Ministerial reshuffle as Vanuatu deals with Covid-19 community transmission

Prime Minister Bob Loughman announced the ministerial reshuffle a day after authorities confirmed that Covid-19 is now in the community in Port Vila.

The change in portfolios is effective immediately.

According to PM Loughman, the move is part of efforts to strengthen leadership in the Ministry of Health.

He said Minister Leingkone has experience with pandemics and natural disasters since 2020.


Photo Government Media  Caption: PM Bob Loughman announces the ministerial changes 


Vanuatu healthcare must be priority - MP

Speaking on health issues in Parliament, John Sala said the country needed more qualified doctors and nurses, better health facilities and more money so objectives could be met.

The Vanuatu Daily Post reports Mr Sala saying their needed to be more invested in life support machines and equipment in intensive care units in the existing hospitals in Port Vila and Luganville Santo.

Vanuatu urges seasonal workers to give full health report

A ni-Vanuatu worker on New Zealand's Recognised Seasonal Employment scheme died ten days ago in Tauranga.

Vanuatu's Department of Labour has confirmed the death of Kennethy Wilson Rong on May 25.

The Vanuatu Daily Post reports an autopsy revealed he had heart disease and his death has been referred to the coroner

Workers applying to work under New Zealand's RSE scheme or Australia's Seasonal Work Programme are being encouraged to tell their doctors if they know they have an existing health condition, the paper reported.



APEC seeks out Health Tech Game Changers

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2018 APEC Science Prize for Innovation, Research and Education, or ASPIRE Prize, under the theme Smart Technologies for Healthy Societies.

Women advised to sleep on side to help prevent stillbirth

A study of just over 1,000 women found the risk doubles if women go to sleep on their backs in the third trimester.

The study looked into 291 pregnancies that ended in stillbirth and 735 women who had a live birth.

Researchers say the position in which women fall asleep in is most important - and they should not worry if they are on their back when they wake up.

About one in 225 pregnancies in the UK ends in stillbirth and the study authors estimate that about 130 babies' lives a year could be saved if women went to sleep on their side.

Heart surgery survival chances 'better in the afternoon'

The body clock - or circadian rhythm - is the reason we want to sleep at night, but it also drives huge changes in the way our bodies work.

The research, published in the Lancet, suggests the heart is stronger and better able to withstand surgery in the afternoon than the morning.

And it says the difference is not down to surgeons being tired in the morning.

Doctors need to stop the heart to perform operations including heart valve replacements. This puts the organ under stress as the flow of oxygen to the heart tissue is reduced.

'Handful of changes' make cancer

The team, at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, showed the answer was a tiny handful, between one and 10 mutations depending on the type of tumour.

It has been one of the most hotly debated issues in cancer science for decades.

The findings, published in the journal Cell, could improve treatment for patients.

If you played spot the difference between a cancer and healthy tissue, you could find tens of thousands of differences - or mutations - in the DNA.

Avoid being infected by gruesome flesh-eating bacteria

She was said to have caught it on Victoria's Mornington Peninsula, where cases seem to be on the rise.

Buruli ulcer, also known as Bairnsdale ulcer, occurs in many areas of the world, including Victoria.

Love, audibility

Whether they are a man or a woman, the best way to find out if the object of your crush returns your affections is probably just to talk to them.

But in judging whether there's a spark between you, what they are saying may not be as important as how they say it.

Dr Marina Kalashnikova, a speech and language researcher at the University of Western Sydney, said research had shown people's voices "carry a lot of information" about their feelings towards the person they're conversing with.

Have humans always slept through the night?

But the notion that we need all of our sleep in one unbroken block, is not necessarily driven by our biology. And there's a good deal of evidence to show we haven't always had this approach to sleep.

In Geoffrey Chaucer's 14th century text, The Squire's Tale, the king's daughter, Canacee, is described as having a "fyrste sleep," arising in the early morning ahead of her companions, who sleep fully through the night.