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'Twice as many die' in Africa after surgery (2) Lumbar puncture

Lumber-puncture has always been a dreadful thing in our hospitals at least the ones I have heard about in Zambia among other surgery operations.
Despite Medical doctors pacifying and educating that it is very safe to undergo such an operation, A lot of patients end up dying according to a number of informants although there is no empirical evidence or studies to refute this myth according to some health workers.
Whoever, their philosophy (medical doctors) behind this is to isolate the disease attacking a patient so that they (doctors) could administer a correct drug than

'Look online' before ringing GP, says Royal College of General Practitioners

I wonder how good NHS Choices is and whether each country should have its own “health website” or if it could somehow be streamlined. Is there a case for interlinking wit the Medical Wikipedia better so that efforts are not duplicated? Is NHC Choices perhaps already using content from Medical Wikipedia, or vice versa?

Women’s reproductive health knowledge, attitudes and practices in relation to the Zika virus outbreak in northeast Brazil

Objectives: To assess knowledge, pregnancy attitudes and contraceptive practices in relation to the Zika virus outbreak in Brazil.

Methods: We interviewed 526 women 18 to 49 years old in primary health services in a Northeastern capital of Brazil, in 2016. They provided information about their knowledge of Zika transmission and health consequences, their receipt of counseling related to sexual and perinatal transmission of Zika, their pregnancy intentions and reassessment of contraceptive options in the context of the Zika virus outbreak.

Guardian: Uganda condemns sex education for 10-year-olds as 'morally wrong' (2)

In our part of South Asia, particularly the rural societies in particular and the people in general also are not much appreciative of exposing the children and adolescent to sex education at a rather early age. This reminds me of an incident of about 15 years back. There was a children festival going on under which there was a book fair. In the book fair, there were booths taken by private, govt and NGO publishers. When a mother was buying books for her 10 year old daughter from an NGO booth, a book on reproductive health was given free in the shopping bag.

Can e-learning help you to connect compassionately? Commentary on a palliative care e-learning resource for India

e-learning resources need to be customised to the audience and learners to make them culturally relevant. The ‘Palliative care e-learning resource for health care professionals in Indiahas been developed by the Karunashraya Hospice, Bengaluru in collaboration with the Cardiff Palliative Care Education Team, Wales to address the training needs of professionals in India.

Ethics in public health: call for shared moral public health literacy

Public Health (PH) in Europe has become much more vocal about its moral understandings since 1992. The rising awareness that PH issues were inseparable from issues of human rights and social justice almost self-evidently directed the agenda of EUPHA and the European Public Health (EPH)-conferences. Problems of cultural and behavioural change, and environmental issues on a global scale were also added.

BMJ: Too Much Medicine (3)

Thus, it's a multifactoral issue involving several areas from upbringing (social-cultural) factors; in most African societies like where I come from people have been sensitized that the more drugs you get the better and also that 1st line drugs are no good e.g. paracetamol, secondly people /clients prefer to spend money at a private clinic/hospital because it is assumed they will get better drugs as compared to government/public hospitals.


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