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Sibling doctors pass away from COVID-19 shortly after their father succumbs to virus

first_imgTwo sibling doctors have recently died of COVID-19 in Semarang, Central Java, shortly after their father’s life was taken by the same disease.Head of the Semarang Indonesian Medical Association (IDI), Elang Sumabar said the sister, Elianna Widiastuti, passed away on June 28.”Dr. Elianna worked at the Halmahera community health center [Puskesmas] in Semarang. She passed away on June 28, after being admitted to Roemani Hospital,” Elang said on Wednesday as reported by kompas.com.Elang explained that Elianna had fallen ill after attending her father’s funeral on Sunday morning.”She was taken to the hospital in the afternoon where she passed away,” he said.After some contact tracing, it was found that Elianna’s brother, Sang Aji Widi Aneswara, had also contracted the disease.”Dr. Sang Aji’s children and wife also tested positive for COVID-19. He was admitted to KRMT Wongsonegoro Regional Hospital on July 1, and passed away on July 6,” Elang said. Sang Aji worked at the Karanganyar Puskesmas and had once volunteered to treat COVID-19 patients.”He was still young, only 31 years old. He once volunteered to treat COVID-19 patients at the Semarang mayor’s official residence,” Elang explained.Both siblings were laid to rest at Madinah Memorial Park Cemetery in Ungaran, with their burials following COVID-19 procedures.Elang said that besides the two siblings, two other doctors from the greater Semarang area had also passed away recently due to COVID-19.”Dr. Ane Rovian from Welahan Puskesmas, Jepara, Central Java, passed away on June 25 after being treated at Telogorejo Hospital in Semarang,” he said.Another doctor from Purwodadi, Central Java, Sovian Endin, also passed away from COVID-19 in June.”Just this afternoon, I heard news that a doctor from Purwodadi passed away at Moewardi Hospital in Solo. So, in total four doctors from around Semarang have passed away recently [because of COVID-19],” Elang said.He expressed hope that no other doctors would lose their lives from treating COVID-19 patients. He urged the government to protect medical workers by periodically testing them for COVID-19.”The government should protect both those who directly treat COVID-19 patients and those who work at health facilities such as Puskesmas or clinics, by periodically testing them [for COVID-19],” he said, adding that the public should also remain disciplined in following health protocols. As of Tuesday, Central Java had recorded more than 5,000 COVID-19 cases with 225 casualties. (nal)Topics :last_img read more

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Beirut blast trauma adds new wounds to old scars

first_imgBut before Carla could pull herself together, her elderly neighbor, who had survived the 1975-1990 civil war, was already busy sweeping the floor.”This is a reflex from the war, whenever something breaks they just sweep it up,” Carla said. She is now staying with her family, and said she is not emotionally ready to move back to her blast-hit home.Even at her parents’ house, she cannot sleep. “A car driving by on the street becomes the sound of an airplane,” she said in English.”Everything now triggers memories of the 2006 war… I had never realized how much that war actually had traumatized me.” Those episodes are over, but for some the traumas they left are still vivid — and last week’s explosion has added yet another scar to the collective psyche.Carla was on her balcony in an old Beirut neighborhood when she felt her building shake.”I initially thought it was an air raid because I associated the noise with what I remembered from the 2006 war,” the 28-year-old told AFP.After the explosion pulverized her windows, she rushed to the stairwell, petrified. ‘Psychological pressure’ Doctors of the World, an international charity, spent several days in the leveled Karantina district, overlooking blast site. Its staff knocked on doors in the area to offer residents free psychological support. In the first days after the explosion, residents were too busy seeking medical treatment or clearing debris from their homes. But as a  kind of normality slowly returned, they seemed more ready to speak, said Noelle Jouane, director of the charity’s mental health program.”It helps relieve all of their anger,” she told AFP.But in the devastated district of Mar Mikhael, the slightest thud sparks alarm. At the entrance to the neighborhood, an old man was startled by the bang of a hammer against an iron plate. He immediately ducked and pressed his body against the hood of his car. “It’s nothing,” a passerby reassured him.  Moments later, fear gripped the entire street, with people scrambling out after rumors spread that the August 4 blast site had once again caught fire.Panic, fear, and in some cases a certain detachment from reality are among the “normal reactions to abnormal events,” said Rima Makki, the mental health activity manager for Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in Lebanon.The port blast came as Lebanon was grappling with its worst economic crisis in decades — compounded by the coronavirus pandemic.”The whole of society was already under psychological pressure,” Makki said.”A traumatic incident of this magnitude, obviously, will have repercussions.” Tanya can’t be alone in a room. Carla, for days, thought a war was starting. Survivors of Beirut’s August 4 blast are still in shock over a disaster that disfigured their city.The earth-shaking explosion killed 171 people and wounded more than 6,000, a sickening blow to a country already in crisis.Almost every generation in Lebanon has experienced some kind of conflict, whether the 1975-1990 civil war or the 2006 hostilities with Israel.center_img Topics : ‘Haunting’ Tanya, 32, was in central Beirut when the explosion tore through buildings around her. “The first two days I was constantly crying,” the accountant said.”But something inside was telling me: what are you crying about? I am safe, my family is safe, our house is safe.”But the mother of two said she also felt “guilt for surviving.” She said she didn’t remember much from the moment of the blast, but the bruises on her body remind her of what happened.Now, she is too scared to be alone. “During the day it’s easier, but at night I can’t. I ask someone to stay by my side,” she said.Omar, a visual artist, believes he could have been killed or disfigured by the explosion that ravaged his neighborhood. Luckly, the man in his thirties was not at home at the time. “Knifes flew from the kitchen, the entire glass facade shattered in the house,” he said. “Just the image, the possibility of me being here was haunting.”During a massive anti-government rally near parliament on Saturday, a fatigued Omar suddenly felt like demonstrations were going nowhere, although he had participated in several similar rallies since a protest movement emerged in October. “I felt how can we return to the same place we were a few month ago despite… this catastrophic event,” he said. Two people he knew died in the disaster.”I don’t know how or if one can get over something like that,” he added.”I mean you continue your life, but you continue it differently.”last_img read more

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Angels’ Andrelton Simmons hurts shoulder on diving play

first_imgMESA, Ariz. — Andrelton Simmons was diagnosed with a strained left shoulder after undergoing an MRI exam on Thursday night, according to the Angels, who characterized Simmons as “day to day.”The news comes as a relief for the team after Simmons was hurt diving for a ball in Thursday afternoon’s game against the Oakland A’s. Simmons came out of the game with a trainer, but shortly after the game Manager Mike Scioscia said the team was optimistic.“I think as he came out of the game and left here, he gave us a feeling he’s fine,” Manager Mike Scioscia said before the MRI. “We’re definitely going to be cautious.”The Angels’ Gold Glove shortstop dove to his right and rolled over on his shoulder trying to get a ground ball in the fifth inning. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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Rafting on the Vrbas River

first_img‘Banja Luka Rafting’ is being traditionally held today, in organisation Rafting club ‘Extreme’ Banja Luka.President of the Club Milan Partalo said that this year’s rafting is a gift to the city on the occasion of 22 April, the Day of the City, when in 1945 Banja Luka was liberated from fascist dictators.According to him, participation in rafting, will be free, and around 200 participants will participate.Partalo noted that rafting offer numerous activities, such as enjoying the nature, adrenalin rafting, enjoying banks of Vrbas, parties and many other different activities.The length of the rafting route is 21 kilometre, and the start is in Rakovice place, break in Desna Novoselija. The rafting ends tonight near City Bridge in Banja Luka.Rafting consists of two stages, first stage is up to Desna Novoselija, and the second to City Bridge.(photo: wikimedia)last_img read more

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Pep has changed me for the better- Aguero

first_img0Shares0000That’s my boy: Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola and striker Sergio AgueroLONDON, United Kingdom, Apr 10 – Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero says playing under Pep Guardiola this season has changed his style of play.Aguero has been in exceptional form during the 2017/18 campaign, scoring 30 goals in 37 games. He is now just four away from reaching a career-best season tally and says adapting to Guardiola’s tactics has greatly contributed to his current form. The striker says that although Pep is very demanding as a coach and wants the best results, he has managed to change his game and play according to how his manager wants City to play.The Argentine believes that there is always a learning process in the game and is always willing to take on new directives to help him improve as a player.“I think being able to adapt to Pep’s playing style has a large contributing factor in my form this season.“I’m driven to keep on learning, and I have always been able to absorb the lessons of other coaches and put them to practice.“Pep is very demanding, but I simply had to adapt my game and mindset and change how I play to his style,” Aguero told the Manchester City website.“That means helping recover the ball, press, pass it around more, search for my teammates and remain open for passes to find the goal.“It’s a continuous learning process, and I value that kind of thing as it helps me improve as a player,” he said.Aguero recently recovered from a knee injury, and made a second-half appearance against Manchester United in the 3-2 derby loss, where he was unlucky not to be awarded a late penalty.He is set to play in the second leg of the Champions league quarter-final clash against Liverpool, where the Reds hold a 3-0 advantage, and hopes his side will be ready for what their Merseyside opponents bring to the challenge.“This has been a very intense season and the final stretch will likely be demanding as well,” he explained.“We’re prepared, and the whole staff is doing a great job to face what’s up ahead. I have a great deal of trust in the team, and the Champions League remains one of our objectives.“There is everything to play for.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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