Controversy over the distribution of medicines to adolescent girls in Mogtédo: the MCD provides clarification

The distribution of medicines, in particular acid and iron, to young girls at the Mogtédo departmental high school, has been criticized since March 3 on social networks by conspiracy theorists and by parents worried about not have been informed previously. The AIB approached the city health district to find out more. Faced with this controversy, the Chief Medical Officer of the health district (MCD) of Zorgho, Dr Delphin Kaboré, wanted to provide clarifications. According to him, there was a first publication reporting on the distribution of tablets without platelets to girls at the Mogtédo departmental high school then a second publication by the same author which specifies that it concerns iron and folic acid. . On the first publication, the MCD says it does not recognize itself, on the other hand, it found that the second publication tends towards reality. According to him, this is not an anarchic distribution of medicines, but rather the implementation of an iron and folic acid supplementation campaign, carried out for four years by local health authorities with the support of UNICEF. Started in the communes of Zam and Zorgho, UNICEF then enabled the campaign to be extended to all 8 communes of the province of Ganzourgou and the health district of Ziniaré. He clarified that in addition to iron and folic acid, there are also dewormers that are distributed to girls and also boys. According to Dr Kaboré, this campaign aims to prevent anemia among young girls aged 10 to 19, who are particularly prone to this condition due to the onset of their menstruation; the ultimate goal being to reduce maternal and infant mortality. According to him, the distribution of these drugs falls within a well-defined framework, having benefited from careful planning and communication upstream. Education authorities as well as community leaders were informed of the campaign, and primary, post-primary and secondary schools were chosen as distribution points due to the concentration of the target. The head nurses (ICP) and all health workers responsible for distributing medicines were also invited to raise awareness among teachers and students about the issues surrounding this iron and folic acid supplementation. 'I want the population to know that the health district is at operational level. We are here to implement the health policy that is issued at the central level. (…) Let everyone reassure themselves that it is for the good of the population. And health workers are open. If there are misunderstandings somewhere, they can approach us to get the right information. » Said Dr Delphin Kaboré It should be noted that this campaign took place on February 1 and 2 in all the communes of the province of Ganzourgou. However, despite these awareness and distribution efforts, communication gaps persist, fueling rumors and doubts. It is therefore essential to distinguish rumor from reality. The distribution of medicines to girls at the Mogtédo departmental high school is part of a legitimate anemia prevention campaign, benefiting from the supp ort of health and international authorities. However, additional communication efforts are necessary to ensure better understanding and support of the population for such public health initiatives. Source: Burkina Information Agency

Diapaga/Crash: The two survivors testify

Nicolas Thiombiano and his niece Essita Yonli are the miraculous survivors of the plane crash which claimed the lives of five people yesterday Wednesday in Diapaga (East). This Thursday, in front of the government delegation who came to comfort them, they returned to the tragedy. 'I was among a colleague and a lady who was going to her husband's funeral today (Thursday). We were behind the pilot. The fire came from the pilot's side and caught my left foot. I saw an opening at the bottom of the plane and dove. My uncle Thiombiano Nicolas followed me,' testifies Essita Yonli, one of the two survivors of the crash in Diapaga of the Lead'Air aircraft. This Thursday, they were still at the CMA in Fada N'Gourma, all showing traces of burns on their faces, lower and upper limbs...in short, on all parts of the body. 'When we got out of the plane, the fire had caught my clothes, I took them off to throw them away. While running, I also tore off my left shoe which had caught fire. I found myself under a tree and hel p came to help me. Then the plane exploded along with the other passengers. I thank God who saved me,' continued Essita Yonli in front of the government delegation led by the Minister of Transport, Roland Somda. What happened ? 'What was reported to me was that it was 12:35 p.m., when in addition to the pilot, 6 other passengers boarded the aircraft to take off for Fada N'Gourma. After a run of approximately 500 m, the plane was actually able to take off. However, 580 m further on, he crashed after hitting two trees,' explained the IA gendarmerie commander. He adds: 'thus, the FDS on site and the accompanying passengers who witnessed it, quickly rushed to help the injured and extinguish the aircraft which was still on fire. So, the injured were taken to the CMA of Diapaga for first aid.' In terms of damage, he confirms that the accident unfortunately resulted in 5 deaths and 2 injuries who are already being treated at the CMA level and who will then be evacuated. According to the doctor responsible for t he CMA of Diapaga, Boris Tanliré, for the moment, the state of health of the patients is stable. 'Indeed, yesterday, after the plane crash, we received two injured people. These injuries are due to a burn. We were able to diagnose a third degree burn and a deep second degree burn. We recommended evacuation to a higher level for better care of a patient,' specifies the doctor. Do you confirm that they are out of danger? Mr. Tanliré responds in the affirmative: 'Yes, in any case, at present, they are out of danger.' Coming to bring the government's compassion to the victims, the minister in charge of transport, Roland Somda, said he was saddened by the tragedy. 'At the beginning of the afternoon, we received information that a small plane from the private company Lead'Air had crashed at the Diapaga airfield a few minutes after takeoff. So, immediately, we found ourselves at the crisis room at Ouagadougou international airport to set up a crisis unit to be able to centralize all the information linked to thi s tragedy and also be able to assist the families of the victims. He specifies that this visit aims to note the impact of the incident on the site and on behalf of the highest authorities and the government, to express his compassion, his sincere condolences to the families and loved ones of the victims and to wish to recover the survivors. The conclusions of the investigation report expected 'We came with a team of experts to be able to collect information and really produce a document that can pinpoint the causes of this tragedy that we all deplore,' he says. This tragedy, he said, 'comes at a time when we are preparing the campaign for air services to certain cities in Burkina. It is true that this Diapaga aerodrome had not been included among those to be operated in this first phase.' And, this incident, he said, will make it possible to call upon all airlines which operate at Burkinabe airports and aerodromes to be much more vigilant and professional. The minister says he hopes that the conclusions of the investigation report into the tragedy will make it possible to capitalize and be able to offer quality and safety services to the population. In the afternoon, the victims of the crash (dead and injured people) were all evacuated to Ouagadougou. Source: Burkina Information Agency

Burkina: More than 3 million children will be vaccinated against measles and rubella from March 15 to March 21

More than 3 million children aged 9 months to 59 months will be vaccinated from March 15 to 21, in 61 health districts of the country, during a response campaign against measles and rubella. The vaccination campaign against measles and rubella will take place from March 15 to 21, 2024. It will bring together 3,489,383 children aged 9 to 59 months from 61 health districts in the country. For this 2024 campaign, nine health districts are not affected, because it has already been done. Health authorities announced last week 2,355 cases of measles including 8 deaths. Source: Burkina Information Agency

‘Worrying’ increase in sexually transmitted infections in Europe (agency)

A 'worrying' wave of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) has been observed in Europe, the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) warned on Thursday, which calls for work increased prevention. In 2022, cases of gonorrhea jumped by 48%, with 70,881 cases in the European Union, those of syphilis show an increase of 34% (35,391 cases) and those of chlamydia by 16% (216,508 cases), according to the report annual of the agency. 'This increase is as staggering as it is worrying,' said Andrea Ammon, director of the ECDC, at a press conference. 'These numbers, while important, likely represent just the tip of the iceberg, as the data' may be underestimated, she added, explaining that this was due to differences in screening practices but also access to sexual health services in the 27 countries covered by the agency. The results show that there is "an urgent need to raise awareness of the transmission of STIs and a need to improve prevention, access to screening and effective treatments to ad dress this public health challenge", underlined the ECDC in a press release. 'We must prioritize sex education, expand access to testing and treatment services, and combat the stigma associated with STIs,' Ammon said in the statement. In addition, consistent condom use during sexual intercourse and 'open dialogue' about STIs should be encouraged as they help reduce the transmission of infections. Source: Burkina Information Agency

Boulgou: an ambulance and medical-technical equipment for the Wangala CSPS

The AZIENDA SANITARIA FRIULI OCCIDENTALE health center in Italy donated an ambulance and medical-technical equipment to the Wangala CSPS in the Zabré health district (Central-East). This is a ''valve'' type ambulance and technical medical equipment composed of mattresses and beds that the AZIENDA SANITARIA FRIULI OCCIDENTALE health center in Italy offered on Saturday February 24, 2024 to the CSPS of Wangala in the Zabré health district in the Boulgou province (Central-East). The handover ceremony was chaired by the first vice-president of the special delegation of the commune of Zabré Jacques Gouba in the presence of the chief of the Naaba Zaanr village of Wangala, the chief doctor of the health district of Zabré, former civil servants who served in the village and a strong delegation from Ouagadougou. According to the donor representative, Emmanuel Lenga, the ambulance and medical technical equipment were fully donated after the submission of a request from the association of Zabré nationals in Italy in o rder to improve the care offer. . After obtaining it, the association decided to assign it to the CSPS in Wangala, a village located about fifteen kilometers from Zabré. The contribution of Wangala's sons and daughters was to put their hand in their pocket to bring the ambulance and the rest of the equipment to Burkina. The first vice-president of the special delegation of the commune of Zabré praised the resilience of the sons and daughters of Zabré living outside the country. He maintains that the administration cannot do everything, hence his gratitude to all the actors who contributed to the arrival of the ambulance and equipment to the village of Wangala. 'In the name of the prefect, president of the special Zabré delegation, who is unable to attend, we urge you to declare the births. This will allow us to plan and prevent at the level of the municipal authorities,' he indicated. The chief medical officer of the Zabré health district (MCD), Dr Ahmed Kouanda, welcomed the donation. For him, the ambula nce, which replaces a tricycle which served as an ambulance and for a long time in the garage, comes at the right time and contributes to improving the conditions of care for the populations of Wangala in particular and Zabré in general. He called on the CSPS major and his collaborators to ensure good management of the material received. The village chief of Wangala Naaba Zaanr called on the population to visit the health center and above all to give a respectful welcome to any public official assigned to his village. Like the association of former village students who contributed 100 liters of diesel to fuel the ambulance, the chief offered 200 liters. As a reminder, the Wangala CSPS ambulance already brings to three the number of ambulances received in the Zabré health district during these first two months of 2024 Source: Burkina Information Agency

Ophthalmological campaign: Around forty people regain their sight thanks to a team of German specialists

The 'Dr Boukaré Sebego' medical-surgical center in Léo, in collaboration with a team of German surgeons Operieren in Africa, organized from February 26 to March 1, an ophthalmological surgery campaign for the benefit of around forty of people from the said locality 'In one week of the surgical campaign, a total of around forty people suffering from cataracts were treated by the team of German specialists,' indicated the director of the German surgical medical center in Léo, Omar Ouédraogo. Ouédraogo explained that nearly 400 other patients who also had low visual acuity benefited from corrective lenses at social prices. According to him, 80 corrective lenses were distributed free of charge. According to him, some cases of glaucoma have been treated with laser. This new technology, he says, has made it possible to treat around twenty patients. He further reassured that the interventions are free, only the implants are covered by the patients. Omar Ouédraogo continued that the support from specialists come s at the right time, in the sense that it will make it possible to provide quality care to many poor people. He therefore invited the population to come regularly for consultations with ophthalmologists, because according to him, the campaign makes it possible to detect and treat certain pathologies early to avoid complications. The director of the German surgical medical center in Léo finally expressed all the gratitude of the population of Sissili to the German team for everything they do to improve their health. Source: Burkina Information Agency

Sissili/Ophthalmological Campaign: Around sixty people regain their sight thanks to a team of German surgeons

Léo, The German medical and surgical center “Dr Boukaré Sebego” in Léo, in collaboration with a German operieren in Africa team, organized an ophthalmological surgery campaign from October 8 to 14, 2023 within the said medical center.

In one week of surgical campaign, a total of around forty people suffering from cataracts were treated by Doctor Andrea and his team. In addition, 600 people who also had low visual acuity benefited from corrective lenses.

According to the director of the German Léo medical center, Omar Ouédraogo, the major innovation of this campaign is the laser treatment of glaucoma.

“This technology made it possible to treat around twenty patients,” rejoiced Mr. Ouédraogo.

According to him, the interventions are free, only the implants are paid for by the patients.

For him, it is a feeling of satisfaction that emerges with regard to the service provided to the population.

“At the end of this campaign, all patients indicate that their visual acuity has significantly improved. We can only congratulate ourselves on the good results obtained at the end of this campaign which qualitatively contributed to bringing light to all these people who had been suffering for years,” he added.

For Mr. Ouédraogo, the support of German specialists comes at the right time in that it will make it possible to provide quality care to many poor people.

He also called on the population to come regularly for ophthalmology consultations because it allows certain pathologies to be detected and treated early to avoid complications.

He finally expressed all his gratitude to the German team for everything they do to improve the health of the populations of Sissili.

The head of the German team, Dr Andréa, was pleased with the smooth running of the campaign.

Source: Burkina Information Agency

Ioba /Health: 47 bags of blood collected in Dano to relieve the sick

The governor of the South-West region, Boureima Savadogo and the high commissioner of the Ioba province, Bernadette Adenyo / Sermé organized a blood donation operation on Sunday September 24, 2023 in Dano. At the end of the said operation, 47 bags of blood were collected to relieve the sick.

The South-West/Gaoua regional blood transfusion center collected blood in the courtyard of the Dano Women's Museum, in the South-West region.

This blood donation operation concerned the entire population of Dano and more particularly the established bodies. A total of 54 voluntary blood donors came forward for the occasion.

At the end of the medical preliminaries, the regional team was able to collect a total of 47 bags of blood to relieve the sick.

The head of the collection department of the Gaoua regional blood transfusion center, Daouda Koné, welcomed the solidarity of the populations of Dano in supplying the Gaoua blood bank.

“The invitation from the High Commissioner of Ioba is to be welcomed, because the need for blood at this time of the year is enormous. The demand is 40 bags per day for just the Gaoua regional hospital center (CHR). However, the medical centers with surgical antenna (CMA) of Batié, Dano, Diébougou and Kampti also have needs,” indicated Mr. Koné.

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He thanked the high commissioner of Ioba province, Bernadette Adenyo/Sermé, the president of the provincial youth council, Aristide Youorikiè Dabiré, without forgetting the religious and customary denominations who have always organized blood collection sessions.

For the provincial tax director of Ioba, Joël Dinaba, donating blood means saving lives, everything according to him, which contributes to the happiness of society.

Ms. Roseline Somé said that the blood collected will be used to give life to pregnant women and children sick with malaria.

The Secretary General (SG) of the Ioba province, André Lankoandé, representing the High Commissioner, said he was satisfied with the mobilization of the bodies constituted for blood donation.

“It is an initiative of the governor of the South-West region to help all those in need of blood, namely pregnant women, accident victims, children suffering from malaria and the often injured FDS and VDP” , explained Mr. Lankoandé.

According to him, this operation constitutes the fifth of its kind since August in Dano. André Lankoandé also thanked all those who donated blood.

He praised the mobilization of provincial authorities to set an example for this blood donation operation and encouraged the entire population to do the same to save lives.

Source: Burkina Information Agency

Malaria: The CES reflects on the introduction of the vaccine and genetically modified mosquitoes

The Economic and Social Council (CES) reflected on Friday on the introduction of the vaccine and genetically modified mosquitoes in Burkina Faso, as part of the fight against malaria.

“Burkina Faso becomes the third African country (after Ghana and Nigeria) and the first French-speaking country to approve the use of this vaccine, the research of which was carried out mainly in Burkina Faso,” informed the president of the Economic and Economic Council. social (CES), Bonaventure Ouédraogo.

The president of the CES spoke on Friday at a conference on the theme “Contribution of the R21/Matrix-M vaccine and the genetically modified mosquito in the fight against malaria in Burkina Faso”.

Mr. Ouédraogo informed that the health authorities of Burkina Faso, through the national pharmaceutical regulatory agency, granted on June 20, 2023, authorization for the importation, sale and use of the R21/matrix-M vaccine. on the national territory.

For him, “Burkinabe researchers have contributed to achieving an objective of the global malaria program which was the development of a vaccine against malaria with an effectiveness of 75% before the year 2030”.

“They did it and we should all be proud of it,” he said.

He also added that in Burkina Faso, malaria remains the leading cause of consultations, hospitalization and mortality, much more than all infectious diseases combined.

According to him, during the year 2022 and according to the global malaria control program, 11 million 655 thousand 675 cases of malaria were recorded including 4,243 deaths.

Bonaventure Ouédraogo specified that 60% of these deaths would concern children under five (05) years old.

Mr. Ouédraogo concluded by saying that it was following findings which showed, among other things, that malaria also constitutes an economic burden and a weight for the health system and households that Burkina Faso resolutely committed itself to a gigantic research work on malaria.

The conference also focused on the introduction of genetically modified mosquitoes in the fight against malaria.

“Of the 10,000 priority diseases recorded, it is really malaria which is a public health problem, it is an endemic disease which has been around for a long time,” confided the interim director of the Institute of research in health sciences (IRSS), Félix Kini.

He clarified that when we talk about genetics there is an apprehension among ordinary people and that it is through the communications that will be given by specialists that they will be edified.

As a reminder, the Economic and Social Council holds public conferences each year on different subjects.

Source: Burkina Information Agency

Aid agencies call for end to mass graves after Libya floods

The World Health Organization and other aid groups on Friday called on authorities in Libya to stop burying flood victims in mass graves after a U.N. report showed that more than 1,000 people had so far been buried in that manner since the country was hit by floods.

A torrent washed away whole districts of Derna, a city in eastern Libya, on Sunday night after two dams collapsed. Thousands were killed and thousands more are missing.

"We urge authorities in communities touched by tragedy to not rush forward with mass burials or mass cremations," said Dr Kazunobu Kojima, medical officer for biosafety and biosecurity in WHO's Health Emergencies Programme, in a joint statement sent out by the U.N. health agency with the International Committee of the Red Cross and the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

The statement called for better managed burials in well demarcated and documented individual graves, saying that hasty burials can lead to long-lasting mental distress for family members as well as social and legal problems.

A U.N. report published on Thursday said that over 1,000 bodies in Derna and over 100 bodies in Albayda had been buried in mass graves after the floods on Sept. 11.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse