Saturday 28 February 2015

Decision on Ebola mass vaccination in August: WHO

An independent advisory body will decide in August at the earliest on whether to recommend widespread introduction of an Ebola vaccine, depending on results of clinical trials and the epidemic's course, the World Health Organization said. All three worst-hit countries in West


Alba backs Bahrain International Garden Show

Aluminium Bahrain has demonstrated its commitment towards a greener Bahrain by supporting and participating in the ongoing Bahrain International Garden Show (BIGS) 2015. The five-day show will conclude on March 1 at the Bahrain International Convention and Exhibition Centre.


Chinese medicinal herb compound shows promise for Ebola

A drug derived from a Chinese medicinal herb is showing promise for combating Ebola infection, effectively imprisoning the virus inside cells so it cannot do its usual damage, scientists said on Thursday. The researchers said the compound, called tetrandrine, blocked infection of


Trucks to be used for waste disposal in Bahrain development

Up to 20 truckloads of human waste will have to be hauled off every day from a set of luxury housing developments in the Riffa area in Bahrain to prevent sewage flooding the streets. The Gulf Daily News (GDN), our sister publication, reported yesterday (February 26) that


Epidemics alert centre planned in Gulf

An early warning centre has been proposed to monitor emerging epidemics in the Gulf. Already in the planning stages, the centre is one of a set of recommendations to come from the three-day International Collaborative Conference in Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (I


GE to support Kenyan healthcare modernisation effort

The Kenyan Ministry of Health has selected GE Healthcare as a key strategic technology and solutions partner, following the conclusion of an open tender process, as part of a wide-scale healthcare transformation programme. The programme will cover radiology infrastructure moderni


Stroke a top cause of disability among adults, deaths to double

Stroke is increasingly becoming a major health issues in the Middle East and North Africa region, with projections that deaths from it will nearly double by 2030, according to experts. It is the top cause of disability among adults worldwide and the third cause of death leading t


Wastewater treatment plant in Bahrain closes down

A wastewater treatment plant that serves Riffa Views, the Royal Golf Club and Awali announced last night (February 25) it was shutting down. Metito said that it was ‘forced to make the difficult decision’ and was demobilising, reported the Gulf Daily News (GDN),


‘Agriculture experts look to export to Bahrain’

Agriculture experts from around the world are looking to export to Bahrain. That emerged yesterday (February) as the Bahrain International Garden Show (BIGS) was opened by Her Royal Highness Princess Sabeeka bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa, wife of His Majesty King Hamad and National Ini


Experts warn of diseases surge in Gulf region

Experts have warned of a ‘phenomenal’ rise in infectious diseases set to hit the Gulf over the next decade. Under-diagnosed native infections, such as the recent Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (Mers-CoV) outbreak, coupled with a rise in drug-resistant &l

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