Fifty percent of injections unsafe

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Intravenous news: PlusNews.org report “Injections and needles are still not being used properly in African health facilities, putting millions of patients at risk of infectious diseases such as HIV and hepatitis C, health experts warned at the Africa Health Conference in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi.

“Injections are being misused by quacks and even professionals, who use them as means of making money from patients, especially in poor countries where people perceive the syringe as a symbol of cure. In this kind of injection mania there is a need to put measures in place to ensure safety,” said Susan Agunda, the Deputy Chief Nursing Officer in Kenya’s Ministry of Health.

According to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), in developing countries alone, 16 billion injections are administered each year, of which 90 percent are for curative purposes; 50 percent of the total number of injections are unsafe”.

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