Weekly Bulletin on Outbreaks and other Emergencies: Week 40: 26 September to 2 October 2022

This Weekly Bulletin focuses on public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African region. This week’s articles cover: • Ebola Virus Disease caused by Sudan virus in Uganda • Monkeypox in the WHO African Region • Cholera in Niger For each of these events, a brief description, followed by public health measures implemented and an interpretation of the situation is provided. A table is provided at the end of the bulletin with information on all new and ongoing public health events currently being monitored in the region, as well as…

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Cameroon Sees 100% Increase in Mental Health Care Seekers

Officials in Cameroon say the number of mental health patients in the country has more than doubled in the past year, as the country deals with a separatist crisis in its western regions and Boko Haram clashes in the north. Fonbe Hedwick is the director of the Vine Mental Health Center, in Bameda, capital of Cameroon’s volatile Northwest region. He says his center was chosen for World Mental Health Day activities in Bamenda because the number of psychiatric patients at the center increased from less than 20 in 2021 to…

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COVID-19 vaccination in the WHO African Region – Monthly Bulletin, August 2022

As of 4 September 2022, a total of 235 million people in the African Region had completed the primary COVID-19 vaccination series, representing 20.3% of the Region’s population. Two countries in the African Region have surpassed the target of 70% of their population fully vaccinated: Mauritius (75.3%) and Seychelles (76.3%). Following a quality control of data conducted at country level in Rwanda, the percentage of people who have completed the primary series has been found to be below 70%. Eight countries have recorded a percentage of between 40% and 70%…

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