Local Daily News 14th September

Chronically ill patients receive the third dose and experts call for it to be extended to nursing homes

Penelope Candela, 38, with a kidney transplant, was one of the first people to receive the third dose of the coronavirus vaccine in the Valencian Community this Monday.

After the Ministry of Health gave the green light last week, the Ministry of Health has already begun to summon 10,000 people who will receive the booster dose in the Community. At the moment this vaccine will go to a very specific group of patients, recipients of solid organ transplantation, of hematopoietic stem cell transplantation – for cancers or blood diseases – and people undergoing treatment with anti-CD20 drugs. Experts believe that little by little the range will be opened to other chronically ill patients with serious ailments and they also ask that people in nursing homes be vaccinated, as this is where very vulnerable people live, a request that the Ministry of Health has also endorsed, which raised it to the Government in the last Interterritorial Council.

The patients who this Monday have begun to receive the third dose of the vaccine against covid are people who due to their diseases or the medication they take to control them have a weaker immune system, so the vaccines are less effective in them, which makes them more vulnerable to getting covid in a serious way. This Monday, the Ciudad de la Luz “vacunódromo” was one of the first vaccination points in which these patients were summoned. The first 150 went along yesterday to receive the third dose. “As the situation is, it is much better to be vaccinated because the medication we take causes the effect of the vaccines in us to be different than in other people,” explains Carlos Sánchez, a 57 years old who received a heart transplant five years ago. Already with the third dose of it, he assures that he will not lower his guard despite this immunization booster. “We have been very careful so far. I even went out with three masks on because of the fear that I had at the beginning”. Thanks to this care, Sánchez adds, “no one in the family has been infected.”

The experts in Immunology and Preventive Medicine applaud the fact that immunosuppressed patients finally have a booster dose to prevent them from contracting covid and believe that this should be extended sooner rather than later to nursing homes, the first place where vaccination against covid began at the end of December. “Most of the elderly in these centers are very old and have chronic diseases that make them more vulnerable,” says Juan Francisco Navarro, president of the Valencian Society of Preventive Medicine. He reminds this professional of “the great impact” that a single case of coronavirus has in these centers, as has been shown by the outbreaks and deaths that have occurred in this fifth wave. “What worked for us before with the delta variant no longer works because it has a much higher viral load. So it doesn’t make much sense to have the people in the nursing homes unvaccinated.”

The epidemiologist José María López Lozano believes that for health personnel, the third can wait. “Efforts must be focused on vaccinating in all countries for two reasons: out of solidarity and out of selfishness, since having billions of unvaccinated people can lead to more vicious strains that reduce the immunity of vaccines.” He believes that with nursing homes it is possible to make an exception “and vaccinate whenever there are excess doses.”

A man kills his wife in La Vila Joiosa and commits suicide by jumping off a bridge

A 40-year-old woman, Zuita Bouchira, had her throat cut Sunday morning at her home in La Vila Joiosa, presumably by her husband, a 52-year-old man who then took his own life by jumping off a bridge in the Vilero municipality. The Civil Guard has no record of mistreatment of the couple, both of Moroccan origin.

The crime is a case of gender violence, the first to be recorded this year in the province, and was discovered by the Civil Guard after they received a notification from the school that the couple had not gone to pick up their three children, aged just under 3, 10 and 14 years old.

The alleged male murderer, Omar Berrahmon, took his own life shortly after ten o’clock in the morning.

The Emergency Information and Coordination Center (CICU) was alerted at 10.30 am of a possible suicide on what is known as the Tram bridge in La Vila Joiosa. A SAMU ambulance came to the scene and the health team confirmed the man’s death. The bridge from which he jumped, located about a hundred meters from the home where Zuita was murdered, is about 30 meters tall, and it would be difficult for a person to survive such a fall.

Agents of the Civil Guard appeared at the scene and verified that the victim did not carry documentation but was covered in blood stains that made them suspicious. The La Vila guard court authorized the removal of the body and proceeded to transfer it to the Alicante Institute of Legal Medicine, where an autopsy will be performed on both bodies.

Hours after the suicide, the school where the couple’s children, two girls and a boy, study, communicated to their relatives that neither of the parents had come to the center to pick them up. Family members came to the house but no one opened the door. The Civil Guard was alerted to this end and immediately linked the suicide of the undocumented man with the mother of the children, so they went urgently to the home, located in Plaça de la Comunitat.

The agents entered the home and found the woman’s body in one of the rooms. She had had her throat cut with a kitchen knife that was found by the Civil Guard and although the SAMU was also notified, the health workers could only certify her death.

Puig trusts European funding for the solutions the region needs in the face of a DANA

A total of 700 million euros for actions that solve the structural problems that the Vega Baja has in order to face the floods. This is the announcement made this Monday in Almoradí by the president of the Generalitat, Ximo Puig, during his visit to the Segura river in Almoradí, the so-called “ground zero” of the flood, on the second anniversary of the DANA that devastated the region. 

The money that the Consell will request from European funds is for at least six projects in the Vega Baja “of a different nature,” he said. However, the head of the Consell did not specify which projects he was referring to and only pointed out that they are related “to the grids, at the mouth of the Segura and others in different actions around the river”, with the objective, he added, of “improving the river and the consequences of an eventuality like the one we suffered.” One of the main actions that is expected to be financed with those 700 million is the rehabilitation of the irrigation channels and the fortunes, an important project that would take 123 million to carry out.

The head of the Consell trusts that the great solutions that the Vega Baja needs will be carried out thanks to European funds. Financing is precisely one of the difficulties of the key infrastructures necessary to make the region more resilient, and which have been announced as being both active and passive, but they are all a project and many are still being studied. The Generalitat has proposed in the new Segura Hydrological Plan measures to minimize the risks of flooding in the Vega Baja valued at 1,275,920,649 euros, which will need the arrival of funds from Europe (green hydraulic corridors, rolling areas, and increased river capacity would use up the majority of funds). The Generalitat, however, has already invested almost 100 million euros in the region in two years, a large part of that money being for those who lost everything. “There are projects that have a temporary character and others that have a more structural character, and for them we need European funds,” he said.

How and when to request the “Viatgem” Tourist Voucher to travel from September

The “Viatgem” Tourist Voucher (“Bono Turístico Viatgem” in Spanish) of the Generalitat, intended to encourage tourism in the Valencian Community in the face of the crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic, can be requested from this Wednesday, the 15th of September. These vouchers will cover the tourism products ordered by the residents of the autonomous community on their trips within the Valencian Community, subsidizing up to 70% of the total cost and a maximum amount of 600 euros.

But how do you apply for the ‘Viatgem Tourist Voucher’? People who are interested, who are also registered in any municipality of the Valencian Community, can request the aid electronically from 12:00 this Wednesday. Registration to receive this help must be done through the CV Travel Voucher platform, and a code will be generated to use in the tourist establishments or travel agencies involved within a period of seven days.

This way, the user can choose to benefit from a voucher for the companies involved in the initiative of the Consell, which will allow them to save up to 600 euros in any of the associated accommodations in the provinces of Alicante, Valencia and Castellón. For this, the platform asks the interested party to identify themselves with an email and password to access the advantages of the ‘Viatgem Tourist Voucher’.

In the Turisme Comunitat Valenciana, you can also find a list of more than 1,500 companies and travel agencies which are involved in the program and, from there, obtain a link where you can book the trip or stay.

The voucher is valid in periods with less tourist demand,which is from the 15th of September  to the 31st of December, 2021, as specified by the vice president of the Consell, Mónica Oltra, last Friday after the weekly meeting of the Valencian Government. It should be noted that only one CV Travel Voucher can be used per person in each period and depending on the period in which you want to travel, you must request the voucher within a specified period, not before

The minimum stay in the accommodation will be two days, and both the hotel and health and wellness services, sports, excursions and entertainment activities and parking may be included in the voucher.

The amount of the aid will be 70% of the tourist services subject to the aid, including VAT, up to a maximum of 600 euros per aid granted.

The amount granted will be deducted from the invoice corresponding to the services that are the object thereof, by the tourist accommodation establishments and travel agencies. Once the service has been provided and the corresponding paperwork has been presented, the aid will be paid to tourist accommodation establishments and travel agencies.

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