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Honduras 10/27/2014

Tropical Storm Hanna dissipated; however, moderate to mild rainfall remains in the Atlantic coast. A Green Alert has been declared for 24 hours for the departments of Gracias a Dios, Colon, Atlantida, Islas de la Bahia, Yoro and Cortes, places prone to flash floods and landslides, because the soil is saturated as a result of rainfall in previous days. The storm caused the collapse of several bridges and left some villages cut off. (o.s.: COPECO; m.c.: La Tribuna, RedHum).

Panama 10/27/2014

Heavy rainfall in recent days has affected the districts of David, Bugaba and Baru. The swollen rivers have caused the collapse of walls. The movement of garbage has clogged sewers. The Regional Director of the Institute of Aqueducts and Sewers, confirmed that the city of David and the District of Bugaba have been left without water. (o.s.: SINAPROC; m.: La Estrella).

Honduras 10/27/2014

Tropical Storm Hanna dissipated; however, moderate to mild rainfall remains in the Atlantic coast. A Green Alert has been declared for 24 hours for the departments of Gracias a Dios, Colon, Atlantida, Islas de la Bahia, Yoro and Cortes, places prone to flash floods and landslides, because the soil is saturated as a result of rainfall in previous days. The storm caused the collapse of several bridges and left some villages cut off. (o.s.: COPECO; m.c.: La Tribuna, RedHum).



Smart Hospitals Project to Improve Caribbean Facilities

Caribbean countries will have safer, ecofriendly and disaster resilient hospitals. This will be achieved with the Pan American Health Organization’s (PAHO/WHO) Smart Hospitals initiative, which will support Caribbean countries in improving their health care facilities. 

The project is spearheaded by a team of Caribbean experts and will be piloted at the Georgetown Hospital in St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Pogson Medical Centre in St. Kitts and Nevis. It is designed to establish an integrated approach to building and retrofitting health care facilities to ensure that they are environmentally friendly and disaster resilient.

According to PAHO’s Regional Advisor in the Area on Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Relief, Dr. Dana Van Alphen, “the project will allow for the development of a ‘Smart Health Care Facilities Annex’ to accompany national building standards and codes and the development of the Smart Hospital Toolkit to guide the implementation of climate change mitigation measures in existing and proposed facilities. It also seeks to enhance national capacity to deliver climate smart health care facilities by providing training workshops, advice through the Disaster Mitigation Advisory Group (DIMAG) and supporting policy strengthening.”

Benefits of having Smart Hospitals

Speaking on the benefits of the project for Caribbean people, Dr. Van Alphen noted that the initiative would see cost savings on health care and utility bills, reduced greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, improved air quality, enhanced physical access to hospitals, improved access to safe water and improved safety conditions.

She further noted that extensive research and site investigations have taken place at the Georgetown and Pogson Hospitals and these facilities have been assessed against a Smart Hospital Baseline Assessment Tool, designed specifically for this purpose.

This initiative follows and enhances the existing Safe Hospitals project, which advocates for hospitals to be built to ensure continued operation during disasters and that existing hospitals progressively improve their safety levels in this regard.

 

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