Here is the latest Press Statement issued at a 4:30 p.m. press briefing at the Ministry of Health and Wellness today. Chief Medical Officer Dr. Jacqueline Bisasor-McKenzie stressed that quarantine is a way of keeping an eye on those who have NO symptoms (I suspect there is a bit of misunderstanding here) but who may be … More Jamaica Coronavirus Update: February 10, 2020
It seems that the Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is by no means finished with us yet. Earlier today, Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told journalists at a press briefing (full audio here) that: “As of 6am Geneva time this morning, there are 24,363 confirmed 2019-nCoV cases in China, and 490 deaths. … More Coronavirus, Influenza and Dengue Fever Updates for Jamaica
It has been quite a week for Health and Wellness Minister Christopher Tufton, who updated the Jamaican Parliament on the Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) on Wednesday, January 29. On the following day, the World Health Organization announced a global health emergency – and health officials around the world had a re-think on what measures were appropriate to prevent … More A Coronavirus Update from Jamaica
It started off as quite a normal Tuesday. I attended the launch and signing of the contract for a major health program – the Health Systems Strengthening Programme – at the Courtyard Marriott. I will provide more details in my next blog post; suffice it to say that it is the largest health infrastructure program … More A Nervous Tuesday: That Virus, and an Earthquake
These viruses are quite distressing, aren’t they? They are certainly making health officials nervous. Since yesterday, when the Ministry of Health and Wellness put out this release, a case of the coronavirus has emerged in Washington State in the U.S. – the first outside of Asia; a man who had recently traveled to China has … More Health Ministry Alerted to New Strain of Virus Causing Respiratory Illness
COP 25 is the 25th annual Conference of Parties of the UN Climate Change Conference. It moved from Santiago, Chile to Madrid, because Chileans were rioting in the streets. It began this weekend and will continue until December 13. It is huge, every year. Civil unrest seems to be a feature of international news these … More On COP 25: Actions Speak Louder than Words
Tomorrow (Wednesday, June 5) is the United Nations’ World Environment Day. This year’s venue is China, where the theme will be Air Pollution (see below) and if you click on that link above you can learn more from the UN. Some people say there are too many of these “special days” but I don’t have a … More World Environment Day: Cockpit Country, Air Pollution… and Solutions?
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
It was a warm, bright morning. I climbed the two flights of steps crisscrossing the front of the building to the top floor of Liberty Hall (accessibility, anyone?) at 76 Upper King Street in downtown Kingston. Liberty Hall (the Legacy of Marcus Garvey) is a branch of the venerable Institute of Jamaica. As the former … More Are Museums a Thing of the Past?
What! It’s September already, and August ran away with me. It was a long, hot summer, to coin a cliché – in more ways than one – but now “disturbances” are hovering in the tropical Atlantic. They could be named Helene or Isaac… Here’s a roundup of news – but of course, I know I … More PEP, PSTEB and Happy Birthday, Miss Lou: Jamaica on Friday, September 7, 2018