Donation of Personal Protective Equipment from Food for the Poor and Partners to South East Regional Health Authority


I greatly admire the work of Food for the Poor in Jamaica. I have seen for myself the dedication and drive to ease the plight of the most vulnerable.  KINGSTON, Jamaica. Friday, May 29, 2020:  The South East Regional Health Authority (SERHA) received Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and other items including mattresses, critical care patient monitors … More Donation of Personal Protective Equipment from Food for the Poor and Partners to South East Regional Health Authority

Concern over Incident at Bustamante Hospital for Children


Health issues seem to be seizing the headlines, in one way or the other, at the moment. Our health sector is under pressure, and a violent incident involving a local politician, who had brought her sick baby to the Bustamante Hospital for Children for treatment, highlights those stresses. The politician concerned has since (partially) apologized. The … More Concern over Incident at Bustamante Hospital for Children

Children up to 12 Years Can Access Free Medical Care at University Hospital


Cases of dengue fever persist, and challenges remain. As Minister of Health and Wellness Christopher Tufton stresses repeatedly, the best way to deal with it is to destroy breeding sites (80 percent of them are around the home). As he also pointed out – dengue fever is here to stay. There used to be a … More Children up to 12 Years Can Access Free Medical Care at University Hospital

Health Authorities Reach Out to Young Cancer Survivors and Older Jamaicans


Good work! Lots of hugs to the heroes out there – both old and young. Here’s some information from the South East Regional Health Authority on their activities in support of vulnerable citizens. By the way, the theme for this week’s Caribbean Wellness Day was “Healthy Ageing Starts Now.” At the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, there were … More Health Authorities Reach Out to Young Cancer Survivors and Older Jamaicans

Ministry of Health Advises Continued Caution Against Viral Illnesses


Minister of Health Christopher Tufton was scheduled to visit the community of Gregory Park in St. Catherine today. The whole of the Portmore area is quite a “hot spot” for mosquitoes; after all, it was built on or near wetlands. The problem of dengue fever continues, especially among children, where suspected cases have increased. Be … More Ministry of Health Advises Continued Caution Against Viral Illnesses

Health Ministry Takes Measures to Stem the Tide of Dengue Infections


This year’s prevalence of dengue fever is definitely higher than last year. It has been fairly warm and also quite wet. There are several ways in which you can discourage the mosquito from breeding around your house, including properly disposing of garbage (which can often harbour little breeding spots) and covering all water containers. Put … More Health Ministry Takes Measures to Stem the Tide of Dengue Infections

Jamaicans for Justice at Work, Part 1: University Hospital of the West Indies


I have always had the deepest respect for Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ), the human rights lobby group founded in 1999 by the “likkle but tallawah” Dr Carolyn Gomes. The group has, over the years, faced many challenges – including the perception by Jamaicans (and all too often, human beings in general) that human rights are … More Jamaicans for Justice at Work, Part 1: University Hospital of the West Indies

The Intensive Care Unit at Bustamante Hospital for Children is Now Powered by the Sun


I hear the 2018 Guardsman Games was a great success this year, despite the oppressive heat. It’s all rather tough guy/gal stuff, and I think I am too old and unfit myself (my days of climbing ropes are over. Actually, I never could climb a rope…) There is a pretty daunting Obstacle Race and a … More The Intensive Care Unit at Bustamante Hospital for Children is Now Powered by the Sun

Crime Overwhelming, Roads Collapsing and Three Pounds of Sugar! Jamaica Weekly Review: Wednesday, January 17, 2018


This is actually a review of the year so far. What an extraordinary two weeks and three days it has been! And on top of all the strange and alarming incidents, a so-called pastor is planning to visit us later this month. I wrote about Steve Anderson here. Free speech, anyone? Click on the highlighted … More Crime Overwhelming, Roads Collapsing and Three Pounds of Sugar! Jamaica Weekly Review: Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Acting Locally for International Peace Day: Thursday, September 21 (Please Wear Blue!)


International Peace Day is tomorrow – Thursday, September 21, 2017. In Jamaica, peace is a big issue. As the Dalai Lama and others have said – “peace” does not just mean “absence of violence.” It is much more than that, and we need to work on it –  together. The Violence Prevention Alliance (see contact details … More Acting Locally for International Peace Day: Thursday, September 21 (Please Wear Blue!)