P-Noy, muling nanawagan ng pagkakaisa vs. climate change at terorismo

admin   •   January 12, 2015   •   2671

Si Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III sa pagbibigay ng mensahe sa ginanap na taunang  Vin d’ Honneur sa  Rizal Hall ng  Malacañan Palace nitong  Lunes (January 12, 2015).  (Photo by Ryan Lim / Malacañang Photo Bureau)

MANILA, Philippines – Pinangunahan ni Pangulong Benigno Aquino III ang pagtanggap sa nasa 500 panauhin sa palasyo ng Malakanyang nitong Lunes  ng umaga para sa tradisyunal na Vin d’ Honneur para sa panibagong taon.

Sa tradisyunal na Vin d’ Honneur, nagtitipon-tipon ang mga matataas na opisyal ng Pilipinas at iba’t-ibang organisasyon, kabilang ang mga senador, miyembro ng kamara de representate, mga miyembro ng gabinete, hudikatura, diplomatic community, mga representante mula sa business sector at international organization.

Pagkakataon ito ng Pangulo upang makapagbigay ng pahayag para sa diplomatic community.

Naging sentro ng talumpati ng pangulo ang mga naging pagsubok ng bansa sa taong 2014 na kinaharap ng kaniyang administrasyon.

“When we look back on 2014 or when we look forward to our prospects in 2015, it becomes clear: we are very much on this earth. Be it the tensions in the West brought about by the problems in Ukraine, the increasingly erratic weather patterns brought about by global climate change; issues regarding the price of oil and the world market, the threat of pandemics like MERS-Corona Virus or Ebola, or selfish and senseless acts of violence as witnessed in Pakistan, Australia, Canada, or most recently in France: there are indeed many problems confronting us.”

Kaalinsabay nito ay muli ring nanawagan si Pangulong Aquino ng pagkakaisa ng mga bansa upang masolusyunan ang mga usapin katulad ng banta ng terorismo.

“We are responsible for our world and its future. Whether in combating climate change and its effects, or in fighting inequality, or in taking a stand against terrorism and instability: the time to act is now. We can work together: each person and each country doing its part to collectively solve all these issues. Or we can think only of ourselves, thereby allowing these challenges to grow more convoluted, and more insurmountable until we are all consumed by them.”

Umaasa naman ang pangulo sa kaniyang gabinete na sa mga huling taon ng kaniyang panunungkulan ay mapaglingkuran ang mamamayan na may dedikasyon at integridad. (Nel Maribojoc / Ruth Navales, UNTV News)

Last Congo Ebola patient discharged with end of outbreak in sight

UNTV News   •   March 4, 2020

The last patient being treated for Ebola in Democratic Republic of Congo was discharged on Tuesday (March 3), the World Health Organization (WHO) said, bringing the 19-month-old outbreak closer than ever to an end.

Masika Semida’s release from hospital in the eastern city of Beni, feted by hospital staff who sang, danced and drummed, marks the first time there has been no active cases since the outbreak was declared in August 2018.

In that period, the virus has killed 2,264 people and infected nearly 1,200 more, making it the second-worst Ebola outbreak in history. Only the 2013-16 epidemic in West Africa was deadlier, killing more than 11,000.

Congo has now gone 14 days without any new confirmed cases. The outbreak can be declared over once 42 days have passed without a new case – equivalent to two cycles of 21 days, the maximum incubation period for the virus. (Reuters Connect)

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Trial drug for 2019 nCoV now ready to be administered to over 700 patients

Maris Federez   •   February 7, 2020

China’s health authorities have announced that registration for clinical trials on a potential antiviral drug for the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) has been approved.

The antiviral drug called “Remdesivir” will be made available to the more than 700 patients that tested positive of the 2019 nCoV in Wuhan City, China for its clinical trial.

Authorities said that aside from the 2019 nCoV, the drug can also be used to fight Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV), and even Ebola infection.

Remdesivir was developed by the American pharmaceutical company, Gilead Sciences.

China’s Ministry of Science and Technology, the National Health Commission, and the National Medical Products Administration support the approval of the said drug. —(details from Grace Casin) /mbmf

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China confirms coronavirus can be transmitted among humans

UNTV News   •   January 21, 2020

Medical staff carry a patient into the Jinyintan hospital, where patients infected with a new strain of Coronavirus identified as the cause of the Wuhan pneumonia outbreak are being treated, in Wuhan, China, 18 January 2020. EFE-EPA/STRINGER

Beijing – China’s health commission confirmed Tuesday that transmission between humans of the new coronavirus – which has already caused four deaths and infected more of 200 people in the country – is possible, according to state news agency Xinhua.

Zhong Nanshan, who leads the commission’s team of experts, said at least two patients in the southern province of Canton had contracted the virus through human contact.

“Patients became infected after their relatives traveled to Wuhan [a city of 11 million inhabitants and source of the outbreak] and became infected,” Zhong said.

The latest death, confirmed Tuesday, was that of an 89-year-old man who was hospitalized Friday. The expert added that several health workers had also been infected.

However, Zhong said it only took two weeks to identify the new virus and that a situation such as the one that occurred during 2003’s Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) epidemic is unlikely. SARS caused 813 deaths worldwide, 646 of which were in China.

According to the United Nations health agency, between 14-15 percent of SARS cases end in death, while in the case of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), a related disease also caused by a coronavirus, the mortality rate rises to 35 percent.

So far, there are only six types of this family of viruses known: four of them causing mild respiratory conditions similar to a cold, and the other two responsible for SARS and MERS.

The number of confirmed infections Tuesday morning in China was down to 198, after 25 patients recovered. Thirty-five are in serious condition, while nine are critical. Two other cases have also been confirmed in Thailand, one in South Korea and one in Japan.

The respiratory disease expert explained that the constant detection of new cases indicates that “the epidemic is still at an early stage,” according to Xinhua.

Zhong said increased transmissions are likely the coming days, as Friday marks the start of Chinese New Year holidays – which cause the planet’s largest human migration – but was confident in containing the virus’ spread with rapid diagnoses, proper treatment and quarantine.

Chinese Premier Xi Jinping said Monday he expected the virus to be contained “with determination,” while Prime Minister Li Keqiang announced the creation of a group dedicated to fighting the illness.

The World Health Organization will hold a meeting of experts Wednesday to determine whether the current coronavirus outbreak in China constitutes an international emergency. EFE-EPA

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