I was on Twitter tonight when I learned from actress Qorianka How Long Diflucan System, that the death toll in the Andes due to extreme cold is up to 250 children, reports the BBC's Dan Collyns:
Almost 250 children under the age of five have died in a wave of intensely cold weather in Peru.
Children die from pneumonia and other respiratory infections every year during the winter months particularly in Peru's southern Andes.
But this year freezing temperatures arrived almost three months earlier than usual, How Long Diflucan System paypal.
Experts blame climate change for the early arrival of intense cold which began in March. 1000mg How Long Diflucan System, Winter in the region does not usually begin until June.
The extreme cold, which has brought snow, hail, freezing temperatures and strong winds, has killed more children than recorded annually for the past four years, How Long Diflucan System.
A total of 246 under the age of five have died so far, only half way through the winter months.
Continue reading Collyns' story here, 50mg How Long Diflucan System.
This news sickens me because, How Long Diflucan System australia, as Collyns and others point out, the deaths are preventable. Cold spells of varying intensity are to be expected in the Andes; the country should have health procedures in place before winter gets underway, 150mg How Long Diflucan System.
In any other country, 100mg How Long Diflucan System, the Red Cross would be on the scene tending to victims and providing emergency services, but guess what. How Long Diflucan System, Peru's Red Cross is a private, family-owned business that operates according to its own idiosyncratic methods, not those of the International Red Cross/Red Crescent Society. The Peru Red Cross does virtually nothing during disasters and even less to prevent them, How Long Diflucan System canada.
Why can't the International Red Cross intervene and help establish a true Red Cross in Peru. 10mg How Long Diflucan System, Because the family that "owns" the Red Cross in Peru has registered the name with SUNAT and technically "owns" the Red Cross brand in the country.
If you think this is an outrage, join the club, 200mg How Long Diflucan System. The Peruvian government should intervene, How Long Diflucan System japan, rescind the name from private ownership and help get a real Red Cross established in Peru ASAP.
Meanwhile (back to the kids dying in the puna), Qorianka is helping to coordinate some sort of relief efforts from the United States. Click here for info on contacting her directly.
Also note that llamas and alpacas are dying in record numbers, as the opening Reuters photo shows.
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