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  • Four million Ethiopians living with depression: WHO

    Four million Ethiopians are living with depression that put the country second next to Nigeria, a data from World Health Organization (WHO) indicates.

    A data released in 2015 indicated that 48 million Nigerian are the victims of depression.

    The theme for WHO’s World Health Day on April 7, 2017 is “Depression: let’s talk”. According to the latest WHO’s estimates, 322 million people are living with depression worldwide, with the numbers increasing from by more than 18 percent between 2005 and 2015. Close to one in 20 people (4.4 percent) are affected, with depression being more common among women (5.1percent) than men (3.6 percent).
    Dr. Dawit Assefa, General Manager of the Amanuel Specialized Hospital and a Psychiatrist by profession told Sheger FM that depression is a continuous loss of happiness feelings.

    Especially when long-lasting and with moderate or severe intensity, depression may become a serious health condition. It can cause the affected person to suffer greatly and function poorly at work, at school and in the family and social life, according to Dr. Dawit.

    At its worst, depression can lead to suicide. Close to 800, 000 people die due to suicide every year. Suicide is the second leading cause of death in 15-29-year-olds.The last stage of depression is committing suicidal, according to Dr. Dawit

    The number of people living with depression in Ethiopia shows how much little attention and medication have been implemented in Ethiopia, said Dawit.

    Although there are known, effective treatments for depression, fewer than half of those affected in the world (in many countries, fewer than 10 percent) receive such treatments.

    Barriers to effective care include a lack of resources, lack of trained health-care providers, and social stigma associated with mental disorders. Another barrier to effective care is inaccurate assessment. In countries of all income levels, people who are depressed are often not correctly diagnosed, and others who do not have the disorder are too often misdiagnosed and prescribed antidepressants, sates the WHO.

    A temporary depression could be treated by some way of entertainments like walking and seeing movies.

    Dawit advises a person suffers from continuous depression should immediately go to doctors before it reaches to its worst stage.
    Depression is a common mental disorder, characterized by sadness, loss of interest or pleasure, feelings of guilt or low self-worth, disturbed sleep or appetite, feelings of tiredness, and poor concentration, according to the WHO.

    Depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide, and is a major contributor to the overall global burden of disease.

     

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  • Latest Salaries Of Top African Politicians Revealed, Including Ethiopia

    The salary of top African politicians is quite overwhelming, making it one of the best places in the world to be a politician. Our Prime Minister is currently paid ETB 966.184,00 Annually.

    Hailemariam Desalegn

    Prime Minister Ethiopia
    Born: 1965 Ethiopia
    Married
    Children: 3
    Annual: ETB 966.184,00
    Monthly: ETB 80.515,00
    Weekly: ETB 18.580,00
    Daily: ETB 2.647,00

    Uhuru Kenyatta


    President Kenya
    Born: 1961 Kenya
    Married
    Children: 3
    Annual: ETB 3.482.574,00
    Monthly: ETB 290.215,00
    Weekly: ETB 66.973,00
    Daily: ETB 9.541,00

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  • Miruts Yifter, Ethiopian running legend, honoured at Toronto funeral

    Miruts Yifter, an Ethiopian running legend dubbed "Yifter the Shifter" for his ability to power away from rivals, was laid to rest at a packed funeral in Toronto on Tuesday.

     

    Yifter, a distance runner who won two gold medals in the 5,000- and 10,000-metre events at the 1980 Moscow Olympics and won bronze medals earlier at the 1972 Munich Games, died at 72 after battling respiratory problems.

     

    "He's a national icon," said Yonas Tadssa, a friend of Yifter's who also hails from Ethiopia.

     

    "He's our hero."

     

    His victories put Ethiopia on the map in terms of running, and he's still regarded as one of the country's greatest athletes. Haile Gebrselassie — who still holds one of the world's fastest marathon times — recently said he owes his entire career to Yifter,

     

    Yet during his career, Yifter was criticized by Ethiopia's former military regime for not winning gold medals at the Munich Games, and he was briefly jailed upon his return home. Tadssa said Yifter, who left Ethopia for Canada in 2000, wouldn't have been able to live comfortably in his home country, something he said was a shame.

     

    Instead, the great runner came to Toronto — a city that knows far more about hockey and baseball players than distance runners.

     

    Tadssa said Yifter was never one to brag about his success. "He was just a simple, low-key person."

     

    When his running days were done, Yifter changed his focus to coaching soccer. Several of his former players attended his funeral.

     

    Yifter's body will be returned to Ethiopia this week.

     

    His family members, who told The Associated Press that he was never treated with the dignity he deserved in Ethiopia, called on all Ethiopians to give him a heroic welcome when his body arrives in Addis Ababa.

     

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