Public health worker shortage could imperil terrorism preparedness

first_imgJan 14, 2003 (CIDRAP News) – The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) says the present is an excellent time for states to prepare for the next influenza pandemic and has issued a report to help show the way.Although 47 states are working on or have completed draft plans for coping with a “flu” pandemic, the United States is not prepared for a event like the 1918 Spanish flu, which killed at least 550,000 Americans, according to the ASTHO document.Now is the right time to prepare, because a pandemic is inevitable and because federal grants for public health infrastructure and planning have greatly increased in response to terrorism worries, according to ASTHO. The group’s recently published report is titled “Preparedness Planning for State Health Officials: Nature’s Terrorist Attack: Pandemic Influenza.”The report says an influenza pandemic may cause far more harm than a bioterrorist attack: an estimated 89,000 to 207,000 deaths, 314,000 to 734,000 hospitalizations, 18 million to 42 million medical visits, and 20 million to 47 million additional illness cases. State health officers must take the lead in planning because, in a pandemic, the public, governor, and legislature will look to them for “significant leadership to mobilize and sustain private and public healthcare resources.”The public health resources needed to cope with bioterrorism overlap substantially with those needed to deal with a flu pandemic, the report states. “The overlap demonstrates why state health officials have an unprecedented opportunity, using their bioterrorism assessments and plans as scaffolding, to help create strategies that will improve their states’ response to future pandemics.”Pandemics occur when a wholly new subtype of influenza A virus emerges, the document explains. “There is no way to predict when the next pandemic will occur, but most experts agree that it will happen.” After the 1918 Spanish flu, pandemics occurred in 1957 and 1968, causing a total of 104,000 deaths.When a pandemic comes, it will probably bring two waves of cases, separated by between 3 and 9 months, the report says. Thus health officials should be prepared for a pandemic period lasting longer than a year.The United States has a National Pandemic Influenza Plan prepared by agencies in the Department of Health and Human Services, the report says, but ASTHO does not comment on the adequacy of that plan. In addition, 12 states have completed draft preparedness plans, and another 35 states are working on such plans, ASTHO reports. Some public health experts say those plans identify the major issues in a pandemic but don’t spell out specific steps for responding to such an event, says the report.The likelihood of vaccine shortages is a key reason for each state to have its own plan, according to ASTHO. Because it will take an estimated 6 to 8 months to produce an effective vaccine, there will probably be severe shortages or even a total lack of vaccine in the early stages of a pandemic.Consequently, “There is a need to identify priority groups (i.e. high risk individuals, health care workers, law enforcement) that should first receive the influenza vaccine,” the document says. “Although this has been discussed at the national level, there is no definitive guidance that identifies the priority groups. The CDC Pandemic Influenza Planning Guide for State and Local Officials offers a default list for use in planning activities until decisions are finalized.”The report notes that states may want to link their pandemic flu vaccination plans with their smallpox vaccination plans, which were developed after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued guidelines last September.Other issues discussed in the document include the use of antiviral drugs, quarantine and containment, laboratory protocols, provider and workforce shortages, use of volunteers, facility and equipment needs, and communication with the public. The report includes detailed checklists regarding legal and policy issues, authority, vaccination/antivirals, surge capacity; communications and education, and laboratory surveillance.The ASTHO report was funded by the CDC and researched and written by Lara Misegades, MS, ASTHO’s senior analyst for infectious disease policy.See also:Full text of report on the ASTHO sitehttp://www.astho.org/Programs/Infectious-Disease/Emerging-Infectious-Diseases/Pan-ASTHO-Pandemic-Influenza-2002/last_img read more

Airports continue to grow. 6% growth in May

first_imgIn May 2019, Croatian airports recorded 1.116 thousand passengers or 6,9% more than in the same month last year, according to data from the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS). The largest passenger traffic was realized by Dubrovnik Airport with 313 thousand passengers (an increase of 8,0% compared to May 2018), followed by Zagreb Airport with 309 thousand passengers (an increase of 3,2% compared to May 2018) and Split Airport with 308 thousand passengers (an increase of 2,3% compared to May 2018). The total number of aircraft landings and take-offs at airports in May 2019 was 12, which is an increase of 832% compared to May 2018.center_img The most significant international passenger traffic was realized with German airports, 256 thousand passengers, which is an increase of 10,1% compared to the same period last year.last_img read more

June Grinstead, 95

first_imgJune O. Grinstead, 95, of Versailles passed away at 11:45am Saturday, April 15, 2017 at the Dearborn County Hospital in Lawrenceburg. She was born near Butlerville on August 7, 1921 the daughter of Edgar Kimball Speer and Stella Mae Klayer Speer. She was married to Irvin Grinstead on July 29, 1940 and he preceded her in death on March 9, 1994. Survivors include one daughter Linda (Doug) Rump of Versailles; one grandson Carl Beeman of Butlerville; one granddaughter Jenna (Evan) Hague of Washington, Illinois; 5 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great-grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by her parents, her daughter Betty Lyle,  her son Thomas Grinstead, her grandson Paul A. Beeman, her brothers Willard, Dory, Fred, Everett, and John Speer, and her sisters Luella Speer, Dorothy Norris, and Elsie Baker. Mrs. Grinstead was a 1939 graduate of Butlerville High School and was a homemaker. June was a member of the New Testament Christian Church in Osgood. She had taught nursery level Sunday school classes for several years and worked with the Good News Club at South Ripley until the age of 90. These experiences brought her great joy and she was loved by all children. Her hobbies included quilting, crocheting, reading, studying her Bible, and doing word search puzzles. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, April 19th at 10:30am at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Bro. Irvin Hart of the Osgood New Testament Christian Church officiating. Burial will be in the Tanglewood Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 5pm to 7pm. Memorials may be given to the Osgood New Testament Christian Church or the Tanglewood Cemetery in care of the funeral home.last_img read more

Mexico, Panama to contest CONCACAF Beach Soccer final

first_imgPANAMA qualified for the 2017 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup and advanced to the 2017 CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship final after a dramatic triumph on penalty kicks, 2-1, after a 2-2 draw with El Salvador in the semi-finals.In just their second CBSC appearance, the Panamanians battled back from a goal down to move within three minutes of winning in normal time, only for Agustin Ruiz to level with an overhead kick late in the encounter.However, with the contest eventually going to penalties, Jose Ruben Batres and Heber Antonio Ramos faltered, while Julio Watson and Rafael Garcia found the net for Panama.Defending champions Mexico earned a 3-0 win over Guadeloupe to advance to the final and book a ticket to the 2017 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup.Jose Ramon Maldonado Alonso struck for two and Diego Oswaldo Rodriguez added another, while Guadeloupe played without suspended star forward Sebastien Hell.With a victory over Panama in yesterday’s final, Mexico can clinch its fourth CONCACAF title.last_img read more

ACCESS BANK LAGOS MARATHON: 20,000 Runners Register in One Week

first_imgThe 2019 edition of the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon is likely to break the previous records of participants in the IAAF Bronze Label race.Just a week after registration opened, about 20,000 potential runners have collected forms at the Teslim Balogun Marathon Office.The other outlets like The RevolutionPlus Offices in Ikeja and Lekki and Access Bank branches across the country have also witnessed an influx of intending runners according to a statement signed by Olukayode Thomas, Director Communications and Media. The Access Bank Lagos City Marathon recorded over 50,000 runners in the first edition in 2016, over 73,000 runners in the second edition in 2017 and over a hundred thousand runners in 2018.The organisers are expecting between a 120,000 to 150,000 for the 2019 edition slated for February 2nd 2019.Race Organizer Bukola Olopade said he’s excited that the culture of marathon and road races is gradually becoming a way of life, not just among Lagosians but generally every part of Nigeria.“Entries for Access Bank Lagos City Marathon outside the South West are normally from Jos, Plateau state, but in the last seven days, we have potential runners from most part of South East like Enugu, Aba, Owerri and Onitsha and part of South-South like Calabar, Uyo, Port-Harcourt and Warri, and other parts of the country. Apart from the enormous health benefits that come from running, this is also good for internal tourism”.Olapade also revealed that the organizers are working round the clock to make the 2019 Race bigger and better.“For this edition, we are going to acquire more Transponders mats, chips and monitors. Each runner will also get a participant guide; there will be a one month campaign on route education and road closures”.Olapade urged Lagosians to emulate citizens of other iconic cities with world-class marathons like Lagos who line marathon routes in their cities and cheer runners like it is done in London, Dubai, New York, Paris, and others.RESULTSWest Ham 0-0 ChelseaArsenal 2-0 EvertonBarcelona 2-2 GironaMilan 2-2 AtalantaFrosinone 0-2 JuventusShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more