Four killed, two injured in Philadelphia shooting

(TAP) - Four people were killed and two were injured in a shooting on Monday night in Philadelphia, and a suspect was taken into custody, Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw said at a late night news conference. The suspect, a man believed to be 40-years-old, did not appear to have any connection to the victims, Outlaw said, adding that he had a bullet-proof vest and a police scanner. A second person was also taken into custody in connection with the shooting, she said. It was unknown whether this person was connected with the shooter, but police believe he returned fire at the shooter. There were three guns recovered from the scene, including a rifle and a handgun that belonged to the suspect, she said at the conference. The ages of the three dead, all males, ranged between 20- and 59-years-old. The fourth male was believed to be between the ages of 16 to 21. The two injured children are two- and 13-years-old. They were in stable condition, Outlaw said. Details of the July Fourth-eve gun violence were sketchy, but the shooting was reported to have erupted in the Kingsessing section of southwest Philadelphia, less than a mile (1.5 km) from the Schuykill River that flows through Pennsylvania's most populous city. WPVI video footage from the scene of the shooting showed several police squad cars parked near an intersection, lights flashing in the darkness, with portions of the street cordoned off with yellow and red crime-scene tape. The shooting came a day after two people were shot dead and 28 others injured, about half of them children, in a hail of gunfire at an outdoor neighborhood block party in Baltimore, Maryland. Police said they were still seeking multiple suspects in that shooting.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Siliana: working session monitors Makthar Hospital construction project

The progress of the construction project of the Makthar regional hospital (category B) in Siliana was the subject of a working meeting held on Friday at the governorate headquarters.

Local director of health, Adel Haddadi, said that the parties concerned were in agreement on resolving the technical problems, including the collection of waste accumulated on the site and the replacement of the generator.

In a statement to TAP, he added that the project study should be completed by next October, while the call for tenders will be launched between September and May 2023. Work will start at the beginning of March 2024.

The same source said a Tunisian-Kuwaiti consulting firm is in charge of implementing the project, which will include emergency, gynecology, general surgery, medical imaging and outpatient departments, as well as operating theatres.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Takamaka tree wilt disease resurges on Seychelles’ islands of Curieuse and La Digue

The Seychelles Parks and Garden Authority (SPGA) has begun to tackle the Takamaka tree wilt disease resurgence on the islands of Curieuse and La Digue, said an environment official.

The disease is caused by a kind of bark beetle carrying spores of a fungus and infecting the Takamaka tree when it bores into the bark and, as a result, the leaves fall off and the plant eventually dies, if not treated.

An assessment was conducted on Curieuse in March 2023 to ascertain the gravity of the infection.

"We estimated that 25-30 Takamaka trees have been infected on the coastal plateau from Baie Laraie - near the Ranger's Headquarters - to Anse Josee near the Doctor's House," James Mougal, the forestry and national parks general manager told SNA.

He said that "the infestation rate is between 5 to 100 percent. One hundred percent means that the tree is dead. According to our information, it cost around SCR 2,000 [$150] to treat one infected Takamaka tree. This includes the cost of the fungicide, labour and transportation costs. Initially, we were using 'Storite' and 'Tilt' fungicides to treat the Takamaka disease."

Curieuse is a small granitic island close to the second-most populated island of Praslin. The island is a national park managed by Seychelles National Parks Authority and apart from Praslin, it is the second place where the unique endemic coco de mer palm grows in its natural state. The island is also home to hundreds of endemic giant Aldabra tortoises, which were introduced from the Aldabra Atoll between 1978 and 1982.

If not treated the tree will eventually die. (Seychelles News Agency) Photo License: CC-BY

A Seychelles endemic bird, the Paradise Flycatcher, which is found in the La Digue island nature reserve, was successfully relocated to Curieuse.

"This was so that should anything happen to the population of La Digue, there would be others in another safer location," said Mougal.

He said that with the resurgence of the Takamaka tree wilt, the species on both islands will be affected "as these are the trees they prefer to build their nests in."

Mougal added that the Takamaka trees are also where the birds find the insects they need to feed on.

A senior forestry officer, Terrence Athanase, told SNA that although there are signs that members of the public may notice the Takamaka tree wilt disease "it is only our experts who have worked with the disease who will be able to diagnose the plant with utmost certainty."

He added that "this is because, with the South East trade winds, the trees are losing their leaves and this might be mistaken for the Takamaka tree wilt."

Athanase also explained that the officers are "using the equipment and fungicide we have to deal with the issue and are monitoring the trees' recovery process."

However, to be sure that the methods are effective, the forestry officers will have to revisit the affected trees every three months for definite signs of improvement.

Meanwhile, as the division had dealt with the issue of the tree wilt before, Mougal said that it will be doubling down on "enforcing the existing laws that prohibit the transportation of the tree between islands."

Source: Seychelles News Agency

Balé / Digitization of Health: The High Commissioner pleads for support for ASBCs

The top- Commissioner of the Balé province, Ibrahim Boly, chaired on Thursday, June 22 in Boromo, the information meeting of the administrative, customary and religious authorities on the "M-health" health system. or mobile health used by community-based health workers. This meeting was an opportunity for the provincial authority to plead for ASBC support.

The administrative authorities, traditional religious and many health actors participated in this information meeting organized by the health district of Boromo.

Faced with the many advantages of the "M-health" system, the High Commissioner of the Balé province, Ibrahim Boly, pleaded for support for community-based health workers (ASBC) in the Balé province.

In particular, he asked the participants to highlight the advantages of the new health mechanism in order to facilitate the work of the ASBCs.

According to the chief medical officer of the district, Dr Hyppolite Bouda, it is a question of explaining to the authorities the mechanism of digitization of community health, made available to the ASBCs of the province of Balé.

During the meeting, the district management team gave a reminder on the Integrated Management of Childhood Illness in the Community (PCIME-C).

This presentation made it possible to better understand the issues of the need for "digitalization of the community health system M-health", the main communication of the meeting.

"M-health or mobile health" according to the explanations of the district management team is the use of the mobile phone to collect health information, in order to send it to the database of the health information systems department of the district. Ministry of Health.

According to Chief Medical Officer Bouda, the ASBCs in the province were formed in April 2023 and have been equipped with Android devices for carrying out their activities in the community since last May.

According to him, “M-health” is a new, easy tool for caring for sick children at community level by guiding the agent and strengthening their skills.

Dr. Bouda said that this health system also contributes to the reduction of maternal, neonatal and infant-child mortality.

In a practical way, the participants followed a demonstration of the management of an example of a patient's case.

This new mechanism for health care in rural areas appealed to them and however, they expressed their concerns while making contributions, in order to make the ASBCs more available and more effective.

Source: Burkina Information Agency

Rwandan President guest of honour at Seychelles’ National Day parade

The President of Rwanda, Paul Kagame, will be the guest of honour at Seychelles' National Day parade on June 29 during his state visit, said State House on Friday.

Kagame's state visit from June 28 to July 2 is at the invitation of President Wavel Ramkalawan.

"During the visit, President Kagame will hold bilateral discussions with President Ramkalawan at State House and it is anticipated that memoranda of understanding and agreements will be signed. He will also address an Extraordinary Session of the National Assembly," said State House.

This will be the second visit of Kagame to Seychelles, an archipelago in the western Indian Ocean.

The Rwandan President made a private visit to the island nation in August 2018 during which he held discussions with Danny Faure, the President of Seychelles at the time.

Kagame, 65, served as Chair of the African Union (AU) from 2018 to 2019 and chaired the East African Community from 2018-2021. He continues to lead the AU institutional reforms and serves as the AU champion for domestic health financing.

Source: Seychelles News Agency

Uganda plans to raise drinking age to 21

The Ugandan government has announced plans to increase the legal age for consuming alcohol from 18 to 21.

The World Health Statistics 2023 Report ranks Uganda among the leading countries for high rates of alcohol consumption.

According to the WHO report, it is estimated that Ugandans currently consume 12.2 litres of alcohol per person annually, which is significantly higher than the global average.

“Research has shown that if someone has not taken an addictive substance by 21, they are much less likely to use addictive substances later in life,” Dr Hafsa Lukwata, the Ministry of Health commissioner for mental health, alcohol and substance sbuse, told the BBC.

“There has been a public outcry over substance abuse in young people," Dr Lukwata added.

She said that parliament will discuss the age limit, among other measures, in the soon-to-be presented Alcohol Control Bill.

Source: BBC

India removes fees for emergency medical visas for Seychellois citizens

The Indian High Commission in Seychelles will not be charging emergency fees for medical visas issued to Seychellois travelling for emergency treatment in India as of June 21.

The statement was made by the Indian High Commission in a press communique on Tuesday.

"Seychellois requiring Emergency Medical Visa will have to however produce an emergency certificate from the medical authorities recommending the treatment," said the communique.

The High Commission told SNA that 1,392 medical visas were issued to Seychellois travelling to India for treatment in 2022.

Currently, many Seychellois travel to other countries such as India, Sri Lanka, Mauritius and Reunion, to receive medical treatment when the services are not available on Mahe, the main island of the archipelago.

Since 2010, a large number of patients are sent to Seychelles has been sending patients to Chennai's MIOT International Hospital which provides medical care in over 63 specialties.

Seychellois citizens enjoy free universal healthcare and the government pays for overseas treatment for persons who are not able to receive treatment in local healthcare facilities and have exhausted all treatment options in the country.

Source: Seychelles News Agency

Two dead, 20 injurred as bus overturns in Beni Issa, Gabes

Two people died and 20 others were injured after a bus belonging to the Gabes Transport Company overturned on Monday. The bus was travelling from New Matmata to New Zraoua. The accident resulted in the death of a man in his forties and a 5-month-old baby, in addition to the injuries of 20 passengers, a health source told TAP. In addition, a source from the civil protection in Gabes said that the accident occurred in the village of Beni Issa in the New Matmata delegation and that 22 passengers were injured, 3 of them seriously.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Meeting to discuss ways of strengthening cooperation between Tunisia and Malta in pharmaceutical industry

A working session held on Friday between Minister of Health, Ali Mrabet, and Minister for the Elderly and head of the pharmaceutical sector in the Republic of Malta, Jo Etienne Abela, focused on ways of strengthening bilateral cooperation relations.

The meeting also focused on ways of consolidating the partnership in the pharmaceutical industry sector. The two parties also discussed mechanisms for training students in various specialities, including pharmacy, pharmaceutical industries and geriatrics, says a press release issued by the Ministry of Health.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni tests positive for COVID-19

Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni has announced that he has tested positive for COVID-19 after one out of three tests conducted on him returned a positive result.

The revelation came shortly after his State of the Nation address on Wednesday, where he informed the public about his slight cold and subsequent decision to undergo testing.

Diana Atwine, the permanent secretary at the health ministry, stated that President Museveni had developed mild flu-like symptoms but remained in good health overall.

Despite his diagnosis, he will continue to carry out his official duties while adhering to standard operating procedures for COVID-19 cases.

During the peak of the pandemic, Uganda implemented some of the strictest measures in Africa to contain the virus’s spread.

These measures included lengthy curfews and the closure of schools and businesses. However, in February 2022, the country fully reopened, easing most restrictions.

Source: Nam News Network (NNN)