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Zika no longer a world public health emergency: WHO
Geneva (AFP) - The World Health Organization on Friday announced in an online press conference that the Zika virus outbreak no longer poses a world public health emergency.
"The Zika virus remains a highly significant and long term problem, but it is not any more a public heath emergency of international concern," the world health body's emergency committee chair Dr David Heymann said.
While Zika causes only mild symptoms in most people, pregnant women with the virus risk giving birth to babies with microcephaly -- a deformation that leads to abnormally small brains and heads.
The agency was careful not to dismiss the risk still posed by the virus.
"We are not downgrading the importance" of the Zika virus, said Dr Peter Salama, director of the WHO's health emergencies programme.
The agency believes the "Zika virus and associated consequences remain a significant enduring public health challenge requiring intense action but no longer represent" a global health emergency, it said in a statement.
Kenya jails doctors' officials as strike drama deepens
Nairobi (AFP) - A Kenyan court on Monday jailed seven union officials for a month over a doctors strike that has crippled public hospitals for 10 weeks.The sentencing prompted the union to say it was calling off talks with the government.With national elections due in August, the strike is fast-becoming a hot issue for President Uhuru Kenyatta who is aiming to win a second term.Kenya's labour court had handed suspended sentences to the union officials a month ago after they ignored an earlier… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
VN eyes 4th technical revolution
The Vietnamese mechanical industry will have more opportunities to improve their competitiveness if they apply technologies to meet the standards of the so-called fourth industrial revolution, experts have said. Nguyen Van Thu, chairman of the Viet Nam Association for Mechanical Industry (VAMI), said that the domestic mechanical industry had seen positive changes with higher revenue.Sales from mechanical products earned during the last 10 years had jumped annually by over 20 per cent.He… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
Viet Nam needs more affordable housing
Viet Nam should raise policies to encourage the development of affordable rental housing in an effort to resolve the severe shortage of housing for low-income earners, experts said.— Photo vietnamnet.vn HA NOI (Biz Hub) — Viet Nam should raise policies to encourage the development of affordable rental housing in an effort to resolve the severe shortage of housing for low-income earners, experts said. Affordable rental housing projects, in fact, could be counted on the fingers of one hand, and… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
The rule of Vietnamese summer: See water, jump in
Beaches in Da Nang are crowed these days. Many families choose to go for a swim in the weekend. Many look exhausted because of the heat. Some choose to sit by the water and relax. Kids are of course the most energetic of all. How about a flip? Lifeguards in Da Nang say it has been a very busy week. It's not much better in Hanoi. In this photo, a man slips down a water slide at West Lake Water Park. The crowd at Hanoi's West Lake Water Park. Kids play in the West Lake.… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
New tourism routes open between VN and China
Vietnamese and Chinese tourists can now explore new routes to four destinations across both countries. The routes were inaugurated on Thursday in the northern province of Quảng Ninh’s Móng Cái City. Ha Long Bay, one in four destinations in the new tourism routes that have recently been set up by authorities of Mong Cai and Dongxing cities. The new routes are expected to become popular among tourists and a trademark for the two nations. The four destinations include the cities of Hạ… chat_bubble_outline Read More...