[caption id="attachment_21078" align="alignnone" width="960"] Lenval Hospital in Nice. Photo: Facebook Fondation Lenval[/caption]
Dr Hervé Haas, Chief of Paediatric Emergencies at Lenval Hospital in Nice, has told the local press of his great concern over the poisoning of children in the city’s parks through the accidental inhalation of cannabis.
Five children were hospitalised in recent weeks as a result of accidental cannabis poisoning. The children were as young as one and the oldest just 18-months-old. They were playing in the parks when the incidents took place and were taken to hospital suffering from neurological disorders associated with the accidental ingestion of cannabis.
According to Dr Haas, the situation is getting worse and vigilance has to be shown in order to limit the problem.
Much of France has been put on a weather alert as cold weather continues to cover many areas. On Sunday, three departments were placed under an orange alert: Loiret, Seine-et-Marne, and Essonne.
More snowfall is expected in Paris, the Loire valley and Limousin. Two elderly people died when their car slid off the road and fell into a river at Noes, in the Loire, central France, on Sunday morning during a snowstorm.
Closer to the Principality, there is a high risk of avalanches in Ariege, Haute-Garone, Pyrenees-Atlantiques and Hautes-Pyrenees. In Corsica, almost 4,000 homes were without electricity on Sunday afternoon due to snow.
The French government has put in place a daily emergency programme to meet extraordinary situations due to the icy weather, which could result in some areas receiving additional emergency funding.
By Tuesday, the body in charge of France’s national grid, RTE, will be prepared to bring in “exceptional measures” to deal with a surge in demand for electrical power resulting from the cold spell. Peak hours are between 8 am and 1 pm and 6 pm and 8 pm.
The forecast for Monaco for the coming week is for morning temperatures near 2°C and daytime highs ranging between 10°C to 13°C, with mainly settled conditions apart from gusty winds on Monday, January 16.
Meanwhile Monaco’s Department of Health and Social Services has issued recommendations that should be followed during the current flu epidemic.
Contact with those already infected should be avoided, especially by pregnant women and those over the age of 65. Hands should be washed regularly, with soap, or disinfectant solution.
It is also important to cover the mouth when sneezing and to use paper tissues only once before throwing them away.
The Department points out that influenza is particularly dangerous for people who are already suffering from another ailment and for the elderly. Those with symptoms such as fever, coughing, aches and fatigue should consult a doctor.
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