Waiheke Marketplace : June 13th 2012
www.waihekemarketplace.co.nz 6 WAIHEKE MARKETPLACE, JUNE 13, 2012 AVAILABLE 11TH JUNE - 24TH JUNE 2012. TRADE NOT SUPPLIED. WHILE STOCKS LAST. You can't beat IN OSTEND 'The Barn' PHONE 372 5555 High stats for cough Whooping cough stat- istics continue to rise with the latest figures for Auckland released. From January 1 to May 31, there were 322 cases of whooping cough reported. This is five times higher than for the same time last year. In response to the large scale outbreak, Auckland Regional Pub- lic Health Service is urg- ing the public to think and act to protect their families. Medical Officer of Health Dr Andrew Lindsay says: Whooping cough is very contagious and can have severe impacts on babies and infants, it is very import- ant to look at how you can protect your family, friends and the people you work with.'' Children under one year old, who are the most at risk of severe ill- ness, have accounted for 7 per cent of cases and 62 per cent of hospitalisa- tions nationally. On time vaccination is the best way to protect babies and infants. The free vaccination programme in children starts at six weeks then followed at three months and then at five months of age. Babies will not be protected until they have received all three doses. See arphs.govt.nz for more information. Support us, St John tells residents Being there: Ambulance officer Alex Fort is asking for donations so St John can continue to serve the community. St John is calling for residents to show their sup- port during its annual appeal next week so it can be there'' for the community. Waiheke St John ambu- lance officer Alex Fort says many people don't realise St John is a charity. We are calling for donations so we can be there for you when you need us most. It's that simple.'' The appeal, which runs from June 18 to 24, focuses on raising funds so St John can continue to provide its range of services. These include saving lives and taking very sick or criti- cally injured people to hos- pital using the St John ambu- lance service and helping with first aid at events thanks to St John volunteers. The service also helps to improve the health and wellbeing of people in need through its Caring Caller and Friends of the Emergency Department services and prepares them with vital life skills thanks to First Aid Training, St John Safe Kids and Youth Cadets. St John Auckland Central District operations manager John Takerei says demand for ambulance services in the Auckland area continues to grow. Last year St John responded to almost 150,000 callouts in the wider Auck- land region -- an increase of 5.2 per cent on the previous year. In the first three months of 2012, St John responded to more than 35,000 callouts throughout the region.'' Mr Fort says working on Waiheke poses challenges and rewards for St John paramedics. One of the biggest challenges is the logistics involved. A lot of Waiheke is very hilly and a lot of homes don't have driveways to their front doors. Often we have to navi- gate the goat tracks to people's homes to pick up our patient. Off-island transport options include helicopter, police launch, coastguard or ferry. We weigh up the options against the patients' condition, to make the best choice for an optimum out- come,'' he says. During the St John Annual Appeal residents can get their blood pressure tested for a gold coin donation at participating Auckland ASB branches throughout the week. St John staff and volunteers will also be out with collecting buckets throughout appeal week or donations can be made at any time by calling 0800 ST JOHN (0800 785 646), going online at stjohn appeal.org.nz or donating at any ASB branch.
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