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Repeated and inappropriate use of antibiotics undermines health, warns WHO

11-20-2019 “Antimicrobial resistance threatens to undermine health security and our progress towards universal health coverage, just as it risks reversing the medical advances of the twentieth century,” said Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa in a statement issued on the occasion of the World Antibiotic Awareness Week 2019. (...)
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Late distribution of mosquito nets causes increase in malaria cases in 2019

11-07-2019 “Malaria epidemic did not occur in Burundi in 2019,” said Jean Bosco Girukwishaka, spokesman for the Ministry of Public Health at a press conference held on 6 November. He however admits that, cases of malaria have increased this year compared to last year. He says that this increase in (...)
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Burundi to achieve UN Programme on HIV/AIDS 90–90–90 targets

10-18-2019 “Burundi attained a remarkable success in reducing HIV associated morbidity, mortality and transmission as well as improving the quality of life of people living with HIV,” said Thaddée Ndikumana, Minister of Health, at a public conference on productive health, organized on 17 October by Burundi First Lady, Denise Nkurunziza. (...)
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Burundians with mental health problems claim access to medicines

10-11-2019 On the occasion of the celebration of the World Mental health Day this October 10th, Burundian patients with mental problems say they don’t get medicines. “The treatment of patients with mental problems is very expensive whereas many of us are from impoverished families,” says one of the patients met (...)
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Outbreak of cholera in Rukaramu area

10-09-2019 At least fourteen people from Rukaramu area in Mutimbuzi commune of Bujumbura province have contracted cholera since last week. Two people have already died of this disease which is spreading fast due to a serious lack of drinking water in the locality. Residents of Kigwati I and Kigwati II (...)
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Older persons denounce inaccessibility to health care in Burundi

10-02-2019 On the occasion of the celebration of the International Day of Older Persons, those from Burundi say they don’t have access to health care due to the lack of means. They ask the government to implement free health care policy for older persons. “I live with my little grandchild. (...)
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30% of patients in Burundi suffer from heart diseases

09-25-2019 On the occasion of the celebration of the World Heart Day on 29 September, heart specialist doctors call on people to change their lifestyle as heart disease is the main leading cause of death throughout the world. Constantin Nyamuzangura, Heart Specialist and Chairman of the Burundian Cardiology Society, says (...)
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Over 420 cholera cases recorded in two months in Bujumbura City

09-12-2019 Thaddée Ndikumana, Minister of Public Health says the number of people suffering from cholera continues to increase since it was declared last July. “At least two cases of cholera are recorded per day,” says Minister Ndikumana. He also says Bujumbura neighborhoods are the most affected. “The poor sanitation is (...)
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WHO recommends more scientific research on Artemisia

08-30-2019 In a workshop organized by the municipality of Bujumbura in collaboration with ACECI, the World Health Organization-WHO has said Artemisia has not yet been approved as a medicine for malaria. Dismas Mbaza, Program Officer at World Health Organization in Burundi has said researchers should send their results to the (...)
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Burundi, DRC to work together to fight Ebola

08-27-2019 Reinforcing measures to prevent Ebola disease by multiplying control posts on unknown pathways at the borders is one of the major activities to be undertaken by Burundi and the DRC. It was revealed during a meeting organized in the economic capital Bujumbura between the Burundian delegation and South Kivu (...)