News from the Turks and Caicos Islands:
June 20, 2014
The ministry of health and human services has received confirmation of an additional four positive cases of chikungunya. This brings the total number of positive cases for the TCI to six. In addition, the ministry of health is also closely monitoring dengue fever cases.
May 14, 2014
The premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands, Dr Rufus Ewing, earlier this month attended the 59th annual workshop, hosted by the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) in Aruba. The awareness and discussion workshop, which was held from May 1 – 3, sought the establishment of a regional tourism...
April 7, 2014
Plans for a new health care facility in Jamaica, which in phase one will include 64 beds and 50 residences for recovery in a gated community, plus a five acre lake in a world class medical city, has again served to highlight the high comparative costs of the minimal health care facilities in the TCI.
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.
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