PAHO helps Latin American nations prepare to fight Ebola

first_imgUruguay is requiring that all passengers arriving in the country must complete a questionnaire about their health status, the Uruguayan Ministry of Health told El Observador on October 9. If a case of Ebola is detected in a Latin American or Caribbean country, PAHO/WHO medical experts and representatives from the Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network (GOARN) will be deployed to that nation, to assist national health authorities in carrying out their response plans. Creating an Ebola emergency fund, to pay for the high costs of treating patients infected with the virus. With the exception of a handful of cases in Europe and the United States, almost all Ebola patients have been stricken in Libera, Sierra Leone, and Guinea. In addition to participating in such meetings, PAHO/WHO is working closely with the health ministries of its member countries to ensure they have the necessary policies, procedures and human resource capacity in place to treat and contain Ebola. In Guatemala the government has installed thermal cameras at La Aurora International Airport, in the capital of the country, to detect the body temperature of passengers. A team of agents will work with the equipment 24 hours a day; if they identify someone with a fever, they’ll check the person’s passport to see whether the person had been in Africa, and then send them for a clinical exam. Depending on the case, the traveler may be quarantined, according to Guatemala’s Ministry of Health. For example, with technical support from PAHO, Honduran health officials have set up an International Health Surveillance Office (OSVI) at the Toncontín International Airport in Tegucigalpa. Similar offices will also be installed at airports in the cities of San Pedro Sula, La Ceiba and Roatán. In addition to participating in such meetings, PAHO/WHO is working closely with the health ministries of its member countries to ensure they have the necessary policies, procedures and human resource capacity in place to treat and contain Ebola. Monitoring suspected cases of Ebola among international travelers and in health centers. PAHO has created a special Ebola task force and operational working group to advise and support member nations in carrying out these recommendations: PAHO/WHO missions will visit member countries in November and December to assess how prepared those nations are to detect, treat, and contain any imported cases of the deadly virus. PAHO/WHO missions will visit member countries in November and December to assess how prepared those nations are to detect, treat, and contain any imported cases of the deadly virus. “There is a real risk that Ebola could be introduced into Latin America and the Caribbean,” Dr. Carissa F. Etienne, director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), told representatives of several South American nations at a conference in Havana October 20. “The region has to be properly prepared.” The Ebola epidemic has infected approximately 10,000 people and killed almost 5,000, almost all of them in West Africa, according to the World Health Organization. Symptoms include a high fever, headaches, muscle pain, vomiting, diarrhea, and general weakness – and may appear as late as 21 days after exposure. Those exposed to the virus are only infectious while they are suffering symptoms of the disease. Ebola is transmitted between humans via direct contact with bodily fluids and secretions. It can also be transmitted by contact with infected human corpses or infected animals, in addition to contaminated clothes, needles and other objects. With the exception of a handful of cases in Europe and the United States, almost all Ebola patients have been stricken in Libera, Sierra Leone, and Guinea. Chilean health officials recently convened a committee of doctors, including epidemiologists, to support the oversight and control efforts against Ebola, according to the Health Ministry. While PAHO plans for coordinated action against an Ebola outbreak, individual Latin American nations have prepared local response plans and procedures. Chilean health officials recently convened a committee of doctors, including epidemiologists, to support the oversight and control efforts against Ebola, according to the Health Ministry. For more information on PAHO guidelines, visit the website www.paho.org/ebola. Creating an Ebola emergency fund, to pay for the high costs of treating patients infected with the virus. In Guatemala the government has installed thermal cameras at La Aurora International Airport, in the capital of the country, to detect the body temperature of passengers. A team of agents will work with the equipment 24 hours a day; if they identify someone with a fever, they’ll check the person’s passport to see whether the person had been in Africa, and then send them for a clinical exam. Depending on the case, the traveler may be quarantined, according to Guatemala’s Ministry of Health. In Guatemala the government has installed thermal cameras at La Aurora International Airport, in the capital of the country, to detect the body temperature of passengers. A team of agents will work with the equipment 24 hours a day; if they identify someone with a fever, they’ll check the person’s passport to see whether the person had been in Africa, and then send them for a clinical exam. Depending on the case, the traveler may be quarantined, according to Guatemala’s Ministry of Health. If a case of Ebola is detected in a Latin American or Caribbean country, PAHO/WHO medical experts and representatives from the Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network (GOARN) will be deployed to that nation, to assist national health authorities in carrying out their response plans. For more information on PAHO guidelines, visit the website www.paho.org/ebola. Conduct all laboratory tests in accordance with the best biosafety protocols. Communicate with the public by providing accurate information about the disease. By Dialogo November 05, 2014center_img For example, with technical support from PAHO, Honduran health officials have set up an International Health Surveillance Office (OSVI) at the Toncontín International Airport in Tegucigalpa. Similar offices will also be installed at airports in the cities of San Pedro Sula, La Ceiba and Roatán. PAHO/WHO officials are participating in a series of training sessions – both virtual and face-to-face – on such issues as logistics, preparedness, and communicating risks to the population. The training also involves the dissemination of protocols and guidelines for infection control and the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) to health officials and physicians in each country. PAHO/WHO is also providing guidance on how to safely collect and analyze samples with highly pathogenic agents, the best ways to conduct disease surveillance and laboratory procedures. Provide isolation rooms to treat patients infected with the virus, in specially designated health centers. PAHO/WHO officials are participating in a series of training sessions – both virtual and face-to-face – on such issues as logistics, preparedness, and communicating risks to the population. The training also involves the dissemination of protocols and guidelines for infection control and the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) to health officials and physicians in each country. PAHO/WHO is also providing guidance on how to safely collect and analyze samples with highly pathogenic agents, the best ways to conduct disease surveillance and laboratory procedures. In Guatemala the government has installed thermal cameras at La Aurora International Airport, in the capital of the country, to detect the body temperature of passengers. A team of agents will work with the equipment 24 hours a day; if they identify someone with a fever, they’ll check the person’s passport to see whether the person had been in Africa, and then send them for a clinical exam. Depending on the case, the traveler may be quarantined, according to Guatemala’s Ministry of Health. Conduct all laboratory tests in accordance with the best biosafety protocols. Almost all Ebola cases have been in West Africa International cooperation is crucial in containing Ebola, should a case appear in Latin America or the Caribbean. At the same time, invididual countries ust “take steps within their jurdiction, with the resources available” to prepare for the virus, Etienne said during a meeting of health care professionals in El Salvador on October 17. In Argentina, the Ministry of Health is enacting health protocols at international points of entry to identify people with infections. Before an airplane lands in Argentina, the plane’s crew must report to Argentinian health officials whether any passengers are displaying symptoms similar to Ebola, such as a high fever, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Argentina is also using a special diagnostic method for rapid confirmation of suspected cases of Ebola. PAHO, which serves as the regional Office of the Americas for the World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) is mobilizing teams of physicians and epidemiologists who are experienced in responding to outbreaks of disease to help member states in Central and South America and the Caribbean to respond to any cases of Ebola. Provide isolation rooms to treat patients infected with the virus, in specially designated health centers. Almost all Ebola cases have been in West Africa Communicate with the public by providing accurate information about the disease. While PAHO plans for coordinated action against an Ebola outbreak, individual Latin American nations have prepared local response plans and procedures. International cooperation is crucial in containing Ebola, should a case appear in Latin America or the Caribbean. At the same time, invididual countries ust “take steps within their jurdiction, with the resources available” to prepare for the virus, Etienne said during a meeting of health care professionals in El Salvador on October 17. Although there have as yet been no confirmed cases of the deadly Ebola virus in Latin America, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) is preparing to help health authorities to battle the disease if it appears in the region. “There is a real risk that Ebola could be introduced into Latin America and the Caribbean,” Dr. Carissa F. Etienne, director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), told representatives of several South American nations at a conference in Havana October 20. “The region has to be properly prepared.” PAHO, which serves as the regional Office of the Americas for the World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) is mobilizing teams of physicians and epidemiologists who are experienced in responding to outbreaks of disease to help member states in Central and South America and the Caribbean to respond to any cases of Ebola. In Argentina, the Ministry of Health is enacting health protocols at international points of entry to identify people with infections. Before an airplane lands in Argentina, the plane’s crew must report to Argentinian health officials whether any passengers are displaying symptoms similar to Ebola, such as a high fever, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Argentina is also using a special diagnostic method for rapid confirmation of suspected cases of Ebola. Monitoring suspected cases of Ebola among international travelers and in health centers. Uruguay is requiring that all passengers arriving in the country must complete a questionnaire about their health status, the Uruguayan Ministry of Health told El Observador on October 9. PAHO has created a special Ebola task force and operational working group to advise and support member nations in carrying out these recommendations: The Ebola epidemic has infected approximately 10,000 people and killed almost 5,000, almost all of them in West Africa, according to the World Health Organization. Symptoms include a high fever, headaches, muscle pain, vomiting, diarrhea, and general weakness – and may appear as late as 21 days after exposure. Those exposed to the virus are only infectious while they are suffering symptoms of the disease. Ebola is transmitted between humans via direct contact with bodily fluids and secretions. It can also be transmitted by contact with infected human corpses or infected animals, in addition to contaminated clothes, needles and other objects. Although there have as yet been no confirmed cases of the deadly Ebola virus in Latin America, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) is preparing to help health authorities to battle the disease if it appears in the region. International organizations such as Rotary, for example, if they are not already participating in the anti-Ebola crusade, they should be contacted to get involved due to their financial and human capacity as well as their huge networks of contacts in various countries on other continents, not only in Latin America. Wow, so sad.last_img read more

Port Harcourt Agog for IGP Taekwondo

first_imgAll is now set for the 8th edition of Inspector General of Police annual Taekwondo Championship scheduled for between July 25 and 27 at the Civic Centre, Port Harcourt under the auspices of the Nigeria Police Taekwondo Association, a member of the African Police Taekwondo Confederation and the world Police Taekwondo Federation.Chairperson of the Nigeria Police Taekwondo Association, Stella Ebikefe, a Superintendent of Police, who disclosed this in Lagos, said arrangement towards having a hitch free 8th edition of the IGP Taekwondo championship is almost concluded with the Civic Centre venue of the event already wearing a new look ahead of the commencement date.She said over 250 athletes drawn from across Nigeria and the neighbouring countries would compete for honours at the three-day exercise that would determine who carts home the IGP giant trophy. SP Ebikefe while commending the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar Adamu, for approving the event said she envisaged a tougher competition this year as all the zones of the Nigeria Police formation in the country are threatening to dethrone the two defending champions, Zone 11 and the Nigerian Army that won the championship in 2018.The likes of Inspector Ernest Orobor and Sergeant Femi Olawunmi, the two athletes that won bronze medals for the Nigeria Police team at the Ist African Police Taekwondo Championship held between April 25 and 28, 2019, in Abidjan Cote d’Ivoire are also competing.With the U-17 Kyorugi, Poomse and senior Kyorugi as events to be competed for, the U-17 Kyorugi would attract a token N2,500 registration fee while those for team Poomse and senior Kyorugi are to register with N4,000 and N3,000 respectively.Organisers of the event have promised free accommodation for the first 100 athletes that registered with proof of payment into the its Access Bank, the official bank for the IGP championship with account no, 0700383210.International athletes are to register with $50 (N18,000) only but on or before July 25, 2019 closing date for entries SP Ebikefe warned.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Beach volleyball wins NCAA Championship

first_imgThe USC beach volleyball team won the NCAA National Championship on May 7, beating Pepperdine 3-2 to clinch the program’s third consecutive national title.The No. 1 ranked Trojans had been dominant all year, finishing with a 38-1 record, so it was no surprise they found themselves in Gulf Shores, Ala. last weekend, looking to defend their back-to-back national championships. USC carried its regular-season momentum into the National Collegiate Beach Volleyball Championship, running rampant through the competition. Facing the top programs in the nation, the Trojans were flawless, and they swept South Carolina, Hawaii and Pepperdine to earn a spot in the final.But for the first time since their sole loss of the season against UCLA in the Pac-12 Championship, the Trojans faced major adversity in their rematch against Pepperdine. The first dual of the final matchup went in favor of Pepperdine’s Deahna Kraft and Anika Wilson, who downed the young pair of sophomore Abril Bustamante and freshman Joy Dennis. The Trojans responded quickly, as juniors Jenna Belton and and Jo Kremer dispensed of their competition 21-18, 21-15.With the two teams tied at 1-1, Pepperdine’s Brittany Howard and Corinne Quiggle regained the Waves’ advantage with a tough three-set victory over seniors Sophie Bukovec and Allie Wheeler. The seesawing affair continued with the Trojans’ decorated senior pair of Kelly Claes and Sara Hughes winning another tightly contested three-set dual, evening the match at two wins apiece.Both teams were set for a deciding final matchup with the National Championship on the line. It was up to junior Terese Cannon and senior Nicolette Martin to notch a win over Pepperdine’s Skylar Caputo and Heidi Dyer and bring home another national title. After capturing the first set 21-19, the Trojan pair dropped the second 18-21, setting up a dramatic final frame in an already razor-thin final.But the Trojans were able to seize the moment, as Cannon and Martin won the title-clinching set 15-13, giving USC 104 all-time NCAA team championships. For seniors Kelly Claes, Sophie Bukovec, Allie Wheeler, Sara Hughes and Nicolette Martin — who made up head coach Anna Collier’s first recruiting class — the win over Pepperdine marked their third national championship in four years at USC.“They came in and pretty much set the tone from the beginning,” Collier said. “From the moment they were sophomores, they took control of the situation and started building a team culture. They improved so much in volleyball, but more than that, they became a unit.”Collier refers to the group as the “Fab Five,” and on Sunday, the senior class solidified its legacy in USC history, giving the Trojans their 20th NCAA championship in women’s sports.“It came down to those last two points,” Claes said. “It was just an unreal feeling — I’m on cloud nine right now. I’m just so proud of all these girls and the fight that all of us had.”To wrap up a season full of silverware, the Trojans had three pairs selected to the all-tournament team, including Claes and Hughes, who were named the top overall pair. Cannon and Martin were honored as the No. 3 pair, with Bustamante and Dennis following just behind in No. 4.last_img read more