Ministry of Health Advises Continued Caution Against Viral Illnesses


Minister of Health Christopher Tufton was scheduled to visit the community of Gregory Park in St. Catherine today. The whole of the Portmore area is quite a “hot spot” for mosquitoes; after all, it was built on or near wetlands. The problem of dengue fever continues, especially among children, where suspected cases have increased. Be … More Ministry of Health Advises Continued Caution Against Viral Illnesses

Health Ministry Takes Measures to Stem the Tide of Dengue Infections


This year’s prevalence of dengue fever is definitely higher than last year. It has been fairly warm and also quite wet. There are several ways in which you can discourage the mosquito from breeding around your house, including properly disposing of garbage (which can often harbour little breeding spots) and covering all water containers. Put … More Health Ministry Takes Measures to Stem the Tide of Dengue Infections

Embassy of Japan to Provide Orthopaedic Equipment to May Pen Hospital


There’s so much news around at the moment that makes you want to groan and hold your head in pain (the revived, reverberating PetroJam scandal, for one – not to mention the police lockups) that it’s hard to be JOLLY as the Christmas songs tell us we should be at this time of year. Nevertheless, here’s a … More Embassy of Japan to Provide Orthopaedic Equipment to May Pen Hospital

It’s a More Active Season, But There is No Dengue Outbreak, Says Health Ministry


This year there are quite a few more suspected cases of dengue fever in Jamaica. It has been very rainy in most weeks, and breeding grounds may have been increasing. Dengue is no joke – as I know from experience! The rare haemorrhagic fever is very dangerous. Closing windows and doors at early morning and … More It’s a More Active Season, But There is No Dengue Outbreak, Says Health Ministry

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

Civil Society Collaborative Forum Will Protect Patients’ Maternal, Neonatal and Infant Health Rights


Nowadays, we talk a lot about “partnerships.” They make sense for a number of reasons – not least as a way of pooling resources and making resources stretch further. The EU-funded Partnership for the Promotion of Patients’ Rights in Maternal, Neonatal & Infant Health in Jamaica (The MNIH Project), led by Professor Wendel Abel and … More Civil Society Collaborative Forum Will Protect Patients’ Maternal, Neonatal and Infant Health Rights

Jamaicans for Justice at Work, Part 1: University Hospital of the West Indies


I have always had the deepest respect for Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ), the human rights lobby group founded in 1999 by the “likkle but tallawah” Dr Carolyn Gomes. The group has, over the years, faced many challenges – including the perception by Jamaicans (and all too often, human beings in general) that human rights are … More Jamaicans for Justice at Work, Part 1: University Hospital of the West Indies

Health Ministry Confirms a Suspected Dengue Fever Death


Dengue fever is no joke. Having had it once (a fairly “mild” form) some 20 years ago, I could never go through that nightmare again. Sadly, someone has died from a suspected case of dengue hemorraghic fever, which is not so common but very serious. Here is a note from the Ministry of Health, reminding … More Health Ministry Confirms a Suspected Dengue Fever Death

Health Ministry Issues Advisory on Smoke from Riverton City Dump Fire


Yes, it’s true. The Riverton City Dump is on fire again, apparently started deliberately. It is hot, windy and dry. This morning, New Kingston was shrouded in haze. Here is an urgent release from the Ministry of Health. In addition to children, I would also add that you should check on the health of your … More Health Ministry Issues Advisory on Smoke from Riverton City Dump Fire

Blood Pressure Drug – Valsartan Recall: What the Public Should Know


I’m quickly sharing this since it should be a matter of some urgency. Check with your doctor! Blood Pressure Drug – Valsartan Recall: What the Public Should Know KINGSTON, Jamaica. 27 July 2018: The Ministry of Health wishes to alert the Jamaican public to the recall of drugs containing the active pharmaceutical ingredient valsartan, which … More Blood Pressure Drug – Valsartan Recall: What the Public Should Know