Kenya And Thailand Sign MOU Over Universal Health Care

Kenya and Thailand have recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU), with the goal of studying the steps needed to achieve Universal Health Coverage (UHC), covering discussions with many a medical health insurance, capacity building, health technology assessment, and health financing., capacity building, health technology assessment, and health financing.

The signing was handled by the Health Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki, representing the Kenyan government. For Thailand, Minister of Public Health, Professor Emeritus PiyasakolSakolsatayadorn, acted as the representative at the signing ceremony, held at a hotel in Nairobi, March 21.

Kariuki spoke at the ceremony, saying that there’s a few areas where Kenya can benefit from including Health Technology Assessment (HTA), UHC, as well as capacity building in HR Management, alongside scholarships for short courses, and Master’s Degrees.

She says that Kenya has quite a bit to learn from the Thai kingdom, which was successful in implementing UHC for its citizens.

According to the Cabinet Secretary, the Kenyan government has decided to sign following their visit to Thailand in January in 2019, following a meeting held in Nairobi with the Public Health Minister of Thailand, where both discussed their plans for Thailand to assist Kenya in working towards universal healthcare.

Kariuki noted that there would also be National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) reforms, in order to make medical health insurance in Kenya more responsive and reliable, similar to what Thailand did with the National Health Security Office (NHSO), which has been successfully managing Thai public health for years.

She reports that the pilot phase of the UHC had been undergoing in four counties; Isiolo, Kisumu, Machakos, and Kisumu, and has been getting positive feedback from citizens, who report that there is a reliable availability of medicine and committed healthcare providers.

On the other end, Prof. Sakolsatayadorn stated that the public health success story in Thailand is due to them making sure that medical providers focus on providing quality services, instead of making profits.

He says that, in Thailand, there are teams of medical professionals focused on providing public health services to the rural areas, supported via financial incentives. On top of that, the Professor says that the Kingdom also invested heavily in training manpower in its medical sector, which helped bump up the number of doctors graduating from 1000 to 3000.

 

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Ascot International School With Additional IB Authorisation

Ascot International School, an international primary school in Thailand, has been in operation at Ramkhamhaeng Soi 118 since 1995, and has acquired several accreditations and authorisations, like CIS and IB Diploma Programme, among others.

The school recently announced that it just received more authorisation, the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IB PYP), making it one of the four schools in the Thai capital to have the authorisation for multiple programmes.

The International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme is available to kids in the age range of 3-11 y.o., and different from the traditional methods of classrooms in that its designed students to challenge the ideas presented to them, ask questions, and, of course, extend their skills.

Ascot Headmaster Gary Booth explains that the learning process invariably involves taking risks, and the point of the programme is to create a safe environment for their students to learn, make choices about how they learn and behaviour in order to grow into adaptable and well-rounded students.

Ascot is a PYP school, where teachers act less than instructors and more like guides to students, who don’t just sit passively in their chairs, they’re active and move around the education space, going to the library, collecting data outdoors, or interacting with their teacher. A PYP classroom commonly has students working together in groups as they learn cooperatively, consult learning material, research or just gathering info from other people and their environment.

The IB PYP programme ends in a Year 6 exhibition, where the now-11 year old students working together in order to conduct an in-dept inquiry into issues and problems that afflict the real world. This activity is aimed at having the students use the transdisciplinary skills that they pick up over the programme’s duration in order to present their inquiry to the school, in any method that they deem fit.

Currently, the international primary school in Thailand accepts students from 18 months up to 18 years of age, allowing them to complete secondary education in familiar environs and avoid the problem of having to readjust to a new learning environment. Additionally, this also lets Ascot keep an eye on the students’ development, letting the school meet their needs.

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3 Advantages Of Hiring Company For Industrial Cleaning In Sydney

Although you can hire ordinary cleaners for your business establishment or school, there are more advantages if you would hire cleaners with specializations such as those who are experts in industrial cleaning in Sydney. Even if you have your in-house janitors or cleaners, some areas may not be handled by them especially when there is a need for heavy duty equipment to do the job properly. Industrial cleaning requires training for the cleaners to handle heavy duty equipment and for them to know the right approaches to cleaning industrial settings.

Fast service delivery

Industrial cleaners utilize specialized equipment that can accomplish a task in less time. This way, your business will have less or no down time at all on your business operation especially if you would schedule the cleaning on a weekend. Industrial cleaners are generally paid per hour and with their expertise and professionalism, you can be sure that they will finish the job right away and will only require you to pay lesser amount because of their efficiency. Regular office cleaners and janitors use ordinary cleaning solutions and tools that may not be as effective compared to the equipment utilized by professional cleaners.

Employs reliable industrial equipment

Contractors for industrial cleaning in Sydney utilize heavy duty equipment that can effectively clean commercial establishments within expected time. These cleaning equipment are also sturdy and reliable so you can be sure that they can withstand the demands of the job and in effectively cleaning silt, grime, and other areas that are susceptible to dust and microorganisms. Choose a company that uses water-base cleaning solutions and more earth-friendly products.

More affordable  

At one glance, hiring a team for industrial cleaning in Sydney may look more expensive. However, since they can accomplish their task in a shorter time, that means you would actually have to pay less compared to average office cleaners. Ask for cost estimates to get an idea how much you are going to spend for the service and ask from at least 5 service providers for better comparison. Indicate your specific cleaning requirements when you fill out a quote request.

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Rare Tropical Bed Bugs Found In Hawaii And Florida

Following its 60-year nonappearance in the U.S., a bed bug famous for its capability to spread so fast just recently invaded Hawaii and Florida, as stated by experts that study about the parasitic pest.

Tropical bed bug vs common bed bug

The tropical bed bug, with scientific name Cimex hemipterus, is increasing concerns since the usual eradication methods may not keep its numbers at bay.

Brittany Campbell, an entomologist from the University of Florida, spoke to Seeker, and said that the tropical bed bug and the common bed bug, Cimex lectularius, look similar to a person’s naked eye. Likewise, signs like shed skin, blood spots and bites are also the same for both. She also added that they cause tiny bite marks to some serious allergic reactions, which may require fast medical action.

However, under microscopes, these two species will look different, according to Campbell. She continued that the tropical bed bug’s pronotum is shaped differently. This is U-shaped in common bed bugs.

The bed bug’s existence in tropical areas

The bed bug’s existence has still not been proven in Hawaii, she said. However, the presence is Florida is more known. A family in Merritt Island reported the infestation and sent a sample to Campbell. She, together with her team, found out that the it came from a long-lost tropical species.

It was found during the 1930s to 1940s, but it wasn’t reported again until the incident from Merritt Island.

The parasite is sometimes found in Africa, Asia, South America, parts of Australia and other tropical environments. It favors humid and warm environments and could possibly spread to southern states like California.

News spreading about the tropical bed bug

With the news spreading about the parasite invasion, John Cooksey from McCall Service thinks that pest control operators are going to pay greater attention to these species.

Cooksey mentioned that these species may be resistant to some insecticides. Exterminators depend mostly on controlled heating in order to kill bed bugs. When done right, this method is a way on how to kill bed bugs at home, eliminating pesticide use which bugs become resistant to.

Tropical bugs, on the other hand, are used to the heat. Cooksey said that several researchers think these can evolve to having great heat resistance.

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Real Weathered Wood Recycled From An Old Potato Storage Facility

<a href=”http://www.heraldandnews.com/news/local_news/the-art-of-deconstruction/article_4a0be446-ac42-57aa-b02f-4c5367928d95.html”>Tulelake Cold Storage</a> was built in 1940 with cooling efficiency through cement blocks and sawdust insulation on the outside walls. It was used as the storage for sacked potatoes before they are needed in the market. Now, the rooms that were used for potato storage have been abandoned. Many people assumed that there is nothing left to salvage; they were wrong.

The 6 buildings and shops with a total floor area of 120,000 square feet are filled with well-preserved Douglas Fir wood flooring. The wood was inside a climate controlled structure for many years so that it was very dry, very straight and very clean. The lumber that was used to build the floors was harvested from old growth trees with really tight grain. You don’t see this type of lumber anymore.

Christopher Green, Reba and Dennis VanAcker through their business DoubleHead Enterprises purchased the Tulelake Cold Storage in June 2013 after it has been out of business for the last 11 years. Since the building was already abandoned, the family reclaimed the old lumber floor, floorboard by floorboard and offered it to buyers through the internet.

When some Japanese learned that DoubleHead was selling well-preserved timber from the 1930’s to the 1960’s, they flew immediately to look at the wood and were visibly overwhelmed. They bought four container-loads of flooring, mainly the 2 by 12 foot slats. The Japanese will use the timber for flooring, wall coverings, doors and furniture.

The floors of the cold storage were well built with sawdust and coolant system to provide proper ventilation for the potatoes. Air coolant was pumped into the entire building that is why the wood floors were well preserved. Greens and the VanAcker’s including some hired help spent their spare hours to carefully remove the boards and pack them for buyers.

Manual timber removal can be labour intensive and time consuming. <a href=”http://tilestrip.com.au/”>Timber Floor Removal in Perth</a> can complete the job quickly and efficiently through proper equipment, specialized tools and accessories and of course highly trained and experienced staff. The removal of timber flooring will be undertaken within an agreed timeframe while minimizing any inconveniences and disruptions.

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