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  • Flu season: Ways for travelers to protect themselves from springtime bugs

    WORLD, 2017/03/05 Compared to recent years, the 2016-2017 flu season, presently at its peak, is shaping up to be relatively severe. In the US, the flu hospitalization rate was 29.4 per 100,000 people the week of Feb. 10, compared to a rate of 5.1 per 100,000 people during a comparable week in 2016, and pneumonia and mortality rates have presently passed epidemic thresholds. For those taking chance of off-season deals and Spring Break vacations to travel in March, this trend may be particularly alarming – next all, experts say crowded spaces, new germs, recirculated air, and jet lag can make travelers additional vulnerable to the flu.
  • Private equity firm discusses Ethiopia pharma investment

    ETHIOPIA, 2016/01/10 UK-based private equity firm 54 Capital today announced it has entered Ethiopia’s pharmaceutical market through an investment of US$42m into Addis Pharmaceutical Factory (APF). According to the firm, an initial investment of $30m, with the option to invest a further $12m, will be used to increase APF’s national and international reach. Why the firm (investment associate at 54 Capital) decided to invest in Ethiopia’s pharmaceutical industry.
  • Sofia, capital of Bulgaria.

    BULGARIA, 2015/05/03 Figures for Croatia’s people in 2014 showed a rapid loss of people, a process that is as well visible in other Balkan nations. Croatia’s bureau of statistics, DZS, said the new figures on Croatia in 2014 show a rapid decrease in the size of the people. It said 39,596 people were born in 2014 in the country of 4.2 million inhabitants, which was 2.7 % less than in 2013. Meanwhile, over the same period, some 52,427 people died, which was 1.4 % additional than died in 2013.
  • EU health commissioner Tonio Borg

    EUROPEAN UNION, 2014/10/17 The EU needs to both double its efforts to fight the deadly virus Ebola in West Africa, inclunding introduce entry screening for airline passengers to enable identification of infected passengers, Health Commissioner Tonio Borg says. Together with Italian Health Minister Beatrice Lorenzin, today (16 October), Borg is hosting a high-level conference in Brussels to discuss Ebola. The outbreak of the virus involves four nations - Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nigeria, and is expected to last a lot of months. But Europe has by presently witnessed its initial deadly cases.
  • The European Union (EU) will organize a massive airlift of materials to help nations affected by the Ebola Virus Disease in West Africa

    EUROPEAN UNION, 2014/10/11 The European Union (EU) will organize a massive airlift of materials to help nations affected by the Ebola Virus Disease in West Africa, according to a statement issued here on Wednesday. In the statement, the EU said it had chartered three 747 cargo planes to transport medical personnel, health facilities, inclunding protection materials and masks, inclunding medicines. It said the planes will take off from Amsterdam, the Netherlands, on Friday to Freetown, Sierra Leone, where the materials will be handed over to humanitarian organizations operating in the field.
  • UK troops set to build 4 Ebola treatment facilities in Sierra Leone

    UNITED KINGDOM, 2014/10/10 At least 100 members of the British military medical team are preparing to provide a 700-bed treatment unit in Sierra Leone where they will as well build at least 4 new Ebola treatment facilities near urban centres. The treatment centres would be built in Port Loko, Freetown, Makeni and Bo, according to an official statement made available  on Wednesday in Kigali. The statement quoted a senior officer of the UK army, Commander 2 Medical Brigade, Brigadier Kevin Beaton, as saying that the new military doctors' team to be deployed would join army engineers and planners who have been in the west of the country for almost a month, overseeing the construction of the medical facilities.
  • British aid supplies arrive in Freetown to tackle Ebola outbreak

    UNITED KINGDOM, 2014/10/09 Two flights containing ambulances, tents, incinerators and further UK aid to tackle the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone arrived this weekend. Two flights containing ambulances, tents and further UK aid to tackle the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone arrived in Freetown this weekend, International Development Secretary Justine Greening has confirmed. The flights delivered equipment to assist with the construction and operation of the UK's 92 bed treatment facility, inclunding generators, air conditioning units and lighting sets.
  • British treatment center to tackle Ebola in Sierra Leone

    UNITED KINGDOM, 2014/09/15 British military and humanitarian experts will set up a medical treatment centre for victims of the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone, International Development Secretary Justine Greening announced today. The 62 bed facility will be purpose built and operated by military engineers and medical staff. The initial phase of the facility will be constructed and operational within 8 weeks. The UK's support follows a direct request from the World Health Organisation and the government of Sierra Leone for assistance in containing the outbreak.
  • EU seriously worried over spread of Ebola in West Africa

    EUROPEAN UNION, 2014/08/18 The European Union (EU) says it is “strongly concerned” about the spread of the deadly Ebola disease in “several West African nations part which are Sierra Leone, Guinea, Liberia and Nigeria', and offered condolences from EU member States to populations affected by the disease, official sources said here. In a statement issued Friday in Brussels next a conference of the council of European foreign affairs ministers, the EU said it had taken note of the world efforts to fight the Ebola disease.
  • Health-sector protest in Athens against suspensions and layoffs

    GREECE, 2013/12/16 The proposed transformation of Greece's major national-run healthcare insurer from a primary medical provider into a wholesale buyer of healthcare services -- along with layoffs of about 2,300 physicians -- marks the new austerity-generated standoff in the country. Under pressure by institutional lenders, the government said it wants to reduce public sector spending and waste, but physicians argue that across-the-board austerity is undermining their ability to treat patients. According to the government's draft legislation, EOPPY -- established in 2012 by merging various national-controlled insurance funds -- will purchase healthcare services from both the public and private sector.