COVID-19 updates from Jamaica (January 8, 2022)

As Omicron is flying around the world at lightning speed, so it is in Jamaica. The problem with our island, though, is that the vast majority of our population is not vaccinated (close to 80 percent) despite vaccines being widely available (that is, AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, and Sinopharm). According to the Reuters Coronavirus … More COVID-19 updates from Jamaica (January 8, 2022)

Jamaica records 544 new COVID-19 cases in 24 hours

My apologies for not writing more about many other issues that concern me (and there are many important ones, especially related to the environment and climate change). However, COVID-19 has overwhelmed everything and everyone. We were shocked to learn the numbers for yesterday (August 12). The Delta variant (and the expected Third Wave) is clearly … More Jamaica records 544 new COVID-19 cases in 24 hours

Jamaica Update, August 3, 2021: Andrew pleas for peace, Elaine flies down the track, and everyone must get vaxxed

These are tense times. While most of Jamaica has been glued to the Olympics track events – obviously, our forte – the number of COVID-19 cases has been accumulating rapidly. New cases are now in three digits daily, and so are hospital admissions. It is alarming, but what’s happening in Tokyo has provided a welcome … More Jamaica Update, August 3, 2021: Andrew pleas for peace, Elaine flies down the track, and everyone must get vaxxed

Second “Blitz” vaccinates over 1,000 Jamaican elders

The Ministry of Health and Wellness really seem to love the word “blitz.” It sounds somewhat warlike to me, but I guess the idea is to really reach some numbers in terms of vaccination. There have been two “blitzes” so far at the National Arena in Kingston. Reports from the vaccinees (I am not sure … More Second “Blitz” vaccinates over 1,000 Jamaican elders

Public health team works to contain COVID-19 spread at Bellevue Hospital

It’s an anxious time. In addition to the increase in cases of COVID-19 in western Jamaica (where I heard on the television news this evening that the four public hospital serving the region are now 80 to 90 percent full to capacity), clusters seem to be appearing: Following the cluster at the Police Academy, reported … More Public health team works to contain COVID-19 spread at Bellevue Hospital

COVID-19 Surveillance Begins in West Kingston, Jamaica, To Continue Tomorrow

How is the COVID-19 situation in Jamaica? I am not sure what to say. I have heard a few disturbing anecdotes and reports of returning nationals not quite obeying the home quarantine rules. There have been a few “import-related” cases in recent days – in other words, people coming in, who have infected others. I … More COVID-19 Surveillance Begins in West Kingston, Jamaica, To Continue Tomorrow

High Dependency Units at Victoria Jubilee to Reduce Maternal and New-Born Deaths

At the official opening of a new neonatal facility at Kingston’s Victoria Jubilee Hospital, Minister of Health and Wellness pointed out one “lesson from COVID”: That no economic development can be achieved without an investment in public health. Ah, perhaps our political leaders are beginning to connect the dots now. The event this morning was … More High Dependency Units at Victoria Jubilee to Reduce Maternal and New-Born Deaths

Donation of Personal Protective Equipment from Food for the Poor and Partners to South East Regional Health Authority

I greatly admire the work of Food for the Poor in Jamaica. I have seen for myself the dedication and drive to ease the plight of the most vulnerable.  KINGSTON, Jamaica. Friday, May 29, 2020:  The South East Regional Health Authority (SERHA) received Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and other items including mattresses, critical care patient monitors … More Donation of Personal Protective Equipment from Food for the Poor and Partners to South East Regional Health Authority

Rehabilitation Centre to Expand as Number of Road Crash and Violent Crime Victims Increases

I am writing a lot about health recently. Yes, environmental issues are still very much on my mind, but I will have to get back to them later. However, please bear with me. This year, I am seeing a lot of linkages: between crime, violence, road crashes – and health. The year has not started … More Rehabilitation Centre to Expand as Number of Road Crash and Violent Crime Victims Increases