The Prime Minister praised the operations and support services offered by the Fiji medical assistance team during his visit to FEMAT facilities.
Voreqe Bainimarama was briefed on FEMAT’s main role in supporting medical facilities around Fiji during this pandemic.
FEMAT Chief Dr Luke Nasedra gave an overview of operations being undertaken at the centers that include handling calls from Fijians who need ambulance services or other medical emergencies during this pandemic.
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Dr Nasedra also pointed out that FEMAT teams have been dispatched to help public health teams reach communities in the Suva-Nausori corridor.
Health workers traveled to Wainibuka off the coast of Nakorotubu and Nadarivatu during this second wave of COVID-19.
Prime Minister Bainimarama had the opportunity to visit the Pre-Hospital Emergency Coordination Center located at the ANZ National Stadium and the Government Training Center in Nasese.
He thanked all caregivers, officials, volunteers and members of the disciplined forces for their commitment.
At the request of the State of Kentucky, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has deployed a team of healthcare professionals from its National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) to St. Claire HealthCare to support safely the influx of COVID patients at St. Claire Regional Medical Center in Morehead.
“We are very grateful for the overwhelming support we have received from Governor Andy Beshear throughout the pandemic,” said Donald H. Lloyd, II, President and CEO of SCH. “The leadership of Governor Beshear and Dr. Steven Stack has guided us through these difficult times, ensuring that the doors of St. Claire remain open to care for our patients when they need us most. “
The Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT) is part of the National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) of the US Department of Health and Human Services, which helps communities respond to and recover from emergencies and disasters public health.
The 15-person NDMS team includes a physician, advanced healthcare practitioners, nurses, other clinical specialists, and administrative support specialists who will work with local staff to provide short-term support and provide expertise for help SCH better manage the current outbreak of COVID-positive patients.
“We have a great team at SCH, but everyone is tired. While we know that this help will be temporary, it will provide our clinical staff with much needed and much needed relief ”, said Lloyd. “We are very grateful to HHS for granting Governor Beshear’s request on our behalf.”
NDMS personnel normally deploy for up to 14 days. After 14 days, the state can submit a request for additional support, if necessary.
The St. Claire HealthCare service area, like most of Kentucky, is seeing an increase in COVID-19 cases, driven by transmission of the Delta variant primarily among the unvaccinated. Almost all hospitalizations and deaths are among the unvaccinated. From July 1 to September 3, 2021, more than 80% of COVID-19 patients admitted to the St. Claire Regional Medical Center were not vaccinated. Of the 15 COVID-related deaths reported during this period, only one has been fully vaccinated.
To date, SCH is currently treating 72 COVID patients. Thirty-four receive inpatient care while 38 are treated under the COVID Care at Home program.
“We have seen in recent months how effective vaccines are in the fight against COVID-19”, Lloyd added. “It is important that all members of our community who are eligible for a vaccine are vaccinated as soon as possible to protect themselves and those who are most vulnerable to serious complications or death from COVID. “
To make a vaccination appointment for you or your child (12 years of age or older), call 606.783.7539. Planners are available to take your call Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The United Arab Emirates on Friday sent a plane carrying emergency medical and food aid to Afghanistan, as part of its contribution to meet the basic and necessary needs of thousands of Afghan families, especially the most vulnerable groups such as the women, children and the elderly.
The emergency aid is part of the humanitarian role played by the United Arab Emirates to provide full support to the brotherly Afghan people under the current circumstances, to help expand the support the Afghan people so badly need, as well as promoting the approach of the Founding Father, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, and in commitment to the policy of wise leaders to promote the values of giving, tolerance and service to humanity.
UAE welcomes Afghan families and provides social care
At present, UAE aid is not limited to humanitarian aid. A few days ago, and under the direction of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, the United Arab Emirates welcomed thousands of Afghan families and provided them temporarily care in the community, in addition to taking all appropriate measures to ensure them the necessities of a decent life.
Medical teams are going door to door to punch communities in western New South Wales and get the remaining 10-20% of people vaccinated.
Emergency medical professionals go door to door in West New South Wales to offer COVID injections
It is in addition to the hubs managed by ADF, RFDS and local and indigenous health services
Western state saw a drop in numbers today, but testing rates remain relatively low
Australian Medical Assistance Teams (AUSMAT) have been deployed to visit vulnerable parts of the region where an epidemic continues to spread, primarily through the Aboriginal population.
The teams are used to being deployed internationally to support humanitarian crises.
Head of Mission Tarun Weeramanthri said they will visit many remote communities during the three-week mission.
More than two-thirds of COVID cases in the region belong to the indigenous population.
Vaccination rates for Indigenous Australians nationwide are below 20% and health officials consider vaccinating the group a “priority” due to their vulnerability to the virus.
In Dubbo, the indigenous vaccination figure is less than 10 percent, although the city – which has nearly 500 cases – is the epicenter of the country’s largest regional epidemic.
The AUSMAT effort is in addition to vaccination centers offered by the Australian Defense Force, the Royal Flying Doctor Service, and local and indigenous health services.
“We’re basically trying to go door-to-door in communities of hard-to-reach people who may be particularly vulnerable to COVID and make sure they have been offered the vaccination,” Dr Weeramanthri said.
The hesitant to the targeted vaccine
One in 10 people in Wilcannia, a small town near Broken Hill, has the virus.
Over 60 percent of the 600 people who live there are indigenous.
Vaccination rates in the city have slowly increased in recent weeks, with between 20% and 29% of the population now fully vaccinated.
The team visited the community, where they spent three days last week, and checked in to Forbes, Nyngan and Peak Hill in recent days.
Dr Weeramanthri said they were experiencing some hesitation about the vaccine.
“Some people don’t want to be vaccinated. There are the usual myths that circulate, we can convince some people,” he said.
“A lot of times people will want to be vaccinated but just couldn’t make it to the clinic for one reason or another.”
If they agree, someone can be vaccinated on the spot, right outside their home.
Hundreds of people have already benefited from their services.
“We could do about 50 vaccinations, but that’s about 50 really important people, and those people are just as important as the first 50 who can get to the vaccination clinics themselves,” said Dr Weeramanthri.
They are now on their way to Goodooga and Weilmoringle to increase vaccination rates in these communities.
The number of cases is decreasing, so are the tests
The West New South Wales Local Health District (WNSWLHD) saw a welcome drop in the number of cases after a record 54 yesterday.
But LHD chief Scott McLachlan said now was “no time to be reassured”.
Dubbo remains the epicenter, recording 18 of 29 new cases.
The virus continues to spread throughout the region, with Bourke picking up three more, and two more each in Blayney, Narromine and Bathurst.
Another person in Mudgee and Walgett has tested positive.
The concern of health authorities is that about a quarter of people who test positive each day have been contagious in the community.
Meanwhile, testing rates remain worrisome, with just over 3,000 people having been swabbed in the past day – a steep drop from 10,000 a few weeks ago.
Fragments of the virus were detected in the wastewater of Warren and Molong.
Anyone in these cities is urged to be especially vigilant for symptoms as there are no known cases in these areas.
Afghan refugees have started arriving at Fort McCoy, and Gundersen Health System is one of the regional entities and organizations ready to help.
Some 10,000 refugees are expected to be accommodated at the base, located near Tomah, over the coming weeks, and nonprofits such as Catholic Charities have already started donating. Gundersen has been in communication with Fort McCoy regarding all possible medical needs and is ready to provide care in their clinics or hospitals and possibly on base.
“We see this as a concern of our community, as we always have. It is part of our mission to do so, ”says Dr Scott Rathgaber, CEO of Gundersen. “Now our Afghan guests are in our community, so it’s an extension of our mission to help those we serve and enrich every life.”
A Gundersen leadership team is in daily contact with base leaders and follows their guidelines to determine what help is needed and coordinate care. As there are trained medical personnel on base, Gundersen will likely provide primarily emergency or specialist care.
“It’s really a matter of being ready, willing and able for whatever direction we get from the grassroots,” said Rathgaber. “We’re ready to go when they ask. “
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Fort McCoy is one of the few national military bases selected to house refugees after the Taliban overtook Afghanistan. Earlier this week, Governor Tony Evers said, “Our Afghan allies have a long way to go, and Wisconsin will continue to provide support and assistance to those individuals who have courageously contributed to our nation’s efforts over the years. last two decades.
Members of the U.S. Army and Army Reserve were called to Fort McCoy to provide support, and Gundersen pledged to do his part to ensure the safety and care of the refugees.
“We not only have the privilege and the duty to serve everyone in our community, but also those people who have truly supported Americans and our troops across the ocean – we also feel obligated to serve them. “said Rathgaber.
For a list of donations needed or information on how to make a monetary contribution to help refugees, visit https://cclse.org/afghanistan-refugee-assistance/ or call Catholic Charities at 608-782-0710.
In photos: Fort McCoy and Volk Field over the years
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has deployed a Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT) to help support the influx of COVID-19 patients at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. DMAT is part of the US Department of Health and Human Services’ National Disaster Medical System (NDMS), which helps communities respond to and recover from public health emergencies and disasters. The 33 team members include doctors, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses, paramedics, respiratory therapists and pharmacists who will help relieve the pressure on NMMC staff. The team can treat up to 24 patients at a time in an inpatient unit or in the NMMC emergency department, where there has recently been a backlog of admitted patients waiting for a hospital bed to be available. The NMMC has both regular rooms and intensive care rooms, but like many other hospitals, there are not enough staff to staff them. “The people we take care of are our families, friends, neighbors and colleagues. Over the past week we have transparently shared that we are very challenged to provide the highest level of care due to the number of patients and our resource capacity, ”said Jeremy Blanchard, MD, physician -Head of Health Services for Northern Mississippi. “We welcome DMAT to Tupelo and appreciate their support to our community. “This is my 14th deployment to help with COVID-19,” said Mark Thorpe, RN, EMT-P, DMAT team commander. “Our team has enormous experience in treating COVID-19 patients and is happy to be here at the NMMC. We thank the hospital management and all the staff for the extremely warm welcome we received. The aid is temporary: the NDMS team is hired for two weeks in Tupelo. After 14 days, the state can submit a request for additional support, if necessary. The Mississippi State Department of Health, in partnership with the Governor’s Office, the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency, and the NMMC, has requested assistance from the US Department of Health and Human Services. The federal government covers the costs. “We greatly appreciate the high level of attention and collaboration among federal and state officials and departments to support us during this time of great need,” Shane Spees, CEO of North Mississippi Health Services. “Our staff are dedicated and will continue to do everything they can, but they can’t do everything. They’re thin now, ”David Wilson, president of NMMC-Tupelo. “We need the help of the community. We appreciate DMAT, but we really need to address the problem at the source and make our community understand how the decisions they make impact others. Vaccination is the only way out of this pandemic. Unfortunately, Mississippi is seeing an increase in COVID-19 cases, driven by the transmission of the Delta variant primarily among the unvaccinated. Almost all hospitalizations and deaths are among the unvaccinated. From July 1 to August 1. 11, 92.4% of COVID-19 patients admitted to NMHS were not vaccinated. Today (August 18), the NMMC-Tupelo and other northern Mississippi health service hospitals are treating 89 COVID-19 patients.
Kevin Wayne Jelley, 56, of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, is charged with financial exploitation of a vulnerable adult – breaching a fiduciary duty by not providing care.
Eighth Judicial District Judge Jennifer Fischer ordered Jelley to remain law-abiding and to appear in the future. He appeared from a distance and was ordered to complete the reservation process later.
Daniel Matthew Mohs, of Spicer, is listed as Jelley’s defense attorney.
According to the criminal complaint, Jelley holds legal power of attorney for a female resident of a care facility in Willmar. An administrator there told a Kandiyohi County health and social service worker who works in adult protection that around $ 29,000 was owed on the woman’s account.
She receives medical assistance funds which are supposed to be used to pay for the services of the facility.
Jelley has a joint bank account with her where medical assistance funds are supposed to be deposited.
Jelley reportedly told the administrator, and later law enforcement, that he and his wife lost their jobs during the pandemic and that he used the money intended for the woman’s care to pay the bills and “to live”.
Jelley stopped making payments to the care facility in August 2019.
After confronting a facility administrator about the default and being told that another default would lead to the woman’s discharge from the facility, Jelley made a payment of a month in February 2021.
A law enforcement review of bank accounts held by Jelley and the woman showed a recurring monthly credit to a joint checking account of between $ 1,600 and $ 1,800, which appears to be medical assistance payments.
From August 2019, when Jelley stopped making payments to the care facility, until March 2021, there are several purchase transactions.from Target, Walmart and Starbucks, money transfers to an account in Jelley’s name, and ATM cash withdrawals from the pooled checking account.
Jelley’s next court date is scheduled for November 9.
TUPELO, Mississippi (WLBT) – The government has sent a team of 33 healthcare professionals to Tupelo to help manage the influx of COVID-19 patients.
The team works inside the North Mississippi Medical Center.
Doctors, nurse practitioners, medical assistants, nurses, paramedics, respiratory therapists and pharmacists are part of the Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT).
DMAT is part of the US Department of Health and Human Services National Disaster Medical System, which helps communities respond to and recover from public health emergencies and disasters.
The team can treat up to 24 patients at a time in an inpatient unit or in the NMMC emergency department, where there has recently been a backlog of admitted patients waiting for a hospital bed to be available.
“The people we care for are our families, friends, neighbors and colleagues,” said Jeremy Blanchard, MD, chief medical officer of North Mississippi Health Services. “We welcome DMAT to Tupelo and appreciate their support to our community. “
Much like the University of Mississippi Medical Center, the NMMC has empty hospital rooms but not enough staff to open the rooms to sick patients.
LAFAYETTE, LA – Pentagon press secretary John F. Kirby announced Tuesday that military medical assistance teams will travel to Lafayette. Mr Kirby announced that help was requested by FEMA and the state of Louisiana in response to the latest wave of COVID-19.
The teams will be made up of around twenty medical personnel including doctors, nurses and respiratory therapists.
Currently (8/18/2021) Louisiana has 638,443 reported coronavirus cases, 11,793 deaths, 3,022 COVID-19 patients in hospitals and 448 patients on ventilators. The whole state is now considered high risk.
As a wave of coronavirus cases continues to ravage parts of the southern United States, the Department of Defense is preparing to send medical personnel in support.
Five teams of around 20 doctors, nurses and respiratory therapists have rallied to mobilize at local hospitals to help overworked health workers, as parts of the country experience new highs of daily deaths and new cases.
The first is heading to Lafayette, Louisiana, the state with the highest infection rate in the country and one of the lowest vaccination rates, at less than 40%.
“We expect that there may be additional requests from other states for other teams, and that is why we are prepared to lift five teams,” Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said. .
The announcement recalls the situation in the spring of 2020, when military medics deployed across the country to help overworked hospitals in New York City, Los Angeles and more.
After deploying hospital ships to New York and Los Angeles from March to May 2020, planners found more efficiency in sending uniformed medical personnel directly to hospitals, which continued for much last year and until 2021.
Beyond Louisiana, the states reporting the most new cases, including hospitalizations and deaths, include Florida, Hawaii, Oregon and Mississippi.
Meghann Myers is the Pentagon bureau chief at the Military Times. It covers operations, policy, personnel, leadership and other matters affecting the military. Follow on Twitter @Meghann_MT