SETAC´s LGBTQ Primary Care Program surges in Puerto Vallarta - Mexico
SETAC Wellness Center is proud to announce a new program to offer primary care services to LGBTQ+ temporary and permanent residents of Puerto Vallarta at their center in the Versalles neighborhood.
SETAC now is offering specialized medical services to all the LGBTQ community as: primary care or family physician, referrals to any specialist, place to keep clients permanent medical records, urgent – care house calls to your residence 24/7, in-house pharmacy and in-house laboratory. This center can accept most US and Canadian private medical insurance.
Sri Lanka and World Bank partner to improve healthcare services
Sri Lanka and the World Bank today signed a $200 million loan agreement to help increase the use and the quality of Sri Lanka’s primary healthcare services. The Primary Healthcare System Strengthening Project will benefit the people in Sri Lanka by increasing the quality of primary health care services and focusing on the detection and management of non-communicable diseases, responding to the changing health needs of the population and targeting the most vulnerable.
Dr. Idah Pswarayi-Riddihough, World Bank Country Director for Sri Lanka and the Maldives and Dr. R.H.S.Samaratunga, Secretary, Ministry of Finance signed the project on behalf of the World Bank and the Government of Sri Lanka respectively.
“People are at the center of this project, which aims to bring better healthcare services, particularly to the poor and the vulnerable,” said Idah Z. Pswarayi-Riddihough, World Bank County Director for Sri Lanka and Maldives.
"It is designed to detect symptoms and provide remedial measures, including the promotion of healthy lifestyles to better manage the burden of non-communicable diseases at the community and primary healthcare levels."
Sri Lanka’s health system has demonstrated remarkable performance in achieving universal coverage with maternal and child healthcare services and effective control of infectious diseases. But the country has the fastest ageing population in South Asia, with the population over 60 expected to double in the next 25 years. This demographic transition has an impact on Sri Lanka’s health profile: 87 percent of deaths in Sri Lanka are caused by non-communicable diseases. Out of pocket spending on health is at 38 percent of the total health expenditure, which is most burdensome for the poor.
“The project should serve as a catalyst for revitalizing Sri Lanka’s primary healthcare system and preparing the country to address the future health sector challenges,” said Kanako Yamashita-Allen, Senior Health Specialist and Task Team Leader
The Ministry of Health will implement the project, which is designed around the recently released positioning paper ‘Reorganizing Primary Health Care in Sri Lanka: Preserving Our Progress, Preparing Our Future’. The World Bank will provide technical and financial support to implement the primary healthcare system reorganization and strengthening and provide implementation support through innovation grants.
More than 100 People Have been Tested for Hepatitis C on the 1st Day of the Campaign at Sofia City Hospital
More than 100 people have been tested for Hepatitis C on the first day of the campaign at Sofia City Hospital, BNT reported.
Blood tests are free and the goal is to detect the disease early in order to prevent complications and other life-threatening diagnoses.
The campaign is throughout the month of August. According to medics, the group of at-risk patients includes people over 40 who have had blood transfusion before 1992 or who have had dental treatment. Usually, patients have no complaints and no symptoms.
Patients come only when the disease has developed and have symptoms, said Dr. Gergana Taneva, a gastroenterologist at the hospital. With positive results, patients are referred for specialist consultation and treatment appointment.
About 70,000 Bulgarians suffer from the hepatitis C virus, many of them unaware that they are infected with the virus.
Mexico City aims to reduce response time with fleet of moto-ambulances
Paramedics may soon be weaving through Mexico City´s notorious stand-still traffic aboard motorcycles, delivering emergency care in as little as 10 minutes.
Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum told a press conference that the city will invest US $1 million in 73 motorcycle units and 50 traditional ambulances by 2020. On July 14th, she gave the green light for 40 moto-ambulances-30 for the medical emergencies and rescue team and 10 for the Red Cross- to be assigned to posts in the capital´s 16 boroughs.
The mayor said the city government hired and certified 97 emergency medical technicians trained in essential life support to pilot the motorcycles with the goal of having 35 motorcycle units and 27 regular ambulances available for emergency shift.
Additionally, the motorcycles will be equipped with a defibrillator, oxygen tanks and other emergency life support tools to stabilize a patient´s condition or give vital pre-hospital care while waiting for a regular ambulance to arrive. According to authorities, moving a patient is not actually necessary in 60% of 911 calls in Mexico City.
The Director of the C5 Emergency System said that 911 dispatchers will communicate to emergency medical crews whether each emergency warrants a motorcycle technician or a traditional ambulance. Juan Manuel García said the motorcycle crews will reduce saturation in hospitals and deliver life-saving care in a much shorter time.
Mexico among the top 6 countries with the best healthcare system in the world
According to the “2019 Global Retirement Index” published by InternationalLiving.com, Mexico is among the Top 6 Countries with the Best Healthcare in the world.
International Living`s 2019 healthcare report pinpoints the top 6 spots where high-quality healthcare costs a small fraction of what it does in the USA. In each of these countries you´ll find clean, excellent hospitals, highly trained doctors and affordable medical care.
The list is led by Malaysia, followed by France, Thailand and Ecuador, then Costa Rica and Mexico in 6th place.
As well, Mexico´s high-quality and affordable medical care is just one of the many reasons that it was ranked at 3rd on International Living´s list of the “World´s Best Places to Retire in 2019”.