Tomorrow (Wednesday, June 5) is the United Nations’ World Environment Day. This year’s venue is China, where the theme will be Air Pollution (see below) and if you click on that link above you can learn more from the UN. Some people say there are too many of these “special days” but I don’t have a … More World Environment Day: Cockpit Country, Air Pollution… and Solutions?
I have just one thing to say about the current fears over measles: Get your child vaccinated! As the number of cases continues to rise in New York (and has tripled globally this year) and we realize that Jamaica has slipped below 95 percent in its vaccination levels. This is a concern. MAKE SURE YOUR … More Health Ministry Says There Are No Cases of Measles on the Island
Measles is NO joke. I had it as a child in England, and remember being ill in bed (with the curtains shut tight, for some reason) for what seemed like a very long time. Parents are urged to get their children FULLY vaccinated (two doses). It is highly contagious and is more dangerous when you … More Health Ministry Monitoring Island for Measles
Each time the issue of abortion is raised for debate in Jamaica, the Christian extremists who say they are particularly concerned about the nation’s health and family life get “steamed up.” They do their very best to block any sensible, coherent discussion on a matter that affects roughly half of our population in a deeply … More Not All Jamaican Christians Are Anti-Abortion: A Statement from Committed Christians
It’s time we all took influenza (flu) seriously, isn’t it? It comes in various forms these days and the H1N1 virus is one strain, but as easily transmitted as any other flu, says the World Health Organization. It was already in the Caribbean in 2009 (it started in Mexico) and has been in Jamaica for … More Yes, We Are Still on Flu Alert…
A disturbing report in the Jamaica Gleaner recently highlighted the issue of unregistered nursing homes on the island. Here is the response of the Caribbean Community of Retired Persons (CCRP). Be careful! With so many homes for the elderly unregistered, do check the list of those registered posted below, before making any arrangements for your loved … More Please Use Registered Nursing Homes, CCRP Urges
Valentine’s Day is pretty big in Jamaica. In uptown Kingston, there are brunches and concerts and special events. The town is flooded with imported roses, shiny boxes of chocolates and teddy bears with loving messages. The flower sellers on the corner near our house went into overdrive yesterday, setting out tables full of merchandise. It’s … More Jamaica AIDS Support for Life Targets Youth for Safer Sex Week