First hospitals in U.S. implant next-generation cardiac device to reduce risk of stroke

Texas Cardiac Arrhythmia Institute at St. David’s Medical Center, Los Robles Health System perform near simultaneous implantation of WATCHMAN FLX™ Left Atrial Appendage Closure (LAAC) AUSTIN, Texas, Aug. 7, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — On Aug. 5, 2020, physicians at the Texas Cardiac Arrhythmia Institute (TCAI) at St. David’s Medical Center in Austin, Texas, and Los Robles Health System in Thousand Oaks, California, became the first in the nation to implant the only FDA-approved device for…

First hospitals in U.S. implant next-generation cardiac device to reduce risk of stroke

Texas Cardiac Arrhythmia Institute at St. David’s Medical Center, Los Robles Health System perform near simultaneous implantation of WATCHMAN FLX™ Left Atrial Appendage Closure (LAAC) AUSTIN, Texas, Aug. 7, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — On Aug. 5, 2020, physicians at the Texas Cardiac Arrhythmia Institute (TCAI) at St. David’s Medical Center in Austin, Texas, and Los Robles Health System in Thousand Oaks, California, became the first in the nation to implant the only FDA-approved device for…

Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General

The following is a near-verbatim transcript of today’s noon briefing by Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesman for the Secretary-General. Good afternoon.  I hope you all got through yesterday’s storm okay. **Lebanon In a statement we issued yesterday, the Secretary-General expressed his deepest condolences to the families of the victims, as well as to the people and Government of Lebanon, following the horrific explosions in Beirut.  He wishes a speedy recovery to the injured,…

Rule of law actors in Eastern Equatoria agree reducing crime is top priority at forum organized by UNMISS, UNDP

Reports of increased criminality and organized gangs in Torit, Eastern Equatoria, putting civilians at risk has led to local law enforcement actors and rule of law partners developing comprehensive approaches to raise awareness among young people on the need for crime prevention and desisting from harmful acts that go against the grain of established law. During a day-long event on strengthening crime prevention jointly organized by the United Nations Police…

South Sudan: Logistics Cluster – Concept of Operations, August 2020

Background In the years since the independence of South Sudan in 2011, the country has faced an acute humanitarian crisis affecting most areas of the country. Over the past few years, the cumulative effects of war in conjunction with an extremely poor infrastructure have caused the economy to collapse, reduced crop production and livelihoods, caused underdevelopment, displacement, and weakened communities' abilities to cope with protracted crises and sudden shocks. Following…

IOM South Sudan External Update – June 2020

Monthly Highlights 31,266 individuals attended and received mental health and psychosocial support services in Wau, Malakal, and Bentiu. 1,416 Metric tons of humanitarian cargo delivered. 15,033 individuals screened at IOM-managed COVID-19 PoE sites in June. SITUATION OVERVIEW While there has been a lull in hostilities connected to the national conflict, localized conflicts and other violence have persisted throughout different parts of the country, including in Jonglei State, which continue to…

UNMISS peacekeepers from Ghana train some 70 young people in computer skills, hand over computers to youth centre in Bentiu

COVID-19 continues to cast a shadow over South Sudan, impacting children and youth greatly. To mitigate some of the effects of the virus in the Unity region, UNMISS peacekeepers from Ghana recently trained some 70 young people from Bentiu in advanced computer skills. The aim was to equip youth with professional-level expertise that would enable them to find jobs and, eventually, become economically secure. Furthermore, peacekeepers also handed over computers…

Across Sudan, heavy rains and flash floods destroy houses, wash away crops – UN relief wing

Hundreds of houses have been destroyed and vital infrastructure damaged due to riverine and flashfloods after heavy rains across large parts of Sudan, the United Nations relief wing has reported.    According to an update issued by the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) on Monday, Khartoum, Blue Nile and River Nile states are among the hardest-hit, while damage has also been reported in El Gezira, West Kordofan and South Darfur regions.   More than 1,200 houses…