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Africa's black market in vaccinations, test results and certificates

Ahead of the roll out of South Africa’s mass COVID-19 vaccination programme, security experts have warned of a thriving black market for vaccine certificates,...

A 'variant of concern' discovered in Tanzanians visiting Angola

The Kwazulu-Natal Research Innovation and Sequencing Platform (Krisp) team has discovered the most mutated COVID-19 variant, yet, in Angola on travellers from Tanzania, a...

New Tanzanian president's reversal on COVID-19 denialism

Tanzania’s new president announced plans to appoint a panel of experts to advise her on how best to curb the spread of the coronavirus,...

Arrests for posts questioning Tanzania president's health

Police in Tanzania have arrested four people on suspicion of spreading rumours on social media that President John Magufuli is ill, reports BBC News....

Tanzania under WHO and human rights pressure on COVID

Under pressure from the WHO, Human Rights Watch and calls for Tanzania's expulsion from the Commonwealth, President John Magufuli's government  may be budging from...

U-turn on Zimbabweans having to pay for COVID-19 vaccine

Zimbabwe’s Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube has backtracked on his statement that the coronavirus vaccine will not be free for the country’s citizens, reports Anadolu...

Tanzanian president: COVID vaccines 'a plot to steal Africa's wealth'

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has urged Tanzania to follow science, a day after its president said COVID-19 vaccines were dangerous and unnecessary if...

Zimbabwe ministers 'eliminated' by medical assassins

Zimbabwe Information Secretary Nick Mangwana who sparked a row by suggesting that some Zimbabwe government ministers and officials who have succumbed to COVID-19 could...

Bogus Zim doctor worked at hospital for 7 months undetected

A man who posed undetected as a doctor at one of Zimbabwe's biggest hospitals for seven months has been arrested and charged with fraud...

Zimbabwe doctors may need state approval to work abroad

Zimbabwe is seeking to tighten the rules on how a certificate which its doctors need in order to get work abroad is issued as...

Radical changes to Zimbabwe medical training draws criticism

Two radical modifications in the training of medical doctors in Zimbabwe have caused a ruckus in the medical fraternity where they have met with...

7 babies stillborn in a single night at Harare Central Hospital

Seven babies were stillborn, out of eight Caesareans performed at Harare Central Hospital in Zimbabwe on Monday night after urgent treatment was delayed because...

Madagascar's public hospitals to turn away COVID-19 patients

Public hospitals in Madagascar said they’ve reached full capacity and will only accept patients with the most severe forms of COVID-19 as cases surge...

Egypt blames doctors for spread of coronavirus

Egypt is arresting medics who speak out about the country's coronavirus crisis, Business Insider says according to multiple reports. The arrests come after the...

Zimbabwe Health Minister fired over US$42m tender scandal

Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa has sacked Health Minister Obadiah Moyo for “conduct inappropriate for a government minister”. The dismissal was confirmed by presidential spokesperson...

Zimbabwe raises government worker salaries after nurses' strike

Zimbabwe has raised salaries for all government workers by 50%, hours after nurses stopped work at a major government hospital in the capital Harare,...

Prayer has rid the country of COVID-19 says Tanzania's president

Tanzania's President John Magufuli has declared the country "coronavirus-free" thanks to prayers by citizens, reports BBC News. "The corona disease has been eliminated thanks...

Police struggle to round up 100s of African quarantine escapees

Police across swathes of Africa have failed to find more than a fraction of hundreds of people who have escaped from often unsanitary and...

Zim govt: Farm ownership guarantee to growers of medicinal cannabis

The Zimbabwe Health Ministry has announced that all local and foreign investors promoting the production of cannabis will be offered 100% ownership of their...

Tanzania accused by opposition of hiding true COVID-19 stats

Tanzania’s infection rate and death toll from COVID-19 are far higher than the government is acknowledging, Daily Maverick reports opposition activists claim. They insist...

WHO's worst case scenario sees up to 24,000 COVID deaths in SA

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has predicted that South Africa will experience the third highest toll in Africa from the coronavirus pandemic, with just...

Burundi expels WHO, Tanzania's president calls for prayers to 'vanquish' COVID

Burundi has ordered the expulsion of the World Health Organisation expert team co-ordinating the country's response to the coronavirus pandemic, while the president of...

WHO study: Up to 190,000 may die in Africa over next year

Eighty-three thousand to 190 000 people in Africa could die of COVID-19 and 29 million to 44 million could get infected in the first...

Rwanda and Lesotho extend lockdown, Ghana lifts it

Lesotho, despite not yet recording any COVID-19 cases, has joined Rwanda in extending their lockdowns, while Ghana has become the first African country to...

Lack of testing raises fears that pandemic epicentre is moving to Africa

As the daily number of new COVID-19 infections appears to be falling in parts of the world, some fear the epicentre of the virus...

Africa's COVID-19 numbers expected to rise sharply

Africa will likely see higher numbers of coronavirus cases in coming weeks because of the likelihood some are slipping through the net, the head...

Delay in final exams may leave Zim with shortage of junior doctors

Zimbabwe could find itself without junior doctors because the University of Zimbabwe is still delaying setting final exams for fifth-year medical students from 2019....

China's plan to build Africa's CDC headquarters 'a threat to Africa'

The Trump administration has cited concerns over Beijing’s scientific spying programme as the reason it wants to block a Chinese plan to build an...

Killer disease stumps Nigeria Centre for Disease Control

Speaking on the strange killer disease in Benue State, Nigeria’s Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire said the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) was...

Zimbabwe junior doctors end strike but senior doctors remain out

Some Zimbabwe junior doctors have ended their more than 100 days of industrial action, after the intervention of Catholic bishops but because many senior...

Desperate Zimbabweans go to Zambia for medical care

The Zimbabwe government has, with immediate effect, hiked by 600%, fees at all public hospitals, something that is set to add more misery to...

Malawian albinos are being kidnapped and sacrificed

Nowhere is it more dangerous to be an albino than in Malawi, where they are captured by the albino-hunting gangs and either killed immediately...

Zimbabwe senior doctors stop work as public hospital strike spreads

Senior doctors at Zimbabwe's public hospitals have gone on strike to protest against the dismissal of junior colleagues who have boycotted work over pay...

Zimbabwe fires 211 striking doctors

211 junior and middle level doctors at Zimbabwe state hospitals who had been striking for two months to press for higher pay have been...

Lesotho and Namibia hit by disease outbreaks

South Africa’s neighbours, Lesotho and Namibia, have been hit by disease outbreaks, says a Cape Times report. Lesotho has reported measles in the Qacha’s...

Zimbabwean ministers spar over starving hospital patients

Reports of Zimbabwe patients starving while in hospital came to light in parliament after Defence Minister Oppah Muchinguri asked Labour and Social Welfare Minister...

Zimbabwe achieves betterTB treatment coverage than SA

Zimbabwe is among the countries with high tuberculosis (TB) burdens that achieved treatment coverage levels of more than 80%, in 2018, the World Health...

Zambia's first local polio case since 1995, from vaccine

The World Health Organisation (WHO) says Zambia has reported its first local case of polio since 1995, in a 2-year-old boy paralysed by a...

DRC's Ebola epidemic contained in a 'smaller geographical area'

Efforts to halt an Ebola epidemic in the Democratic Republic of Congo have made "significant progress", with the virus now contained to a far...

Harvard scrambles to distance itself from honour to Zimbabwe's first lady

The Global Health Catalyst (GHC) group has “clarified” its honouring of Zimbabwe’s first lady Auxillia Mnangagwa hours after several US diplomats wrote to ask...