World Malaria Day: Invest in the future,Defeat Malaria

first_imgObservers note that the theme of this year’s World Malaria Day, “ Invest in the future. Defeat malaria’’, is full of messages, while the messages are full of expectations.Around 3.2 billion people are at risk of malaria, a disease that kills almost half a million children under the age of five a year in Africa. On World Malaria Day, observed annually on 25 April, the World Health Organization is calling for continued research and investment into prevention and control to tackle the disease.The theme for 2015, Invest in the future: Defeat Malaria, reflects the current global strategy to reduce malaria cases and deaths by 90% by 2030. In the past decade, four countries have been declared free of the disease – a huge gain in the fight against malaria. Since 2000, mortality rates have dropped by 47% around the world, thanks to ongoing efforts.To mark World Malaria Day on Saturday, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has released updated guidelines for the treatment of the disease, especially for malaria-endemic regions such as South East Asia. However, experts have said that some of these new guidelines are already in practice and some are debatable.The first recommendation made by the WHO is use of artemisinin-based combination therapies (ACTs). Artemisinina and its derivatives are a group of drugs that possess the most rapid action of all current drugs against malaria. Treatments containing an artemisinin derivative (artemisinin-combination therapies) are now standard treatment for malaria worldwide.The second recommendation by states: “To ensure malaria drugs are used only for those who have the disease and that — when a test is negative — other causes of fever are investigated.”Doctors from India said this is already an established protocol for treating malaria. The second recommendation by the international health agency, however, was not well received by them.“The second guideline is not something that can be blindly followed in a malaria-endemic country ours. Many a times, patients test false negative. In such cases, the clinician’s judgement becomes imperative in administering malarial treatment based on symptoms and empirical findings,” said Dr Monica Goel, consultant physician at Hinduja Hospital.“These are guidelines or advisory frameworks and must not be assumed to be directives. If a clinician has a high index of suspicion and test reports are negative, it is well within the doctor’s judgment to treat a case for malaria,” said Dr Hemant Thacker, consultant physician at Bhatia Hospital.The third key recommendation by the WHO said the most vulnerable groups in malaria-endemic areas — pregnant women, children under five and infants — should receive preventive treatment to reduce the risk of malaria. The experts said there is no preventive treatment for malaria.last_img read more

France’s president pledges support to crush Boko Haram

first_imgFrance’s President Francois Hollande has promised to provide intelligence and military equipment to help the Nigerian government fight Boko Haram jihadists.He made the announcement following talks with visiting Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, who is on a three-day visit to Paris.Mr. Hollande said his government was concerned about the increasing insecurity in Nigeria and the surrounding West African region.Just last year, the France president hosted a summit on the same issue.Hollande made the comments after a press conference with Buhari held at the Elysee Presidential Palace in Paris. He said France will provide the Multinational Joint Task Force task force (MJTF)– consisting of 8,700 troops from Nigeria, Niger, Chad, Cameroon and Benin – with intelligence and equipment to help defeat the terrorists.US President Barack Obama had also pledged more support to Nigeria in its fight against terrorism and corruption. However, Buhari accused the US of not living up to this with its ban on arms sale to Nigeria.lalast_img read more

Lack of running water may fuel dengue fever in Bahamas, says PAHO

first_img Share 31 Views   no discussions HealthLifestyle Lack of running water may fuel dengue fever in Bahamas, says PAHO by: – September 12, 2011 Sharing is caring! Tweetcenter_img Share Share Photo credit: topnews.inNASSAU, Bahamas — The lack of running water in some households in New Providence in The Bahamas could be fueling the dengue fever outbreak, according to a specialist with Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).However, Dr Homero Silva, PAHO’s environmental health engineer, said he was not certain if that was the case, as tests are still being conducted.The Ministry of Health in conjunction with the Ministry of the Environment held a press conference last week, where representatives from PAHO revealed their initial findings on the dengue fever outbreak in The Bahamas.One of the key long-term recommendations offered by PAHO is to ensure continuous water supply to all houses to prevent people from collecting water in their backyards.“Our experience in other countries relates dengue with the lack of water or non-continuous water service,” Silva told The Nassau Guardian on the sidelines of the press conference at the Ministry of Health.“So people tend to accumulate water in tanks and they become mosquito breeding sites. Septic tanks have been found as mosquito breeding sites.“We need to do a deeper analysis in the sewer system here in New Providence to see if there is any relationship, but at this moment we don’t draw any conclusion, but I think there may be.”PAHO officials have been in the country for several weeks now and Silva said he will remain until October 5.“We need to do some site visits, look at the map, look at the composite map in a way that would give a better picture. This to me is a medium-term activity. At this moment what we need to do is have some vector control now. This activity that we are doing is for vector prevention in the future,” Silva added.PAHO representative Dr Gerry Eijkemans also pointed out that the collection of water in buckets by residents who don’t have running water opens up a number of challenges in the prevention of dengue.Southern and eastern New Providence and Bain and Grants Town have been identified as the areas where the most cases of dengue fever have been found.Minister for the Environment Earl Deveaux noted that these areas have certain things in common.He noted that some residents in those communities store water in buckets.“[As a result of Hurricane Irene] you would have had certainly in the last two to three weeks considerable rationing of water and the stoppage of the Titus (the barge that delivers water to New Providence). That’s three million gallons of water per day lost,” Deveaux said.“So even in the higher income households where people have wells, they would have been storing water in buckets and within seven days we would have had a manifestation of the outbreak.“We also know from [preliminary] information that there are a number of popular swimming pools in abandoned homes. Now the extent to which those harbour mosquitoes, I don’t know.”He added that specialists are investigating those to determine if mosquitoes are harbouring in such areas.PAHO made several long-term recommendations: Review the dengue prevention and control program annually and involve the whole population in preventing mosquito breeding in their backyards.Eijkemans said it is important for the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of the Environment to continue to work closely together.In the short-term, she said PAHO also recommends that the government improve surveillance, data analysis and use of data to support the vector control response; embark on aggressive preventive measures in the Family Islands; assess effectiveness of insecticides in use and strengthen the monitoring of the impact of fogging activities by tracking mosquito populations.Health Minister Dr Hubert Minnis said he supports the recommendations and will work to ensure they are implemented.There have been nearly 4,000 confirmed cases of dengue fever in New Providence, according to health officials. However, officials said there has been a steady decline in the number of cases in the last two weeks.By Krystel RolleNassau Guardian Staff Reporterlast_img read more

The bridegroom is coming!

first_img Share Sharing is caring! Tweet Share FaithLifestyleLocalNews The bridegroom is coming! by: – November 7, 2011center_img Share Image via:stickfiguresclipart.comMarriage customs vary all over the world, and different cultures have their own traditions. I grew up some familiarity with Hindu weddings. A Hindu wedding went on for days. It was very popular with us as boys. Most often, you didn’t need an invitation; and there was always plenty of food. On the actual day of the wedding, the bridegroom came, resplendently gowned and crowned, to the bride’s house –the venue for the wedding was always the bride’s house — and the festivities began in earnest when he arrived.A similar sort of custom lies behind today’s parable. The bridegroom appeared at the bride’s home at a time of his own choosing, a feature of surprise that was part of the ritual. One can imagine the level of expectancy in a village generated by the fact of not knowing. He could come at any moment. When he finally left his house, an attendant or messenger would run ahead – there were no cars; all processed on foot – shouting ‘the bridegroom is coming!’ That galvanized action in a hurry all along the way to the bride’s house.Listeners to Matthew’s gospel would have immediately seen the import of the failure of the bridesmaids to welcome to groom when he appeared. The reference was of course to the Jews who had long been expecting the Messiah, and did not welcome him when he came. He came unto his own, as St. John would later write, and his own received him not.The early Christians would have heard something slightly different. They would have seen it in terms of being prepared or unprepared for the Lord’s second coming. In the early days of the Church, in a way we can no longer grasp, the second coming was felt to be something imminent. The Lord could come at any time, no one knew when. You needed to be vigilant and awake, because he could appear suddenly, like a thief in the night. You had to be on your guard and not be caught napping like the foolish bridesmaids.It’s impossible for us to identify with any sense of immediacy about the second coming, which is one of the main themes of Advent. Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again – we also say every day in the Eucharist, but this is more a declaration of faith than an actual posture of anticipation.The coming of Christ is more immediately meaningful in an existential sense, i.e. he may come for me, I known not when. I must be prepared for that day, which may be any day.It’s a salutary practice to think of one’s death from time to time, and not only when one goes to funerals. The thought of death, Samuel Johnson, once wrote, wonderfully concentrates the mind. By that he meant it makes for a special sense of attentiveness and focus. One looks critically at oneself and asks what needs to be done to become something other than the half-finished persons we all are. In this sense, the thought of Christ’s coming still remains a wake-up call. It means we must be wakeful and alert, and trim our lamps while we still have still time.By: Father Henry Charles PhD 35 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

Christians march and pray in the streets of Roseau

first_imgLocalNews Christians march and pray in the streets of Roseau by: – November 26, 2011 33 Views   2 comments Share Sharing is caring! Tweetcenter_img Share Share Christian march in the streets on SaturdayThe Youth Department of The Trinity Baptist Church held it bi-annual purity march on Saturday in the streets of Roseau.This event was celebrated under the theme ‘Appointed to Impact – I in Dat’; a call young people to take a stand and make a positive difference in society by touching the lives of those around them, with each one reaching one for a better society.It is also an appeal to unmarried men and women to wait until marriage to have sex and thereby keeping themselves pure and free from Sexually Transmitted Diseases.The marchers were dressed in white as a sign of purity, waving rags and posters.Here are a few photographs of Saturday’s march:[nggallery id=93]The Trinity Baptist Church Youth Department has been organizing this rally for the past 7 years, the first year being 2005 under the theme ‘Keep Your Underwear On – No Ring, No Ting!’ – A call to unmarried men and women to wait until marriage to have sex. The next purity rally is scheduled for November 2013.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Hiking with the Public Service

first_img Share Tweet Sharing is caring! Hikers leaving Bellevue ChopinOur reasons for participating may have varied – to view the scenery, for exercise, to be with friends, soul searching, to take up a challenge, to support the cause, for solitude, to experience nature, just for the walking…However on that overcast Saturday, June 16th, 2012 under the 2012 Public Service Day theme “Our Public Service: Transforming, Modernizing, Positively Changing!” 130 of us – Public Officers, NBD Associates, our family members and friends were united to face the challenges of Segment 2 of the Waitukubuli National Trail Soufriere Estate to Bellevue Chopin in reverse or “Back to Front” as coined by the Calypsonian, Vigilante. We began at Bellevue Chopin about twenty minutes to seven, with 260 feet eager to cover 13000 steps (11.7 km) towards Soufriere Estate and more specifically to reach and enjoy the warm sulphur springs. Clad with our hiking gear, water, bag packs, caps, cameras and yes, some cell phones, we traversed the hills and valleys of Morne Plat Pays, onto the village road ending at the Morpo junction. Then we meandered uphill through an old 200 year old slave route into the windy upper parts of the mountain community of Tete Morne and then descended into the slopes of the sulphuric valley of Soufriere. In the depth of the forest we were embraced by the mist that clothed us with oxygen and cooled our bodies. The trail provided a glimpse of Dominica’s thick rain forest and opportunities to view a variety of flora, fauna and farm lands producing vegetables, trees and root crops. Participants at the end of the hikeWe saw ferns, wild anthurium, birds, several cows, large pigs, fields of bay leaf trees, cacao trees, nutmeg trees, lots of pawpaw trees, calabash trees, banana and plantain fields. That walk was exciting and stimulating. It provided stunning views of our mountain ranges, views of parts of the southern coast against a hazy Atlantic Ocean and a panorama of the community of Soufriere and the Caribbean Sea at a height where the houses looked like toys – exquisite! Beautiful! Striking! The topics of discussions moved from stories of women fright of cows, to soukouyan, roads, agriculture, and also on how gutsy our ancestors were to traverse that hard long trail. Why they needed it? How they used it? All this on a walk, Yes! Participants varied in their abilities. There were the walkers, the runners, the joggers, the strollers and the slackers. There were slides and falls, water breaks and rest stops. There were groans and moans of pain, leg cramps and back aches, threats to stop and turn back. The trail was unkind to some foot wear and a few people abandoned the trail. The majority moved on with chants of encouragement that echoed through the trails, Let’s go.. keep moving.. we’ll make it, with each group helping its members to remember the final goal ‘that warm bath and the fish broth and fig and cod fish … key motivators’. The runners who got there first, clocked in at 9:45 a.m., followed by the walkers and then the joggers who clocked in at 10:25 and about 10:40 and then there were the others— the real hikers, the nature lovers, the picture takers, the cacao eaters, the plantain carriers who started filing in from 11:20 to 12:30 p.m. and then the last man reported “trail clear all accounted for”… six hours well spent! It culminated with a gathering of exhausted souls at Soufriere during which time some enjoyed a sulphur bath at the hot spring and lunch was eaten. I echo the sentiment of all “it was good we” the walk was good, the views were stunning and the camaraderie was great with a high level of participation and support for Public Service efforts towards creating opportunities to heighten awareness of the public sector’s role in the country’s national development and to forge greater linkage and relationships with stakeholders.See you on the next trail- next month maybe? Press Release LocalNews Hiking with the Public Service by: – June 19, 2012center_img Share 22 Views   one comment Sharelast_img read more

Season turnaround: Scottish side banks on Akin Famewo

first_img Loading… Former Celtic defender Efe Ambrose on Livingstone radar Saints boss Jim Goodwin said: “With the amount of injuries and everything that we have had over the last couple of months we felt it was an area that we needed to strengthen. “Akin is a player we have seen a number of times this season playing for Norwich U23s, but he trains with their first team. “He’s a good player. He’s still got a bit of developing to do but it’s a win-win for everyone. “We can give Akin senior football and he continues his development.” Famewo’s move is coming a time when former Super Eagles Celtic ace Efe Ambrose is on the verge of returning to the Scottish league. Read Also CAF awards: Eagles stars missing from Africa’s best XI Ambrose who played for Celtic winning several laurels in five seasons sojourn is being wooed back by Livingston. The former Kaduna and Bayelsa United defender, who made 51 appearances for the Super Eagles, became a free agent after a short stay with English Championship side Derby County last year. Promoted ContentEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show YouBest Car Manufacturers In The WorldA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs7 Theories About The Death Of Our UniverseFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread Art7 Train Stations In The World You Wish To Stay At Longer6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneBrother Creates A Phenomenal Dress For His SisterIf Zodiac Signs Were Women: Amazing Artwork By Vivien SzaniszloBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way7 Facts About Black Holes That Will Blow Your Mind Scottish Premier League side St Mirren is banking on Nigeria born Akin Famewo to help turn their fortune around in the season. St Mirren currently struggling within the relegation zone have signed Famewo from Norwich City subject to international clearance. The 21-year-old English centre-half, who can also play at left-back, joins the Saints from the English Premier League side until the end of the season. The former Luton and Grimsby defender revealed a discussion with ex-Saint Kenny McLean pointed him towards Paisley. He told St Mirren’s official website: “I’m very happy to be here, I’ve heard a lot good things about the club. “I didn’t know a great lot about Scottish football but I know Kenny McLean and he’s told me a bit about it. “I spoke to him about the move as he has links to the club and I was really keen to join. “The manager has been very welcoming and I’m looking forward to working with him. “I’m very excited as it’s a great opportunity in a great league.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Federer targets Wimbledon after knee surgery blow

first_img Loading… Promoted ContentYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime8 Best 1980s High Tech GadgetsBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The WorldFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread ArtSome Impressive And Almost Shocking Robots That ExistCan You Imagine Quitting A Role Because Of Dislike For W. Smith?10 Of The Dirtiest Seas In The WorldThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show You8 Scenes That Prove TV Has Gone Too Far7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better Roger Federer has undergone surgery to resolve a longstanding knee problem and said Thursday he would be out of action until after the French Open while his rivals backed the 38-year-old to return as strong as ever. The 20-times Grand Slam winner revealed on his Facebook account that he underwent surgery in Switzerland on Wednesday and would miss a string of tournaments including the May 24-June 7 French Open. Roger Federer pictured after beating Rafael Nadal during an exhibition match in Cape Town on February 7 “As a result, I will miss Dubai, Indian Wells, Bogota, Miami and the French Open,” he said. Federer, who has amassed 103 career titles, explained that he had intended to avoid surgery if possible but the problem in his right knee refused to go away. He will now target a return for the grass court season and an assault on a ninth Wimbledon title after reaching the final in 2019 where he had two championship points before losing an epic final to Novak Djokovic. “My right knee has been bothering me for a little while,” added the world number three who reached the Roland Garros semi-finals last year. “I hoped it would go away, but after an examination and discussion with my team, I decided to have arthroscopic surgery in Switzerland yesterday.” “After the surgery the doctors confirmed that it was the right thing to have done and are very confident of a full recovery. “I can’t wait to be back playing again soon – see you on grass.” Federer, French Open champion back in 2009, will miss Roland Garros for the fourth time in five seasons. His absence from Paris means his great rival Rafael Nadal, the 12-time champion, can draw level with the Swiss on 20 majors. Federer also underwent surgery on his left knee in February 2016 which allowed him just seven tournaments that season. However, that surgery-enforced absence eventually paid dividends with another Australian Open title and then Wimbledon six months later. He has only played one tournament in 2020, making the semi-finals of the Australian Open where he was defeated again by eventual champion Djokovic. – ‘Wise decision’ – His last appearance on a court was an exhibition event in Cape Town earlier this month where his charity match with Nadal was played in front of 50,000 spectators, a world record for a tennis event. This year’s Wimbledon runs from June 29-July 12 with the Tokyo Olympics tennis event following from July 25-August 2. Federer has yet to win a singles gold medal at the Games. He was a silver medallist in London 2012 while, four years earlier in Beijing, he won the doubles title with Swiss teammate Stan Wawrinka. Federer’s decision to skip the French Open was met with understanding by organisers. “We are disappointed not to see Roger again,” tournament director Guy Forget told France Info. “If he had taken this decision, then it was the wisest.” Russian world number five Daniil Medvedev said it was sad to see Federer forced to sit out the US hardcourt and European clay court seasons. “The news shocked me. I didn’t know he was going to have an operation,” said Medvedev who is the top seed at the ongoing Marseille ATP event this week. “It’s a little sad for him in the sense that he misses tournaments when he is still playing well. I’m sure he’s going to come back well at the grass court season. Read Also: Federer undergoes knee surgery, will miss French OpenFellow veteran Gilles Simon, who played Federer for the first time 12 years ago, said the great Swiss will be a serious contender on his return.“The last time it was hard but he still won the Australian Open in his stride after not playing for nine months!” said the 35-year-old Simon.“There’s nothing else to say. We’ll wait and see.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Bacolod’s 40th MassKara Festival to open on Oct. 7

first_img“Last night (Sunday), I talked to festivaldirector Eli Francis Tajanlangit and we agreed to adjust the opening day,”Leonardia said on Monday.      BACOLOD City – Mayor Evelio Leonardiaannounced the 40th MassKara Festival will open on Oct. 7, a day earlier thanits original Oct. 8 schedule. Eleven schools – including seven in theelementary category and four in high school – will join the MassKara Street andArena Dance Competition on Oct. 26. “This is a MassKara like no other even if wejust simply think in terms of its being 40 years. This is a milestone, no doubtabout that. (We have) seen MassKara metamorphose to what it is today,”Leonardia said.  Performers of Education Training Center School-II won the championship during the street and arena dance competition in the elementary category during the 39th MassKara Festival last year. This year’s edition themed “Bacolod, City of Smiles” will run from Oct. 7 to 27. BACOLOD CITY PIO For the barangay competition on Oct. 27, 14villages confirmed their participation. These include Tangub, Banago, Bata,Handumanan, Esfenia, Barangays 40, 4, 12, 16, 3, 39, 32, 5, and 6.(With a report from PNA/PN) In the elementary level, the participatingschools are Banago Elementary School-I for District 1; Estefania ElementarySchool (District 2); Fr. Gratian Murray, AFSC Integrated School (District 3);Jose J. Gonzaga Elementary School (District 4); E. J. Garcia Elementary School(District 5); Education and Training Center School-III for (District 6); andR.A. Medel Sr. Elementary School (District 7). He added the adjustment was made as he willattend an event at the Korean Embassy on Oct. 8 Domingo Lacson National High School for Unit1, Angela Gonzaga National High School (Unit 2), Luisa Medel National HighSchool (Unit 3), and M.G. Medalla Integrated School for (Unit 4) will be thecompeting teams in the secondary category. This year’s festivities with the theme“Bacolod, City of Smiles,” will run until Oct. 27.last_img read more

Peru chief closes Congress; legislators refuse to leave

first_imgPeru’s worst political crisis in twodecades threatens unrest in the world’s No. 2 copper producer and one of theregion’s most robust economies. Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra speaks during the 4th Pacific Alliance Summit in Lima, Peru on July 6. REUTERS/GUADALUPE PARDO/FILE PHOTO Vizcarra vowed to call new legislativeelections to let voters weigh a dispute he said stymied his bid to stamp outgraft in the ruling class. LIMA – Peruvian President MartinVizcarra dissolved Congress on Monday to end a yearlong battle with rightwinglawmakers over his anti-graft campaign, but rebel legislators refused to leavethe chamber as protests against them started across the country. Opposition representatives cried“Dictator” after Vizcarra invoked a constitutional article allowing presidentsto dissolve the Congress, and immediately voted to declare him temporarilysuspended, naming Vice President Mercedes Araoz to replace him.(Reuters)last_img read more