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The role of palliative care in response to fatal viral epidemics: A case for covid-19

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Date of Publication: July 5, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic poses a global health security crisis to health systems worldwide. This crisis is even more concerning in resource limited settings whose health systems are already constrained. Using epidemiological indicators, statistical models predict that cases in Africa are likely to soar, close to what has been witnessed in Europe.  Covid-19 has had a gross multi-sectoral negative impact, challenging the progress towards achieving Sustainable Development Goals. COVID-19 patients face multi-dimensional symptoms spanning physica...

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Impact of Covid-19 on the informal workers

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Date of Publication: June 25, 2020

The Covid-19 outbreak has demonstrated once again the severe economic, political and health crises that a pandemic can trigger. As of June 2020, 215 countries and territories have reported Covid-19 cases. Firstly, spared by the worldwide pandemic, the African continent now records 191,993 Covid-19 cases with a death toll nearing 4,281. South Africa, Nigeria and Algeria have been most affected...

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Mental health amongst health care workers in the era of COVID-19 in Kenya

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Date of Publication: June 23, 2020

The month of May, 2020 was the mental awareness month, a time to reflect on the mental issues surrounding us but it slid past us in silence because of the COVID pandemic, yet it could the biggest contributor to the burden of mental illness in this period.

Mental disease is a silent pandemic as compared to the COVID-19 pandemic and with Kenya being one of the countries that do not have a separate budget for mental health, maybe this pandemic should take awaken us to this reality and re-think. The Likes:      Dislikes: 0      Number of Reads: 259      Comments: 0      Export to PDF 29 Read More

Fighting COVID-19: The importance of strengthening the primary health care system in limited-resource settings, the case of Ghana.

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Date of Publication: June 5, 2020

The outbreak of COVID-19 is raising legitimate questions about the impact of the pandemic on rural poor and displaced populations within the community setting. These vulnerable populations have less capacity to cope with the impact of such an outbreak because they cannot afford the cost of medical care and have limited financial resources to cope with restrictions imposed by governments for purposes of public health adherence.

According to the analysis by the World Health Organization, about 90% of confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19)  with mild symptoms may require services within the community setting as t...

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COVID-19: The disease, the fears, and the possibility of an enlightened civilization

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Date of Publication: June 2, 2020

      Coronavirus Disease of 2019 or Covid-19, is a disease about which much remains to be done. Unlike previous pandemics, it has raised far-fetched and wide-ranging fears and questions. This has led to fervent re-examination of the human history and character.  It has revealed deep-seated and fearful realities of our past, of our present life and of the future. It has exposed how human history has moved from one traumatic and uncorrected mistake to another amidst progressive advances.  It has also shown that many people are waking up to the fact that our current way of life (or civilization, if yo...

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