Jamaicans are eating way too much salt, a new Health Ministry study shows

My husband has regularly complained at our local cook shop about the high levels of salt in their otherwise quite good dishes. The chef maintains that all that salt is necessary – and that is what his customers want. So, he has lost one customer. And what of the children? Perhaps this will come later … More Jamaicans are eating way too much salt, a new Health Ministry study shows

School meals are not a trivial matter for Jamaica, youth advocates say

After just about two years, all schools reopened for face-to-face learning this week. There was a collective sigh of relief, I think, among schools, parents – and the students themselves, who have been struggling with all kinds of pressures since the COVID-19 pandemic began. Today (March 10) is the second anniversary of the confirmation of … More School meals are not a trivial matter for Jamaica, youth advocates say

COVID-19 Update: Jamaica Now Has Community Transmission

This afternoon, the day after Election Day, Minister of Health and Wellness informed us at a press briefing that Jamaican has entered a new phase of the COVID-19 pandemic, called “community transmission.”  I have been wrestling with this term for a little while – at first thinking that it was a highly technical term that … More COVID-19 Update: Jamaica Now Has Community Transmission

Jamaica COVID-19 Update: 163 Cases, the Call Centres, Community Quarantine Issues

So much has been happening, and I am going to quickly paraphrase the Ministry of Health and Wellness’ latest update, as of 8:00 p.m. our time. Here goes: Jamaica now has 163 confirmed cases of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) – 20 new cases in the past 24 hours. Details on 17 cases are to … More Jamaica COVID-19 Update: 163 Cases, the Call Centres, Community Quarantine Issues

COVID-19: Jamaica Has 69 Confirmed Cases (Saturday, April 11)

Here’s an update from the Ministry of Health and Wellness on the current situation regarding COVID-19 in Jamaica. Note the information on the cases under investigation. Are these early signs of “community spread”?  Jamaica now has sixty-nine (69) confirmed cases of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). The four (4) new cases are: A 52-year-old male … More COVID-19: Jamaica Has 69 Confirmed Cases (Saturday, April 11)

COVID-19 in Jamaica, Physical Distancing, and a Tale of Two Press Briefings tv

Here are a couple of useful websites, before I forget to share them: This one is for people to do a self-assessment for COVID-19, and for employers to check on employees’ status. There is another general one that is updated with local and global states, where you should self-report if you have arrived in Jamaica … More COVID-19 in Jamaica, Physical Distancing, and a Tale of Two Press Briefings tv

Jamaica Now Has 16 Cases of COVID-19 and Another Community Quarantined

I am posting below the latest update this evening (Thursday, March 19, 2020) on COVID-19 in Jamaica, from the Ministry of Health and Wellness, along with details of an announcement in Parliament by the Prime Minister. Here also is the dashboard with updated numbers: Prime Minister Andrew Holness announced this evening in Parliament that Corn Piece Settlement, … More Jamaica Now Has 16 Cases of COVID-19 and Another Community Quarantined

Record-Breaking Heat is Here, and the Ministry of Health and Wellness Urges Us to be Careful

As we keep saying to each other: “The heat is on!” We are all shocked by the soaring temperatures across the island. On June 22, the Meteorological Service of Jamaica recorded the highest temperature on record in Kingston – just over 39 degrees Celsius or 102 degrees Fahrenheit. Professor Michael Taylor of the Climate Studies … More Record-Breaking Heat is Here, and the Ministry of Health and Wellness Urges Us to be Careful

Ministry of Health and Wellness to Study Salt Consumption in Jamaica

Our Health and Wellness Minister (yes, that is the new name of the Ministry – the “Wellness” has been added) believes in prevention. He is working on a “Wellness Agenda” this year. Our health services are overwhelmed, overused, under-staffed and under-resourced. Many of Jamaicans’ ailments are what we call “lifestyle diseases,” caused by a bad … More Ministry of Health and Wellness to Study Salt Consumption in Jamaica