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19 Feb 2018 description

Overview

This Weekly Bulletin focuses on selected acute public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African Region. The WHO Health Emergencies Programme is currently monitoring 51 events in the region. This week’s edition covers key ongoing events, including:

14 Feb 2018 description
report New Era

Following the twin outbreak of cholera and hepatitis E in Windhoek, the Ongwediva Town Council plans to embark on an awareness campaign on Valentine’s Day, which is today.

The first hepatitis E case hit the country in October, while cholera surfaced at the end of January.

Public relations officer at the Ministry of Health and Social Services Manga Libita said only one case of cholera was detected in a 10-year-old boy, but further cases have not surfaced.

She said the boy is doing fine and has since returned to school.

12 Feb 2018 description

Overview

  • This Weekly Bulletin focuses on selected acute public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African Region. The WHO Health Emergencies Programme is currently monitoring 54 events in the region. This week’s edition covers key new and ongoing events, including:

  • Declaration of the end of cholera outbreak in South Sudan

  • Humanitarian crisis in Central African Republic

  • Cholera in Democratic Republic of the Congo

  • Hepatitis E in Namibia

  • Cholera in Angola

09 Feb 2018 description

By Rosemary Nalisa, Namibia Red Cross Society

The capital city of Windhoek is on high alert after an outbreak of Hepatitis E that has claimed three lives, while 554 people are undergoing treatment. Namibia has been battling Hepatitis E since mid-December 2017, after the first cases were detected in an informal settlement of Windhoek. The number has since been rising steadily.

Hepatitis E is a liver disease spread through drinking water that has been contaminated by human faeces. The disease can be fatal, especially for pregnant women.

06 Feb 2018 description

The Minister of Health and Social Services at a recent press briefing reiterated his ministry’s commitment to contain the Hepatitis E outbreak.

06 Feb 2018 description

The engagement of different cadres of community leaders continues to be a priority intervention in the containment of the Hepatitis E outbreak. A total of 10 meetings were held with various community leaders including, leaders of 20 and 30 households, councilors, traditional healers and traditional birth attendants, in Havana and Goreagab settlements. These meetings were facilitated by the Regional Councilors with support from the Ministry of Health and Social Service, City of Windhoek and WHO.

05 Feb 2018 description

Overview

  • This Weekly Bulletin focuses on selected acute public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African Region. The WHO Health Emergencies Programme is currently monitoring 55 events in the region. This week’s edition covers key new and ongoing events, including:

    • Humanitarian crisis in Ethiopia

    • Lassa fever in Benin

    • Lassa fever in Nigeria

    • Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever in Uganda

    • Rift Valley fever in South Sudan

31 Jan 2018 description
report New Era

The ministry of health has confirmed that there is an outbreak of cholera in Katutura. The outbreak is hot on the heels of the hepatitis E outbreak that has thus far infected hundreds of people and killed two. According to the ministry, the cholera outbreak was registered at a school in Katutura where a 10-year old got ill after sharing a sausage with three other pupils. The other three pupils were reportedly also ill. “As one confirmed cholera case constitute an outbreak, [there is] need to put response measures in place,” says the health ministry this morning.

29 Jan 2018 description

This Weekly Bulletin focuses on selected acute public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African Region. The WHO Health Emergencies Programme is currently monitoring 55 events in the region. This week’s edition covers key new and ongoing events, including:

26 Jan 2018 description
report New Era

Alvine Kapitako

Windhoek-The government has thus far spent N$4.7 million to control the hepatitis E outbreak, which has affected mainly the informal settlements of Windhoek since October 2017. This translates into a nearly N$1.5 million spending per month since the outbreak in the informal settlements of Havana, Goreangab, Hakahana, Greenwell Matongo, Ombili and the broader Katutura.

Two people have died from the hepatitis E virus, both pregnant women, who succumbed to hepatitis E complications after giving birth.

22 Jan 2018 description

This Weekly Bulletin focuses on selected acute public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African Region. The WHO Health Emergencies Programme is currently monitoring 56 events in the region. This week’s edition covers key new and ongoing events, including:

Botulism in Nigeria
Lassa fever in Benin
Lassa fever in Nigeria
Humanitarian crisis in Central African Republic
Suspected Rift Valley fever in South Sudan
Cholera in Angola
Suspected Rift Valley fever in The Gambia

15 Jan 2018 description

During the week ending on 13 October 2017, the first identified case was admitted to a public hospital in Windhoek district, with signs and symptoms of hepatitis E. During the week ending on 8 January 2018, a total of 237 probable and confirmed cases have been seen at various health facilities in Windhoek district with the same signs and symptoms. All suspected patients tested negative for hepatitis A, B, and C. A total of 41 of the 237 cases were sent for further testing, and on 8 January 2018, the results showed 21 were IgM positive for hepatitis E.

12 Jan 2018 description

This Weekly Bulletin focuses on selected acute public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African Region. The WHO Health Emergencies Programme is currently monitoring 54 events in the region. This week’s edition covers key ongoing events, including:
- Chikungunya in Kenya
- Cholera in Malawi
- Cholera in Zambia
- Suspected Rift Valley fever in South Sudan
- Humanitarian crisis in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

09 Jan 2018 description

An outbreak of Hepatitis E (HEV) in Windhoek was declared by the Ministry of Health and Social Services on 14 December 2017. As of 5 January 2018, the Ministry recorded cumulative 214 cases. Over 39% of the cases are from the Havana informal settlement and 19% from Goreagab Dam area. Two meetings were held with community leaders from the affected communities on 31 December 2017 and on 6 January 2018.

31 Dec 2017 description

This Weekly Bulletin focuses on selected acute public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African Region. The WHO Health Emergencies Programme is currently monitoring 52 events in the region. This week’s edition covers key new and ongoing events, including:

  • Humanitarian crisis in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Cholera in Zambia
  • Listeriosis in South Africa

For each of these events, a brief description followed by public health measures implemented and an interpretation of the situation is provided.

24 Dec 2017 description

This Weekly Bulletin focuses on selected acute public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African Region. The WHO Health Emergencies Programme is currently monitoring 51 events in the region. This week’s edition covers key new and ongoing events, including:

  • Declaration of the control of cholera outbreak in Borno State, Nigeria
  • Hepatitis E in Namibia
  • Humanitarian crisis in Central African Republic
  • Cholera in South Sudan