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Malaria has already affected approximately 5 million people in Burundi this year; The population of Burundi is 10.86 million in 2017. That’s to say about half its population are suffering from malaria. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). By July 21, 1,801 people have died of the virus, according to Burundi’s Ministry of Public Health.
According to Global Voice; Malaria, is a mosquito-borne disease caused by a parasite, has long afflicted Burundians and the entire East African region, but this is a marked increase since earlier this year and a 97 percent increase compared to the same period in 2018.
Those afflicted experience high fever, body aches and pains, chills, nausea and sometimes dehydration and delirium.
WHO monitors outbreaks regularly. It said the number of malaria cases had reached epidemic proportions in May — then at about 3 million. OCHA reported large parts of the country had reached epidemic status – 34 of 46 health districts – particularly toward the north.
“Authorities in #Burundi must swallow their pride and declare malaria as a national disaster. People are dying and no one seems to care. When will wake up, it will be late. Mark this tweet.” said a commenter on Tweeter.
Another commenter added with a rethorical question and bringing forward the death of a online star who suffered from malaria too. “Does it have to take tragedy to drive change? The death of 6 year old YouTube star Kacaman draws attention to #Burundi, where more than 1,800+ people have died from #malaria this year according to #WHO #EndMalaria” He said.
#SOURCE: Global voice
Few days before the Eid and few days after the Eid always difficult for for Gambians. especially those without a car. Many Taxi and Van drivers travel to the rural area or out of the country to celebrate with relatives and family members. therefore causing scarcity of vehicles.
The public who stay around the serekunda are left stranded until the return of the drivers. The drivers who are around take this opportunity to earn more than usual. the transport is increased from D8 to D10 or D15. For people traveling to Tanjai, Brikama Banjul etc pay D25, D25, D50 respectively.
“Town trip” becomes even more expensive. in the day one can spend D200 for public transport to and fro. Garages are normally close to empty and the town very quiet.
Students of Early Child Development (ECD) class at the School of Education at The Gambia College on Thursday, 8 August, 2019 protested in disapproval of a decision school administrator’s made by increasing the tuition fee from D7,000 to D10,000 in an academic year.
This information came to light through the school’s registrar at an orientation with new students. It was a decision made by college’s administrative council.
Kebba Yusuf Suso an ECD Diploma 2 student told The Point that this decision came as a surprise. “We were informed of the school’s decision by the college registrar recently during an orientation session they had with new students,” he said.
“So this has really come as a surprise to us as students who are on their diploma levels with only few years to finish the college. We are not going to adhere until everything is clear to us because what we were told by the same registrar when we were coming to the college was different.”
According to him, they were to pay D21, 000 for three years and not the contrary. “And what they said is that the decision is a directive, directive from where? That is what we wanted to know as students,” he concluded.
Omar Njie, an ECD year 2 student said the decision of the college administration to increase the tuition fee from D7,000 to D10,000 dalasi for every academic year is really frustrating, pointing out that the financial background of most of the students at the college is very weak. He said that provisions for their daily college learning materials is even a problem for most students much more tuition increment.
“We really find it hard as students to even have enough furniture in our classroom and we are paying our tuition fees every year. So we are only paying our monies for nothing? He inquires.
Our efforts to hear from the school’s administrators proved futile as no college senior administrator was present for comments.
Author: Yusupha Jobe
Children were given top priority in this years Independence commemoration. The new government fully understands that true independence comes from liberating the mind.
President Bio made it categorically clear that “the Ministry of Finance make no budgetary allocations to fund Independence Day celebrations until generated domestic revenue makes up 20% of our Gross Domestic Product. ” This is a move that proves that our President puts the development of our great Republic above all else.
The First Lady working with the JMBWW, Security Services, some government ministries and goodwill from Sierra Leoneans both home and abroad, decide to commemorate the governments new vision on Human capital development, and a move from Partisan politics to patriotism.
Only schools in Freetown were invited with strict quota on the number of school kids. Schools in other district celebrated in their districts. Each school represented in the stadium , came with banners that prioritised Human Capital development, and full support for the Free Quality Education. To portray patriotism, the longest flag in Africa was paraded by over 1000 persons at the stadium.
The Chief Minister Prof. David Francis, stated in very stern terms, that Sierra Leone must take it’s place as a role model in Africa. This is not the time for unnecessary fanfare, but time for serious business. The First Lady in her vote of thanks, reiterated , that the new government is about working together to build a great Republic, so we will be truly independent. First Lady said “We should love our Sierra Leone more that we love ourselves “.
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Nigerian community the Gambia, Saturday 9 June 2018 embarked on a community cleaning exercise at the Serrekunda General Hospital in Kanifing. The group said the exercise is a way of giving back to the community in which they live. The acting president of the community Friday A. Ogbeiwi, traced the history of the Nigerian Community in The Gambia, saying it has been in existence since in the 50s. “When their Nigerian elders came to The Gambia and saw a vision that one day a situation like this will come. So they stood up together to form this community”.
The movie “Beyond Greed” stares top Gambian actors like Rohey Camara, Mamoud Bahsoon, Abou Mbye (Abou & Fafa), Isatu M. Bokum, Matty Maria Renner (Queeny B) and two talented actors from the beautiful coast of Sierra Leone Desmond B. Finney and Kai B. Saquee. This beautiful family drama of love, betrayal, murder, greed, lies and deceit is directed by Sheku S. Kamara, executively produced by Wilfred U. Adams and Desmond B. Finney.
Desmond B. Finney is a multi award winning Sierra Leonean actor who has featured in numerous African movies. He plays Chief Ousman Saine a multi billionaire in “Beyond Greed” who fell in a trap with the cunning Jankeh. What will he do when he finds out that his only son wants to make her his wife? Find out on the 10th of February at DJembe Beach Hotel by 7pm. You won’t want to miss it.