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Jaume Ferrer says 70% of Formentera patients still can't get CAT scans

foto TAC 1This morning Formentera Council president Jaume Ferrer joined Patricia Gómez, the regional health secretary, on a tour of the new radiology facilities, including cutting-edge CT scan equipment, at Formentera hospital. Ferrer welcomed efforts from within the Govern and, in particular, the regional department of health, to enable suffering individuals and their families to obtain care on the island—“one reason it was so important to have CT scan equipment here on Formentera”, he said.

Despite the warm words, Ferrer asserted the time to celebrate was still some distance away. Only appointments that don't require a contrasting angle are being conducted. According to the president, that means “the patients that do need a contrasted viewpoint and could be benefitting from CAT scans—seventy per cent of the total—aren't able to do so”. “We need to continue working so they can take advantage of this service as soon as possible”, said Ferrer.

Council contributes €24k for local seniors clubs

img 1448-1-Today Formentera Council president Jaume Ferrer put his signature on partnership deals with the island's four retirees and pensioners clubs. The administration gives the clubs €24,000 annually, funding which is intended to cover maintenance and service upgrades as well as outreach, activities coordination at the community level and collaboration with other associations over the course of 2018.

For the Council's €9,000 deal with the retirees and pensioners club of Sant Francesc, Ferrer signed an agreement with club president Margarita Sanchís. Rita Costa, president of a similar “social and senior centre” in Sant Ferran, oversaw confirmation of her group's €6,500 funding package. Maria Costa, chief of the la Savina retirees and pensioners club, saw to signing her own group's €4,500 endowment into effect, while the administration's €4,000 contribution to the la Mola association for the elderly was formalised by Jaume Escandell, the association's president.

Council extends partnership with hometown NGO

img 1436-1-Formentera Council president Jaume Ferrer sat down today with the head of the NGO Formenterers Solidaris, Maria Costa, to sign a €3,000 deal to support development cooperation in developing regions of the world and educational initiatives on the island in 2018.

The humanitarian group (formenterer is the Catalan term for a Formentera native; solidari roughly translates as “charitable”) is a non-profit built around outreach and social development initiatives in support of segments of society which have been dealt an uneven hand due to factors like income, age, sex or legal situation.

The Formentera Council and Formenterers Solidaris share a set of common causes, which, together with the administration's economic contribution, are enshrined in the present collaborative agreement. The assistance will cover:
-Creation and management of cooperation and development projects in developing countries.
-Organisation of talks, round tables, forums, exhibitions and conferences.
-Expenditures on equipment and materials for day-to-day operations.
-Fundraising drives and collections for underprivileged regions of the world.
-Administration of food donations from the Formentera Council.
-Initiatives in support of socially disadvantaged groups on the island.

Also on hand at the morning ceremony were social welfare chief Vanessa Parellada and Teresa Costa, secretary of Formenterers Solidaris.

Newly formed crew of metre attendants patrols Formentera streets

img 1433-1-Formentera Council chief Jaume Ferrer and mobility secretary Rafael González introduced the team of individuals charged with overseeing metred parking in la Savina, Sant Francesc, Sant Ferran and es Pujols. The brigade —previously a three-person crew which, aside from a coordinator, recently took on eight new agents— will be stationed in la Mola on market days (Wednesday and Sunday evenings) and serve as a point of contact concerning rule changes in effect in es Cap de Barbaria.

The incoming attendants will spend the week in four separate training programmes —on interpersonal communication; municipal parking ordinances approved in last Friday's June plenary; the complexities of local law enforcement and the mechanics of the island's crane lorry; and the functioning of parking metres in designated “blue zones”.

Expanded metred parking system
Crews, who began installing new parking metres in Sant Ferran today, will proceed with similar operations in Sant Francesc and es Pujols. Secretary González said the equipment would be up and running in the first half of July.

When installation of the new metres is complete, drivers can park free of charge for up to 24 hours in the blue zones of Sant Francesc, Sant Ferran and es Pujols. Whether motorists are residents on the island or just visiting, they must obtain a ticket every day they park in one of the new metred areas. The pay-to-park system will start in August, with exceptions for residents and exempt vehicles (these drivers must still get a day ticket in order to park).

Mobility department welcomes incoming deputy director
The secretary seized the opportunity to welcome his department's newest deputy director, Jesús Villar, whom he explained would provide support for key initiatives within the mobility office such as limits on vehicles entering the island, Formentera's first-ever sustainable mobility strategy and tender of public transport contracts.

Formentera publishes test-prep material for would-be firefighters

foto-bombers-20181The Formentera Council has posted a list of subjects likely to appear on the theory-based exams faced by aspirants to the Formentera fire brigade's reserve workforce.

The reserve gives the Formentera Council a guaranteed pool of trained individuals in case of emergency.

Conditions of the offer are expected to be approved in the first week of July and posted on the Balearic Islands official bulletin, the BOIB. After posting, candidates are free to begin preparing for the selection process.

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