Needle Misuse Common in Africa, Millions at Risk, Health Experts Say
July 16, 2009
Millions of people are at risk of contracting infectious diseases such as HIV and hepatitis C because of improper needle use in African health facilities, said health experts at the Africa Health Conference in Nairobi, the capital of Kenya, IRIN reports. According to UNICEF, 50 percent of the 16 billion injections administered annually in developing countries are unsafe. According to IRIN, about half the syringes used in Africa are reused. The WHO estimates that about 5 percent of new HIV cases could be due to syringe re-use (7/14).
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