Today's Health News in Snippets

13/04/2021

Botswana halts Covid vaccination in some regions

The government in Botswana has stopped vaccination in some regions saying doses allocated to them have been depleted.

 

The country has so far vaccinated 17,808 people, according to data from the health ministry.

 

People in those regions have been advised to wait for the next shipment.

 

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KFC customer's stomach lining burnt after she's 'served cup of disinfectant'

A KFC customer had her stomach lining burnt after she was accidentally allegedly given disinfectant to drink instead of water, according to reports.

 

A woman, whose surname is Du, asked a member of staff at the restaurant in Suzhou in eastern China for a cup of iced water on March 29.

 

She said she noticed the taste of disinfectant after taking a sip.

 

Unsure of whether it was her imagination or not, Du took another drink and instantly felt pain in her stomach, she claims.

 

Du asked her friend Chen to smell the drink but couldn't detect anything unusual, so she also had a sip and confirmed the unusual taste, the Global Times reported.

 

The staff member then admitted the drink they had been given had been accidentally mixed with disinfectant, Du said.

 

The KFC initially offered to pay CNY 1,500 (£167) for the victim's medical treatment, but Du wants them to compensate her for lost salary and costs during her period of sick leave.

 

Reports said the restaurant tried to get Du to sign a non-disclosure agreement to stop her from posting about the incident on social media.

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Teenager with eating disorder 'told her BMI wasn't low enough to get help'

A life coach said she was told her BMI wasn't low enough for her to get medical help despite developing an eating disorder.

 

Victoria Spence is now 26 but as a teenager she said her eating disorder was sparked by images of women's bodies on social media.

 

She has since recovered but she said if her parents didn't have the finances to pay for her to be privately treated she would be dead.

 

The Instagram influencer spoke candidly about her battle which may have been halted sooner if a person's Body Mass Index wasn't used to decide if someone is too fat or too thin.

 

Last week MPs urged Ministers to scrap the BMI scale.

 

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Comoros president gets Covid jab 'to set example'

Comoros President Azali Assoumani, First Lady Ambari Azali and several high-status public officials have received the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.

 

Mr Assoumani said that he wanted to set an example and be the first to be vaccinated with the Sinopharm vaccine made in China.

 

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Moderna Covid vaccine rolled out in England today with over-40s to start getting jab

NHS patients in England are to receive the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine from today, officials have confirmed.

 

Professor Stephen Powis, medical director for NHS England, said the move "marks another milestone" in the Covid-19 vaccination programme.

 

It is the third vaccine to be added to the NHS "armoury", alongside the Covid-19 vaccines from Oxford/AstraZeneca and Pfizer.

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Pfizer coronavirus jab is 'safe and effective' against South African mutation

The Pfizer coronavirus vaccine is "safe and effective" against the South African variant, a spokesman for Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said.

 

It comes after a study into the jab's effectiveness at Tel Aviv University in Israel found the mutation may "break through".

 

The study compared almost 400 people who had tested positive for Covid, 14 days or more after they received one or two doses of the vaccine, against the same number of unvaccinated patients with the disease.

 

The Pfizer vaccine appeared to be less effective against the South African variant, researchers said, and has the ability to 'evade' protection.

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