Health Ministry, NERHA mourn loss of Tyrone Robinson


COVID-19 continues to take its toll. Now a senior member of Jamaica’s health infrastructure has passed away from COVID-19 complications – a man whom Minister of Health and Wellness Christopher Tufton described this evening as a friend and a “hands-on Chairman,” whose advice and guidance he greatly valued. Here is the Ministry’s press release: Health … More Health Ministry, NERHA mourn loss of Tyrone Robinson

Coronavirus, Influenza and Dengue Fever Updates for Jamaica


It seems that the Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is by no means finished with us yet. Earlier today, Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told journalists at a press briefing (full audio here) that:  “As of 6am Geneva time this morning, there are 24,363 confirmed 2019-nCoV cases in China, and 490 deaths. … More Coronavirus, Influenza and Dengue Fever Updates for Jamaica

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

Ministry of Health and Wellness Update on Dengue Fever Outbreak (Delivered to Parliament, Tuesday, November 12)


The ongoing outbreak of dengue fever continues to create anxiety and concern among the general public, especially in relation to young children and other vulnerable Jamaicans.  But panicking won’t help. Everyone needs to take responsibility for their health and the health of others. And it’s amazing how irresponsible some citizens are – almost deliberately so. In … More Ministry of Health and Wellness Update on Dengue Fever Outbreak (Delivered to Parliament, Tuesday, November 12)

A Double Health Announcement: A Dengue Fever Update, and a Flu Alert


Minister of Health Christopher Tufton is waging a battle on two fronts at the moment. Today he informed Parliament about the near-outbreak of influenza (something not to be joked with, by the way) and the latest situation on dengue fever. Please take precautions, and if you do have the flu – don’t spread it around. … More A Double Health Announcement: A Dengue Fever Update, and a Flu Alert

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

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

Jamaican Professional Joins Second Cohort of Conservation Leadership in the Caribbean Fellowship Programme


Congratulations to Deonne Smith, the energetic Communications and Partnership Officer at the UN Environment (UNEP) Caribbean Sub-Regional Office in Kingston and a UN volunteer. She will join a number of other young Caribbean conservationists next week at the beautiful St. George’s University campus in Grenada as a Conservation Leadership in the Caribbean (CLiC) Fellow. Here … More Jamaican Professional Joins Second Cohort of Conservation Leadership in the Caribbean Fellowship Programme