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S.Africa turns apartheid-era nukes into medicine

In Uncategorized on November 12, 2010 at 5:52 am

Health insurance card holders still annoyed by waiting for turns

In Uncategorized on October 14, 2010 at 6:23 pm

Most concerns of health insurance card holders, especially the elder, at state hospitals are that it took hours to see doctors.

At 6 Am everyday, the ward for insurance health examination of Nguyen Tri Phuong hospital in Ho Chi Minh City’s district 5 is not open but patients throng the lobbies and benches around the ward.

Patients wait for seeing doctors at the 115 Hospital (Photo: SGGP)

Moreover, the number of waiting patients for their turns to see doctors on the electronic board is 2,000.  Ms Le Thi Kim Thuy in suburban district Binh Chanh said she had to get up at 4 Am, but she had 2118 number in hand.

Meanwhile another patient in district 7 complained that it took him two hours to able to see doctors but a doctor just had a quick look and asked him to pay money for heart rate monitoring and heart scan. He ought to seek these rooms to have his heart monitored and scanned.

The situation is the same in other public medical clinics. A crowd of patients lie down or sit in every corner and available space in the city-based Traumatic Orthopedic Hospital and People’s 115 Hospital.

In a meeting to review one year implementation of new health insurance law which comes into effect on July 1, 2009, Bui Minh Dong, deputy chief of the city Society Insurance Company said more over 4 million people joined health insurance, 40 percent higher than the time before the new law taking effect but only a few hospitals have applied IT in management of patients practically.

In addition, facilities of some district medical clinics in poor repair can’t satisfy increasing demands as Dr. Tran Thanh My, director of the Traumatic Orthopedic Hospital complained.

Dr. Nguyen Dai Bien, head of the Examination Ward of the People’s 115 Hospital, said it takes a long time find rooms patients need, nurses are assigned to lead patients to exact rooms; however, it is big efforts of the hospital because it serenely lacks personnel and  financial problems.

Moreover, some hospitals want to raise staffs’ monthly earning by encouraging patients to use additional services. Anyone wants to see doctors soon, they should pay additional sum of VND47,000.

It is needed to work out a saving-time examination process.

Source: SGGP

Party turns to horror as Spanish train slams revellers

In Uncategorized on June 25, 2010 at 4:50 am

CASTELLDEFELS, Spain, June 24, 2010 (AFP) – “In three seconds there were bodies everywhere,” said Marcelo Carmona, who watched helplessly as an express train ploughed into revellers crossing a railway track in northeastern Spain, killing 13.

Carmona was one of hundreds of people who had arrived at Castelldefels, a town of some 63,000 people just south of Barcelona, on a local train just before midnight to attend the annual San Juan festivities at its beach.

Women cry outside the Legal Medicine Institute of Barcelona where the bodies of the victims of a train crash were sent for identification on June 24, 2010. AFP

He said the youths who packed the train were “euphoric” at the prospect of the bonfires, fireworks and dancing traditionally held on the sands by the little station to celebrate the start of summer.

“When the doors opened, I stayed behind with my family. The younger ones headed for an underpass but it is very narrow and it immediately became full,” Carmona, a Bolivian, told reporters at the site of the accident.

“A wave of passengers crossed the tracks by foot. Then a train arrived at great speed. It made several warning sounds,” he added.

The passenger train, travelling from the southeastern city of Alicante to Barcelona, struck a group of some 30 people caught in the middle of the track.

“Everyone was screaming and crying, they were in a state of shock,” said Carmona.

Amateur video images taken right after the accident broadcast on Spanish television showed a young man carrying an injured woman to one of the dozens of ambulances which had raced to the scene.

Small groups of youngsters embraced, their clothes lit up by the flashing lights of the vehicles of emergency services. Some wept or held their hands to their heads as they looked at the bodies strewn around them.

Castelldefels mayor Joan Sau said a footbridge over the tracks was closed in October due to remodelling works at the train station and it was replaced by the underground passageway.

Some witnesses said many people were unsure how to get across the tracks when they found the entrance to the footbridge closed.

“We were disoriented, we did not know which exit to take, where to go. There were a lot of people,” said Candy Carmona who arrived at Castelldefels with a group of friends on the same commuter train as the victims.

Claudio Lucero, the Chilean owner of a small supermarket located just in front of the station, said the express train did not sound its warning siren “until the last moment.”

“Last night, all the trains were packed and there were people everywhere on the platform. Having seen that at previous stations, the driver could have travelled a bit slower,” he added.

State-owned rail network Renfe said the train which struck the passengers was travelling below the recommended speed when it passed through the station.

A human body and some body parts were still visible on the tracks hours after the accident amid dozens of police, medics, firefighters and Red Cross workers.

Teams of forensic workers scoured the tracks for body parts. Officials said the task of identifying the victims is expected to be complicated because the bodies were smashed to pieces by the force of the impact.

The remains were taken in 20 sacks to a medical institute in Barcelona, where their loved ones gathered in the afternoon.

“I’m sad for my son’s friend who’s inside,” said Yolanda Flores, an Ecuadorian woman whose two children narrowly escaped the accident.

“His mother is looking for him everywhere in the hospitals. She doesn’t want to believe that he is here with the other bodies.”

Lucero, the owner of the supermarket at the train station, questioned the attitude of the police at the scene before the accident.

“Several hours before, they stopped kids who were crossing the tracks on foot. Rather than dissuading them, they frisked them. They seemed to be more interested in seeing what they had in their knapsacks,” he said.

Source: SGGP

Ronaldo turns on style as Real advance in Champions League

In Vietnam Sports on December 9, 2009 at 1:32 pm

MARSEILLE, France (AFP) – Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo turned on the style with Real Madrid Tuesday as the Spanish giants advanced with ease to the knock-out round of the Champions League with a 3-1 victory at Marseille.

A double from Ronaldo and a Raul Albiol goal ensured the nine-time European champions lead the way in their Group C and go through to the second round after their 3-0 reverse fixture win.

Cristiano Ronaldo takes a free-kick to score against Marseille during their UEFA Champions League football match in Marseille, southern France (AFP photo)

The win spelled the end of Marseille’s Champions League dream with their coach Didier Deschamps paying tribute to their opponents.

“There is a difference between Marseille and Real Madrid. I knew it before and I know it even better now,” said the Marseille coach.

“They are better technically, there’s no doubt about it. We could only hope and admit it’s a pity we missed out on chances.”

Ronaldo showed he was back at his best after his two months on the sidelines with an ankle injury following a tackle by Marseille defender Souleymane Diawara at the Santiago Bernabeu on September 30.

And the striker, already the author of a double in the reverse leg victory, put his side on their road to victory after just five minutes at the Velodrome.

Deschamps’ side had been given a mountain to climb and their misery was compounded within minutes after Real were awarded a free kick following a Djibril Cisse challenge on Dutch midfielder Rafael Van der Vaart.

Ronaldo stepped up and from 30 metres out the world’s most expensive footballer fired a curling shot, which grazed the fingers of Marseille goalie Steve Mandanda, into the top left corner of the net.

The hosts refused to be browbeaten, rallying their forces and their persistence paid off six minutes later when midfielder Lucho pulled Marseille level after a Brandao header was cleared by Raul Albiol straight into the Argentinian striker’s path.

Brandao looked to have pulled Marseille ahead nine minutes later but his delight was short lived as he was ruled offside.

But Real showed their determination not to sit back on their advantage consistently pushing forward to worry the Marseille defence.

The visitors missed a golden opportunity to add to their tally after 28 minutes when a Van der Vaart corner resulted in a melee in front of the Marseille goal.

Mandanda did well to pull off successive saves following a barrage of efforts from Sergio Ramos, Gonzalo Higuain and Pepe before a Ronaldo shot hit the post.

Six minutes later Real missed another chance after Ronaldo picked up a Ramos centre only for the ball to fly just over the bar.

Marseille were lucky to leave the pitch level at the half-time mark following a scramble on front of their goal in the dying minutes with both Marcelo and Ronaldo missing the target.

After the break the Spaniards continued to push forward and the pressure paid off after 60 minutes when Albiol finished off a Van der Vaart corner.

Marseille’s slender hopes dived further five minutes later after missing a penalty awarded for a blatant Iker Casillas foul on Mamadou Niang which resulted in the Senegalese international being stretchered with a shoulder injury.

Lucho stepped up to take the shot which left Deschamps shaking his head in disbelief as it hit the bar.

Ronaldo compounded their misery after 80 minutes after an error from Mandanda allowed the Portuguese player to fire into an empty net with Karim Benzema coming close to a fourth minutes later but his effort went wide.

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Low pressure turns into tropical storm

In Vietnam Weather on September 10, 2009 at 8:07 am

The tropical low pressure that lies centered 400km east-northeast of the Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelago intensified into a tropical storm on September 10, the seventh of the year, the National Hydro-meteorological Forecast Center said.

Forecast direction of the storm (the map by the National Hydro-meteorological Forecast Center)

At 4 o’clock that morning the eye of the storm was at 18 degrees north and 116 degrees east and packed winds of 62-74km per hour.

The center forecast that in the next 24 hours the storm would move northwest at an average speed of 15km per hour. By 4 am on September 12, it is forecast to move within 200km off Hainan Island, China, hitting its west coast three days later.

The northern part of the East Sea, including the Hoang Sa, is expected to experience strong and sustained winds of 41-62 km/h and rough seas.

From September 11 the winds over the Tonkin Gulf are forecast to gradually increase to 62-74km/h, causing very rough seas in the region between Binh Thuan and Ca Mau Provinces.

Heavy rains are expected in the Central Highlands and southern region.

Source: SGGP

Health Ministry turns scanner on drug adverts

In Vietnam Health on September 9, 2009 at 2:47 am

The Health Ministry has issued strict regulations on drug advertisements, including procedures for advertising and penalties for violations. 

The Health Ministry turns scanner on drug advertisements

Accordingly, only businesses that have registered drugs are allowed to register advertisements for those drugs.
Drugs that have not been issued with registration numbers for circulation in Vietnam but have been allowed to circulate in other countries are only allowed to be advertised to health officials, but only through seminars on drugs.
Advertisements and information have to be scientific, objective, accurate, sincere, clear and not open to misunderstanding.
Words and characters used in information and advertisement must be in Vietnamese, except internationalized words, trademarks and those that cannot be replaced with Vietnamese words.
The ministry has prohibited advertisements for prescribed drugs, vaccines and medical biological products used for disease prevention; non-prescribed drugs that come with warnings of dosage limits or taken under doctors’ supervision;  and cosmetics, functional foods and other non-medicine products with unclear content making users misconstrued that they are medicines.
Businesses are not allowed to use financial inducements to persuade doctors to prescribe drugs and for patients to use the medicine.
They are not allowed to use registration numbers for circulation issued by the Drug Management Department and other countries’ drug management departments for their advertisements.
The ministry also prohibited using names, logos, images, prestige and letters from health organizations and officials, and thank you letters by patients for advertisement and advice on using medicine.
The regulations say businesses are not allowed to take advantage of doctors to instruct disease prevention and treatment and use of medicine in the media to advertise medicine.
Clinical research results that do not have enough scientific basis and medical evidence are not allowed to be advertised.
The regulations will take effect 45 days from September 1.

Source: SGGP