Food prices soar in West Africa amid conflicts and COVID – WFP

ABUJA, April 18 (NNN-AGENCIES) — Food prices in West Africa have jumped more than 30% since last year to their highest levels in nearly a decade due to coronavirus lockdowns and a decline in cereal production, the World Food Programme (WFP) said. More than 31 million people are expected to become food insecure between June and August, raising the risk of a health emergency as the region contends with conflicts and COVID-19, the UN organisation said in a statement. “Soaring prices are pushing a basic meal beyond the reach of…

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Patients evacuated after fire at South Africa hospital

JOHANNESBURG, April 18 (NNN-AGENCIES) — A fire has forced hundreds of patients to be evacuated from a hospital in South Africa’s Johannesburg. No injuries or casualties have been reported and patients are being moved to other hospitals. The fire started Friday morning and had been doused by the afternoon but then it reignited in the evening and burned through the night. The fire has caused extensive damage to the Charlotte Maxeke hospital, which is one of the biggest public hospitals in South Africa. The hospital is also a designated treatment…

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