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Maltese MEP urges EU Commission to address medicine shortages

 - International - Jan 19 SHARE ON:
Maltese MEP urges EU Commission to address medicine shortages

Maltese MEP Josianne Cutajar has written an open letter to EU commissioners to address the current problems of medicine shortages. 

Addressing it to Commissioners Margaritis Schinas, Stella Kyriakides and Thierry Breton, Cutajar urged the entity to “to take urgent measures to help Member States ensure access to treatment for patients that face problems in acquiring needed medicines due to shortage.”

Joining forces with other MEPs from various political groups, Cutajar aims to put pressure on the European Commission in light of the surge of respiratory diseases as they result in pressures on hospitals and depleting medicine reserves. 

“This has resulted in health systems all over Europe having shortage of medicines” she said, “including antibiotics, analgesics and antipyretic drugs.” 

Cutajar pointed out during plenary this week that the EU must prioritise strategic pharmaceutical reduction whilst encouraging innovation, better coordination as well as entry on the market of critical medical devices. 

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Co-workers mourn and pay tribute to late Pelin Kaya

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Co-workers mourn and pay tribute to late Pelin Kaya

Following the tragic killing of Pelin Kaya yesterday morning after she was hit by a car driven by Jeremie Camilleri, her co-workers at Onepercent Group paid a tribute to the late 30-year-old. 

Posting to social media, a photo of Pelin Kaya along with her co-workers described the woman as a dear team mate and, ‘above all, a friend.’ 

‘Having formed part of our team for the past year, Pelin has left an indelible mark on us all that will never be forgotten. Our sincere condolences to Peelings family. We are all lost for words as we reel in shock from this tragedy’ the post read. 

33-year-old Jeremie Camilleri crashed into a restaurant after running over Kaya, becoming aggressive after exiting the vehicle and leading to a confrontation against police wherein he was tased to be brought down. 

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Naxxar elderly care home halts visits as COVID cases surge

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Naxxar elderly care home halts visits as COVID cases surge

Simblija Care Home, a 153-bed private facility in Naxxar, has put a temporarily halt to family members of residents from visiting after COVID-19 started surging. 

Families were informed on Tuesday by the care home that it was banning visitors for seven days as part of precautionary measures to ‘prevent further cases from rising.’ 

It is currently unknown ow many residents have tested positive for the virus, but sources state that only those showing symptoms are being tested. Some residents and relatives became worried of a return to restrictions, but the care home told various sources that they are fully operating in accordance with the health authorities when implementing the measures. 

When the pandemic hit Malta in 2020, care homes were closed off to visits, raising various concerns of isolation. Things improved as measures were relaxed, with some care homes still requiring the use of face masks during visits. 

The Naxxar care home is also being praised for its handling of the matter in a professional way, ensuring the residents’ safety. 

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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announces resignation

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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announces resignation

Jacinda Ardern, who acted as New Zealand’s prime minister as of 2017, has announced her resignation from the job. 

She explained to reporters that, knowing what the job takes to carry out, she knows that she no longer has ‘enough in the tank to do it justice. 

‘I’m a politician who is first and foremost human’ she said, explaining how she is looking forward to being there for when her daughter starts school next year and her excitement to marry partner Clarke Gayford. 

Her final day as Prime Minister will be on the 7th of February, with a general election held for New Zealand on October 14th. 

“This will give me a bit of time in the electorate before I depart, and also spare them and the country a by-election” she said. She revealed that she has no next steps planned out yet but she plans on finding a way to keep working for New Zealand. 

She said that the track record speaks for itself, having led her country through the COVID-19 pandemic as well as the Christchurch attack which saw many left dead. 

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