World’s most fertile woman with 44 children she’s raising alone stopped from having more
Mariam Nabatanzi, from Uganda, gave birth to her first set of twins when she was just 13 and after her husband walked out, she has been raising her massive brood alone
Mariam Nabatanzi was just 13 when she became to her first set of twins.
By the time she was just 36 Mariam had given birth to another 42 babies, which she is having to raise alone after her husband walked out on the giant family.
Now 41, Mariam has been told she suffers from a rare genetic condition, which means she kept having multiple births – despite begging doctors for help when she was just 23.
Mariam has three sets of quadruplets, four sets of triplets and six sets of twins and incredibly manages to care for and feed them all on her own.
The fertile mum was just 12 when she was married to her husband, who at 40 was 28 years her senior.
Just a year later she gave birth to her first set of twins.
Now, she and all of her kids have no choice to live in appallingly cramped conditions in just four tiny homes made from cement bricks and a corrugated iron roof.
Mariam, from Uganda, and her brood live surrounded by coffee fields.
A doctor warned the mother that birth control, like the Pill, could cause her problems because she had unusually large ovaries.
So after her first set of twins, the babies just kept coming.
Ugandan families are often large with women having 5.6 children on average.
This is one of the highest birth rates in Africa but even by these standards, Mariam’s family is enormous.
At just 23, Mariam had 25 children and desperately begged her doctor for help to stop her having any more.
But once again the medical advice was that she should keep getting pregnant because her ovary count was so high.
Mariam’s final pregnancy three years ago ended in tragedy when she gave birth to her sixth set of twins. Read more
Stranded at sea in hundreds, Rohingya women are being raped by the crew members of the boat and getting pregnant, and on the other hand, the traffickers are extorting additional money promising to get ashore either in Bangladesh or Malaysia exploiting the pushback as a pretext, according to family members.
A recent survivor Nurul Islam said, “The traffickers raped women and some of them got pregnant on the boat.” He also informed that many people died due to trauma, starvation, dehydration and malnutrition.
Brother of another victim currently on the boat adrift told RVision, “The trafficker recently asked from me extra (_0,000) BDT and promised me that they will get ashore in Bangladesh in a few days. On Sunday, I deposited the amount to a local phone number (018__ ____) via bKash service. I had to pay as I was threatened and worried about the safety of my brother.” adding “But he is saying me again that they are watching the situation calming down to head to their preferred destination.”
The source requested us not to disclose the information hidden above and his identity as it could endanger his brother.
Reportedly, the traffickers are not intentionally trying to sneak ashore though it could be possible like the first group of 29, lest they could lose the expected amount as the authorities in both sides are fully aware of the situation.
According to the source, if the authorities detained the trafficking victims, it is a great loss for the traffickers, because the money is conditioned with the safe arrival of the victims.
A group of up to 29 refugees includes women and children have reportedly been transferred to Bhasan Char island in the Bay of Bengal by the Bangladesh authorities. They are believed to be part of a larger group of up to 350 refugees, of whom A small boat carrying 43 people manage to land on coast while others are still stranded at sea. Read more
As coronavirus spreads more widely in Russia’s provinces, hospitals – often old and ill-equipped – have become infection “hot spots”. The number of medical workers getting sick, and dying, is growing.
President Putin admitted that there was a shortage of PPE and ordered an increase in production. But even now, many Russian healthcare staff are scared to complain publicly about having to work without proper protection. Read more
No single crisis or event in recent history has so sharply magnified the country’s racial disparities and inequities as the coronavirus. Not even Hurricanes Katrina and Maria, whose death and destruction primarily affected people of color, but were localized.
The coronavirus is omnipresent. It has infected people in every state, in big cities and rural communities, and from every economic class. It has infected and killed men and women of all ages and all races. Even so, in the words of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, African Americans and other people of color have shouldered “a disproportionate burden of illness and death” from covid-19, the disease caused by the virus. A new study this week, led by Amfar and Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health, found that disproportionately black counties account for 22 percent of all counties but have 52 percent of coronavirus cases and 58 percent of deaths from covid-19.
Darren Hutchinson, a law professor who studies the law’s impact on race and gender, thinks white Americans can learn a thing or two about racism from the pandemic. How the fear and uncertainty they are feeling now is not unlike what African Americans, Latinos, Asian Americans and others feel all the time.
Hutchinson, an associate dean at the University of Florida’s Levin College of Law, elaborated on that notion during a recent conversation with About US. This interview has been lightly edited for length and clarity.
Unlike other disasters and crises, the coronavirus seems to have laid bare the structural inequities across the board — in health care, economics, even in criminal justice — all at once. Do you agree? How is that affecting society?
Everyone’s vulnerable. In terms of geography, it’s all over the country. Every age group potentially can be affected. It’s across gender. And to the extent that structural racism impacts people along all of those axes, this is a moment where it’s really going to stand out. In terms of the fear that a lot of people, generally, have right now — and I know it’s higher among people of color — but this is the fear and anxiety that people of color experience on a daily basis. The virus is not only showing us how pervasive inequality is, it’s also giving us a moment to think about how living daily in that structural racism creates this anxiety. Read more
Police have recorded a sharp increase in hate crimes against Chinese people during the coronavirus outbreak, figures show.
The number of offences reported in the first three months of 2020 has almost tripled compared to the same period for 2018 and 2019.
Between January and March, when the Covid-19 pandemic was intensifying within the UK, at least 267 reports of hate crime were made across the UK.
From this figure, 63 offences were recorded by the Metropolitan Police, while forces in Cumbria, Devon and Cornwall, Essex, Humberside and Northamptonshire have already received more reports this year than they did throughout the whole of 2019.
In total, 375 hate crimes against Chinese people were recorded last year, up from 360 in 2018.
The new figures were released via freedom of information requests, submitted to the UK’s 45 territorial police forces and British Transport Police (BTP) by Sky News.
Since the outbreak of Covid-19 in the UK, multiple incidents of racism against Chinese people have been reported, with victims having been spat at, punched and verbally abused in the street.
Deputy chief constable Mark Hamilton, the national policing lead for hate crime, said that “no one is responsible for the outbreak and everyone has a right to be protected from targeted abuse”.
“We know that some forces have unfortunately had reports about a small number of offenders who have committed hate crimes against those from Chinese and South East Asian communities and linked to the Covid-19 outbreak,” he told Sky News.
In March, the owner of a Chinese takeaway owner in Hitchin, Hertfordshire was “spat at” in the face by a teenage boy who demanded to know if he “had coronavirus”, in an incident recorded as a racially aggravated common assault.
Sharon So, daughter of the takeaway’s owner, told The Independent that the offender, part of a group of three, began recording her father on his phone and demanding to know if he was infected with the virus. Read more
Turkish military cargo plane carrying medical equipment departs for US
A Turkish military cargo plane carrying medical supplies for use against the coronavirus pandemic departed on Tuesday for the US.
“The loading process of the medical aid supplies to be delivered to the US by Turkish Armed Forces aircraft has been completed. Our aircraft carrying the medical aid supplies to be used in combating COVID-19 has departed from Etimesgut Airfield/Ankara,” the Turkish Defense Ministry said on Twitter.
The medical aid supplies also carried on a message for the people of the US, saying: “After hopelessness, there is so much hope and after darkness, there is the much brighter sun. Rumi.”
The ministry also released a statement saying that the medical aid supplies leaving for Washington were prepared under the instructions of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Turkey sends medical aid to US to help fight COVID-19
“The health supplies prepared by the Ministry of National Defense and the Ministry of Health consists of masks, face visors, N95 masks and overalls,” it added.
The ministry also said: “Our Turkish Armed Forces aircrafts have also delivered health supplies previously to Spain, Italy, Britain, Serbia, Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Libya and Somalia.”
US thanks Turkey for donation
The US thanked Turkey for donating medical supplies in cooperation to combat the novel coronavirus outbreak in the worst-hit country.
“During times of crisis, like the worldwide effort to combat COVID-19, close coordination among like-minded allies and partners is key to developing a swift and effective response. None of us can do this alone,” US Ambassador to Turkey David Satterfield said in a statement.
“On behalf of the US Government, I want to thank our NATO Ally Turkey for today’s generous donation of medical supplies and other essential equipment.”
Satterfield noted that the donation is scheduled for delivery later in the day via Turkish A-400M military aircraft to Andrews Air Force Base near Washington, D.C.
He stressed that the donation will be distributed to those who need them most across the US by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
“As this delivery indicates, the US-Turkey relationship is strong and one of our most important alliances,” the ambassador said. “We look forward to continuing cooperation with Turkey on this and many other mutual priorities.” Read more
The purple ink stamped on Iqbal Hussain Siddiqui’s hand by Indian health workers was supposed to ensure he stayed home under quarantine.
But the 66-year-old Siddiqui, an egg seller in Mumbai’s sprawling Dharavi slum, rubbed it off as best he could and went back to work. The mark would have condemned him to being stuck in an unventilated one-room home without a toilet.
It was also, he claimed, part of an effort by the Hindu nationalist government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to target Muslims like him, using health workers to gather data on the community under the guise of containing the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Modi wants to make Muslims second class citizens,” said Siddiqui, who was ordered to be quarantined after a neighbor tested positive for the virus. “There is no one who is sick — it’s all a lie.”
His suspicions were echoed by a half-dozen other Muslims whom Reuters talked to in Dharavi, even though community leaders say they have been trying to convince people that the health workers are in the district to protect them from COVID-19.
As the coronavirus sweeps across India, Modi’s government has responded by imposing a lockdown on the country’s 1.3 billion people. As of Friday, India had announced 437 deaths from the disease.
The coronavirus has also exacerbated festering divisions between the country’s Hindus and its sizable Muslim minority, many of whom have seen their livelihoods threatened by the establishment of quarantine zones in densely-packed areas like Dharavi. There have been at least 71 confirmed cases in Dharavi.
A deep-rooted distrust of Modi by Muslims follows months of protests against a new citizenship law that critics say discriminates against Muslims, and a crackdown by India in the Muslim-majority territory of Kashmir.
There is no official breakdown of coronavirus cases by religion. But many Muslims feel unfairly blamed for spreading the disease after a cluster emerged at a gathering of Muslim missionaries in New Delhi last month. Sensational news coverage about the event, fanned by some Hindu nationalist politicians, helped spur the trending topic “Coronajihad” on social media.
The missionary gathering has been linked to at least 1,000 confirmed coronavirus cases, and more than 25,500 people connected to it have been quarantined. Read more
At least 32 ethnic Rohingya died on a ship that drifted for weeks after it failed to reach Malaysia, Bangladesh coast guard officials said on Thursday, following the rescue of 396 starving survivors.
A human rights group said it believed more boats carrying Rohingya – a Muslim minority – were adrift at sea, with coronavirus lockdowns in Malaysia and Thailand making it harder for them to find refuge.
“They were at sea for about two months and were starving,” a Bangladesh coastguard official told Reuters in a message, adding that the ship was brought to shore late on Wednesday.
The 396 survivors would be handed to the U.N refugee agency, said the official, who had initially said they would be sent to Myanmar. The official also revised the death toll to 32 from 24.
Video images showed a crowd comprised mostly of women and children, some stick-thin and unable to stand, being helped to shore. One emaciated man lay on the sand.
One refugee told a reporter the group had been turned back from Malaysia twice and a fight had broken out onboard between passengers and crew at one point.
Malaysian officials did not respond to requests for comment on reports that it had turned away previous boats from its waters.
”We understand these men, women and children were at sea for nearly two months in harrowing conditions and that many of them are extremely malnourished and dehydrated,” the U.N. refugee agency UNHCR said.
The agency was offering to help the government move them to quarantine facilities and would provide medical care, it said in a statement.
Media reports that the group was infected with the virus had not been substantiated, the UNHCR said. Read more
A new study examining air samples from hospital wards with COVID-19 patients has found the virus can travel up to 13 feet (four meters) — twice the distance current guidelines say people should leave between themselves in public.
The preliminary results of the investigation by Chinese researchers were published Friday in Emerging Infectious Diseases, a journal of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
They add to a growing debate on how the disease is transmitted, with the scientists themselves cautioning that the small quantities of virus they found at this distance are not necessarily infectious.
The researchers, led by a team at the Academy of Military Medical Sciences in Beijing, tested surface and air samples from an intensive care unit and a general COVID-19 ward at Huoshenshan Hospital in Wuhan. They housed a total of 24 patients between February 19 and March 2.
They found that the virus was most heavily concentrated on the floors of the wards, “perhaps because of gravity and air flow causing most virus droplets to float to the ground.”
High levels were also found on frequently touched surfaces like computer mice, trashcans, bed rails and door knobs.
“Furthermore, half of the samples from the soles of the ICU medical staff shoes tested positive,” the team wrote. “Therefore, the soles of medical staff shoes might function as carriers.”
– Airborne threat? –
The team also looked at so-called aerosol transmission — when the droplets of the virus are so fine they become suspended and remain airborne for several hours, unlike cough or sneeze droplets that fall to the ground within seconds.
They found that virus-laden aerosols were mainly concentrated near and downstream from patients at up to 13 feet — though smaller quantities were found upstream, up to eight feet. Read more
Health Secretary Matt Hancock revealed in the daily Government coronavirus briefing that they are looking into ‘immunity certificates’ to give to people who have beaten coronavirus Covid-19
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the government is planning a “passport” for people who have had coronavirus and beaten the bug.
He revealed the news on Thursday during the daily coronavirus briefing as he confirmed 33,718 people in the UK have tested positive, and 2,921 have now died.
“We are looking at an immunity certificate,” he announced.
“How people who have had the disease have got the antibodies and therefore have the immunity can show that and so get back as much as possible to normal life.
“That is an important thing that we will be doing and are looking at, but it’s too early in the science of the immunity that comes from having the disease that Steve [Medical Director of NHS England, Prof. Steve Powis] spoke about earlier.
“It’s too early in that science to be able to put clarity around that.
“I wish that we could but the reason that we can’t is because the science isn’t yet advanced enough.
“But we have a programme of work on to understand the immunity that you get out of this, which is a global piece of work. And what you then do for people who have had the disease.
“And believe you me I have a very strong, personal interest in this one now that I’ve been through it.”
However, plans for the immunity certificates have been branded “dangerous” and unnecessary by a health expert.
Eleanor Riley, Professor of Immunology and Infectious Disease at the University of Edinburgh, said that such certificates would give people a “sense of false security” about the disease.
“It’s not something that we’ve ever done before. When we vaccinate people, particularly for certain diseases where they’re going to travel overseas… we give people a certificate saying they have been vaccinated,” she said.
“But that certificate doesn’t say they are immune and there’s a difference. We don’t know yet whether somebody who has had this virus is immune.
“They have antibodies, they’ve clearly been exposed, yet will those antibodies protect them against reinfection? I’m not sure that we know that. ” Read more