Dengue epidemic declared in Tahiti
Quoting Radio New Zealand – 13 April 2019
“The French Polynesian government has declared a dengue type 2 epidemic on the island of Tahiti.
“French Polynesia had been spared a dengue type 2 epidemic for about two decades which means that the public has low immunity to the disease.
“The mosquito-borne illness has spread since the arrival in February of a traveller from New Caledonia infected with the virus.
“Despite efforts to eliminate mosquito breeding sites, the new strain has spread.
The government says those most at risk of infection are people below the age of 20 and those who arrived in Tahiti after 2000.
“Dengue type 1 is affecting more than a dozen people across several French Polynesian archipelagos, including the Marquesas.
“New Caledonia declared a dengue type 2 epidemic in December.”
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Marshall Islands sets goals for next four years
Quoting Radio New Zealand – 13 April 209
“The Republic of the Marshall Islands has set out its development goals for the next four years in an agreement signed with the Pacific Community, or SPC.
“The Country Programme for 2019 to 2022 outlines a framework to achieve priorities in reaching the country's Sustainable Development Goals.
:President Hilda Heine said the plan laid out a clear path on areas needing more focus including statistics, biosecurity, agriculture and non-communicable diseases.
“She said the country was grateful to the SPC for its technical and scientific support in areas such as fisheries, education, disaster risk reduction, and climate change.”
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Kiribati establishes diplomatic ties with Tajikistan
Quoting Radio New Zealand- 12 April 209
“Kiribati has established diplomatic ties with Tajikistan.
“A joint communiqué to that end was signed by the two countries' permanent representatives at the United Nations in New York.
“Signing on behalf of Kiribati was a former president Teburoro Tito and for Tajikistan, Mahmadamin Mahmadaminov.
“Kiribati's mission in New York is one of only three, with the others in Fiji and Taiwan.”
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13 April 2019
Appreciating the work of the National Referral Hospital (NRH) and the dedicated professionals that strive to care.
The labour ward at the National Referral Hospital (NRH) was boosted last week with the donation of five new maternity beds to be used by pregnant mothers when delivering their babies.
The donation was made possible through the owner of Deli in the Plaza supermarket located at Panatina Plaza, Ms Irene Stephenson.
In handing over the hospital beds, Ms Stephenson said “We are happy to be able to give a little contribution back to the community, so that all mothers can deliver their precious newly born babies comfortably on the maternity beds,” she added
Source: Solomon Star News.
I would like to extend my personal thanks to Ms Stephenson for her kind contribution to the NRH and particularly for aiding the comfort and welfare of women attending the hospital to give birth.
With health care at the fore of our nation’s consciousness these days, it is gratifying that members of the community appreciate the dedicated work of our doctors and nurses in trying work conditions and that more people seem to be coming forward to help with equipment needs or by helping with the maintenance of the hospital’s grounds.
I believe that such acts of gratitude helps the doctors and nurses with stressful experiences by reminding them of what is positive in their lives in the midst of sickness and suffering in their daily routines.
Gratitude by word or by kindly deeds can be tremendously relevant and useful to our health care professionals who need help to bounce back from the stresses and setbacks they encounter in their jobs.
Pacific climate migration project underway
Quoting Radio New Zealand – 12 April 2019
“The International Organisation for Migration in Fiji has begun a project to help Pacific governments strengthen human responses to climate related migration.
“Programme Manager Sabira Coelho said the three year project will encourage regional dialogues on how to support displaced people.
“She said the project will also impart skills to those people who are already chosing to move, so both they and their families at home can benefit.
"Looking at legal migration as a climate change adaptation and sustainable strategy. And that basically means that there are already a number of people within the Pacific who are using seasonal worker schemes or who are already using migration as the way to sort of offset loss in livelihoods at the household level," said Sabira Coelho.
“Sabira Coelho said the project will also try to improve research to fill policy gaps for countries.
“She said the trends show more people in the region are trying to cope with disaster related displacement and climate change issues such as sea level rise, salt water contamination and coastal erosion.”
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