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  • Ministry of Health discusses medical co-operation with Ethiopia

    ABU DHABI,  March 2017 (WAM) -- Dr. Mohammad Salim Al Olama, Under-Secretary of the Ministry of Health and Prevention, has discussed ways of co-operation in the medical sector, during his meeting today with Abdelqader Saleh, Ambassador of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia to the UAE.

    The meeting, which took place at the ministry’s headquarters in Abu Dhabi, with the attendance of Dr. Essa bin Jekka Al Mansouri, Office Manager of the Under-Secretary and Director of International Health Relations, discussed the strengthening of combined efforts to consolidate joint ties in the healthcare sector, and the exchange of expertise between both countries in the field of continuous medical training.

    It also discussed the strengthening of co-operation in general health, and facilitating the acceptance and employment of nurses, doctors and technicians according to the certified standards, and providing an environment and legislation that encourage investment in medical industries and supplies.

    Dr. Al Olama said that the UAE anticipates the strengthening of joint medical co-operation with Ethiopia, to achieve the best medical services in both countries.

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  • Survey: Why Africa is less happy than the rest of the world

    As part of the celebration of the International Day of Happiness on March 20, the United Nations released the 2017 World Happiness Report and Africa is less happy than last year.

    Africa is also the least happiest continent in the world with: lowest GDP per capita, health life expectancy, generosity, dystopia, social support, freedom to make life choices, perceptions of corruption and confidence interval.

    These are the variables used to measure global happiness level since the survey was launched in 2012 using data from the *Gallup World Poll.

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  • A patient smoker who failed to quit

    James Upfield, 46, was diagnosed with stage four mouth and throat cancer and "died" twice during treatment - once in surgery when his lungs collapsed

    A SMOKER who lost half his tongue and all his teeth to cancer has admitted he still puffs his way through five ciggies a day.
    James Upfield was diagnosed with stage four mouth and throat cancer, and “died” twice during surgery – once when his lungs collapsed.
    James Upfield, 46, has lost half his tongue to cancer, but still can't give up smoking.

    Yet, the 46-year-old claims he can’t stub out his deadly habit.
    He can no longer produce saliva, and is forced to liquidise his food.

    The former Royal Pioneer Corps soldier also developed motor neurone disease – a rare condition that progressively damages part of the nervous system – following radiotherapy.

    His face has been misshapen by surgery to cut out his tumour, he has lost all his teeth due to radiation and he has trouble speaking.
    But James, who has been smoking since he was 13 and used to puff his way through between 10 and 20 cigarettes a day, claims to be too addicted to ditch his habit.

    Although he has tried everything from nicotine patches to cold turkey many times, he has never managed to completely stop smoking.

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  • Why we should care if Ethiopia stops loving us

    BY STUART GROVER|   I recently returned from three weeks in Ethiopia, an abysmally poor, highly primitive nation of more than 100 million people on the Horn of Africa. Ethiopia is also the cradle of civilization, from which humanoids migrated to Europe and beyond.

    It was also probably the first nation to adopt Christianity and boasts ancient ties to Judaism stemming from the liaison between the Queen of Sheba and King Solomon. It houses the Ark of the Covenant in a monastery in Axum, as well as extraordinary churches hewn from solid rock.

    Ethiopia remains a multicultural nation, comprising Ethiopian Orthodox, Muslim, Catholic and animist populations, which coexist harmoniously. Intermarriage carries no stigma, people accept differences and strife reflects tribal rather than religious divisions.

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  • Red tape delays Ethiopian migration to Israel

    JERUSALEM (AFP) - Thousands of Ethiopians with family members in Israel have again had attempts to join them delayed, this time by a paperwork logjam, Israeli officials said on Sunday.

    Threatened by a revolt on the issue within the ruling Likud party, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government pledged in April that 1,300 Ethiopians would be admitted within 12 months out of a possible 9,000 set to arrive over five years.

    But so far only 64 have entered the country, prompting MP Elie Elalouf to say last week that Israel had "abandoned the Jewish community of Ethiopia despite the promises".

    A spokesman for the Jewish Agency, a quasi-governmental institution that encourages diaspora communities to move to Israel, told AFP on Sunday that his organisation was waiting to receive the names of those eligible from the government.

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  • More Africans have access to cell phone service than piped water


    In Africa, less than one in three people have a proper drainage system, half of the population live in areas without paved roads, and only 63% have access to piped water. Yet, 93% of Africans have cell phone service.

    These are among the findings in a recently published report by Afrobarometer, a pan-African, non-partisan research network which explored access to basic services and infrastructure in 35 African countries through about 50,000 face to face interviews.

    "In a lot of communities all over Africa, people can talk on their cell phones, but they can't turn on a light or a water faucet. Never mind flush a toilet. And they may be going hungry," says Winnie Mitullah, lead author of the report.

    "As far as the most basic services that many of us take for granted -- water, sewage, electricity, roads -- an awful lot of people might as well be living in the 19th century," she continues.

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