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

“Taxperity,” Life on Planet Poor – and A Surprise Visitor: Saturday, May 21, 2016


What a strange week it’s been – perhaps because I have not been feeling well. I believe I may I have had a touch of Zika (or a recurrence of chikungunya?) I get the feeling these nasty mosquito-borne diseases are overlapping. I seem to get them all! So please, people, take care out there. I … More “Taxperity,” Life on Planet Poor – and A Surprise Visitor: Saturday, May 21, 2016

More Important Updates from the Ministry of Health: Dengue Fever Cases on the Rise


The new Acting Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Winston De La Haye has been on several radio programs in the past week, giving out information on behalf of his Ministry and keeping people up to date. We welcome this new transparency and availability. A new press release came out today – this time, it’s a dengue … More More Important Updates from the Ministry of Health: Dengue Fever Cases on the Rise

The Enigma of the Zika Virus: A Pandora’s Box, A Smokescreen, Or What?


Nothing is quite what it seems. Since the World Health Organization’s declaration of a Public Health Emergency of International Concern on February 1, I have been wading through online articles about the Zika Virus. I am baffled, confused, alarmed and apprehensive, all at the same time. I suspect many Jamaicans are. In fact, I was even … More The Enigma of the Zika Virus: A Pandora’s Box, A Smokescreen, Or What?

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,…

A Health Ministry Mystery, Getting the Guns and Kicking Out GBV: Sunday, October 18, 2015


Things have quietened down a little in the past few days – or are some issues just simmering under the surface? Time will tell. Anyway, the stress of drought is over and the weather has been close to perfect. Gardens are flourishing and the sunlight is softer. Long may it last. CCJ debate: The Caribbean Court … More A Health Ministry Mystery, Getting the Guns and Kicking Out GBV: Sunday, October 18, 2015

Former PMs’ Baggage, Prison Anger, and CDA Addresses Bullying: Friday, October 9, 2015


It’s been ten days of high drama (and a good few thunderstorms to go with it). I have been so busy dashing up and down. Time to take stock, and time to slow down, over the weekend, as my health has been letting me down again. What a week! Where to start? Well, the upset … More Former PMs’ Baggage, Prison Anger, and CDA Addresses Bullying: Friday, October 9, 2015