Vietnam reports two avian flu cases, one fatal

first_imgMar 25, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – A teen-age girl with no known exposure to infected poultry has died of H5N1 avian influenza, and a 40-year-old woman has tested positive for the virus, Vietnamese authorities said today.The girl, a 17-year-old from Nam Dinh province, south of Hanoi, died yesterday, the Associated Press (AP) reported today. Officials aren’t sure how she contracted avian flu, because poultry in her village have not had the disease, said Vu Huu Viet, head of the provincial medical center.The 40-year-old woman is from Quang Ninh province near the Chinese border, the AP reported. She ate chicken on Mar 10 and began experiencing fever, coughing, and breathing difficulties 4 days later, said Nguyen Van Thich, with the province’s medical center. The woman was in stable condition in a Hanoi hospital, the story said.The cases reported today bring the unofficial overall total to 74 cases, including 49 deaths, since late 2003.In addition to the two latest confirmed cases, Vietnam continues to wrestle with a number of possible cases, although media accounts vary. Five family members from the northern port city of Haiphong were hospitalized Mar 23 with suspected avian flu, according to a Reuters report, which attributed the information to the state-run Hanoi Moi newspaper.The head of Haiphong’s health department, Nguyen Van Vy, said poultry at the family’s home had been slaughtered earlier to stop an outbreak, according to the story.In the central province of Quang Binh, media reports of about 195 sick people are prompting close scrutiny by Vietnamese officials. Provincial doctors and district healthcare center employees have examined each family in Kinh Chau village and offered guidance to improve safety, according to a story published today by Vietnam News Service (VNS).More than 1,000 poultry have been culled in Kinh Chau village as well, VNS reported.Officials have denied finding any new avian flu cases in Quang Binh since the death of a 5-year-old boy in mid-March, although VNS reported today that some residents of the village, including relatives and neighbors of the boy, remain under close medical observation. The story reported that residents are reluctant to be hospitalized.The national steering committee for preventing respiratory inflammation has asked local branches across Vietnam to promote a month-long campaign to clean poultry farms. The push is to begin next Friday, VNS reported.The disease continues to spread outside of Vietnam as well. In Indonesia, the Jakarta Post reported today that avian flu was still spreading in South Sulawesi, affecting the regencies of Sidenreng Rappang, Wajo, Soppeng, and Maros. About 128,000 chickens have been affected so far, that paper reported.In Cambodia, officials said an 18-year-old man who is hospitalized with a fever and cough is being tested for avian flu, according to an Agence-France Presse report today. Officials said the man had killed and eaten sick chickens and is from Kampot, the same province where Cambodia’s first two confirmed human cases occurred.See also:CIDRAP avian flu case-count tableshttp://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidrap/content/influenza/avianflu/case-count/avflucount.htmllast_img read more

‘We Will Always be Friends’

first_imgCanadian PM Justin Pierre Trudeau yesterday assured the Liberian student community that he and Canada will always be their friends, regardless of the distance and challenges that may exist. He said he too was impressed that God has afforded him the opportunity to visit Liberia and share with its people all the joy.“I am happy for meeting you, too,” PM Trudeau told the audience as he shook hands with many of the students, assuring them that his country and people will never forget Liberia, even if he should leave office.“My coming is history-making, but remember that the bilateral connection between my country and Liberia, the founding nation of independence on the continent of colonial Africa, will continue to exist. Take my word for this,” he said to loud cheers.He later played a game of handball with the kids, most of them students attending the occasion.For his part, Right to Play (RTP) Country Director for Liberia Timothy Paulus yesterday expressed his organization’s gratefulness for the visit of Canadian Prime Minister (PM) Justin Trudeau to one of the schools it is partnering with, Slipway Public School, and interacting with students and staff.RTP is sponsored by the Canadian Government through the office of the Prime Minister, and has been a development partner of Liberia’s since 2001.“The visit of PM Justin Pierre Trudeau is a blessing to Liberia, most especially to the children and women who are at the bottom of societal development,” Mr. Paulus said.He said during the PM’s visit to the Slipway Public School, he revealed that he loves seeing the capacities of females being developed and improved so they can contribute to national development.“The huge presence of Liberians to host such a distinguished guest justifies how we love to see ourselves,” Mr. Paulus said.Since 2015, RTP has implemented Partnership for the Acquisition of Quality Education (PAQE) in Montserrado, Margibi, and Bong counties with funding from the Canadian Government.Mr. Paulus said the program seeks to improve the attainment of quality education and participation of about 12,000 students, of which 5,400 are girls and 6,600 boys, attending several schools across the three counties.He said under the program, RTP has trained over 360 teachers, who are applying the Play Based Learning (PBL) methodology introduced by RTP in their daily contact with over 11,000 children in 40 schools across the three counties.Paulus then commended everyone who has sacrificed precious time to accord PM Trudeau a deserving welcome.For student Jeannette George of grade 2, who spoke on behalf of her colleagues during their interaction with PM Trudeau, the students will ever remain inspired by his presence to do their best to learn their lessons so that they too will become great leaders like him and visit other countries and students in the future.“We say thank you for visiting us. Your presence made us to feel that you have visited all the student community of the country,” student George said with a smile on her face.She said with the PBL methods of teaching, their teachers have made it easy for them to learn difficult subjects, including mathematics.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Chhetri-backed initiative commences football talent spotting

first_imgMumbai, Apr 24 (PTI) Dream Chasers, the football talent hunt started with the backing of India captain Sunil Chhetri in February, has taken its first step towards achieving its initial goal of picking 15 talented under-13 players to undergo a five-year residential schooling tutored by the coaches from Sporting Clube de Portugal. “The response in Mumbai over the last few days has been very good. Three hundred children came yesterday and 150-odd will be watched today,” said Ameya Kocherkar, an ex-army officer who is also the co-founder and CEO of Pro Force, which has initiated the process of talent hunting and honing the skills of handpicked children for next five years. To identify the talent pool and whittle it down to a manageable number, Ricardo D Sousa, Technical Director of Sporting Clube de Portugal, has flown down from his country and will be assisted by various Indian coaches. Giving his first impression on the football skills he had seen so far at a school in the western suburb of Kandivli, Sousa told reporters today, “I am pleasantly surprised by the skills on display.” Its a lengthy process and is expected to end by the end of the year, according to Ameya, before the handpicked 15 boys would be up and ready for the next academic year at Kolhapurs Cyrus Poonawalla International School to combine ten-month football training with academics.They will also be sent to the Portugal academy of the club for a fortnight every year.The selection is going to be a four-stage process, explained Sousa on the lines of whats done back home in Portugal in the clubs academy in Lisbon split into skills with only the ball, ball and goal, ball skills against opponents and ball skills with complexities thrown in for good measure.advertisementThe talent hunt is to cover ten cities across the country with the likelihood of it happening in the North Eastern state of Mizoram too after getting a number of queries from that region, said Ameya.Sousa said he will try to follow “the same guidelines as is the case in Portugal” during the process.Ameya said the enthusiasm shown by the parents has been heartening.”Ninety per cent of the parents with whom we have interacted feel professional football can be taken up as a career,” he claimed.After the fifteen children are identified to make up the first batch of residential trainees, they will be sent for a week-long (orientation) stay in Portugal.As far as Sousa is concerned he is to be present to oversee the process for one month before returning home.”He will return for another four-month stint,” he added. PTI SSR GK ATK ATK BASlast_img read more