPharma will be assigning community health nurses to mutti partner pharmacies. These nurses will provide preventive health screening to people who live around a mutti pharmacy by visiting them in their homes and workplaces. Mutti is an mPharama initiative…

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World leaders put their weight behind COVAX in bid to achieve equitable vaccine supply

JAPAN – The Gavi COVAX Advance Market Commitment (AMC) summit hosted in Tokyo by Japanese Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide and Gavi Board Chair; José Manuel Barroso brought together world leaders who have pledged their support toward COVAX AMC in procurement and supply of Covid vaccines. During the summit, donors pledged USD 775 million for vaccine delivery. An additional 2.4 billion USD was secured raking up the COVID-19 vaccine procurement fund to 9.6 billion USD. At the event today, a number of donor governments announced significant new commitments worth a total…

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Kenya’s Ministry of Health acting Director-General Dr. Amoth appointed WHO Executive Board Chairperson

KENYA – Dr. Patrick Amoth, the acting Director-General at the ministry of health has been appointed as WHO’s executive board chairperson. He takes over from India’s Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Dr. Harsh Vardhan, whose term ended on June 2 after chairing three consecutive Board sessions, since 2019. This follows his earlier appointment in May 2020 to position of Vice President of the WHO Executive Board as a representative of the African region. Kenya was elected to the Executive Board in 2019, and was previously represented by Dr. Masasabi…

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