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NHF to Develop National Health Insurance Scheme

The National Health Fund (NHF) has been tasked with the responsibility of developing a National Health Insurance Scheme to fund the public healthcare system. NHF Chairman, Christopher Zacca, made the disclosure at a recent JIS Think Tank at the agency’s head office in Kingston. He said that the mandate was…

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Public-Sector Medical Consultants Sign Wage Agreement

Public-sector medical consultants have signed a Heads of Agreement with the Government for the 2015/2017 contract period. Under the two-year wage agreement, they will receive a four per cent salary increase for year one and three per cent in year two. The contract was signed today (September 2), at the…

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NHF Increases Drug Subsidy for Children

The National Health Fund (NHF) will be increasing its subsidy on drugs, respiratory devices and diabetic supplies for children from zero to 18 years by 100 per cent effective September 1. The entity will be spending approximately $70 million per year to facilitate the increase. Speaking at a JIS Think…

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Ministry Appeals for Cooperation on Health and Lifestyle Survey

The Ministry of Health is appealing for persons to cooperate with interviewers, who will be in the field gathering data from September 1 to December 31, for the third Jamaica Health and Lifestyle Survey (JHLS III). The JHLS III is a community-based study of persons 15 years and older to…

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Public-Sector Nurse Practitioners Sign Wage Agreement

Public-sector nurse practitioners are the latest group of healthcare professionals to sign the Heads of Agreement with the Government for the 2015/2017 contract period. At a ceremony held at the Finance and the Public Service Ministry in Kingston on August 24, the nurse practitioners signed the two-year wage agreement under…

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Health Screening for Residents of Brown’s Hall

Scores of residents in the Brown’s Hall area of St. Catherine and surrounding communities received health screening on August 20, through a National Health Fund (NHF) health fair. The event, which also targeted children who will be going back to school in September, was held at the Brown’s Hall Primary…

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Health Ministry Begins Hype School Tour in October

The Ministry of Health, in partnership with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, will begin its Health, Youth, Positive Energy (HYPE)  school tour in October, to promote healthy lifestyle choices among the nation’s young people. In his address at the launch of Caribbean Wellness Day on August 17 at…

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Cornwall Regional Receives Donation of Medical Equipment

The Friends of the Cornwall Regional Hospital have donated 10 vital signs monitors valued at $1.7 million to the St. James-based health facility. Chief Executive Officer of CRH, Anthony Smikle expressed “deep appreciation” for the monitors, noting that they will be put into service immediately. He was speaking at the…

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Initiative Launched to Promote Stable Homes

Leader of the 'Good Health Begins at Home’ initiative, Dr. Michael Coombs, says enough partnerships have been forged with public- and private-sector entities to bring about more stable homes in Jamaica. Dr. Coombs, who is the Regional Technical Director at the Southern Regional Health Authority (SRHA), the lead agency on…

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Make Exercise a Daily Habit – Dr. Tufton

Health Minister, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, is again imploring Jamaicans to make exercise a daily habit, in order to avoid non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as cancers, hypertension and diabetes. Citing statistics from the ‘Jamaica Health and Lifestyle Survey’, he noted that nearly half of Jamaicans are classified as engaging…

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Focus on Healthy Diets and Exercise Sept. 10

The country will join the rest of the region to observe Caribbean Wellness Day on September 10, 2016. The Day, which was launched on August 17, at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in Kingston, will be used to highlight the importance of healthy diets and exercise among the population. This year,…

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Albert Town High Reports Success Under PBIS

Officials at the Albert Town High School are reporting a decrease in anti-social activities, and an increase in the academic performance of students, since the implementation of the Positive Behavioural Intervention and Support (PBIS) programme at the institution. The programme is an initiative of the Ministry of Education, Youth and…

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HIV-Vulnerable Persons Benefit From Employability Training

Twenty-nine persons, who are vulnerable to the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), have graduated from Capacity Building and Employability Programme designed to equip them with skills for the world of work. The training programme, organised by the National Family Planning Board-Sexual Health Agency (NFPB-SHA), was undertaken in collaboration with the Jamaica…

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Scores Turn out for Montpelier Business, Health Fair

Scores of residents turned out at the Montpelier Agricultural Showground on August 4 for the staging of a business, health and opportunities fair. Held under the theme ‘Local Economic Development: Building Communities…Improving Lives and Livelihood’, the event saw more than 18 public- and private-sector entities displaying their products and services.…

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Pregnant Women, Others Advised to Seek Shelter Near Hospital

The Ministry of Health is appealing to pregnant women and all persons with chronic illnesses such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and asthma, who may live in flood prone or low lying areas that may be cut off due to heavy rainfall to seek shelter close to a…

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Western Regional Health Authority Gets Fogging Machines

The Western Regional Health Authority (WRHA) has received nine fogging machines from the Ministry of Tourism valued at $21 million. These will be used in vector control operations in Westmoreland, Hanover, St. James and Trelawny. The machines, which were funded by the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF), were presented by Portfolio…

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RGD Taking Services to Independence Village

The Registrar General’s Department (RGD) will be providing services to the public at the Independence Village in the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre in Kingston during the week of August 1 to 6. Marketing and Planning Manager at the RGD, Nicole Whyte, told JIS News that the agency will operate from…

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Improvements Coming for Black River Hospital

Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, has indicated that there are plans to improve bed capacity at the Black River Hospital. He said the demand on the type C facility in the St. Elizabeth capital has far exceeded the just under 100 beds it was built to accommodate.…

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Public-Private Partnership for Distribution of Prescription Drugs

The Ministry of Health is looking to partner with private pharmacies to distribute drugs to patients who use public health facilities. “We are now looking at including, under a public-private partnership arrangement, private pharmacies to administer public drugs to public patients,” said portfolio Minister, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton. He…

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