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Heavy rain slows rescue work as overflowing hospitals struggle to cope in aftermath of Indonesian tsunami

Heavy rain slows rescue work as overflowing hospitals struggle to cope in aftermath of Indonesian tsunamiIndonesian search and rescue teams on Wednesday plucked stranded residents from remote islands and pushed into isolated communities desperate for aid in the aftermath of a volcano-triggered tsunami that killed over 400. But torrential rains hampered the effort and heaped more misery on the region, as officials warned another killer wave could hit the stricken area. The disaster agency cautioned residents to stay clear of the coast, as fresh activity at the Anak Krakatoa volcano, which sits in the middle of the Sunda Strait between Java and Sumatra islands, threatened to spark another tsunami. A section of the crater – which emerged at the site of the legendary Krakatoa volcano, whose massive 1883 eruption killed at least 36,000 people – collapsed after an eruption and slid into the ocean, triggering Saturday night's killer wave. Residents evacuate from Sebesi Island at Tennis Court Kalianda in South Lampung, Indonesia on December 26, 2018 Credit: Andalou The disaster agency slightly raised the death toll on Wednesday to 430, with 1,495 people injured and another 159 missing. Medical workers have warned that clean water and medicine supplies were running low – stoking fears of a public health crisis – as thousands of displaced survivors cram shelters and hospitals. The co-ordinator of the Indonesia Red Cross, Ridwan Sobri Carman, called on the government to do more.  “[People] need tents, vitamins, blankets, clean and drinking water and better food,” he told the Daily Telegraph. “We provide those materials, but clearly that is not enough.” In the Pandeglang area of Banten Province the Head of Red Crescent Indonesia said that local health centers needed more surgeons and orthopedic specialists, as well as general practitioners and paramedics.  “Health centers lack essential medical equipment – even body bags,”  Mangaradja Victor told teh Daily Telegraph, adding that the area is in dire need of disease prevention support as refugees are camped out in exposed areas on the sides and terraces of local mosques. Many of an estimated 22,000 displaced people fear going back to their communities. “I'm here because people said there could another tsunami,” Etin Supriatin told AFP from an evacuation centre in shattered Labuan. The disaster agency dispatched helicopters to drop supplies into hard-to-reach communities, while hundreds of residents on tiny islands in the Sunda Strait were airlifted or taken by boat to shelters. Sniffer dogs are being used to find those still missing as grief-stricken relatives lined up at identification centres. But hopes of finding any survivors beneath the rubble have dwindled. Tubagus Cecep, 63, waited nervously at the area's main identification centre to see if a body was that of his missing son. “I'm scared my son is dead, but if I keep my faith in God maybe he could have been swept away somewhere and is still alive,” he told AFP.



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Photographer documents abandoned asylums and psychiatric hospitals

Photographer documents abandoned asylums and psychiatric hospitalsThese eerie images showcase the haunting abandoned asylums that lie dotted across secluded parts of the U.S. and Canada. Intrepid explorer Dave, the man behind the social media presence Freaktography, has spent more than six years documenting these wonders.



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Doctors, Hospitals And Insurers Ask Senate To Reject Graham-Cassidy

Doctors, Hospitals And Insurers Ask Senate To Reject Graham-CassidyOrganizations from across the health care industry have come together on Saturday in a joint statement opposing the controversial Graham-Cassidy bill.



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Authorities: 32 people go to hospitals after deck collapse

Authorities: 32 people go to hospitals after deck collapseLAKESIDE, Mont. (AP) — A total of 32 people were taken to hospitals after the second-story deck of a Montana lodge collapsed during a memorial event for a firefighter, authorities said.



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Meet Boston Children’s Hospital’s Down Syndrome Patient, Turned Employee

Meet Boston Children’s Hospital’s Down Syndrome Patient, Turned EmployeeNathan Simons is the first person in the Down syndrome clinic's 50-year history to be hired full time — who has also been a patient there.



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The Latest: London ambulance service: over 30 to hospitals

The Latest: London ambulance service: over 30 to hospitalsLONDON (AP) — The Latest on an incident on London Bridge (all times local):



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Rising Rates Of Drug Thefts In VA Hospitals

Rising Rates Of Drug Thefts In VA HospitalsAccording to data obtained by the Associated Press, the rate of reported missing drugs at VA health facilities was more than double that of private hospitals.



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Uncertain fate of Obamacare causes some hospitals to halt projects, hiring

Uncertain fate of Obamacare causes some hospitals to halt projects, hiringHospitals typically lay out multi-year operating plans that prioritize investments, such as new clinics, medical wings, technology or other projects that help draw in more patients and increase revenue. Denver Health Medical Center, for example, opened a new $ 26.9 million clinic in the city’s southwest in 2016 to provide care to an area lacking in health services and saw more patients within six months than it had expected over two years. The health system planned to build or remodel five more facilities based on the new clinic’s success.



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HIV-positive Ugandan women complain of forced sterilization in government hospitals

By Yasin Kakande KAMPALA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Ida, 29, was six months pregnant when she suddenly felt abdominal pains and went to a government hospital in Kampala. Like all pregnant women in Uganda, she was tested for HIV as part of routine screening for the virus.
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2 Washington hospitals urge HIV tests after syringe swap

SEATTLE (AP) — Two hospitals in Washington state are the latest to urge nearly 1,500 patients to get tested for hepatitis and HIV after a former surgery technician was charged with stealing and swapping a syringe in Colorado.
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