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Work Progressing at Cornwall Regional Hospital

Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, tours the male ward at the Cornwall Regional Hospital, in St. James, on November 9. He also handed over 44 additional beds to the institution. With the Minister is Ward Manager at the hospital, Annet Malcolm.

Health Minister, Dr. the Hon Christopher Tufton, says the two pronged approach being employed to rehabilitate the Cornwall Regional Hospital (CRH), in St. James, “is on in earnest.” Speaking at a ceremony on November 9 to officially hand over 44 new beds to the hospital, Dr. Tufton said the  approach…

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Paternity Leave Consultation on November 19

Director, Policy and Research, Bureau of Gender Affairs, Sharon Coburn Robinson, speaks at a Jamaica Information Service (JIS) ‘Think Tank’, on November 7.

A consultation on paternity leave and other best practices towards parental leave for fathers will be the main event to celebrate International Men’s Day (IMD) on November 19. An annual global event, IMD focuses on men’s and boys’ health, improving gender relations, promoting gender equality, and highlighting positive male role…

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Senator Wants Intervention Programmes Introduced at Antenatal Clinics

Government Senator, Dr. Saphire Longmore, makes her contribution to the State of the Nation Debate in the Senate on Friday (November 9). She suggested that intervention programmes should be introduced at antenatal clinics to support abused pregnant women.

Government Senator, Dr. Saphire Longmore, is suggesting that intervention programmes be introduced at antenatal clinics to support pregnant women who are experiencing physical abuse at the hands of their partners. “Pregnancy is a celebration life…but we also recognise that it is a significant time of stress. It is a time…

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Cornwall Regional Hospital Gets 44 New Beds

: Health Minister, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton (left) and Regional Director at the Western Regional Health Authority (WRHA), Errol Greene (right), view construction work being undertaken at the Cornwall Regional Hospital, during a tour of a section of the facility in St. James on Friday, November 9.

The Cornwall Regional Hospital (CRH) in Montego Bay, St. James, will now be able to accommodate more inpatients, with the addition of 44 new beds. The 44 beds were officially handed over by Health Minister, Dr. the Hon Christopher Tufton, at a ceremony on the grounds of the hospital on…

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NCDA on Prevention Campaign

The National Council on Drug Abuse (NCDA) is celebrating its 35th anniversary under the theme ‘It Takes a Village…It Starts with Me’. The agency is committed to lowering risk factors and increasing protective measures for substance use among individuals, families, communities, educational institutions and public- and private-sector entities, through public…

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Health Minister Wants More Focus on Prevention of Tooth Decay

Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, says greater focus needs to be placed on the prevention of tooth decay, and dental professionals are well qualified to spread the message. Delivering the main address at the University of Technology (UTech) 7th Annual White Coat Ceremony at the institution in…

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Comprehensive Tobacco Legislation Coming

Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, says that comprehensive tobacco legislation is coming next year. He said that the law will, among other things, restrict tobacco companies from advertising in certain settings. “(It) will require greater warning labels, which will do a number of things to get consumers…

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Back Pasture to Brown’s Hall Main Road to be Rehabilitated

The Back Pasture to Brown’s Hall main road in St. Catherine is to be rehabilitated at a cost of $98 million. Member of Parliament for West Central St. Catherine, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, said bushing of the roadway has started, and pedestrians and motorists traversing the area will soon…

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Brown’s Hall Residents to Receive Free Health Services

Residents of Brown’s Hall in St. Catherine and surrounding communities will be getting free health services at the soon-to-be-established Friends of the Brown’s Hall Health Centre. Chairman and Managing Director of Kemteck Development and Construction Limited, Sylvester Tulloch, who is co-financing the $25-million health centre, said persons will receive optical…

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Cancer Survivor Supports Health Ministry’s HPV Vaccine Drive

Cervical cancer survivor, Juliet Davis, is in support of the Health Ministry’s introduction of the bivalent human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine being administered to thousands of grade-seven students across the island. Mrs. Davis, who was first diagnosed with the cancer in 2009 at the age of 49, says the vaccine would…

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Jamaican Decorative Paints Virtually Lead-Free

The Caribbean Poison Information Network (CarPIN) is reporting that Jamaican decorative paints have been found to be virtually lead-free. Speaking in an interview with JIS News, Poison Information Coordinator at CarPIN, Sherika Whitelocke-Ballingsingh, said that this was one of the findings of a recent Lead in Paint Study that was…

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Dr. Tufton Urges Regular Health Checks

Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, is urging all Jamaicans to get regular health checks to facilitate early detection of diseases that may lay dormant in the body. “Do your health checks regularly, Jamaicans tend to go to the doctor only when they are sick, but taking responsibility means…

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Schools in Hanover Welcome Jamaica Moves

Regional Health and Education Promotion Officer at the Western Regional Health Authority (WRHA), Marceleen Wheatle, says primary- and high-school students in Hanover have been highly receptive of the Jamaica Moves programme. The initiative was introduced as a pilot at Hopewell High, Ruseas High, Merlene Ottey High, Green Island High, Green…

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New St. Mary Drop-In Centre Officially Opened

The newly built St. Mary Drop-in Centre, located on Hodgson Street in Port Maria, was officially opened on Thursday (November 1) by Local Government and Community Development Minister, Hon. Desmond McKenzie. The facility, which will provide provisional shelter for homeless persons in the parish, was constructed at a cost of…

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Brown’s Hall Community to Get Health Centre

Within the next three months, residents of Brown’s Hall and surrounding communities in St. Catherine will have a $25 million health centre close to their homes. The facility is being built though collaboration involving Kemteck Development and Construction Limited and Omni Industries Limited, which are providing the funds; the National…

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NCDA Looking to Curb Drug Abuse among Students

The National Council on Drug Abuse (NCDA) will focus on addressing issues related to drug abuse by students during November, which is being celebrated as Drug Awareness Month under the theme ‘It Takes a Village… and It Starts with Me’. This, according to NCDA Substance Abuse Officer, Daniel Brown, is…

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PHOTOS: SRHA Promoting Good Oral Health Among Students for Over 20 Years

[caption id="attachment_191842" align="alignnone" width="630"] Students repeat the theme, “Say Aah, Think Mouth, Think Health” for the Oral Health Month competition held at the Cecil Charlton Hall in Manchester on Monday, October 29. For more than 20 years, the Southern Regional Health Authority has been staging the oral health competition, instilling…

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Nurses to be Trained in Critical Care Under Programme with the UK

For registered nurse (RN) Tasheika Hewitt, participation in the Jamaica/United Kingdom (UK) Critical Care Nursing Programme is an opportunity of a lifetime to develop indispensable skills to care for patients with high-dependency and life-threatening conditions. “From this training programme, I know I will (learn to) be able to care for…

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Jamaica Moves Student Ambassadors to be Appointed

The Ministry of Health, through its Jamaica Moves initiative, will be training and appointing student ambassadors who will be charged with passing on the message of healthy lifestyle to their peers. The initiative was recently launched in pilot schools across the island. Speaking with JIS News, Regional Health and Education…

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Breastfeeding Best Investment in Long-Term Health of Infant – Consultant

Consultant in Paediatrics and Gynaecology, Dr. Donna-Marie Gray-Henry, says breast milk is the ideal food for babies, and that breastfeeding is the best investment in the long-term health of an infant. Speaking at the official launch of the Southern Regional Health Authority (SRHA) Baby-friendly Hospital Initiative e-Learning Portal and the…

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