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Originally posted by Aeons
reply to post by Chevalerous
Yes, I am aware that developing nations have decent hospitals and more than one would think usually.
They also have insane income disparity which does impact their care and access to medicine and alternative options.
In China you can be in and out of a hospital with every test you need run on site by the end of the day.
Developing nations have the advantage that they can access tried and true advanced technology and medicine without the testing out and expense of the beginning phases. This means that they will roll out advances in a far different way that occurs in the First World. They also have more economic constraints, which means that good adminstrations will effectively and aggressively pursue better and faster options in processing and bureaucracy.
Do *I* have access even if I'm poor? Yes. I live in Canada.
Mortality still correlates to income level.
Your enquiry, pasted below, has been sent to me to respond to.
I am pleased that you have made good use of the hand cleaning facilities in the past.
The reason for the removal of hand gel at entrances is in response to an alert from the National Patient Safety Agency which advised of two deaths of members of the public who had been drinking the hand gel in public areas. All NHS settings were required to review the placement of gel.
Both the 'Clean Your Hands' campaign and the World Health Organisation ' Five moments for hand hygiene' initiative stress the importance of hand cleaning at the point of care.
This is because the greatest risk of transmission of infection is from the hands of healthcare staff as they move between patients.
Hand gel is available at the point of care throughout the Trust and is also available at the exit of clinical areas to allow visitors to clean their hands as they leave.
Trust staff are trained and tested in hand cleaning techniques and compliance with hand hygiene is audited in all clinical areas at least monthly using systems designed by the Department of Health.
I have pasted links below for further information.
I hope this response is helpful to you.
I escorted my daughter to the hospital yesterday afternoon for a dentist appointment, as I have done many times in the past, and was absolutely outraged and disgusted to find that there were no hand sanitizers to be found anywhere in the hospital for public use. I've already said that I've been to your hospital many times and I know where the hand sanitizers were; now they have been removed. I demand to know why? How on earth do you expect to contain illness and viruses etc? This is in direct contravention to what your posters indicate, how can we clean our hands if you've removed the hand sanitizers? I expect a responce.
Nurse Consultant/Deputy DIPC
members of the public who had been drinking the hand gel in public areas
But the genetic lineage of the virus does offer useful clues, she said. Cooperation among the United States, Canada and Mexico in every step of the investigation has been profound, she said. By contrast, Indonesia has refused to share bird flu samples with the World Health Organization in the past.
Some researchers say it's not surprising that a new virus such as 2009 H1N1 would seem to have its focal point in Mexico.
Second, H5N1 has conditioned the public to equate an influenza pandemic with very severe disease and high mortality. Such a disease pattern is by no means inevitable during a pandemic. On the contrary, it is exceptional.
From past experience, ASEAN+3 countries know what it means to be at centre-stage during the outbreak of a new disease. We must battle misperceptions with the facts, and respond to the disease with the facts. I know you will help me on this front as well.
A swirl of rhetoric and regulation in Washington is posing challenges to the corporate travel industry—from travel guidelines for companies receiving funds under the Troubled Asset Relief Program to the more recent round of rhetoric regarding travel in the time of swine flu—and have taken center stage in the National Business Travel Association's lobbying efforts.......
........"I've been doing work for the travel industry in this type of role for the past three years, and it's been the busiest few months I've ever seen," said Monument founder and partner Stewart Verdery, NBTA's government affairs consultant. "That's because the industry is under a lot of stress."
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WHO maintains flu alert at 5, confirms Brazil cases
Fri May 8, 2009 11:30am EDT
GENEVA (Reuters) - The World Health Organization said on Friday it was keeping its global pandemic alert at level 5 out of 6, given the H1N1 flu strain has not yet gained momentum outside the Americas.
Sylvie Briand, acting director of the WHO's global influenza program, said most people infected with the new strain around the world had imported the virus by traveling to Mexico or being in close proximity with those who had.
"We still remain in stage five. We have no evidence of community transmission," Briand told a news conference, also announcing Brazil's first four infections with the new flu.
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Warm weather may not halt swine flu
16:16 08 May 2009
New data from Mexico and case numbers so far suggest that if the spread of H1N1 "swine flu" continues elsewhere as it has in the Americas, the virus could infect more than a billion people by July.
The data also suggests that the virus may not be slowed by summer temperatures in temperate countries. However, it spreads slowly enough to respond to the "social distancing" measures used in Mexico.
2009 H1N1 has been circulating, geneticists estimate, since last autumn, but it was first recognized in Mexico in April. New data released by the Mexican health ministry (pdf) reveals disturbing similarities with the last H1N1 pandemic, in 1918.