Today's Health News in Snippets

15/10/2021

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Escaped Kenyan child killer beaten to death by mob

A mob in western Kenya has killed a self-confessed serial killer who escaped from custody two days ago, police say.

 

Masten Wanjala was traced by villagers to a house in Bungoma town and beaten to death, they say.

 

Authorities had launched a massive manhunt for the fugitive who admitted to killing more than 10 young boys during a five-year period.

 

He also confessed to drugging them and in some cases drinking their blood.

 

He reportedly returned to the home of his parents - who have disowned him - and was subsequently strangled by neighbours who found out he was there, an eyewitness told Kenya's Standard newspaper.

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Testing suspended at UK lab after up to 43,000 given wrong negative Covid result

As many as 43,000 may have been given the all-clear despite having Covid due to lab failures.

 

Testing has been suspended at Immensa Health Clinic's private testing lab in Wolverhampton after people who tested positive on lateral flows got negative PCR results.

 

NHS Test and Trace estimate that 43,000 people may have been given incorrect negative PCR test results between 8 September and 12 October, mostly in the South West of England.

 

It comes after dodgy test results were handed out at the Department for Health and Social Care's PCR testing base at Chieveley in West Berkshire between October 3 and October 12.

 

The mistakes mean potentially infectious people had no idea they had the bug.

 

As a result they may have passed on the killer virus to countless family and friends.

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Day of mourning in Lebanon after bloodshed at protest

Lebanon is holding a day of mourning after six people died and dozens were hurt in some of the worst violence for years in the capital, Beirut.

 

Gunfire broke out on Thursday during a protest by Shia Muslim groups against the judge investigating last year's huge blast at the city's port.

 

Hezbollah, which organised the protest, says demonstrators were fired on by gunmen on rooftops.

 

They blamed a Christian faction, although the group denies the charge.

 

Huge tension surrounds the inquiry into the port explosion that killed 219 in August 2020.

 

Swathes of the city were devastated by the blast, but no-one has yet been held accountable.

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Uganda jab distributor makes it mandatory for staff

The Ugandan government agency in charge of distributing Covid-19 vaccines to government health facilities has told all staff and visitors to present proof they're fully vaccinated.

 

Anyone who is not fully vaccinated must present a negative PCR test taken in the last 72 hours, to be allowed in.

 

In a statement, the National Medical Stores said it was leading by example. Those affected by the orders include directors of public hospitals, pharmacists, suppliers as wells donors, and politicians.

 

Uganda has so far received 5.6 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines - some procured, others donated - but just 2.3 million people have received their jabs and 580,000 are fully vaccinated.

 

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US to donate more Covid-19 vaccines to Africa

The US has pledged an additional 17 million Covid-19 vaccines to the African continent, which is lagging way behind the world in vaccinations.

 

The vaccines will be distributed through the African Union.

 

The announcement was made during a meeting between President Joe Biden and Kenya’s leader Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday.

 

The meeting at the White House was President Biden's first with an African leader.

 

Less than 4% of Africans have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 as the continent struggles with a shortage of doses, vaccine hesitancy and logistical problems in delivering jabs particularly in conflict-torn countries.

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Nigeria to bar unvaccinated civil servants from offices

Authorities in Nigeria have announced that government workers who have not received Covid-19 jabs will not be allowed into their offices from December.

 

This effectively makes covid vaccines mandatory for federal civil servants across the country - a policy the government has been considering for several months.

 

Chairman of the Presidential Steering Committee on Covid-19 Boss Mustapha said proof of a negative Covid test done within 72 hours will be the only other option for government employees.

 

The government has not made any mention of visitors to its offices.

 

Nigeria has so far fully vaccinated just 1% of its population of more than 200 million.

 

Inadequate vaccine doses and hesitancy by the citizens are blamed for the low vaccination rate.

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Man sentenced to death in China for setting his ex-wife on fire during a livestream

A Chinese man who set his ex-wife on fire as she livestreamed to her online followers was sentenced to death on Thursday, concluding a murder case that received nationwide notoriety.

 

The victim, 30-year-old Lhamo, was a farmer and livestreamer in a Tibetan autonomous prefecture in southwestern Sichuan province. She was streaming a video of herself last September when a man burst in, poured gasoline on her and set her on fire. She died two weeks later.
 

Her ex-husband, Tang Lu, was arrested soon after. On Thursday in court, he was found guilty of homicide, sentenced to death and ordered to pay compensation, according to state-run broadcaster CCTV.

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US task force proposes adults 60 and older should not start daily aspirin to prevent heart disease or stroke

The US Preventive Services Task Force is considering making several changes to its guidance on taking a daily aspirin to prevent heart disease and stroke.

 

On Tuesday, the task force posted a draft statement recommending that adults ages 40 to 59 who are at a higher risk for cardiovascular disease - but do not have a history of the disease - decide with their clinician whether to start taking aspirin, based on their individual circumstances.
 

This is the first time the task force has recommended that adults in their 40s talk to their doctors about whether to take aspirin for heart health.

 

The draft also says that adults 60 and older should not start taking aspirin to prevent heart disease and stroke because new evidence shows that potential harms cancel out the benefits, according to the task force.

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Last chance to find Covid origins, WHO says

The World Health Organization (WHO) says a new taskforce may be the last chance to find the origins of Covid-19.

 

It has nominated 26 experts to join the body, the Scientific Advisory Group on the Origins of Novel Pathogens (Sago).

 

More than a year-and-a-half since the virus was detected in the Chinese city of Wuhan, the question of how it first emerged remains unclear.

 

The team will consider if the virus jumped from animals to humans in Wuhan markets or leaked in a lab accident.

 

China has strongly refuted the second theory.

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