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LOUD WHISPERS: My Christmas Gift

LOUD WHISPERS: My Christmas Gift

I have not written for almost three months now. It is the longest break I have taken from writing since 2016 when I started the Loud Whispers column for my Above Whispers website. I did not make a conscious decision to take a break, it just happened. On October 5th, I lost a very good […]

Pfizer Vaccine Provides Protection Against Hospitalization in Omicron Patients

Pfizer Vaccine Provides Protection Against Hospitalization in Omicron Patients

A new study out of South Africa shows that Pfizer’s two-dose COVID-19 vaccine provides a high degree of protection against hospitalization from the fast-spreading omicron variant. The real-world study, conducted by the South African Medical Research Council and Discovery Health, the country’s largest private health insurance administrator, was based on more than 211,000 positive COVID-19 […]

Ramaphosa Criticises Greedy Western Countries for Handling of Omicron Variant

Ramaphosa Criticises Greedy Western Countries for Handling of Omicron Variant

 President Cyril Ramaphosa has criticised travel bans imposed on parts of Africa by western countries because of the outbreak of Omicron,  a variant of Covid-19. Ramaphosa, who was speaking at the Dakar International Forum on Peace and Security, said the travel bans signalled western hypocrisy. According to News24, the president said that “another disappointment thrown our […]

Omicron Covid-19 – Nigeria Stands With South Africa, Warns West Against Discrimination

Omicron Covid-19 – Nigeria Stands With South Africa, Warns West Against Discrimination

Nigeria yesterday expressed solidarity with South Africa as it struggled with some of the difficulties posed by a new COVID-19 variant, Omicron, discovered in the country. The Nigerian government warned Western countries against discrimination against South Africa following travel restrictions imposed on Southern African countries in the aftermath of the new virus discovery. The federal […]

Covid-19 – Govt to Inoculate 12 to 17-Year-Olds

Covid-19 – Govt to Inoculate 12 to 17-Year-Olds

Rwanda on Monday announced it was starting vaccination of teens under 18 years. This follows months of a mass vaccination campaign that targeted high-risk groups and those engaged in businesses to ensure the safe reopening of the economy. Past campaigns have prioritised people above 18 years with a focus on frontline and healthcare workers, elderly […]

Continent Nears 8.5 Million Confirmed Cases of Covid-19

Continent Nears 8.5 Million Confirmed Cases of Covid-19

As of October 28, confirmed cases of Covid-19 from 55 African countries reached  8,482,418 while over 114,086,034 vaccinations have been administered across the continent. Reported deaths in Africa reached 217,588 and 7,837,454 people have recovered. South Africa has the most reported cases 2,920,581 and 89,049 people died. Other most-affected countries are Morocco (945,201), Tunisia (712,139), Ethiopia (363,712), Libya (355,490), […]

President Kenyatta Lifts Nationwide Curfew

President Kenyatta Lifts Nationwide Curfew

President Uhuru Kenyatta has lifted the dusk-to-dawn curfew that has been in effect since March last year. The curfew was initially imposed as part of measures to curb the spread of Covid-19 in the country. “I hereby order and direct the nationwide dusk-dawn curfew to be vacated with immediate effect,” he said as crowds responded […]

NGOs Scramble To Dampen COVID-19’s Impact On People Living With HIV

NGOs Scramble To Dampen COVID-19’s Impact On People Living With HIV

South African domestic worker Mabuyi Dlamini always dreaded the bumpy, day-long minibus journey she had to make each month to pick up her HIV medication from the nearest clinic in KwaZulu-Natal province. So when a mobile medical service carrying nurses, counsellors and supplies of antiretroviral drugs began visiting her district two years ago, she was […]

World Mental Health Day

World Mental Health Day

On World Mental Health Day, 10 October, it will have been more than 18 months since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. In some countries, life is returning to some semblance of normality; in others, rates of transmission and hospital admissions remain high, disrupting the lives of families and communities. In all countries, the pandemic […]

Covid-19 Condemns More Women To Unbearable Hardship

Covid-19 Condemns More Women To Unbearable Hardship

These are trying times for many Liberians particularly women who most times bear the economic burden of any form of crisis, and the COVID-19 crisis is no exception. The pandemic has caused a global economic crisis and Liberia, being one of the poorest in Sub-Sahara Africa, has not been spared its brunt. The COVID-19 pandemic […]

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