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Dear Loyal Readers,
There is an obvious lack of posts in the past week, sorry about that. This is because I have been traveling out of Panama on vacation and doing research on a couple of new business ideas for Panama, and it has been a bit difficult to get to a computer to post. Please bear with me, I will be back at the blogging soon and you will be the first to know if I come up with some earth-shattering ideas.
Thanks for reading,
Cynthia

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Yellow Fever Vaccination in Panama

Yellow Fever Vaccination in Panama

Yellow Fever Vaccinations in Panama
We recently had a friend from Canada visiting who is on her way to Asia later this year. She discovered here that if she visits Panama she needs to have a Yellow Fever shot to enter many other countries because Yellow Fever can sometimes be found in the country of Panama in the far outlying areas. There are quite a number of countries (check this website for the list: http://www.who.int/ith/countries/2008_country_list.pdf) with Yellow Fever Vaccination requirements. Once you get the vaccination it is good for 10 years, and when traveling to any countries which require that you have the shots you must carry your vaccination booklet.

Yellow fever is a mosquito born virus, carried by the Aedes and Haemagogus species of mosquito which is prevalent during daylight hours. It is recommended that you protect yourself by having a vaccination and using mosquito lotion regularly. In Panamanian cities and towns there are regular inspections by the Department of Health for mosquito breeding areas, and they also spray often especially during rainy season.

World Health Organization Yellow Fever recommendations for Panama: Vaccination is recommended for all travelers who are going to the Province of Darien, the region Kuna Yala (old San Blas), East Panama including the districts of Chep, Chiman and Balboa. This does not include the City of Panama and the Panama Canal area (old Canal Zone).

I had been investigating vaccinations and which are possible to get in Panama. That is when the nurses told me that the Department of Health offers a FREE Yellow Fever vaccination program for everyone. That´s right FREE. That includes Panamanians, foreign residents, and visitors. You do have to pay $5 for your registration of the shot and your vaccination booklet.

My friend and I both were both inoculated. I was impressed with the speed of service (there were no other patients there), cleanliness, and the nurses were helpful, knowledgeable and kind. The health facility itself was a basic tropical clinic but it was clean and organized.

I should add this is not a new program but has been offered for some time now and I just did not have the time to get out to the clinic.

I am a sucker for punishment, so I am now on a quest to find the other Panamanian clinics which offer inoculations as well. The nurse told us that the Department of Health Public Clinics throughout Panama offer vaccinations which are on their regular schedule of recommended childhood and adult shots such as hepatitis, tetanus, etc… for no charge or very limited charges. They also will have the flu vaccine at certain times of year. That will be our next mission, to find the clinics, schedules and prices…

Yellow Fever Vaccinations are available at the Department of Health (Salud) Clinic in Clayton, look for the IDAAN sign on the right on the street just before the Crossroads Church (if you see the church you have gone too far) on the way to Miraflores Locks. The clinic is open 7:30 am until noon Monday Thru Saturday.

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Check this keyhole garden video out that was posted earlier on the Panama Yahoo Gardening Group.

Looks excellent for areas which are extremely difficult to work like Taboga Island which can be very rocky and with poor soil.

Cynthia

www.cerritotropicalpanama.com

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Thanks for visiting folks. For more details on the Fiesta starting July 16th, this week, please scroll down the page a bit. Sorry I don´t have more concrete details but as usual official activities on a small island are somewhat disorganized. If my regular visitors notice I have a new Blog design, not by choice but because the other design did not work well in Explorer. Muchissimo Gracias! Cynthia

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Pineapple Ginger Juice or Tea Recipe

Pineapple Ginger Juice or Tea Recipe

PINEAPPLE GINGER JUICE or TEA
This is a tasty recipe I like to make at home when I have some fresh pineapple. It is a take-off from the popular Panamanian rice and pineapple drink….. check out the FOOD link at the top of the page for the recipe.

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Virgin del Carmen Festival

Virgin del Carmen Festival

Next week, starting July 16th, Wednesday is the Virgin del Carmen Festival on Taboga Island. This year it is a special event because it is the 100th anniversary of the arrival of the image of the Virgin del Carmen. I was at the IPAT offices today and they told me on Wednesday, 16th of July there will be a boat parade. Mainly attended by locals since it is midweek and many of us do work during the week. On the weekend there will be events in the village and special services in the church

The Virgin del Carmen has a long history of protecting the Island of Taboga and its inhabitants. The villagers of San Pedro (the village of Taboga) have an intense and sentimental attachment to her, their protector. Find out more about Virgen Del Carmen here: http://www.cerritotropicalpanama.com/stories.html

See you there!
Cerrito Tropical Panama
Email: info@erritotropicalpanama.com
Tel: 6489-0074

Below, find a Spanish version of the story of the Virgin provided to me by Alvaro Gonzalez of Taboga:

Virgin del Carmen, Taboga Island Church

Virgin del Carmen, Taboga Island Church

Fue en 1513 que los conquistadores españoles vieron por primera vez a la isla de Taboga, el adelantado del Mar del Sur, Vasco Núñez de Balboa, poco después de “descubrir” el Mar del Sur en su ruta hacia tierra firme.

La bautizó como isla de San Pedro, como los nativos la llamaban Haboga, los españoles le añadieron la “T” inicial y le llamaron isla San Pedro de Taboga.

En 1524, el canónigo Hernando de Luque funda el 29 de junio, el pueblo español de San Pedro de Taboga, ya que el pueblo indígena que existió en la isla fue destruido por Gonzalo de Badajoz en 1515.

Taboga, como puerto de la ciudad de Panamá, sufrió de los ataques de piratas, que en el siglo XVIII atacaron al Istmo de Panamá, principalmente a la ciudad de Panama, con su consiguiente destrucción.

La población de la isla, atemorizada por estos constantes ataques, ya que la isla de Taboga se convirtió en lugar de descanso y refugio de dichos piratas, solo les quedaba esconderse para preservar la vida. Un día de a mediado de ese siglo XVIII, ante el inminente ataque de dichos piratas, la población armada de palos y piedras se escondieron para enfrentarse a los atacantes, vieron en la playa a una mujer que en posición desafiante esperaba a los asaltantes. Cuentan que los piratas al ver a esta mujer, que parecía comandar a un grupo armado, desistieron del ataque y se fueron. Los pobladores sin saber lo que había sucedido fueron a la iglesia del pueblo a dar gracias a Dios, pero al llegar a la misma, vieron huellas de pies mojados con arena que se dirigían desde la puerta hacia el altar, encontrando el manto y pies de la virgen del Carmen mojados y embarrados de arena. Dijeron que esa era la mujer que los protegió en la playa, desde ese día, el pueblo de Taboga la nombró su Santa Patrona y Protectora de Taboga.

Esta creencia se fue acrecentando, llegando hasta inicio del siglo XX, cuando el pueblo de Taboga se organizó y decidió colocar en el Altar Mayor, en sitio de honor, la imagen de la Bienaventurada Virgen Maria del Monte Carmelo, la Virgen del Carmen.

Esta imagen fue adquirida en Francia, no en España como era la costumbre, sus ojos no son pintados como la mayoría de las imágenes, son de vidrio dando la sensación de vida.

En 1908 fue traslada de la ciudad de Panamá a la isla de Taboga en la “balandra” (embarcación de vela) del señor Horacio Rivera, conocido en Taboga como “Chovera”.

El día exacto de su arribo a Taboga se ha perdido en el tiempo, ya que los testigos de este acontecimiento no existen. Puedo citar palabras de Serafina Vásquez de Rivera, tía Fina, quien formó, junto a sus cuñadas, parte del comité de adquisición de esta imagen. Me contó que “fue un día muy grande para Taboga, desde que fue avistada la balandra detrás del Morro, la población se congregó en la playa, cuando la balandra llegó a la playa, las campanas de la iglesia empezaron a repicar, una algarabía de alegría se formó en la playa que fue interrumpida por un silencio, ya que no veían por ninguna parte la imagen, ya que estaba dentro de una gran caja, cuando la caja fue puesta en suelo tabogano y se abrió”, proseguía tía Fina muy emocionada, “la alegría fue mayor, en hombros fue llevada hacia la iglesia, fue la primera procesión con dicha imagen”, siempre me recalcaba, “fue quizás el día mas alegre que ha vivido Taboga, ver a niños, jóvenes, adultos y viejos, gritar de alegría, las campanas no dejaron de repicar todo el día, el gran anhelo de Taboga se había cumplido, tener en sitio de honor a la imagen de su Madre Celestial y protectora de Taboga y sus habitantes.”

Cuatro años después de este acontecimiento, fue sacada en procesión, el 16 de julio de 1912, desde esa fecha no ha recorrido las calles de Taboga, para este efecto hay dos imágenes mas pequeña, una para la procesión en tierra y otra para la procesión acuática.

Esta historia de la aparición de la virgen, que ha sido transmitida de generación en generación, como una leyenda hasta nuestro días, quizás sea tomada como poco creíble, ya que hay muchos datos sin sustentación histórica formal. Como sociólogo y perteneciente al pueblo de Taboga, veo la gran importancia de esta creencia que nos ha mantenido Unidos a través del tiempo, esta piedad popular nos ha mantenido fiel a la palabra de su hijo, Jesucristo.

No perdamos tiempo en el pasado, en tratar de comprobar la existencia de este hecho, aprovechemos el presente en aumentar nuestra Fe, para que en UNIDAD podamos enfrentarnos a este futuro que parece incierto.

Taboga posee excepcional posición geográfica, belleza natural, una riqueza histórica, turística y una noble población, lo importante, que su creencia y su Fe la mantienen viva, desafiando a los tiempos, ya sean buenos o malos.

Que este centenario sea el inicio de mirar hacia nosotros mismos, que todos sigamos el ejemplo de 1908, que unidos, sin ninguna distinción pudieron poner en sitial de honor, no solo a su Santa Patrona, sino a Taboga.

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Dr. Marco Antonio Belizaire
Sports and Family Chiropractor

Dr. Belizaire

Dr. Belizaire

Dr. Belizaire was recommended to me by several of our readers who are his patients. He has visited Panama one week out of every month to see patients since the year 2000, his fees are $35.00 for the initial consultation, evaluation and adjustment, plus the report of findings. After that if he treats patients anywhere from 3-5 times during the week that he is in Panama it is $45.00 dollars per person, or $20.00 per one adjustment. He also offer family plans where a family of 2 will pay $75.00 for the weeks adjustments 3-5 times.

Information is listed below for both addresses, in Atlanta as well as in Panama and his cell number for Panama is listed also, as most people contact him on his cell if their Spanish is limited and cannot communicate with the receptionist who is provided by the hospital. His office is located in Centro Medico Bella Vista located in Avenida Peru and 39th street, suite # 108, next to Hotel Costa Inn.

His schedule normally is Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays from 9-1 AM and 3-7 PM, Tuesday 10-1 AM and 3-7 PM, Thursday 1-7 PM and Saturday 9:30-1:00 PM. He has special hours for adjusting and hours for New Patients and report of findings because he spends time with the new patients educating them about chiropractic, its benefits as it related to health and gives them a list of Do’s and Don’ts because it is very important to him that the patient follows the recommendations outside the office because that will determine the success of the care they render. Dr. Belizaire states that he offers “a partnership in health and well-being”. At times the above schedule becomes altered but he always does his best to accommodate.

Dr. Belizaire´s services are primarily chiropractic, full spine, extremities adjusting; he uses the drop peace table as well for those that needed it, and the activator technique. Because of his Olympic background, he does a lot of work with athletes for injury prevention and peak performance. He treats patients of all ages. Some patients visit mainly for pain management, others for stress relief, injury treatment or health maintenance and prevention.

The doctors´s next trip to Panama will be this week from July 6.

Dr. Marco Antonio Belizaire
Sports and Family Chiropractor

http://www.agapechirospa.com/
Georgia: AGAPE Chiropractic and Wellness Center, Inc.
1246 B Concord Road Suite 100
Smyrna, GA 30080
Tel: 770-434-5707
http://www.juiceplus.com/+db84084
Panama: AGAPE Chiropractic Center/Panama
Centro Medico Bella Vista
Avenida Peru y Calle 39 #108
Tel: 011-507-227-3444/011-507-6639-0635
Email: DrMarcoDC@gmail.com

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