Public Invited to Donate Jackets (El Sol de Tijuana, 1/11/13 by Adam Mondragon)

Tijuana, BC - With the objective of supporting vulnerable groups in the city this cold season, the Secretariat of Municipal Social Development (SDSM) in coordination with the Municipal Council of Civil Society Organizations (COMOCS), announced a campaign called "Chamarrón 2013". SDSM leader David Saul Guakil and the President of COMOCS Ivette Casillas Rivera, held a press conference where they reported an effort to collect new and used coats that will begin January 11 and conclude on January 25.

David Saul Guakil explained the collection centers are in the nine municipal delegations, in the Directorate of Municipal Social Development at City Hall and facilities of the Cámara Nacional de Comercio (Canaco) Tijuana located in Zona Rio.

"We make a call to the general population and employers of the town to support this noble cause on the first occasion this takes place in the city," said David Saul Guakil.

For her part, Ivette Casillas Rivera indicated the goal is to collect one million items to benefit the largest number of people who are in vulnerable situations. The intention is to collect a greater amount for children, young people, adults and the elderly, who for various reasons do not have support or what they need to cover them from the weather, she emphasized.

Meanwhile Bernardo Padilla, head of the Directorate of Municipal Social Development (DDSM), said staff at of the unit for Social development will be responsible for the storage of the garments the community donates. Once they complete the collection of items, they will begin to distribute them for vulnerable groups beginning January 28.

Yesterday, a company trade group made the first donation of one hundred items. The press conference was attended by Ilia Chavarría Magallón, a liason with Civil Society Organizations; Enrique López Cuellar, of Vulnerable Youth; and ISAC Navarrete, of Rehabilitation and Reintegration of Addictions.

22 Flu Cases Detected in BC (El Sol de Tijuana, 1/11/13 by Rocio Galvan)

Tijuana, BC - There are 22 cases of influenza in the area according to data from the Ministry of Health. The director of the General Hospital of Tijuana, Manuel Antonio Robles, indicated that at least three of these patients have been treated at this institution. Of the 22 patients, 16 were treated in Mexicali, 4 in Tijuana and the rest in Ensenada and San Quintín, the Secretary of Health, José Guadalupe Bustamante Moreno said.

He added 27,928 mothers have been trained to detect respiratory illnesses and thus prevent minors from festering due to a lack of medical care. The director of the General Hospital said queries regarding impaired respiratory tracts went up 300% and that it’s very important to pay attention to patients when health problem begin because complications begin slowly but can have fatal consequences.

The medical officer confirmed that another emergency staircase will be built at the General Hospital, because although it already boasts one, it is insufficient according to observations of Civil Protection and Firefighters.


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