2004 Flu Campaign Begins

first_imgPublic health officials are reminding Nova Scotians that fluseason is approaching and immunization is the most effective wayto protect against influenza. “Last year’s flu season came early and had a significant impact,”said Dr. Robert Strang, medical officer of health for CapitalHealth. “Each fall we need to remember the importance ofimmunization in protecting people, young and old, from symptomsof the flu, and potentially serious complications.” The Department of Health is providing free vaccine for thefollowing groups at doctors’ offices and community clinics acrossthe province:– people over age 65;– adults and children with chronic heart and lung problems, andother chronic diseases;– anyone living in the same household as people over 65 orpeople with chronic illnesses;– all health-care workers and students in health-careeducational programs; and– police officers and firefighters. Starting this year, the province will also provide the vaccinefree of charge for babies age six months to 23 months. Childrenunder the age of two years are among the most likely to get verysick from the flu and have the same risk of being hospitalizedbecause of influenza, as seniors. “Last year, we had more people vaccinated than in any other yearprevious. I hope this momentum will continue,” said HealthMinister Angus MacIsaac. “The flu vaccine is one of the mosteffective tools this province has to improve health, combatabsenteeism and reduce strain on the health-care system duringthe long winter months.” Nova Scotia’s district health authorities are launching internalcampaigns encouraging their staff and volunteers to be immunized. Because physicians and health-care providers are often infrequent contact with those at risk of contracting the flu, it isimperative that members of this group be vaccinated. “Promoting and supporting flu immunization is important to thedoctors of the province,” said Dr. Maria Alexiadis, president,Doctors Nova Scotia. “It is not only our responsibility to ensurehigh-risk individuals are advised about and offered flu vaccine,we can also be positive role models by being immunized ourselvesand encouraging all health-care workers to be immunized.” Influenza affects the chest, not the stomach. Flu symptomsinclude fever, headache, cough, chills and muscle aches andpains. Vomiting and diarrhea are not caused by the flu. Thesesymptoms are usually caused by a stomach virus or bacteria. A typical flu season in Nova Scotia runs from November to April,sending more than 20,000 people to their doctor. About 2,500people are admitted to hospital during a normal flu season, and400 people die as a result of complications from the virus. Dr. Strang also reassured people that Canada’s supply of fluvaccine is secure, despite shortages in other countries.last_img read more

EYEWITNESS Trumped up…

…charges by NagamootooIt’s obvious Moses Nagamootoo’s lost whatever journalistic integrity Janet Jagan might have drilled into him when he’d served under her at the Mirror for donkey years. He’s now been reduced to a journeyman hack-apologist for the PNC Government he boasts he helped put into power. In his latest column in the Chronic, “TRUST AND THE TANGLED TIMES”, he predictably took the opportunity (created by him awarding himself a column while he yanked those of David Hinds and Lincoln Lewis!) to throw shade at Bharrat Jagdeo!This time, it was about the Pradoville II allegations “where key PPP Government officials disgracefully and dishonestly helped themselves to posh residential State land”!! He didn’t mention that the other charges by SOCU that have gone to trial, ALL four have been thrown out!! But why would he…his interest isn’t justice but REVENGE!! He’s happy as a ruminant digging his nose in swill. But more power to him – he has to earn his (very expensive) keep!However, your Eyewitness thinks Nagamootoo crossed the line when he tried to illustrate “PPP corruption” with a section captioned “$20B EARNINGS”: “I would never forget the day when a young man, who was in the leadership of the PPP and had held a senior public service post, walked into my office to tell me that he was being investigated by the Police in relation to monies he had “earned”. “How much money are they looking at?” I asked him. Calmly, he answered: “$24 billion.”Now this is a very nasty allegation to be digging up and phrasing unadulterated hearsay to make it appear the young PS admitted ‘earning’ $24 billion!! Fact of the matter is that this was what SOCU claimed – against the PS’s public statement that it might’ve been the TOTAL REVENUES that passed through his account – but certainly wasn’t what had remained there as profits!If Nagamootoo hadn’t read the reports in his Chronic (maybe he’s nauseated by his own propaganda?!), he definitely would’ve read the 2017 US State Department Report on human rights violations in Guyana issued last November. It stated that while there were accusations of the PS accumulating the billions from “money laundering and tax evasion” as of November “no legal case had been made”. That’s still the situation!But it didn’t stop Nagamootoo from reviving it even as the only charge was for allegations that the young man hadn’t turned over documents to the Court! And was even allowed to proceed to Hugh Wooding to complete his law studies.Maybe Nagamootoo would rather forget the Report because it repeated claims that he had directed that he had to “scrutinise” all Chronic’s headlines?What a tangled web…!…and twisted reportingThe Government’s scared stiff the GTU’s capitulation to their 12% offer versus their 40% demand might still be rejected since it has to be ratified by the membership. So, not surprisingly – since this is the PNC we’re dealing with – the attack dogs have been let loose at those they believe might question the “deal”.But Nagamootoo’s Chronic was really reaching when it solicited a reaction from GTU’s Gen Secretary Coretta McDonald to a Muckraker’s CARTOON!! The cartoon had M Donald listening to the PPP while GTU President Mark Lyte frets that she wants to “strike” even though they got a good deal. Noting that she operates by strict labour principles McDonald stuck it to the Chronic: “Even if I’m aligned to a political party, what’s wrong with that? The Constitution gives us the right to associate and to be a part of, so I don’t know why all of this big fuss and fret and all this big glamour.”But when Lyte was being firm, wasn’t he also accused of being “PPP”??…or trump card?While attacking McDonald for questioning the “deal”, Nagamootoo’s rag steered clear of former PNC MP Vanessa Kissoon, who explicitly questioned the “deal”.She emphasised it ain’t over till it’s over!! Quo vadis, Nagamootoo? Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEYEWITNESS: Gutless…October 23, 2018In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: Where angels fear to tread…January 8, 2019In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: Rewriting history…January 29, 2018In “EYEWITNESS” read more