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first_imgBy Dialogo April 22, 2010 Port-au-Prince General Hospital is the largest hospital in Haiti. Some of its buildings were damaged during the earthquake, but with the help of international medical organizations it has remained open. On any given day, more than 300 patients arrive looking for care. More than two months after the quake, doctors are seeing less of the crush injuries they saw right after the earthquake. Now, as the rainy season begins, they’re concerned about infectious disease. Dr. Megan Coffee is an infectious disease specialist from California. She has spent the past two months volunteering at Port au Prince General Hospital. She’s concerned about the likely spread of infectious disease in Haiti. She said the medical needs of the population have changed since the January earthquake. She said doctors rarely see the cuts, crushed limbs, and broken bones that were common early on. “These tents use to be all orthopedic injuries, all people who had been injured in the earthquake,” said Dr. Coffee. “Now some of them are post-op patients, post surgical patients. Some are still patients remaining from the earthquake.” With the rainy season beginning and much of the population in closely confined spaces in tent cities, health workers are on the lookout for infectious and water-borne diseases. “The problems of typhoid and malaria are going to grow with tent cities, with people who don’t have the best sanitation, and, having sitting water which is the cause of both those diseases,” Dr. Coffee added. Tuberculosis, a highly contagious respiratory disease, is another concern. Of the 300 patients who come to the hospital each day, about 4 have tuberculosis. Stanley is one of them. “[Stanley] came in with tuberculosis that had filled up his entire left lung, and had also started to fill up his heart,” explained Dr. Cofee. “He came in quite ill, basically unable to breath and needed to have a tube put in to drain the fluid.” Dr. Coffee says in Haiti, patients often wait until a condition reaches a crisis stage before seeking treatment. And that makes recovery more difficult. “It is really important for people like him to be able to be treated,” she added. “Because otherwise, if they were to go home without full treatment, they would be quite infectious to all of their neighbors.” Stanley has been in the hospital for two months. Half that time was spent with tubes in his chest. Dr. Coffee says there’s no way to tell if malaria, typhoid, and tuberculosis are on the upswing since the earthquake. But with the rainy season looming, they could spread quickly.last_img read more


first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 50-year-old man died and two others were wounded in a Roosevelt house fire early Friday morning, authorities said.Nassau County police and firefighters responded to the blaze on Debevoise Avenue, where they found the victim dead on the second floor at 2:20 a.m., officials said. His identity was not immediately available.Two others jumped from the second floor to escape. They suffered minor injuries and were treated at a local hospital.More than 100 firefighters responded to help the Roosevelt Fire Department extinguish the flames, including North Merrick, Baldwin, South Hempstead, Uniondale, Merrick, Freeport and North Bellmore.The Red Cross responded to assist the 10 residents that were left homeless.Arson/Bomb Squad detectives are continuing the investigation into the cause of the fire, which preliminarily appears to be non-suspicious and caused by an overloaded electrical connection.last_img read more


first_img Share Share 27 Views   no discussions Share Tweetcenter_img Sharing is caring! LifestyleNewsRegionalTravel Michael Blackburn resigns as head of LIAT pilots union by: – December 23, 2011 Captain Michael Blackburn said he does not believe his resignation would negatively affect negotiations between LIAPA and the airline management.ST JOHN’S, Antigua, Friday December 23, 2011 – Captain Michael Blackburn has resigned as Chairman of the Leeward Islands Pilots Association (LIALPA) as he prepares to file a lawsuit against regional carrier LIAT challenging his summary dismissal earlier this month.Captain Blackburn said his resignation Thursday would prevent possible conflict of interest since he may have to call on association members to aid his defense.The senior pilot said he will file the challenge by the first week in January, the latest.He is also aiming to clear his name following allegations he compromised flight safety during a trip to St Lucia.The former union boss denied being pressured into making the decision and expressed full confidence in the current LIALPA leadership.“We have a very effective executive council remaining in office and a new chairman would be elected within 60 days. There is no amount of persuasion by members who support me fully that could make me to stay on,” he said.“LIAT has made some allegations regarding my professional conduct recently and I have to exonerate myself and I would take whatever steps I have to, to do it. That would place me in a compromising position because the position of chairman of the association is very powerful so that I would be in a position to exercise undue leverage or the appearance thereof, which is equally important to me and therefore I have no choice but to step down.”The former chairman stated he does not believe his resignation will negatively affect the position of LIAPA, which along with other unions are involved in an industrial dispute with the management of the Antigua-based airline.“It might even strengthen the resolve of guys who will realise they can operate without me,” he said of his resignation.“If the company is under the belief that because I’m not there they can do whatever they would like or they can take advantage of the situation, then the Caribbean people would pay a serious price.”The trade unionist denied reports of serious disunity within the association, saying “there is no big division.”He also urged LIALPA to proceed with changes to the constitution to ensure there is collective leadership rather than centralized power for the chairman.Captain Blackburn was employed with LIAT for 34 years, and served 32 of them on the LIALPA executive.His sacking led to days of industrial action by pilots, which left thousands of regional travelers stranded.Caribbean 360 Newslast_img read more


first_imgLAUREL, Ind. – The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a shooting that hospitalized a Laurel man Tuesday morning.Around 6:20 a.m., dispatchers received a report of a man that had been shot at the address of 110 Edgerton St. in Laurel.Officers located Dwight Jones, 59, with a gunshot wound lying inside of a pick-up truck.A 36-year-old male person of interest was detained for questioning. His identity was not immediately released.Police say they are investigating the incident as domestic violence-related, not an act of random violence.Jones was rushed to Fayette Regional Hospital before being flown to St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis.He is listed as stable but critical condition.last_img


first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsInterest in the IPO appears strong, according to analyst James DeStefano of Renaissance Capital, which tracks IPOs. “It’s coming at a pretty attractive valuation … people are attracted to growth,” DeStefano said. Vonage has added customers faster than any other VoIP service, thanks to a ubiquitous Internet advertising campaign. Its banner ads feature pictures of attractive women or the message that “No Nerds” are needed to install Vonage’s phone adapter, which routes calls over a broadband Internet connection. If the shares price at $17 each, the value of the entire company would be $2.6 billion. The company had 1.6 million subscribers on April 1, meaning the upper end of the IPO range values the company at about $1,600 per subscriber. It’s a high price considering it charges the bulk of its subscribers $25 a month for unlimited calling to the United States, Canada and parts of Europe. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NEW YORK – Vonage, the company that popularized the idea of using broadband Internet connections for phone calls, is set to go public this week at a price that appears to be drawing in plenty of investors, but skeptical glances from some analysts. As a small but well-funded company, Vonage Holdings Corp. has set the pace in the market for voice over Internet Protocol, or VoIP, but its future is far from assured now that the giants of the telecommunications industry, in particular the cable companies, have started getting serious about the business. The Holmdel, N.J., company is expected to sell 31.25 million shares in its initial public offering, with trading to start Wednesday on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “VG.” The company expects to get $16 to $18 per share, an estimate it reaffirmed in a regulatory filing Monday. The actual IPO price is expected to be set tonight, and could still fall outside the estimated range depending on demand. last_img read more