Posts tagged ‘crisis’

4 March 2011

Smells Like Depression: Romanians Use Less Soap Since Crisis

It’s official and the Romanian prime minister, Emil Boc, announced it personally on national television, Thursday evening. Romanians have, on average, spent 19% less in 2010 on soap, shampoo and personal hygiene, after incomes were reduced by 25 to 40 percent in the public sector. “This was, unfortunately, normal. As incomes have decreased, everyone cut their personal expenses. This is what every family does”, admitted Emil Boc. 

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5 December 2010

AIDS Patients’ Medicines Disappear from Market

Romania’s 12 thousand AIDS patients brace for their worst nightmare, as vital medicines needed for their treatment started to disappear from the market, according to news portal Hotnews. Patients have started to be put on waiting lists before receiving treatment, while many of those under treatment are forced to borrow drugs from each other, in order not to break the cure. That is because some of the vital drugs in their treatment plan are simply nowhere to be found.

Patients in at least five Romanian counties (Suceava, Iaşi, Vrancea, Brăila and Arad) can’t find the full treatment plan in drugstores. The situration was confirmed by dr. Carmen Dorobăţ, manager of the Iaşi Infectious Disease Hospital “St. Parascheva”. Breaking the treatment leads to an immunisation of the virus and thus makes further treatment both more difficult and more expensive.

The situation was caused by the fact that both the Health Department and the National Health Insurance company lack the money needed to purchase the medicine. One patient has already sued the National Health Insurance for depriving him of his right to medical treatment, under Romanian law.

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15 October 2010

Russia To Surrender “Honourably” Transnistria

Sources within the Russian Foreign Office have confirmed for Nezavissimaya Gazeta that Russia is planning to surrender the break-away region of Transnistria to Moldova. The separatist self-proclaimed republic, where several thousand Russian troops are still stationed, will receive autonomy status, within the Republic of Moldova, from which it tried to break away with a blitz war, in 1992.

The same sources have confirmed the imminence of negotiations between Chişinău, Tiraspol, Moscow and Brussels, until a compromised is reached. Moldova will increase thus its chances at entering the European Union, completely undermined by the grey situation at its Eastern borders. It is unclear what Russia’s profit will be, as Moscow is also to withdraw its troops from the region. Romania will be in charge of disposing of the conventional weapons stockpile in Transnistria, yet unaccounted for officially, but estimated to be huge.

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