According to a study conducted by the University of Saskatchewan, the prevalence of epilepsy among the indigenous population of Canada known as the First Nations people has doubled compared to non-Indigenous people. Figures show that epilepsy rate for First Nations patients is 122 cases per 100,000 versus Canada’s annual rate at 62 cases per 100,000 people.
The much anticipated 2018 FIFA World Cup will take place in Russia in a week’s time. But fans who are planning to attend the event are being advised to get vaccinated against measles. Robb Butler, program manager for vaccine-preventable diseases at the World Health Organization’s Regional Office for Europe said that declining levels of vaccination in the past few years has caused several outbreaks across Europe even in Russia.
Athens Medical Association President George Patoulis states that Greece has a lot of potential for getting foreign travelers to come to the country for health tourism. Unfortunately, Greece is severely falling behind compared to its competitors when it comes to market share. Patoulis was recently at the London School of Economics’ annual Ethical Finance Society event where he spoke about this issue.
An Indian policewoman only known by her first name Archana (last name was not given) is being hailed as a hero for saving an abandoned infant and saved his life by breastfeeding him. This occured in the southern Indian state of Karnataka. According to government authorities, they received a report from a local shopkeeper who saw the baby in the capital city of Bangalore, near a construction site.
While the UK has threatened to have a foreign student nurse deported, Germany on the other hand is severely struggling to encourage foreign medics to come join the country’s health service due to staff shortages. Germany is battling a serious staffing crisis just like the UK but it looks like they are fighting their respective battles in different ways. Due to this issue, the German federal government is planning to introduce new law that will make it much easier for foreign medics to come to Germany to work.
A Danish organization known as Intact Denmark: Association Against Circumcision of Children is aiming to gather support against male circumcision for those under the age of 18. A petition has been created for this and it seeks to have the minimum age for non-medical male circumcision to be set at 18. It has already gathered 50,000 signatures which is required to have it sent to the Danish Parliament where it will be debated on later in the year.
The Philippines does offer government health care through the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation or better known as PhilHealth but is it really classified as universal health care? The country’s health secretary Francisco Duque is confident that the Philippines will have universal healthcare for all Filipinos by 2040. Secretary Duque stated at the 71st World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland that every Filipino would have access to to quality and affordable healthcare and “attain the highest possible level of health.” He added: “We envision our people to be the healthiest in Asia by 2040.” The health assembly was attended by 194 UN member states. Duque led the Philippine delegation.
Two years ago, the United Nation’s health agency’s argued for countries around the world to tax sugary drinks, but it now looks like an independent World Health Organization panel is backing away from this position. Health experts worldwide are disappointed with the decision, especially due to the fact that the obesity crisis continues to grow.
A plan has been announced by Taiwan’s Ministry of Health and Welfare (MOHW) that will boost the country’s medical sector and health care. Six Taiwanese hospitals will each form a medical team in order improve healthcare in six Asian countries. Local medical staff will be trained and overseas Taiwanese businessmen will be given health consultations, according to Hsu Ming-hui, MOHW Office of International Cooperation official. The purpose of this program is to create a partnership between Taiwanese health care institutions and the region of Southeast Asia. Taiwan will engage in market research and study the laws and regulations of health-related sectors in the Southeast Asian countries namely Philippines, Indonesia, India, Vietnam, Thailand and Malaysia.
Singapore’s Health Sciences Authority (HSA) is urging people not to purchase or consume two slimming products that are sold online – Nuvitra and BeColi. These products contain dangerous ingredients that are banned in Singapore and potent laxative. Nuvitra and BeColi are sold online as slimming supplement by NKS Singapore.