Health News Headlines

Obama 'cautiously optimistic' about Ebola

Washington , Oct 23

President Barack Obama Wednesday said he is "cautiously optimistic" about the Ebola situation in the US, as his government announced a new programme that will actively monitor for 21 days every person coming from West African nations hit by the deadly virus.

Kenya to train 30,000 health workers on Ebola

Nairobi , Oct 23

Kenya has plans to train 30,000 health workers on Ebola screening, prevention, control and case management, the health ministry said Wednesday.

Clashes between locals, Ebola team in Sierra Leone, curfew imposed

Freetown , Oct 22

A mid-day curfew was imposed in the city of Kono in eastern Sierra Leone after two people were killed in a conflict between local residents and an Ebola team which tried to take a suspected patient for testing, media reported.

India still on guard against polio

New Delhi , Oct 22

Despite being declared polio-free by the World Health Organization (WHO), India has not let its guard down and is screening passengers from neighbouring countries where the disease is still endemic, officials said Wednesday.

Togo is free from Ebola, asserts PM

Cairo , Oct 22

Togolese Prime Minister Kwesi Ahoomey-Zunu has asserted that his country is free from Ebola disease, saying that all preventive measures have been taken on borders, airports and harbours to detect the virus.

Nigerian parliament approves $1 bn loan to fight Boko Haram

Lagos , Oct 23

The Nigerian House of Representatives Wednesday approved President Goodluck Jonathan's request to borrow not more than one billion dollars to tackle the security challenges facing the country.

Germany pledges additional five mn euros to fight Ebola

Berlin , Oct 22

Germany Wednesday said it would provide over five million euros ($6 million) in additional funds to promote Ebola research.

Government hospitals to provide free services: Bengal CM

Kolkata , Oct 22

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Wednesday said all patients will be entitled to receive free treatment, free diagnostics and free surgery in all government hospitals and health centres across the state.

Indians in Gambia contribute to Ebola fight

Dakar (Senegal) , Oct 22 The Indian community in neighbouring Gambia, one of the three countries in West

US ready to cooperate with Cuba in Ebola fight

Washington , Oct 22

The US is ready to cooperate with Cuba in the international fight against Ebola in West Africa, a spokesperson for the US State Department confirmed to Spanish news agency Efe.