April Free Clinic

Shifa Free Clinic

Once again with the dedicated support and mercy of GOD, the Shifa Clinic that was held on Saturday April 14th 2016 was a huge success!

We had our highest number of patients over 50 — a new record! Many patients were new comers. All patients were attended to by professional doctors and a pharmacist. The on-site lab service was received well. We were able to make progress on the new developments, such as the free medications as well. Our patients were very appreciative.

The clinic was operated out of MAS-Charlotte’s facility at 4301 Shamrock Drive. Raza Ulhaq, the director of the Shifa Clinic, arranged a well-run organized program.

This is a service which shows our our commitment and support to our fellow Americans.

The next date is Saturday, 14th May 2016.

Holiday Food Safety Tips

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Holiday meals can be memorable, but it takes more than a great recipe to make those memories happy.  Learn how to prepare your meal safely so that your holiday isn’t spent dealing with food poisoning. Below is a list of common food safety mistakes and tips for preventing them.

Scenario: After shopping to get ingredients for his holiday meal, Roberto makes three more stops before he goes home.

  • Science: Harmful bacteria multiplies when frozen and perishable food is left unrefrigerated for over two hours; one hour if the temperature is 90°F or higher.
  • Solution: Make grocery shopping the last stop before heading home. Place raw poultry, meat, and seafood in a separate bag to keep their juices from contaminating fruits and vegetables. If you won’t be home for one to two hours, use a thermal bag or cooler to keep perishable foods at the proper temperature while transporting. Learn more about safely transporting fruits and vegetables from the store to your table.

Scenario: Sasha puts the frozen turkey on a counter to thaw for five hours before roasting. Whole Homemade Thanksgiving Turkey with All the Sides

  • Science: A turkey is safe indefinitely while frozen. When the turkey is left out at room temperature for more than two hours, its temperature can creep into the danger zone between 40°F and 140°F, where bacteria can grow rapidly.
  • Solution: Thaw turkeys in the refrigerator, in a sink of cold water that is changed every 30 minutes, or in the microwave. Never defrost a turkey on the counter. Learn more about methods for safely thawing turkey.

Scenario: Mark, in a hurry to get to the airport, grabs his half-cooked meal out of the microwave before it finishes cooking.

  • Science: Microwaves cause water molecules in food to vibrate, producing heat that cooks the food. Letting food sit for the recommended time after microwaving allows cold spots to absorb heat from hotter areas, cook more completely, and destroy any foodborne bacteria.
  • Solution: Know your microwave’s wattage. Follow recommended cooking and standing times, to allow for additional cooking after microwaving stops. Learn more about microwave ovens and food safety.

Scenario: Lydia hands bread to her sister, who just finished chopping raw oysters for the stuffing and hasn’t washed her hands.

  • Science: Raw seafood and raw meats may contain harmful bacteria that can make people sick. Those germs can spread to many other places, including your hands, utensils, and cutting boards, and contaminate food that won’t be cooked before it is eaten.
  • Solution: Washing your hands, utensils, and surfaces the right way can prevent the spread of bacteria to your food and your family. Learn CDC’srecommendations for washing hands.eggnog

Scenario: Jasmine uses raw eggs to make her favorite eggnog recipe for the office holiday party.

  • Science: Foods made with raw or undercooked eggs may harbor Salmonella, bacteria that can cause food poisoning and live on both the outside and inside of normal-looking eggs.
  • Solution: If your recipe for eggnog or homemade ice cream calls for raw eggs, avoid possible contamination by using pasteurized eggs or egg products, or a cooked egg-milk mixture. To make a cooked egg-milk mixture, heat it gently and use a food thermometer to ensure that it reaches 160°. Learn more about cooking with eggs and egg products.

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Source: cdc.gov

Zika, Mosquitoes, and Standing Water

Health Concerns

With spring weather and mosquito season coming soon in the United States, the Zika virus – and the mosquitoes that carry the virus – may be a major concern. Zika is currently affecting more than 30 countries and territories in the Americas and Pacific Islands. Zika virus is primarily spread through the bite of an infected Aedes aegypti mosquito. People and communities can take steps to reduce the number of mosquitoes in their homes and communities to protect themselves from Zika.

How Does Water Help Mosquitoes Breed?

Aedes aegypti is known as a “container-breeding mosquito” because it likes to lay eggs in and around standing water. Studies show that female mosquitoes prefer to lay eggs in water that collects or is stored in manmade containers.

Water-filled bioassay trays were used to attract resident female mosquitos to deposit their eggs, where they hatched, and from which the larvae were collected.Aedes aegypti mosquitoes lay eggs on the walls of water-filled containers. Eggs stick to containers like glue and remain attached until they are scrubbed off. The eggs can survive when they dry out—up to 8 months. When it rains or water covers the eggs, they hatch and become adults in about a week.

Reduce mosquitoes at home

Here are a couple of steps you can take to prevent mosquitoes from living and breeding around your home.

Remove standing water

Keep mosquitoes from laying eggs inside and outside of your home. Items in and around people’s homes can collect water. Once a week, empty and scrub, turn over, cover, or throw out containers that hold water, such as

Vases
pet water bowls
flowerpot saucers
discarded tires
buckets
pool covers
birdbaths
trash cans, and
rain barrels.
These actions can help reduce the number of mosquitoes around areas where people live.

Follow safe water storage tips

If water must be stored, tightly cover storage containers to prevent mosquitoes from getting inside and laying eggs.

Reduce mosquitoes in the community

Communities also can take steps to reduce the number of mosquitoes and the chances of spreading disease.

Build systems that distribute safe water

If people have access to clean and safe water in their communities, they will not need to store it in and around their homes. Research has shown that when community-wide distribution systems are built, the number of mosquitoes decreases, because water is not being stored near areas where people live.

Improve sanitation

When water is contaminated with organic matter (for example, human or animal waste, grasses, and leaves), the chances that mosquito larvae will survive may increase because contaminated matter provides food for larvae to eat. Sanitation departments and wastewater treatment plants remove organic wastes and treat water with chlorine or other disinfectants. These activities may decrease mosquito populations and, simultaneously, prevent diarrheal diseases.

*Basic sanitation includes access to facilities for the safe disposal of human waste, and the ability to maintain hygienic conditions, through services such as garbage collection, industrial/hazardous waste management, and wastewater treatment and disposal.

Water, sanitation, and hygiene* (WASH) are critical to keep people healthy and prevent the spread of many different disease, including Zika. World Water Day recognizes the importance of safe drinking water and improved sanitation and hygiene in the health of our world’s population.

Learn more about World Water Day at www.unwater.org/worldwaterday and visit www.cdc.gov/healthywater/global for more information about CDC’s efforts to ensure global access to improved water, sanitation, and hygiene.

Source: cdc.gov

Making Every Message Count

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An unexpected public health emergency can happen anywhere and to anyone. The right health or safety message at the right time from the right person can save lives. However, poor communication can also make an emergency situation much worse.

CDC’s crisis communicators are trained to speak to the public when the unthinkable happens to them, their families, and their communities. Crisis communicators use evidence-based communication strategies to deliver messages to help people stay safe and healthy during a disaster.

Crisis communicators work with scientists, doctors, and other experts during disasters to deliver information to people. To be ready to share information effectively, building partnerships is critical to reach target audiences, both domestically and globally.

How CDC Crisis Communicators Work

Working with CDC scientists who are experts on disease outbreaks, natural disasters, biological threats, and more, crisis communicators determine the best way to get health messages to the people who need them.

MERS press conference in 2014From scientific research, we know that people process information differently during a disaster than they would otherwise do in their day-to-day lives – they respond better to simple, positive action steps. In an emergency, people need guidance as soon as it’s available, whether it’s complete or not. They need to hear the information from someone they trust, and they need information fast and often. These principles guide how messages are created during an emergency and how and when the messages are sent.

Having a crisis communication plan is critical. Although this plan will likely change as the crisis evolves, the initial outline helps to focus communication goals.

Even the best messages will be ineffective if the target audience does not receive them. Communicators must know who to talk to and how to make advice actionable. To do this, communicators rely heavily on partner engagement, develop messages for specific audiences, and use targeted messages. CDC crisis communicators focus on developing relationships with established community organizations, building relationships with spokespersons who are familiar with affected groups, and targeting at-risk populations.

As communicators, all of the information available is used to measure whether messages are reaching the right people at the right time. Monitoring and analyzing web traffic, social media and media coverage helps identify important information that is missing, rumors that should be addressed, and the impact that communication has on the public’s response to a disaster. Communication plans are adjusted based on these analyses and strategies are developed to improve the distribution of information to the people who need it.

CDC’s Ebola Response

In the last year and a half, CDC’s emergency communication activities have focused on the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. CDC has created over 500 distinct communication materials, including infographics, tutorials, and guidance documents that help people understand how to protect themselves and their families from Ebola. This large number of communications materials were developed to address various in-country needs, including a variety of languages spoken, low literacy levels, and cultural preferences. For Ebola-related communication, cultural considerations have helped us reach more people effectively. For instance, people in West Africa speak several languages, some of which are mainly spoken rather than written. Words were often replaced with pictures and illustrations to address language barriers, and radio, text messages, and social media channels were used to deliver messages.

IMG_7092_smCDC works alongside Ebola experts at home and in West Africa to adapt the content, format, and delivery of public health information. Local clinicians, both in Africa and the United States, needed guidance on how to help Ebola patients while protecting themselves, their staff, and other patients from getting sick with the virus. In West Africa, CDC provided in-person training for journalists, community leaders, and faith healers to help prepare them to protect their communities from Ebola. In the United States, CDC hosted in-person trainings, provided updates to healthcare organization networks, and conducted national-level conference calls that were attended by more than 16,000 healthcare providers and organizations.

Over the course of the Ebola response, CDC has also communicated with public health partners and reached more than 32,000 people and organizations who subscribed to the CDC Emergency Partner Newsletter. The CDC Emergency Preparedness and Response website is updated with the latest event information. CDC’s Center for Global Health has strong connections with health communicators around the world and these channels are used to reach the global public health community.

CDC crisis communicators are committed to lowering the rates of illness, injury, and death when disaster strikes by carefully crafting messages for specific audiences and delivering those messages through effective communication channels. Crisis communicators strive to make every message count.

Source: cdc.gov