Giant rats sniff out tuberculosis in Mozambique

first_imgMozambique gets a make over Giant tortoise of Zanzibar Rats sniff out TB in Mozambique Giant rats may strike fear and disgust into the hearts of homeowners worldwide, but researchers in impoverished Mozambique are improbably turning some of them into heroes.At Eduardo Mondlane University in the capital Maputo, nine giant rats are busy at work sniffing out tuberculosis-causing bacteria from rows of sputum samples.These are no ordinary rats, as they have undergone six months of training in Tanzania. Their most distinguishing asset is their impeccable sense of smell.Placed inside a glass cage, a rat darts from sample to sample, then stops or rubs its legs, indicating that a sample is infected with a TB causing bacteria. Once the task is complete, it is given a treat through a syringe for a job well done.Samples pointed out by the rats to contain TB bacteria are then sent for further tests using fluorescence microscopy, a more sensitive laboratory technique. The results are sent back to health centres, allowing patients to start treatment early.Although TB is a treatable disease, in underdeveloped countries like Mozambique it can be deadly if left untreated and is particularly harmful to people living with HIV. Mozambique is one of the countries worst affected by TB and 1 in 10 adults is HIV-positive.With World Tuberculosis Day being marked on Tuesday, the Mozambican Ministry of Health said it was cautiously monitoring the APOPO work.“This technique has to be compared to others that are available and already WHO approved, such as GeneXpert or LED microscope,” said Ivan Manhica, who heads the national programme for tuberculosis at the health ministry.According to the WHO, TB killed 1.5 million people in 2013.Relatedcenter_img Mozambique Electionslast_img read more

Miner killed after pit collapses at Konawaruk

first_imgA miner is now dead, and another is seriously injured after a mining pit collapsed at 35 Miles Konawaruk Backdam, Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni) on Monday.Dead is 23-year-old Handel Payne, also called “Daggie” of Kaneville Housing Scheme, East Bank Demerara (EBD).Information reaching Guyana Times revealed that Payne and others were working in the mining pit when a piece of the mud wall collapsed behind him and struck him in the mid-section. He reportedly fell unconscious by which time the water began to rise rapidly.Dead miner: Handel PayneHe was submerged and subsequently drowned. He was later pulled out and rushed to the Mahdia Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.Reports are another miner received severe injuries, and was currently hospitalised at the Mahdia Hospital. His identity has not been revealed.The pit is reportedly owned by Collin Robertson, 34, of One Mile Extension, Wismar, Linden, who also worked as the jet man.Back in 2015, 10 persons died in a mining pit in the Konawaruk area after it collapsed. The incident saw 17 miners being buried under a pile of dirt and rubble but seven of them made it out alive with varying injuries.The others remained trapped under the dirt where they eventually perished. The 10 trapped miners were Leyland Jones, Jason Trotman, Vick Bernard, Frank Bernard, Desmond Martins, Raymond August, Brian Bank, Trevon Phillips, Nanmore Kurt and another man identified only as ‘Michael’.The deaths were blamed on heavy rains in the area, improper mining design and poor safety practices at the mining camp.Meanwhile, with respect to the mining death on Monday, the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) has launched an investigation. The body of Payne was transported to the Mahdia Hospital Mortuary to await a post-mortem.last_img read more

Leeds land League Two Player of the Year on four-year deal

first_img1 Kemar Roofe in action for Oxford Leeds United have signed striker Kemar Roofe from Oxford United for an undisclosed fee.The 23-year-old has penned a four-year contract with the Championship side.Roofe fired 26 goals to help Oxford secure promotion to League One last season and was crowned League Two Player of the Year.He is the sixth signing made this summer by Whites boss Garry Monk, who was appointed as Steve Evans’ successor in June.“It’s an amazing feeling,” Roofe said of his switch to Elland Road. “I don’t think I’ll actually realise how big the club is until the first game of the season, but I’m amazed by what I’ve seen so far.“As soon as I found out, I was really pleased to be a part of a club like this. The club has a great history and a bright future as well.“You can tell there’s something exciting happening here with the signings we’re making – they’re all good signings.“I can’t wait to start getting to know the squad and playing football again.”Roofe joins Marcus Antonsson, Kyle Bartley, Hadi Sacko, Robert Green and Matt Grimes in moving to Leeds this summer.last_img read more