Nicaragua is a Top Tourism Destination for 2017
The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), “the United Nations agency responsible for the promotion of responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism”, has revealed the world’s fastest growing tourist destinations for 2017 and Nicaragua is on the list. Setting the trend for their ability to bounce back are Egypt and Tunisia. Nicaragua and Mongolia are mentioned as examples that show visitors are ready and willing to travel beyond the more traditional destinations and enjoy the less popular locations. Nicaragua’s popularity also shows that it can overcome negative publicity such as the environmental issues from the proposed canal project (the report states it has been shelved) and emerge as Central America’s fastest growing destination with tourist arrivals up 28.4 per cent so far this year.
Canada to Buy Nica Fruits and Vegetables
A trade mission of ten well known food companies from Canada will visit Nicaragua next month in order to increase trade relations between both countries. The Canadian companies are well established and already have trade ties with producers in other developing countries. The trade mission has been organized by the Association of Producers and Exporters of Nicaragua (APEN) together with Trade Facilitation Office (TFO) a Canadian non-governmental, non-profit organization. Canadian buyers will look at opportunities to purchase fruits and vegetables such as; papaya, mango, pineapple, green banana, ginger, yucca and Asian vegetables. They are also interested in cardamom, honey, frozen fruit pulp, palm hearts, specialty coffees, jams and jellies. The firsts stop on the tour will be the business roundtables at EXPOAPEN 2017, an export event that will be held on September 1st and 2nd.
Conjunctivitis Outbreak in Rivas
Last week’s outbreak of conjunctivitis has spread to various areas of the Department of Rivas, including; Cárdenas, Rivas, Tola, San Jorge and Altagracia on Ometepe Island. According to the System of Comprehensive Health Care (SILAIS by its acronym in Spanish), it has been mainly affecting children and adolescents. Conjunctivitis causes a burning sensation, pain, redness and teary eyes. SILAIS said that in some cases, patients report a fever, cough and flu symptoms. Conjunctivitis is easily spread by the infected person touching and rubbing their eyes and then touching another person’s hands, who then does the same to their eyes.
Respiratory and Gastrointestinal Diseases
These two health concern are the reason most Nicaraguans visit the hospital with 455,850 citizens hospitalized last year due to one or the other. Exposure to wood smoke (cooking) second hand cigarette smoke and other environmental factors (e.g. the rainy season) are the major causes of respiratory diseases and digestive diseases. The Ministry of Health (MINSA) advises parents not to medicate children without medical consultation and to instead attend the nearest health unit as quick as possible. Last year, dengue fever affected more than 15 thousand Nicas and was the third cause of hospitalization. In addition, 9,621 people were hospitalized for diabetes related complications. MINSA advises that a regime of physical activity and a healthy diet (including more fruits, vegetables, water and natural juices) and to limit the consumption of soda, red meats, salts and sugars.