Monday, 15 January 2018

Flu Season

1. It’s shaping up to be one of the worst in recent years.

The influenza A subtype H3N2 that appears to be most prevalent this year is particularly nasty, with more-severe symptoms including fever and body aches. 
Australia’s winter is our summer — reported a record-high number of confirmed flu cases in 2017. Another influenza B virus subtype also is circulating.

2. This season’s flu vaccine is likely to be less effective than previous versions.

Australia’s experience suggests effectiveness was only about 10 percent. In the United States, it is 40 to 60 percent effective in an average season. Vaccines are less protective if strains are different than predicted and if unexpected mutations occur.

3. You should get the flu shot anyway.

Even if it is not a good match to the virus now circulating, the vaccine helps ease the severity and duration of symptoms if you come down with the flu.

Children are considered highly vulnerable to the disease. Studies show that for children, a shot can significantly reduce the risk of dying. (The CDC reported that 101 children died of flu-related illness in the 2016-17 season.)

High-dose vaccines are recommended for older people, who also are exceptionally vulnerable to illness, hospitalization and death related to the flu, according to the CDC.

“Some protection is better than no protection, it’s certainly disappointing to have a vaccine that’s just not as effective as we’d like it to be.”

4. Basic precautions may spare you and your family from days in bed.

As much as possible, avoid people who are sick. Wash your hands frequently and avoid touching your mouth, nose and eyes.

Masks aren’t particularly effective in keeping you from catching the flu, although they may help keep sick people who wear them from spreading their germs.

If you are sick, cover your cough and stay home from work if you can. Remaining hydrated, eating nutritious foods and exercising can also help strengthen your immune system.

Elderly people are so vulnerable to the flu.

5. Don’t mistake flu symptoms for those of a common cold.

The hallmarks of flu are fever and body aches that accompany cough and congestion.

If you feel as if you’re having trouble breathing, or if your fever can’t be controlled with medication such as Tylenol, check with your doctor. It’s even more important for patients to see a doctor if they have a chronic medical condition such as diabetes or heart disease, or if they are young or elderly.

Temporada de gripe

1. Se perfila como uno de los peores en los últimos años.

El subtipo H3N2 de influenza A que parece ser más prevalente este año es particularmente desagradable, con síntomas más severos que incluyen fiebre y dolores en el cuerpo.
El invierno de Australia es nuestro verano: informó un número récord de casos confirmados de gripe en 2017. Otro subtipo del virus de la influenza B también está circulando.

2. Es probable que la vacuna contra la gripe de esta temporada sea menos efectiva que las versiones anteriores.

La experiencia de Australia sugiere que la efectividad fue solo del 10 por ciento. En los Estados Unidos, es de 40 a 60 por ciento de efectividad en una temporada promedio. Las vacunas son menos protectoras si las cepas son diferentes a las predichas y si ocurren mutaciones inesperadas.

3. Debería vacunarse contra la gripe de todos modos.

Incluso si no coincide con el virus que circula ahora, la vacuna ayuda a aliviar la gravedad y la duración de los síntomas si contrae la gripe.

Los niños son considerados altamente vulnerables a la enfermedad. Los estudios muestran que para los niños, un disparo puede reducir significativamente el riesgo de muerte. (El CDC informó que 101 niños murieron de enfermedades relacionadas con la gripe en la temporada 2016-17).

Se recomiendan las vacunas de dosis altas para las personas mayores, que también son excepcionalmente vulnerables a la enfermedad, la hospitalización y la muerte relacionada con la gripe, según los CDC.

"Cierta protección es mejor que ninguna protección, ciertamente es decepcionante tener una vacuna que no es tan efectiva como nos gustaría".

4. Las precauciones básicas pueden evitar que usted y su familia pasen días enteros en la cama.

En la medida de lo posible, evite las personas que están enfermas. Lávese las manos con frecuencia y evite tocarse la boca, la nariz y los ojos.

Las máscaras no son particularmente efectivas para evitar que contraiga la gripe, aunque pueden ayudar a evitar que las personas enfermas que las usan propaguen sus gérmenes.

Si está enfermo, cúbrase la boca y quédese en su casa si no puede. Mantenerse hidratado, comer alimentos nutritivos y hacer ejercicio también puede ayudar a fortalecer su sistema inmunológico.

Las personas mayores son tan vulnerables a la gripe.

5. No confundas los síntomas de la gripe con los de un resfriado común.

Las características de la gripe son la fiebre y los dolores corporales que acompañan a la tos y la congestión.

Si siente que tiene problemas para respirar o si su fiebre no puede controlarse con medicamentos como Tylenol, consulte a su médico. Es incluso más importante que los pacientes vean a un médico si tienen una afección médica crónica, como diabetes o enfermedad cardíaca, o si son jóvenes o ancianos.

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Cruz Roja Santa Elena Bingo

This event was set up by the volunteers for the community to be more exposed to the presence of the Cruz Roja in their community.
This involved a lot of preparation and work on the part of the Cruz Roja volunteers from Salinas, La Libertad, and Santa Elena.
Sponsors at all levels of the community were approached to participate.
The number and level of prizes that were donated shows that the community view of the Cruz Roja as a positive presence and is benefitting the community.
The turnout on the day exceeded what was expected on the day.
As the day progressed, the number swelled and the level of tension rose as the premium prizes were to be raffled off.
The vendor that was selling food and drinks, sold out of everything; every seat was taken.
As the daylight faded and the night sky allowed the flood lights to fill the area, people moved forward towards the podium as if being closer would increase their chance of winning the premium prizes.
The volunteers had been there all day and were feeling the veil of tiredness falling over them, as the anticipation of the crowd increased. This seemed to pep up the volunteers as they joined in with the anticipation of who would receive the grand prizes.
Once the numbers were drawn and the Bingo drew to a close, the crowd moved as one towards the exit. Cruz Roja volunteers were posted along the exit route to ensure that there were no children left or separated from their parents. A separate group of volunteers were following behind the crowd picking up the trash and stacking the chairs.
The place was returned to better than we found it for the people of Club Olympia.
A good job was carried out by all.

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

appeal to the international communty

My name is Monica Espinosa democratically elected president of the Red Cross for the county of Santa Elena Ecuador.
The Red Cross has been established here for 75 years , our primary mandate is as a support organization in time of disaster.
In time of stability our roll is to educate, and provide support and first aid services to the indigenous community, looking to provide, through the use of volunteers of various levels of skills, medical and community assistance.
In 2016 the country of Ecuador was impacted by an earthquake of 7.8, which struck in the north of the country. Impacting both urban and rural areas, this in turn activated the disaster response of the International Federation of the Red Cross.
The IFRC is a coordinating body used by the international community to mobilize  aid and to assist the country in its efforts to provide rescue and recovery of the impacted area.
We are now in 2017 and the  effort of recovery is still ongoing. The Red Cross of Santa Elena has committed what resources it could to assist in the recovery effort.
By taking on this commitment, we have depleted our resources to a point where we are not able to continue to offer services to the community in which we have a presence.
We are looking to the international community to assist with the procurement of equipment through donation to assist the Red Cross Santa Elena . 
Santa Elena is a town in southwestern Ecuador, and is the capital of both the province and the canton of the same name. Santa Elena, originally called Sumpa, is located on the Ecuadorian peninsula near the city of Guayaquil. It is regarded as the location of the most important and best documented archaeological site in the country.

Country Ecuador
Established November 7, 2007                                  
Named for Santa Elena
Capital Santa Elena
List of Cantons[show]
 • Provincial Prefect Ing. Patricio Cisneros
 • Total 3,690.17 km2 (1,424.78 sq mi)
Population (2010 census)[1]
 • Total 308,693
 • Density 84/km2 (220/sq mi)
Current state of employment in the county stands at 60% with this level of employment it is hard to place a burden of donations on this community.
Donations from the community take the for of small cash donations, the majority of donations are in the form of labour and food.
The Red Cross of Santa Elena are very grateful for the support that comes from the community, unfortunately this is not in a form that will allow for repair, maintenance and replacement of equipment that has reached the end of its useful life.

We look to the international community to assist in the procurement of medical laboratory equipment through donation which is greatly needed to monitor, maintain and improve the health of our community.

Should you wish to donate please contact the president @ 593 982214677 / 593 969819335

Monday, 30 January 2017

Sunday, 29 January 2017

LGBT couple Expelled from Rotary Club

LGBT couple Expelled from Rotary Club

At a Rotary Club in Salinas Ecuador, an LGBT couple were expelled from the club for supporting the local Red Cross.
As members of the Rotary Club you are encouraged to adopt new members and bring in speakers.
A week  before this meeting on January 25, 2017, plans were confirmed with the president of the Salinas chapter of the Rotary to have the  speaker from the Red Cross give a presentation.
The meeting starts at 18.00 and is normally finished by 19.00. The Red Cross was first to give the presentation to last 10 minutes.
After some deliberation about dues, which took an unusually long time, the president (Rick Racinskas) stated that the second speaker was to present first. This would have prevented the Red Cross speaker from speaking because of lack of time.
An objection was raised by ( Evelyn McIntosh ) that the arrangement had been for the Red Cross to have presented first.
At this point, hecklers, some of whom are club members ( Manuel Pereira ) was demanding that the Red Cross not be allowed to speak because he did not  recognize the person as representing the Salinas Red Cross.
This behavior is unusual for the Rotary Club as they are non- political and serve the community where they can.
The president accepted the demands of the hecklers and said that the Red Cross speaker was not to give her presentation.
When this decision was made, four club members got up and walked out with the Red Cross speaker.
As a result of the action of the LGBT couple, they have been expelled from the Rotary Club for supporting the Red Cross.
In an email sent from the president of the Rotary Club, it clearly stated that the LGBT couple have been singled out.
As far as we know, the two other members have not been served with the same email from the president of the Rotary Club Salinas.
Below is an extract from the email sent to the LGBT couple.

You are welcome to take it to whatever level you like Since we are not official members of Rotary International yet, I don’t think you will get far.
As the local president, I am removing you both from the group as of today. Please do not attend future meetings.

Best Regards,

There are a number of things troubling about this email. First, that it was sent at all; 
Second, it has singled out an LGBT couple that were standing up for the right of the Red Cross to speak.
Third, the other two members have not been expelled from the Rotary Club.

From the actions of the Rotary Club Salinas Ecuador, which as stated in the email from the president, is not a member of the Rotary Club International, has promoted homophobic behavior towards an LGBT couple that joined the Rotary Club so they can give back to their adopted community.
Also, the heckler was able to hijack a Rotary Club meeting merely by shouting the loudest, and the club president supported this?

I was told by a Rotary Club  (John) member of 35 years that this is not what the Rotary Club is about, and this is not the Rotary Club for me. I will not return.