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IMF grants $100m debt relief to Ebola-hit countries

The International Monetary Fund has granted Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone debt relief of about $100 million in total, the first time a global institution has provided such relief to the three West African nations hardest hit by the Ebola outbreak.

The IMF, urging similar action from other international creditors to help the countries deal with the economic fallout of the deadly epidemic, additionally offered the nations $160 million in zero-interest loans, subject to board approval.

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Liberia claims only five Ebola cases in entire country

Liberia announced Friday that there are currently only five confirmed cases of Ebola in the entire country.

This represents a dramatic turnaround in the west African nation where the virus has taken its deadliest toll.

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Six die from rabies in Upper West

Six persons have so far died from rabies in the Upper West Region this year.

The Deputy Director of Public Health in the region, Dr Winfred Ofosu, who disclosed this, bemoaned the high prevalence of rabies in the region due to the failure of owners to vaccinate their dogs.

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Too much sitting can kill you even if you exercise regularly

One of your favorite activities may actually be killing you.

Our entire modern world is constructed to keep you sitting down. When we drive, we sit. When we work at an office, we sit. When we watch TV, well, you get the picture.

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Lagos on red alert over bird flu

All chicken markets in Lagos State and environs have been placed on red alert even as veterinary institutions step up surveillance to contain the avian influenza (bird flu) outbreak reported last week in two poultries in Lagos and Kano states.

Nigeria was the first country in Africa to report H5N1 in poultry in 2006, according to the World Health Organisation, WHO.

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