In a farm in Tamale, northeastern Ghana farmers are busy tending to a new crop of vegetables. But this ordinary farming community is learning to use technology to increase yields.
Four countries in East Africa - Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda are taking steps to marshal the power of science to boost food and dairy production and reduce disease, which in turn puts more money into farmers' pockets.
The death toll from an Ebola outbreak in West Africa has risen to 603 since February. The World Health Organisation revealed that at least 68 deaths had been reported from three countries in the region, in the last week alone. The World Health Organisation said there were 85 new cases between 8-12 July, highlighting continued high levels of transmission.
Speaking at a public health conference in Ghana, regional health ministers have revealed that West African states lack the resources to battle the world's deadliest outbreak of Ebola. They added that deep cultural suspicions about the disease, remain one of the biggest obstacles to stopping its spread. The conference aims to formulate a strategy to overcome an epidemic responsible for the deaths of 467 people in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.
Patients are leaving hospitals in parts of Sierra Leone, fearing they may contract Ebola if admitted, stoking concerns about an increased spread of the deadly fever in West Africa. Two entire wards at Kenema Government Hospital are empty after non-Ebola patients fled. According to Sierra Leone's Director of Disease Prevention and Control, there are 57 suspected and positive cases that cannot be located. Kenema hospital is trying to track down the missing cases by using local radio broadcasts as well as monitoring people who may have been in contact with confirmed or suspected cases of Ebola friends and family. Roadside checkpoints have also been set up in the region.
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