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Celebrating health

Rachel Haynes

Spanish health service - or the Andalusian one in our case - is both better and worse than the UK's NHS. Some residents in Spain say they have received much better attention and treatment here, while others state the opposite. The truth is that both ... the month when the most people fall ill. Perhaps instead we should be drinking to the health of the professionals and of the systems themselves, and to the wisdom of the politicians who could stop skimping and saving in such an important area, improve



Marbella jiu-jitsu champion's fateful fight

Andrew Forbes I have been shown by friends, family and fans over the past few weeks. I even received a message from Ushirobira too, my opponent, checking-in to see how my recovery is going." Babak feels an immense sense of gratitude, not only for his health



"We've been able to save lives in Mozambique - that's what is important"


Two local health professionals have been presented the Civil Merit Medal by the Spanish government for their humanitarian work this year in Mozambique. Isabel Ric is an experienced nurse with the 061 emergency services in Malaga, and Luz López is ... disaster and required immediate medical attention. As the health services in Mozambique are insufficient and scarce, the Spanish medical professionals also treated people with chronic illnesses. Isabel Ric and her colleagues began providing care on 2 ... is another world. The health needs are great. People live in houses built with stones, mud and bamboo. Despite everything, the people of Mozambique are happy; if their house falls down, they rebuild it and move on," Isabel Ric explained. "It's been



Crazy about mental health

...always has to take the first step and show that we do matter. It remains to be seen whether or not they accept us as we are, with our differences,” explained García. At present, eight out of every ten people with mental health problems in Spain are ... unemployed. “Having a proper, motivating job is beneficial for anybody, but for those with mental health problems it is also essential for their recovery and independence,” said Ana Lancho, president of the Madrid association La Barandilla. For 20 years she ... pioneer in Spain in celebrating Mad Pride Day in 2010, although that year they called it El Escandalazo, alluding to the evaluation by the World Health Organisation (WHO) of the mental health services in that region, “but whose recommendations were not



Pharmacies in Malaga experiencing shortage of face masks


...stocks of this health product are not very high. "We have asked them to supply us with more masks, but the pharmaceutical distributors have also exhausted their stocks, as it is a product that usually has little demand," he said. As the masks are ... classified as health products and are not considered medicine, the regulation of these products is different from that of drugs and, therefore, no immediate action is required to avoid shortages.



Residents fear for health over petrol station plans

E. C.

Residents who live in the houses nearest to a site earmarked for a new petrol station in Sayalonga are attempting to stop the town hall from building it. They say that the installation will "affect the environment and health" of the community.



'Pawsitive' therapy for mental health patients

Debbie Bartlett

Some patients in the Sunshine Ward at Ocean Views Mental Health Facility are now enjoying 'Pawsitive Pet Activity', a type of pet therapy. They are visited by two Chihuahuas, Ant and Dec, once a week, and it is hoped to expand the service in the



The 'blue light' that stops youngsters sleeping

DOMÉNICO CHIAPPE, according to a study carried out by Neuroscience and Public Health institutes in the Netherlands, which was presented recently at the Annual Meeting of the European Endocrinology Society. When these young people have less exposure to the 'blue ... simple measures now, we can avoid greater health problems in forthcoming years," he says. However, once an adolescent becomes quite dependent on using the screen other variables come into play, such as anxiety or the uncontrollable need to be ... the child interacts. Meanwhile the pathologies associated with excessive use of technological devices continue to increase. Child obesity Two other studies have related excessive use of mobile devices with health problems at increasingly earlier



31 May 1987: World No Tobacco Day is launched


In 1987, the World Health Assembly passed a resolution calling for 31 May each year to be World No Tobacco Day (WNTD). The day's primary goal is to raise awareness of the health risks associated with tobacco use and encourage both governments and ... individuals to reduce smoking. This year's theme is "Tobacco and Lung Health", aiming to raise awareness of the negative impact tobacco has on smoker's lungs, from cancer to chronic respiratory disease, as well as stressing the fundamental role lungs play ... in our health and well-being. Previous themes have included 'Get Ready for Plain Packaging', 'Second Hand Smoke Kills' and 'Tobacco Free Youth'. Around the world, groups are encouraged by the World Health Organisation (WHO) to mark the day by



Junta promises funds for new Fuengirola-Mijas hospital


Regional government spokesman Elías Bendodo last week met with Fuengirola mayor Ana Mula to discuss the future of the long-awaited Fuengirola-Mijas hospital, as well as that of the Los Pacos-Torreblanca health centre. Bendodo recognised that the ... included in the regional budget for that year. Next year will also see the project for the new health centre in Los Pacos-Torreblanca drawn up. Bendodo announced that work was under way to equip the health centre in Las Lagunas (in neighbouring Mijas but



Coronavirus fears increase as Wuhan's football team arrives to train in Sotogrande


...coronavirus outbreak was first declared, touched down on the Costa del Sol ahead of a training camp in Sotogrande. The regional Health ministry has said that it would be observing the team, due to stay in the area until 18 February, and the travelling party ... viruses"The players have now surpassed the maximum incubation period for the virusEnrique Moya, from the regional ministry of Health and Family, was at Malaga Airport on Wednesday and was keen to convey a message of calm: "The first thing I want to convey is ... and prevent the coronavirus from spreading to more countries. As part of these preventive actions, on Monday the regional ministry of Health set up a coronavirus monitoring advisory group in Andalucía - a team made up of ten professionals including



New law to safeguard UK citizens' health post Brexit

Jennie Rhodes

The UK Department of Health and Social Care has published details of the Healthcare (International Arrangements) Bill which the department says on its website, has "been introduced to give the government legal powers to fund and implement healthcare ... pensioners who have chosen to live in the EU and those intending to retire to the EU, it will help by safeguarding reciprocal healthcare if there is no EU deal." Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department of Health, Lord James O'Shaughnessy,



Three held for taunting a disabled youth to gain social media fans

JUAN CANO attract more views of their music videos. The three men, all in their 20s, are being investigated for offences against "moral integrity". In addition, they are also being investigated over public health offences, as one of the three, with the



Health workers in Malaga suffer assault every two days


A recent study has shown that healthcare workers in the province of Malaga suffer an act of violence every two days. In 2017, 221 cases of assault were recorded by the Health Department and, while this is the official figure, in reality there are ... many more. Verbal abuse is often not recorded at all. Last year sentences were handed down in 27 cases involving assault against a health professional in the workplace in the province. Five of these convictions were for the more serious offence of an ... attack on authority and the rest for threats, and causing injury. In 2016 the Andalusian health service, SAS, gained 32 convictions, again with five being for a serious attack on authority. The health service's existing violence prevention plan



Public health service will face shortage of doctors in key medical areas, warn experts

Ángel Escalera

Medical experts are warning that public health services in Spain could face a crisis as doctors in key specialities retire in the next few years and not enough new medics are ready to step in. Specialist areas affected could include family ... of recently qualified newcomers have chosen to take that route, rather than the instability of short-term contracts in the public health system. "There are recently qualified GPs that would rather work in the accident and emergency department of a ... private hospital than in a health centre in the Malaga area, due to the poor state of primary care." He explained that in order to make primary care more attractive, contracts would have to be more stable and working conditions improved. He went on to



Junta to improve and expand two Marbella health centres

Mónica Pérez

The Andalusian health service (SAS) has set in motion the formalities to start improvement and expansion works to two Marbella health centres: Las Albarizas and Leganitos. In the former, the accident and emergency area will receive a complete ... consultation rooms. The announcement was made by the provincial health delegate, Ana Isabel González, who, alongside head of the Costa del Sol district chief, María Dolores Llamas, provided the details. González said: "The objective is to make these



A quarter of a century watching over the health of the Costa del Sol


...ribbon-cutting, just a guided tour for the media given by the then hospital director, José María Bonet, and Francisco Cano Bueso, the provincial Health delegate. Since then the hospital has continued to evolve to adapt to the needs of the fluctuating population ... reflected in the outpatient figures. In 1994, a total of 23,196 visited a specialist as outpatients. Since 2014 this figure has remained steady at around 246,000. "This hospital has continued to evolve and is in good health," said Torcuato Romero, the ... current director of the Costa del Sol Health Agency (which includes the Hospital Costa del Sol, the Hospital de Alta Resolución in Benalmádena, which opened in 2008, and the CARE centre in Mijas, open since 2005). "We have adapted to society's new


Ministry of Health is considering a smoking ban at large outdoor events


Spain's General Health Secretary, Faustino Blanco, announced this week that the Ministry of Health is considering extending the smoking ban to outdoor events which are attended by large numbers of people, such as concerts and sporting matches, and ... laws which have been introduced in recent years have shown "significant results" in reducing the number of smokers, but there is still a need for more smoke-free areas and coordinated strategies by the health service to help people give up smoking.



GPs test a scheme to spend more time with each patient


GPs in health centres in La Axarquía, Antequera and the Costa del Sol are testing a new scheme from the regional government's ministry of Health this week that means that they are able to spend more time with each patient. The aim is to restructure ... the doctors' working day and improve the service in general. Doctors at the Vélez Sur, Algarrobo, Antequera, Antequera-Estación and La Lobilla health centres have been told they can now spend at least seven minutes with each patient, half an hour a ... the present number. The Junta de Andalucía's Minister for Health and Families, Jesús Aguirre, says this is in response to doctors' wishes, as they want to be able to dedicate more time to patient consultations, and it will also mean they can include



"Obesity is the biggest public health problem in the Western world"

Ángel Escalera

Obesity is a type of plague which has been spreading inexorably through Western countries to such an extent that it has now become the most important public health problem, says the president of the Spanish society for the study of obesity (SEEDO), ... their health to be bad," says Dr Tinahones. He also hopes that in the near future the Andalusian parliament will approve a law (which is already very advanced) to combat obesity. Among other features, it would ban vending machines with commercial



Is Guinness good for your health?

Tony Bryant

...until the 1970s. Today, surveys declare that the consumption of Guinness more than doubles on 17 March. While it is common knowledge that drinking alcohol excessively is not good for our health, some claim that a pint of Guinness might be better for ... toucan, the brand's mascot. It would appear that the famous Irish stout might well have health benefits if consumed with caution, but Guinness is still alcohol, and consuming too much can lead to numerous health problems. While moderate consumption of ... alcohol may have heart benefits for some, alcohol can also increase a woman's risk of breast cancer. It was once not uncommon for a doctor to advise pregnant women to drink Guinness for its health benefits, but today, experts caution of the dangers



La Cala health centre will get 24-hour emergency cover at last, says councillor

Ivan Gelibter

Residents and tourists in La Cala de Mijas will be getting 24-hour cover at the local health centre at last, as well as a seven-day emergency ambulance service. The announcement comes after years of campaigning by locals. Currently once the ... daytime doctors' surgeries end, patients have to travel to Las Lagunas health centre, some 10 kilometres away, for urgent treatment. In an emergency, ambulances also have to travel out from Las Lagunas. More family doctors' strikes for later in ... controversy. The news wasn't released by the PSOE-party-controlled Junta de Andalucía health department, possibly due to restrictions on announcements ahead of regional elections, but by the leader of the PSOE group on Mijas council, Josele González. The



Thousands march for a 'decent' health service

AGENCIES complain about how Andalucía's low ranking on the list of health spending per capita compared to the rest of Spain. The banners and placards demanded justice from the regional government and Candel said the protest was “one of many actions to ... denounce the Junta de Andalucía as a criminal organisation that stubbornly continues to offend”. Regional Health minister, Marina Álvarez, defended the Junta's “commitment and investment” in the public health service and said we should “be proud” of it



Andalusian government announces improvements to palliative care


The president of the Junta de Andalucía, Juanma Moreno (PP), said that euthanasia in cases of terminally ill patients signified a "failure" of the palliative care services offered by the public health service. During this term of office, he said, ... his government plans to "expand and strengthen" palliative care, making sure it is available in all corners of the Andalusian health service and to all ages. "We're going to work seriously on this," he said, "There is room for significant



Junta to cap GPs' daily appointments to give more time with patients


The Andalusian regional minister for Health, Jesús Aguirre, said on Thursday that the public health service will take steps to improve access to GP visits and primary healthcare with "a real reform" of service levels. The aim will be to limit how ... health centres in Andalucía had announced for May as he himself wanted, "more time per appointment, getting to ten minutes [with each patient]", although he admitted that the new action plan is only forecasting seven minutes. The regional minister went ... into preparing an action plan, but recognised that "it could serve as a starting point" for the "debate" about putting the primary care area of the health service at the centre of the operation. As part of the diary measures, GP appointments will be



Sarah's family asks the authorities to apply preventive measures against sepsis and provide information

Mónica Pérez

...anywhere. "It also means doing everything possible to make sure cases like this do not happen again, and for people to know about the dangers of sepsis," he said. Sarah's family is working hard to honour that commitment. They have contacted the health ... authorities with the aim of making them "realise the true extent of this illness and take measures to reduce it". This, they say, includes vaccinating against it. The latest letter, after one a few days ago to the regional government's Health Department, ... has just been sent to the managing director of the Andalusian Health Service, Francisca Antón, in which Ismael Almagro described his daughter's case and the consequences she has suffered from serogroup Y meningococcal septicaemia last July. "I had



Golf and paediatrics join forces to crack down on childhood obesity


At a recent event organised by the Royal Spanish Golf Federation (RFEG), the effects that sport has on health, focusing mainly on children, were brought forward by a number of specialists. The federation called for doctors and physiotherapists to ... excellent way to aid recovery after medical procedures. Dr Miguel Ángel Monroy, a paediatrician at the Reina Victoria health centre in Madrid and lecturer in Medicine and Health Sciences, explained that children need to play sports to live a healthy and ... benefits. It must be encouraged to avoid health problems in the future." he adds. Dr Begoña Arias Novas, head of the paediatrics department of Zarzuela University Hospital and a member of the Paediatrics Society of Madrid and Castilla La Mancha, says that



Junta expected to open new hospital in Estepona in summer


The mayor of Estepona, José María García Urbano, has announced that the construction of the town's new hospital is finished. The local council has paid for the building on behalf of the regional health service, and the mayor said that it was now



Doctors hope to 'rebuild' the public health service with strike

Ángel Escalera

The upcoming strike to be held by family doctors and paediatricians across Malaga province is the first step in rebuilding the public health service, according to Carlos Bautista, head of the 'Basta ya' group calling for better conditions for health ... health centres to avoid attacks on staff. For its part, the Andalusian health service (SAS) stressed that it is increasing the number of staff contracted, carrying out a number of improvement works on health centres and purchasing new equipment. The



Hospital Costa del Sol extension will be finished soon, says Junta

Mónica Pérez

Health of the Junta de Andalucía, Carlos Bautista, who was explaining on a visit to the Costa del Sol Hospital in Marbella that work is still going on behind the scenes to recover the licence contract for operating the new extension. In particular, he ... part of the hospital so it is up and running as soon as possible and there are more healthcare professionals and operating theatres working. Bautista was talking to media with the new director of the Costa del Sol local health district, Luisa ... Lorenzo. He added that the president of the Junta, Juanma Moreno and the regional minister of health Jesús Aguirre were taking a personal interest in getting the hospital finished and open. Public financing The regional health service still hopes to



Doctors at Costa health centres to go on strike over calls for more staff

Ángel Escalera

The public health service in Malaga and on the Costa del Sol is facing industrial action this autumn because of a simmering dispute over a lack of medical staff. What doctors' representatives say is a shortage in community health centres was ... enough) said, " The situation is unsustainable. It's been a bad summer because of the lack of locum staff. The SAS health service hasn't listened to our requests. Unhappiness among doctors is getting worse. The strike is the only way out and to get the ... present in the 'Basta ya' meetings. Feeling of powerlessness The president of the Malaga doctors' association (Colegio de Médicos), Juan José Sánchez Luque, said that "the strike is a response to a feeling of powerlessness" in the health centres and



"The Hospital Costa del Sol is at its limit and we need to restart the extension project"

Mónica Pérez

...are being carried out. How do you feel about your new position? I'm grateful to the head of the Andalusian Health Service and the regional Ministry of Health for placing their trust in me. I believe this will be a very difficult challenge, because ... because it has been supported by professionals, raised awareness among the public and the institutions and, very importantly, town halls, hospitals and health centres have also become involved. In his recent visit to the hospital, the Health delegate ... for Malaga province, Carlos Bautista, mentioned that the health agency may no longer be a public company and the hospital might be brought under the umbrella of the Andalusian Health Service. It has been suggested, and my opinion is a bit divided



Golf and its effects on your health


...reduced the stigma surrounding the sport which in Spain is stereotypically seen as one for wealthy people. A big reason for this rise in interest in playing golf is that several health experts recommend it for helping with all sorts of illnesses. ... “Golf is a sport which carries many health benefits, given that it is played outdoors, in fresh air, and this has lots of advantages like combating stress, producing endorphins, strengthening relationships, and it involves lots of walking around. It also ... poor planning of a golf session can create physical discomfort and even injuries. As a result, specialists always advise that despite the health benefits playing golf brings, there are certain rules for practice which need to be followed to avoid



Opticians use World Health Day to encourage routine eye tests


An eye test is not just for people who need glasses, but a vital health check, was the message delivered by opticians on World Health Day on Saturday. “Having an eye test every two years, or when you notice a change in your vision, enables your ... ophthalmologists as well as information on eye health and protecting the eyes are available throughout April in Specsavers Opticas stores.