A COVID-19 Update From Jamaica: March 23, 2020 And a Caribbean Update


We are bombarded with news on COVID-19 from all directions. There are heartbreaking personal stories from all over the world on social media. I feel that we are just bracing ourselves for a big wave, here. Have we managed to “flatten the curve”? Who knows. Have we been testing enough? I am concerned about the … More A COVID-19 Update From Jamaica: March 23, 2020 And a Caribbean Update

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

If You Are 60 Years Plus, You are More at Risk of Flu


The Ministry of Health and Wellness is reminding us that Jamaica “remains in the Flu Season.” Please, let us take this seriously. Elders are particularly at risk. The Ministry also points out other segments of the population who should take extra care… As Jamaica continues in the influenza ‘flu’ Season, 2019 data show that persons … More If You Are 60 Years Plus, You are More at Risk of Flu

The Flu is No Joke


Well, I had my flu jab today (or as Jamaicans might say, “juck”!) and it took two seconds. I am glad to be protected, as far as I am able. Here is a reminder from the Ministry of Health and Wellness that “the flu” is not something to be trifled with, and can lead to … More The Flu is No Joke

A Double Health Announcement: A Dengue Fever Update, and a Flu Alert


Minister of Health Christopher Tufton is waging a battle on two fronts at the moment. Today he informed Parliament about the near-outbreak of influenza (something not to be joked with, by the way) and the latest situation on dengue fever. Please take precautions, and if you do have the flu – don’t spread it around. … More A Double Health Announcement: A Dengue Fever Update, and a Flu Alert

Those at High Risk for Severe Complications from Flu Urged to be Extra Vigilant


I am continuing to share information on several health concerns that are affecting the island at the moment. The Ministry of Health is doing a very good job at informing the public. Here is their press release dated March 1 with a focus on those at high risk of H1N1. We have had a second … More Those at High Risk for Severe Complications from Flu Urged to be Extra Vigilant

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