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GLOBAL MERCY sets sail on health care mission to Senegal

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By Dana Malcolm

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June 6, 2022 – The Global Mercy is a ship like no other, at first glance it could almost be mistaken for a cruise ship due to its size and the sheer amount of rooms it has.  While the Global Mercy will take passengers who will stay on board for a while it’s not for recreation but for health as the Global Mercy is the world’s first purpose built and largest hospital ship.

The Global Mercy made its working debut in its first host nation at the Senegalese port of Dakar on May 30th. The ship had previously docked in the Netherlands but is now officially docked in Dakar where it will remain for some time for actual medical procedures.  The ship will move throughout Africa as a floating hospital bringing surgical care to the continent.

Mercy Ships, the owners of the Global Mercy, is an international humanitarian organization with partners in Africa. The organization and its partners across the continent came together for the inaugural sailing to make concrete plans to improve surgical care in Africa.

The Global Mercy will work alongside a converted hospital vessel the Africa Mercy, which has been in Dakar since early February.

Mercy Ships says it expects to “more than double the impact of its work with this new vessel, both with life-changing operations and with education and training of local health professionals in host nations within Africa.”

The Global Mercy will be able to hold 959 people including 641 volunteer crew members.

Additionally there are training facilities on board which “will contribute to the sustainable development of local medical care in many countries.”

The passenger ship is 174 meters long, 28.6 meters wide and a gross tonnage of 37,000.  It has six operating rooms, 200 beds, a laboratory, general outpatient clinics and eye and dental clinics.

The total area of the hospital is 7,000 m².

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Monkeypox NOT a Public Health Emergency, but watch out, its changing says WHO

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June 27, 2022 – The World Health Organization says while Monkeypox is not a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (the highest alert the body can give) they are concerned about the rapid spread and data gaps in the current outbreak.

“I am deeply concerned by the spread of Monkeypox, which has now been identified in more than 50 countries, across five WHO regions, with 3,000 cases since the early May,” said Director General Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus.

There had been fears that the WHO would declare the outbreak an emergency of international concern going into a June 23 meeting. He maintained that the world had neglected Monkeypox research despite the fact that it had been circulating in Africa for many years. He stressed that this approach to neglected diseases must change as the world is an interconnected population. This inter connectivity could prove disastrous for vulnerable people.

“What makes the current outbreak especially concerning is the rapid, continuing spread into new countries and regions and the risk of further, sustained transmission into vulnerable populations including people that are immunocompromised, pregnant women and children,” he said.

In order to combat this he called for the communication and collaboration between member states and a collective response.

So far the disease has been exhibiting different symptoms than usual including rashes localized to the genitals instead of the entire body like usual. This prompted the US Centers for Disease Control to change the requirements advising doctors to test anyone who appeared with a rash seeming like Monkeypox.

Ghebreyesus revealed Monkeypox was an evolving health threat that the WHO was following extremely closely and maintained that countries should use surveillance, contact tracing, isolation, and ensuring health tools were available to at risk populations as ways to control the spread.

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Moderna & Pfizer approved for toddlers in US

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By Dana Malcolm

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#USA, June 25, 2022 – Toddlers can now be vaccinated with either Moderna or Pfizer in the United States following the US Food and Drug Administration’s Advisory Committee vote to authorize the jabs for the youngest humans.

Some 2.5 million vaccines were ordered for these youngsters from Pfizer and 1.3 million are on order from Moderna.

The authorization committee voted unanimously on both vaccines and it comes as a relief to millions of parents who opted to keep their children away from family gatherings, even school

The lowest age a US resident can now get vaccinated is 6 months, Pfizer says their shot is ready for children six months to four years old and Moderna goes one year higher at 6 months to 5 years.  Both Pfizer and Moderna say the toddlers will need boosters in the future.

As of June 2, there have been 442 children between the ages of 0-4 years old who have died as a result of Covid-19 in the United States.

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Listeria kills three in UK

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#UnitedKingdom, June 25, 2022 – At least 3 people have died in an ongoing listeria outbreak in the United Kingdom linked to smoked fish.  The Food Standards Agency in the UK says,  “Listeria is widespread in the environment and can contaminate a range of food at low or standard refrigeration temperatures.  It can be destroyed by thorough cooking.  It is of most concern in chilled, ready-to-eat foods that do not require further cooking, such as smoked fish.”

At least 12 cases, six of them since January, are linked to the fish.  Vulnerable individuals were especially affected by the outbreak including a pregnant woman and several elderly persons.  The three victims who died were all over 65 years old.

The agency said there was no need to avoid smoked fish but to cook it thoroughly.  Contaminated food may not look or smell spoiled but it can cause severe illness in pregnant women, cancer patients, children, and the elderly.

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