WHO: Butembo, Katwa remain hot spots of Ebola activity

first_imgAs Ebola cases continue to pile up, the World Health Organization (WHO) today reiterated that the outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) will be defeated only with local communities at the helm of response efforts.The message came from Ibrahima-Soce Fall, MD, WHO assistant director-general for emergency response, who held a brief teleconference this morning from Butembo.With 72 Ebola cases reported last week and 56 in the previous week, March was a low point for responders, as activity spiked and the outbreak topped the 1,000-case milestone.”But of 21 health zones with Ebola, we have only 13 recorded cases in recent weeks, which shows a kind of geographic limitation to the outbreak,” Fall said. “We are continuing [to adapt] our tactics.”Fall said Butembo and Katwa remain the hot spots of virus activity. And the outbreak already approaches 1,100 cases, with 3 new infections noted today.Cases follow violenceThe community-led tactics that Fall described include surveillance and vaccination and, most important, according to Fall, the recruitment of locals in response activities.Without local health workers, he explained, response teams deal far too often with vaccination hesitancy, refusal of follow-up surveillance, and general mistrust of the “riposte” or foreign-led outbreak response.According to the most recent outbreak situation report from the WHO’s regional African office, Katwa reported 28% (44/160) of all confirmed cases in the past 21 days. Vuhovi, Mandima, Masereka, and Butembo recorded 20%, 15%, 12%, and 8%, respectively.”Following recent episodes of violence, there has been an increase in the weekly number of cases, after many weeks of overall decline,” the WHO said. “Contact follow-up and community reluctance to report suspicious deaths, with subsequent un-safe burials, continue to be a problem.”Recent cases include health workerAs of today, DRC officials confirmed 1,092 cases of Ebola, with 81 of those occurring in healthcare workers, representing 7.4% of all confirmed and probable cases. Twenty-eight healthcare workers have died. The overall case-fatality rate for the outbreak stands at 62%.Officials confirmed 3 new cases today, 1 each in Katwa, Butembo, and Mandima. Seven new deaths were recorded in the past 2 days, including 2 community deaths in Katwa and 1 in Vuhovi. So far 683 deaths have been recorded since the outbreak began last August.As of today, 93,996 persons have been vaccinated , including 23,310 in Katwa, 21,394 in Beni, 11,399 in Butembo, 6,109 in Mabalako, and 3,559 in Mandima. Officials are using Merck’s rVSV-ZEBOV vaccine.In the WHO’s regional report, the organization noted resistance to vaccination in the Kaniyi  health area of Masereka health zone.See also:Apr 2 DRC updateApr 1 DRC updateMar 31 WHO African regional reportlast_img read more

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PAHO wants maternity protection laws implemented in Caribbean

first_img Oct 16, 2020 On Caribbean Statistics Day, PM Mitchell Hails Unwavering… Six Eastern Caribbean countries deemed safe for travel – CDC Oct 15, 2020 WASHINGTON, United States (CMC) — The Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) is urging Caribbean countries to implement laws to ensure that working women are given the time and support needed to breastfeed. Oct 16, 2020center_img Related Posts PAHO, in a message marking International Breastfeeding Week that ends on Wednesday next week, said this includes adequate paid maternity leave and sufficient breastfeeding breaks upon return to work. International Breastfeeding Week is being observed under the theme “Protect breastfeeding in the workplace” and PAHO said this is intended “to raise awareness of the need to support parents and create an enabling environment where mothers can breastfeed optimally”. PAHO said in order to ensure that working mothers are adequately protected, it is calling for regional countries to implement the International Labour Organisation’s (ILO) Convention No 183 and the Maternity Protection Recommendation, 2000 (R191), “and to enshrine this in national law. “This states that women should be given at least 14 weeks paid maternity leave, and that governments should endeavour to extend this leave to at least 18 weeks. It also stipulates that working mothers should be provided with two 30-minute nursing breaks each day upon her return to work, as well as facilities for breastfeeding at or near the workplace.” Read more at: Jamaica Observer Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… CARPHA Partners with, PAHO to Ensure Caribbean States’… Employers urged to support breast-feeding in the CaribbeanWASHINGTON (CMC) – The Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) has called for more employers to support breast feeding mothers in the Americas, including the Caribbean. In a message to mark World Breastfeeding Week from August 1-7, PAHO said employers who supported breastfeeding were not only taking the “ethical high road”…August 3, 2015In “CARICOM”World Breastfeeding Week 2020: Support Breastfeeding for a Healthier Planet(Caribbean Public Health Agency Press Release) In the Caribbean, breastfeeding initiation within the first hour of birth is fairly high, however, continued exclusive breastfeeding for 6 months is low at approximately 39%[1]. The benefits of breastfeeding are tremendous for both mother and baby.  Breast milk, which is specially designed to…August 1, 2020In “Agriculture”Caribbean Mosquito Awareness Week launched to raise awareness on preventing ZikaEliminating mosquito breeding sites, avoiding mosquito bites, and protecting pregnant women from Zika virus are the key messages of the inaugural Caribbean Mosquito Awareness Week, launched Monday by the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the CARICOM Secretariat. With the slogan “Fight the bite,…May 10, 2016In “CARICOM Secretariat”Share this on WhatsApplast_img read more

Marie Ffolkes set to leave Air Products

first_imgFfolkes is leaving the gases industry and has been named the new CEO of TriMark USA, effective 29th January 2020.Marie Ffolkes: A catalyst for changeTriMark is the country’s largest restaurant supply company and provider of food service supplies, restaurant equipment, restaurant supplies and design services.Commenting on the move, Ffolkes said, “I am inspired by the opportunity in front of us to capitalise on TriMark’s disciplined approach to value creation, further building the sales channels and maximising brand equity.”“We will continue to focus on delivering excellence every day for our customers, employees, suppliers, and all other stakeholders.”Ffolkes joined Air Products in May 2015 and led her large Americas division through a period of significant growth and positive change.“After four years of dedicated service as President, Americas, Marie Ffolkes is leaving Air Products to pursue other opportunities,” Seifi Ghasemi, Chairman, President and CEO at Air Products, told gasworld.“We are grateful for her service and contributions to the company, particularly, her focus on creating a collaborative work environment where people can contribute and succeed, serving our customers with speed and excellence, and supporting and giving back to our communities.”“We wish Marie the very best in her future endeavors.” Source: Air ProductsRead more like this – subscribe todayEnjoyed this story? Subscribe to gasworld today and take advantage of even more great insights and exclusives in industrial gases.Visit www.gasworld.com/subscribe to access all content and choose the right subscription for you.last_img read more

Illegal dumping irks residents

first_img A sign prohibits dumping on the field. All sorts of rubbish are dumped on the field. All sorts of rubbish are dumped on the field. Frequent illegal dumping on a Hanover Park field gives off a bad smell and attracts flies and vermin, say residents. Jasmina Lucas has lived in the area for more than 50 years. She said she had seen people dropping all sorts of garbage on the Lynburg Road field, including couches, mattresses, nappies, rubble and dirt. The mound of rubbish gave off a stench she could smell in her home, and the culprits had ignored her or been rude when she had reprimanded them, she said. “We are trying to track down these people by taking down their number plates, but who do we send it to, and what else can we do? There is only so much that we can do. They know we are watching them so now they dump at night and not so much during the day anymore.” Another resident, Juleiga George, said most of the dumping happened the day before the neighbourhood’s bins were emptied and the culprits ignored a sign warning against dumping.“People can’t even drive properly through the road anymore because of the all the rubbish on the field. When people come into the road, they ask why does the area look like this?” The field was cleaned on Thursday May 7 after the Athlone News sent an enquiry to the City of Cape Town. Mayoral committee member for water and waste Xanthea Limberg said the City budgeted aboutR110 million to R120 million annually for the clearing of some 2900 illegal dumping hotspots.“However, it seems that almost as soon as areas can be cleaned, certain residents resume dumping. We therefore need residents to please help us ensure those who are responsible for dumping face consequences, as repeated public appeals for guilty parties to cease this activity have not been heard. It is crucial that we work together in the fight against grime, by not littering/dumping, and reporting those who do.”The closest City drop-off facility to dump rubbish from Hanover Park is in Induland Road, but it is closed now because of lockdown restrictions.Illegal dumpers can be fined up to R5000 and have their vehicles impounded. The release fee is R8 426 for the first impoundment and rises thereafter. Report illegal dumping to the City of Cape Town’s call centre at 0860 103 089 or 021 400 6157 or email solidwaste.bylaw@capetown.gov.za 1 of 3 The City has cleaned this field in Lynburg Road after repeated illegal dumping.last_img read more

Judge says he may allow cameras in Prince estate proceedings

first_img Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. Judge says he may allow cameras in Prince estate proceedings Published: July 28, 2016 2:05 PM EDT MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – A Minnesota judge overseeing Prince’s estate says he’ll consider letting video cameras into the courtroom on a case-by-case basis.Cameras and recording devices haven’t been allowed in the Carver County courthouse, where potential heirs to the late superstar are fighting for a slice of his multimillion-dollar estate. Many of the filings from those claiming family ties to Prince have been sealed, and the special administrator for the estate has sought to keep most business decisions under wraps.An attorney for media organizations, including The Associated Press, argued Thursday for broader public access into the proceedings. Leita Walker said there’s no reason for cameras to be banned if a court hearing is open.Judge Kevin Eide said audio and video recording requests may be considered depending on the hearing. SHARElast_img read more

Suburban operator orders EMUs

first_imgRUSSIA: Central Suburban Passenger Co has awarded Transmashholding’s Demikhovsky factory a contract to supply 21 Class EP2D electric multiple-units, to be financed by Sberbank Leasing.The 11-car 3kV DC EMUs will be 244 m long with a capacity of 2 866 passengers. Three will have folding steps for use at stations with either high or low platforms, while 11 will be for stations with high platforms. The 5 MW EMUs will have a maximum speed 120 km/h. CPPK already operates a fleet of 60 Class EP2D EMUs, which offer operating costs between 20% and 50% lower than older Russian designs.last_img read more

Kenya says IMF stand-by deal over

first_imgKenya signs China nuclear power deal Kenya shilling coins and notes are pictured inside a cashier’s booth at a forex exchange bureau in Nairobi, Kenya April 20, 2016. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya/File Photo Kenya Finance Minister Henry Rotich with PS Kamau Thugge at a past eventKenya’s stand-by arrangement with the International Monetary Fund has expired, Finance Minister Henry Rotich said on Thursday but the country will continue to talk to the Fund.Kenya had secured a six-month extension for its stand-by credit arrangement of $989.8 million from the International Monetary Fund in March, which was due to expire in mid-September.“Yes, the program has ended,” Rotich told reporters, when asked about the IMF stand-by arrangement. “We will continue engaging the fund going forward,” he added.The Finance Ministry’s Principal Secretary Kamau Thugge had said earlier on Thursday that not having an IMF precautionary arrangement would not hurt the economy.Kenya had not drawn on the precautionary arrangement last year despite a drought, Thugge said.The Kenyan shilling weakened against the dollar on Thursday due to increased demand from banks and importers over uncertainty regarding an IMF stand-by arrangement, traders said.At 0743 GMT, commercial banks quoted the shilling at 100.80/101.00 per dollar, compared with 100.75/95 at Wednesday’s close.The shilling spiked at 100.96/101.16 earlier in the session.Related TALK AFRICA: Kenya’s new railwaycenter_img IMF says use of mobile phones in Sub-Saharan Africa could help advance financial inclusionlast_img read more

New Study Shows Breast Screening Women In Their Forties Saves Lives

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInA new study has demonstrated that offering annual screening by mammography from age 40 results in fewer women dying from breast cancer than screening from age 50.The UK has a breast cancer screening programme offering mammography to women aged 50-70, every three years. However, there continues to be uncertainty over whether to offer screening at a younger age, including whether this can lead to overdiagnosis.A new study funded by the National Institute for Health Research Health Technology Assessment Programme, involving Professor Peter Sasieni from the School of Cancer & Pharmaceutical Sciences at King’s College and led by Queen Mary University of London, has found that breast screening women aged 40-49 reduces breast cancer mortality, with minimal increased overdiagnosis.Between 1990 and 1997, the UK Breast Screening Age Trial randomised more than 160,000 women aged 39-42, to receive either annual mammography or the usual NHS Breast Screening Programme, which usually commences at age 50. The women were followed for an average of 23 years to learn the risks and benefits of inviting women of this age group for additional screening.This study, published in Lancet Oncology presents the follow-up results of the trial and shows that among women screened regularly, screening reduced their chances of dying from breast cancer within the first 10 years by approximately a third. In absolute terms, about one woman avoided dying in her forties or early fifties for every 1,000 screened. On average, those women are estimated to live for an extra 35 years.The results also show only a modest amount of overdiagnosis of women in their forties, but this excess disappeared once women were invited for routine breast screening at age 50, suggesting that beginning the programme earlier does not increase a woman’s chance of being overdiagnosed. The deaths prevented were all women in their 40s, but even with almost 25 years of follow-up, there is no suggestion that screening only postponed these deaths – these women really do appear to have been cured. The benefit is mostly seen in the first ten years, but the reduction of mortality persists in the long term.– Professor Peter Sasieni, School of Cancer & Pharmaceutical Sciences Particularly with the disruption caused in cancer settings by the current pandemic, the research underlies the importance of detecting cancer early when it can be treated with fewer side-effects and more successfully.In order to meet the NHS plan to diagnose three-quarters of cancer early by 2028, the government should consider extending breast cancer screening to start at age 45 so that women would be guaranteed to receive their first invitation before the age of 48. Not all women want to have breast screening, but, given these results, others would choose to be screened.– Professor Peter Sasieni, School of Cancer & Pharmaceutical SciencesHowever, not only is mammography expensive for the NHS, but there are downsides in participating in screening. Further research is needed to clarify whether progress in early detection technology and treatment of breast cancer since the start of the trial may modify the screening-related reduction in mortality in the 40-49 age group. It should also be noted that consideration to the cost-effectiveness of lowering the screening age was not given.Read the full paper.last_img read more

PM calls for love & respect for senior citizens

first_img Share Share Sharing is caring! LocalNews PM calls for love & respect for senior citizens by: – September 29, 2014 217 Views   no discussionscenter_img Senior Citizens at National Rally and Health fairPrime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has called on young people to show love, admiration and respect to senior citizens.Prime Minister Skerrit made the call while addressing a National Rally and Health Fair for senior citizens at the Windsor Park Sports Stadium on Sunday, September 28, 2014. The National Rally and Health Fair was part of the Month of Elderly 2014 observed under the theme; “Ageing with Dignity – A Nation’s Hope and Pride.” Prime Minister Skerrit stated that there is an opportunity for young people to change their attitudes and treatment of senior citizens. “I find it very, very difficult to comprehend and to accept that you have children living next door to their parents and not even going there to say good morning; good afternoon; how are you; do you need help; have you eaten today?”“Some of them have even taken their parents wealth and riches and resources and using it and not caring for our senior citizens. It cannot be right, it cannot be right and we have a responsibility to speak about it and to seek to change it,” Prime Minister Skerrit stated. Prime Minister Skerrit pledged his government’s commitment for the continued support to the Dominica Council On Ageing and to senior citizens in the country. He further committed to continue social programmes geared towards senior citizens in the country. “I will say to you as the Prime Minister of this country, that this government which I have the honour to lead will never, ever turn its back on the senior citizens of this country”.Mr Skerrit committed to ensuring that the current programmes aimed at assisting senior citizens will continue, “but also increase the programmes for the senior citizens”.He expressed gratitude to all senior citizens who worked hard to help the country develop; “you built the roads; you built the schools, you educated our children; you provided health care to us under trying and difficult circumstances, very difficult circumstances for very little pay”.“What we have today it is all because of what you have done for us in this country and we have a responsibility to recognize that,” Prime Minister Skerrit stated.The Dominica Labour Party Administration has over the years invested heavily in social programmes aimed at improving the lives of senior citizens in Dominica. One such initiative is the Yes We Care Programme which has provided daily, hands on care to seniors and physically challenged people in Dominica.In the 2014/2015 National Budget Address, Prime Minister Skerrit announced relief for pensioners and people of pensionable age who do not have a pension. This measure includes that effective October 1, 2014 all persons 70 years and older, with no known source of income, or whose income is less than $200 a month, shall be entitled to a Cost of Living Grant of $200 a month. This initiative shall continue until such time as a more permanent system can be effected for the benefit of those who have contributed over the years to the development of the country. Other senior citizens, who currently receive pensions as a result of their contributions over the years, will also receive a “$25.00 a month top-up” from the government effective October 1, 2014.“Government recognises that these people would be among the most vulnerable, in an environment of continuously rising prices, due to factors beyond the control of the Government or indeed the retail sector of Dominica. Share Tweetlast_img read more