Honduran Communities Receive Humanitarian Aid

Posted On Dec 20 2020 by

first_imgBy Kay Valle/Diálogo January 08, 2018 Rural communities in the department of Choluteca, on the border with Nicaragua, benefitted from medical assistance provided through a U.S. military humanitarian aid campaign. From October 26th–28th, 2017, people in Comalí, Duyure, and Monjaras received medical care and took preventive medicine courses. Members of Joint Task Force Bravo’s (JTF-Bravo) Medical Element, under U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), headquartered at Soto Cano Air Base in Comayagua, Honduras, conducted a Medical Readiness Training Exercise (MEDRETE) in support of the Honduran Ministry of Health. A 42-person brigade from JTF-Bravo, including medical and military personnel, deployed to southern Honduras to help local residents. More than 100 Honduran service members, general practitioners, and medical specialists also joined their peers from JTF-Bravo. “Our personnel practices working in remote towns with limited resources, and trains on the operational aspects of transferring from one place to another,” Dr. Carlos Alberto Durón, Honduran medical liaison at JTF-Bravo, told Diálogo. “The brigade deployed from Soto Cano Air Base to the 4th Battalion of the 101st Infantry Brigade [of the Honduran Army] in Choluteca to set up the base of operations.” The medical campaign was met with “joy, hospitality, [and] a warm welcome,” with student dances held at the various educational centers where the healthcare activities were held, Durón said. “Children and adults [greeted us with] smiles and spontaneous hugs in gratitude for the medical care so long yearned for.” The communities of Choluteca received basic medical services, dental care, and tooth extractions, as well as bags full of medicine, vitamins, and soap. Patients also took a class on preventive medicine, which provided important information on how to prevent common illnesses. “These communities are located in a dry corridor, in an area with food insecurity and health risks,” Durón said. “As such, there are a lot of medical needs.” Humanitarian objective The objective of MEDRETEs in Honduras includes training U.S. and Honduran service members and providing medical care, civic, and humanitarian aid. “In Honduras, these visits are coordinated a year in advance by the ambassador and USAID [U.S. Agency for International Development] representatives at the U.S. Embassy, and by officials from the Ministry of Health, together with our accredited military group at the embassy,” Durón explained. Communities are selected according to medical priorities. Depending on their needs, brigades deploy general practitioners, surgeons, or surgical specialists. The most common surgeries are for the middle ear, ophthalmology, and dental care. Cases vary though, and, at times, MEDRETEs have surprisingly good timing. Durón recalled the case of a 35-year-old single mom who walked for more than two hours to get care in Duyure. The patient complained of intense chest pain, anxiety, nausea, and trouble breathing. Upon taking her vital signs, Durón noted her high blood pressure. “We immediately diagnosed her with hypertensive crisis, a serious increase in blood pressure that can lead to a stroke. We proceeded to administer an emergency intravenous treatment until her blood pressure returned to normal and symptoms went away.” “I was very moved to see such solidarity by the authorities in Duyure and the governor of that department,” Durón added. “They immediately placed themselves at her disposal to meet the patient’s needs, ensuring her timely access to monthly treatment at her health center.” Strengthened cooperation Infantry Colonel Héctor Orlando Espinal Aguilar, commander of the 101st Brigade of the Honduran Army, described as invaluable the experience of ‟sharing this joint effort with JTF-Bravo to bring medical care to communities with scarce resources, thereby strengthening the bonds of cooperation with U.S. Southern Command.” Likewise, MEDRETEs deepen the bonds of friendship between the United States and the host nation. The exercises raise the service members’ level of readiness for natural disasters and increase cooperation between the U.S. personnel and their peers in the host nation. “[In Choluteca] we liaised with community leaders, and through the logistics deployed, we provided means to transfer support personnel and medicine to the chosen locations,” Col. Espinal said. A track record of community service The first MEDRETE dates back to 1993. Since then, U.S. service members from SOUTHCOM provided humanitarian aid and medical services to more than 450,000 people in Central America and the Caribbean. JTF-Bravo plans to conduct three MEDRETEs in the departments of Ocotepeque, El Paraíso, and Gracias a Dios in 2018. “I see it as an important joint humanitarian effort for JTF-Bravo and the Honduran Army to join forces to aid communities with scarce resources,” Col. Espinal concluded. “It allows us to strengthen the bonds of friendship and cooperation between our armies.”last_img read more


Mikel Arteta identifies how Arsenal must improve despite Norwich thrashing

Posted On Oct 18 2020 by

first_imgMikel Arteta knows there is a lot of work to do at Arsenal (Picture: Arsenal FC via Getty Images)After a torrid return to Premier League action, the gloom has lifted over Arsenal somewhat, but manager Mikel Arteta knows there is a lot of work still to do despite thrashing Norwich 4-0 on Wednesday night.The Gunners have now won three games on the bounce, beating Southampton and knocking Sheffield United out of the FA Cup before routing the Canaries at the Emirates.The victory saw Arteta’s side climb to seventh in the table and keep their faint hopes of Champions League football next season alive, just.Arsenal were impressive, but Arteta wants more from his side, especially in terms of concentration, with the Spaniard disappointed with how his players switched off at times during the win over Norwich.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘Yeah I’m very happy,’ Arteta told BT Sport. ‘A lot of the things that we worked on, that we are trying to evolve, actually happened in the game. ‘The way we pressed, how aggressive we were, the way we played in the opponent’s half. ‘The first 43 minutes were really good, and after we had lapses and it’s something we have to improve on as a team. ‘The way we ended the first half, giving the ball away in a very dangerous area, and then the way that we started the second half. And then we picked it up again, we made some changes. ‘Overall I am really happy, because I know that every three days is not easy to do what they’re doing.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityArteta appears under no pressure to finish the season in a certain position in the division and is far more concerned about the progress his side are making in adapting to his philosophy.‘I’m not worried about the table now, it’s just about how we keep evolving, and playing better will take us closer to winning football matches,’ said the Spaniard.‘I think we controlling the games much better, we are doing the things that we are constantly talking about and hopefully they can gain confidence, trust, and day-by-day we can be a better team.’Arsenal travel to Wolves on Saturday in a huge match for them if they want to keep their European hopes alive.Wolves are one place and six points ahead of the Gunners going into the contest, having won all three of their games since the return from the coronavirus hiatus.MORE: William Saliba upset with Arsenal over French Cup final decisionMORE: Martin Keown reacts to Bukayo Saka deal and tells Arsenal to prioritise transfer move for top midfielderFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Comment Phil HaighThursday 2 Jul 2020 11:43 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link971Shares Mikel Arteta identifies how Arsenal must improve despite Norwich thrashingcenter_img Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more


Go back to the enewsletter Cruise Passenger Mag

Posted On Aug 11 2019 by

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >Cruise Passenger Magazine has named Scenic winner of the Best River Cruise Line category for 2015 for the fourth year running. The annual Reader’s Choice Awards accredit the best cruise operators within the travel industry as ranked in order of readers’ choice.Michelle Black, GM Sales and Marketing, commented: “It is such a huge honour to have won the Cruise Passenger Readers’ Choice Award for Best River Cruise Line for the fourth consecutive year. This is a fantastic achievement and we are so grateful to our loyal past guests for taking the time to vote for us year after year.“These awards really do mean so much to us as they are proof that we are delivering a world class luxury river cruise product that we can be proud of. 2015 has been a huge year for us in terms of river cruising with the launch of four new ships in three new destinations, including our expansion into South East Asia, and we can’t wait to welcome our guests on board and share these new destinations with them in 2016.”Scenic marks the award as the end of another successful year after winning Best Cruise Company and Best Tour Operator in Luxury Travel Magazine’s prestigious 2015 Gold List Awards in April. The annual awards accredit the best luxury travel operators and destinations as voted for by their readers.Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more