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Minister of Health Says Jamaica on High Alert for Swine Flu

Minister of Health, Hon. Rudyard Spencer, has said that the current Swine Influenza epidemic has serious implications for the Jamaican economy and, in response the country has been placed on “high alert”. He said that, the Ministry has “scaled-up” surveillance … Continued

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Ministry of Health Activates Emergency Operations

The Ministry of Health has activated its emergency operations to coordinate the country’s response to the recent outbreak of Swine Influenza in Mexico, which has since spread to the United States, Canada and parts of Europe. Speaking with JIS News, … Continued

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Manchester Health Department Launches Immunization Week

As it seeks to increase awareness of the importance of immunization, the Manchester Health Department launched Immunization Week on April 24. The launch involved a march through the town of Mandeville, and a brief ceremony held at the Mandeville Park. … Continued

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Frequently asked Questions about the Swine Influenza

What is swine influenza?Swine influenza, or “swine flu”, is a highly contagious acute respiratory disease of pigs, caused by one of several swine influenza A viruses. Morbidity tends to be high and mortality low (1-4%). The virus is spread among … Continued

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4-H Movement Shaping Young Lives – DR. TUFTON

Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, has lauded the Jamaica 4-H Clubs for helping to shape the youth into responsible individuals, who are focussed and capable of making a contribution to the country’s advancement. Speaking at … Continued

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St. James Residents Receive Free Health Care

Hundreds of adults and children from Lottery, and surrounding communities in St. James, recently benefitted from three days of free health care, under an initiative between the Ministry of Health and the United States military. “Beyond the Horizon”, was carried … Continued

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Manchester Health Department Launches Immunisation Week

As it seeks to increase awareness of the importance immunisation, the Manchester Health Department, yesterday (April 24) launched Immunisation Week. The launch involved a march through the town of Mandeville, and a brief ceremony held at the Mandeville Park. Senior … Continued

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Jamaica/Cuba Eyecare Project Resumes Monday

Following a temporary break, eye screening under Phase two of the Jamaica/Cuba Eyecare Project will resume in western Jamaica on Monday(April 27). Project Coordinator, Claudetta Williams-Yearde told JIS News that between April 27 and June 12, residents in Westmoreland, St. … Continued

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Ministry Promotes Healthy Lifestyle in St. Mary

Government’s commitment to promoting healthy public lifestyle is being highlighted by Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health, Dr. Grace Allen-Young. Speaking at the annual conference of the St. Mary Health Department at the Anglican Church Hall, Port Maria, on … Continued

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RGD No Longer Depends on Country’s Budget

It has taken the Registrar General’s Department (RGD) just eight years as an Executive Agency to achieve the coveted Model ‘C’ designation. This means that the RGD is no longer a call on the country’s budget for its daily expenses, … Continued

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Ministry of Health Activates Emergency Protocol

The Ministry of Health and Environment has activated its emergency protocol in light of the threat of industrial action by some 800 doctors in the public health sector. Chief Medical Officer in the Ministry, Dr. Sheila Campbell-Forrester, said that part … Continued

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Ministry of Health Addressing Delays at Public Hospitals

The Ministry of Health and Environment is working on reducing the delays being experienced by the public at Government health facilities. This has been confirmed by Senior Medical Officer (SMO) at the Kingston Public Hospital (KPH), Dr. Patrick Bhoorasingh, who … Continued

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More Support for National HIV/AIDS Strategic Plan

Jamaica’s National HIV/AIDS Strategic Plan has been boosted by a $108 million allocation in the 2009/10 Estimates of Expenditure, currently before the House of Representatives. The project, which is being implemented by the Ministry of Health, seeks to assist the … Continued

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