Healthy months in Adeje

The Adeje department of health, under councillor Amada Trujillo Bencomo, is working on a series of initiatives during April and May to promote better health for you and your family. This series of events kicked off on April 7th, World Health Day.

Councillor Trujillo Bencomo emphasised, “these programmes will be rolled out over April and May, promoting health through different interventions, fundamentally educational projects, directed and designed for the population in general.

The activities will be free and open to all. “We want to inform, raise awareness and educate people regarding proper health care, promoting healthy life styles, illness prevention and in general improving the quality of the life of the community” said the councillor.

This week, on Thursday April 11th, at 6pm, there is a workshop on mindfulness and interpersonal relations with psychologist Berta Inés Pérez, and after Easter week, on April 23rd a talk and workshop on basic techniques for physical exercise, and on April 25th an event for parents on how to prevent drug consumption in the family.

In May, on the 9th and 16th, there will be events on first aid, and on coronary care. Both will be given by Ismael Melián, a qualified nurse. Finally on May 23rd and 28th, athlete Cathaysa Delgado and nurse and physical trainer Enrique Pérez will host workshops on healthy physical exercise and on accident prevention respectively. All workshops are in Spanish.

 

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New autism centre opens in Adeje

 

Just recently the non-profit organisation Autismo Sur – mi lado azul (my blue side) was launched in Adeje. The association’s mission is to improve the quality of life of those with ASD (autism spectrum disorder – aka TEA in Spanish) and that of their families, with services, specialised assistance, and also increasing public awareness about ASD and the need for increased respect of the rights of all to a proper inclusion in our society.

The association will have the help of the Canarian Autism Federation, run by parents and professionals dealing with ASD, lobbying for needed services and family assessments, as well as specialised training and education.

The association was born in 2017 with the main goal being to help society in general understand autism, at a personal and professional level. Carmen Fernández, the president of the association, says that is why they have launched their current campaign, ‘conecTEA’ working with therapists, from school to home. In other words, she explains, working to fully educate all those who are in contact with the person with autism in their daily lives.

The association is placing special emphasis on working to help in the family setting, finding out how to help and improve assistance in the home.

Attending the official launch of the association here in Adeje were the councillors for health, Amada Trujillo Bencomo, for tourism Ermitas Moreira García, and for heritage, Desiderio Afonzo Ruiz.

 

 

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Drug plan will help those at risk of addiction

New drugs action plan approved by the council

The Adeje department of health, under councillor Amada Trujillo Bencomo, have just renewed their partnership arrangement with CESICA, a Canarian foundation working in the area of drug addiction prevention and treatment. The new project will focus on prevention in drug consumption in both the school and the home environment.

The working contract is for 3 years and the main object is to reduce/eradicate the consumption of drugs among Adeje’s young people. “We have been developing drug consumption prevention plans for a number of years, such as intervention where needed, and our work in education and prevention is to avoid any increase in the numbers consuming illegal substances”, said the councillor. She added that drug consumption doesn’t simply affect the person addicted, but the whole family, the social nucleus and work or study place, etc. “So our solutions include prevention, treatment and responding quickly and effectively to the problem as it is presented”.

The project will have two educative programmes. The first is based on promoting universal prevention in school and family settings, with secondary school children from 1st – 4th year taking part in workshops and talks, prioritising the prevention of drug use and misuse among the 12 – 16 year olds. Over one thousands students will be targeted.

The second programme is designed to deal with those identified as potentially at risk or already involved in drug use, geared towards dealing with children who are presenting with the kind of problems associated with addiction or substance abuse. These talks will be aimed at the families of the young people identified as in need of special attention, educating on the dangers – social, emotional and economic – of drug use. Professionals running the course are trained to deal with young people at risk or already consuming drugs, and to carry out family interventions.

 

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Healthy lifestyle choices

Adeje’s part in the III Regional Workshop on health promotion

Recently Adeje took part in a regional workshop on health promotion, an initiative designed to help councils and cabildos work on an overall health strategy for the region as part of the national health programme.

At the event different councils presented prevention projects they are working on and the workshop also discussed how other international zones (Azores, Canarias, Cape Verde, Madeir ) work to combine promotion and prevention with public health services in an efficient and qualitative manner, improving the health and quality of life of the citizens.
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Adeje’s health councillor, Amada Trujillo Bencomo, said that although “Adeje has only been part of this forum since 2017, we have been committed to promoting healthier lifestyles in our local population for a lot longer, as an effective strategy for disease prevention….we work from a integrated perspective, and are presenting the projects we have undertaken to improve the health of our people”.

Among those strategies in place is better coordination of health resources locally and inter—sectoral education in the community. Here too there are projects helping educate the younger population about healthy choices, classes for pregnant women, and workshops for those older residents to aid them in maintaining a level of autonomy regardless of age.

At the meeting there was a call for the signing, as soon as possible, of a covenant between the department of health, the regional government and the councils to implement a national health promotion plan which would also tackle the need to reduce health-related waiting lists.

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Signing up for better services

The people of Adeje were given the chance to sign a petition in support of the work of the AECC, the Spanish cancer association, asking the regional government to increase funding for research into cancer. Two tables were set up by the Adeje department of health, under councillor Amada Trujillo Bencomo, at the Town Hall and outside the Adeje health centre, coinciding with World Cancer Research Day.

The councillor commented on “the importance of the work being carried out to advance the scientific investigation in the fight against this illness”. She also emailed all of the council staff members to encourage them to sign the petition, and anyone can sign up online,
http://news.aecc.es/public/m/no-podemos-parar-de-investigar.

According to the AECC, “In 2030 the target is a 73% cancer survival rate – today in Spain it’s only 53%, which is why we have to, as a minimum, double the amount we are investing in cancer research in this country.”

 

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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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Expovida 2020: Where health and tourism come together

 

Launched today, December 15th, Expovida 2020 is a new tourism and health concept, inviting the world’s leading health innovators and providers to come together under one roof, in Adeje, in the perfect location, the Canary Islands.

In what was Sky Park, this private enterprise, at a projected cost of €150 million, completely funded by private enterprise, will be a permanent expo offering tourists a new reason to visit Adeje. With 1,600 m2 the space will have a myriad of zones featuring different aspects of health and wellbeing, and will be inviting different countries and companies to use the space to promote the latest medical and technological developments in the world of health.

The building will be topped by a massive sculpture of ‘Evva’, an interactive sculpture as, says architect Roberto Delgado, the interior of the ‘body’ will house different salons for learning, promotion, and interaction with health exponents and providers.

Adeje’s tourism councillor Ermitas Moreira spoke at the launch of the project welcoming the initiative, “a pioneer at European level and an axis for health and wellbeing. With this initiative Adeje will become a reference point for investigation, diagnostics and health-related conferences and events from both professional and training points of view. “

 

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Fruitful pursuits!

 

Last week Adeje council invited the winners of a healthy food art competition to the department of health to receive their prizes. The aim of the competition was to encourage healthier lifestyles among the borough’s young people.

As the local councillor for health, Amada Trujillo Bencomo, explained, during April of this year the council, through the public primary schools, introduced a competition under the slogan (translated) “Eat healthily, live healthily”. The main aim was to help the children assimilate information leading them to improve their eating habits and thus prevent the later development of health issues related to inadequate nutrition.

The competition was directed at children in primary schools, in particular promoting the importance of fruit and vegetables in the pursuit of a balanced diet, meaning the body gets the nutrition it needs to grow and develop. There were different categories depending on the ages of the student.

The winners were Maryam Lagder Rodríguez (CEIP Fañabe), Valentina Peroni (CEIP Armeñime) and Gabriela Rivero Siverio (CEIP Las Torres). Their parents were presented with their prizes in the offices of the department of health, where they were given vouchers for schools materials for this year.

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