Bellevue Hospital Receives Over US$5,000 from Diaspora in USA


I spent a few hours at Bellevue Hospital in Kingston this week, for the launch of the Ministry of Health and Wellness’ Mental Health Campaign. Despite the heat and humidity, it was a cheerful experience. I had harbored an image of Bellevue (despite its pretty name) as a glowering, Victorian-style edifice. Later, I got the … More Bellevue Hospital Receives Over US$5,000 from Diaspora in USA

A Reminder from the Ministry of Health and Wellness: Lightning Strikes Can Kill You


In the past few weeks, we have had thunderstorms almost every day, and violent ones, too. After the long drought and record high temperatures, rains have lashed us. Extreme weather is what we can expect, increasingly. But I am always nervous about lightning. Our dogs are always unnerved by the slightest roll of thunder. So, … More A Reminder from the Ministry of Health and Wellness: Lightning Strikes Can Kill You

Health and Wellness Ministry Halts Imports of Ranitidine (Zantac)


You may have heard this in the overseas news. If you are currently taking Zantac or its generic equivalents for stomach ulcers, acid reflux, heartburn, stomach pain etc., you should be concerned. Major pharmacies in the United States have already taken it off their shelves. Health and Wellness Ministry Halts Imports of Ranitidine (Zantac) KINGSTON, … More Health and Wellness Ministry Halts Imports of Ranitidine (Zantac)

The Humble Breadfruit Has Its Day – and a Cookbook


There was a lovely book launch at the Institute of Jamaica last Monday morning. It was all about a book titled Breadfruit Recipes, Sweet and Savoury, by Andrea V. Whyte. The Lecture Hall is to me always a delight, with its wooden floors and its soft pink and dove grey furnishings. I sat at the end of a … More The Humble Breadfruit Has Its Day – and a Cookbook

CCRP Is Worried About the Increased Number of Seniors’ Deaths on the Road


There is nothing but worrying news, it seems, about what is happening on our roads. There is very little that is positive to report. As I have noted in my previous comments, it’s a complex problem that requires strong and focused leadership.  One of the concerns is the impact on what we call the most vulnerable … More CCRP Is Worried About the Increased Number of Seniors’ Deaths on the Road