Free, confidential and anonymous – the rapid HIV test

 

The service, operated by Infosex has been running for a number of years, is free, confidential and anonymous

The Adeje council’s department of health has just launched a campaign to encourage people who fall into certain groups to take advantage of the rapid HIV testing available in the borough. “According to the health councillor, Amada Trujillo Bencomo, “we have been offering this service for a few years now through the Infosex service, in South Tenerife, in collaboration with the Canarian Health Service. Through the programme those interested in being tested can do so in a fast, confidential, free and anonymous way, with qualified personnel in attendance. We feel that perhaps there are people unaware of the service so wanted to launch this campaign to publicise it for the general public”.

Trujillo Bencomo added, “Our main objective is always the good health of the people of Adeje. Since 2014 we have been in partnership with the regional health service in offering HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted disease testing in non-clinical settings, offering early detection to ensure better health care”.

Infosex Adeje is based in the south of Tenerife with its main objective being to offer information regarding health and sexuality. They also carry rapid testing for HIV, syphilis and Hepatitis C. Infosex also, in collaboration with the Adeje Health Centre, offer the Hep A vaccine and work with the Asociación Cruz Blanca to reach vulnerable women who may be working in prostitution. The service is completely anonymous, confidential and free and can be accessed by anyone. The telephone number to call for an appointment for a rapid HIV test is 601701703.

In 2017 the Adeje department of health, with Infosex Adeje, carried out over 200 of the above mentioned tests and vaccinated over 150 people. The councillor is encouraging more people to take up the offer of the service to improve the lives and health of people in the area. “From today we are involved in a serious campaign to let people know about Infosex Adeje and the services on offer. We want to make people aware of the importance of early diagnosis in HIV/Aids cases and encourage people to take the rapid test, particularly those who are in groups more at risk of HIV, such men engaging in sexual activity with other men and transsexual women. The campaign will use all media, social platforms, posters, leaflets, etc.”

According to the National Plan in Aids, 30% of people living with Aids in Spain are still not aware that they are HIV positive, and furthermore the incidence of STIs continues to rise. The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) is leading the global effort to end AIDS as a public health threat by 2030 as part of the Sustainable Development Goals. They have a 90:90:90 strategy: By 2020, 90% of all people living with HIV will know their HIV status. By 2020, 90% of all people with diagnosed HIV infection will receive sustained antiretroviral therapy. By 2020, 90% of all people receiving antiretroviral therapy will have viral suppression. Adeje councillor Amada Trujillo Bencomo says, “the Adeje council is committed to allocating the human, material and economic resources necessary to work with this international body to make this happen”.

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Early detection is the key

Colon cancer detection campaign

This morning the Adeje department of health protection published details of a free colon cancer screening programme that is happening on April 5th and 6th. According to the local councillor for health, Amada Trujillo Bencomo, “we want to make the public aware of this cancer, one of the more common in our country, with over 34 thousand cases diagnosed annually, affecting men and women equally. It is really important to carry out occasional checks as this kind of cancer can grow with few obvious symptoms. A simple test of a stool sample can, however, prevent the evolution of the disease. If caught in time this cancer can be cured in 90% of cases”.

Hospiten Sur and the Spanish Cancer Association are spearheading the campaign offer free testing. All the public need to do is request an appointment (phone 922 750022) on either April 5th or 6th and turn up with a sample.

During the morning the Adeje council ran an information table on this form of cancer explaining how the test is carried out. It is particularly recommended for people over 50 years of age who are in a risk category and those who have a family history of this kind of cancer. Colonic cancer is the third most common in men, after prostrate and lung cancers, and second most common in women after breast cancer.

The most common symptoms that can signal the appearance of this cancer include changes in intestinal behaviour, unexplained weight loss, anaemia, abdominal pain among others. There are many different tests available, depending on the age and medical condition of the patient, however usually a stool sample is detected for traces of blood, and if positive a colonoscopy is ordered.

Prevention is helped through diet, foods rich in fibre and low in saturated fats and animal proteins. People should also drink 2 litres of water a day, avoid refined sugars, avoid smoking, drink in moderate amounts and eat their meals at regular hours. Daily exercise and get enough hours sleep every night is also recommended.

 

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8 new pharmacies in Adeje


The borough now has 21 shops licenced by the Canarian Health Service

The borough of Adeje has experienced huge population growth in recent years, and one sign is the increase in the number of pharmacies licenced by the Canarian Health Service operating in the borough, with 21 throughout Adeje currently serving the public.

According to the Adeje councillor for health protection, Amada Trujilllo Bencomo “opening the new pharmacies was most definitely a necessity given the growth in the local population, not to mention the need to provide a service for the huge numbers who visit Adeje and may also need a pharmacy during their stay”.

The pharmacies are located throughout Adeje, from Tijoco Bajo, the centre Adeje, Las Torres, San Eugenio, Fañabé, Costa Adeje, Fañabé, the Plaza del Duque, Fañabe and Oasis comercial centres, San Eugenio Los Olivos, Playa de Las Américas, Armeñime, Miraverde and Callao Salvaje.

As a whole on the island of Tenerife there are over 60 pharmacies, and Adeje and Arona have the greatest proportion of those given the density of the local population. With the awarding of these 8 new licences the current round of allocations has now closed.

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Deputy visits Adeje’s animal rescue centre

Arnaiz Martínez had formally requested the visit and it was explained that this is the only public centre of its kind in Tenerife

During the week Natividad Arnaiz Martínez, a deputy from the Canarian regional parliament, visited the Adeje animal rescue centre to find out how the centre is run and the regulations governing this borough-run centre. She was accompanied during the visit by Amada Trujillo Bencomo, the Adeje councillor for health protection, the staff of the centre, the attendant vet and a representative of the animal protection association who works with the centre to facilitate adoptions.

Arnaiz Martínez had formally requested the visit and it was explained that this is the only public centre of its kind in Tenerife, meeting all the legal requirements for the care of animals, and the installation boasts a fully equipped veterinary consultancy room exclusively for the care of the animals in the centre, with a qualified vet in regular attendance.

Councillor Amada Trujillo Bencomo said “the excellent reports we are getting from those who visit the centre as well as the high level of adoptions, which have risen by 50%, speak for themselves. We have, on average, 12 dogs staying in the centre at any given time, with that low number owning much to the work of the animal protection association, Dogs Welfare Trust who work directly with us in the centre.”

Anyone who wishes to adopt from the centre will be taking home a healthy dog that has been vaccinated, micro-chipped, neutered, fully checked and with a European animal passport, all provided free of charge. The Dogs Welfare trust will also underwrite the cost of the appropriate licence for dogs that fall into the ‘dangerous breeds’ category.

The deputy was interested in the procedures when an animal has been found wandering alone, how it is identified, whether, if chipped, the owners are contacted, etc. She also asked questions about the centre’s care and sanitation policy, how the dogs were treated for parasites, prepared for adoption, as well as public campaigns, etc.

The visit also served to highlight the fact that soon volunteers will be able to sign up to help in the centre with various activities with the animals. The public hours of the centre for those interested in adopting a dog are from Monday to Friday, 9am -1pm, and no prior appointment is necessary, though if you would prefer to do so you can call 922 756 201 , particularly if you want to find out what exactly is the process for adoption.

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Adeje animal centre welcomes volunteers

 

The Adeje council have given provisional approval to a ruling that will allow volunteers to work in the borough’s animal rescue centre. According to the councillor for health promotion and quality of life, Amada Trujillo Bencomo, “We are making good the promises made at the start of our term of office, that we would welcome volunteers into the centre. We know there has been a call for this from the public and we know too it will make the animals’ lives happier, to have more people in to care for them, befriend them, take them for walks, play with them, etc.”

After this initial approval, the document will be published in the official Canarian statute bulletin, the BOC, with a set time allowed for members of the public to comment and/or present proposals. Thereafter the appropriate regulation will be presented to a meeting of the council for full approval.

Among the duties the volunteers may undertake, though not with dogs registered as belonging to dangerous breeds, will be walking the animals, brushing and showering, play time and care for puppies. The volunteers may also assist in the adoption of animals within the established norms of the centre. However at no time will volunteers be allowed undertake the work of the staff of the centre, such as feeding the animals, administering medication, cleaning the cages, etc. Dangerous breeds will always be under the control of the centre staff who are licenced to handle them. Full rules are available on the council’s website, www.adeje.es

The councillor explained, “this is something we are happy to encourage. Recently we carried out a restructuring of personnel and some improvements in the centre. In 2016 we signed a covenant with an animal protection agency to help in the adoption process. Now we are about to regulate volunteer aid in a move that has the support of all the political parties in the council. We would also like to thank, in particular, Inma Évora, a well-known animal rights activist, for her participation and assistance in this matter.

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.

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. As mentioned, 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.

 

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‘Paws’ for thought!

 

The Adeje department of health promotion has launched a new campaign to increase awareness among pet owners of the need to take responsibility for the actions of their pets in public. The campaign, ‘Échame una pata’ (give me a paw) offers a free gift of doggy poop bags and pee-pee cleaning bottles for owners who register their four-legged friend on the animal census. “Social harmony in our town has to be respected at all levels”, says health councillor Amada Trujillo Bencomo, “and some pet owners need to make more of an effort to respect communal zones and public spaces used by us all, making sure dogs are on a lead and picking up and cleaning up after them”.

She continued, “A society that loves animals is a society that is developing along the right lines, with a special connection to respect for all forms of life, and that’s why we in Adeje have so many people who do own animals and love them and respect others too. Unfortunately there are always a few who don’t take their responsibilities seriously. Owning a pet brings with it duties and obligations”, she explained.

The campaign will see leaflets distributed in schools and municipal installations, posters, ads, information on social media, etc, encouraging people to make sure their pets are on the census and have a microchip, which is mandatory for animals over three months of age.

The councillor stressed too that it was important for those who might just have received a pet as a Christmas or Kings gift that these are new members of the family, not toys, and must be treated as such. New pets must be trained too, and owners have to be respectful of neighbours when it comes to cleanliness and noise.

The campaign also reminds the public that animals are not allowed in public pools, beaches, bathing areas, playgrounds or green zones at any time of the year.

 

 

 

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Breasting the pink wave

“Here’s to the 5,000” was how Brigitte Gypen, president of the Walk for Life foundation urged people to take part in this year’s event, on Sunday December 17th, from Adeje to Arona, leaving from Siam Mall at 11am.

This will be the XIII edition of the march organised with the Foundation Walk for Life and the two councils, alongside the Cabildo and a number of private patrons whose united goal is to raise awareness, funds for research into breast cancer and those organisations working with individuals and families affected. Participants can register online now and buy their pink t-shirt from December 2nd at Siam Mall where the foundation have a special stand for the purpose.

The Walk for Life has also been delighted to confirm the presence of the para-Olympic champion Gema Hassen-Bey as this year’s Grand Marshall and the Arona and Adeje health councillors, Elena Cabello and Amada Trujillo, who also present at the event presentation today, urged members of the public to also join them in continuing to insist that the public Hospital del Sur has a complete oncology treatment unit. Amada Trujillo Bencomo said, “we hope that soon our patients can attend hospital here in the south so that they needn’t suffer the trip to the north of the island in search of treatment”.

Gema Hassen-Bey said she had decided to accept the offer to participate due to “the very special hugs” she had received from an individual after a conference on cancer. She too, she told the press and public, had been diagnosed with breast cancer and a year later (in a wheelchair) ascended to the Teide summit. “Today I am here to hug back”, she said.

“Come and walk, bring your friend, family, pets. We will have a bus for those who have reduced mobility or who get tired during the (4k) walk, there will be many surprises, a raffle, and lots more” concluded Brigitte Gypen.​

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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