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A new report titled, OFF TRACK-OFF TARGET, released by the international charity, WaterAid shows that there are more people in the world today lacking adequate sanitation services than in 1990.
In recent days, West Africa Democracy Radio (WADR) has been running a series of reports on fake drugs, because of the health hazards associated with such drugs which find their way into wrong hands.
Nigeria is said to be a big market for such fake medicines.
Some health workers in Sierra Leone have been arrested by police for allegedly stealing a consignment of drugs intended for the Sierra Leonean government’s free health care scheme.
The African Union (AU) has approved a US$100,000 donation to the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) to help rehabilitate internally displaced people 9IDPs) affected by the post-election violence in Ivory Coast earlier this year.
A new anti malaria drug has been introduced in Sierra Leone called, Colart Artemether/Lumefantrime.
It was produced by the pharmaceutical giant, GlaxoSmithKline.
Pharmacists in Ghana have threatened to begin an indefinite nationwide strike on Monday.
In a statement released in the capital, Accra, the Government and Hospital Pharmacists Association accused the Wages and Salaries Commission of employing what it called, “deceitful tactics”.
More than six months after Ivory Coast post election violence ended, the humanitarian situation in the country still remains serious, something worrying many.
As the world population reached 7 billion on Monday, a program has been held in Liberia to mark the birth of the seven billionth babies.
Sierra Leone’s porous borders are said to be one of the main factors responsible for the influx of counterfeit drugs into the country and the proliferation on the market.The country shares boundaries with Liberia and Guinea and large amounts of fake drugs are said to be among goods allegedly coming into the country from the neighbouring countries.
The State of the World Population released by the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) indicates that Liberia remains among countries with the highest maternal mortality rates, with 990 deaths from every hundred thousand live births.