At-Risk Groups Will Soon be Able to Self-Screen for COVID-19


This is such good news. I am sharing with you all, because it cannot come soon enough. Telemedicine has been talked about for long enough in Jamaica – now at last here is the opportunity provided by this pandemic to protect vulnerable groups – who should not be leaving home, and who don’t wish to … More At-Risk Groups Will Soon be Able to Self-Screen for COVID-19

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

We Need a Strong Organic Farming Movement in Jamaica


I always feel anxious when I hear reports that thieves have stolen crops from farmers. A warning goes out that we should not purchase or eat the lovely lettuces, tomatoes etc. because they are “not ready” to be consumed. Why not? Because it seems, the chemicals on them have not yet worn off. Then again, … More We Need a Strong Organic Farming Movement in Jamaica

View From a Hill: Smoking Chimneys and the Farmers’ Plight


Recently, I found myself on the top of a hill in South St. Elizabeth. This part of the parish has a special aura. It is warm as toast, dry as bone – and yet,  fruitful. It has been called the “bread basket” of Jamaica. St. Elizabeth people are soft-spoken. St. Elizabeth farmers are known for … More View From a Hill: Smoking Chimneys and the Farmers’ Plight

The Jamaica Cancer Care and Research Institute: A Much-Needed Focus on People of African Descent


One humid afternoon just before Christmas, we drove down the hillside from the busy junction of Papine, descending into the valley of Elletson Flats, just where the hills meet the city. Smoke curled from the trees and a sound system played somewhere. A game of football was in progress in the yard of the Sir … More The Jamaica Cancer Care and Research Institute: A Much-Needed Focus on People of African Descent

Riverton Fire Aftermath: The Impacts of Benzene on Public Health


There is still considerable concern over the long-term health impact of the recent fire at Riverton city dump, which emitted smoke and pollution for over two weeks into the largest built-up area in Jamaica – Kingston, St. Andrew and St. Catherine. The Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) just shared this article on a chemical of particular … More Riverton Fire Aftermath: The Impacts of Benzene on Public Health