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H1N1 FLU BREAKING NEWS: First Jamaican death, Chile cancels festival, military flu surveillance, advisory for OB settings

first_imgJul 7, 2009Jamaica reports first pandemic flu deathJamaica’s health ministry yesterday reported its first novel flu death, a patient who had an underlying medical condition who died at the University Hospital of the West Indies in Kingston, the Jamaica Observer reported. The ministry has asked a medical team to investigate the death. Jamaica reported its first novel flu cases in late May, and on Jun 24 announced the virus was spreading in the community. So far 33 cases have been reported, including the recent fatality.Chile officials cancel religious festival to curb flu spreadChile’s health ministry recently cancelled a large religious festival, set to converge on a small town in the southern part of the country, in an effort to slow the spread of pandemic flu, the Santiago Times reported on Jul 3. The dance and music celebration typically brings 200,000 visitors to the town of La Tirana. The event was last cancelled in 1991 during a cholera outbreak. The World Health Organization said yesterday Chile has confirmed 7,376 novel H1N1 cases.Military flu data boosts global influenza surveillanceA profile of US military flu surveillance efforts, to appear in the September issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, illustrates the importance of global influenza surveillance and quick access to epidemiologic data, the journal said in a press release today. Military surveillance efforts began in the 1970s and have made notable contributions, such as detecting the first novel H1N1 cases in the United States. Military disease surveillance is active in 56 countries.[Jul 7 Am J Prev Med press release]CDC issues flu advisory for OB settingsThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) yesterday released interim guidance for preventing and managing novel H1N1 infections in obstetric settings. Severe illnesses in pregnant women and infants have been a feature of the flu pandemic, though experts don’t have a firm grasp on the epidemiology and illness spectrum. The new guidance says areas where prenatal care and labor and delivery services are delivered should be separated from areas where the sick are handled.[Jul 6 CDC guidance]last_img read more

Gojek to import masks, distribute staple goods to help drivers endure pandemic

first_imgHe added that the drivers could be at an increased risk of contracting the virus as they interacted with people daily through their deliveries.Distributing masks is one of a dozen measures from the company to keep its employees and contracted workers safe during the pandemic. Gojek has distributed staple goods to drivers above 60 years old, has given staple-needs vouchers to younger drivers and has relaxed vehicle loan repayment requirements.Drivers who get COVID-19 or become a patient under treatment (PDP) can also receive financial aid from Gojek and its charity foundation Yayasan Anak Bangsa Kita. Gojek customers can help drivers by giving tips up to Rp 100,000 (US$5.89) using the in-app e-wallet feature.“Our drivers are facing uncertainties every day, and we just want to help ease their worry about the future,” said Gojek Co-CEO Kevin Aluwi.Previously, the company’s senior management cut their salaries to allocate more than Rp 100 billion to help drivers and employees cope with low demand as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.Topics : Homegrown ride-hailing app Gojek has received a permit from the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) and the Health Ministry to import 5 million masks to be distributed to its motorbike drivers and the country’s healthcare providers.The imports will add to the company’s previous distributions of masks, hand sanitizer and vitamins to its drivers in 80 cities in the country.“This import is to ensure that locally produced masks and other protective gear can be allocated to hospitals,” said Gojek’s independent commissioner Garibaldi Thohir in a written statement on Wednesday.last_img read more

VP Ma’ruf wants ‘pesantren’ to get financial aid during pandemic

first_imgRead also: Nine foreign students at East Java boarding school test positive for COVID-19Ma’ruf went on to say that not all pesantren in the country would need such assistance.In the meeting, he also ordered the administrations to provide boarding schools with COVID-19 test kits, better sanitation and clean water as well as to instruct students on health and hygiene, including physical distancing and handwashing, to prepare them for the so-called “new normal” phase.”If we can provide them with the aforementioned necessities, it would be better for all,” said Ma’ruf. (vny)Topics : Vice President Ma’ruf Amin has instructed his subordinates to draw up a list of pesantren (Islamic boarding schools) to receive financial assistance from the government during the COVID-19 pandemic.The financial support, Ma’ruf said, would help the boarding schools operate during the health and economic crisis.”The amount of financial support [for each pesantren] will depend on the government’s financial ability. Hopefully, it will be enough to support them to operate during the pandemic,” the Vice President, who is a prominent Muslim cleric in the country, said during a virtual meeting with several ministers on Wednesday as quoted by kompas.com. last_img read more

Jamaican political parties confident by-elections

first_imgWith the impending Jamaican elections looming, political parties remain confidentBoth the ruling Jamaica Labor Party (JLP) and the main People’s National Party (PNP) say they are confident of victory in three by-elections to be held in Jamaica on October 30.Prime Minister Andrew Holness on Sunday night announced the date for the by-elections in St Mary South Eastern, St Andrew South Western, and St Andrew Southern. All three seats were held by the PNP following the last general election in February last year.Nomination DayNomination Day for the by-elections is Monday, October 9.Two seats became vacant after former Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller, and her former cabinet colleague Dr. Omar Davies retired from active politics giving up their South Western St Andrew and Southern St Andrew seats respectively. The South Eastern St Mary seat became vacant when member of  parliament Dr. Winston Green, died suddenly on August 14.Holness told party supporters at a meeting in the eastern parish of St Mary that the JLP “will have an election that is conducted in the spirit and letter of the law.Not election to be bought“The party that I lead will conduct itself, and hold itself to the highest standards of probity and accountability,” Holness said, adding “we are going to show them that this is a by-election, not an election to be bought.“We don’t need to buy this election in order to win. It is clear to the people of Jamaica that we have been a better government than the previous government. We are the party that understands the pulse of the Jamaican people, and the pulse of the Jamaican people says that they want to see better for themselves, and better for their children,” he added.PNP in state of readinessBut the PNP in a statement said it welcomed the date for the by-elections and that the party has been in a state of readiness for some time and had been pressing the government to announce the date for the election to give the people access to representation.PNP general secretary Julian Robinson said that the successful conclusion of the party’s 79th annual conference two weeks ago confirms the high level of enthusiasm which now exists at the base.Read more here on Jamaican by-elections: https://www.caribbeannationalweekly.com/news/caribbean-news/opposition-party-jamaica-wants-fixed-dates-elections/last_img read more