MONTREAL – Walmart Canada is backtracking on a controversial decision to withdraw from a program that provided work experience in its Quebec stores to people with disabilities or autism.The decision in March to pull out of the program run by local agencies in Quebec triggered intense criticism online and became a public relations nightmare for the U.S.-based retail giant.Some of the employees let go had been with the company for 20 years.A spokesperson for the company told The Canadian Press in an email Thursday it “confirms all former participants in the program who wish to return under the same conditions that were offered before are welcome to do so.”The retailer said it will co-ordinate with local agencies to reintegrate people with disabilities or autism into its workforce.Walmart Canada will “(work) with all these people, their families and local social service agencies to find new arrangements that will offer support to the participants,” including “hiring these people directly.”The company said its directive applies to all the stores in Quebec that had participated in the program but didn’t say how many outlets were involved.It is unclear how many people were initially let go from Walmart stores after the company decided to stop participating in the program.
- 22% of Indian adults suffer from constipation: Abbott ‘Gut Health Survey’
22% of Indian adults suffer from constipation: Abbott ‘Gut Health Survey’ Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care app Read Article WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals Share Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” By EH News Bureau on January 23, 2018 News Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” Survey states higher prevalence of constipation in metros; Kolkata at 28% has the highest number of constipation sufferers followed by Chennai at 26%Abbott, recently conducted a nationwide Gut Health Survey to assess the condition of constipation sufferers in the country, as well as the association of constipation with co-morbidities such as diabetes, hypothyroidism, and anorectal disorders. The findings suggest that 22 per cent of the adult Indian population is suffering from the condition, with 13 per cent complaining of severe constipation. 6 per cent of the Indian population suffer from constipation associated with certain co-morbidities.The Gut Health Survey highlights the predicament of these silent sufferers, the cause of chronic constipation and problems associated with it. Abbott partnered with IPSOS, a global market research and consulting firm, that surveyed 4,133 respondents across eight cities – Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Chennai, Patna, Ahmedabad and Lucknow to understand the seriousness of the issue.Kolkata tops the charts with 28 per cent respondents suffering from constipation. The survey highlights that one-fourth of Kolkata sufferers do not indulge in any physical activity and believe in self-medication rather than consulting a doctor. Chennai, which is next in line to Kolkata, has a 34 per cent population claiming to experience extreme pain while passing stools. Delhi, which has 23 per cent respondents suffering from constipation shows the highest number of people consuming outside food along with high intake of junk food.Patna, Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Lucknow and Hyderabad reported lower number of constipation sufferers compared to other three cities in the survey.Key Findings:The eight-city survey highlights higher percentage of constipation sufferers in metros (23 per cent) as opposed to non-metros (19 per cent). Kolkata has the highest number of sufferers at 28 per cent, followed by Chennai at 26 per cent.Various metabolic disorders are likely to cause constipation. For example, diabetics are 2.2 times more prone to constipation vis-à-vis nondiabetics while patients with Hypothyroidism are 2.4 times likely to develop constipation vs patients without hypothyroidism. Moreover, people with anorectal disorders have more than 2.7 times the likelihood of associated constipation. Constipation tends to be more severe when associated with some of these comorbidities.Pregnancy was found to be a common cause of constipation in women, with every 1 in 4 pregnant females (25 per cent) suffering from constipation. It has been observed that constipation is most common in the second trimester. The survey also highlights the fact that 18 per cent pregnant women developed anorectal disorders, thus making it imperative for medical practitioners to identify the condition in its early stage and begin treatment.Practices like irregular eating habits, consumption of junk food and less water intake have been identified as key factors causing constipation. 21 per cent sufferers do not indulge in any physical activity, making sedentary lifestyle an important factor associated with constipation.The survey also brought to light the fact that though 88 per cent of the sufferers are concerned about the condition, very few are willing to discuss it with their immediate family or friends due to the social taboo. According to the survey findings, 49 per cent of the respondents have been shy about seeking medical help to solve their problem. In fact, on an average, respondents admit to waiting for an average of four months before deciding on consulting a doctor.A glaring 33 per cent of the sufferers have never treated constipation, while 48 per cent have resorted to home remedies to treat the condition.Speaking on the importance of Gut Health, Virender Sehwag, Indian Cricketer, who has been associated with Abbott on gut health awareness initiatives said, “Being an athlete, I know gastrointestinal issues can be the root cause for many other health issues including mental health. If we suffer from gastrointestinal issues, it becomes difficult to focus and perform well on field and in life. Having a healthy gut is key as it allows the body to build a stronger immune system.” Infact, the survey results state that after common cold and cough, constipation is one of the most common self-claimed problems for Indians.Dr Kushal Mital, Coloproctologist, Medicare Hospital, Thane, Mumbai, says “The study succeeds in highlighting the issue existing around constipation. One of the key aspects being how people neglect the problem and delay seeking medical help. In fact, constipation can be completely avoided by leading a healthy life style, eating right, embracing physical exercises, having ample of water (1litre/ every 20 kg weight) to keep body hydrated. However, anyone can face the issue but it should be managed or treated early to avoid complications later on.”Dr Ramesh Roop Rai, Professor & Director, Department of Gastroenterology, NIMS Medical College and University, Jaipur, says “The problem of constipation is rising in India, especially in urban population. It is basically due to faulty diet and lifestyle habits. Less water and fibre intake, sedentary lifestyle are very much attributed to constipation thereby affecting quality of life. Moreover, many lifestyle disorders like diabetes, hypertension are also associated with symptoms of constipation. Every physician must be aware of the same and proactively enquire about symptoms of constipation and treat it accordingly.”Speaking on the survey results, Dr Rashmi Hegde, Director – Medical Affairs, Abbott India, said, “In the healthcare ecosystem, every player has a role to play to improve healthcare – be it the patient or the treatment providers. As highlighted in the study, a large number of sufferers are present across India and almost half of them are not visiting a doctor for treatment. Being the therapy leaders in this space, we are creating the #ConstipationConversations movement across various platforms to ensure that the ‘silent sufferers’ can speak up. 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- Donegal County Council closes all buildings to the public
Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Donegal County Council closes all buildings to the public Twitter WhatsApp Previous articleNI nurses spending their own money on PPE – O’NeillNext article“Not being able to say goodbye is breaking my heart” News Highland Google+ Pinterest Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic All of Donegal County Council’s buildings are closed to the public until further notice, as a result of new restrictions announced on Friday evening.The council says its Crisis Management Team has considered the implications of the new measures announced, and is fully committed to adhering to them.Staff will continue to work in the buildings and where essential at the various premises and sites where essential work is required.Staff will continue to work on essential / emergency work such as the provision of water and sewerage, fighting fires, keeping public spaces clean and providing homeless services amongst others.Donegal County Council say thier capacity to deal with emergencies is not affected at this time. and it is thier objective to ensure that the continuity of essential services to the public is maintained.If the situation is likely to change, the council will make the public aware of any implications and provide appropriate advice and guidance.The Council has reassured the public that they have considerable experience built up over many years dealing with exceptional circumstances and events and the Members and Staff of the Council will continue to work in the best interests of the people. WhatsApp Homepage BannerNews Google+ Pinterest Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Facebook News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By News Highland – March 30, 2020 DL Debate – 24/05/21 Facebook Twitter Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows