News from the Turks and Caicos Islands:
March 6, 2014
Four children from Ona Glinton Primary School in Grand Turk were seen with chickenpox by the ministry of health primary health care department on Monday. Chickenpox is a very contagious disease caused by the varicella-zoster virus (VZV). It causes a blister-like rash...
February 12, 2014
The ministry of health and human services is holding two one-day workshops for health professionals on the chikungunya virus on Tuesday and Wednesday. The ministry is taking a proactive approach to increase education and awareness about chikungunya in light of the outbreak that...
February 5, 2014
Minister of Health Porsha Stubbs-Smith has reacted to the leader of the opposition’s call for a full investigation into the costs and quality of the health care scheme known as the National Health Insurance Plan (NHIP). Smith, who took over the health portfolio last year after it was briefly held by Amanda Misick and...
January 31, 2014
The cost and quality of health care remains a major issue for the TCI. The $60-plus million flowing from the treasury annually, plus numerous co-pays and the cost and availability of medication, have time and again been addressed by the opposition and the media.
January 23, 2014
The National Health Insurance Board (NHIB) intends to take to the airwaves to explain to the public how residents can qualify for coverage. A spokesperson disclosed on television that employers must bring contributions for all employees up to date and must register their employees.
January 10, 2014
Former chief minister Oswald Skippings has called on the leader of the opposition Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson to present a motion to the House of Assembly calling for a full disclosure of the Inter-Health Canada agreement, a full audit that covers its entire existence, and a full criminal investigation.
November 14, 2013
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October 3, 2013
The Caribbean, like other regions in the Americas, experiences seasonal influenza activity. Improved health monitoring by ministries of health is providing more timely and detailed information on viruses currently circulating in the region. This has resulted in the recent confirmation by...
October 3, 2013
On October 10, 2013, the department of mental health and substance dependence (DMHSD), ministry of health and human services will join the World Federation of Mental Health to commemorate World Mental Health Day. The department is supporting the initiative as a way to highlight...
October 2, 2013
Recently appointed director of the department of mental health and substance dependence, Dr Alicia Malcolm has outlined new plans and objectives for the department including a renewed focus on efforts to eliminate stigma and discrimination. Malcolm noted that the department would...
September 4, 2013
History is being made this month as five bright young female Turks and Caicos Islanders are set to begin their journey into the field of medicine as they enter the Faculty of Medicine at the Mona Campus of the a University of the West Indies (UWI). These Turks and Caicos Islanders include Raven Saunders...
August 24, 2013
As a result of warnings issued by the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the ministry of environment, home affairs and agriculture has alerted residents and visitors to the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) to the possibility of infection with the parasite cyclospora from the consumption of fruits and vegetables.
August 24, 2013
According to a report some years ago by US drug maker Pfizer, over 60 percent of men in Trinidad and Tobago suffer from some form of erectile dysfunction (ED), a topic that is often avoided in the region. However, did you know that taking erection pills that are not appropriate for you causes...
August 14, 2013
In a bizarre turn of events, Premier Rufus Ewing has now told the media that the financial audit of the national health care plan has been completed by independent auditor KPMG Global. Last week, he promised to have the audit work begin; the previous week health minister Porsha Stubbs-Smith said...
August 10, 2013
Health Minister Porsha Stubbs-Smith announced again in parliament that financial and clinical audits are underway for the secondary health care provider Interhealth Canada. Only two weeks ago the minister said the contract with IHC did not require a review of costs for a period of five years from start up.
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