The First Pulmonary Transplant in Bulgaria is Expected in 2021
In 2021 the first pulmonary transplantation in Bulgaria should be carried out, said Prof. Gencho Nachev, Executive Director of St. Catherine Hospital.
He recalled that two patients had already traveled to Vienna to study the possibility of getting a transplant there. One, however, has developed an infection that prevents the procedure. This makes it necessary to choose the next most urgent patient who will also be sent to Vienna.
Teams from the hospital of Gencho Nachev and MMA will be trained in Vienna to prepare for transplants in Bulgaria.
Prof. Nachev said that the transplantation process in Bulgaria will include practices that are also used in other countries.
The transplant itself will be performed at St. Catherine's Hospital and the tracking process from the Pulmonologists in the MMA, but this will be after the patients have undergone the initial treatment and are stabilized.
"The real breakthrough will happen when a patient receives a lung transplant in Bulgaria. The decision with the hospital in Vienna is temporary. But it all depends on the availability of a suitable donor, "he said.
Thailand THG's Yangon hospital taps high-end demand
Thonburi Healthcare Group (THG) has expanded its presence in Myanmar by opening a new private hospital in Yangon in March to leverage the country's growing demand for higher-end healthcare.
The group said Ar Yu International Hospital will serve as an alternative for Myanmar citizens and expatriates instead of travelling to Thailand.
The new hospital is a joint venture between THG and local partners, 40% owned by THG, 50% owned by Ga Mone Pwint Co and 10% owned by Aryu Ananta Medical Services Co.
The project had an investment cost of US$75 million (2.39 billion baht).
The company seeks to become a leading operator in international hospitals in Myanmar and hopes Ar Yu will serve as a model for future investments.
Tanatip Suppradit, vice-chairman of THG, said the new hospital was a result of leveraging demand for healthcare services in Myanmar that are growing in tandem with the local economy.
THG plans to grow its presence in private hospital markets around Asean through collaborations with local partners.
"Thailand is the most popular destination for health checkups and other healthcare services among well-off Myanmar people because of their trust in Thai medical service standards," Mr Tanatip said.
"Recognising the high growth potential based on strong demand, we decided to invest in building and operating a hospital in Myanmar to provide healthcare services with international standards to both local patients and expatriates. We hope this service will save them the time and cost associated with the need to travel to Thailand."
The hospital is equipped with 200 beds, eight operating theatres and 142 inpatient rooms, and offers both outpatient and inpatient services.
THG expects the hospital to be considered the top-ranked international hospital in Myanmar soon.
The hospital employs about 120 physicians and maintains a variety of specialist centres for care in the cardiac, endoscopic, paediatrician, and ear, nose and throat fields, as well as an emergency department.
It is the first private hospital in Myanmar to be a co-investment and managed by a hospital group from Thailand.
Mr Tanatip said the hospital boasts state-of-the-art medical technologies like CT scans, MRIs and ultrasound, used to diagnose and treat complicated diseases.
It serves 130 patients per day on average, with the figure expected to increase to 300 by the year-end.
Thailand TAT gazes across Pacific
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is gearing up for high-end travellers from the US and Canada this year by partnering with luxury department store chains to promote tourism.
The TAT is talking with some department stores in Canada, presenting post-production film shoots after successfully launching the marketing campaign "Art of Travel" at Neiman Marcus, a high-end American department store chain, in February.
"The main challenge for the US and Canada markets is the lack of direct flights to Thailand, so we have to maintain tourism momentum in these markets," said Runjuan Tongrut, TAT executive director of the Americas region.
She said the partnership with Neiman Marcus helped TAT to draw attention from quality tourists by using locations in Thailand for film shoots and advertising the destinations in Neiman Marcus' spring book via online platforms, and in stores.
Other organisations also took part in the campaign, such as Tourism Ireland, Audley Travel and MSC Cruise.
Last month, the TAT also hosted a Songkran festival at Neiman Marcus's Beverly Hills branch to engage directly with target groups and travel agents to offer Thailand tourism packages.
"We plan to expand tourism projects like this to other retailers in this region. We are in discussion and the pre-production process with luxury department stores in Canada to lure more tourists to visit Thailand in July to September," said Ms Runjuan.
The TAT is also aiming for a perennial target: honeymooners and weddings. To support this segment, the TAT has developed an application called "Thai the Knot Sales Companion" to plan a dream romance trip to Thailand, she said.
Other areas of focus include leisure groups, especially first-time visitors to Thailand, and millennials who tend to be interested in health and wellness tourism, particularly fitness and mind-body activities like muay thai and yoga.
The Tourism and Sports Ministry reports 1.12 million Americans and 276,543 Canadians visited last year. This year, the TAT expects its marketing campaigns will help boost arrivals from these two countries by 8% from 2018.
In the first quarter, Thailand welcomed 322,576 visitors from the US, up by 5% year-on-year, and generated 24.5 billion baht in income, or nearly 7% growth.
Some 92,552 Canadians arrived here during the first quarter, up 1.7%, and generated 7.8 billion baht income, a 0.2% increase.
New smartphone app to train medics on saving lives
A new app to tackle emergency health situations has been launched.
The app developed at the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI – Wellcome Trust) will train health workers to avert life threatening situations through the use of interactive 3D simulations.
Dubbed Life-saving Instruction for Emergencies (LIFE), the app was developed in collaboration with the Oxford University launched on Thursday during the ongoing Kenya Paediatric Association annual conference in Mombasa.
The simulations take place in a virtual 3D hospital where users have to find the correct pieces of medical equipment to manage an emergency and then use this equipment to carry out a sequence of life-saving steps.
At the end of the simulated emergency, if they have carried out the steps correctly, the LIFE system awards a digital Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credit that is registered with the Kenya Paediatric Association (KPA).
There is a desperate need for new methods to train the growing numbers of healthcare workers around the world, particularly for managing emergencies in children.
In Africa, approximately one million children die in their first month of life. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that two-thirds of these children could be saved if the healthcare workers who look after them had adequate training.
Currently available face-to-face training programmes for healthcare workers are expensive and are associated with knowledge decay over time, requiring frequent refresher training which only adds to the cost and inconvenience.
To overcome these challenges, LIFE has been designed as a freely available app that all healthcare workers can download onto their own smartphones.
The LIFE app reminds users on their phones when they need to refresh their training so that they can quickly test their knowledge to ensure they are always ready to act in an emergency.
It issues CPD credits each time they refresh their knowledge so that healthcare workers are rewarded with professional recognition for keeping up-to-date.
The development of the LIFE app was initially funded by contributors to a crowdfunding campaign, including the Skoll Foundation, HTC, and Medicins Sans Frontieres, with matched funding from the Wellcome Trust.
The LIFE team went on to win funding from the Saving Lives at Birth Grand Challenge for Development (funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, USAID, DFID, KOICA and Grand Challenges Canada).
In 2018, LIFE won the “VR for Impact” award from HTC at the World Economic Forum in Davos to develop a Virtual Reality version of the app. Healthcare workers around the world can now download the LIFE app for free.
Source : https://www.standardmedia.co.ke/health/article/2001320669/new-smartphone-app-to-train-medics-on-saving-lives
Measles cases in Bulgaria head for 800 mark
A total of 792 cases of measles have been registered in Bulgaria since February 12, Professor Todor Kantardzhiev, director of the National Centre for Infectious and Parasitic Diseases, told Bulgarian National Radio on May 30.
“Today the psychological barrier of 800 cases, which is a lot, will be passed,” Kantardzhiev said.
He said that as of May 29, of the total, 272 were in Sofia, the city and the district, and 156 in the district of Blagoevgrad. The outbreak in Sofia was the largest so far.
There were 260 cases in Samokov and Ihtiman, though the rate was decreasing.
Kantardzhiev said that disturbingly, the May 29 data showed already 76 to 77 cases in the Kyustendil district, in the region of Dupnitsa.
Measures were being taken to stave off the outbreaks reaching an epidemic.
He said that there should be active efforts to establish which children below the age of eight had not yet been vaccinated for measles, mumps and rubella (MMR).
Tests at the National Reference Laboratory had established that in more than 30 cases of measles in children, although records showed that they had been vaccinated, they had not.
There were four things that had to be respected in order to overcome the measles problem, he said.
First, children younger than eight should be vaccinated. Second, the risk of contamination could be reduced by avoiding enclosed indoor spaces, by proper ventilation and by being outdoors.
Third, people who have immune deficiencies and children who had not been vaccinated were most at risks.
Fourth, a person who had been abroad should in the first week avoid meeting relatives, especially babies younger than 15 months who had not been vaccinated.
Currently, the number of measles cases in Bulgaria is more than 40 times the number at the same time last year. The May 29 figure is hugely up from the 46 reported by the Health Ministry on February 26.