A Letter to the Editor from WMW Jamaica on the Riverton Dump Fire

The fire is not yet out, and many Kingston residents continue to suffer tonight. Firefighters continue to work on subduing and containing the fire, which is now in its third day. WMW Jamaica (formerly Women’s Media Watch, and celebrating its 30th anniversary this year) has written a letter to the Editor regarding the health impacts of … More A Letter to the Editor from WMW Jamaica on the Riverton Dump Fire

There Are No Cases of Yellow Fever in Jamaica

This week is Caribbean Mosquito Awareness Week. We never used to worry too much about these dangerous little creatures (of which the female is, in fact, deadlier than the male) – until the Chikungunya virus (Chik V) and the Zika virus came along, riding on the climate change wave. Dengue fever has always been around, … More There Are No Cases of Yellow Fever in Jamaica

Focus on Montego Bay, Shackelia’s Mission and Kemesha’s Inspiration: Jamaica Weekly Review: Wednesday, January 24, 2018

It has not been an easy week in Jamaica, I think it’s fair to say. Our island has had a bit of drama. On the plus side, the weather is gentle and warm… and I hear a pair of parrots chatting to each other in our back yard. Yes, we have urban parrots, woodpeckers, warblers … More Focus on Montego Bay, Shackelia’s Mission and Kemesha’s Inspiration: Jamaica Weekly Review: Wednesday, January 24, 2018

#AToZJamaicaChallenge: Z is for Zika (Finally, Inevitably)

Well, this is the final chapter in the wanderings through the alphabet that my colleagues Dennis Jones, Susan Goffe and I embarked on at the beginning of the month. Sadly and ironically perhaps, it must end with a topic that we have become pretty obsessed with in the last few months. Ms. Goffe should have … More #AToZJamaicaChallenge: Z is for Zika (Finally, Inevitably)

Sterile Mosquitoes On the Way, LNG Power, Questions About Conch: Jamaica on Saturday, May 7, 2016

It’s hard to believe that the month of May has begun and is well under way. In just a few weeks, the dreaded hurricane season will be here. For the last two years Jamaica has been fortunate – untouched by storms. How long will our luck hold out, I wonder? Thanks, Mr. Mosquito! The aedes aegypti … More Sterile Mosquitoes On the Way, LNG Power, Questions About Conch: Jamaica on Saturday, May 7, 2016

I Predict Duppy Highways and Daryl Vaz Approaches the Breakwater: Saturday, March 26, 2016

It’s the Easter holiday weekend, it’s hot and our neighbors have apparently all fled the city. They are likely sweating it out on a beach or on one of Jamaica’s famous new highways, now. Meanwhile, all I can hear is our wind chimes (the wind is fierce) and the birds. It’s been a long while … More I Predict Duppy Highways and Daryl Vaz Approaches the Breakwater: Saturday, March 26, 2016

More Important Updates from the Ministry of Health: Dengue Fever Cases on the Rise

The new Acting Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Winston De La Haye has been on several radio programs in the past week, giving out information on behalf of his Ministry and keeping people up to date. We welcome this new transparency and availability. A new press release came out today – this time, it’s a dengue … More More Important Updates from the Ministry of Health: Dengue Fever Cases on the Rise

Important Updates from the Ministry of Health: Zika Virus, Cleanup Day, H1N1 Flu Virus, and More

The Ministry of Health is working hard to inform the public on the various health concerns plaguing us at the moment. Please note the following important information, taken from several recent press releases. For Zika Virus updates, go to: http://moh.gov.jm/be-aware-zika-is-here/  For more information, visit the Ministry’s excellent website at http://moh.gov.jm. Like and follow them on http://www.facebook.com/themohgovjm; on … More Important Updates from the Ministry of Health: Zika Virus, Cleanup Day, H1N1 Flu Virus, and More

#HoldTheDebates, Nasty Rumors, The House on the Hill and The GMOY Goes Down a Dangerous Path: Tuesday, February 16, 2016

A grey cloud has descended over much of Jamaica. Literally, that is, although in some respects the cloud is a bit more than a weather phenomenon. Everything seems to be a bit of a struggle. Where are we heading? Jamaicans seem uncertain and not entirely hopeful. Or maybe that’s my mood. There is no doubt, … More #HoldTheDebates, Nasty Rumors, The House on the Hill and The GMOY Goes Down a Dangerous Path: Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Zika Virus: Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) Shares a Regional Perspective at Jan 25 Media Conference

Originally posted on Right Steps & Poui Trees:
In Port of Spain, Trinidad, yesterday, the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) held a media conference to give an update regarding the Zika virus in the region. Ms Carlon Kirton, Communications Manager, who chaired the briefing, explained the reason for it being held: “As you may know,…