Nairobi Hospital confirms James Nyamongo as hospital CEO

KENYA – The Nairobi Hospital Board of Management has confirmed the appointment of James Nyamongo as the facility’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Mr. Nyamongo’s appointment is effective December 7, 2020, when he was appointed acting CEO on a six-month probationary term following the unceremonious ouster of former CEO Allan Pamba. In a statement to media houses announcing his appointment, the board said it appreciated the progress Mr. Nyamongo has achieved towards the transformation of the hospital. The CEO holds a Master’s Degree in Finance and Public Policy from the University…

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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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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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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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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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Cognitive clock emerges as a revolutionary technique to monitor brain health

U.S. – Researchers from the Rush University Medical Center have developed a novel method to monitor the brain health of patients to improve the early diagnosis and treatment of certain diseases including Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.  This “cognitive clock,” which is the term that has been coined for this new screening technique, involves measuring an individual’s cognitive age, rather than their chronological age, to assess the patient’s risk of poor health outcomes. Pathological factors bear more weight on development of neurological diseases than a person’s chronological age. However much, aging…

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WHO renames covid-19 strains using letters in the Greek alphabet

SWITZERLAND – The World Health Organisation (WHO) has introduced a new system based on the letters of the Greek alphabet to name coronavirus variants in a bid to do away with labels associated with countries, places or people. The United Kingdom variant, called by scientists B.1.1.7, will now be Alpha. B.1.351, the South Africa variant, will now be Beta and the B.1.617.2 variant discovered in India will now be known as Delta. The variant first discovered in India has caused alarm around the world after being blamed for an unrelenting…

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Pharmaceutical knowledge database DrugBank expands into new regions to compound global influence

CANADA – DrugBank, the world’s most complete and up-to-date pharmaceutical knowledge database, expands operations into Austria, Colombia, Indonesia, Italy, Malaysia, Thailand, and Turkey to better serve global partners. DrugBank augments human intelligence to improve the world’s health by offering a suite of products that enable healthcare companies to improve healthcare delivery through precision medicine or clinical software application, while uncovering insights by applying data science to drug discovery.  “With these new additions, our pharmaceutical knowledge base becomes even more accessible and comprehensive,” explains Mike Wilson, CEO of DrugBank.  Wilson continues…

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Healthtech startup Takestep raises seed round investment for its expansion plans

EGYPT – TakeStep, a healthtech startup, has raised an undisclosed seed round investment to expand its operations to the GCC countries (Gulf Cooperation Council) in the near future. The investment was from two angel investors; Dr. Mohamed Hossam Khedr, who is also joining TakeStep as Managing Partner, and another Egyptian angel investor. Founded in 2018, the company has been helping over 15,000 patients to recover, and steer clear of relapsing, through 24/7 counselling services via its patient-centric web and mobile platforms. TakeStep aims to support people struggling with substance abuse and addiction.…

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Lancet Laboratories taps Laborex Kenya boss Mwende Musunga for CEO post

KENYA – Pathologists Lancet Kenya (PLK) has appointed Ms Mwende Musunga as its new Chief Executive Officer, replacing the retiring founding partner and the group managing director Dr Ahmed Kalebi. In a newspaper advertisement, the board of directors disclosed that  will be joining Lancet Group of Laboratories East Africa from June 1. Ms Musunga has been Laborex Kenya Ltd chief executive for the past four years. Dr Kalebi, who founded PLK in 2009 before it was acquired by French and South African partners, announced early this month that he would be…

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