Showing posts with label Belgium. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Belgium. Show all posts

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Meet Belgium’s new Minister of Health!

Maggie de Block, Belgium’s new Minister of Social Affairs and Health
Speaking as a former fat-person... its got to be the tasty Belgium chocolate! :)  If you want to know what it feels like to be despised in this modern world, get fat.  Fat people are the politically correct people to hate these days (after  tobacco smokers - mind you pot smoking is in vogue these days)... and of course that just makes it harder for them to lose weight, because much of the problem is the person's self-image anyway...  -AK

Meet Belgium’s new Minister of Health!

Among several dictionary definitions of the word “irony” are these:
5. an outcome of events contrary to what was, or might have been, expected.
6. the incongruity of this.

Two days ago, on Oct. 11, 2014, at the Royal Palace in Brussels, Maggie De Block was sworn in as Belgium’s new Minister of Social Affairs and Health.

Oh, the irony. The irony.

Belgium’s new center-right government took office on Saturday, promising to raise the retirement age and slash costs by about 8 billion euros ($10 billion) to balance the national budget by 2018 and cut the country’s debt. (Source: Reuters)

52-year-old De Block entered politics in 1999 when she was elected a member of the Belgian Chamber of Representatives for the electoral district Brussels-Halle-Vilvoorde.

She had studied medicine at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and was a general practitioner for 25 years.

Double the irony!

H/t RebelMouse


Tuesday, October 7, 2014

The accidental release of 45 litres of concentrated live polio virus solution into the Belgium environment

Monitoring current threats: ECDC Communicable Disease Threats Report (CDTR), week 37/2014

​The ECDC Communicable Disease Threats Report is a weekly bulletin intended for epidemiologists and health professionals in the area of communicable disease prevention and control. This issue covers the period 7–13 September 2014 and includes updates on:

The accidental release of 45 litres of concentrated live polio virus solution into the environment - Belgium

As reported to ECDC by Belgian authorities, on 2 September 2014, following a human error, 45 litres of concentrated live polio virus solution were released into the environment by the pharmaceutical company, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), in Rixensart city, Belgium. The liquid was conducted directly to a water-treatment plant (Rosieres) and released after treatment in river Lasne affluent of river Dyle which is affluent of the Escaut/Scheldt river. Belgium’s High Council of Public Health conducted a risk assessment that concluded that the risk of infection for the population exposed to the contaminated water is extremely low due to the high level of dilution and the high vaccination coverage (95%) in Belgium.

ECDC's assessment is that the accidental release in the environment of large amounts of live polio virus represents a risk to public health if susceptible populations, such as areas with low polio vaccine coverage, are exposed to contaminated waters or mud. Particularly since the Lasne and Dyle rivers are joining the Escaut/Scheldt river which flows in the southwestern part of the Netherlands where various orthodox protestant communities present a lower polio vaccination coverage, before reaching the North Sea.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Belgian Finance Minister Quits Over Banking Dispute

Steven Vanackere

Belgian finance minister quits over banking dispute

By Robert-Jan Bartunek and Ben Deighton

BRUSSELS, March 5 (Reuters) - Belgium's finance minister resigned on Tuesday and his party hurriedly appointed a lawyer and university professor to succeed him ahead of imminent talks on further austerity savings.