Salvadoran Armed Forces Provides Medical Specialists for People with Disabilities

first_imgBy Lorena Baires/Diálogo July 25, 2016 The Salvadoran Armed Forces (FAES, for its Spanish acronym),through their Coordination Support Unit for the Disabled (UCADFA, for itsSpanish acronym), travels to the country’s remote mountainous regions to bringspecialized healthcare to people with disabilities. Doctors from UCADFA and the Military Health Command (COSAM,for its Spanish acronym) organize the visits in conjunction with localgovernments and, if necessary, they secure additional support from theSalvadoran Social Security Institute and the Health Ministry (MINSALUD). On June 20th, Arnoldo Valladares, a 54-year-old soldier andresident of the municipality of El Paisnal in the department of San Salvador,responded to the FAES’ offer of free transportation to the Special ForcesCommand (CFE, for its Spanish acronym). On the way to the CFE, Valladares recalled that he had justturned 25 when he was shot through his right knee by a stray bullet at asugarcane plantation near his home. It was 1985, and El Salvador was the sceneof a civil conflict. Without immediate medical attention, he lost his leg. Since then Valladares has had several prosthetics, and thelast one, which he purchased in 2013 with the help of some friends who liveabroad, was already worn out. Not only did medical specialists at the CFErepair the prosthesis, but they also took care of a visual impairment thatprevented him from reading. “I am so thankful to the Armed Forces because Iwouldn’t have been able to pay for all of the medical care I received, themedicines and the glasses,” Valladares said during the medical campaign at theCFE. “My life will now get a lot better because I will be able to walk betterand read, which I haven’t done for a long time.” A total of 160 people with disabilities, and their families, were mobilized through this medical campaign to receive specialized care in general medicine, orthopedics, dentistry, pediatrics, and psychology. All received their medication at no charge. Alejandro Segovio, a 47-year-old mechanic and resident ofthe municipality of Aguilares, in the department of San Salvador, stood in lineto receive free pain medication for his hands. His pain was the result of usingworn-out crutches. “My crutches are useless now. The wood was splinteredand hurt my hands,” Segovio said, with tears in his eyes. “Now I walk with newcrutches, and I have pain medicine for my injured hands. I don’t know how tothank them for what they have done for me.” A few days later, the Sixth Infantry Brigade traveled to the municipality of Nueva Granada in Usulután, where it set up a joint healthcare center, in which COSAM and MINSALUD also took part. “This is the sixth poorest of the country’s 262municipalities. That’s why we decided to come and bring specialized medicalservices to people with disabilities,” said Colonel Jaime Ernesto Arias,commander of the FAES Sixth Infantry Brigade. Julián de los Ángeles Hurtado, 49, was also lined up toreceive treatment at the medical campaign. He was injured during an armedconflict that confined him to a wheelchair. “I can’t fully express my appreciation towards the ArmedForces for curing an infection I had in my knee that was caused by some rustedmetal sheets I was moving in my house. Thank God it’s nothing serious, andeverything is okay,” Hurtado said while receiving his medication. María de Jesús Recinos, 39, gave one of the COSAM doctors atight hug and thanked him tearfully for her husband’s crutches. He lostmobility in his right leg after a traffic accident 15 years ago. “I am happy and so thankful because they have given myhusband a way to get around on his own. Now he will be able to continue workingwithout worrying, without having to depend on me to walk. We would never havebeen able to pay for the help we received,” said Recinos at the end of theday in Usulután. So far this year, UCADFA has run five medical outreach daysfor people with disabilities and has provided services for more than 1,500people and their families. Colonel Óscar Alberto Ramírez, commander of the CFE,considers these outreach days to be a show of the solidarity which is instilledin every military unit. “These activities make us stronger and give us a lot ofsatisfaction because we are serving our Salvadoran brothers and those who haveserved our country,” Col. Ramírez saidduring the medical outreach day on June 20th. “We appreciate all the public andprivate institutions which have joined our efforts, because together we willcontinue bringing good health to the population.”last_img read more

Charging stations for electric vehicles on highways put into operation

first_imgOf the first 16 HEP filling stations on motorways, 12 were set up in cooperation with INA, and are located at the Ljubeščica, Vukova Gorica, Brinje and Lepenica Sjever rest areas, and at motorway entry / exit points in Goričan and Sesvetski Kraljevec. With this, we have put Croatia on the European map of electromobility and joined the network of electric charging stations on the trans-European transport network, said the President of the Management Board of Hrvatska elektroprivreda Frane Barbarić. and added: “Our ultimate goal is to provide Croatian citizens and all tourists and our guests with a safe long-distance electric car ride. To this end, as part of international projects, we will set up a total of 57 filling stations on Croatian motorways and other roads. With the completion of the currently active projects, HEP’s network, together with the already installed filling stations in Croatian cities, will have more than a hundred filling stations. ” HEP’s fast charging station in Brinje, with a capacity of 50 kW, was set up as part of the NEXT-E project, and like other HEP charging stations on motorways, it supports charging all available and upcoming types of electric vehicles on the market, HEP points out. Upon completion of the project, HEP’s network will have over 100 electric charging stations On the occasion of the National Day of Nikola Tesla, HEP marked the commissioning of the first 16 charging stations for electric vehicles on motorways by opening a fast charging station at the Brinje rest area. Investments in the installation of HEP filling stations on motorways are co-financed from European Union funds within the EAST-E and NEXT-E projects. As part of these projects, HEP is working with partners from the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Hungary and Romania to create a new network of 309 charging stations, which will enable uninterrupted driving of electric cars through six Central European countries. The new electric charging stations will enable citizens and tourists from European countries to drive an electric car and reach all tourist destinations in Croatia. “Electric vehicle drivers have at their disposal a wide range of products and services at our retail outlets, and while their cars are full, their time can be shortened with coffee or a meal at our Fresh Corners. For us, customers come first and that is why we are committed to improving our products and services every day, and we see a step towards electromobility as an opportunity for the company.”, Said Sándor Fasimon, President of the Management Board of INA. For the first time, the network of electric charging stations enabled electric car owners to drive from the border with Slovenia and Hungary to the Adriatic Sea, and the Republic of Croatia to connect to the network of charging stations for electric vehicles on the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T).  The remaining four filling stations are located in Vrbovsko, Čavle, Delnice and Fužine, in the immediate vicinity of the A6 motorway. In total, more than 30 charging stations for electric cars on highways in the direction of the sea, but also in the direction of Lipovac on the continent, will be installed at rest areas near INA retail outlets. Photo: RELATED NEWS: FIRST PORSCHE DESTINATION STATION FOR CHARGING ELECTRIC CARS IN CROATIA INSTALLED IN ESPLANADElast_img read more