Stories about Health from June, 2009
Thailand: Combating Iodine deficiency
Jotman notes that “Although Thailand was the first country in the region to make progress against iodine deficiency, of all countries in ASEAN, Thailand has made the least progress in recent years.”
Sri Lanka: Papaya Juice – A Cure for Dengue
Sandun Fernando writes: “You may have heard this elsewhere but if not, I am glad to inform you that papaya juice is a natural cure for dengue fever. “
Trinidad & Tobago: Smelter Not Welcome
“The State wants the people of Trinidad to believe that only a handful of residents of La Brea do not want the smelter. This is not true”: Attillah Springer and Rights Action Group T&T republish a press statement regarding the proposed Alutrint aluminium smelter in La Brea.
Trinidad & Tobago: RIP “Shel Shok”
Trinidadian bloggers say farewell to late music producer Sheldon ‘$hel $hok’ Benjamin.
Dominican Republic: First Flu Death
Repeating Islands notes that the DR has reported its first death from the H1N1 virus.
Egypt: Update on H5N1
Egyptian Chronicles blogger Zeinobia keeps tabs on the H5N1 human infection toll. She reports Egypt's 79th infection here and the latest developments here.
Morocco: The Poor Cats!
Author Suzanna Clarke, writing for The View From Fez writes of her experience of rescuing a street cat, and the resulting kindness of strangers.
Jamaica: High Teen Pregnancy and Sexual Violence Rates
Adolescent pregnancy continues to be a major health problem in Jamaica, with 35 percent of Jamaican women having their first pregnancy by age 19. Most of these pregnancies are not planned. Many of these teenage girls also experience sexual violence.
Bahrain: Fighting Fat at 40
CoolRed38, from Bahrain, started a new blog entitled Fighting the Fat at 40.
Jamaica, Barbados: H1N1 Cases
Jamaica's Girl With a Purpose and Barbados’ Cheese-on-bread! and Bajan Dream Diary report on the islands’ first cases of the H1N1 virus.
The right to know in Fiji
Jonathan, the writer of the blog Oceanic: User Experiences from the South Pacific reports on a consumer complaint against his Fiji-based advertising agency stating that his advert for a local ISP attempts to benefit from the Swine Flu epidemic (now called H1N1) by misleading consumers into thinking internet service “is...
Swine flu enters Vietnam
Vietnam recorded its first Influenza A (H1N1) case. A 23-year old student tested positive for the virus in the southern Ho Chi Minh City. The student arrived from the United States via Hong Kong.