China-Africa trade tops 220 bln USD in 2014: envoy

Trade between China and Africa exceeded 220 billion U.S. dollars in 2014, according to Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria Gu Xiaojie.The figures were revealed in a statement issued in Abuja on Friday ahead of the Johannesburg Summit of Forum on China-Africa Cooperation due in December.China has been Africa’s largest trading partner for six years in a row with diplomatic ties with 50 African countries.
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IT can revolutionise SA’s healthcare service delivery

Although access to quality healthcare is considered a basic human right, the South African healthcare sector is facing numerous challenges that impede the delivery of this essential service. The shortage of skilled doctors and nurses coupled with the rapidly growing economy and populations means that there are simply not enough providers for all of our citizens.
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Commonwealth Medical Association Hails Buhari On Appointment Of Health Ministers

The Commonwealth Medical Association (CMA) has applauded President Muhammadu Buhari for appointing competent professionals as ministers to oversee the affairs of the health ministry.
The association gave the commendation in a statement signed by its Vice-President, Dr Osahon Enabulele.
Enabulele said that the appointment of Prof. Isaac Adewole and Dr Osagie Ehanire as Minister of Health and Minister of State for Health respectively would give the sector a new lease of life.
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Chinese peacekeepers prepare for Africa missions

China has been participating in UN peacekeeping operations, mainly in Africa, since the 1990s. And it continues to contribute more to it.
Intensive training for the upcoming mission to Africa….
An infantry battalion of 700-strong will leave for South Sudan for a one-year posting in December, and 225 military engineers for the Darfur region.
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Kenya Gets Sh1.3 Billion U.S. Grant for Public Health Labs

The US has given the Kenyan government a five-year Sh1.3 billion grant to strengthen public health facilities’ ability to handle infectious diseases.The money will be used to equip public health laboratories and train medical staff.
The collaboration named Boresha Maabara (improve laboratory services), is between the Kenya government and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)/
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Iran Ready to Provide Medical Supports for S. Africa: Larijani

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Speaker of Iran’s Parliament Ali Larijani voiced the country’s preparedness to expand its cooperation with South Africa, particularly in the fields of energy and medical services.
In a Sunday meeting with the visiting South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa here in Tehran, Larijani said the two countries can have exchange of information in such fields as health and medicine.
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Trevor Noah mocks U.S. health care system’s wait times, paperwork after emergency appendectomy

This pundit got a ruptured appendix – and a fresh set of eyes.
“The Daily Show” host Trevor Noah got a crash course in American health care early Wednesday when he said an emergency room employee prioritized paperwork over his perforated appendix.
“‘The lady’s like, ‘Can you fill out the form?’ And I’m like, ‘I’m dying!’” he said, putting his Thursday night audience in stitches. “And she’s like, ‘Yeah, but I need you to fill out the form first.’”
The South African comedian also ridiculed U.S. hospitals’ sickening wait times in a medical monologue on his show.
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Pfizer Partners With South Africa To Produce Pneumococcal Vaccine

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) – Global pharmaceutical company, Pfizer, has partnered with South Africa’s Biovac Institute to produce a potentially life-saving pneumonia vaccine for infants, a cabinet minister said on Tuesday.
According to the World Health Organisation, pneumonia is the leading infectious cause of death among children worldwide, accounting for 15 percent of all deaths for children under the age of 5 years.
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Herscher videographer shoots medical care mission in Africa

Kristi Oloffson is creating a video record of another world, a world that might be a little hard for most Americans to accept. She’s just hoping that people will open their eyes and really see the images she’s capturing.
The 29-year-old Herscher High School grad is serving these days on a Mercy Ship, offering free medical services for the poor while docked in Madagascar in Africa. They arrived in August and will stay until next June. This mission was definitely a change of course for a career that seemed on the fast track — in a very different direction.
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