Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Doctors team up to save twins

From The Citizen Daily, Dar es Salaam
By  Jesse Mikofu

A team of pediatricians and surgeons at Bugando referral hospital have joined forces to save the lives of conjoined twins.
The two were born by Elena Paul, 21, on January 3, this year, at Mara regional hospital and were later referred to Bugando referral hospital in Mwanza for specialist treatment. 

The two baby girls had a combined weight of 4.6 kilograms at birth and had conjoined chests and stomachs.

Dr Festo Manyama, a pediatrician at Bugando referral hospital told The Citizen that a team of surgeons and other specialists have been assembled to determine how best to deal with their condition.

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15 suspects arrested over abduction of albino-girl

From The Citizen Daily, Dar es Salaam
By The Citizen Reporter

Police in Mwanza have arrested 15 people in connection with the abduction of a 4-year-old girl with albinism (name withheld) last month. The development comes as regional commissioner Magesa Mulugo vowed to explore all possible means to make sure that the girl is found and rescued.
Speaking at a public meeting at Ndami Village in Kwimba District where the girl was abducted from, Mr Mulugo said police in collaboration with other authorities were working around the clock to rescue the girl.

“Police have arrested 15 people in connection to the abduction of the girl; I want to assure you we will do everything in our power to rescue the girl and that the assailants are brought before justice,” said Mr Mulugo.

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Sunday, 21 December 2014

Mwanza notorious for fake goods: TFDA

From The Citizen Daily, Dar es Salaam
By Aidan Mhando

MWANZA.Tanzania Food and Drugs Authority (TFDA) has declared Mwanza as the most affected region in counterfeit goods, illicit drugs and expired food smuggled through the porous border in Lake Victoria.

Impromptu operations carried out regularly in Mwanza, Mara and Geita regions found out that the second largest city in Tanzania revealed this status.

TFDA Lake Zone manager Moses Mbamba said recently that the porous border impedes the authority’s campaigns and operations to intercept counterfeit goods and illicit drugs.

Illicit products that have been impounded included: cosmetics, human and livestock drugs, toothpaste, wheat flour, maize flour, canned milk, whereby most of the items were smuggled from Uganda.

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Monday, 15 December 2014

117 girls take refuge in church to escape FGM

From The Citizen Daily, Dar es Salaam
By Anthony Mayunga

SERENGETI. The Anglican Church here has provided shelter to 117 young girls who ran away from their homes to escape female genital mutilation (FGM).

The children, most of them aged between 10 and 15, took refuge at a safe house operated by the Mugumu Anglican Church.

FGM, according to local customs, transforms a young girl into woman, thus eligible to get married.

The coordinator of a programme that helps children who oppose genital mutilation in Serengeti District, Mr Rhobi Samwel, said there were 43 children at the centre while the rest were sheltered by pastors in various areas of the district.

“We have at this centre 43 children from Serengeti and Butiama districts, while a bigger number of them have taken refuge in houses of pastors and other religious personnel,” he said.

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Sunday, 14 December 2014

Govt to use armed forces to stop illegal fishing in Lake Victoria

From IPP Media/The Guardian, Dar es Salaam
By Prosper Makene 

The government is preparing to deploy soldiers from the Tanzania People's Defence Force (TPDF) on Lake Victoria in a move to combat illegal fishing activities, which have become rampant.

The wanton practice has led to reduction of number of fish in the lake, forcing some fish factories to close down.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with The Guardian on Monday, Livestock and Fisheries Development deputy minister Kaika Telele (photo) said the government has finally decided to involve all the armed forces’ departments - TPDF, Police Force, Prisons, and auxiliary police in combating the menace.

Telele said the decision comes after the government established that similar measures taken by Ethiopian and Ugandan governments proved successful.

“Uganda and Ethiopia have successfully curbed illegal fishing in their respective countries. This has led us to decide to borrow a page from the two in order to save our country,” he said.

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Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Tanzania's albino community: 'Killed like animals'

From BBC World News, London, UK

People with albinism face prejudice and death in Tanzania. A new campaign is now being launched to end hostility towards the tiny community of about 30,000. BBC Africa's Salim Kikeke met some of them.

Mtobi Namigambo, a fisherman by trade, sits calmly on a stool outside his mud house in Ukerewe island.

Once a sanctuary for albinos, this is no longer the case. His four-year-old son, May Mosi, who has albinism, sits on his lap. Showing off his newly learnt skills, May counts from one to 10, confidently.

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Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Ministers differ over airport

From The Citizen Daily, Dar es Salaam
By Anthony Mayunga

Mugumu. The dispute over the proposed Serengeti International Airport took a new twist here after the minister for Livestock Development and Fisheries joined those supporting the construction.

Dr Titus Kamani, the minister for Livestock Development and Fisheries told residents in Mugumu, the Serengeti District capital, that those who campaigned against the construction of Serengeti Airport were plotting underdevelopment of the district.

“I don’t know what is in their heads, but they have the intention of not wanting Serengeti to achieve development, despite the reserve being home to the world’s most popular animal sanctuary,” said Dr Kamani.

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