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News for Week of July 10, 2022
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Port Royal Health Centre adopted by insurance outfit

The Port Royal Health Centre has been officially adopted by Fraser, Fontaine, and Kong Insurance Brokers Ltd.

Minister of Health and Wellness Dr. Christopher Tufton said it is important for Jamaicans to know that there is partnership in public health. “I want to urge Jamaicans to embrace partnership as a future fundamental of public health response – of personal health and wellness and of community health and wellness – because there is no other way,” Dr. Tufton said.

“We have to adjust our mindset to working with others to solve the problems that we face. Humanity will be better off. In the public health space, it is patient-centric. We must all turn our eyes to the patient and solve the problem of the patient.”

The Minister expressed gratitude to the donors for their benevolence to the people of Port Royal through the adoption. “There are many entities that have demonstrated compassion in different ways to advancing the cause of good health at the community level, and today, Fraser, Fontaine and Kong is doing that,” Dr. Tufton said.

He thanked the company for the “decision, efforts, motivation and social conscience” demonstrated by reaching out to the facility.

Meanwhile, Dr. Tufton pointed out that the Port Royal Health Centre Adoption is number 38, and that the Adopt-a-Clinic Programme has garnered almost $170 million in commitments, to date.

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Training kicks off for teams to work in census

Training has started for persons who will work on the 15th Population and Housing Census. Director General, Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN), Carol Coy, said that about 9,000 census takers and supervisors will be trained in four rounds of training, ending on August 24.

So far, persons from Trelawny Northern, St. James, Hanover, Westmoreland, and St. Elizabeth have been trained, while those in Trelawny Southern, St. Mary Central and Western, St. Ann, Clarendon and Manchester are now being trained as part of the second round, which began on July 4.

“The training lasts for eight days… . We have two modes because of COVID-19 and nobody is sure how [it] will behave. There is a face-to-face and we have virtual also,” said Ms. Coy, adding that when persons are contacted for training, they are asked to indicate their preferred mode of delivery, which is then taken into consideration by STATIN.

Ms. Coy pointed out that training is a “critical” part of the census and is one of the largest activities undertaken during the process.

“We need to get maximum coverage when we [are] collecting census data and the quality of the data has to be good. So, therefore, we need to get the persons going out to understand certain concepts, because sometimes they might have to probe,” she said.

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St Ann’s Bay Mayor lauds new health facility

Mayor of St. Ann’s Bay Councillor Sydney Stewart has welcomed the opening of the town’s new multi-care medical centre as a game changer in the provision of comprehensive and accessible health services to residents.

The Bravo Dental and Medical Centre, operated by husband-and-wife team Drs. Alexandre Young and Ruth-Ann Leveridge-Young, is the first facility in the parish offering a suite of dental and medical services under one roof.

“This is very good for the parish capital and by extension, the entire St. Ann,” Mayor Stewart said.

“Having all these services under one roof will eliminate a lot of stress and persons having to go to numerous places to get the care that they need,” he added, noting that it was be particularly beneficial to elderly persons.

He expressed confidence that “those in charge” of the facility will deliver on their promise of good customer service and compassionate care, noting that anything less would be unacceptable.

Dr. Leveridge-Young said that the centre will provide holistic, comprehensive health care that not only treats conditions of the teeth and mouth “but the whole person”.

“It is basically a one-stop-shop medical facility, which aims to revolutionise the practice of dentistry and medicine, with a focus on holistic medical dentistry and bringing the tender, love and care (TLC) to health care,” she said.

She noted that the facility will provide comfortable, and stress-free care that combines the art and science of dentistry with the fundamentals of medicine.

“We have long recognised that many systemic diseases show up in the mouth, and that conditions presented as toothaches, for example, may be reflective of neurological issues, which we are trained to identify, and can then make appropriate referrals to our in-house panel of specialists.

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Jamaica dumps funds into disaster preparedness

The Government of Jamaica will be providing $140 million for drain cleaning and other mitigation exercises for the 2022 Atlantic Hurricane Season.

This disclosure was made by Minister of Local Government and Rural Development Desmond McKenzie while addressing a disaster preparedness town hall in Rocky Point, Clarendon.

“We are going to be making available the funds to the municipalities. We are going to be providing $140 million to shore-up our state of readiness for the hurricane season,” Minister McKenzie said.

He shared the expectation that, once disbursed, the funds will be managed with visible results to the end of its use.

“I have already met with the mayors, and I have said… there can be no excuse. We are providing the resources and I am expecting that we will see the results of the resources that we are providing for the municipal corporations right across the country,” he added.

Each municipal corporation is responsible for the management of drains, gullies, parochial roads, etc. within the parish, and carrying out scheduled activities to ensure their maintenance.

Boris Johnson Leaves Behind a Sterling Mess

By Barry Eichengreen

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BERKELEY – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s chaotic government, and its equally chaotic collapse, are not the only source of panic in the United Kingdom nowadays. There is growing anxiety about the exchange rate of the British pound as well.

Since peaking in the spring of last year, the pound has depreciated by about 10% against the dollar. “Britain’s currency is getting slaughtered on international markets,” we are told. Of the five currencies underlying the International Monetary Fund’s reserve asset, special drawing rights, only the Japanese yen has done worse than the pound.

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