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Tuesday, 24 July 2018 17:35

DR Congo declares end of Ebola epidemic

Health minister of Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) Oly Ilunga officially announced the end of the Ebola haemorrhagic fever epidemic in a statement made on national television Tuesday.

On May 12, officials declared an outbreak of the highly contagious disease, the eighth to date in the sprawling country, in Bas-Uele province – an equatorial forest zone near the Central African Republic.

“I declare the end of the Ebola outbreak in Likati in DRC from midnight tonight,” Ilunga said.

An Ebola outbreak in 2014 left 11 300 people dead, mainly in west Africa.

Source: The Guardian

Published in Country Profiles
The Federal Government says it will collaborate with the National Film and Video Censorship Board for effective control of the use of tobacco in the country.
 
Dr Nnenna Ezeigwe, National Coordinator, Non-Communicable Disease Control Division, Federal Ministry of Health, said this while speaking at a one-day training in Keffi, Nasarawa State, on Tuesday.
 
The training was organised by Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) in collaboration with Tobacco Tax Advocacy in Africa for some government officials on “Tobacco Taxation in Nigeria”.
 
Represented by Dr Malau Toma, a Branch Head of Tobacco Control Unit, Ezeigwe noted that the tobacco industry had devised a means of sponsorship in films and movies to advertise their products.
 
She explained that they now used popular actors and actresses to advertise cigarette smoking in their movies and films.
 
“We now see actors, actresses and some celebrities who ordinarily do not smoke, now seeing smoking cigarettes in the movies.
 
“Our children who watch such films or movies think and believe this tobacco is associated with glamour.
 
“The industry is very smart and we need to do more for effective control of this product that causes a lot of diseases.
 
“We need to bring National Film and Video Censorship Board to the table to check activities of actors and actresses in their movies,” she said.
 
The coordinator emphasised the need to monitor and check online advertisement companies as such products were conspicuously advertised “against the law”.
 
 
 
SOURCE: PMNEWSNIGERIA
Published in Agriculture
Tuesday, 24 July 2018 15:23

China to invest $14.7bn in South Africa

China would invest 14.7 billion dollars in South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Tuesday after talks between the two countries, news that sent the rand one percent firmer.
 
Speaking at the same event, Chinese President Xi Jinping said the world’s second-biggest economy would take active measures to expand imports from South Africa to support development in Africa’s most industrialised economy.
 
Xi arrived South Africa on Monday night for a State visit ahead of the much anticipated 10th BRICS Summit in Sandton.
 
This is Xi’s third visit to South Africa, having visited the country for the 2013 BRICS Summit, and the 2015 Forum on China-Africa Co-operation. Xi made State visits to Senegal and Rwanda before arriving in South Africa.
 
The two presidents engaged in bilateral talks and evaluated progress achieved by the two countries on the Strategic Programme with specific reference to the six priority areas identified in 2015.
 
Those areas include the Alignment of industries to accelerate South Africa’s industrialisation process; Enhancement of co-operation in Special Economic Zones; Enhancement of marine co-operation; Infrastructure development; Human resources co-operation; as well as Financial co-operation.
 
China has been South Africa’s largest trading partner for nine years in a row, and South Africa is China’s largest trading partner in Africa.
 
Two-way trade has reached a historic 39billion dollars, 20 times the volume of that at the onset of official diplomatic relations. Direct Chinese investment in the South African economy has also grown eight fold, reaching 10 billion dollars.
 
While there is a trade imbalance between China and South Africa, both countries have implemented mechanisms to address these discrepancies.
 
 
Source: PMnewsNigeria
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