I can honestly say that I only had a vague idea of what happens when someone has a stroke – – until my husband had one, just about six months ago. What is more (compounding the shock of the stroke diagnosis itself) we did not recognise the symptoms at all. Our first instinct was that … More Jamaica’s Health Ministry commits to establishing dedicated Stroke Units. Much needed!
I feel our little island of Jamaica is in an extremely vulnerable place at the moment. We need more vaccines. Vaccine inequity, which he of the furrowed brow – Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO) – has spoken about so many times, is real. For many developing countries, including … More Jamaica needs vaccines!
If you recall, there was a lot of disquiet (and a fair amount of annoyance) expressed in social media about the flight from the UK to Jamaica, which was informed mid-air that the Government of Jamaica had now banned flights from the UK, in light of the new variant of COVID-19. I reported on the … More Recent UK Traveller Dies in Hospital
I get the feeling that Jamaicans are anxious to get to the Christmas holidays, so that we can clear our heads and try to get over this horrible year. The past week has been filled with dramas, sadness, and some sweetness and light. The weather continues to be quite deliciously soothing. I am looking forward … More ICYMI in Jamaica, December 21, 2020: The “Does It Feel Like Christmas” Edition
The past few days have been difficult in terms of numbers, as testing has increased (395 in the past 24 hours). Once again, more than half of the cases are connected to the call centre in St. Catherine, which is still quarantined. The issue of stigma and discrimination – fueled by fear and ignorance and … More 350 Cases of COVID-19 in Jamaica, and Sad Stories Too
Here’s a follow up to the ongoing saga of the Cornwall Regional Hospital, which is riddled with complex issues – related not only to the infrastructure itself but also to the impact this decaying and long-neglected building has had on the health of those who work there. Minister of Health Christopher Tufton seems determined to … More Health Minister Tufton Commissions Research into Cornwall Regional Hospital Staff Health Complaints
It seems health issues are never far away from the top of the agenda in Jamaica. There is so much to be done, and resources only go so far. There are so many weaknesses in our public health system, and there always seems to be a new challenge looming on the horizon. One huge headache … More Health Matters
Warm breezes have been blowing in Kingston. Heavy rain showers on the north coast brought more flooding in their wake. Agriculture: and JAMPRO to the rescue? The agriculture sector has been in decline for a while now, with the constant excuse of “the weather” trotted out (anyone heard of “climate-smart” agriculture?) Late last year the Planning Institute of … More A New Police Commissioner, a New MP, No New Taxes and a Sick Old Hospital: Jamaica on March 11, 2018
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!)
Phew! It has been oppressively hot again this week, and the mosquitoes have gone into overdrive. I am afraid to venture into my front yard, where the grass is getting too long. Our dogs are silent during the day. I know how they feel… June was a horrible month for murders. 141 Jamaicans were murdered up … More Weekend Review – What’s Happening in Jamaica: July 1/2, 2017