USD 3.6 million worth of illegally sold medicines and devices seized in UK as part of global crackdown

UK – Over 3 million medicines and medical devices valued at over £9 million have been seized by UK officers as part of a global operation tackling the illegal online sale of medicines and medical devices. In the UK, 113,000 illegally operating websites were also removed or had their URLs blocked. Eight search warrants were executed, with 7 criminals arrested. Under Operation Pangea, over 100 countries joined forces to seize non-compliant medical products and also to identify and remove thousands of illegally operating websites and URLs offering medicines and devices.…

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Medical care giant MP Shah Hospital launches its 5-year strategic plan centered on innovation

KENYA – MP Shah Hospital, a 240-bed facility located in Nairobi, has launched a five-year strategic plan in a move to refocus on the hospital’s vision, mission and values. The strategy labelled AMUA (Always Maintaining Uniformity of Awesome Care), is part of the hospital’s journey of tiny but steady steps upward. “Healthcare innovation has resulted in improvement in products, technology and service delivery that have shown improvements in life expectancy, quality of life and clinical outcomes. This has also improved efficiency, reduced costs and human errors,” said Dr Toseef Din,…

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Equity Afia clinics fall prey to sluggish NHIF accreditation of health clinics restraining service delivery

KENYA – The National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) is yet to accredit a majority of Equity Afia clinics, highlighting the mismatch between expansion drive of health facilities and approval timelines. Equity Afia, the medical franchise of Equity Group Foundation (EGF), says only five of its 41 medical centers have received NHIF accreditation, making the rest inaccessible to patients seeking to pay bills using the national cover. “We continue to work with NHIF, but they had a period where they were not accrediting new facilities,” said Dr Joanne Korir, general manager…

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Pharmaceutical caps and closures market expected to grow with rise in demand for safe packaging solutions

UAE – Future Market Insights, a certified consulting firm, has said the pharmaceutical caps and closure market is slated to increase, surpassing a valuation of US$ 2.27 billion by 2021-end, due to growing demand of safe and easy packaging solutions of pharmaceuticals. Growing demand of child-proof packaging due to the rising concern of accidental consumption is among the factors expected to spur the growth. Focus on effective packaging to lessen the spoilage of pharmaceutical drugs will improve the adoption of pharmaceutical caps and closures as well as expansion of pharmaceutical…

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South Africa’s health minister put on leave amid corruption inquiry

SOUTH AFRICA – South Africa’s health minister has been placed on special leave pending the outcome of an investigation into a corruption scandal related to contracts awarded by his ministry to a company allegedly controlled by his former aides. The decision by president Cyril Ramaphosa to sideline Zweli Mkhize came as a third wave of Covid-19 threatens the country and the government’s long-awaited vaccine programme is rolled out at a desperately slow pace. As of yesterday, only 1,433,730 Covid-19 vaccines had been administered in a country of nearly 60 million…

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Al Jalila Foundation receives USD 59.8 million donor funding to establish Hamdan Bin Rashid Cancer Charity Hospital

DUBAI – Al Jalila Foundation, a member of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives, announced that it has already raised over 59 million USD to establish the Hamdan Bin Rashid Cancer Charity Hospital to help cancer patients in need. The UAE’s first charity hospital will accelerate the UAE’s efforts to be a leader in cancer care and a pioneer in medical innovation shaping the future of medicine. Al Jalila Foundation is investing AED750 million in the 250-bed hospital spanning 50,000 square metres, which will be built in two…

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Africa CDC partners with Mastercard Foundation in $1.3 Billion deal to save African lives and livelihoods

ETHIOPIA – Canadian foundation, Mastercard, has announced that it will deploy $1.3 billion over the next three years in partnership with the Africa Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) to save the lives and livelihoods of millions of people in Africa and hasten the economic recovery of the continent. This initiative builds on an earlier collaboration between Mastercard and Africa CDC to expand access to testing kits and enhance surveillance capacity in Africa. Through the Foundation’s support, the Africa CDC’s Partnership to Accelerate COVID-19 Testing (PACT) deployed nearly…

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Africa’s COVID-19 graph continues to peak steadily with numbers edging toward 5 million

AFRICA – COVID numbers in Africa are on steady rise with the total number of infections at 4,951,177 as reported by Africa CDC. However, the continent is also experiencing a balance between infections and recoveries. As of yesterday, cumulative recoveries in the continent tallied to 4,469,399 outweighing fatalities by a whooping margin. Africa has recorded a total of 133,174 deaths due to COVID. So far, South Africa, Morocco, Egypt and Tunisia have recorded high mortality rates. Egypt has a cumulative death toll of 15, 437 out of 266,527 cases while…

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Japan supports Zimbabwe combat COVID-19 through a vaccine cold chain

ZIMBABWE – The Government of Japan has extended its support to the COVID-19 response through its partnership with UNICEF, by improving the COVID-19 vaccines cold chain – ensuring crucial vaccines can be adequately transported and stored. This funding aims to assist the government’s capacity to manage the COVID-19 pandemic. The support from Japan includes procurement of cold chain equipment as well as strengthening health facility capacity to manage the equipment for a smoother roll out of the COVID-19 vaccines. The grant is a continuation of Japan’s support towards UNICEF’s multi-sectoral…

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