Dominican Army Joins Government Agencies in Fight against Zika-carrying Mosquito

first_imgThe ERD’s preventive work, which is part of the National Campaign for the Fumigation, Counseling, and Breeding Site Removal of the Aedes Aegypti, has been providing invaluable support to the civilian population nationwide. The ERD has complemented the campaign by creating the Epidemiological Sickness Mitigation Unit (UMEE, for its Spanish acronym) to support the Ministry of Public Health. Supporting the civilian population By Dialogo April 13, 2016 The Combat Support and Service Support Brigades are conducting their operations in Villa Mella and Los Guaricanos, with the Third Infantry Brigade focusing on the provinces of San Juan de la Maguana and Elías Piña. The ERD’s Fourth Infantry Brigade is conducting its operations in the provinces of Valverde Mao and Dajabón, while the Fifth Infantry Brigade is working in the provinces of Barahona and Jimaní. A month earlier, in February, the ERD supported the Public Health Ministry’s Brigade during visits to preselected homes where the Army focused on areas where water was stored and the insect incubated, such as tanks, planters, tires, and cisterns. The ERD, which also concentrated on patios, alleys, gardens, roofs, and empty lots, counseled civilians on the dangers of these illnesses, their characteristics, symptoms, and steps to follow if someone is suspected of being infected. Authorities launched the public health campaign on January 25th, when Defense Minister Lieutenant General Máximo W. Muñoz Delgado deployed more than 2,000 Military service members to use new fumigation and cleaning equipment in neighborhoods in Santo Domingo and in other cities nationwide to support the Ministry of Public Health and prevent the diseases from spreading. They supported more than 100 specialized doctors from the Military who had joined the National Campaign for the Fumigation, Counseling, and Breeding Site Removal of the Aedes Aegypti mosquito. Nearly 6,000 dwellings fumigated During the third week of March, the Army’s Third Infantry Brigade, under the command of General Milton de Jesús Frías Gómez, resumed the fumigation campaign that other ERD units had been working on since January. On March 4th, police and the Public Works Ministry’s Military Commission sprayed 5,888 dwellings in Villa Altagracia as a continuation of the Counter Zika, Dengue, and Chikungunya Fumigation Program that supports the Ministry of Public Health and Social Assistance. “The UMEE is working around the clock and is at the service of the Ministry of Public Health as a way of confronting the Zika and dengue viruses, among other illnesses,” Major General José Eugenio Matos de la Cruz stated. center_img “Their assistance consisted of following orders from the Ministry of Defense. First was the creation, equipping, and training of the Epidemiological Unit, [which] is the size of a platoon – 30 personnel – and organically dependent upon the Humanitarian Rescue Unit. The Epidemiological Unit was created, trained, and sustained with resources from the Army,” Col. De la Cruz explained. “Secondly, the Commanders from senior units responsible for different regions throughout the country identify vulnerable communities and possible infection foci with help from their medical personnel and by coordinating with civil authorities in their operational areas. Thirdly, a team from the unit is sent to conduct the fumigation operations and awareness campaigns for those living in the communities where counter-Zika operations are being held.” Fumigation campaign ongoing The Dominican Republic’s Army (ERD) said it attained excellent results from its cooperative campaign with other government institutions in recent months to fight the Aedes Aegypti mosquito, which is responsible for spreading the Zika, dengue, and chikingunya viruses throughout the country. The operations centered on the capital of Santo Domingo and its peripheral areas, as well as the provinces of San Cristóbal, Azua, Pedernales, Independencia, Elías Piña, Dajabón, and Montecristi. In January, the First Infantry Brigade was assigned all Military zones, while the Second and Sixth Brigades was deployed to the nearby neighborhoods of Santiago de los Caballeros and San Pedro de Macorís, which are in the provinces of Santiago and San Pedro de Macorís, respectively. They also carried out preventive operations in the provinces of San Juan de la Maguana under the supervision of the Ministry of Public Health and in coordination with the Emergency Operations Center. From January 25th until the end of March, the ERD coordinated with Ministry of Public Health, provincial governors, and mayors to conduct epidemiological monitoring throughout the operation. “[It’s been] a great success for us,” Colonel Puro De la Cruz Arias, the ERD’s public relations director, told Diálogo.“The Army provided an immediate and timely response to the alert declared by the Ministry of Public Health and the [orders] of the government through the Armed Forces to execute an urgent program of prevention, mitigation, and response in the presence of the Zika virus in the country.” The Military will maintain its fight against the diseases. “We will continue with the operations under the instructions of the Ministry of Defense regarding the prevention and mitigation [of the spread and impact of Zika] throughout the national territory,” Col. De la Cruz said.last_img read more

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Letters to the Editor for Saturday, Jan. 4

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionTake action against anti-SemitismThe large number of violent acts of anti-Semitism in recent weeks in the greater New York area is of great concern to the Schenectady Jewish community.It feels like open season on the Jews, and many of us are afraid. We live in a climate of “different than me is my enemy.” And this cycle has to end. Here are some suggestions of action items:1. All leaders, whether in congregations or in government offices or in community services, must speak out against anti-Semitism and violence.2. Each and every one of us need to be vigilant. If we hear others say something, even in jest, that reflects a hatred of Jews or others, stop them and call them out on it.3. Pledge to use your words with care and sensitivity to others.4. Do what makes you feel connected. Remember that we are never alone.5. Create opportunities in your community for Jewish people to share about their experience and about their faith. Ignorance breeds hate.6. Show up at solidarity events to affirm that anti-Semitic violence is not tolerated in our community.7. Do what makes you feel loved. Ask for love from others and share it back.If we want to end anti-Semitism in our community, the task belongs to all of us. Act.Rabbi Matt CutlerCongregation Gates of HeavenRabbi Rafi SpitzerCongregation Agudat AchimSchenectadyUnhappy with First Night experienceI regret having to write this, but Saratoga Arts and the organizers of the First Night 5k race owe me and a few dozen other runners a formal apology, if not a refund, for our pre-paid First Night buttons that were nowhere to be found at check-in.I was told by a young, poorly informed volunteer that they were “probably oversold.” Inexcusable.And after waiting in a deserted Skidmore parking lot for the promised shuttle that never came, I trudged all the way downtown, carrying two bags of wet clothing. (No, I don’t have Uber, and God help you on New Year’s Eve anyway.)We eventually did get our three buttons for which I paid over $50, but not until almost half the evening had passed and I was too spent to continue, so we drove home.Not the kind of experience TV viewers routinely see, but it’s the one I had.William CoxSchenectadyD.C. politicians are scamming taxpayersWashington, D.C., Democrats are dirty players.They have everybody’s heads turned to Trump’s impeachment scam.The Democrats did a sneaky Pearl Harbor attack on the 1.4 trillion-dollar spending bill on the American taxpayers.Who knows what’s in that $1.4 trillion spending bill.I am a conservative and American taxpayer, and like all American taxpayers, I have the right to know.Who can read 300-400 pages of the bill in 24 hours?Rush it before Christmas break, so as not to shut down the government.It’s immoral behavior again by the Democrats.There’s a saying, “Fool me once, it’s your fault. Fool me twice, it’s my fault.”The president should not have signed that spending bill.I guess we will find out in 2020 what’s in that spending bill that the American people are paying for.It’s the fault of President Trump’s, the Republicans and Democrats for pulling a fast one on the American people.There’s no way to read and understand what’s in that spending bill in 24 hours.David S. MattasGloversvilleMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Schenectady Clergy Against Hate brings people togetherEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Schenectady homeless assistance program Street Soldiers dealing with surge in needEDITORIAL: Take a role in police reformslast_img read more

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Luxurious home in inner-city Brisbane sells for multi-million price

first_imgBrisbane medical identity Dr Ingrid Talll has sold her home for $4.5 million. Photo: Bruce LongA monstrous home at East Brisbane has sold for $4.5 million by Brisbane medical identity Dr Ingrid Tall.The eight-bedroom, five-bathroom property at Laidlaw Parade is on a 405sq m block with river front views.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor7 hours agoThe outside view of Dr Ingrid Tall’s home which recently sold for $4.5 million. Picture: Jack TranDr Tall, a cosmetic surgeon, declined to comment about the recent sale.According to CoreLogic, the home was built in 1985.Dr Tall owns and operates Cosmetic Image Clinics in Brisbane’s CBD.With more than 20 years experience in the cosmetic medicine industry, Dr Tall was also a former Australian Medical Association Queensland president and television medical journalist.last_img read more

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Attack on 101-year-old caught on video

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Police said the same man is believed to have later attacked a second elderly woman in the neighborhood. Investigators were searching for a suspect Saturday. Morat said she was headed to church when she met the man in her lobby. He offered to help her make her way out, but she declined. “I know how to handle myself,” she said. As Morat maneuvered her walker through the building’s small vestibule, the man slowly put his bicycle against the wall, turned, and attacked her, the security video showed. NEW YORK – For a moment, the man in the grainy video looks like a good Samaritan holding the door open for an elderly neighbor. Then he turns and delivers three sharp punches to the 101-year-old woman’s head. “The next thing I knew, I had a big bang on the side of my face,” said Rose Morat, who suffered a fractured cheekbone and lost her purse and $33 to the mugger. The attack was captured by a surveillance camera in the lobby of her Queens apartment building March4. “I’m quite sure that if it had happened when I was younger, I would have been after him,” she said. “I’m a very strong woman. I’ve been that way my whole life.” last_img read more

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