Chan confirmed as head of WHO

first_imgNov 9, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Dr. Margaret Chan, a former Hong Kong health official who has battled H5N1 avian influenza and SARS, easily won election today as the next director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO).Chan received 150 votes in a closed meeting of the 193-nation World Health Assembly, well above the two thirds majority she needed, according to an Associated Press (AP) report. The WHO’s executive board nominated her yesterday to succeed Dr. Lee Jong-wook, who died on May 22. Dr. Anders Nordstrom has been serving as acting director-general.Chan, with the WHO since 2003, has been serving as the director-general’s representative for pandemic influenza and as assistant director general for communicable diseases. Her term as director-general will run until June 2012, according to the Associated Press (AP).In accepting her election, Chan said her top goals will be to improve the health of Africans and of women around the world. She also told reporters she would set her Chinese nationality aside as she works to combat major threats such as avian flu.”I want us to be judged by the impact we have on the health of the people of Africa, and the health of women,” a WHO news release quoted Chan as saying in her acceptance speech. “Improvements in the health of the people of Africa and the health of women are the key indicators of the performance of WHO.”Concluding her speech, she said, “The work we do together saves lives and relieves suffering. I will work with you tirelessly to make this world a healthier place.”Chan is the first Chinese to become the head of a major United Nations agency. China has been accused of being slow to share H5N1 avian flu data and virus samples, especially with regard to poultry outbreaks.Chan promised to use her influence with Beijing in the battle with avian flu, according to an Agence France-Presse (AFP) report.”Now I’m elected as the WHO’s director-general I no longer carry my nationality on my sleeve. I leave it behind,” she was quoted as telling reporters.”I will speak up if some member states need to strengthen their effort, and in this case if you are referring to China I will definitely speak out and urge China . . . to share information,” she said, according to AFP.As Hong Kong’s director of health in 1997, Chan led the city’s effort to stop the first major H5N1 outbreaks in poultry and the first human cases. Her decision to quickly slaughter all 1.5 million poultry in the district has been credited with stopping the outbreak and possibly preventing a major international health crisis.Chan was also in charge when SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) spread through Hong Kong in 2003.Infectious disease expert Michael T. Osterholm, PhD, MPH, a leading proponent of pandemic influenza preparedness, praised the election of Chan. He said she provided “outstanding” leadership during the SARS crisis and has “timely and needed” expertise on avian flu.”Margaret Chan understands infectious diseases at the household and neighborhood level, based on her longtime, hands-on public health work in Hong Kong,” said Osterholm, director of the University of Minnesota Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, publisher of the CIDRAP Web site. “This type of experience is invaluable in her role now as the leading international public health policy leader. She’s well grounded in the most practical aspects of what the WHO must be doing on a global basis.”See also:Nov 9 WHO news releasehttp://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/releases/2006/pr66/en/index.htmllast_img read more

China, Vietnam report new H5N1 cases

first_imgJan 6, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – Public health officials in two countries today announced new human cases of H5N1 avian influenza, involving a 19-year-old Chinese woman who died of her infection and an 8-year-old Vietnamese girl who is recovering.In Beijing, local health authorities said the woman died yesterday after getting sick on Dec 24 and being hospitalized 3 days later, Xinhua, China’s state news agency, reported today. Tests at two labs revealed she was infected with the H5N1 virus.If the World Health Organization (WHO) confirms the case, she will be listed as China’s 31st H5N1 case-patient and 21st fatality. Her illness marks China’s first human case since February 2008.The Beijing Municipal Health Bureau told Xinhua that the woman bought nine ducks at a market in Langfang city in neighboring Hebei province on Dec 19. She removed the ducks’ internal organs and then gave three of the birds away to family and a friend.Zhao Qingchao, a Langfang City official, said investigators found that 13 people ate the ducks but only the woman got sick, Xinhua reported. He said the ducks were from Jixian county in northern ChinaBeijing’s health bureau said 116 people had close contact with the woman and that 102 of them were medical workers, according to the Xinhua report. One nurse who had contact with the patient had a fever but has since recovered.The WHO’s office in China released a statement saying the woman’s death from the H5N1 virus should not prompt alarm, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported today. “We are concerned by any case of human H5N1 infection. However, this single case, which appears to have occurred during the slaughtering and preparation of poultry, does not change our risk assessment,” the WHO said.Meanwhile, an official from Vietnam’s Preventative Medicine Department told AFP that the 8-year-old girl, from Thanh Hoa province in northern Vietnam, got sick with pneumonia on Dec 27 after eating poultry and was hospitalized on Jan 2. If her case is confirmed by the WHO, she will be listed at Vietnam’s 107th case-patient.Nguyen Huy Nga, who directs the department, said tests revealed the girl’s H5N1 infection on Jan 3. Her case is Vietnam’s first since March 2008.An official with the provincial health department said he expected that the girl would be discharged from the hospital soon, according to the AFP report.Nguyen Huu Dinh, an animal health official in Thanh Hoa, said infected poultry had been detected and culled in the province, AFP reported.Jeff Gilbert, an avian influenza expert with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), told AFP that Vietnam is entering a high-risk season because of cold weather that favors virus survival and the Tet (lunar new year) celebration, which often includes eating poultry dishes.”China has the (lunar) new year coming up, so the situation would be the same,” Gilbert said in the AFP report.If the WHO confirms the new cases reported today, they will raise the global H5N1 total to 393 cases with 248 deaths.The number of H5N1 cases and deaths in 2008 was the lowest since 2003, when the lethal H5N1 virus began causing outbreaks internationally, according to WHO figures. In 2008 there were 40 cases and 30 deaths, down from 88 and 59 in 2007, 115 and 79 in 2006, 98 and 43 in 2005, and 46 and 32 in 2004.Although there were fewer cases in 2008, the 75% case-fatality rate for the year was the highest since 2003, a moderate increase from 2007’s case-fatality rate of 67%.last_img read more

Tangerang Police name 18-year-old suspect for vandalizing prayer room

first_imgAn 18-year-old from Tangerang, Banten, has been named a suspect by the Tangerang Police for allegedly vandalizing a mushola (Muslim prayer room).The suspect, identified only as S, has confessed to the police, who have seized several pieces of evidence from his residence. “We will charge the suspect under Article 156 of the Criminal Code for committing an act that could spark tension between religions, as well as inciting hate toward certain religious groups,” Tangerang Police chief Sr. Comr. Ade Ary Syam Indardi said on Wednesday as quoted by kompas.com. Ade went on to say that the police were currently investigating the suspect. The investigators will invite several experts ranging from linguists and psychologists to religion experts to support the investigation.Read also: Vandalized building in North Sulawesi not mosque, authorities sayAccording to Ade, S confessed willingly because he thought his actions were justified.“We are still trying to find out [his motive]. We are still investigating websites and content that he accessed through his mobile phone,” Ade said. Previously, residents of Villa Tangerang Elok housing complex in Pasar Kemis district, Tangerang, exposed the vandalism at the Darussalam Mushola on Tuesday evening on social media, which later went viral.The culprit has painted over the mushola’s floor and wall with spray paint, as well as tearing a Quran apart. (dpk)Topics :last_img read more

Aurora Awards now accepting nominations

first_imgKenny, on choosing a winner…[asset|aid=1259|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=a29678c719bfce32a80660aadb1f251a-Sue Kenny 2_1_Pub.mp3]Winners will be awarded on May 5th at the Northern Women’s Symposium in Taylor.In addition to the banquet, winners will receive a take-home award.Advertisement What better way to reward a hard working woman, than to nominate her for an Aurora Award of Distinction.The awards are for women who demonstrate leadership in her field.Sue Kenny from Community Futures Peace Liard says the awards are also for women who mentor and support other women in the workplace.- Advertisement -[asset|aid=1258|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=a29678c719bfce32a80660aadb1f251a-Sue Kenny 1_1_Pub.mp3]Some of the categories include agriculture, construction, politics and Aboriginal Women of the Year.Past recipients include Electoral Area ‘B’ and Chair for the Peace River Regional District Karen Goodings.Advertisement To submit a nomination or for more information contact Judy Kucharuk at 250-784-4237 or email her at judy@managefootprint.com*To see a past story on the Northen Women’s Symposium, Click Herelast_img read more

DONEGAL LGFA NEWS: RELEGATED, BUT SENIOR LADIES SHOW TRUE GRIT

first_imgDONEGAL Ladies Senior squad will be playing Division Two football next year.But it may well be a blessing in disguise for the county, giving this group of players a chance to re-group and grow again.The team travelled to Kerry on Sunday to face a side heading for the semi-finals of the Tesco Homegrown Championship. And once again Donegal showed they can hold their own against the top teams in the country.The Kingdom rounded off their group campaign with a 3-12 to 3-6 victory against already-relegated Donegal.Patrice Dennehy, Louise Galvin and Sarah Jane Joy netted for Kerry, who led by 1-8 to 1-1 at half-time, as Aisling Cunningham scored a hat-trick of goals for Donegal.  DONEGAL LGFA NEWS: RELEGATED, BUT SENIOR LADIES SHOW TRUE GRIT was last modified: April 7th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegaldonegal ladiesKerryLGFAlast_img read more