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Dengue fever hotline for must run around clock: MOH

In Uncategorized on June 28, 2010 at 12:54 pm

The Ministry of Health June 27 ordered its subdivisions to maintain a hotline concerning dengue fever, to combat the disease that is on an upward trend.

A health worker is examining dengue fever children at Children Hospital No. 2 (photo: SGGP)

Municipal and provincial departments of health were asked to keep in touch with hospitals the National Hospital of Tropical Diseases in Hanoi, the National hospital for Children, Hue Hospital, the Hospital of Tropical Diseases in Ho Chi Minh City, and two hospitals No. 1 and 2 for children, also in HCMC.


MOH warned that the disease is plaguing southern provinces, while more people in the central and highlands provinces are contracting dengue fever as well.


Figures showed that the number of infected people in the central and highlands is over 4,000, a rate that doubles numbers from the same period in 2009. Affected provinces include Khanh Hoa, Thua Thien-Hue, Phu Yen, Quang Nam, Quang Ngai, Da nang, Kon Tum and Gia Lai.


Moreover, Hanoi recorded over 300 people infected with the ailment; July is considered the peak season for the disease.


Antibiotic resistance due to severe abuse has reached alarming rate in Vietnam, according to a recent survey conducted by the Oxford University Clinical Research Unit and the National Hospital of Tropical Diseases.


A survey, conducted at pharmacies and hospitals in Hanoi over a one-month period found that cases in which children are prescribed antibiotics unnecessarily are rampant.


Uncontrolled use and abuse of antibiotics has caused a severe resistance to the medicines in Vietnam. The survey also reported that over 60 percent of people are resistant to medication that treats pneumonia.

Source: SGGP

Euro leaders race against markets clock

In Uncategorized on May 9, 2010 at 4:48 am

French President Nicolas Sarkozy speaks during an extraordinary European Union summit at the European Council headquarters in Brussels on May 7. AFP photo

BRUSSELS (AFP) – Europe’s leaders raced against an Asian clock on Sunday, hoping to lift financial markets when they open with a new crisis fund for debt-ridden euro countries and support from their central bankers.


Ahead of emergency finance ministerial efforts on a “watertight” defence against predatory threats to commercial banks and wider economic recovery, European Union officials scrambled to prepare the scope of their latest firewall.


An EU diplomat told AFP that a kind of “bank” would be set up with unused funds from the bloc’s budget, which would then serve as “base capital on which to borrow 60 billion euros (76.5 billion dollars) on the bond market.”


The source said that would be supported by a “gesture” from the politically independent Eurpean Central Bank, presented as a signal that it would intervene to buy euro governmental debt, what traders and analysts refer to as the ‘nuclear’ option.


Taken together, the latest bid to stabilise what Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has described as a “state of emergency” for the 16 countries wedded in currency union could easily outstrip the unprecedented Greek bailout, due to be transferred to Athens within days.


French President Nicolas Sarkozy and Berlusconi each pulled out of World War II commemorations in Moscow to pull strings on the crisis, although German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she would attend the Red Square parade..


European Commission officials were massaging detailed proposals to “preserve financial stability in Europe” through until a meeting of its executive starting at 1:00 pm (1100 GMT), before putting them to the 27-nation bloc by 1300 GMT.


“We have several instruments at our disposal and we will use them,” commission chief Jose Manuel Barroso said.
Berlusconi said early on Saturday that ECB chief Jean-Claude Trichet had not ruled out moves that could trigger a debt-buying spree, although Trichet, typically coy, laid “responsibility” at the door of the EU’s political masters and the Commission.


Diplomats said that powers intended for “exceptional circumstances,” that previously allowed the EU to help non-euro members like Hungary, Latvia or Romania, could be invoked to facilitate the scheme.


A chain of European debt sent shares tumbling across the globe last week and has left EU banks in the firing line as investors flee amid growing fears that eurozone governments will be unable to balance their books over coming years.


“I am very concerned about what’s happening in Europe,” US President Barack Obama said in a pre-recorded interview released Saturday.


Canadian premier Stephen Harper, who hosts G20 leaders next month in Toronto, offered greater solidarity following crunch talks between G7 partners, arguing that “this is not a crisis of the financial sector but a financial crisis affecting some governments.”


He spoke in Berlin at a joint news conference with Merkel, who wants the new fund to send “a very clear signal” to markets to back off.


“Between now and Sunday night we will have a watertight line of defence,” euro finance chief Jean-Claude Juncker also said after euro leaders gave the order to act during late-night talks in Brussels on Friday.


Barroso insisted that these efforts “will be done under the existing financial possibilities in the community budget,” underscoring doubts among non-euro countries over the longer-term impact on taxpayers given the involvement of budgets paid into by all 27 EU members.


Labour Chancellor Alistair Darling will speak for Britain during Sunday’s ministerial meeting as talks on power-sharing between two political rivals unfold back in London, and can expect to be pressured on Britain’s refusal in March to entertain eurozone curbs, which critics say cost Europe dearly.


“Europe is faced with the same challenge from the Greek crisis as it faced in October 2008 after Lehmann Brothers fell,” Christian de Boissieu, an economics professor at the Sorbonne in Paris, told AFP.


European Greens figureheads Rebecca Harms and Daniel Cohn-Bendit said leaders had waited until “the brink of the abyss” and urged Europe to go further still, by creating a “genuine European Agency for Debt and Investment which would manage the issuance of eurobonds.”


As the major EU buyer of European governmental debt, its biggest economy, Germany, has the most to lose, and has changed tone substantially since being accused of foot-dragging over Greek loans, due to be transferred to Athens within days.


Having signed up to a German-led push to “accelerate” public deficit reduction plans, Portugal announced on Saturday that a raft of cuts would be brought forward there.

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Source: SGGP