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Russia tightens checks on meat imports over dioxin crisis

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 at 12:02 pm

Russia said Saturday it had heightened checks on meat from Germany and other European countries and threatened an import ban after Germany closed thousands of farms over animal feed tainted with dioxin.

Eggs suspected to be contaminated with dioxin, are pictured at a laboratory of the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia’s food control institute in Muenster January 4, 2011

The Russian agriculture watchdog said in a statement sent to AFP on Saturday that it had “taken the decision to heighten control of food of animal origin imported from Germany and several other European Union countries”.

It did not specify which European Union countries fell under the tougher rules.

The watchdog also threatened that Russia could ban meat imports if it did not receive official information on the situation as soon as possible and if it were not satisfied by European measures to control the situation.

The watchdog “retains the right to introduce restrictions on supplying food of animal origin to the Russian market from the regions of heightened risk”, it said in the statement.

German officials said Friday they had shut 4,700 farms and destroyed more than 100,000 eggs after tests showed dangerous levels of dioxin, a poisonous chemical compound, in fatty acids used to make industrial animal feed.

The Russian agency complained of its “serious concern” that it had not received any information from Germany or the executive European Commission on the situation and said it had sent an official request.

“The European Union still lacks a system to react urgently to cases that could be dangerous for animals and humans,” the watchdog’s spokesman Alexei Alexeyenko told the Interfax news agency.


Source: SGGP

Engine checks on three Singapore Airlines’ A380s

In Uncategorized on November 10, 2010 at 3:51 am

SGGP, doctors conduct charity health checks in city

In Uncategorized on October 14, 2010 at 2:31 pm

Saigon Giai Phong newspaper and a group of Ho Chi Minh City doctors on Sep 19 examined and gave free medications to over 1,000 residents in the city’s Binh Chanh District.

Ninety year old Nguyen Thi Hai (L) in Binh Chanh District receives examination (Photo: SGGP)

The highlight of this time charity work was that residents in communes Phong Phu, Da Phuoc and Quy Duc were examined with hi-tech medical equipments. Medical staffs from hospitals in the city including Cho Ray, People 115, and Pham Ngoc Thach University arrived early to carry machines with high care. It took them one hour to arrange all equipment in vehicles.

Hundreds of people from families prioritized under social welfare policies, war invalids and disadvantaged elderly waited for their turns to see the doctors. The charity group carried out examination in class rooms in Nguyen Van Tran pre-school.

It took one day to cover medical check-up and issued free drugs to nearly 1,000 people, bone density tests to 450 patients, as well as checked cervical cancer to 150 women. The group also gave nearly 200 bags of essential medications to Da Phuoc commune’ Medical Center. 

Tran Trong Tuan, chairman of district Binh Chanh, said three poor communes devoted many martyrs and hero mothers to the country’s war, adding that communes have grown rapidly thanks to the government’s care but they are still poor compared to other areas.

Tuan applauded the newspaper and group of doctors have conducted charity examination and treatment to residents there.

Source: SGGP

Couples urged to get pre-nuptial health checks

In Uncategorized on December 4, 2008 at 2:23 pm

Hanoi (VNA) – Sexually transmitted and hereditary diseases could be avoided if more couples had health checks before marriage, experts have said.

Housewife Nguyen Thu Hien said she didn’t even consider getting a health check before she tied the knot, believing love was the most important thing. But the cracks began to appear after they got married. Hien’s husband was diagnosed with hepatitis B, a chronic or fatal disease passed on through blood and bodily fluids. Soon hospital tests revealed Hien too, was infected with the disease.

“My in-laws blamed me for infecting my husband,” she says: “I don’t know for sure which is true. It wouldn’t have been a problem if I’d got checked out by the doctor before we married.”

Hereditary health issues can also cause problems if not talked about openly before marriage, says Nguyen Thi Thao. “A friend of mine died in childbirth from an innate heart condition. Her husband only found out the reason afterwards, although the doctor said my friend had known about it for a long time”.

Starting off your married life with complete honesty is important on a personal level and for society as a whole, says Dr Trinh Hoa Binh, who works at the Institute for Sociology Studies.

“Pre-nuptial health checks, which include information on both infectious and hereditary diseases, are compulsory in a lot of developed countries. By implementing similar rules we would be helping our global integration and also giving couples a good basis to build a happy future together”.

In Vietnamese culture, asking a partner to have a health check before marriage shows a lack of trust, but such thinking works against the reality that a lot of couples get divorced because they find out they have concealed the fact that they are ill.

Instead of a lack of trust, the health checks should cement couple’s faith in each other, Dr Dao Xuan Dung says. “Telling your partner about any health problems you have had or think you might have had or think you might have helps couples protect themselves and prepare for any health problems that could be passed down to their children,” he said.

The issue was particularly pressing as a lot of young people had unprotected sex before marriage, putting themselves at a high risk of contracting HIV and other diseases, said Fr Le Thuy Tan, who works at a health centre in Thanh Xuan district.

Do Thi Thu Ly said she and her husband agreed to have check-ups before they got married. By doing so, Ly found out she had the less serious form of hepatitis and was able to receive treatment. Her future husband was advised to readjust his food regime to improve his libido.

“Now I am expecting a baby,” Ly says.-