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Court rules in favor helpless woman in kenya

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A woman who was verbally and physically abused after giving birth on the floor of a state-run hospital in Kenya won a landmark 2.5 million shillings ($24,789) in damages on Thursday.

Josephine Majani delivered her baby on the floor of Bungoma District Hospital in 2013 because all the beds were occupied. When nurses found her lying on the ground, she said she was slapped and insulted for dirtying the hospital floor.

“I was neglected, abused, and shamed during my time at Bungoma District Hospital,” said Majani in a statement.

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Bungoma High Court Judge Abida Ali Aroni said the hospital had violated her right to health and dignity, adding that the authorities have failed to dedicate adequate resources for maternal healthcare across the country.

“I’m hopeful that the court’s judgment today will force the government to do the right thing and ensure that all women can get the maternal healthcare they need with respect and dignity.”

Kenya is one of the world’s 10 most dangerous countries for a woman to give birth, with 488 women dying of pregnancy-related causes per 100,000 live births, says the United Nations.

About 8,000 Kenyan women die from pregnancy-related complications each year, largely due to a lack of funding for maternal health, inadequate training and supervision of health workers, negligence and unethical practices, it says.

Campaigners say there are many cases like Majani’s where government hospitals are ill-equipped to provide women with free maternal services and, as a result, deny them quality health care, and sometimes subject them to severe abuse.

The court’s decision is historic and should help prevent such abuse in the future, the New York-based the Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR) said, adding that it would also pressure the government to prioritise maternal care.

“This is a landmark case for Kenyan women,” the CRR’s Africa director, Evelyne Opondo, said in a statement.

“It sends a very clear message to Kenyan health providers, and to the government … that neglect of Kenyan women in health care settings will no longer be tolerated, nor will it be without consequences for those responsible.”

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Nigerian President Buhari Warns Ballot box snatchers to value their lives

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President Muhammadu Buhari has warned those planning to snatch ballot boxes during the elections to desist or pay with his or her life if caught.



President Buhari who stated this at the opening session of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Caucus meeting in Abuja, on Monday, said that such act would be the last unlawful act the person will be brought to book.

Meanwhile, the governors of Imo, Rochas Okorocha and Ogun, Ibikunle Amosun were conspicuously absent at the meeting.

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Buhari who said he is confident that he has garnered enough supporters having gone round the country to campaign, urged party members to reassure their constituents to come out and vote on the rescheduled dates.

While urging party agents to watch out for the party interests at the polling units the president said that he has directed security agencies to identify hot spots and be ready to move should they suspect any attempts to cause problems by thugs across the country irrespective of party affiliations.

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DR Congo blame Unending Ebola Outbreak on Violence , Community Mistrust.

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DR Congo Ministry of Health spokesperson Jessica Ilunga has declared that violence and community mistrust have continued to hamper all efforts to control and end the fresh Ebola outbreak, which started Aug. 1.



Though according to the World Health Organization the number of new Ebola cases has dropped slightly in the Democratic Republic of the Congo as there are 33% fewer cases to date in February compared with the same time period in December per STAT’s Helen Branswell, but some experts warn Axios that there remain signs that this outbreak is far from over.

Meanwhile, some experts warn that, that doesn’t mean the world’s second-largest Ebola outbreak on record is yet under control, and in fact it could simply be moving to new areas of the sprawling country.

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Johns Hopkins’ public health expert Jennifer Nuzzo maintains there are several reasons people should continue to view this outbreak as a cause for concern.

However, Nuzzo said Congo needs more than money from the international community and the U.S. in particular. Safety concerns have largely caused the CDC to limit its Ebola experts to the capital city of Kinshasa, where some have returned after being evacuated during an uptick in election-related violence, Nuzzo added that Now is the time for the U.S. to send them into the field.

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