Thu. Jun 20th, 2019

Zika lab test in Fiji

Fiji’s Ministry of Health and Medical Services, through its PCR laboratory at Mataika House in Tamavua, will soon have the capacity to carry out lab tests for the Zika virus.

Previously Fiji did not have the required lab to carry out such tests and had to send samples to Singapore, New Zealand and French Polynesia. [restrict]

The lab staff at Mataika House are undergoing two weeks training with World Health Organisation (WHO) consultant Dr Dr Debbie Phillips on the Monoplex RT-PCR (reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction) and Trioplex RT-PCR.

Trioplex is a laboratory test designed to detect Zika, dengue and chikungunya.

It is understood 700 samples taken from people with Zika-like symptoms collected over the past six months would be tested at the lab.

Speaking to the Minister of Health Jone Usamate, who visited the lab Thursday, Dr Phillips, said it was important to set up a test where they could identify specifically the three viruses in the country and determine whether it’s one or more than one infection and what areas they were circulating in.

“We also have the option of doing individual tests so we can also test just for Zika, chikungunya or dengue. At the moment there’s a lot of request for dengue tests and there’s not a high number of positives, so some area we’ve seen dengue-like illnesses without the confirmation from the laboratory and we find later that it isn’t dengue — it may well be chikungunya or Zika,” she said.

“And I think to know exactly where the particular viruses are circulating is important and particularly if you see introductions to new areas. We’ve seen in other places throughout the world where it can spread exponentially.”

Dr Debbie adds by the end of the training local staff will have the capacity to test all three viruses and get the results out within a couple of hours.

“You won’t need to refer or send samples elsewhere,” she adds. SOURCE: FIJI TIMES/PACNEWS [/restrict]


ICB Bank and Pangea Foundation to cooperate on a password-based financial services business

June 14, 2019 - Palau ICB Bank will launch new financial services based on the Pangea Foundation and cryptography promote business.

ICB Bank on Thursday, the cryptographic currency foundation Pangea (PAN) and block chain-based cryptography and signed business agreement to promote the financial services business.

ICB Bank uses the Pangea Foundation's password currency 'Pangea' to combine financial services. We plan to jointly promote various Pin Tech businesses.

In particular, ICB Bank is working with Pangea Foundation. ICB Bank promote issuance of visa cards and master cards based on cryptography. The company is releasing debit cards that can be settled as collateral.

If a Visa or Master Card is actually issued, payment will be made in everyday life anywhere in the world. It is becomes possible, consumers can use the Visa/Master Card on-line merchant's Bitcoin, Ethereum.

The bank, a financial institution works with the Cryptographic Fund to provide financial services that can be applied in everyday life. The roll out is expected to be the first in the block chain pin tech industry.

An official from the Pangea Foundation said, "Working with the bank, in the future, global credit card companies and we will expand services to Eurpoe, Latin America and other countries in connection with possible banks." he said.

On the other hand, Cryptography Pangea (PAN) is an ERC20-based token used for remittance and payment. Adds a centralize authentication agreement to decentralized lenders technology for faster transaction rates. Billing platform at the same time. Currently, Indonesia, Vietnam, Uzbekistan, Europe, etc. and the Cryptographic Exchange of eight countries in Southeast Asia and Latin America.

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