Daily Archives: October 9, 2019

Huawei Fusion Solar Powers Select Areas of Beijing Daxing International Airport

BEIJING, Oct. 9, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — On September 25th, Beijing Daxing International Airport, the world’s largest airport, was put into operation. The grid-tied rooftop distributed PV system in the cargo area, east runway, and business jet area has been successfully commissioned in September. It boosts the development of PV systems and renewable energy application in the civil aviation field.

Beijing Daxing International Airport, Powered by Huawei FusionSolar

With Huawei FusionSolar Smart PV Solution this 5.61 MWp project pioneered the application of clean energy in civil aviation. After grid connection, 6.1 GWh of green energy will be fed into the power grid annually, which equals to 1,900 tons of standard coal saving while offsetting 966 tons of CO2 and 14.5 tons of SO2 footprints every year.

The project owner indicated the PV plant with Huawei FusionSolar Smart PV Solution as the reliable source of green energy to the airport thanks to the integration of cutting-edge digital information technologies and higher yields, smart O&M, and safe & reliable features. As we all know, airport safety is the top priority. Huawei FusionSolar distributed solution put a lot of effort in terms of safety consideration in order to leave customers peace of mind. For example, the AI-enabled arc-fault circuit interrupter (AFCI) technology and the fuse-free design can eliminate fire risk. Besides, airport equipment will not be affected by minor electromagnetic radiation. In addition, with smart I-V curve diagnosis, Huawei Smart PV Solution can pinpoint faulty PV strings and discover faulty causes proactively, which guarantees secure, reliable, and long-term power generation.

Beijing Daxing International Airport, Powered by Huawei FusionSolar

Beijing Daxing International Airport, being a US$11.2 billion cost and 1.4 million square meter wide structure, is hailed by the British Guardian as No. 1 among new Seven Wonders of the World. The grand opening marks the advent of the world’s largest single-terminal airport, surpassing Dubai World Central and New Istanbul Airport. Being a giant aviation integrated transportation hub, it is expected that the renewable energy supply will account for more than 10% (with 1% being PV system contribution) of the airport’s annual energy consumption. As a result, Daxing airport tops the list of airports in China in terms of renewable energy utilization percentage.

Beijing Daxing International Airport, Powered by Huawei FusionSolar

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Eritrea: Traditional Medicine Research Dissemination Workshop

WHO jointly with MOH had conducted a research dissemination workshop on 30 September 2019 at Orotta hospital conference hall.

Traditional Medicine has been an important part of the culture and tradition of Eritrean people for centuries. Depending on their areas of localities, they are influenced by their various cultural backgrounds and religious inclinations, and they have been able to develop a wide variety of traditional medical practices. This culture has enabled the society to promote health, to guard against illnesses and to cure diseases. However, these practices have been handed over from one generation to the other mostly via oral traditions with no systemic means of documentation which is a great concern for the loss traditional knowledge. As that is the case with most African countries, despite the accessibility of modern medicine to the majority of the Eritrean population, traditional medicine is still believed to be widely accepted and practiced, possibly because of their accessibility, affordability, and acceptability to the local society.

Mr Iyassu Bahta, Director of National Medicine and Food Administration highlighted that ‘WHO and Ministry of Health of Eritrea have moved in the direction of recognizing and guiding traditional medicine practices in the country by taking some notable actions. These are: the establishment of the traditional medicine unit, the formation of a national advisory committee on traditional medicine, endorsement of the national traditional medicine policy, and the development of Green form for reporting traditional medicine related adverse events.’

As mentioned above, the research dissemination workshop, a survey report of knowledge Attitude and Practice (KAP) studies on traditional medicine practitioners, healthcare professionals, and the community was conducted in two Zobas (Gash Barka and Debub), and a KAP of traditional cauterization among patients visiting Massawa hospital were presented.

The event was attended by 82 participants that included Director Generals, higher officials from the Ministry of Health, representatives of UN partners, Traditional Medicine Advisory Committee (TMAC) members, representatives of line Ministries, representatives of professional associations and other relevant stakeholders.

The presentations were followed by a passionate discussion on the contents of the presentations. The participants of the workshop gave their views and comments on both presentations.

It was highlighted in the study that the use of traditional medicine, at least one visit, was found to be at approximately 48% and 39% respectively in Gash barka and Debub, with comparatively less use of traditional medicine in the last year in Gash Barka (at 19%). Females in Gash Barka were found to visit traditional medicine practitioners (61%) more than males (39%).

Although it was highlighted that 81.1% of the respondents in Zoba Gash Barka prioritize conventional medicine over traditional, 50.8% of the respondents in Debub reported that there are safe traditional medicines without negative consequences; such as hot springs (hydrotheraphy); herbal treatment; bone setting and others. Some of the main reasons for use of traditional medicine in Zoba Gash Barka was religious and cultural convictions (44.6%) and effectiveness of Traditional medicine (29.3%).

Moreover, findings of the surveys on the exposure of children to traditional medicine practices was taken as a concern. Uvulectomy, cautery and circumcision are the most widely practiced traditional medicine activities. These findings have however, brought information for the regulatory body to take evidence-based decisions to better the practices of community regarding healthcare.

As highlighted by the Director of National Medicine and Food Administration, the Traditioal Medicine policy document should be supported by legal ground for efficient regulation of the three components of traditional medicine (namely the product, practice and practitioners); finalization of the legal framework, code of ethics and practice are the next priority action points to be dealt with.

Source: World Health Organization. Africa

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Training on WHO triple drug therapy for Lymphatic Filariasis provided in Eritrea

WHO Eritrea has provided a training to over 35 health workers as part of strengthening their capacities in the control and elimination of the disease lymphatic filariasis at the conference hall of the National confederation of Eritrean Workers from 30 September up to 4 October 2019.

This five-day training focused on the disease and components of the two main pillars of the Global Programme to eliminate lymphatic filariasis namely the interruption of the transmission of the infection through mass drug administration (MDA) and the reduction of suffering and improvement of the quality of life through morbidity management and disability prevention (MMDP).

Lymphatic filariasis is a parasitic disease caused by a worm transmitted mainly by the bite of an infected mosquitos. It can also be transmitted by other vectors such as culex, Aedes and Mansonena. The infection can start early in life from two years of age. The disease often occur years after adult worms cause the dilation and dysfunction of lymphatic vessels which predispose individual to lymphedema. The disease can be asymptomatic, Chronic and Acute. Skin lesions allow bacteria to enter the blood stream causing acute attacks which can cause progression of the disease.

Participants were drawn from all regions of Eritrea that included the IDSR focal persons, pharmacists and other health workers.

Dr Didier Bakajika, Medical Officer/ Onchocerciasis/Lymphatic Filariasis from AFRO has been facilitating the training and he said, Lymphatic filariasis, commonly known as elephantiasis, is a painful and mutilating disease.

Filarial infection can cause a variety of clinical manifestations, including lymphoedema of the limbs, genital disease and recurrent acute attacks, which are extremely painful and are accompanied by fever. Lymphatic filariasis, considered globally as a neglected tropical disease (NTD).

At the end, some of the recommendations were Eritrea to advocate for mass drug administration, to enhance communication with communities before mass drug administration, to involve the pharmacovigilance unit and to implement IDA in 2020.

Source: World Health Organization. Africa