Local Daily News 18th November

San Fulgencio approves the Action Plan against Flood Risk

The municipal plenary session of the San Fulgencio City Council, in an extraordinary call, has approved the Municipal Action Plan against Flood Risk in the town.

Mayor José Sampere, also responsible for Citizen Security, has stated that “it is essential for a municipality to have this document, which aims to create a protocol of actions and distribute the tasks among the different agencies and devices in case of emergency”, so that “a faster and more efficient response can be given in situations of flooding, such as those that unfortunately we suffered in September 2019 due to a DANA”, he added. This was done because, above all because “San Fulgencio, due to its geographical characteristics and the extensive network of ditches and hazards, is prone to these phenomena”, he has indicated.

This action plan, together with the seismic risk plan, is part of the Municipal Territorial Plan for Emergencies, and collects “the geographical and general characteristics of the municipality, with the aim of detecting weak points and vulnerabilities, as well as the means and resources that could be used,” explained Sampere.

Likewise, a command and organization body (Municipal Operational Coordination Center) has been established, which will be in charge of specifying the tasks to be carried out and which will be directed by the mayor, in addition to an advisory committee, an information office and a communications center.

The plan has been drawn up by a senior technician in emergency coordination, whom the City Council hired last year through the Emcorp employment program that the Ministry of Sustainable Economy launched to carry out the emergency plans of the municipalities of La Vega Baja, an action that is part of the Vega Renhace plan of the Generalitat for the prevention of emergencies related to floods in the region.

On the other hand, the San Fulgencio City Council has announced the events scheduled to commemorate the International Day Against Gender Violence in the municipality. “From the Consistory we join one more year on this day of vindication to say” enough already “and to offer our support to all those women who suffer,” explained Mª Ángeles Ferrández, Councilor for Women.

In collaboration with the Asociación Mujeres Unidas de San Fulgencio, a march has been organized by the municipality for the 21st of November, which will begin in the Plaza de la Constitución in the urban area from 9.30 am.

Once it’s over, “the manifesto will be read, where we will remember the 37 women killed for this reason in our country so far this year,” she added.

Ferrández also recalled that there will be a gathering on the 24th of November: “Like every Wednesday at the end of the month, women who suffer gender violence will be remembered.” It will also be in the Plaza de la Constitución, starting at 7:00 p.m.

Throughout the month different activities and information tables will be organized to raise awareness about this problem, as well as workshops for secondary school students.

The number of insurance claims skyrockets on the A-31, the "highway from hell"

Saturation and insurance claims have become two concepts closely associated with the A-31. The “highway from hell” collapsed again on Tuesday morning, where it passes through the Medio Vinalopó region, after registering two new traffic accidents. Both in the Madrid-Alicante direction, in the municipality of Monforte del Cid, one at the Orito exit and the other at the Portichol climb. Specifically between kilometer points 215 and 218, at 8.31 and 8.50 hours respectively, causing queues of more than five kilometers. The Civil Traffic Guard deployed several patrols in the area and the three injured – a 46-year-old woman and two men aged 51 and 52 years old – were taken by ambulances to the Alicante Hospital with an initial prognosis of neck pain and bruises.

Six vehicles involved, extensive material damage, increased pollution and hundreds of drivers and passengers trapped on the road without being able to go to their jobs or their classes, many of them being forced to postpone trips and hospital, administrative and medical appointments. This problem is not new on the A-31 as it passes through Alto and Medio Vinalopó, but since last summer it has worsened considerably.

Accidents happen almost daily and traffic conditions become increasingly complicated due to the saturation of vehicles traveling in the Madrid-Alicante direction, especially at peak times of entry and exit of work and education. In addition, in these weeks there are adverse circumstances for driving, as there is poor visibility for drivers who circulate at dawn in the Madrid-Alicante direction. This is due to the glare of the sun’s rays. In fact, between Novelda and Monforte, the intensity of the light during the sunrise – a phenomenon that occurs on these dates a few minutes before eight in the morning – limits visibility significantly.

The multiple attempts of the Vinalopó city councils to obtain investments to remedy a situation that is already unsustainable have not had any effect in the last twenty years. In fact, the Government has once again left out of its Budgets the comprehensive improvement of road safety and the installation of the third lane in the most dangerous sections of the A-31. A national highway converted into a highway that in 2020 registered 48 accidents with 85 victims. Of all of them, three died and four were seriously injured.

Sánchez announces the third dose for those over 60 and health personnel

The President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, announced this Wednesday that the vaccine presentation has agreed to propose a third dose against the coronavirus for those over 60 years of age and for health and social health personnel.

Sánchez has informed about this agreement in the press conference that he has offered in Ankara together with the President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

The head of the Executive, before the requests of some regional presidents to increase measures in the face of the pandemic, has opted to “continue with the vaccination without pause” as the best remedy in the face of the rebound in cases of coronavirus in Spain, which are far from those of other European countries.

The tourism sector warns that prices will rise due to the cost of electricity and asks that the covid vaccine be mandatory

The increase in infections and the incidence of covid in several European countries, including Germany, Austria, Belgium, Great Britain, and Spain itself, and the rise in energy prices are two factors causing chaos at a time when the outlook was beginning to be more optimistic for the tourism sector. Once again, shadows have been cast on the medium-term future of tourism, which is already fully in the off-season. The president of the business lobby Mesa del Turismo, Juan Molas, insists that the search for a balance between economy and health is “fundamental” and also, in his opinion, the vaccine should be mandatory, just as certain laws have to be complied with and this is what Austria has been forced to do. Those who are not vaccinated are confined. “20% of the unvaccinated population has to be aware that they live within a society,” says Molas.

Regarding the rise in the price of energy (electricity, natural gas and oil), as well as raw materials, food and other products, Molas believes that the vast majority of hotels and restaurants can only hold out until the beginning of the year. Entrepreneurs in the sector, at a delicate point in the low season, for the moment without restrictions, but with few reservations due to the increase in the incidence of covid and, also, without the Imserso, now fear that restrictions will return in Europe and trips will be eliminated. Added to this is the increase in production costs due to the rise in the prices of electricity and oil, which will mean that prices cannot be maintained for Easter and the summer of 2022.

To begin with, this week the rate of booking reservations at hotels on the Costa Blanca for next summer has fallen by half in relation to those made in November 2019. The positive data is that at Christmas and New Year’s Eve hotels and restaurants are expected to fill up.

Nuria Montes, general secretary of the Hosbec hotel association, appeals on her behalf that the vaccine be mandatory for travel “because it has been shown that vaccines are good and do not have negative side effects except in rare cases. However, it is true that there are tourists who arrive with a negative PCR test on their covid certificate and then they can become infected at the destination because they are not immunized. There is no health reason for people not to get vaccinated, so we hoteliers support it. It would be a good measure. Having the right not to be vaccinated of course, but let them know that if they do not have it, they cannot travel, or go to the movies, or to the theater”, said Montes.

The Minister of Tourism herself, Reyes Maroto, has entered the debate, sustaining the fact that the “covid certificate generates confidence in travel and facilitates international mobility.”

The wave of new infections and the increase in the price of electricity are two of the most pressing concerns for the tourism sector, according to the president of the Tourism Board, Juan Molas. There is great concern about the data on the incidence of covid in some European countries such as Austria, Germany or the United Kingdom, countries that are “absolutely a priority” for the sector and that, if the pandemic continues on the rise, could have an impact on the arrival of tourists in the coming months.

For now, companies will try to maintain prices assuming the increase in expenses, “in order to help normalize the economic impact of the price increase, as a brake on marketing.” Along these lines, he stressed that “wages will also have to adapt.”

On the other hand, the lobby denounces that the aid from SEPI and the Cofides fund “has not arrived”, except for three specific companies in the sector, such as the airline Plus Ultra, Air Europa and Hotusa and little is known about the 7,000 million euros that arrived in March from Brussels.

The Ministry of Health incorporates physiotherapists to ICUs to reduce the consequences of long stays

The coronavirus pandemic has shown how useful rehabilitation can be for patients who are in a critical situation in order to accelerate their recovery and reduce the days of hospitalization.

The General Hospital of Alicante has become the first hospital in the province to permanently integrate a physiotherapist in both the Intensive Care Unit and the Surgical Critics Unit of the Anesthesiology Service, where there are patients who have undergone a surgical operation.

“Until now, we intervened in specific cases, when we received a query from these services. A rehabilitator visited, assessed the patient and prescribed the most appropriate treatment,” says José María Climent, head of the Rehabilitation and Physiotherapy Service of the General Hospital of Alicante. With the permanent presence of a physiotherapy professional, the estimate is that 80% of the patients admitted to these two services can benefit from the treatments and reach 5,000 treatments per year. Figures that ultimately represent quality of life for these patients in such a delicate situation. “One may think that a patient in critical care is full of cables and cannot move, but even if they are sedated from the first moment, they require physiotherapy and rehabilitation for a better evolution”, adds Climent. This specialist remembers that after a week of intubation, strength and muscle mass are lost, so the sooner you work with the patient, the sooner they will recover.

Among the patients who can benefit from these treatments, patients with neurological damage and patients with weakness associated with an ICU stay stand out. This problem affects 25% of patients with mechanical ventilation for five days and from the seventh day this percentage increases to 65%.

Physiotherapists also work with patients who require respiratory rehabilitation and with those recently extubated, “since these patients forget how to breathe and use their diaphragm,” explains María del Pilar Córdoba, associate of the Rehabilitation and Physiotherapy Service. These professionals can also collaborate with the nursing staff in the postural change of patients and in this sense reduce the risk of developing ulcers. The objective is that these treatments “have continuity, in those cases in which the patient needs it,” says Córdoba.

From the first moment of the pandemic, physiotherapists and rehabilitators of the General Hospital of Alicante have turned to the recovery of patients with coronavirus. Thus, in the first months of the pandemic, they created the project “#Fisiocuinados” to contribute to the improvement of patients with covid.

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