News from the Turks and Caicos Islands:
April 28, 2015
Blue Bell Creameries of Brenham, Texas, has voluntarily expanded its recall to include all of its products currently on the market because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. This recall includes ice cream, frozen yogurt, sherbet and frozen snacks made at all Blue Bell facilities.
April 28, 2015
The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) last week signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the ministry of health of the United Mexican States, through the Federal Commission for Protection from Sanitary Risks (COFEPRIS). The aim of the MoU is to establish a mechanism for...
April 28, 2015
Over the last few months I have attended a growing number of funerals of Caribbean men of various races and ages. Seemingly almost every other week, someone I know or know about, is collapsing suddenly and dying. Often, too often, this stems from heart failure. For many of us...
April 22, 2015
Grand Turk resident Valerie Jennings, a former bank employee, has sparked a renewed debate over the quality of healthcare in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) with her one-woman public protest posted on Facebook by her son, Valentino Selver, under the caption “Mother protesting”.
April 22, 2015
Earth Day is celebrated every day at Health City Cayman Islands by implementing an impressive array of planet-friendly initiatives that abound on the well landscaped property. "We were built and will expand with sustainability and safety in mind," said Shomari Scott, marketing director.
April 15, 2015
Members of the Middle Caicos community, along with members of the Turks and Caicos Islands government, were on hand to celebrate the opening of the state of the art facility, Alsada Hall-Malcom Primary Health Care Clinic on Friday, 10 April 2015. Refurbishment and expansion of Middle Caicos Clinic...
March 17, 2015
The opposition Peoples Democratic Movement (PDM) is upset over a delay in putting into effect a motion passed in the TCI House of Assembly on January 27, 2015, recommending to the governor that a thorough investigation be carried out into the costs of the controversial healthcare contract.
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.
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