A Word on Malaria: Jamaica Remains Free of the Mosquito-borne Disease

There have reportedly been two imported cases of malaria in Jamaica. The Ministry of Health and Wellness has explained that since 2012, the country has been free of the disease. It goes without saying, however, that those traveling to countries where malaria is present must take precautions. It’s a horrible disease, which killed 405,000 people … More A Word on Malaria: Jamaica Remains Free of the Mosquito-borne Disease

A Nicaraguan Ship Carrying 93 Men Brings Three with Malaria

Do we ever think about malaria? Perhaps not as much as we should, although please note – Jamaica is malaria free. A Nicaraguan ship intercepted in Jamaican waters turned out to have three malaria sufferers on board. This is not a question for the Health Ministry of course, but I am wondering why a ship … More A Nicaraguan Ship Carrying 93 Men Brings Three with Malaria

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,…

World Health Day 2014: About The Tiny Things That Kill More Than a Million

We have an implement called a “zapper” in our house. It is rather ugly, made of orange plastic and looks like a small tennis racket. But it does the trick. It kills mosquitoes. This year’s World Health Day (which was today, April 7 –  or still is in our part of the world) focused on … More World Health Day 2014: About The Tiny Things That Kill More Than a Million