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Major Projects Coming to Deal With Lifestyle Diseases in Jamaica

Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr Christopher Tufton, says every effort must be made to reduce the incidents of non-communicable diseases (NCDs), as these beset too many Jamaicans. He pointed out that the coronavirus (COVID-19) has increased the vulnerability of persons to poor health outcomes, while presenting a significant challenge to the economy. Approximately 15 …

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Sceptical Covid-19 Survivor Now Believes in Efficacy of Vaccines

Twenty-nine-year-old communications officer, Sasheena Douglas, was shocked when she tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19) in August 2020. The fitness fanatic, who maintains a healthy diet, thought that her youth and healthy lifestyle made her at very low risk for contracting the virus. Even more surprising was how ill she became, telling Jamaica Government news agency …

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October Is Lupus Awareness Month

President of the Lupus Foundation of Jamaica, Dr. Desiree Tulloch-Reid, is calling for increased awareness of the disease, which can lead to early detection and access to treatment. This, as October is being observed as Lupus Awareness Month, under the theme ‘Children and Youth With Lupus: Saving Lives Through Knowledge and Support’. “Increased awareness in …

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China’s donation of buses boost Jamaica Vaccination Drive

The Government’s vaccination drive has been boosted through the donation of two mobile units by the Yantai Municipal People’s Government of the People’s Republic of China. The vehicles, valued at ¥878,597 RMB, are already in operation and are being managed by the South East Regional Health Authority (SERHA). Addressing the symbolic virtual handover ceremony on …

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Travellers to Jamaica Urged to Follow Quarantine Measures to Reduce Spread of Covid-19 Variants

Travellers to Jamaica are being implored to adhere to quarantine measures to reduce the spread of new variants of the coronavirus (COVID-19). The urging comes as the Ministry of Health and Wellness has confirmed cases of the Mu variant of COVID-19 on the island. Addressing a virtual press conference on Thursday (Sept. 9), Portfolio Minister, …

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Jamaica Government To Make Announcement About Other COVID-19 Vaccine Brands

The Government is expected to make an announcement, shortly, regarding additional brands of coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccines being sourced for Jamaica. Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr. Christopher Tufton, said that details of the undertaking are expected to be outlined “in the next day or two”. These could include the Pfizer and Moderna brands, which have …

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US donates 5.5 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine to CARICOM countries

The United States is donating 5.5 million Pfizer vaccine doses along with ancillary kits to the 15 member countries of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). As part of this donation, a shipment consisting of nearly 569,000 doses will be delivered to Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and …

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