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Public Education Campaign On Ganja For Youth

The National Council on Drug Abuse (NCDA) will be embarking on a full scale youth public education campaign to delay initiation into smoking and to provide young persons with information about healthy coping and lifestyle options. Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, provided details at the sitting of…

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Plans Underway For Introduction Of Health Information System

Health Minister, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, says plans are underway for the introduction of the health information system to improve the overall delivery of healthcare services across the island. He informed that since last year, progress has been made in bringing the system, known for capturing, storing, managing and…

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St. Thomas Residents to Benefit from free Health Services

Persons with disabilities in St. Thomas will benefit from free health services at a health fair on Friday (July 21) at the Yallahs Baptist Church. The event, from 9:00 a.m. to 4: 00 p.m. is being staged by the Dorman family in collaboration with the Jamaica Council for Persons with…

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Comprehensive Tobacco Bill Drafted

Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, says a comprehensive Tobacco Control Bill has been developed and is under review. Making his contribution to a private member’s motion brought by Member of Parliament for Central Kingston, Rev. Ronald Thwaites, on public health issues arising from tobacco and ganja use,…

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WRHA Gets New Administrative Offices

Mayor of Montego Bay, His Worship Homer Davis, says the Western Regional Health Authority’s (WRHA) newly opened administrative offices, should significantly boost the delivery of services to its clients. Addressing the official opening ceremony on July 14 at the Fairview Shopping Complex in the City, Mayor Davis said the new facilities will…

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Jamaicans Urged to Include Physical Exercise in Daily Regime

Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, is encouraging all Jamaicans to include physical exercise in their daily regime. “Exercise for even 30 minutes a day and ensure that you eat right, but you must also enjoy your surroundings, nature, your family and your friends,” he urged. The Minister…

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Ministry of Health Urges Caution Against Pink Eye

PRESS RELEASE - The Ministry of Health is issuing a caution to the public as our surveillance network has received reports of cases of conjunctivitis, otherwise known as ‘pink eye’, in some communities. The signs and symptoms of pink eye include redness of eyes; watery eyes itchy and/or burning eyes;…

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Health Minister wants Dialogue on Ways to Curb Obesity

Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, has called for dialogue between producers of sugary concentrates and Government for the well-being of society. According to the Minister, the producers should be part of a national dialogue with his Ministry and other stakeholders to curtail the high level of obesity…

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Community Members Pleased with Reopening of Hagley Park Health Centre

Users of the Hagley Park Health Centre in South West St. Andrew are hailing the reopening of the refurbished facility, which has been closed since 2015. The centre, which serves approximately 27,000 residents in 14 communities, was renovated at a cost of $42 million and now boasts new and improved…

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Revised Sugar Packaging and Labelling Standards in Effect

Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Karl Samuda.

The Government has introduced revised standards for the sale of brown and granulated sugar in the retail trade, effective Saturday, July 1. Retailers must now adhere to the stipulations for supplying the commodity which mandate its pre-packaging in bags which are heat sealed and not tied with a string or…

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More Decisive Action Needed for Further Research in Medical Marijuana

Science, Energy and Technology Minister, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, says more decisive stakeholder action is needed in determining the direction being taken as it relates to further research and development of Jamaica’s medical marijuana industry. This, he emphasises, is imperative in ensuring that the country does not lose out…

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Gov’t Looking to Upgrade St. Joseph’s Hospital

Health Minister, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton (left), is in discussion with Head of the Department of Medicine, Mona Campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI), Professor Rosemarie Wright Pascoe (centre), at Friday’s (June 30) opening of a three-day internal medicine review conference at the UWI. Looking on is Second Vice President of the Association of Consultant Physicians of Jamaica (ACPJ) and Conference Coordinator, Dr. Mike Mills.

Health Minister, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, says a technical assessment is to be undertaken of the St. Joseph’s Hospital in St. Andrew with a view to transforming the facility into a centre of excellence. He said the assessment will be done during the 2017/18 financial year. Dr. Tufton informed…

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More Communities to Benefit from JSIF Health and Wellness Fairs

Residents of the Russia community in Westmoreland participate in the Jamaica Social Investment Fund’s (JSIF) health, wellness and information fair. The fairs are part of several social intervention initiatives being undertaken by JSIF, under the Integrated Community Development Project (ICDP), aimed at promoting public safety and transformation in 18 underserved communities across the island.

The Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) will be taking its series of health, wellness and information fairs to communities in St. James, St. Ann and the Corporate Area over the next two months. The events, which got underway in June 2016, are part of several social intervention initiatives under the…

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Intellectual Disabilities Association Commissions Wheelchair Lift

The Jamaican Association on Intellectual Disabilities (JAID) has commissioned into service a vertical wheelchair lift, which was recently installed to facilitate ease of access for persons with mobility challenges. The lift, purchased at cost of $8 million, will transport persons who use wheelchairs, prosthesis and adaptive aids such as crutches,…

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Doctor on Call Brings Health Services to Smartphones and Computers

Jamaicans can now access reliable healthcare at a distance using the latest in information and communications technology (ICT). This is through the Doctor on Call application (app), which allows patients to consult with their doctors and obtain diagnosis through videoconferencing. The app was launched by Physician and Head of the…

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Health Minister Supports Prescreening of Student Athletes

Health Minister, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, says he is in full support of efforts to encourage the prescreening of student athletes in sports. Addressing a Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) Workshop, hosted by the Heart Foundation of Jamaica (HFJ), at the Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingston on June 21,…

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No Confirmed Case of Cholera in Jamaica

PRESS RELEASE - The Ministry of Health is informing the public that currently there has been no confirmed case of cholera in Jamaica. The last known case of cholera in Jamaica occurred 150 years ago. Additionally, there is no increased reporting of gastroenteritis (GE) at our facilities. The reported cases…

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Misconceptions about Marijuana Must be Dispelled − Dr. Tufton

Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, says misconceptions about marijuana (ganja) must be dispelled to stem misuse of the drug, especially by children. “Dispelling those perceptions means all hands on deck. It means public education, it means (those) in the court system or are providing counselling, being aware.…

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Misconceptions about Marijuana Must be Dispelled- Dr. Tufton

Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton says misconceptions about marijuana (ganja) must be dispelled to stem misuse of the drug, especially by children. “Dispelling those perceptions means all hands on deck. It means public education, it means (those) in the court system or are providing counselling, being aware.…

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Public-Private Partnership for the Construction of Housing for Health Workers

Health Minister, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton (right) listens to Senior Registered Nurse, Venese Henry-Williams (left), who specializes in neonatal care, during a tour of the Princess Margaret Hospital in Morant Bay, St. Thomas on June 16. Listening in at (centre) is Member of Parliament for East St. Thomas, Dr. Fenton Ferguson.

Health Minister, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, says a public/private partnership proposal, is being examined for the construction of accommodations for healthcare professionals at certain locations. Dr. Tufton explained that such an arrangement will require the injection of funds from an investor to develop the housing facilities. “So we would…

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