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


Study: Glaucoma patients need better education on marijuana

Posted On Sep 27 2020 by

first_imgUPI.com 24 December 2015The perception of marijuana’s effects on glaucoma significantly outpace what research has shown, according to a new study that researchers said suggests the public needs to be re-educated on medical uses for the drug.Marijuana has been legalized for medicinal or recreational purposes in 23 states and Washington, D.C., in recent years, based largely on voter referendums.Many of the votes have been passed on a 1999 Institute of Medicine report on marijuana’s possibly therapeutic effects for a range of medical conditions, including glaucoma. Researchers note that while marijuana can relieve the effects of glaucoma for three or four hours, patients would need to be dosed eight to ten times per day for a “sustained therapeutic effect.”Researchers in the new study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, said patients need to be educated on the drug and its specific effects on glaucoma — which they note is not supported by scientific evidence.“This study contributes to filling the gap in our knowledge about patients’ perceptions toward using marijuana for glaucoma and their intentions to seek this therapeutic alternative,” researchers wrote in the study. “Understanding these intentions will become even more important as states continue to legalize marijuana for recreational use (currently Washington, D.C., and 4 other states), as patients with glaucoma will then have access to marijuana without the need for a physician to prescribe this drug.”http://www.upi.com/Health_News/2015/12/24/Study-Glaucoma-patients-need-better-education-on-marijuana/2061450962234/Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more


Memorial Tournament 2019: Tee times for Tiger Woods, field, Round 4 TV schedule, live stream

Posted On Aug 16 2020 by

first_imgWith an increased purse comes a larger winner’s share. Bryson DeChambeau won $1,602,000 for his 2018 victory. The winnings for first place will go up to $1,638,000 this year.Odds to win the Memorial TournamentGolferOddsRory McIlroy+900Tiger Woods+1100Justin Rose+1600Patrick Cantlay+1600Jordan Spieth+1800Justin Thomas+1800Matt Kuchar+1800Rickie Fowler+2000Tony Finau+2000Hideki Matsuyama+2200Jason Day+2200(All odds via Bovada)Memorial Tournament past championsWoods’ five Memorial Tournament victories are the most of all-time, and Kenny Perry is the only other golfer to win more than twice. Jack Nicklaus, who designed Muirfield Village, is among the small group of golfers to have won twice.YearWinnerScore2019TBD…2018Bryson DeChambeau-152017Jason Dufner-132016William McGirt-152015David Lingmerth-152014Hideki Matsuyama-132013Matt Kuchar-122012Tiger Woods-92011Steve Stricker-162010Justin Rose-182009Tiger Woods-12 Since Woods is looking to rebound, the Memorial Tournament may have come at the ideal time. He has won the tournament a record five times, including three straight wins from 1999-2001. The tournament, founded by Jack Nicklaus, has been played at Muirfield Village Golf Club in the suburbs of Columbus, Ohio, every year since its inception in 1976, so it’s a course that Woods is very familiar with. MORE: Watch the Memorial Tournament live with fuboTV (7-day free trial)This will be Woods’ final tournament before the U.S. Open, the third major of the year, making it important that he captures some momentum before the gauntlet at Pebble Beach. He will be competing against a loaded field, however, which features nine of the top 13 players in the World Golf Rankings. While Woods has won five times at Muirfield Village, he hasn’t finished in the top 20 since his last victory in 2012. Here is all of the information for how to watch the 2019 Memorial Tournament, including a full TV schedule, tee times for Woods and the field, updated betting odds and more. You can also follow our “Tiger Tracker” blog and live leaderboard to keep up with the tournament.Memorial Tournament 2019 TV schedule, live streamGolf Channel will broadcast all four days of the Memorial Tournament. Coverage then shifts to CBS on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. You can watch all four rounds on fuboTV (7-day free trial).DateTimeTV ChannelThursday, May 302:30-6:30 p.m. ETGolf Channel/fuboTVFriday, May 312:30-6:30 p.m. ETGolf Channel/fuboTVSaturday, June 112:30-2:45 p.m. ETGolf Channel/fuboTVSaturday, June 13-6 p.m. ETCBS/fuboTVSunday, June 212-2:15 p.m. ETGolf Channel/fuboTVSunday, June 22:30-6 p.m. ETCBS/fuboTVLIVE: Full leaderboard for the 2019 Memorial TournamentTiger Woods’ Memorial Tournament tee timesWoods will be playing with alongside Ryan Armour on Saturday. The pair is scheduled to tee off at 10:35 a.m. ET for Round 3 on Saturday. DateHoleTimePairingThursday, May 30108:26 a.m. ETJustin Rose, Bryson DeChambeauFriday, May 3111:16 p.m. ETRose, DeChambeauSaturday, June 1110:35 a.m. ETRyan ArmourSunday, June 2110:40 a.m. ETKeith MitchellTIGER TRACKER: Follow Woods’ score at The Memorial TournamentWho else is in the Memorial Tournament field?In addition to the likes of Woods, Rose and DeChambeau, Rory McIlroy, Justin Thomas, Xander Schauffele and Rickie Fowler make up the rest of the top 10-ranked golfers competing in the tournament. Other notables include Matt Kuchar, Patrick Cantlay, Phil Mickelson and past champions Steve Stricker, Hideki Matsuyama and David Lingmerth. PGA Championship winner Brooks Koepka and runner-up Dustin Johnson, the two top-ranked golfers in the world, will not be participating in the tournament. 2019 Memorial Tournament leadersHere are the Sunday tee times for the tournament leaders. You can find the full list of Day 4 tee times here.Tee time (ET)Pairing1 p.m.Justin Rose, Kevin Streelman1:30 p.m.Jordan Spieth, Marc Leishman1:40 p.m.Hideki Matsuyama, Patrick Cantlay1:50 p.m.Martin Kaymer (leader), Adam ScottMemorial Tournament purse, winningsThe Memorial Tournament contains a larger purse than most other non-majors. Its $9.1 million purse — a $200,000 increase from last year — for 2019 is higher than any other PGA Tour tournament in May besides the PGA Championship. The purse saw a dramatic increase in 2016 from $6,200,000 to $8,500,000. With his forgettable missed cut at the PGA Championship in the rearview mirror, Tiger Woods will try to right the ship at the Memorial Tournament, the next event on his 2019 schedule.Woods shot 5-over par in the first two rounds at Bethpage Black in the second major of the year, missing the cut by a stroke. His performance was a far cry from his memorable Masters win.last_img read more