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“My baby’s coming out!” Luanshya woman gives birth on a Power Tools Bus

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A LUANSHYA woman has delivered a baby on a Mpongwe bound Power Tools bus.

Mpongwe District Commissioner Keith Maila confirmed the incident to ZANIS in an interview.

According to eye witnesses, the woman developed started to feel severe contractions shortly after the bus departed Kapiri Mposhi.

A nurse aboard the bus attended to the woman who delivered the baby at approximately 14.30 hours.

A check by ZANIS at Mpongwe main bus station found officers from the department of community development rushing the mother and her new born baby to Mpongwe Mission Hospital.

The mother and her baby has since been admitted to Mpongwe Mission Hospital and are currently receiving medical attention.

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Zambia sees highest daily coronavirus cases since March

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ZAMBIA reported 472 cases of the new coronavirus out of 1,851 tests done, Minister of Health, Dr. Chitalu Chilufya said, the largest one-day increase since March, bringing the country’s total to 4,328.

Additionally, Zambia has recorded three more death bringing the total to 139.

The Ministry of Health is concerned that people have stopped wearing masks and practicing social distance.

The Ministry of Health says they will enforce public gathering in the wake of the spike of Covid-19.

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Covid-19 update in Zambia as of 20th July, 2020

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Covid-19 pandemic update 20th july in Zambia

Zambia’s Covid-19 cases now stand at 3,326 with 1,620 total recoveries. In the last 24hrs, Zambia carried out 959 tests out of which 178 new cases were recorded and 123 people have recovered and been discharged. This brings the total number of recoveries to 1,620.

Zambia recorded 8 deaths, bringing the total death tally to 128. Zambia has seen a sharp rise in Covid-19 cases recently.

Stay safe, Mask up and avoid unnecessary movements.

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UNZA takes lead in anti-COVID-19 drug development

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THE University of Zambia (UNZA) has constituted a team of experts that include Medicinal Chemists, Drug Discovery Scientists, Virologists, Botanists, Pharmacologists and Pathologists to help in the discovery of home-grown low cost cures for the COVID-19 pandemic.

The consortium of experts will be exploring Zambian traditional medicines/plants and clinically-established drugs in the Zambian Formulary as potential treatments for COVID-19.

The team comprises Dr James Nyirenda (the lead investigator), Dr Peter Mubanga Cheuka, Dr Edgar Simulundu, Dr Angela Gono-Bwalya, Dr Takondwa Chidumayo, Dr Katendi Changula, Dr Caroline Chisenga, Dr Wezi Kachinda and Mr Kelly Chisanga.

The team’s core mandate is twofold; firstly, to discover and develop medicines that are readily available for the local population and secondly, to discover and develop local medicines optimized for effectiveness and safety on an African or local population.

Meanwhile, the consortium of experts has since received funding from the Ministry of Higher Education through the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC). The funding received will be used to kickstart the project.

And University of Zambia (UNZA) Acting Vice Chancellor Dr. Tamala Kambikambi has paid glowing tribute to the consortium of researchers championing the discovery and development of the anti-COVID 19 pandemic drug. Dr. Kambikambi says UNZA’s research undertaking will solve the problems exacerbated by the unavailability of medicines discovered and developed elsewhere on the African continent. She adds that Zambia has lagged behind in the area of drug discovery and development since independence hence the urgent need for UNZA to take a lead.

The Acting VC has also expressed gratitude to the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) through the Ministry of Higher Education for the funds received to kickstart the project.

This is according to a press statement issued by Dr. Brenda Bukowa, Acting Head- Communication and Marketing  at the University of Zambia.

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ZAMBIA: COVID-19 STATS

03 Aug 2020, 11:29 AM (GMT)

Zambia Stats

6,347 Total Cases
170 Deaths
4,493 Recovered

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