Biden slams Trump for cutting health programs before coronavirus outbreak

first_imgDemocratic presidential contender Joe Biden on Friday criticized President Donald Trump for reducing US oversight of global health issues before the coronavirus outbreak in China, which has spread rapidly to several countries including the United States.”We have, right now, a crisis with the coronavirus,” said Biden, who is in Iowa campaigning before the Midwestern farm state holds Democrats’ first nominating contest on Monday. “This is no time for Donald Trump’s record of hysteria and xenophobia – hysterical xenophobia – and fearmongering to lead the way instead of science.”Biden said Trump had rolled back progress on global health oversight that occurred when he was vice president from 2009 to 2017. In particular, he cited “draconian cuts” the White House proposed to the budgets of “the very agencies that we need to fight this outbreak,” including the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).Matt Wolking, a spokesman for the Trump campaign, responded that Biden had made “foolish comments” as vice president in 2009 about avoiding airplanes during a swine flu crisis and “caused a public panic.””In contrast, President Trump is listening to medical and scientific experts and taking every responsible precaution to protect the American people,” he said.The Trump administration declared a public health emergency on Friday and blocked foreign nationals who have traveled to China from entering the country. They also planned to impose a two-week quarantine on US citizens who have traveled within the past two weeks to China’s Hubei Province, the epicenter of the coronavirus epidemic.Still, officials insisted the risk to Americans from the flu-like illness is low. The outbreak has claimed more than 250 lives. None of the US cases have been fatal, and all but one of the patients contracted coronavirus while they were traveling in China.Topics :last_img read more

Antique all set for 2-day medical mission

first_imgSAN JOSE, Antique – All is set for thetwo-day medical mission at the Angel Salazar Memorial General Hospital (ASMGH)here slated Jan. 30 to 31. The Angel Salazar Memorial General Hospital in San Jose, Antique is ready for a two-day medical mission slated Jan. 30 to 31. PNA/ANNABEL CONSUELO PETINGLAY He said on the eve of the medicalmission, three doctors from the JRRMMC have arrived in the province to attendto the patients. Provincial information officer GalileoMagbanua on Wednesday said 12 patients would undergo major surgery while 28others are set for minor surgery. “Patients who will undergo majorsurgery have been admitted at the ASMGH already for their necessarypre-operation procedures,” Magbanua added. The “One-Time, Big-Time” medicalmission will be conducted by the joint medical team from the Jose R. ReyesMemorial Medical Center (JRRMMC) and the ASMGH. Aside from those who would undergomajor and minor surgeries, 11 other patients will undergo cataract operationwhile 70 others need dental assistance.center_img “The dental patients will also begiven their needed dentures for free,” Magbanua said. Around 10 to 20 doctors from theJRRMMC were expected to arrive for this “One-Time, Big-Time” medical missionfor sick and indigent Antiqueños. “The three advance party doctors arespecializing in pediatrics, pathology and radiology,” Magbanua added. The free medical mission was organizedby Gov. Rhodora Cadiao and Lone District Rep. Loren Legarda.   Cadiao said through this medicalmission, Antiqueños who could not normally afford to pay for their medicalbills could avail of the services of specialists for free.(With a report from PNA/PN)last_img read more

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

first_imgAs the 2016 Olympics came to an end, I wanted to focus on some good things, some bad things, and one ugly incident.  There were many super performances by the world’s greatest athletes.  I have already written about swimming and gymnastics, so today I want to focus on track and field.Usain Bolt is definitely the world’s fastest human.  Some people ask why he is so quick. He is 6’5″ with fast leg turnover and an attitude that allows him to relax and not worry so he gets the maximum out of his body.  Ashton Eaton again proved he is the world’s greatest athlete by winning another gold in the decathlon.  The American 100m hurdlers got the first sweep in the history of women’s running events.Unfortunately, Ryan Lochte and his rowdy friends showed the world how some athletes think they can get by with their fame and/or their money.  They seem to think those two things will keep them out of trouble.  At the age of 32 Lochte has earned a great living from his swimming prowess.  As you probably saw, he already has a publicist and a lawyer available at his beck and call.  Let’s hope that the real Olympics for the Americans is not remembered for this incident alone.last_img read more