Day care wait lists still growing in much of Japan

Day care waiting lists have declined slightly overall but still grew on the year in 16 of 34 major Japanese municipalities, suggesting that the government remains far from its goal of clearing the chronic backlog. The Nikkei surveyed 20 cities and Tokyo’s 23 wards, with ...

Elderly get timely food, medicines

Poor elderly folk living in Mandalay City are being cared for with medicines and food during this season when temperatures can soar, said U Soe, secretary of the Ma Naw Kyar Phyu Blood Donor and Charity Association. “We help provide essentials to the poor and ...

Laos marks World Health Day, focusing on depression prevention

The Ministry of Health and the World Health Organisation to Laos are marking World Health Day, which is observed annually on April 7. The day provides a unique opportunity to mobilise action around a specific health topic of concern to people all over the world. ...

‘Healthcare focus should be on quality’

Authorities are being urged to better distribute the healthcare workforce with an emphasis on quality rather than quantity. Experts at a National Health Commission seminar said on Monday that there might be an oversupply of doctors within the next 10 years, and called for a ...

Patients waiting for organ transplants face shortages

Thousands of patients in Thailand are now on a life-or-death waiting list, praying every day with their family members for an organ transplant. Despite increasingly advanced medical technology, their vital surgeries cannot take place without an act of kindness from fellow humans. “One organ donor can ...

Health alert on imported food

The Commerce Ministry has banned imports of several food products over a health scare and warned the public to avoid them. The Camcontrol directorate-general took action over I.M. Healthy SoyNut Butter and I.M. Healthy Granola products after the US Food and Drug Administration linked them to ...

Microinsurance closes gaps in social safety nets

“I was very worried [about the hospital bill] because my father was in [intensive care] for a long time,” said Sheryl Tan, recalling the two painful months leading up to her father’s death last year. “So I was relieved when I heard that MediShield Life ...

Indonesia's Siloam plans to double number of hospitals

Indonesia’s Siloam International Hospitals aims to double the number of its hospitals to 50 by 2019. The country’s largest hospital operator expects to expand into remote areas, including the island of New Guinea, now that a universal health care system has been introduced, allowing low-income ...

Myanmar to implement four-year diabetes program

The Ministry of Health and Sports together with the Novo Nordisk Company have signed a memorandum of understanding to implement the Myanmar Diabetes Care Program from 2017 to 2020. The signing ceremony of the MoU, held on March 13 at the Chatrium Hotel in Yangon, was attended ...

Pharmacies selling unregulated drugs to face legal action

Pharmacies in seven townships in the Mandalay district area found to be selling unlicensed and expired drugs will face severe action, including the closure of their stores, under a proposal submitted by the Food and Drug Administration (Mandalay branch) to the Mandalay regional government. The proposal ...

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