Measuring body temperature at Hanoi's Noi Bai International Airport (Source: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – The Health Ministry is keeping a close watch on the developments of the Middle East respiratory syndrome-related corona virus (MERS-CoV) and giving recommendations on preventive measures to the public, following the information that the Republic of Korea recently reported the first case in 2018. MERS is a viral respiratory disease caused by the corona virus that was first identified in humans in Saudi Arabia in 2012 and has spread to 25 countries, including France, Germany, Italy, the Republic of Korea, Tunisia and the UK. It causes severe acute respiratory illness, including fever, cough and shortness of breath. Approximately 36 percent of reported patients with MERS have died. There is currently no vaccine available to protect people from MERS. The Health Ministry advised people who want to go abroad to learn about the disease situation in the destination to actively have … [Read more...] about Health Ministry recommends preventive measures against MERS-CoV
Illustrative photo (Source: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – The Health Ministry’s Department of Preventive Medicine on August 1 warned citizens to apply drastic measures to prevent dengue fever spreading, after a person reportedly died of the disease in Ho Chi Minh recently. The department stressed that the most effective way to fight the disease, for which there is no specific medicine or vaccine, is to kill mosquitoes and larvae and avoid being bitten by mosquitoes. It advised people to clean their homes, properly dispose of waste and stow water receptacles away from where mosquitoes can breed. Citizens should sleep in mosquito nets, wear long-sleeves and coordinate with local authorities in spraying chemicals to kill mosquitoes. Those who show symptoms of dengue fever, including a sudden and high fever, forehead and eye pains, rashes, bleeding, feeling cold or vomiting, should seek medical support at health care facilities. Dengue fever is an acute viral disease caused by the … [Read more...] about Citizens advised to apply drastic preventive measure against dengue fever
A KEY fraud prevention measure that would have stopped Renewable Heat Initiative (RHI) claimants installing multiple boilers to maximise payments "dropped off" energy regulator Ofgem's list of potential risks to the controversial scheme.The potential for members of the public to `game' or exploit the scheme for maximum benefit was discussed at the RHI Inquiry yesterday.It emerged that those drawing up the initiative were aware of a loophole that allowed claimants to install "multiple boilers to heat the same space" as one large unit.As early as 2013, poultry sheds were identified in England as an area where this could be abused and safeguards suggested to guard against disproportionate costs.Panel member Dame Una O'Brien pointed out it was "almost a word for word description of what materialised in Northern Ireland, you've even got a photograph of a building with doors and windows open".Such abuse was key to RHI's catastrophic overspend of a projected hundreds of millions of pounds, … [Read more...] about Key fraud prevention measure that would have stopped RHI claimants installing multiple boilers `dropped off’ regulator’s list of potential risks
0 Have your say One in seventeen residents in long-term care facilities for the elderly in Scotland has a healthcare associated infection (HCAI), posing a public health threat, according to a new report. The Health Protection Scotland (HPS) study included data from 2,147 residents across 52 care homes in October last year.This represents 6 per cent of all Scottish long-term care facilities where the main client group is older people.Respiratory, urinary and skin and soft tissue infections make up the majority of healthcare associated infections.While many infections would be expected given underlying health issues experts say many are preventable and would reduce the need for need for so many antibiotics.The National Point Prevalence Survey report indicates 5.9 per cent of residents have a healthcare associated infection on any given day.The survey found antibiotic use remains at about the same level as seven years ago, with one in every 16 residents taking one or more at … [Read more...] about Care home infections risk public health, but many preventable
The rapid rise in technology has provided us with modern discoveries, rekindled connections and new opportunities to collaborate and create. But has our country's increased technology use also contributed to a rise in neck and back injuries? Dr. Mark Mikhael, Orthopaedic Surgeon with the NorthShore Orthopaedic Institute and the Illinois Bone & Joint Institute, explains 'tech neck,' discusses the core issues associated with neck and back pain and how to alleviate bone and joint stresses at home and in the office. What is 'tech neck'? Tech neck refers to the upper back, shoulder and neck pain people feel after extended periods of looking down at handheld devices. We are all guilty of being absorbed by our phone, iPad or laptop for extended periods of time, but too much of this forward flexed position can lead to muscle strains and fatigue in the back of the neck. Prolonged stresses could lead to spinal disc injuries and nerve irritations. It's important to address this pain early … [Read more...] about If you have a smartphone, you probably have ‘tech neck.’ Here’s how to prevent it.