Viet Nam News A clip documenting the refusal of security guards to allow an ambulance transporting a dying baby to leave the Hà Nội Paediatrics Hospital early this month has generated public anger. Health workers, officials and patients shared with Việt Nam News their opinions about health service issues, particularly relating to emergency medical aid. Doctor Trần Văn Phúc, Saint Paul General Hospital, Hà Nội. Patient transportation is a very complicated process in which transporters or accompanying medical staff, including doctors, nurses and technicians, play the most vital role. The transporters and health workers should possess high professional qualification so that they can assess whether the patient is in a life-threatening condition. That is the reason why a majority of patients and their families hire ambulances that charge far more than a taxi or any other type of transport. The incident at the Pediatrics Hospital, as reported in the media and on social networks … [Read more...] about Are the country’s ambulance services sick?
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ATLANTA - A deadly winter storm gripped the southeastern United States on Wednesday, crippling travel, knocking out power to 363,000 homes and businesses and encasing magnolia and palmetto trees in ice. The weather was blamed for at least 13 deaths in the region, including three who were killed when an ambulance transporting a patient skidded off an icy road in Carlsbad, Texas, the Texas Department of Public Safety said. Winter storm warnings and advisories were in place from Arkansas east to much of the Atlantic coast, the National Weather Service said. The storm is expected to sock the northeastern United States in the next two days with up to 15 inches (38 cm) of snow, it said. Snow and freezing rain that were pummeling South Carolina and North Carolina created a dangerous commute for drivers in a hurry to get home as the snowfall got heavier and the ice thickened. A possibly historic accumulation of ice as well as heavy snow was expected to add up to nearly 8 inches (20 cm) … [Read more...] about U.S. South, East Coast lashed again by deadly snow and ice storm
Limited passenger train services will resume along the East Coast on Wednesday as transportation slowly returns to normal after Hurricane Sandy, but flooding in tunnels is still blocking access to New York City, Amtrak said on Tuesday. Photo: Reuters Services provided by rail company Amtrak along the busy Northeast corridor were suspended on Monday as the storm hit the eastern United States, flooding tracks and roads, felling trees and power lines. Amtrak said it would provide modified Northeast regional services south from Newark in New Jersey from Wednesday. Routes would include a Virginia service, trains between Harrisburg and Philadelphia, and services between Boston, Portland and Maine. There will still be no service between New York and Boston and no Acela Express service for the length of the Northeast Corridor. Amtrak said that, along with other tunnel owners and operators in New York City, it was still removing water and repairing track, signal and power systems … [Read more...] about Some train services resume along East Coast
Hurricane Sandy, which could become the largest storm ever to hit the United States, is set to bring much of the East Coast, including New York and Washington, to a virtual standstill in the next few days with battering winds, flooding and the risk of widespread power outages. While the storm does not pack the punch of Hurricane Katrina, which devastated New Orleans in 2005, forecasters said it could be the largest in size when it strikes land. At the moment, Sandy's winds stretched some 520 miles and churned up 12-foot (3.6-meter) seas spanning more than 1,000 miles, meteorologists said. New York and other cities and towns closed their transit systems and schools and ordered residents of low-lying areas to evacuate before a storm surge that could reach as high as 11 feet. The New York Stock Exchange said it will close its trading floor on Monday for the first time since Hurricane Gloria in 1985, though stocks will still trade electronically. In addition, the United Nations, Broadway … [Read more...] about Evacuations, shutdowns on East Coast before storm
A magnitude 5.8 earthquake struck U.S. east coast on Tuesday afternoon and was felt in Washington D. C., New York City, North Carolina and even in Toronto, Canada. People evacuate from an office building following an earthquake tremor in Manhattan, New York, the United States, Aug. 23, 2011. A 5.8-magnitude earthquake struck around U.S. capital on Tuesday afternoon, the United States Geological Survey reported on its website. The quake occurred at 1:51 p.m. local time (1751 GMT), 134 km southwest of U.S. capital Washington D.C., at a depth of one km, the USGS said. A slight tremor was felt in Washington D.C. and New York City. (Xinhua/Fan Xia) The quake that lasted up to 45 seconds occurred at 1:51 p.m. local time (1751 GMT), 135 km southwest of U.S. capital Washington D.C., at a depth of six km, the United States Geological Survey ( USGS) reported on its website. The quake was also felt as far away as Martha's Vineyard, some 500 miles (800 kilometers) away, off the … [Read more...] about Magnitude 5.8 earthquake hits U.S. east coast