River Gee County Risks Malaria Outbreak

first_imgThe Deputy Director for Community Health Services Division at the Ministry of the Health and Social Welfare, Daniel S.M. Wessih, Jr., has disclosed that about 90 percent of those who received free insecticide mosquito nets in the six statutory districts of River Gee County are not using the nets.He stated that their action might expose the county to malaria outbreak.Mr. Wessih said ‘mosquito nets’ used to prevent mosquitoes, especially the female mosquitoes, from biting the body        and causing malaria, have been misused in the county either for fishing purposes, bathing scrub sapoe/siphon, amongst others.Deputy Director Wessih made the startling revelation over the weekend during the formal Logan Town’s Malaria awareness campaign held at the Logan Town General Market, under the theme ‘Get Tested before Treatment.’The health and social worker said the threat of a malaria outbreak means there will be death, because malaria kills.He stated that the information of the malaria statistics is based on reports gathered from the over 90 General Community Health Volunteers, who were assigned in the county during a 10-day ICCM workshop, which ran from the 18th to the 28th of February.The Integrated Community Case Management (ICCM) workshop that was sponsored by UNICEF, brought together over 90 GCHVs in different locations within the county. Diseases highlighted were diarrhea, ARI (Pneumonia) and malaria.Deputy Director Wessih stated that according to the GCHVs’ report, the citizens had regretted the misapplication of the mosquito nets, but are appealing for another donation and have agreed of pay L$2,000 for anyone of them who will be caught misapplying or have misapplied the mosquito nets.He said in order to tackle the scary reports coming from River Gee, they have instructed the GCHVs to be robust about the BCC: meaning, Behavior Change Community.“There are 250 persons to a GCHV so we have encouraged our volunteers to double their rounds to test especially children and child-bearing girls for malaria, and administer the treatment,” Deputy Director Wessih opined.Meanwhile, over 600 persons, mainly women and children were reached during formal Logan Town’s Malaria awareness campaign held at the Logan Town General Market, over the weekend, under the theme ‘Get Tested before Treatment.’The ‘Get Tested before Treatment on Malaria’ official awareness campaign began in Clara Town in December 2013, and was also held in West Point in January this year.The outreach was merely aimed to clarify that not every fever (illness) is malaria therefore people must and should get tested before taking malaria treatment; and if tested positive, they should only take the new globally confirmed malaria tablets called Artemisinin based Combination Therapy (ACT).Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Ozil cut from video game in China over Xinjiang comments

first_imgOzil, a German national of Turkish origin, condemned China’s crackdown on Muslim minorities in the western region of Xinjiang in a tweet last Friday and criticised Muslim countries for failing to speak up about the alleged abuses. Arsenal has distanced itself from his comments, while China said his tweets were “untruthful” and that he was “deceived by fake news”.Meanwhile, German Bundesliga club FC Cologne pulled out of a football academy in China, citing a re-evaluation of “resources and priorities”.But senior official Stefan Mueller-Roemer, a former club president and now head of the fan council, told local newspaper Koelner Stadt-Anzeiger that “we don’t need China in sport”, charging that “human rights are massively disrespected” in the country.China has faced growing international condemnation for setting up a vast network of camps in Xinjiang, where critics say Uighurs are pressured to renounce Islam, support the ruling Communist Party, and integrate with China’s majority Han culture.Rights groups and experts say more than one million Uighurs and other mostly Muslim minorities have been incarcerated, part of a long-term government response to tame years of persistent violent unrest against Beijing’s control of Xinjiang.Ozil had tweeted in Turkish: “Korans are being burnt… Mosques are being shut down… Muslim schools are being banned… Religious scholars are being killed one by one… Brothers are forcefully being sent to camps.” “The Muslims are silent. Their voice is not heard,” he wrote against a blue backdrop with a white crescent moon — the flag of ‘East Turkestan’, the term many Uighur separatists use for Xinjiang.Shortly afterward, NetEase announced on its verified Chinese social media accounts that Ozil’s comments had “hurt the feelings of Chinese fans and violated the sport’s spirit of love and peace”.“We do not understand, accept or forgive this comment,” it said.Konami, the Japanese developer of the game, declined to comment on the matter when contacted by AFP.Following Ozil’s comments, Chinese state television dropped plans to broadcast the English Premier League club’s match last Sunday, and discussion of the topic is now heavily censored in China.China at first denied that the camps existed but later acknowledged them as foreign pressure grew, saying they were vocational training centres.In a similar episode, China moved in October to punish the NBA’s Houston Rockets after its general manager Daryl Morey tweeted support for Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters.Ozil has been praised on Twitter for speaking out, with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also weighing this week.“China’s Communist Party propaganda outlets can censor @MesutOzil1088 and @Arsenal’s games all season long, but the truth will prevail,” Pompeo wrote on Twitter, chastising China for its “gross” rights violations against Uighurs.Turkey, which shares linguistic and ethnic ties with the Uighurs, has been outspoken on the issue but most Muslim-majority countries have been muted in the face of China’s commercial and diplomatic power.0Shares0000(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Mesut Ozil has been deleted from Chinese versions of the Pro Evolution Soccer game © IKIMAGES/AFP / Ian KINGTONShanghai, China, Dec 19 – Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil has been deleted from Chinese versions of the popular Pro Evolution Soccer (PES) mobile game, the title’s China distributor has said, as the fallout builds over his criticism of the country’s treatment of its Uighur minority.US-listed Chinese internet company NetEase said it removed Ozil from the game due to his “extreme comment about China.”last_img read more