Turn Tenerife Pink!

 

October 19th is International Breast Cancer Day, and this year there is an island-wide campaign to Turn Tenerife Pink.

This morning Adeje mayor, José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga hosted a press conference with Guido Gianoli, (president, Asociación Benéfica Italo-Canaria ABIC), Santiago del Teide mayor Emilio Navarro, Arona social services councillor, Elena Cabello Moya, Adeje health councillor Amada Trujillo Bencomo and Ámate president Marie Carmen Bonfante. Present in the audience were people from cancer associations AECC, and the Walk for Life, CEST, and other participating institutions.

The idea is raise awareness of breast cancer among the general population with an explosion of pink bows all over Tenerife – on trees, buildings, homes and balconies. Almost every borough is now involved in the campaign and the organisers are also hoping that the general public will become involved and wear a pink ribbon or display one on October 19th.

“Early detection and investigation are also an important part of this campaign” said the Adeje mayor. “We all have or have had at least one woman in our lives” he continued, with breast cancer now affecting an increasing number or younger women and men too. The campaign will also encourage people, men and women, to begin regular self-examinations to detect lumps or any changes in their breast zone and facilitate early treatment or medical intervention.

Guido Gianoli, who spearheaded the campaign, says there will be over 15,000 pink ribbons on trees all over the island of Tenerife on the day. “Breast cancer knows no frontiers, colour, race or religion”; he commented. Ámate president Maria del Carmen Bonfante said that she could personally confirm that early detection saves lives. She also thanked Guido, the councils and all those contributing to the campaign for their work and commitment.

The initiative also has the support of many private institutions including the Rotary Club, CaixaBank, CEST, Anima Tenerife, and Vive Tenerife.

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Mobile phones and bank matters concern Adeje consumers

 

The Adeje OMIC – the official consumers office, based in the modern building beside the town’s main post office and health centre – remains open throughout the summer, “from 9am to 1pm, Monday to Friday, as we are aware that this is an important free service for consumers and is working to resolve conflicts with arise between consumers and businesses, with the primary goal being to find a workable solution”, says councillor in charge, Amada Trujillo Bencomo.

In the 26 years since the offices opened they have dealt with over 20,000 incidents. They also work to inform the public as to how to avoid potential pitfalls when shopping, such as reading all the small print before purchasing, confirming an item is in perfect working order, apt for purpose, without defects, checking conditions of purchase, comparing prices if possible and asking for all the relevant information needed before buying.

During 2016 the consumers’ office in Adeje registered about 1,000 reports. 204 (27.7%) of them were in relation to mobile phones, there were 62 complaints about banks, followed by issues regarding electro-domestic appliances, airlines, car repairs, health, restaurants and hotels and home repairs. There were also a number of complaints about clothes and shoe purchases, new car acquisitions, food and furniture issues.

During last year the Adeje office also worked to successfully return €227,821 to consumers following a variety of follow-up investigations. In addition, the office works directly with other private and public bodies for the welfare and protection of consumers.
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Adeje Council: Statement regarding the appearance of micro-algae along the coast

 
The Adeje department for the protection of health, following recommendations issued by the regional department of public health, is advising the public to avoid bathing in the sea where microalgae blooms have appeared in swimming areas of Adeje. Physical contact with the blooms of microalgae, both in the sea and on shore, should also be avoided.

The health department, in co-ordination with the department with responsibility for beaches, has detected the presence of the algae, which appears on the sea surface. The colour is similar to light brown sand, and has been seen along various parts of the island coast line in recent days. These ‘blooms’ of microalgae, which have been seen in bathing zones, have not actually caused any notable damage to date.

Furthermore, the local health department is stating that this is a natural phenomenon produced under certain environmental conditions, the consequence of diverse biological factors, climatic and environmental. The blooms appear sporadically and the vast majority of microalgae are innocuous, although some may product toxins that could affect health, in particular via direct contact, ingestion of water with spores, or inhalation of sea spray.
This council, as a general recommendation, is passing on the advice of the regional department of health, not to bathe in the sea and avoid direct contact with the algae in bathing areas where ‘a change in the colour of the sea water is detected, with spots of intense colour variation, where there is minimum transparency’. If there are beach activities scheduled, the organisers should take these precautions into consideration, and follow the advice at all times of the lifeguards and local police on duty.

The councillor with responsibility for health, Amada Trujillo Bencomo, has been in contact with the Adeje health centre and to date there have been no reported incidences of anyone presenting with injuries or conditions related to the algae.

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Walk for Life date announced

 

The 2017 Walk for Life will take place on December 17th. The walk, now in its 13th year, brings together thousands of men and women, many of whom have been directly affected by breast cancer, and raises funds for a number of Spanish cancer associations, for family care, and research.

The event is organised by the Walk for Life organisation, led by Brigitte Gypen, and the Adeje and Arona councils. This week Adeje health councillor, Amada Trujillo Bencomo met with Gypen to start preparations for this year’s walk, though the organisation is active 365 days of the year, organising events, talks, workshops and much more to help individuals and families affected. There is also a Pink Room which was given by the Adeje council to the Walk for Life, and is based in the School of Security in Los Olivos.

Councillor Trujillo said, “There are many people affected by cancer who look forward to this event every year, and there are many more who want to help. And it’s very important to recognise all that happens around the Walk, and all that goes into the organisation of the walk, something the Adeje council is committed to on a permanent basis”.

Last year over 3.400 people took part – a new record for the Walk for Life – with almost €18,000 collected. The funds goes to the Association of women with breast cancer (Amate), the Spanish cancer association (ECC), as well as projects on investigation and research into possible cures.

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Kindness without conditions

 

Charlotte Abildtrup, director Atlantic Holiday Centre

Room service for cancer families!

The Hotel Atlantic Holiday Centre in Callao Salvaje has donated 10 week-long holidays to the local branch of the Spanish Cancer Association and the Adeje council to give to families in the region who have someone suffering from cancer.

The initiative was welcomed by Adeje health councillor Amada Trujillo Bencomo as “very positive, as those who are affected by cancer are also under a huge amount of stress during their palliative care. Now they can use this week to relax, enjoy some leisure time with their family, and be looked after by the hotel staff. This will contribute to their recuperation, and the staff in the holiday complex will be delighted to welcome them”.

Hotel director Charlotte Abildtrup said “we want to help these people and their families relax a little and escape from some of the stress they are experiencing as a result of their cancer. We know they are fighters and that they are facing difficulties on a daily basis. That’s why we want to offer ten families the chance to enjoy what the hotel has to offer this summer, a week where they can enjoy some quiet time with us”.

Councillor Trujillo Bencomo added, “this gesture from the heart by people such as Charlotte do show that there is kindness without conditions, without barriers, people who only want to help”.
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Volunteer access to Adeje’s animal rescue centre

Adeje council will soon vote on regulations allowing volunteers to assist in the municipal animal rescue centre

The Adeje council organised a meeting this afternoon (June 15th) to outline and seek reaction to the proposed regulations allowing volunteer access to the Adeje animal rescue centre. The meeting was called by the councillor for health promotion and quality of life, Amada Trujillo Bencomo, with Adolfo Alonso, in the role of council spokesperson, Manuel Luis Méndez Martín, councillor for local development, Oliver Tacaronte, councillor and member of the Coalicion Canaria party and Inma Évora, a well-known animal rights activist. The other political groups represented in the Adeje council were unable, for various reasons, to attend but have indicated their interest in the text of the document which will be sent to them over the following days.

Councillor Trujillo said “we are making good the promise to allow volunteers to carry out some duties in the centre with a series of agreed norms for their benefit and that of the animals in the centre. This will be a partnership which is why we have held this meeting and are open to opinions and reactions. The meeting was very positive and we have taken board a number of suggestions that will strengthen the final document leading towards a better response to the needs of the centre and thus helping the wellbeing of the animals that find themselves there”.

The document prepared by the Adeje council is based on a 1998 law on volunteering in the Canaries. Among the requirements those wishing to enter the centre to volunteer must be over 18 and registered with a legally constituted volunteer organisation. There will be 10 places open to volunteers and people will be allocated their place for a set period of time to allow others also take up the opportunity. Each volunteer who is granted a place will also be asked to undertake a month-long training period where they will be trained in agreed duties and obligations and then given full accreditation. After one year as a volunteer they must reapply and places will be granted on the basis of availability, priority given to those applying for the first time.

Among the duties will be walking the animals, brushing and showering, play time and training geared towards their socialisation, always under the supervision of the centre’s administrator. Other duties would include feeding and care for puppies. The volunteers may also assist in the adoption of animals within the established norms of the centre.

Those individuals who are successfully incorporated into the volunteer team must attend for at least 50% of the agreed times, carry out their activities in the agreed time slots and follow the instruction of the person in charge. There will be certain limits to their involvement; they may not carry out administrative tasks, enter or involve themselves in the veterinary area, change dogs from one cage to another, give food or drink or any medication to the animals, etc. These and other duties will remain in the hands of the official personnel.

The Adeje animal rescue centre was built in 2010 at a cost of over 100,000 euro and is a municipally controlled centre, “from which we care for animals that have been abandoned by their owners, and we have a vet who works with us to mind the animals from the moment they enter the centre. They are given a check-up, and any medication they may require. We also have a team from the council who work at the centre, maintaining hygienic standards, and feeding and caring for the animals as well as carrying out any administrative work needed. The council also has a covenant with an animal protection association who helps in the adoption process with families who will offer the animal a home and love. Our commitment to zero levels of euthanasia is solid”, added the councillor.

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A healthier population!

More than 200 people took part in the Healthy Measures Cycle

Over 200 people took part in the Healthy Measures Cycle organised by the Adeje department of health under councillor Amada Trujillo Bencomo. The event took place last Saturday in the Adeje Farmers Market.

“Our main aim is to work on prevention and the dissemination of information regarding healthy lifestyle habits which will help avoid health-related problems in the future. During the year we are carrying out a series of different activities in this area, from talks to workshops, excursions, and offering professional services for particular areas of relevance”, said the councillor. “In this way we hope to let our residents have access to the kind of help they need to look after their health”.

The Healthy Measures Circuit was organised to coincide with World Health Day on April 8th, and was run from 10am to 1pm in the Farmers Market, offering the public a chance to test blood sugar levels, blood pressure, lung capacity, etc, all for no charge. The service was offered thanks to the collaboration of staff from the Adeje health centre with other professionals offering nutritional advice and information on lifestyle options.

Members of the public who took part were given a ‘health card’ with their results as well as information on the general state of their health. The assistance of the GEAS company also allowed people to test their hearing.

The councillor thanked all those for their help as well as the members of the Farmers Market under councillor Esther Rivero Vargas and expressed her delight at the numbers who took advantage of the free service.

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Healthy lifestyle in Adeje

Adeje marks World Health Day with over 20 different programmes

Adeje Council, through the department of health protection and quality of life, under councillor Amada Trujillo Bencomo, is celebrating World Health Day with more than 20 health-related programmes currently in action this month. The primary aim of the programmes are to offer residents “a series of actions designed to promote the protection of their health and at the same time pay attention to important areas such as transexuality, respect for sexual diversity (homophobia, transphobia), etc”.


The series of activities is divided into two parts – one directed at students and the other at the local population in general. For students of infant and primary schools they will be learning about healthy eating and lifestyles, with emphasis on the importance of eating fruit and vegetables in a balanced diet. The students will receive different spread sheets (depending on their ages) and be encouraged to produce drawings around the theme, to promote awareness of the theme and the relevance of healthy eating in their young lives, both in school and at home. To that end the involvement of the family is to be encouraged.

For secondary students there will be a number of workshops looking at healthy lifestyles, food and self-esteem and for older children themes on sexuality and sexual diversity, drugs and drug dependency.

For the general public there will be a series of talks during the month including a session in the youth centre on Wednesday April 19th on the reality of living as a transsexual in today’s society. This Saturday (April 8th), there will be a ‘healthy habits’ event taking place in the Farmers Market during the morning where you can do sugar control, body/mass index, blood pressure, weight, lung capacity, hearing tests and much more. This will offer members of the public an individual health profile and indicate where individuals may need to seek medical advice.

On April 20th and 27th there will be workshops on environmental health held in the Adeje Cultural Centre.

For more information on the activities visit the Adeje webpage,
www.adeje.es/salud. All of the activities are free (and in Spanish) and don’t require prior registration.
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Pioneering service for cancer sufferers

As a result of the on-going partnership between the Spanish Cancer Association – the AECC – and the Adeje department of health protection and quality of life, presided over by councillor Amada Trujillo Bencomo, residents of the borough who are suffering from cancer can soon access a free service offering physical, psychological and social assistance for them and their families. The goal of this pioneering service, as outlined by AECC president in Tenerife Juan Julio Fernández, is to meet the needs of the more vulnerable members of our society who are suffering as a result of this illness.

At the launch of the new service, the Adeje mayor José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga said, “This is a resource that we are putting at the disposal of our people, to provide a service designed for those suffering from any cancer. With this programme in place we can extend the assistance on offer and improve the quality of life for those affected. However we will also continue to stress the importance of education, prevention and early detection as vital tools in maintaining good health”.

Juan Julio Fernández explained that the association has been working for a long time to put this service in place. “Medicine isn’t the only thing we can give to patients, we are also looking at other treatments and help”. He pointed out that, according to current statistics, one in three men and one in four women will present with some form of cancer, which is why early detection is very important as well as making sure there are sufficient resources available to fund research and cure investigations. “In the last 20 years, thanks to studies and scientific advances, the survival index of cancer patients has risen by 40%”.

The AECC and the Adeje council have both committed to allocating resources to the new service to allow for the engagement of professionals to offer a personalised service to affected individuals. The SAO – the Oncology Attention Service – is a resource that will offer a series of therapies such as physiotherapy, oncology services, psychological expertise and social advice and assistance.

The physiotherapies offered will be oncology-based, including pelvic floor treatments, treatment for lymphedema, FMI patients, problems with the central nervous system, breathing, bones and soft tissue. The programme will also offer water-based therapeutic activities using the heated pool in the Los Olivos centre which is adapted for people with particular needs.

According to Adeje health councillor, Amada Trujillo Bencomo, the services will be available through the offices of the health department who are also offering a range of materials and therapy tools to improve the treatment range available.

Psychological services will give offer individual therapy sessions to those suffering from commonly seen cancer-related issues such as depression and stress and anxiety.

The social programme looks at the quality of life of those who have been afflicted by cancer and will offer assistance in many areas, both professional and personal, including help in re-entering the labour market and resuming their social activities. There is also an offer or an assessment of the social welfare situation of the individual patient, the issuing of relevant disability certificates where necessary, offer of prosthetics, economic assistance, food vouchers, loans of orthopaedic materials where needed, occupational workshops and home help where appropriate, among other things.

The Adeje council has a commitment to offer a dedicated space for the use of AECC professionals to offer the above services as well as appropriate storage space for materials and resources.

Reclaiming from the banks…

 

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Adeje council, through the OMIC (the municipal consumers office), can supply members of the public with a standard letter form to initiate the reclamation process if agreement hasn’t been reached

Adeje council, through the municipal consumers office under the auspices of the department of health, (Councillor Amada Trujillo Bencomo), in collaboration with the financial consumers organisation ADICAE, held an information event on Wednesday for members of the public affected by mortgage floor clauses and related matters.

The event was organised following a series of judgements on the matter by both the Spanish supreme court and the European courts, who have deemed that, in principal, banks must return excess interest that may have been charged to mortgage holders who had a ‘floor clause’ in their mortgage, in effect limiting the amount interest payments could drop, regardless of the Euribor (the Euro Interbank Interbank Offered Rate). In principal the courts have ruled that where the clause was non-transparent, the consumers have the right to money back.

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The Adeje council, through OMIC, are preparing standard forms that members of the public can use in initiating a claim with their banks if no adequate offer has been made under the Royal Decree, Real Decreto Ley 1/2017. This decree sets out the means by which members of the public should be able to reclaim monies due. The banks and lending institutions affected have been given a month by the authorities to set in place the machinery for processing claims and facilitating repayments. Banks, upon receipt of a claim, will have three months (maximum) to respond and either make an offer based on the particular mortgage conditions, or in the case of rejecting the claim, set out clearly their reasons for doing so. If this is not acceptable to both parts, the case may then go to court.