Guinea worm closer to eradication as cases halve in a year

first_imgDAKAR, Senegal (AP) — A new report says just over two dozen people in the world are infected with Guinea worm, and community programs are close to eradicating the disease in which a meter-long worm slowly emerges from a blister in a person’s skin. The U.S.-based Carter Center, which leads the eradication campaign, says just 27 cases were reported in 2020 in six countries in sub-Saharan Africa, or half the number of cases in 2019. Guinea worm is poised to be the second human disease to be eradicated after smallpox.last_img

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Ghana coach Appiah: Well done Nigeria & Keshi

first_imgThe Black Stars coach has congratulated Stephen Keshi and the Super Eagles on their fifth World Cup qualification after beating Ethiopia in a 4-1 aggregate play-off win.Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah has patted his Nigerian colleague Stephen Keshi on the back for guiding the Super Eagles to book a 2014 World Cup ticket.Nigeria would be making their fifth World Cup appearance at Brazil 2014 after a 2-0 victory over Ethiopia (4-1 aggregate play-off win) on Saturday. They were the first African side to pick a slot before Ivory Coast and Cameroon.”Congratulations to them [Nigeria]. They have done well,” Appiah said. “He’s my friend, [Stephen] Keshi. We have always been in touch and I am really happy for them. We have become very close friends and we talk on so many issues.”The Black Stars will face off with Egypt on Tuesday in the return leg after a 6-1 first-leg victory.Appiah said Ghana would not be complacent in Cairo. “Egypt has got a very good team, no doubt about that. Even though we won, we are not going to get it easy. We are not going to sit back. We will try and get a win,” Appiah added.last_img read more

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