Anita Oluchi Ogbu

Hepatitis E outbreak spreads in Namibia

At least 15 people have died and 1,569 have contracted Hepatitis E in Namibia since the disease outbreak was confirmed in the capital Windhoek in December 2017. According to information from the Ministry of Health, the deceased included six pregnant women among other categories from the Havana and Goreangab informal settlements. The outbreak has since …

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Rift Valley fever outbreak in western Uganda

Rift Valley fever (RVF) cases have simultaneously been confirmed in two districts in the western region of Uganda, with further investigation of another case in third district going on. The first case-patient was a 47-year-old male from Kanyatsi village in Munkunyu sub-county, Kasese District, whose main occupation was as a butcher. He fell ill on …

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Routine Immunization Schedule in Uganda rolled out Rotavaccine

  The Government of Uganda has rolled out Rotavirus vaccine into the Routine Immunization Schedule to protect children under five years of age from diarrhea. This is the 11th vaccine that is provided free to infants and children at all health facilities and selected community outreaches within the country. The organism’s characteristic wheel-like appearance under …

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Rad Cat raw pet food recalled due to bacterial pathogens

  Radagast Pet Food, Inc. of Portland, OR is recalling three lots of Rad Cat Raw Diet Free-Range Chicken Recipe because testing results indicate they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The Company is also recalling one lot of Rad Cat Raw Diet Pasture-Raised Venison Recipe because testing results indicate it has …

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Understanding Global Health

The terms “public health,” “international health,” and “tropical medicine” are often used interchangeably with “global health,” so it is no wonder that there has been confusion as to what “global health” actually means. Recently, professionals in the field of global health have acknowledged the importance of defining this term succinctly, though this has proven difficult …

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Is there any difference between population health and public health?

  Population health is defined as the health outcomes of a group of individuals, including the distribution of such outcomes within the group. (3,4) These groups are often geographic populations such as nations or communities, but can also be other groups such as employees, ethnic groups, disabled persons, prisoners, or any other defined group. The …

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All you need to know about public health

Public health, the art and science of preventing disease, prolonging life, and promoting physical and mental health, sanitation, personal hygiene, control of infectious diseases, and organization of health services. From the normal human interactions involved in dealing with the many problems of social life, there has emerged a recognition of the importance of community action …

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Why you should consider pursing a career in public health

This is why you should consider a career in public health Public health is the science and art of creating healthy communities through education, research and promotion of healthy lifestyles. In public health, the focus is on health promotion and disease/injury prevention, in contrast to the medical model of care, which focuses more heavily upon …

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African Leaders launch a continent wide campaign for a malaria free Africa

This campaign is aimed at empowering Africans to take a stand in the fight against a deadly disease MALARIA. Zero Malaria Starts with Me was launched following reports that malaria cases have increased for the first time in more than a decade to reignite a society-wide movement to get back on track efforts that contributed …

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Health information and health products online

Using the internet to find health and medical information can help you make more informed decisions about your health, but it is not a substitute for seeing a doctor. Although some health information available on the internet can be valuable, you need to be aware of the risks because medical misinformation or ‘cyberquackery’ is rife. …

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Determinants of Health | Healthy People 2020

What makes some people healthy and others unhealthy? How can we create a society in which everyone has a chance to live a long, healthy life? Healthy People 2020 is exploring these questions by: Developing objectives that address the relationship between health status and biology, individual behavior, health services, social factors, and policies. Emphasizing an …

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The Role of Public Health in Mental Health Promotion

  Mental illness contributes a substantial burden of disease worldwide. Globally, approximately 450 million persons suffer from mental disorders (1), and one fourth of the world’s population will develop a mental or behavioral disorder at some point during their lives (2). Mental disorders account for approximately 25% of disability in the United States, Canada, and …

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Europe | Public health services

Public health services   Public Health is defined as “the art and science of preventing disease, prolonging life and promoting health through the organized efforts of society” (Acheson, 1988; WHO). Activities to strengthen public health capacities and service aim to provide conditions under which people can maintain to be healthy, improve their health and wellbeing, …

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Appendix 4:  Adult Health Assessment Sample Questions

This list of brief health assessment questions is organized by behavior or risk and sorted alphabetically.4-7 In some cases, you can choose one of two options (A or B, not both). Questions marked with are suitable for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Annual Wellness Visit (AWV) health risk assessment. The topic headings …

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How social class affects health

The unequal distribution of power, money and resources also creates health inequities. Nowhere is this clearer to witness in Australia than in the fact that the richest 20% of the population can expect to live an average of six years longer than the poorest 20%. Australians who are socially disadvantaged by income, employment status, education …

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What are social models of health?

Social models of health recognize that our health is influenced by a wide range of individual, interpersonal, organisation, social, environmental, political and economic factors. They encourage us to have a deeper understanding of health than a focus on biology, physiology and anatomy and to recognize that: Health, and what makes people healthy, can only be …

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Marital status and CVD

Marital status may be a risk factor for heart diseases

Never married, divorced and widowed persons may be susceptible to developing heart disease, stroke and associated risks of death compared to married ones. In an analysis which included 34 studies with more than two million participants (comprising various countries including Russia, Denmark, Spain, USA, Sweden, UK, Canada, Israel, Gulf States, Japan, Finland, Greece, Turkey, Norway …

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