Jamaica Coronavirus Update: February 10, 2020

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

Coronavirus, Influenza and Dengue Fever Updates for Jamaica

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

A Coronavirus Update from 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

A Nervous Tuesday: That Virus, and an Earthquake

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

Health Ministry Alerted to New Strain of Virus Causing Respiratory Illness

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

World Environment Day: Cockpit Country, Air Pollution… and Solutions?

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?

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

PEP, PSTEB and Happy Birthday, Miss Lou: Jamaica on Friday, September 7, 2018

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