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  •   The revolutionary AfyaRekod universal patient portal www AfyaRekod com has arrived in the UK and through partnerships with doctors various medical organizations and NGOs in the UK is set to change the face of patient care in the UK the whole country AfyaRekod is a fully automated blockchain powered universal patient portal that is transforming the face of patient care in Africa and the world Through a secure central platform www myrekod com patients and the medical professionals who care for them have real time access to all their health data and medical history This ensures effective ongoing medical management and timely critical information in the event of an emergency AfyaRekod the brainchild of CEO John Kamara was founded in 2019 as an Adanian Lab startup with seed funding from Mac Venture Capital and Next Chymia With first hand knowledge of how a lack of medical records can lead to tragedy Kamara saw the need for an AI platform that would track health data AfyaRekod was created with the goal of bridging the gap between healthcare and treatment anywhere anytime for patients medical professionals providers and organizations The subscription based Universal Patient Portal is a consolidated mobile data health passport that allows patients constant access to their health records as well as access to a marketplace of various health services within the ecosystem in real time Through AfyaRekod s Universal Patient Portal patients can securely manage their health records including prescriptions and hospital visit summaries across multiple devices in any region In addition the platform offers a decentralized multilingual and intelligent telehealth solution health resources symptom trackers reminders and notifications any patient can use these tools it is especially useful for patients with chronic diseases although parents pregnant women and patients with hereditary diseases The AfyaRekod platform expands to include doctors offering a digital clinic with a B2B platform a telepharmacy tool and an electronic prescription platform For providers the platform has multiple functionalities including hospital management patient management knowledge management and inventory management as well as an AI powered reporting tool which enables organizations to make strategic decisions prediction and early identification through analysis of data NGOs and other related organizations can register and manage their target groups on the platform To build its presence in the UK AfyaRekod recently partnered with Medi Science UK Both companies share a common goal of developing technology that provides work solutions to people around the world Medi Science UK had identified similar critical gaps in healthcare and the partnership will allow both companies to increase their market reach and expand development of their solutions With the current review of patients and healthcare management system facing the NHS AfyaRekod s digital health innovation platform is a timely support channel to bridge the healthcare delivery and management gap AfyaRekod Universal Patient Portal is a ready solution provider offering mobile universal access to records for patients and healthcare providers with added benefits of strengthening research for sustainable healthcare system and treatment The platform puts you in control of your health wealth says Michael Ekpechue AfyaRekod UK Head The pandemic hit the fast forward button bringing an urgency in health data accessibility and analysis This is a global problem that has been successfully addressed by a patient focused healthcare innovation like AfyaRekod In Kenya alone AfyaRekod has over 150 000 users and was recently launched in Nigeria Uganda and South Africa Medical records are a vital tool in health management notifying healthcare professionals of medications chronic conditions problems and previous procedures and ultimately allowing them to determine the most accurate course of treatment Misdiagnosis is serious and can lead to a delay in treating the actual condition An IOM report published in 2015 indicated that about 12 million cases of patient misdiagnosis occur annually in the US a country with a well developed health care sector Misdiagnosis can be prevented but only if health records are accurate and mobile
    AfyaRekod Universal Patient Portal launches in the UK
      The revolutionary AfyaRekod universal patient portal www AfyaRekod com has arrived in the UK and through partnerships with doctors various medical organizations and NGOs in the UK is set to change the face of patient care in the UK the whole country AfyaRekod is a fully automated blockchain powered universal patient portal that is transforming the face of patient care in Africa and the world Through a secure central platform www myrekod com patients and the medical professionals who care for them have real time access to all their health data and medical history This ensures effective ongoing medical management and timely critical information in the event of an emergency AfyaRekod the brainchild of CEO John Kamara was founded in 2019 as an Adanian Lab startup with seed funding from Mac Venture Capital and Next Chymia With first hand knowledge of how a lack of medical records can lead to tragedy Kamara saw the need for an AI platform that would track health data AfyaRekod was created with the goal of bridging the gap between healthcare and treatment anywhere anytime for patients medical professionals providers and organizations The subscription based Universal Patient Portal is a consolidated mobile data health passport that allows patients constant access to their health records as well as access to a marketplace of various health services within the ecosystem in real time Through AfyaRekod s Universal Patient Portal patients can securely manage their health records including prescriptions and hospital visit summaries across multiple devices in any region In addition the platform offers a decentralized multilingual and intelligent telehealth solution health resources symptom trackers reminders and notifications any patient can use these tools it is especially useful for patients with chronic diseases although parents pregnant women and patients with hereditary diseases The AfyaRekod platform expands to include doctors offering a digital clinic with a B2B platform a telepharmacy tool and an electronic prescription platform For providers the platform has multiple functionalities including hospital management patient management knowledge management and inventory management as well as an AI powered reporting tool which enables organizations to make strategic decisions prediction and early identification through analysis of data NGOs and other related organizations can register and manage their target groups on the platform To build its presence in the UK AfyaRekod recently partnered with Medi Science UK Both companies share a common goal of developing technology that provides work solutions to people around the world Medi Science UK had identified similar critical gaps in healthcare and the partnership will allow both companies to increase their market reach and expand development of their solutions With the current review of patients and healthcare management system facing the NHS AfyaRekod s digital health innovation platform is a timely support channel to bridge the healthcare delivery and management gap AfyaRekod Universal Patient Portal is a ready solution provider offering mobile universal access to records for patients and healthcare providers with added benefits of strengthening research for sustainable healthcare system and treatment The platform puts you in control of your health wealth says Michael Ekpechue AfyaRekod UK Head The pandemic hit the fast forward button bringing an urgency in health data accessibility and analysis This is a global problem that has been successfully addressed by a patient focused healthcare innovation like AfyaRekod In Kenya alone AfyaRekod has over 150 000 users and was recently launched in Nigeria Uganda and South Africa Medical records are a vital tool in health management notifying healthcare professionals of medications chronic conditions problems and previous procedures and ultimately allowing them to determine the most accurate course of treatment Misdiagnosis is serious and can lead to a delay in treating the actual condition An IOM report published in 2015 indicated that about 12 million cases of patient misdiagnosis occur annually in the US a country with a well developed health care sector Misdiagnosis can be prevented but only if health records are accurate and mobile
    AfyaRekod Universal Patient Portal launches in the UK
    Africa1 month ago

    AfyaRekod Universal Patient Portal launches in the UK

    The revolutionary AfyaRekod universal patient portal (www.AfyaRekod.com) has arrived in the UK and, through partnerships with doctors, various medical organizations and NGOs in the UK, is set to change the face of patient care in the UK.

    the whole country.

    AfyaRekod is a fully automated blockchain-powered universal patient portal that is transforming the face of patient care in Africa and the world.

    Through a secure central platform (www.myrekod.com) patients and the medical professionals who care for them have real-time access to all their health data and medical history.

    This ensures effective ongoing medical management and timely, critical information in the event of an emergency.

    AfyaRekod, the brainchild of CEO John Kamara, was founded in 2019 as an Adanian Lab startup with seed funding from Mac Venture Capital and Next Chymia.

    With first-hand knowledge of how a lack of medical records can lead to tragedy, Kamara saw the need for an AI platform that would track health data.

    AfyaRekod was created with the goal of bridging the gap between healthcare and treatment, anywhere, anytime for patients, medical professionals, providers, and organizations.

    The subscription-based Universal Patient Portal is a consolidated, mobile data health passport that allows patients constant access to their health records, as well as access to a marketplace of various health services within the ecosystem in real time.

    Through AfyaRekod's Universal Patient Portal, patients can securely manage their health records, including prescriptions and hospital visit summaries across multiple devices in any region.

    In addition, the platform offers a decentralized, multilingual and intelligent telehealth solution, health resources, symptom trackers, reminders and notifications, any patient can use these tools, it is especially useful for patients with chronic diseases, although parents, pregnant women and patients with hereditary diseases.

    The AfyaRekod platform expands to include doctors, offering a digital clinic with a B2B platform, a telepharmacy tool and an electronic prescription platform.

    For providers, the platform has multiple functionalities including hospital management, patient management, knowledge management, and inventory management, as well as an AI-powered reporting tool, which enables organizations to make strategic decisions, prediction, and early identification through analysis of data.

    NGOs and other related organizations can register and manage their target groups on the platform.

    To build its presence in the UK, AfyaRekod recently partnered with Medi-Science, UK.

    Both companies share a common goal of developing technology that provides work solutions to people around the world.

    Medi-Science UK had identified similar critical gaps in healthcare and the partnership will allow both companies to increase their market reach and expand development of their solutions.

    “With the current review of patients and healthcare management system facing the NHS, AfyaRekod's digital health innovation platform is a timely support channel to bridge the healthcare delivery and management gap.

    AfyaRekod Universal Patient Portal, is a ready solution provider, offering mobile universal access to records for patients and healthcare providers, with added benefits of strengthening research for sustainable healthcare system and treatment.

    The platform puts you in control of your health wealth,” says Michael Ekpechue AfyaRekod UK Head. The pandemic hit the fast-forward button, bringing an urgency in health data accessibility and analysis.

    This is a global problem that has been successfully addressed by a patient-focused healthcare innovation like AfyaRekod.

    In Kenya alone, AfyaRekod has over 150,000 users and was recently launched in Nigeria, Uganda and South Africa.

    Medical records are a vital tool in health management, notifying healthcare professionals of medications, chronic conditions, problems, and previous procedures, and ultimately allowing them to determine the most accurate course of treatment.

    Misdiagnosis is serious and can lead to a delay in treating the actual condition.

    An IOM report published in 2015 indicated that about 12 million cases of patient misdiagnosis occur annually in the US, a country with a well-developed health care sector.

    Misdiagnosis can be prevented, but only if health records are accurate and mobile.

  •  Thousands of people in Britain infected with HIV and hepatitis C through contaminated blood transfusions will receive a compensation payment decades after the scandal the UK government announced on Wednesday The payment of 100 000 121 000 to each victim is an interim one after Brian Langstaff the chairman of a public inquiry into the long running scandal last month recommended making immediate payouts before waiting for an ongoing inquiry to conclude The former High Court judge said that the moral case for compensation is beyond doubt The government said the tax free payments to survivors of the scandal and bereaved partners of the thousands estimated to have died from the contaminated blood would be made by the end of October Thousands of people with haemophilia contracted hepatitis C and HIV after receiving blood transfusions mainly from the United States through the state National Health Service NHS in the 1970s 1980s and 1990s Due to a shortage of blood products in Britain the NHS bought much of its stock from US suppliers whose donors including prisoners and other groups at high risk of infection had been paid for their blood An estimated 2 400 patients died after being infected through the contaminated blood products in the 1970s and 1980s A previous inquiry concluded in 2009 found that ministers should have acted sooner to make British blood supplies more self sufficient to lessen reliance on imports It also called for compensation for those impacted A 2017 High Court ruling permitted victims and their families to seek damages via the British justice system In a statement Prime Minister Boris Johnson acknowledged that nothing can make up for the pain and suffering endured by those affected by this tragic injustice But he added the government was taking action to do right by victims and those who have tragically lost their partners by making sure they receive these interim payments as quickly as possible However campaigners said the announcement failed to recognise most family members affected by the scandal who will miss out on this raft of interim payments When the public inquiry concludes next year it is expected to make final recommendations on compensation for this wider group of people including bereaved parents and the children of victims
    UK to pay contaminated blood victims decades after scandal
     Thousands of people in Britain infected with HIV and hepatitis C through contaminated blood transfusions will receive a compensation payment decades after the scandal the UK government announced on Wednesday The payment of 100 000 121 000 to each victim is an interim one after Brian Langstaff the chairman of a public inquiry into the long running scandal last month recommended making immediate payouts before waiting for an ongoing inquiry to conclude The former High Court judge said that the moral case for compensation is beyond doubt The government said the tax free payments to survivors of the scandal and bereaved partners of the thousands estimated to have died from the contaminated blood would be made by the end of October Thousands of people with haemophilia contracted hepatitis C and HIV after receiving blood transfusions mainly from the United States through the state National Health Service NHS in the 1970s 1980s and 1990s Due to a shortage of blood products in Britain the NHS bought much of its stock from US suppliers whose donors including prisoners and other groups at high risk of infection had been paid for their blood An estimated 2 400 patients died after being infected through the contaminated blood products in the 1970s and 1980s A previous inquiry concluded in 2009 found that ministers should have acted sooner to make British blood supplies more self sufficient to lessen reliance on imports It also called for compensation for those impacted A 2017 High Court ruling permitted victims and their families to seek damages via the British justice system In a statement Prime Minister Boris Johnson acknowledged that nothing can make up for the pain and suffering endured by those affected by this tragic injustice But he added the government was taking action to do right by victims and those who have tragically lost their partners by making sure they receive these interim payments as quickly as possible However campaigners said the announcement failed to recognise most family members affected by the scandal who will miss out on this raft of interim payments When the public inquiry concludes next year it is expected to make final recommendations on compensation for this wider group of people including bereaved parents and the children of victims
    UK to pay contaminated blood victims decades after scandal
    Foreign2 months ago

    UK to pay contaminated blood victims decades after scandal

    Thousands of people in Britain infected with HIV and hepatitis C through contaminated blood transfusions will receive a compensation payment decades after the scandal, the UK government announced on Wednesday.

    The payment of £100,000 ($121,000) to each victim is an interim one after Brian Langstaff, the chairman of a public inquiry into the long-running scandal, last month recommended making immediate payouts before waiting for an ongoing inquiry to conclude.

    The former High Court judge said that the “moral case for compensation is beyond doubt”.

    The government said the tax-free payments, to survivors of the scandal and bereaved partners of the thousands estimated to have died from the contaminated blood, would be made by the end of October.

    Thousands of people with haemophilia contracted hepatitis C and HIV after receiving blood transfusions, mainly from the United States, through the state National Health Service (NHS) in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s.

    Due to a shortage of blood products in Britain, the NHS bought much of its stock from US suppliers whose donors, including prisoners and other groups at high risk of infection, had been paid for their blood.

    An estimated 2,400 patients died after being infected through the contaminated blood products in the 1970s and 1980s.

    A previous inquiry concluded in 2009 found that ministers should have acted sooner to make British blood supplies more self-sufficient to lessen reliance on imports.

    It also called for compensation for those impacted.

    A 2017 High Court ruling permitted victims and their families to seek damages via the British justice system.

    In a statement, Prime Minister Boris Johnson acknowledged that “nothing can make up for the pain and suffering endured by those affected by this tragic injustice”.

    But he added the government was “taking action to do right by victims and those who have tragically lost their partners by making sure they receive these interim payments as quickly as possible”.

    However, campaigners said the announcement failed to recognise most family members affected by the scandal, who will miss out on this raft of interim payments.

    When the public inquiry concludes next year it is expected to make final recommendations on compensation for this wider group of people, including bereaved parents and the children of victims.

  •  Rishi Sunak on Thursday appeared to score a surprise win with a studio audience at a key debate with frontrunner Liz Truss in the race to become Britain s next prime minister While opinion polls back Truss to win the vote among Conservative party members those sitting in the audience at the Sky News debate overwhelmingly supported Sunak in a show of hands after an electronic voting system broke down Truss had faced acerbic questioning from presenter Kay Burley including a run through of her policy U turns and the question Will the real Liz Truss please stand up Truss had earlier been forced into another U turn after a damaging statement by her campaign team on Monday that the government could save 8 8 billion 10 75 billion a year if it paid lower salaries to public sector workers who lived outside London You wanted to cut civil servants pay in the regions and then you said you didn t Burley said listing her policy U turns Truss insisted the proposal was misrepresented by the media Should good leaders own their mistakes or should they blame others Burley asked her I m not blaming anybody else I m not I m not I m saying the policy has been misrepresented by various people Truss said appearing flustered Burley also challenged Truss on her comments soon after Russia s invasion of Ukraine that she would back Brits going to fight on the Ukrainian side British fighters have since been captured and convicted as mercenaries and face a potential death penalty in the Donetsk separatist region Truss stressed the travel advice was always that British people should not go to Ukraine Sunak also faced tough questioning and a quip about his taste in designer loafers People feel that you can t walk a mile in their shoes because you re walking in your Prada shoes Burley told Sunak whose father in law is a billionaire She mocked Sunak s insistence on his humble roots as he mentioned that his father was a doctor in the national health service NHS I grew up in an NHS household you may have heard on this campaign he said He never mentions it Burley interjected The final vote showed a larger number of hands for Sunak than for Truss as Burley admitted I wasn t expecting that The result of the vote between Truss and Sunak to decide who will replace Prime Minister Boris Johnson is due on September 5
    UK PM hopeful Sunak scores surprise debate win over rival
     Rishi Sunak on Thursday appeared to score a surprise win with a studio audience at a key debate with frontrunner Liz Truss in the race to become Britain s next prime minister While opinion polls back Truss to win the vote among Conservative party members those sitting in the audience at the Sky News debate overwhelmingly supported Sunak in a show of hands after an electronic voting system broke down Truss had faced acerbic questioning from presenter Kay Burley including a run through of her policy U turns and the question Will the real Liz Truss please stand up Truss had earlier been forced into another U turn after a damaging statement by her campaign team on Monday that the government could save 8 8 billion 10 75 billion a year if it paid lower salaries to public sector workers who lived outside London You wanted to cut civil servants pay in the regions and then you said you didn t Burley said listing her policy U turns Truss insisted the proposal was misrepresented by the media Should good leaders own their mistakes or should they blame others Burley asked her I m not blaming anybody else I m not I m not I m saying the policy has been misrepresented by various people Truss said appearing flustered Burley also challenged Truss on her comments soon after Russia s invasion of Ukraine that she would back Brits going to fight on the Ukrainian side British fighters have since been captured and convicted as mercenaries and face a potential death penalty in the Donetsk separatist region Truss stressed the travel advice was always that British people should not go to Ukraine Sunak also faced tough questioning and a quip about his taste in designer loafers People feel that you can t walk a mile in their shoes because you re walking in your Prada shoes Burley told Sunak whose father in law is a billionaire She mocked Sunak s insistence on his humble roots as he mentioned that his father was a doctor in the national health service NHS I grew up in an NHS household you may have heard on this campaign he said He never mentions it Burley interjected The final vote showed a larger number of hands for Sunak than for Truss as Burley admitted I wasn t expecting that The result of the vote between Truss and Sunak to decide who will replace Prime Minister Boris Johnson is due on September 5
    UK PM hopeful Sunak scores surprise debate win over rival
    Foreign2 months ago

    UK PM hopeful Sunak scores surprise debate win over rival

    Rishi Sunak on Thursday appeared to score a surprise win with a studio audience at a key debate with frontrunner Liz Truss in the race to become Britain’s next prime minister.

    While opinion polls back Truss to win the vote among Conservative party members, those sitting in the audience at the Sky News debate overwhelmingly supported Sunak in a show of hands — after an electronic voting system broke down.

    Truss had faced acerbic questioning from presenter Kay Burley, including a run-through of her policy U-turns and the question: “Will the real Liz Truss please stand up?

    ” Truss had earlier been forced into another U-turn after a damaging statement by her campaign team on Monday that the government could save £8.

    8 billion ($10.

    75 billion) a year if it paid lower salaries to public sector workers who lived outside London.

    “You wanted to cut civil servants’ pay in the regions and then you said you didn’t,” Burley said, listing her policy U-turns.

    Truss insisted the proposal was misrepresented by the media.

    “Should good leaders own their mistakes, or should they blame others?

    ” Burley asked her.

    “I’m not blaming anybody else.

    I’m not.

    I’m not.

    I’m saying the policy has been misrepresented by various people,” Truss said, appearing flustered.

    Burley also challenged Truss on her comments soon after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine that she would back Brits going to fight on the Ukrainian side.

    British fighters have since been captured and convicted as mercenaries and face a potential death penalty in the Donetsk separatist region.

    Truss stressed the travel advice was always that British people should not go to Ukraine.

    Sunak also faced tough questioning and a quip about his taste in designer loafers.

    “People feel that you can’t walk a mile in their shoes because you’re walking in your Prada shoes,” Burley told Sunak, whose father-in-law is a billionaire.

    She mocked Sunak’s insistence on his humble roots as he mentioned that his father was a doctor in the national health service (NHS).

    “I grew up in an NHS household, you may have heard on this campaign,” he said.

    “He never mentions it!

    ” Burley interjected.

    The final vote showed a larger number of hands for Sunak than for Truss, as Burley admitted: “I wasn’t expecting that.

    ” The result of the vote between Truss and Sunak, to decide who will replace Prime Minister Boris Johnson, is due on September 5.

  •   Archie s mother crushed as court refuses to prolong life support Archie s mother crushed as court refuses to prolong life support Life London Aug 4 2022 PA In Britain the mother of Archie Battersbee has described the rejection of her bid to postpone the withdrawal of her son s life support as another heart breaking development and suggested the legal battle is at an end Hollie Dance and Archie s father Paul Battersbee had submitted an application to the European Court of Human Rights but it was refused on Wednesday evening The 12 year old has been in a coma since he was found unconscious in April and is being kept alive by a combination of medical interventions including ventilation and drug treatments at the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel east London His parents application to the Strasbourg based court had been submitted just a few hours before Barts Health NHS Trust had been expected to withdraw their son s life support on Wednesday morning But shortly after 6 30pm the European court said it had refused the parents request adding that it would not interfere with the decisions of the national courts to allow the withdrawal of life sustaining treatment from Archie to proceed There has not yet been confirmation from Barts Health NHS Trust as to when life support will be withdrawn Following the European court s decision in a statement released through Christian Concern Ms Dance said This is another heart breaking development in our fight for Archie s right to live She restated that they had been contacted by doctors in Japan and Italy regarding her son s condition adding Why can t we give him a chance Ms Dance repeated her vow to fight to the end for Archie s right to live and said the family had wanted to take the boy to a hospice but the hospital have said that we cannot do that despite previous promises Some minutes later asked by reporters outside the hospital whether this defeat felt different she said It s the end It was the last thing wasn t it And again our country have failed a 12 year old child UK Supreme Court judges have previously said they have great sympathy with Archie s parents but added there is no prospect of any meaningful recovery Ms Dance and Archie s father Paul Battersbee have been involved in a series of legal efforts regarding their son s condition He was found unconscious at his home by his mother on April 7 and has not regained consciousness since She believes he was taking part in an online challenge Ms Dance and Mr Battersbee were granted a Court of Appeal hearing on Monday after the Government asked judges to urgently consider a request from a UN committee to keep treating Archie while it reviews his case However after considering the matter three judges refused to postpone the withdrawal of life sustaining treatment beyond midday on Tuesday They also refused to grant permission to appeal against their ruling at the Supreme Court They filed an application directly with the Supreme Court asking for his treatment to continue so the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities UNCRPD could have time to consider their complaint made last week But refusing permission to appeal a panel of three justices concluded the Court of Appeal made the correct decision PA YEE NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Archie’s mother crushed as court refuses to prolong life support
      Archie s mother crushed as court refuses to prolong life support Archie s mother crushed as court refuses to prolong life support Life London Aug 4 2022 PA In Britain the mother of Archie Battersbee has described the rejection of her bid to postpone the withdrawal of her son s life support as another heart breaking development and suggested the legal battle is at an end Hollie Dance and Archie s father Paul Battersbee had submitted an application to the European Court of Human Rights but it was refused on Wednesday evening The 12 year old has been in a coma since he was found unconscious in April and is being kept alive by a combination of medical interventions including ventilation and drug treatments at the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel east London His parents application to the Strasbourg based court had been submitted just a few hours before Barts Health NHS Trust had been expected to withdraw their son s life support on Wednesday morning But shortly after 6 30pm the European court said it had refused the parents request adding that it would not interfere with the decisions of the national courts to allow the withdrawal of life sustaining treatment from Archie to proceed There has not yet been confirmation from Barts Health NHS Trust as to when life support will be withdrawn Following the European court s decision in a statement released through Christian Concern Ms Dance said This is another heart breaking development in our fight for Archie s right to live She restated that they had been contacted by doctors in Japan and Italy regarding her son s condition adding Why can t we give him a chance Ms Dance repeated her vow to fight to the end for Archie s right to live and said the family had wanted to take the boy to a hospice but the hospital have said that we cannot do that despite previous promises Some minutes later asked by reporters outside the hospital whether this defeat felt different she said It s the end It was the last thing wasn t it And again our country have failed a 12 year old child UK Supreme Court judges have previously said they have great sympathy with Archie s parents but added there is no prospect of any meaningful recovery Ms Dance and Archie s father Paul Battersbee have been involved in a series of legal efforts regarding their son s condition He was found unconscious at his home by his mother on April 7 and has not regained consciousness since She believes he was taking part in an online challenge Ms Dance and Mr Battersbee were granted a Court of Appeal hearing on Monday after the Government asked judges to urgently consider a request from a UN committee to keep treating Archie while it reviews his case However after considering the matter three judges refused to postpone the withdrawal of life sustaining treatment beyond midday on Tuesday They also refused to grant permission to appeal against their ruling at the Supreme Court They filed an application directly with the Supreme Court asking for his treatment to continue so the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities UNCRPD could have time to consider their complaint made last week But refusing permission to appeal a panel of three justices concluded the Court of Appeal made the correct decision PA YEE NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Archie’s mother crushed as court refuses to prolong life support
    Foreign2 months ago

    Archie’s mother crushed as court refuses to prolong life support

    Archie’s mother crushed as court refuses to prolong life support Archie’s mother crushed as court refuses to prolong life support LifeLondon,  Aug. 4,  2022 (PA ) In Britain, the mother of Archie Battersbee has described the rejection of her bid to postpone the withdrawal of her son’s life support as “another heart-breaking development” and suggested the legal battle is at an end.

    Hollie Dance and Archie’s father Paul Battersbee had submitted an application to the European Court of Human Rights but it was refused on Wednesday evening.

    The 12-year-old has been in a coma since he was found unconscious in April and is being kept alive by a combination of medical interventions, including ventilation and drug treatments, at the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel, east London.

    His parents’ application to the Strasbourg-based court had been submitted just a few hours before Barts Health NHS Trust had been expected to withdraw their son’s life support on Wednesday morning.

    But shortly after 6.30pm, the European court said it had refused the parents’ request, adding that it would not “interfere with the decisions of the national courts to allow the withdrawal of life-sustaining treatment from (Archie) to proceed”.

    There has not yet been confirmation from Barts Health NHS Trust as to when life support will be withdrawn.

    Following the European court’s decision, in a statement released through Christian Concern, Ms Dance said: “This is another heart-breaking development in our fight for Archie’s right to live.

    ” She restated that they had been contacted by doctors in Japan and Italy regarding her son’s condition, adding: “Why can’t we give him a chance?

    ” Ms Dance repeated her vow to “fight to the end for Archie’s right to live”, and said the family had wanted to take the boy to a hospice “but the hospital have said that we cannot do that despite previous promises”.

    Some minutes later, asked by reporters outside the hospital whether this defeat felt different, she said: “It’s the end.

    It was the last thing, wasn’t it?

    And again our country have failed a 12-year-old child.

    ” UK Supreme Court judges have previously said they have “great sympathy” with Archie’s parents but added there is “no prospect of any meaningful recovery”.

    Ms Dance and Archie’s father, Paul Battersbee, have been involved in a series of legal efforts regarding their son’s condition.

    He was found unconscious at his home by his mother on April 7 and has not regained consciousness since.

    She believes he was taking part in an online challenge.

    Ms Dance and Mr Battersbee were granted a Court of Appeal hearing on Monday after the Government asked judges to urgently consider a request from a UN committee to keep treating Archie while it reviews his case.

    However, after considering the matter, three judges refused to postpone the withdrawal of life-sustaining treatment beyond midday on Tuesday.

    They also refused to grant permission to appeal against their ruling at the Supreme Court.

    They filed an application directly with the Supreme Court, asking for his treatment to continue so the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) could have time to consider their complaint, made last week.

    But, refusing permission to appeal, a panel of three justices concluded the Court of Appeal “made the correct decision”. 

    (PA ) YEE(
    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Scotland s government on Tuesday drew the battle lines for a legal and political dispute with London by announcing plans to hold a second independence referendum on Oct 19 2023 Addressing Parliament in Edinburgh Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon admitted that her deputy administration may lack the power to call the vote without London s approval To ensure legal clarity he will seek an opinion from the UK High Court before asking voters Should Scotland be an independent country The wording of the question was the same as that put to Scottish voters in 2014 They then agreed to stay in the UK and Prime Minister Boris Johnson s UK government says that settled the matter for a generation But Sturgeon s Scottish National Party SNP says the UK s divorce from the European Union following a 2016 referendum has transformed the debate Most Scottish voters opposed Brexit and the SNP led government said that with a majority in Edinburgh parliament now in favor of independence Scots should be consulted again Sturgeon stressed that the advisory referendum would only proceed with the approval of the UK Supreme Court A vote for independence would still need the approval of both parliaments in Edinburgh and London before Scotland could formally secede If the UK Supreme Court rules that the Scottish government lacks the power to hold the vote without the London deal it will be the fault of the Westminster legislation not the court he said In that scenario the SNP would use the next UK general election scheduled for 2024 as a de facto referendum on independence he added Either way the people of Scotland will have something to say Opponents of the SNP including the Scottish Conservatives and Scottish Labor Party say Sturgeon is obsessed with holding a second referendum instead of focusing on more pressing political issues Queen raises eyebrows Before Sturgeon s speech Johnson again dismissed the argument for Scottish independence We certainly think that our plan for a stronger economy works better when the UK is united than when it is not he told British announcers at a G7 summit in Germany Sturgeon s statement came as Queen Elizabeth II made an unexpected appearance at Holyrood Week an annual series of ceremonial events in the Scottish capital The 96 year old monarch has been experiencing difficulty walking and standing since an unscheduled night in hospital last October that forced her to cancel public engagements As head of state the monarch is politically neutral but the Daily Telegraph said her visit to Edinburgh makes a very polite political impact Without speaking and indeed almost without moving in public he embarked on the kind of show of soft diplomacy that he has perfected for 70 years the newspaper said In 2014 before the previous independence referendum he told supporters near his Balmoral estate in north east Scotland I hope people think very carefully about the future Scotland voted 55 per cent to 45 per cent to remain in the UK after then UK Prime Minister David Cameron agreed to a Section 30 order that made the result of the vote legally binding binding The legality of the SNP led government going ahead without another such order being granted by London will be central to the case before the High Court Donald Cameron the constitutional spokesman for the Scottish Conservatives said Sturgeon s obsessive push for another divisive independence referendum is the height of self indulgence and irresponsibility Right now ministers should be prioritizing the global cost of living crisis fixing our NHS National Health Service and rebuilding our economy from the pandemic he said
    Scotland sets October 2023 for new independence vote
     Scotland s government on Tuesday drew the battle lines for a legal and political dispute with London by announcing plans to hold a second independence referendum on Oct 19 2023 Addressing Parliament in Edinburgh Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon admitted that her deputy administration may lack the power to call the vote without London s approval To ensure legal clarity he will seek an opinion from the UK High Court before asking voters Should Scotland be an independent country The wording of the question was the same as that put to Scottish voters in 2014 They then agreed to stay in the UK and Prime Minister Boris Johnson s UK government says that settled the matter for a generation But Sturgeon s Scottish National Party SNP says the UK s divorce from the European Union following a 2016 referendum has transformed the debate Most Scottish voters opposed Brexit and the SNP led government said that with a majority in Edinburgh parliament now in favor of independence Scots should be consulted again Sturgeon stressed that the advisory referendum would only proceed with the approval of the UK Supreme Court A vote for independence would still need the approval of both parliaments in Edinburgh and London before Scotland could formally secede If the UK Supreme Court rules that the Scottish government lacks the power to hold the vote without the London deal it will be the fault of the Westminster legislation not the court he said In that scenario the SNP would use the next UK general election scheduled for 2024 as a de facto referendum on independence he added Either way the people of Scotland will have something to say Opponents of the SNP including the Scottish Conservatives and Scottish Labor Party say Sturgeon is obsessed with holding a second referendum instead of focusing on more pressing political issues Queen raises eyebrows Before Sturgeon s speech Johnson again dismissed the argument for Scottish independence We certainly think that our plan for a stronger economy works better when the UK is united than when it is not he told British announcers at a G7 summit in Germany Sturgeon s statement came as Queen Elizabeth II made an unexpected appearance at Holyrood Week an annual series of ceremonial events in the Scottish capital The 96 year old monarch has been experiencing difficulty walking and standing since an unscheduled night in hospital last October that forced her to cancel public engagements As head of state the monarch is politically neutral but the Daily Telegraph said her visit to Edinburgh makes a very polite political impact Without speaking and indeed almost without moving in public he embarked on the kind of show of soft diplomacy that he has perfected for 70 years the newspaper said In 2014 before the previous independence referendum he told supporters near his Balmoral estate in north east Scotland I hope people think very carefully about the future Scotland voted 55 per cent to 45 per cent to remain in the UK after then UK Prime Minister David Cameron agreed to a Section 30 order that made the result of the vote legally binding binding The legality of the SNP led government going ahead without another such order being granted by London will be central to the case before the High Court Donald Cameron the constitutional spokesman for the Scottish Conservatives said Sturgeon s obsessive push for another divisive independence referendum is the height of self indulgence and irresponsibility Right now ministers should be prioritizing the global cost of living crisis fixing our NHS National Health Service and rebuilding our economy from the pandemic he said
    Scotland sets October 2023 for new independence vote
    Foreign3 months ago

    Scotland sets October 2023 for new independence vote

    Scotland's government on Tuesday drew the battle lines for a legal and political dispute with London by announcing plans to hold a second independence referendum on Oct. 19, 2023.

    Addressing Parliament in Edinburgh, Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon admitted that her deputy administration may lack the power to call the vote without London's approval.

    To ensure legal clarity, he will seek an opinion from the UK High Court before asking voters: "Should Scotland be an independent country?"

    The wording of the question was the same as that put to Scottish voters in 2014. They then agreed to stay in the UK, and Prime Minister Boris Johnson's UK government says that settled the matter for a generation.

    But Sturgeon's Scottish National Party (SNP) says the UK's divorce from the European Union, following a 2016 referendum, has transformed the debate.

    Most Scottish voters opposed Brexit, and the SNP-led government said that with a majority in Edinburgh parliament now in favor of independence, Scots should be consulted again.

    Sturgeon stressed that the "advisory referendum" would only proceed with the approval of the UK Supreme Court.

    A vote for independence would still need the approval of both parliaments in Edinburgh and London before Scotland could formally secede.

    If the UK Supreme Court rules that the Scottish government lacks the power to hold the vote without the London deal, "it will be the fault of the Westminster legislation, not the court," he said.

    In that scenario, the SNP would use the next UK general election scheduled for 2024 as a "de facto referendum" on independence, he added.

    "Either way, the people of Scotland will have something to say."

    Opponents of the SNP, including the Scottish Conservatives and Scottish Labor Party, say Sturgeon is obsessed with holding a second referendum instead of focusing on more pressing political issues.

    Queen raises eyebrows Before Sturgeon's speech, Johnson again dismissed the argument for Scottish independence.

    “We certainly think that our plan for a stronger economy works better when the UK is united than when it is not,” he told British announcers at a G7 summit in Germany.

    Sturgeon's statement came as Queen Elizabeth II made an unexpected appearance at "Holyrood Week," an annual series of ceremonial events in the Scottish capital.

    The 96-year-old monarch has been experiencing difficulty walking and standing since an unscheduled night in hospital last October that forced her to cancel public engagements.

    As head of state, the monarch is politically neutral, but the Daily Telegraph said her visit to Edinburgh "makes a very polite political impact".

    “Without speaking, and indeed almost without moving in public, he embarked on the kind of show of soft diplomacy that he has perfected for 70 years,” the newspaper said.

    In 2014, before the previous independence referendum, he told supporters near his Balmoral estate in north-east Scotland: "I hope people think very carefully about the future."

    Scotland voted 55 per cent to 45 per cent to remain in the UK, after then-UK Prime Minister David Cameron agreed to a "Section 30" order that made the result of the vote legally binding. binding.

    The legality of the SNP-led government going ahead without another such order being granted by London will be central to the case before the High Court.

    Donald Cameron, the constitutional spokesman for the Scottish Conservatives, said: “Sturgeon's obsessive push for another divisive independence referendum is the height of self-indulgence and irresponsibility.

    "Right now ministers should be prioritizing the global cost of living crisis, fixing our NHS (National Health Service) and rebuilding our economy from the pandemic," he said.

  •   Cancer is one of the leading causes of death worldwide accounting for almost 10 million deaths in 2020 Between 2009 and 2018 cancer cases in Zimbabwe nearly doubled according to the national cancer registry This has been due to factors such as behavioral risk factors for cancer poor access to early diagnostic treatment and palliative care To deal with the increase in cases the Ministry of Health and Child Care MoHCC with the technical and financial support of the World Health Organization WHO of Zimbabwe and the International Atomic Energy Agency IAEA convened a workshop to update the country s National Cancer Program Control Plan NCCCP that was in force from 2014 2018 The workshop was held June 6 10 2022 with key experts in cancer prevention diagnosis treatment and care including palliative care participating in the workshop As well as major cancer stakeholders namely Cancer Association of Zimbabwe CAZ Clinton Health Access Initiative CHAI Hospice and Palliative Care Association of Zimbabwe HOSPAZ The workshop was held at a time when Zimbabwe has had two previous NCCPs with the most recent ending in 2018 Additionally the Government of Zimbabwe GoZ has been implementing various strategies covering cancer prevention early diagnosis including screening treatment and care to address the growing burden of cancer Such strategies include the introduction of the human papillomavirus vaccine against cervical cancer The country also has a cervical cancer screening program that ensures early detection and treatment of cervical pre cancer as well as early cancer treatment In addition GoZ has trained oncology specialists oncology nurses and radiation oncologists at the central government hospital in Harare The GdZ has also ensured that the necessary human resource capacity for cancer treatment and care is available in the public hospital In addition the National Pharmaceutical Company which procures medicines for the country has been trained to ensure that critical medicines are available and accessible The goal of the week long workshop was to review and finalize the NCCP draft covering the period 2022 2026 The process for the development of this NCCP began with the broad stakeholder meeting held in Bulawayo in November 2021 During this stakeholder meeting priorities for the new NCCP 2022 2026 were identified and developed Subsequently the MoHCC appointed a technical team to develop a draft NCCP The draft NCCP is aligned with the Zimbabwe National Health Strategy NHS 2020 2025 The NCCP draft recommends priority interventions across seven pillars including Cancer control governance policy and planning prevention Early Detection and Diagnosis diagnosis treatment palliative care rehabilitation and survival Y Cancer surveillance and research In his remarks Munyaradzi Dobbie MD MoHCC Chief Director of Public Health Services said The NCCP will be our guiding document for mitigating cancer a major challenge in the health care system It will help us ensure that available resources are maximised as well as mobilize different sectors of society towards a common goal of reducing the burden of cancer Without this NCCP plan we will not be able to do that Key stakeholders also expressed appreciation for governments renewed commitment to address the growing burden of cancer in Zimbabwe IAEA Program Officer Marianna Nobile stated that the support provided by the IAEA together with the WHO is aimed at promoting the safe peaceful and secure application of nuclear science and technology to address the main priorities of sustainable development The IAEA stands ready to continue helping Zimbabwe improve its capabilities in nuclear and radiological medicine At the end of the workshop technical experts and stakeholders developed and agreed on a final draft of the NCCP 2022 2026 This document will be shared with the MoHCC for validation and further review to ensure consistency with NHS 2022 2025 Once the validation process is completed the NCCP 2022 2026 will be financed with the technical support of the WHO The budgeted NCCP will be officially launched after which it becomes the guiding document for cancer prevention and control in Zimbabwe for the next five years The workshop was funded through the Global Initiative for Childhood Cancer GICC a collaboration of WHO and St Jude Children s Research Hospital Zimbabwe is one of the focus countries for the initiative Following the workshop in Mazowe the WHO and IAEA team paid a courtesy visit to MoHCC Permanent Secretary PS Dr Jasper Chimedza who reaffirmed GoZ s commitment to tackling the burden of cancer We appreciate the support of WHO and support the implementation of the budgeted NCCP once finalized said Dr Chimedza
    Zimbabwe updates National Cancer Control Plan to mitigate the increase of cases in the country
      Cancer is one of the leading causes of death worldwide accounting for almost 10 million deaths in 2020 Between 2009 and 2018 cancer cases in Zimbabwe nearly doubled according to the national cancer registry This has been due to factors such as behavioral risk factors for cancer poor access to early diagnostic treatment and palliative care To deal with the increase in cases the Ministry of Health and Child Care MoHCC with the technical and financial support of the World Health Organization WHO of Zimbabwe and the International Atomic Energy Agency IAEA convened a workshop to update the country s National Cancer Program Control Plan NCCCP that was in force from 2014 2018 The workshop was held June 6 10 2022 with key experts in cancer prevention diagnosis treatment and care including palliative care participating in the workshop As well as major cancer stakeholders namely Cancer Association of Zimbabwe CAZ Clinton Health Access Initiative CHAI Hospice and Palliative Care Association of Zimbabwe HOSPAZ The workshop was held at a time when Zimbabwe has had two previous NCCPs with the most recent ending in 2018 Additionally the Government of Zimbabwe GoZ has been implementing various strategies covering cancer prevention early diagnosis including screening treatment and care to address the growing burden of cancer Such strategies include the introduction of the human papillomavirus vaccine against cervical cancer The country also has a cervical cancer screening program that ensures early detection and treatment of cervical pre cancer as well as early cancer treatment In addition GoZ has trained oncology specialists oncology nurses and radiation oncologists at the central government hospital in Harare The GdZ has also ensured that the necessary human resource capacity for cancer treatment and care is available in the public hospital In addition the National Pharmaceutical Company which procures medicines for the country has been trained to ensure that critical medicines are available and accessible The goal of the week long workshop was to review and finalize the NCCP draft covering the period 2022 2026 The process for the development of this NCCP began with the broad stakeholder meeting held in Bulawayo in November 2021 During this stakeholder meeting priorities for the new NCCP 2022 2026 were identified and developed Subsequently the MoHCC appointed a technical team to develop a draft NCCP The draft NCCP is aligned with the Zimbabwe National Health Strategy NHS 2020 2025 The NCCP draft recommends priority interventions across seven pillars including Cancer control governance policy and planning prevention Early Detection and Diagnosis diagnosis treatment palliative care rehabilitation and survival Y Cancer surveillance and research In his remarks Munyaradzi Dobbie MD MoHCC Chief Director of Public Health Services said The NCCP will be our guiding document for mitigating cancer a major challenge in the health care system It will help us ensure that available resources are maximised as well as mobilize different sectors of society towards a common goal of reducing the burden of cancer Without this NCCP plan we will not be able to do that Key stakeholders also expressed appreciation for governments renewed commitment to address the growing burden of cancer in Zimbabwe IAEA Program Officer Marianna Nobile stated that the support provided by the IAEA together with the WHO is aimed at promoting the safe peaceful and secure application of nuclear science and technology to address the main priorities of sustainable development The IAEA stands ready to continue helping Zimbabwe improve its capabilities in nuclear and radiological medicine At the end of the workshop technical experts and stakeholders developed and agreed on a final draft of the NCCP 2022 2026 This document will be shared with the MoHCC for validation and further review to ensure consistency with NHS 2022 2025 Once the validation process is completed the NCCP 2022 2026 will be financed with the technical support of the WHO The budgeted NCCP will be officially launched after which it becomes the guiding document for cancer prevention and control in Zimbabwe for the next five years The workshop was funded through the Global Initiative for Childhood Cancer GICC a collaboration of WHO and St Jude Children s Research Hospital Zimbabwe is one of the focus countries for the initiative Following the workshop in Mazowe the WHO and IAEA team paid a courtesy visit to MoHCC Permanent Secretary PS Dr Jasper Chimedza who reaffirmed GoZ s commitment to tackling the burden of cancer We appreciate the support of WHO and support the implementation of the budgeted NCCP once finalized said Dr Chimedza
    Zimbabwe updates National Cancer Control Plan to mitigate the increase of cases in the country
    Africa3 months ago

    Zimbabwe updates National Cancer Control Plan to mitigate the increase of cases in the country

    Cancer is one of the leading causes of death worldwide, accounting for almost 10 million deaths in 2020. Between 2009 and 2018, cancer cases in Zimbabwe nearly doubled according to the national cancer registry. This has been due to factors such as behavioral risk factors for cancer, poor access to early diagnostic treatment and palliative care. To deal with the increase in cases, the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC), with the technical and financial support of the World Health Organization (WHO) of Zimbabwe and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), convened a workshop to update the country's National Cancer Program. Control Plan (NCCCP) that was in force from 2014-2018. The workshop was held June 6-10, 2022 with key experts in cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care; including palliative care, participating in the workshop. As well as major cancer stakeholders namely Cancer Association of Zimbabwe (CAZ), Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI), Hospice and Palliative Care Association of Zimbabwe (HOSPAZ).

    The workshop was held at a time when Zimbabwe has had two previous NCCPs with the most recent ending in 2018. Additionally, the Government of Zimbabwe (GoZ) has been implementing various strategies covering cancer prevention, early diagnosis; including screening, treatment and care, to address the growing burden of cancer. Such strategies include the introduction of the human papillomavirus vaccine against cervical cancer. The country also has a cervical cancer screening program that ensures early detection and treatment of cervical pre-cancer, as well as early cancer treatment. In addition, GoZ has trained oncology specialists, oncology nurses and radiation oncologists at the central government hospital in Harare. The GdZ has also ensured that the necessary human resource capacity for cancer treatment and care is available in the public hospital. In addition, the National Pharmaceutical Company, which procures medicines for the country, has been trained to ensure that critical medicines are available and accessible.

    The goal of the week-long workshop was to review and finalize the NCCP draft covering the period 2022-2026. The process for the development of this NCCP began with the broad stakeholder meeting held in Bulawayo in November 2021. During this stakeholder meeting, priorities for the new NCCP 2022-2026 were identified and developed. Subsequently, the MoHCC appointed a technical team to develop a draft NCCP.

    The draft NCCP is aligned with the Zimbabwe National Health Strategy (NHS) 2020-2025. The NCCP draft recommends priority interventions across seven pillars including; Cancer control governance, policy and planning; prevention; Early Detection and Diagnosis; diagnosis; treatment; palliative care, rehabilitation and survival; Y; Cancer surveillance and research.

    In his remarks, Munyaradzi Dobbie, MD, MoHCC, Chief Director of Public Health Services, said, “The NCCP will be our guiding document for mitigating cancer, a major challenge in the health care system. It will help us ensure that available resources are maximised, as well as mobilize different sectors of society towards a common goal of reducing the burden of cancer. Without this NCCP plan, we will not be able to do that.”

    Key stakeholders also expressed appreciation for governments' renewed commitment to address the growing burden of cancer in Zimbabwe. IAEA Program Officer Marianna Nobile stated that the support provided by the IAEA together with the WHO is aimed at promoting the safe, peaceful and secure application of nuclear science and technology to address the main priorities of sustainable development. "The IAEA stands ready to continue helping Zimbabwe improve its capabilities in nuclear and radiological medicine."

    At the end of the workshop, technical experts and stakeholders developed and agreed on a final draft of the NCCP 2022-2026. This document will be shared with the MoHCC for validation and further review to ensure consistency with NHS 2022-2025. Once the validation process is completed, the NCCP 2022-2026 will be financed with the technical support of the WHO. The budgeted NCCP will be officially launched after which it becomes the guiding document for cancer prevention and control in Zimbabwe for the next five years.

    The workshop was funded through the Global Initiative for Childhood Cancer (GICC); a collaboration of WHO and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Zimbabwe is one of the focus countries for the initiative.

    Following the workshop in Mazowe, the WHO and IAEA team paid a courtesy visit to MoHCC Permanent Secretary (PS), Dr. Jasper Chimedza, who reaffirmed GoZ's commitment to tackling the burden of cancer. “We appreciate the support of WHO and support the implementation of the budgeted NCCP once finalized,” said Dr. Chimedza.

  •   British researchers say longest known COVID infection lasted 505 days COVID London April 22 2022 A COVID 19 patient tested positive 505 days before their death making it the longest known Coronavirus infection British researchers have said The previous longest known infection is thought to have lasted 335 days Most people who contract the virus are able to clear the infection naturally but the patient in question had a severely weakened immune system and multiple comorbidities other conditions They first started showing symptoms and tested positive in early 2020 and tested positive many times until dying in 2021 The researchers who studied the virus from nine Covid patients in London also provide evidence that new COVID variants may arise in immunocompromised individuals Presenting their details at the European Congress of Clinical Microbiology amp Infectious Diseases ECCMID in Lisbon Portugal They described details of one of the first occult COVID infections cases where the patient was thought to have cleared the virus with a negative test but was subsequently found to have had an ongoing infection The team from King s College London and Guy s and St Thomas NHS Foundation Trust were interested in how the virus changes over time in immunocompromised individuals First author Dr Luke Blagdon Snell of Guy s and St Thomas NHS Foundation Trust said New variants of SARS CoV 2 the virus that causes COVID 19 have emerged throughout the pandemic Some of these variants transmit more easily between people cause more severe disease or make the vaccines less effective One theory is that these viral variants evolve in individuals whose immune systems are weakened from illness or medical treatments like chemotherapy who can have persistent infection with SARS CoV 2 We wanted to investigate which mutations arise and if variants evolve in these people with persistent infection Nine immunocompromised patients who tested positive for the virus for at least eight weeks were included in the study Infections lasted for 73 days on average but two patients had persistent infections for more than a year The patients who were studied between March 2020 and December 2021 had weakened immune systems due to organ transplantation HIV cancer or medical therapies for other illnesses Analysis showed that five of the nine patients developed at least one mutation seen in variants of concern Some of the people developed multiple mutations associated with variants of concern such as Alpha Delta and Omicron The researchers found that the virus from one patient contained 10 mutations that would arise separately invariants of concern such as Alpha Gamma and Omicron Snell and colleagues said This provides evidence that mutations found in variants of concern do arise in immunocompromised patients and so supports the idea that new variants of the viruses may develop in immunocompromised individuals It is important to note however that none of the individuals in our work developed new variants that became widespread variants of concern Additionally whilst this work shows variants could arise in immunocompromised individuals whether the previous variants of concern like Alpha Delta and Omicron arose in this manner remains unknown Five of the nine patients survived and one still has an infection At their last follow up in early 2022 that patient had been infected for 412 days The person has been treated with monoclonal antibodies but if they still test positive at their next appointment Researchers suggested they would likely pass the longest known infection of 505 days as described in the new study Source Credit NAN
    British researchers say longest known COVID infection lasted 505 days
      British researchers say longest known COVID infection lasted 505 days COVID London April 22 2022 A COVID 19 patient tested positive 505 days before their death making it the longest known Coronavirus infection British researchers have said The previous longest known infection is thought to have lasted 335 days Most people who contract the virus are able to clear the infection naturally but the patient in question had a severely weakened immune system and multiple comorbidities other conditions They first started showing symptoms and tested positive in early 2020 and tested positive many times until dying in 2021 The researchers who studied the virus from nine Covid patients in London also provide evidence that new COVID variants may arise in immunocompromised individuals Presenting their details at the European Congress of Clinical Microbiology amp Infectious Diseases ECCMID in Lisbon Portugal They described details of one of the first occult COVID infections cases where the patient was thought to have cleared the virus with a negative test but was subsequently found to have had an ongoing infection The team from King s College London and Guy s and St Thomas NHS Foundation Trust were interested in how the virus changes over time in immunocompromised individuals First author Dr Luke Blagdon Snell of Guy s and St Thomas NHS Foundation Trust said New variants of SARS CoV 2 the virus that causes COVID 19 have emerged throughout the pandemic Some of these variants transmit more easily between people cause more severe disease or make the vaccines less effective One theory is that these viral variants evolve in individuals whose immune systems are weakened from illness or medical treatments like chemotherapy who can have persistent infection with SARS CoV 2 We wanted to investigate which mutations arise and if variants evolve in these people with persistent infection Nine immunocompromised patients who tested positive for the virus for at least eight weeks were included in the study Infections lasted for 73 days on average but two patients had persistent infections for more than a year The patients who were studied between March 2020 and December 2021 had weakened immune systems due to organ transplantation HIV cancer or medical therapies for other illnesses Analysis showed that five of the nine patients developed at least one mutation seen in variants of concern Some of the people developed multiple mutations associated with variants of concern such as Alpha Delta and Omicron The researchers found that the virus from one patient contained 10 mutations that would arise separately invariants of concern such as Alpha Gamma and Omicron Snell and colleagues said This provides evidence that mutations found in variants of concern do arise in immunocompromised patients and so supports the idea that new variants of the viruses may develop in immunocompromised individuals It is important to note however that none of the individuals in our work developed new variants that became widespread variants of concern Additionally whilst this work shows variants could arise in immunocompromised individuals whether the previous variants of concern like Alpha Delta and Omicron arose in this manner remains unknown Five of the nine patients survived and one still has an infection At their last follow up in early 2022 that patient had been infected for 412 days The person has been treated with monoclonal antibodies but if they still test positive at their next appointment Researchers suggested they would likely pass the longest known infection of 505 days as described in the new study Source Credit NAN
    British researchers say longest known COVID infection lasted 505 days
    Foreign6 months ago

    British researchers say longest known COVID infection lasted 505 days

    British researchers say longest  known COVID infection lasted 505 days

    COVID

    London, April 22, 2022 A COVID-19 patient tested positive 505 days before their death, making it the longest known Coronavirus infection, British researchers have said.

    The previous longest known infection is thought to have lasted 335 days.

    Most people who contract the virus are able to clear the infection naturally, but the patient in question had a severely weakened immune system and multiple comorbidities other conditions.

    They first started showing symptoms and tested positive in early 2020, and tested positive many times until dying in 2021.

    The researchers, who studied the virus from nine Covid patients in London, also provide evidence that new COVID variants may arise in immunocompromised individuals.

    Presenting their details at the European Congress of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases (ECCMID) in Lisbon, Portugal.

    They described details of one of the first occult COVID infections cases where the patient was thought to have cleared the virus with a negative test but was subsequently found to have had an ongoing infection.

    The team, from King’s College London and Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, were interested in how the virus changes over time in immunocompromised individuals.

    First author Dr Luke Blagdon Snell, of Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, said.

    “New variants of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, have emerged throughout the pandemic.

    “Some of these variants transmit more easily between people, cause more severe disease, or make the vaccines less effective.

    One theory is that these viral variants evolve in individuals whose immune systems are weakened from illness or medical treatments like chemotherapy, who can have persistent infection with SARS-CoV-2.

    “We wanted to investigate which mutations arise and if variants evolve, in these people with persistent infection.’’

    Nine immunocompromised patients who tested positive for the virus for at least eight weeks were included in the study.

    Infections lasted for 73 days, on average, but two patients had persistent infections for more than a year.

    The patients, who were studied between March 2020 and December 2021, had weakened immune systems due to organ transplantation, HIV, cancer, or medical therapies for other illnesses.

    Analysis showed that five of the nine patients developed at least one mutation seen in variants of concern.

    Some of the people developed multiple mutations associated with variants of concern, such as Alpha, Delta and Omicron.

    The researchers found that the virus from one patient contained 10 mutations that would arise separately invariants of concern, such as Alpha, Gamma and Omicron.

    Snell and colleagues said: “This provides evidence that mutations found in variants of concern do arise in immunocompromised patients and so supports the idea that new variants of the viruses may develop in immunocompromised individuals.

    “It is important to note, however, that none of the individuals in our work developed new variants that became widespread variants of concern.

    “Additionally, whilst this work shows variants could arise in immunocompromised individuals, whether the previous variants of concern like Alpha, Delta and Omicron arose in this manner remains unknown.’’

    Five of the nine patients survived, and one still has an infection.

    At their last follow-up in early 2022, that patient had been infected for 412 days.

    The person has been treated with monoclonal antibodies, but if they still test positive at their next appointment.

    Researchers suggested they would likely pass the longest known infection of 505 days as described in the new study. (

    Source Credit: NAN

  •  More than 200 babies could have survived if they had received better care at birth a damning report on Britain s biggest maternity scandal said on Wednesday prompting an apology from the government The report listed a catalog of repeat failures at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust over a 20 year period from 2000 to 2019 The babies were stillborn died shortly after birth or had severe brain damage according to the review which was ordered in 2017 after concern about high rates of neonatal deaths in the hospital group It also revealed that nine of the 12 mothers who died during the period could have been treated significantly better and others had natural births when they should have been offered caesarean sections But the state funded group which operates several hospitals in Shropshire central England did not do enough research or learn from the cases The report s author maternity expert Donna Ockenden said that meant the true scale of serious incidents was unknown for a long period of time To all the families who have suffered so severely I am sorry Health Secretary Sajid Javid told parliament vindicating years of campaigning by those affected The report clearly shows that you failed a service that was there to help you and your loved ones bring life into this world Repeated failures Javid and the hospital trust promised to implement the report s dozens of recommendations acknowledging that the care and even compassion provided fell short He promised that those responsible for serious and repeated failures will be held accountable A police investigation is looking at some 600 cases she added The report described how some babies suffered skull fractures broken bones or developed cerebral palsy after traumatic forceps deliveries Other newborns ran out of oxygen and experienced life changing brain injuries according to the case review involving nearly 1 500 families and nearly 1 600 clinical incidents Of the 498 stillbirths examined it found that one in four had significant or important concerns about the maternity care provided Had the care been managed properly they might have had a different outcome he added The trust never investigated 40 percent of stillbirths Ockenden said midwifery staff were overconfident in their abilities reluctant to involve senior staff repeatedly failing to control babies heart rates and not using medications properly during labor Caesarean section rates were consistently 8 to 12 percent below the English average and staff were determined to keep rates low despite the risks involved Affected families were kept in the dark about reviews of their cases and were often treated without compassion or kindness the 250 page report describes In some cases women who died were blamed for their own deaths while bereaved parents were ignored when they voiced their concerns
    UK apologises for hospital scandal over 200 baby deaths
     More than 200 babies could have survived if they had received better care at birth a damning report on Britain s biggest maternity scandal said on Wednesday prompting an apology from the government The report listed a catalog of repeat failures at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust over a 20 year period from 2000 to 2019 The babies were stillborn died shortly after birth or had severe brain damage according to the review which was ordered in 2017 after concern about high rates of neonatal deaths in the hospital group It also revealed that nine of the 12 mothers who died during the period could have been treated significantly better and others had natural births when they should have been offered caesarean sections But the state funded group which operates several hospitals in Shropshire central England did not do enough research or learn from the cases The report s author maternity expert Donna Ockenden said that meant the true scale of serious incidents was unknown for a long period of time To all the families who have suffered so severely I am sorry Health Secretary Sajid Javid told parliament vindicating years of campaigning by those affected The report clearly shows that you failed a service that was there to help you and your loved ones bring life into this world Repeated failures Javid and the hospital trust promised to implement the report s dozens of recommendations acknowledging that the care and even compassion provided fell short He promised that those responsible for serious and repeated failures will be held accountable A police investigation is looking at some 600 cases she added The report described how some babies suffered skull fractures broken bones or developed cerebral palsy after traumatic forceps deliveries Other newborns ran out of oxygen and experienced life changing brain injuries according to the case review involving nearly 1 500 families and nearly 1 600 clinical incidents Of the 498 stillbirths examined it found that one in four had significant or important concerns about the maternity care provided Had the care been managed properly they might have had a different outcome he added The trust never investigated 40 percent of stillbirths Ockenden said midwifery staff were overconfident in their abilities reluctant to involve senior staff repeatedly failing to control babies heart rates and not using medications properly during labor Caesarean section rates were consistently 8 to 12 percent below the English average and staff were determined to keep rates low despite the risks involved Affected families were kept in the dark about reviews of their cases and were often treated without compassion or kindness the 250 page report describes In some cases women who died were blamed for their own deaths while bereaved parents were ignored when they voiced their concerns
    UK apologises for hospital scandal over 200 baby deaths
    Foreign6 months ago

    UK apologises for hospital scandal over 200 baby deaths

    More than 200 babies could have survived if they had received better care at birth, a damning report on Britain's biggest maternity scandal said on Wednesday, prompting an apology from the government.

    The report listed a catalog of repeat failures at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust over a 20-year period, from 2000 to 2019.

    The babies were stillborn, died shortly after birth or had severe brain damage, according to the review, which was ordered in 2017 after concern about high rates of neonatal deaths in the hospital group.

    It also revealed that nine of the 12 mothers who died during the period could have been treated "significantly" better, and others had natural births when they should have been offered caesarean sections.

    But the state-funded group, which operates several hospitals in Shropshire, central England, did not do enough research or learn from the cases.

    The report's author, maternity expert Donna Ockenden, said that meant "the true scale of serious incidents...was unknown for a long period of time."

    "To all the families who have suffered so severely, I am sorry," Health Secretary Sajid Javid told parliament, vindicating years of campaigning by those affected.

    "The report clearly shows that you failed a service that was there to help you and your loved ones bring life into this world."

    'Repeated failures'
    Javid and the hospital trust promised to implement the report's dozens of recommendations, acknowledging that the care and even compassion provided fell short.

    He promised that those responsible for “serious and repeated failures” will be held accountable. A police investigation is looking at some 600 cases, she added.

    The report described how some babies suffered skull fractures, broken bones or developed cerebral palsy after traumatic forceps deliveries.

    Other newborns ran out of oxygen and experienced life-changing brain injuries, according to the case review involving nearly 1,500 families and nearly 1,600 clinical incidents.

    Of the 498 stillbirths examined, it found that one in four had "significant or important concerns" about the maternity care provided.

    Had the care been managed properly, they might have had a different outcome, he added. The trust never investigated 40 percent of stillbirths.

    Ockenden said midwifery staff were "overconfident" in their abilities, reluctant to involve senior staff, repeatedly failing to control babies' heart rates and not using medications properly during labor.

    Caesarean section rates were consistently 8 to 12 percent below the English average, and staff were determined to keep rates low, despite the risks involved.

    Affected families were kept in the dark about reviews of their cases and were often treated without compassion or kindness, the 250-page report describes.

    In some cases, women who died were blamed for their own deaths, while bereaved parents were ignored when they voiced their concerns.

  •   President Uhuru Kenyatta welcomed a proposed initiative to establish a center of excellence in health education and training at Kisii University The president said that the establishment of a center of excellence in health education will boost the country s continued efforts to provide quality and affordable health care services to Kenyans President Kenyatta spoke on Friday night during a meeting with the Vice President of the UK s Manchester University Professor Graham Lord who paid him a courtesy call at Government House in Nairobi Professor Lord who was joined by the UK Kenya Health Alliance KUKHA founding partners of the University of Manchester Christie Hospital and the Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust briefed President Kenyatta on the progress of the project President Kenyatta and Professor Lord also discussed the development of a comprehensive network of cancer care services in the country I am very impressed by your team s personal commitment to this project I am convinced that moving the centers of excellence outside of Nairobi will be crucial in helping us achieve the desired goals in the health sector said President Kenyatta The President s meeting with the team led by Professor Lord follows a similar meeting held on the sidelines of the United Nations Climate Change Conference COP26 in Glasgow Scotland in November last year The Head of State said he will engage other stakeholders to help speed up the initiative which will also go a long way in creating jobs for Kenya s youth This initiative will not only help us reduce the burden of disease but also allow us to create opportunities for our youth said President Kenyatta Expressing optimism that the project will improve health service delivery in the East African region as a whole President Kenyatta said his administration is working to align legislation and resources to accelerate its implementation The team which was accompanied by the Chief Secretary for Health Susan Mochache also briefed the President on a Memorandum of Understanding that will pave the way for the establishment of the East African health education and training center of excellence at Kisii University The center of excellence which will be a regional center for research innovation and training of advanced medical staff in health care is a joint project that also involves Egerton University Maseno University and Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology Kisii University has set aside 70 acres of land to house a 1 000 bed hospital comprehensive research center laboratories and colleges of medicine pharmacy dentistry biomedical sciences and nursing as part of the project The partner universities will collaborate to promote specialized healthcare and research in noncommunicable diseases NCDs malaria HIV and AIDS sickle cell disease mental health and substance abuse as well as other diseases Our goal is to improve the standard of healthcare in Kenya through research training of the workforce and education of healthcare professionals The work will initially focus on improving cancer outcomes through early detection rapid diagnosis and the provision of high quality care said Professor Lord The team noted that significant progress has been made in cancer diagnosis and treatment at the Kenyatta University Teaching Research and Referral Hospital KUTRRH The partnership will also see the establishment of a regional cancer research and training center to be managed through KUTRRH A 2 8 million grant has already been secured from the UK s National Institute for Health Research NIHR for this purpose Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy and Strategy of the House of Representatives Ruth Kagia President of the Kenyatta University Teaching Reference and Research Hospital Professor Olive Mugenda and the Vice Chancellor of Kisii University Professor John Akama also attended the meeting
    President Kenyatta welcomes proposed initiative to establish a centre of excellence in health education
      President Uhuru Kenyatta welcomed a proposed initiative to establish a center of excellence in health education and training at Kisii University The president said that the establishment of a center of excellence in health education will boost the country s continued efforts to provide quality and affordable health care services to Kenyans President Kenyatta spoke on Friday night during a meeting with the Vice President of the UK s Manchester University Professor Graham Lord who paid him a courtesy call at Government House in Nairobi Professor Lord who was joined by the UK Kenya Health Alliance KUKHA founding partners of the University of Manchester Christie Hospital and the Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust briefed President Kenyatta on the progress of the project President Kenyatta and Professor Lord also discussed the development of a comprehensive network of cancer care services in the country I am very impressed by your team s personal commitment to this project I am convinced that moving the centers of excellence outside of Nairobi will be crucial in helping us achieve the desired goals in the health sector said President Kenyatta The President s meeting with the team led by Professor Lord follows a similar meeting held on the sidelines of the United Nations Climate Change Conference COP26 in Glasgow Scotland in November last year The Head of State said he will engage other stakeholders to help speed up the initiative which will also go a long way in creating jobs for Kenya s youth This initiative will not only help us reduce the burden of disease but also allow us to create opportunities for our youth said President Kenyatta Expressing optimism that the project will improve health service delivery in the East African region as a whole President Kenyatta said his administration is working to align legislation and resources to accelerate its implementation The team which was accompanied by the Chief Secretary for Health Susan Mochache also briefed the President on a Memorandum of Understanding that will pave the way for the establishment of the East African health education and training center of excellence at Kisii University The center of excellence which will be a regional center for research innovation and training of advanced medical staff in health care is a joint project that also involves Egerton University Maseno University and Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology Kisii University has set aside 70 acres of land to house a 1 000 bed hospital comprehensive research center laboratories and colleges of medicine pharmacy dentistry biomedical sciences and nursing as part of the project The partner universities will collaborate to promote specialized healthcare and research in noncommunicable diseases NCDs malaria HIV and AIDS sickle cell disease mental health and substance abuse as well as other diseases Our goal is to improve the standard of healthcare in Kenya through research training of the workforce and education of healthcare professionals The work will initially focus on improving cancer outcomes through early detection rapid diagnosis and the provision of high quality care said Professor Lord The team noted that significant progress has been made in cancer diagnosis and treatment at the Kenyatta University Teaching Research and Referral Hospital KUTRRH The partnership will also see the establishment of a regional cancer research and training center to be managed through KUTRRH A 2 8 million grant has already been secured from the UK s National Institute for Health Research NIHR for this purpose Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy and Strategy of the House of Representatives Ruth Kagia President of the Kenyatta University Teaching Reference and Research Hospital Professor Olive Mugenda and the Vice Chancellor of Kisii University Professor John Akama also attended the meeting
    President Kenyatta welcomes proposed initiative to establish a centre of excellence in health education
    Africa7 months ago

    President Kenyatta welcomes proposed initiative to establish a centre of excellence in health education

    President Uhuru Kenyatta welcomed a proposed initiative to establish a center of excellence in health education and training at Kisii University.

    The president said that the establishment of a center of excellence in health education will boost the country's continued efforts to provide quality and affordable health care services to Kenyans.

    President Kenyatta spoke on Friday night during a meeting with the Vice President of the UK's Manchester University, Professor Graham Lord, who paid him a courtesy call at Government House in Nairobi.

    Professor Lord, who was joined by the UK-Kenya Health Alliance (KUKHA) founding partners of the University of Manchester, Christie Hospital and the Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, briefed President Kenyatta on the progress of the project.

    President Kenyatta and Professor Lord also discussed the development of a comprehensive network of cancer care services in the country.

    “I am very impressed by your team's personal commitment to this project. I am convinced that moving the centers of excellence outside of Nairobi will be crucial in helping us achieve the desired goals in the health sector,” said President Kenyatta.

    The President's meeting with the team led by Professor Lord follows a similar meeting held on the sidelines of the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow, Scotland, in November last year.

    The Head of State said he will engage other stakeholders to help speed up the initiative, which will also go a long way in creating jobs for Kenya's youth.

    “This initiative will not only help us reduce the burden of disease, but also allow us to create opportunities for our youth,” said President Kenyatta.

    Expressing optimism that the project will improve health service delivery in the East African region as a whole,” President Kenyatta said his administration is working to align legislation and resources to accelerate its implementation.

    The team, which was accompanied by the Chief Secretary for Health, Susan Mochache, also briefed the President on a Memorandum of Understanding that will pave the way for the establishment of the East African health education and training center of excellence at Kisii University. .

    The center of excellence, which will be a regional center for research, innovation and training of advanced medical staff in health care, is a joint project that also involves Egerton University, Maseno University and Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology.

    Kisii University has set aside 70 acres of land to house a 1,000-bed hospital, comprehensive research center, laboratories, and colleges of medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, biomedical sciences, and nursing as part of the project.

    The partner universities will collaborate to promote specialized healthcare and research in noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), malaria, HIV and AIDS, sickle cell disease, mental health and substance abuse, as well as other diseases.

    “Our goal is to improve the standard of healthcare in Kenya through research, training of the workforce and education of healthcare professionals. The work will initially focus on improving cancer outcomes through early detection, rapid diagnosis and the provision of high-quality care,” said Professor Lord.

    The team noted that significant progress has been made in cancer diagnosis and treatment at the Kenyatta University Teaching Research and Referral Hospital (KUTRRH).

    The partnership will also see the establishment of a regional cancer research and training center to be managed through KUTRRH. A £2.8 million grant has already been secured from the UK's National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) for this purpose.

    Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy and Strategy of the House of Representatives, Ruth Kagia, President of the Kenyatta University Teaching, Reference and Research Hospital, Professor Olive Mugenda, and the Vice Chancellor of Kisii University, Professor John Akama, also attended the meeting.

  •  British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to announce an end to all pandemic legal restrictions in England on Monday insisting it is time to move on despite political opposition and concern from the UN health agency Two years after covid 19 triggered the worst health crisis in generations Johnson will address parliament to outline his plan and he is going ahead despite news on Sunday that Queen Elizabeth II had tested positive for the first time However opposition parties accuse him of trying to distract public attention with his position as prime minister in jeopardy as police investigate a series of lockdown breaching parties in Downing Street Today Monday will mark a proud moment after one of the most difficult periods in our country s history as we begin to learn to live with covid Johnson said in a Downing Street statement The pandemic is not over but thanks to the incredible rollout of the vaccine we are now one step closer to getting back on track and finally giving people their freedoms back while continuing to protect ourselves and others Under the living with Covid plan the government says it intends this week to end a legal requirement for people to self isolate when infected with the coronavirus It says local authorities will need to manage more outbreaks with pre existing legal powers and are expected to phase out free Covid tests for the general public The NHS Confederation which represents top managers of the state National Health Service said internal polling showed a large majority of its members opposed ending self isolation and free testing Matthew Taylor executive director of the confederation acknowledged that the government s mass vaccination program and the appearance of new treatments against covid offered real hope But the government can t wave a magic wand and pretend the threat is completely gone he said Very reckless indeed David Nabarro the World Health Organization s special envoy for Covid said scrapping the law on self isolation was really very unwise While the UK has suffered one of the world s worst per capita death tolls in the pandemic it remains a country with an enviable record of public health expertise the British official told BBC radio on Saturday It really worries me that Britain is taking a line that goes against the public health consensus that other countries other leaders will say if Britain is doing it why can t we and this will create a kind of domino effect around the world added Nabarro In the devolved UK system Scotland Wales and Northern Ireland set their own health policies and remain largely more cautious than Johnson s intentions for England The opposition Labor Party said ending free trials was like replacing your best supporter with 10 minutes to go in a football match Boris Johnson is declaring victory before the war is over in an attempt to distract from the police knocking on his door Labor Party health spokesman Wes Streeting said Downing Street confirmed Friday that Johnson had submitted a written response to police questions about the parties held over the past two years as detectives investigate whether attendees breached strict social distancing and virus prevention rules in place at that time moment He balked at questions about the partygate affair in a BBC interview over the weekend and refused to say whether he would resign if he was fined by police But Johnson insisted that despite apparent party infractions by him and his staff the public would follow self isolation guidance when necessary even without a legal mandate Look at the evidence look at what the British people have done he said referring to the general compliance with the rules since the pandemic hit in early 2020 Source Credit TheGuardian
    UK’s Johnson to scrap all Covid legal curbs as criticism mounts
     British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to announce an end to all pandemic legal restrictions in England on Monday insisting it is time to move on despite political opposition and concern from the UN health agency Two years after covid 19 triggered the worst health crisis in generations Johnson will address parliament to outline his plan and he is going ahead despite news on Sunday that Queen Elizabeth II had tested positive for the first time However opposition parties accuse him of trying to distract public attention with his position as prime minister in jeopardy as police investigate a series of lockdown breaching parties in Downing Street Today Monday will mark a proud moment after one of the most difficult periods in our country s history as we begin to learn to live with covid Johnson said in a Downing Street statement The pandemic is not over but thanks to the incredible rollout of the vaccine we are now one step closer to getting back on track and finally giving people their freedoms back while continuing to protect ourselves and others Under the living with Covid plan the government says it intends this week to end a legal requirement for people to self isolate when infected with the coronavirus It says local authorities will need to manage more outbreaks with pre existing legal powers and are expected to phase out free Covid tests for the general public The NHS Confederation which represents top managers of the state National Health Service said internal polling showed a large majority of its members opposed ending self isolation and free testing Matthew Taylor executive director of the confederation acknowledged that the government s mass vaccination program and the appearance of new treatments against covid offered real hope But the government can t wave a magic wand and pretend the threat is completely gone he said Very reckless indeed David Nabarro the World Health Organization s special envoy for Covid said scrapping the law on self isolation was really very unwise While the UK has suffered one of the world s worst per capita death tolls in the pandemic it remains a country with an enviable record of public health expertise the British official told BBC radio on Saturday It really worries me that Britain is taking a line that goes against the public health consensus that other countries other leaders will say if Britain is doing it why can t we and this will create a kind of domino effect around the world added Nabarro In the devolved UK system Scotland Wales and Northern Ireland set their own health policies and remain largely more cautious than Johnson s intentions for England The opposition Labor Party said ending free trials was like replacing your best supporter with 10 minutes to go in a football match Boris Johnson is declaring victory before the war is over in an attempt to distract from the police knocking on his door Labor Party health spokesman Wes Streeting said Downing Street confirmed Friday that Johnson had submitted a written response to police questions about the parties held over the past two years as detectives investigate whether attendees breached strict social distancing and virus prevention rules in place at that time moment He balked at questions about the partygate affair in a BBC interview over the weekend and refused to say whether he would resign if he was fined by police But Johnson insisted that despite apparent party infractions by him and his staff the public would follow self isolation guidance when necessary even without a legal mandate Look at the evidence look at what the British people have done he said referring to the general compliance with the rules since the pandemic hit in early 2020 Source Credit TheGuardian
    UK’s Johnson to scrap all Covid legal curbs as criticism mounts
    Foreign8 months ago

    UK’s Johnson to scrap all Covid legal curbs as criticism mounts

    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to announce an end to all pandemic legal restrictions in England on Monday, insisting it is time to move on despite political opposition and concern from the UN health agency.

    Two years after covid-19 triggered the worst health crisis in generations, Johnson will address parliament to outline his plan, and he is going ahead despite news on Sunday that Queen Elizabeth II had tested positive for the first time. .

    However, opposition parties accuse him of trying to distract public attention, with his position as prime minister in jeopardy as police investigate a series of lockdown-breaching parties in Downing Street.

    "Today (Monday) will mark a proud moment after one of the most difficult periods in our country's history as we begin to learn to live with covid," Johnson said in a Downing Street statement.

    “The pandemic is not over, but thanks to the incredible rollout of the vaccine, we are now one step closer to getting back on track and finally giving people their freedoms back while continuing to protect ourselves and others.”

    Under the "living with Covid" plan, the government says it intends this week to end a legal requirement for people to self-isolate when infected with the coronavirus.

    It says local authorities will need to manage more outbreaks with pre-existing legal powers, and are expected to phase out free Covid tests for the general public.

    The NHS Confederation, which represents top managers of the state National Health Service, said internal polling showed a large majority of its members opposed ending self-isolation and free testing.

    Matthew Taylor, executive director of the confederation, acknowledged that the government's mass vaccination program and the appearance of new treatments against covid offered "real hope".

    "But the government can't wave a magic wand and pretend the threat is completely gone," he said.

    'Very reckless indeed'
    David Nabarro, the World Health Organization's special envoy for Covid, said scrapping the law on self-isolation was "really very unwise."

    While the UK has suffered one of the world's worst per capita death tolls in the pandemic, it remains a country with "an enviable record of public health expertise", the British official told BBC radio on Saturday.

    “It really worries me that Britain is taking a line that goes against the public health consensus — that other countries, other leaders will say if Britain is doing it, why can't we, and this will create a kind of domino effect around the world”, added Nabarro.

    In the devolved UK system, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland set their own health policies and remain largely more cautious than Johnson's intentions for England.

    The opposition Labor Party said ending free trials was like replacing "your best supporter" with 10 minutes to go in a football match.

    "Boris Johnson is declaring victory before the war is over, in an attempt to distract from the police knocking on his door," Labor Party health spokesman Wes Streeting said.

    Downing Street confirmed Friday that Johnson had submitted a written response to police questions about the parties held over the past two years, as detectives investigate whether attendees breached strict social distancing and virus prevention rules in place at that time. moment.

    He balked at questions about the "partygate" affair in a BBC interview over the weekend and refused to say whether he would resign if he was fined by police.

    But Johnson insisted that despite apparent party infractions by him and his staff, the public would follow self-isolation guidance when necessary, even without a legal mandate.

    “Look at the evidence, look at what the British people have done,” he said, referring to the general compliance with the rules since the pandemic hit in early 2020.

    Source Credit: TheGuardian