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Anti-UN unrest spreads to Haiti capital

In Uncategorized on November 19, 2010 at 3:27 am

Cold spell spreads over the country

In Uncategorized on October 29, 2010 at 9:09 am

The cold weather coming from the North has entered deep into the North central region, the central area, the South Central Region and the Central Highlands, said the National Hydro Meteorological Forecasting Center.

Many children in Minh Hoa District’s Tan Hoa Commune in Quang Binh Province have been effected from the severe cold weather.

The highest temperature is measured at 29-30oC in the morning and 18-19oC in the evening.

The average temperature in the northern mountainous areas is 15-16oC in the evening. Some districts in Lao Cai, Ha Giang and Cao Bang provinces are hit by severe cold spells measured at 10-12oC. A number of cows and buffalo have died from the cold in the area.

Widespread frozen weather will also appear in the Southern central coast and southern region in October 29.

The cold weather has affected health thousands of people, especially many children, in Quang Binh, the worst-hit central province. They have been in need of more than 600,000 winter clothes and blankets.

The Swiss Red Cross in coordination with the Red Cross in Vietnam’s Phu Yen province provided VND3.2 billion(US$160,000) to flood victims in EaBia and EaTrol villages in Song Hinh district from October 26-28.

Vietnam Women’s Union of Ho Chi Minh City donated over VND650 million collected from its members in districts throughout the city to people in Quang Binh and Nghe Tinh provinces.

Vietnam Education Publishing House based in HCM City gave VND64 million, ten thousands of textbooks and notebooks, 155 boxes of instant noodles and over 2,500 clothes to people, teachers and students in Nghe An Province on October 28.

Dumex – Danone Vietnam Company Limited provided two tons of milk, more than 100,000 mineral water bottles and money to child flood victims in Nghe An, Ha Tinh and Quang Binh provinces.
The North-South Railway was re-opened on October 28 that has been closed during the past 10 days by the floods.

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Source: SGGP

Chile’s joy spreads to the world as all 33 miners saved

In Uncategorized on October 14, 2010 at 2:27 pm

SAN JOSE MINE, Chile, Oct 14, 2010 (AFP) – A complex, against-all-odds rescue of 33 miners trapped in Chile for more than two months transfixed this nation and the world Wednesday, with wild celebrations breaking out at its successful completion.

The ascent of the last of the miners, grizzled leader Luis Urzua, capped nearly 22 hours of euphoric scenes happening every 30 minutes or so, when each of the trapped men was winched individually to the surface through a narrow escape shaft.

Miner Luis Urzua (L) greets President Sebastian Pinera (R) after reaching the surface from the San Jose mine, near Copiapo, Chile on October 13, 2010. AFP

It also spelled the end of a record ordeal lived by the men, who had survived 10 nightmarish weeks in a dank and dark tunnel 622 meters (2,041 feet) below the surface of Chile’s northern Atacama desert following an August 5 cave-in.

“They were experiencing a kind of rebirth,” President Sebastian Pinera said in a televised address to the nation from the San Jose gold and copper mine after all the miners were freed.

The rescue operation, he affirmed, was “inspiring… for the whole world.”

Pinera hailed Urzua for doing his duty and seeing off all his men before “leaving last like a ship’s captain.”

The two men, grateful miner and smiling president, led a rendition of Chile’s national anthem that was echoed across the country.

Everywhere from the mine to the capital Santiago, tears glistened in eyes and on cheeks as the South American nation joined together in an unsurpassed moment of deep joy. Car horns honked in cities and vuvezela horns blared.

Thirty-three balloons decked out in Chile’s red-white-and-blue colors floated free into the night sky above the mine at the exact moment the last of the 33 trapped miners was brought to the surface.

The depth of feeling electrified the thousands of international journalists covering the rescue, who respectfully stood in silence alongside the miners’ families, recording the event, and sharing in it.

Relatives later streamed up a hill where 33 Chilean flags had been planted to give thanks for the “miracle” they had witnessed.

“It’s the end of a nightmare,” said Silvia Segovia, sister of one of the miners, Victor Segovia.

“It’s a new life about to begin,” said Belgica Ramirez, the sister-in-law of Mario Gomez, the oldest of the miners saved.

The spectacular rescue was followed by an estimated one billion people around the world, many of them catching live updates on television or the Internet.

Presidents Barack Obama of the United States, Nicolas Sarkozy of France, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva of Brazil, as well as Pope Benedict XVI and other dignitaries sent their congratulations during the day.

The US space agency NASA, which provided advice on how to sustain the 33 men underground, hailed “the courageous miners” and their rescuers.

The operation officially wrapped up at 12:35 am (0335 GMT) Thursday, when the last of six highly trained rescue specialists who had been sent into the mine Wednesday to prepare the miners for their 15-minute ascent himself returned to the surface.

The miners’ ordeal attracted global attention in their determined triumph over fear and disaster.

After initially being given up for dead in the days following the August 5 mine collapse by all except their families, their discovery alive on August 22 sparked riotous celebration — and also head scratching on how to get them out.

While plans were made for three drills to bore escape shafts to them, sustenance and communications were dropped through probe holes to the men, who had up to then survived in a shelter with meager rations.

Two of the drills veered off course, but the third completed its shaft last weekend, setting the scene for Wednesday’s unprecedented extraction of the men.

The first out was 31-year-old Florencio Avalos, a fit and calm man who hugged his young son and wife and thanked Pinera and other officials.

Then, like a cannonball of energy out of the shaft, came Mario Sepulveda, 40, who roared “Viva Chile” before handing out rocks from the bottom of the mine as souvenirs.

“I have been with God and with the devil,” Sepulveda said later, in more reflective mood. “I seized the hand of God, it was the best hand. I always knew God would get us out of there.”

Others following included the only non-Chilean in the group, Bolivian miner Carlos Mamani, 23, who turned down an offer from visiting Bolivian President Evo Morales to return to La Paz with him, preferring to remain in Chile.

Also brought to the top was Jimmy Sanchez, at 19 the youngest of the miners, Esteban Rojas, a 44-year-old who had promised a church wedding to his long-term partner Jessica Yanez, and Raul Bustos, 40, who had been working at the mine only two months when it collapsed.

Yonni Barrios, the 21st miner to be hauled to the surface, stepped out of the escape capsule to be hugged not by his wife of 28 years, but by his longtime girlfriend.

“It turned out he had also asked the other lady and I have decency. One thing is clear: it’s her or me,” the wife, Marta Salinas, was quoted as telling Chilean media.

She nevertheless said: “I”m glad he’s safe, it’s a miracle from God.”

All the men wore special dark sunglasses to protect their weakened eyes from the natural light.

They were immediately taken to a field hospital at the mine for tests, and around half were flown to a regional hospital in the nearest town of Copiapo.

Health Minister Jaime Manalich said the healthiest could be discharged Thursday.

Doctors at Copiapo hospital said the 16 miners at the hospital were generally doing well, though both Sepulveda and one other miner suffered from silicosis, a incurable, common miners’ ailment in which lungs damaged from dust make breathing difficult.

Manalich also said one unnamed miner was receiving “intensive antibiotic treatment” for severe pneumonia and two would have to have surgery under general anesthesia for “very serious” dental infections.

Source: SGGP

South Asian ‘superbug’ spreads to Australia

In Uncategorized on August 13, 2010 at 11:22 am

SYDNEY (AFP) – A drug-resistant “superbug” has infected three Australians who travelled to India, an expert said on Friday, reinforcing fears it could spread worldwide after hitting dozens of people from Britain.

Professor Peter Collignon, Canberra Hospital’s head of infectious diseases department, said the cases — including one patient who had plastic surgery in Mumbai — were just the “tip of the iceberg”.

“There may well be more because it’s difficult to pick up this particular gene unless you’ve got sophisticated testing,” Collignon told AFP.

British scientists sparked an angry response from India when they said “medical tourists” to the sub-continent were among 37 people who were found to be carrying bacteria with the New Delhi metallo-lactamase-1 (NDM-1) gene.

(AFP file) A microbiologist is pictured working on a microscope at Prince of Wales Hospital in, Sydney.

“We strongly refute the naming of the enzyme… and also refute that hospitals in India are not safe for treatment including medical tourism,” the Indian health ministry said in a statement.

The gene was identified last year in bacteria carried by a Swedish patient admitted to hospital in India.

The gene, which is found in a number of different bacteria, produces an enzyme that renders even very strong, last resort antibiotics ineffective in combating the bacteria.

Collignon said he treated one of Australia’s three cases in Canberra, while there was one each in the eastern states of New South Wales and Queensland.

“We found this multi-resistant, untreatable bug in their urine, luckily not causing too many problems to that person. But it’s a real problem if it spreads to others,” he said.

“The germ we had was untreatable — there were no drugs we had that could treat it,” he added.

Collignon said his patient caught the bug in intensive care in an Indian hospital after plastic surgery went wrong. But he said one of the three picked up their bug in the general community, indicating the extent of the problem.

“There are likely to be more because what you’re picking up in hospitals is just the tip of the iceberg,” he said.

“It probably is killing lots of people but it happens in the developing world and there’s no way of measuring it.”

Collignon blamed the new bugs on the “abuse” of antibiotics in medicine and also in agriculture, saying some countries used them on billions of chickens, which develop bacteria and are then eaten by humans.

The professor, who sits on World Health Organisation panels on antibiotics, called for a worldwide crackdown on antibiotics use along with a major hygiene campaign to stop the bugs spreading.

“All of these systems are interlinked through our food. Wherever we use antibiotics and wherever we over-use them we will get superbugs develop and we will get problems,” Collignon said.

“People are dying in large numbers because there’s no antibiotics they can obtain, particularly in developing countries,” he added. “This is getting worse, there are no antibiotics in the pipeline so we have to work with what we’ve got.”

Source: SGGP

Blue ear spreads through Vietnam

In Uncategorized on August 12, 2010 at 11:25 am

Due to spreading of Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome Virus (PRRSV) – also called “Blue Ear” –occurring in pigs in many places in the country, the government forbade transportation of the animal from affected areas to other districts. Despite the ban, people surreptitiously took pigs to sell in market or to roast them.

Pig breeders  in despair as their herds contracts the disease (Photo: SGGP)

Transportation of pigs from affected regions raised public concern because it allowed diseased pigs to mingle with healthy ones, which would be sold in markets, causing harm to customers as well as transmitting the virus to other regions.

Unaware residents of district Vinh Cuu in the southern province of Dong Nai have furtively sold diseased pigs at cheap prices or have brought them to other districts. 

Moreover, they feed fishes with diseased pigs, throw bags of pigs into canals or rivers, not realizing these practices cause the disease to spread to the rest of the herd, as well as cause damage to the environment.

The local government’s efforts to raise farmers’ awareness and strengthen inspection went unrewarded; people continued throwing diseased pigs here and there. The province has 22,000 pigs. 40 households have reported that 1,115 pigs are infected with the virus.

Vets of the Department of Health Animal in Ho Chi Minh City’s district Binh Chanh discovered a herd of Nguyen Thanh Xuan’s with symptoms of the epidemic, while spraying disinfectants to clean the environment on August 11. Inspector chief Le Truong Hai affirmed that Ms. Xuan’s 17 pigs are infected, including four dead and five dying and her neighbors’ herd suffering similarly.

The city has destroyed 213 pigs of 18 households in district 12. The Department of Animal Health said the city has 360,000 pigs, though illegal imports of diseased and dead pigs take place everyday. The department advised that the vaccination against infectious diseases be stepped up, fearing the threat to other provinces, while no available vaccine has proven effective in preventing the blue ear virus.

The epidemic in the central city of Danang became serious because the government did not announce the pandemic publicly, so despairing breeders sold pigs at very low prices and threw dead pigs into rivers and fields. Meanwhile, the central province of Quang Nam has 15,000 infected pigs and vets have killed 5,000 of them.

The highlands province of Lam Dong said the outbreak has infected half of the herds in the province. Vets have buried all animals found to be infected. The government will give farmers VND17,000 per kilo of meat lost as compensation. 

Source: SGGP

Dengue fever kids suffer complications as epidemic spreads in country

In Uncategorized on August 9, 2010 at 11:24 am

Many children with dengue fever have suffered serious complications as the disease is spreading through out the country, said the Pediatrics Hospital No.1 on August 8.

The hospital’s emergency room has received many children with serious complications recently, as the number of dengue fever patients is rising. Around 10 percent children suffering from dengue fever have experienced complications, according to the hospital’s deputy director Le Thi Bich Lien.

Dr. Lien warned parents to take their children to hospital immediately if they suddenly develop a high fever, rash, muscle and joint pain, nausea or vomiting.

Most dengue infections result in relatively mild illnesses, but some can progress to dengue hemorrhagic fever. With dengue hemorrhagic fever, the blood vessels start to leak and cause bleeding from the nose, mouth, gums or vagina in girls. 


Source: SGGP

Blue-ear pig disease spreads to 16 provinces and cities

In Uncategorized on August 7, 2010 at 3:21 pm

Blue-ear pig disease spreads to 16 provinces and cities

QĐND – Saturday, August 07, 2010, 22:5 (GMT+7)

On August 6 three more provinces, Vinh Long, Dak Lak and Khanh Hoa, reported having blue-ear pig disease, bringing the total number of infected provinces to 16.

Ho Chi Minh City has culled nearly 200 pigs which were suspected of being infected with the disease but its head of the Department of Animal Health, Hoang Van Nam, said on August 6 that the city is not listed as an affected locality because they did not actually detect the disease on pig farms.

As of August 5, more than 43,000 pigs had been infected with the disease, 22,000 of which had been culled.

Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Diep Kinh Tan has directed localities to check on the vaccination of pigs.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has also requested that at least 80 percent of pigs should be vaccinated. It has also asked localities to set up checkpoints to prevent the illegal transportation of pigs.

The 16 hit provinces are: Nghe An, Cao Bang, Soc Trang, Quang Tri, Tien Giang, Lao Cai, Long An, Binh Duong, Bac Lieu, Quang Nam, Dong Nai, Binh Phuoc, Da Nang, Vinh Long, Khanh Hoa and Dak Lak.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Dengue fever spreads in Vietnam

In Uncategorized on August 2, 2010 at 7:19 am

The Department of Preventive Health reported on August 1 that dengue fever is spreading through out the country.

The capital city of Hanoi has over 500 dengue fever patients and that figure is rising. Medical workers fretted that the density of mosquitoes and unhygienic environmental conditions in many residential blocks would worsen circumstances.

Children are treated in the Children Hospital I

Meanwhile, the disease plagues Mekong delta provinces. Ben Tre’s deputy head of Department of Health, Nguyen Van Thang, reported on August 1 that around 1,800 residents had suffered from the disease, including two fatalities in the province. The province’s General Hospital receives approximately 40 cases a day, while 143 persons have been hospitalized. District Ba Tri has handled most of the cases with over 700 patients.

In Dong Thap province in the heart of the Mekong Delta, three residents died from the pandemic and the rate of infected patients has increased by 36.4 percent compared to the same period last year.

Until now, around 1,005 people have contracted dengue fever in An Giang province to the west, with three of them dying; meanwhile, its neighboring province, Kien Giang, said the province hospitals are treating 800 people suffering from dengue fever, also suffering three casualties.

The number of sick persons in Tra Vinh and Vinh Long are 300 and 400 respectively, with each province registering one fatality.

Ho Chi Minh City will inspect anti–pandemic practices of local medical clinics in 24 districts for two weeks beginning August 1, said Dr. Le Truong Giang, deputy chief of the city Department of Health. Admissions of patients suffering from dengue fever to hospitals in HCMC have been 150 per week.

The highlands province of Kon Tum is treating 332 dengue fever patients, with one dying from the disease.

Medical workers in local preventive health departments and governments have sprayed chemicals to disinfect the environment and told residents to keep their residential quarters clean to prevent the epidemic from spreading further.

Source: SGGP

Blue ear pig disease spreads to 13 provinces

In Uncategorized on August 1, 2010 at 11:20 am

Blue ear pig disease has spread to 13 provinces and cities nationwide, with the latest outbreak in Da Nang City, said the Department of Animal Health on July 31.

A vet checks pigs with blue ear disease in Bac Lieu Province (Photo: VNA)

The disease was detected within Hoa Khuong and Hoa Lien communes of Da Nang City, which has 92 infected pigs.

In the southern province of Tien Giang, the disease was found in 76 households in three districts.

To date, 9 districts in the province have claimed 13,377 infected pigs, while 5,598 infected pigs were destroyed, the department said.

Earlier, the disease reappeared in Dong Nai and Binh Phuoc provinces.

The 13 infected provinces and cities are Nghe An, Cao Bang, Soc Trang, Quang Tri, Tien Giang, Lao Cai, Long An, Binh Duong, Bac Lieu, Quang Nam, Dong Nai, Binh Phuoc and Da Nang.

Source: SGGP

Acute diarrhoea spreads across southern provinces

In Uncategorized on July 24, 2010 at 3:22 pm

Acute diarrhoea spreads across southern provinces

QĐND – Saturday, July 24, 2010, 21:38 (GMT+7)

The acute diarrhoea epidemic is spreading from far and wide in southern provinces, including Cau Mau, An Giang, Ben Tre and Can Tho City, according to the Department of Preventive Health and the Environment.

Nguyen Van Binh, vice director of the department, says that about 70 percent of the contracted cases show minor symptoms or none of any symptoms of the disease.

He said it is difficult to control the number of newly infected cases, as most of them are not hospitalised for clinical examinations.

Binh also warns that vibrio cholarae bacterium can be much detected in ice water, canals and even dog meat.

Acute diarrhoea has shown signs of waning in the northern region with no new cases reported over the past weeks.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND