SF Health officials step up efforts to vaccinate homeless residents against Hepatitis

first_img Tags: health care • homeless • public health Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% As Hepatitis A outbreaks have appeared among homeless residents elsewhere in the state, San Francisco is ramping up efforts to prevent an outbreak here by offering free vaccines to the homeless, as well as pop-up clinics and more outreach in camps this month. Jesse Ballinger-Wydle, a homeless veteran living in SOMA, said he was unaware of the outbreak until health department workers stopped by his corner last week. “Five years and I’ve never seen them once,” he said. “It’s about time they did something like that. They were very informative and amiable people who were truly concerned. They gave us an explanation of what was happening down south — people have died from it, and it’s an outbreak. I didn’t hesitate to take the vaccination.”In San Diego, 17 people have died and hundreds more have fallen ill from the contagious disease. Santa Cruz county had reported 70 cases as of April, when normally it sees only one or two cases per year. “The at-risk populations for Hepatitis A infection are homeless and drug-using communities,” Barbara Garcia, director of health in San Francisco, said in a Wednesday press release. “We are directly reaching out to these populations to provide vaccinations to ensure that we reduce the risks of a Hepatitis A outbreak in San Francisco.”Joseph, at a SOMA homeless encampment, said he was vaccinated Tuesday during an unrelated visit to the San Francisco General Hospital emergency room. “I don’t want Hep. It would have been stupid not to get it done,” he said. “They said there was an epidemic going around, and if I wanted the vaccination I could get it.”Hepatitis A is a highly contagious virus that causes liver inflammation. It is spread from person to person by close contact and contaminated food. The virus is ingested by mouth from contact with hands, objects, surfaces, food or drinks that are contaminated by the feces of an infected person. Hand sanitizer is not effective — soap and water is required.“Why it does end up hitting homeless populations has to do with the lack of access to water,” said Jennifer Friedenbach, executive director of the Coalition on Homelessness. “Homeless people don’t have access to the basic fundamentals of health and prevention, like being able to wash your hands or take showers. We should be thinking a lot more about that as a city.” The Health Department stepped up vaccination efforts in July of this year. As of Oct. 4, they had distributed 2,500 doses of the Hepatitis A vaccine to clinics and community organizations that serve homeless people and drug users. A recent count of homeless individuals in San Francisco was tallied at 7,499; about half are in the Mission and South of Market neighborhoods. The count in Santa Cruz is at 2,249 this year.“A misconception is that the homeless population is transient in nature,” Friedenbach said, citing the 2017 report produced with San Francisco’s Department of Homelessness. Several Hepatitis A cases in Los Angeles were linked to San Diego, which caused alarm among state health departments and prompted today’s press release from Garcia. Only eight percent of San Francisco’s homeless population has lived in the city for less than one year, while 80 percent  of Santa Cruz County’s population has lived there five years or more, according to Applied Survey Research 2017 studies in Santa Cruz and San Francisco. The increase in street outreach and pop-up clinics are key, according to Kelley Cutler of the Coalition on Homelessness. “The benefit to going to where people are on the street or at encampments, is recognizing that they can’t leave. They can come back and all their belongings are gone. [M]eeting folks where they are living is a huge benefit.”The Hepatitis A vaccine is free for the homeless and other at-risk populations in San Francisco. It is being made available to health care providers, community-based organizations, homeless shelters, and Navigation Centers. The vaccine, along with other health services, will be offered at Project Homeless Connect on Oct 11, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. center_img 0%last_img read more

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TOMMY Makinson and Louie McCarthyScarsbrook took

first_imgTOMMY Makinson and Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook took home the Player of the Month awards for June and July at the latest Saints Business Networking event in conjunction with Oval Insurance Broking Ltd.They were given the accolades for their performances both on and off the field.Delegates to the latest event heard from the State of Mind’s Dr Philip Cooper and former player Danny Sculthorpe.They spoke about life in and out of rugby league and the campaign which aims to promote the awareness of mental issues.To find out about the next event contact Dave Hutchinson via sales@saintsrlfc.comlast_img read more

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Pet Pals Meet Bev

first_imgNEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Cats of all ages need loving homes, including this week’s Pet Pal.Meet Bev. She is a 9-year-old domestic shorthair cat. She has a beautiful tortoiseshell coat and bright green eyes.- Advertisement – Since Bev is a little older, she’s very calm and would love to sit on your lap.If you think Bev could be the newest addition to your home, stop by and meet her at New Hanover County Animal Services.County residents can adopt for just $70.Related Article: Pet Pals: 2-year-old tabby catAdoption services are available between noon and 4:45 p.m. Monday through Friday or on Saturday 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.To see other animals available for adoption, click here.last_img read more

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POWER OUTAGE More than 1000 without power in Wilmington

first_img Duke Energy has been notified. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — According to a New Hanover County 911 Operator 1,100 people are without power near Market Street and South College Road all the way up to the University of North Carolina Wilmington.They said the outage is expected to last until 1:30 p.m. Saturday.- Advertisement – last_img

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Be the voice for a child with the NC Guardian ad Litem

first_imgMore than 2,400 abused and neglected children in our state go to court without someone to advocate for them. The North Carolina Guardian ad Litem Program has been working for 35 years to change that.Iris Derrick, the Guardian ad Litem Regional Administrator for the Atlantic Cape Fear Region and Judge Fred Gore, from District 13, stopped by Good Morning Carolina to talk about the statewide program.- Advertisement – GAL pairs volunteers with children to help advocate for them in court, speak for their best interest and work side-by-side with an attorney.When community members believe children are being abused or neglected by their parents or caretakers, they call the local Department of Social Services where each call is screened and investigated. If a situation is serious or requires the child to be removed from home and placed with a relative or in foster care, DSS files a petition and opens a case with the court. When the court becomes involved, the Guardian ad Litem Program appoints a trained community volunteer, a licensed attorney and a staff supervisor to work together to represent what is best for the child.The GAL program has offices in each of the state’s 40 district court judicial districts.Related Article: Pender County courts still closed, but accepting finesVolunteers are asked to commit to serving one child from the beginning of their case until it ends, usually lasting 12-15 months. However, many volunteers stay with the program for years and provide advocacy for many children.Volunteers can expect to interview family members, read the social worker’s notes, talk with the child’s therapist or school teacher, research what resources the family might be able to provide the child, accompany the child to court hearings, visit the child in their foster home placement, writes a court report for each hearing, attend in-service training and more.For more information on the program or for an application to volunteer, visit www.volunteerforgal.org or call (800) 982-4041last_img read more

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Property owners managers wanted to rent homes to families in need

first_img Owners and property managers can send information on available units to housinginfo@pendercountync.gov.“Please include the address of the unit, number of bedrooms, number of bathrooms, and the utilities the tenant would be responsible for paying,” said Herring. “Please also include a date when the unit will be available for lease and the rent desired. Landlords who can only offer limited term rentals of less than 12 months should be sure to include that information in the email.”Many Pender County residents are desperate for a safe place to live. Some will need temporary housing while their homes are being repaired and some will need permanent rental housing for at least 12 months. We encourage landlords in high cost areas such as Hampstead, Rocky Point and Surf City to consider making rental units available to Pender County families at a reasonable cost.Related Article: Got insurance questions? Get them answered Friday“Keeping families in Pender County and keeping children in their schools is so important,” said Herring. Housing (Photo: Photo: U.S. Air Force) PENDER COUNTY (Press Release) — The Pender County Housing Authority (PCHA) is seeking property owners and property managers to rent units to help families who lost homes in due to Florence. PCHA is glad to act as a clearing house for properties in the Pender County area. Landlords are also encouraged to list available units on www.nchousingsearch.org.“Hurricane Florence displaced many families,” said Judith Herring, Pender County Housing director. “Before Hurricane Florence Pender County faced a shortage of affordable housing. The storm has exacerbated the great need for housing.”- Advertisement – last_img read more

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A need for equality – PM

first_imgPrime Minister Joseph Muscat has emphasised the need for more gender equality changes in Malta, especially in sectors such as that of taxes.As an example, Muscat discussed the situation regarding tax refunds. If a woman was to collect a tax refund for a payment she had made, the refund would be made in her husband’s name, he said. He also addressed the situations where there is an abusive relationship and how this policy can put the person in question in an uncomfortable and unjust position.“There is an agreement that something needs to be done, and that is the most important point.”Muscat also addressed the ongoing situation as regards female participation in Maltese politics. He said that there is an agreement that something needs to be done, and that is the most crucial factor.The proposal for gender quotas in Parliament was not extreme, said Muscat.On behalf of Partit Laburista, the Prime Minister also stated that the public should encourage critical thinking so that this will push government to guarantee that the changes being made will be sustainable.WhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

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Bold chaplain rescues invaluable relic from blazing Notre Dame

first_img SharePrint Jean-Marc Fournier the chaplain of the Paris Fire Brigade has been hailed as the ultimate hero following his bold move to enter the burning Notre Dame cathedral on Monday to save the Crown of Thorns relic that dates back from the 13th century.In 2015, he prayed over the dead in the Bataclan massacre at the Eagles of Death Metal concert in Paris that left 90 dead. A veteran of the French armed Forces, in the past he has also survived an ambush whilst on duty in Afghanistan that left 10 dead.Whilst in the burning cathedral he also managed to rescue the Holy Sacrament.The Crown of Thorns which is purported to have been placed on the head of Jesus Christ during his passion, was brought to Paris in 1238 by King Louis IX after it was given to him by the Roman Emperor of Constantinople Baldwin II during the Crusades. Records chronicling its existence began in the 6th century where it was believed to have been kept in Jerusalem by Christians. The piece which is rarely displayed to the public was stored the cathedral’s treasury.Other relics that were saved from the ravaged cathedral include Saint Louis’ tunic which is said to have belonged to Louis IX who was King of France from 1226 until 1270 and died on crusade in Algeria. He was canonised in 1297.WhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

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Young man grievously injured following bike accident

first_imgCMRUCMRU A 17-year-old from Żabbar was grievously injured from a bike accident in Żabbar on Tuesday.In a press release, the Police explained that the young man was involved in a bike accident on Tuesday at around 22.15pm in Triq Santa Tereża in his hometown. Investigations uncovered that he lost control of his bike and crashed against a bollard.An ambulance took the victim to Mater Dei Hospital. Police investigations on the case are still open.WhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrintlast_img read more

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Venezuela at the crossroads

first_img <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> Venezuelans leaving their country due to the grave situationVenezuelans leaving their country due to the grave situation The Venezuelan Bishops say that faced governed by an  illegitimate and bankrupt government, the country is at the crossroads and urgently need a change of direction and a return to the constitution.The country’s Catholic Bishops Conference said that this change requires the exit of the illegitimate President who is still running the country, a fresh election as soon as possible which will give the republic a new President. The elections must be free and respond to the will of the people.The Bishops in a recent statement listed the conditions which they see as ‘indispensable’ for this to happen, namely: the establishment of an impartial National Electoral Council, the updating of the electoral reġisters, the right to Venezuelans living abroad to cast their vote and that the whole electoral process is supervised by international observers.The statement appeals to the armed forces and the police to work in accordance with the principels of justice and truth and not in the service of a political party and eradicate the current wave of persecution and torture perpetrated by their institutions.A situation that worsens by the dayThe bishops speak of a dramatic situation in the country that worsens every day as evidenced in a UN report which highlights among other things, cases of arbitrary detention, torture, violence, excessive use of force by the police and armed forces.The report by the UN Commissioner for Human Rights reveals that in the last ten years, democracy have been curtailed in different ways through policies adopted bygovernment. This situation brought about the exodus of more than 12% of the population that could not stand the impoverishment of the middle class and the contempt for the poor and vulnrable.Ethical and Spiritual renewalThe Venezuelan Bishops are also concerned with the moral deterioration of society which is the fruit of violence, falsehood, corruption and irresponsibilty and growing fear and despair.In this context one of the Church’s greatest tasks is to build a society which is more just, more human, more Christian and most supportive. The Bishops insist that the ethical and spiritual renewal of Venezuela is “the task of all” and the participation of all sectors of society is needed to create and implement a project for the democratic reconstruction of the country in justice, freedom and peace, through clear objectives and concrete work.Bringing in humanitarian aidThe Bishops are also aware of the current humanitarian emergency in the country and appealed for the distribution of food and medicine, supervised by international organizations and offered their participation in this distribution through the Caritas network.The message reaffirms the Church’s commitment to “continue to strengthen faith in Jesus Christ who heals and frees, and to bring hope to our people, through the development of training programmes and the promotion of human rights”, as well as through quality education.WhatsApp SharePrintlast_img read more

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