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All Hospitals to Have Isolation Units for Suspected Covid-19 Cases – MoH

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The Ministry of Health has come up with other measures geared towards the fight against covid-19. All hospitals are to put in place isolation rooms or units for people suspected to have covid-19, a move intended to mitigate the spread of the virus.

Emmanuel Ainebyoona, the senior Public Relations Officer at the Ministry of Health, stressed that there is need to have these units as the virus is everywhere, evident from the surge in the Covid-19 cases recorded daily.

“Covid-19 can be in all places, villages inclusive. Therefore, all hospitals at all levels must have isolation or holding units for people with suspected Covid-19 symptoms,” he said.

Hospitals, public or private, he said, are therefore supposed to have the isolation units.

Ainebyoona added that the Ministry is working with various agencies to enforce the monitoring of health professionals and hospitals so that action is taken on those who do not follow the set guidelines.

It should be noted that the Namisindwa Covid-19 death left over 40 positive cases; as these were discovered through contact tracing according to the Ministry of Health. The deceased first visited a local clinic seeking medical attention where they interacted with numerous people, who have since tested positive.

Dr Ruth Aceng, the Heath Minister, explained that the more covid-19 patients admitted in hospitals, the less the attention from health workers as they will be overwhelmed and as such, “we shall, unfortunately, have more deaths.”

Meanwhile, the Ministry has also finalized a week-long training of ambulance operators as per proper handling of Covid-19 suspected and confirmed cases is concerned.

Private ambulance service providers, in particular, have been called on board to complement the existing government ambulances for quicker intervention in Covid-19 emergency situations.

“With 230 government ambulances, the Ministry requires 460 more due to the prevailing  covid -19 pandemic,” officials noted.

John Baptist Waniaye, the Commissioner Emergency Care Services at the Ministry of Health explained thus, “In all the regional hospitals, we shall need a minimum of 20 ambulances because these hospitals cover 10 districts on average.”

He also said that people need to be sensitized more about the virus.

Dr. Annet Alenyo Ngabirano, an emergency medicine expert, noted that trainees were skilled on ambulance ware use including a stretcher, oxygen masks and the need to sanitize all surfaces of the ambulance among others.

 



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21 workers trapped in flooded mine in China’s Xinjiang | China News

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CCTV says rescuers have located 12 of the 21 trapped miners.

Eight miners have been rescued and 21 remain trapped in a coal mine in China’s Xinjiang region after flooding cut power underground and disrupted communications, according to state media.

The accident happened in Fengyuan coal mine in Hutubi County on Saturday evening, when staff were upgrading the site, the official Xinhua news agency said.

Rescuers had located 12 of the 21 trapped miners, broadcaster CCTV said, but it was unclear if they were all together.

Rescue personnel were trying to pump water from the flooded shaft and have been piping air into the mine.

Pipes were being laid but the pumping operation was going to be challenging, CCTV said.

Mining accidents are common in China, where the industry has a poor safety record and enforcement of regulations is often lax.

In January, 22 workers were trapped in a mine in east China’s Shandong province after an explosion damaged the entrance, leaving workers stuck underground for about two weeks.

Eleven men were pulled out alive, 10 died and one miner remained unaccounted for.

In December, 23 miners died after being trapped underground in the southwest city of Chongqing – just months after 16 others died from carbon monoxide poisoning at another coal mine in the city.



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African Champions League: CR Belouizdad join Sundowns in quarter-finals

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Amir Sayoud in action for Algerian club CR Belouizdad
Amir Sayoud opened the scoring for Algerian club CR Belouizdad as they beat South African hosts Mamelodi Sundowns 2-0.

Algerian champions CR Belouizdad earned the win they needed over hosts Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa to clinch a place in the African Champions League quarter-finals.

Amir Sayoud took his tally in the competition to seven when he gave Belouizdad the lead over Sundowns in Pretoria on 29 minutes.

That advantage was doubled just before half-time as Ahmed Gasmi headed home a cross from Zinelaabidine Boulakhoua.

It was a measure of revenge for the Algerians who were embarrassed by Sundowns on home soil in the reverse fixture when the South Africans won 5-1 in February.

In Friday’s other Group B game DR Congo’s TP Mazembe, who were already out of contention to make the last eight came from behind to clinch a 2-1 win over Sudan’s Al Hilal.

The Sudanese club had needed a win to have any chance at all of progressing.

Al Hilal made the ideal start in their bid to win against former African champions Mazembe – Eid Mugadam gave them the lead after just two minutes in Lumbumbashi – but 16 minutes later Hilal contributed to their own downfall as Ivorian defender Mohamed Ouattara scored an own goal to level the game at 1-1.

Mazembe won the game thanks to a goal from Isaac Tshibangu, who scored just moments after he came on as substitute.

The draw for the quarter and semi-finals will be held on 30 April at the Confederation of African Football’s headquarters in Cairo.

Friday’s Group B results:

  • TP Mazembe (DR Congo) 2-1 Al Hilal (Sudan)
  • Mamelodi Sundowns (South Africa) 0-2 CR Belouizdad (Algeria)



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Ghana's farmers eye sweet success from chocolate

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Ghana is the world’s second largest cocoa producer but sees little of the profits from chocolate – for now.



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