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Lynne Featherstone moves up after Norman Baker’s exit

first_imgInternational development minister Lynne Featherstone has been promoted to minister of crime prevention at the Home Office, after Norman Baker quit yesterday. Featherstone will pick up the brief from her Lib Dem colleague who left the coalition after four-and-a-half years as a minister.  Baker, whose resignation letter said working with Home Secretary Theresa May was like “walking through mud” and that being a Lib Dem in the department was “like being the only hippy at an Iron Maiden concert”, left after his drugs report was effectively shelved.  Featherstone, who also spent two years as equalities minister at the Home Office, is being replaced by Baroness Northover of Cissbury.  Meanwhile Lib Dem MP Lorely Burt has been appointed assistant government whip, as has Tom Brake, after the departures of Jenny Willott and Mark Hunter. Brake takes the role on in addition to his current position as deputy leader of the House of Commons.  Baroness Garden of Frognal will also become a government whip.   Share Catherine Neilan whatsapp More From Our Partners Russell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comSidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin are graying and frayingnypost.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.com Lynne Featherstone moves up after Norman Baker’s exit whatsapp Show Comments ▼ Tuesday 4 November 2014 8:46 am Tags: NULLlast_img read more

Hospitals struggle to address terrifying and long-lasting ‘ICU delirium’

first_img Hospitals are throwing out organs and denying transplants to meet federal standards Usha Lee McFarling “It’s taken years of concerted effort to get to this point,” he said. “It’s been about changing a culture.” That change is now palpable in his unit.“When I started in ICU, anyone who was going to be intubated, they’d all be sedated, pretty deeply sedated,” DiLibero said. “Now some patients are completely off sedatives while still on a ventilator. I never thought I’d see that.”While there is agreement that it’s crucial to prevent delirium whenever possible, many questions still remain on how best to treat it after it occurs. Vanderbilt is one of the few hospitals that offers a post-ICU treatment center; opened in 2012, it draws patients from around the country. At the center, patients are treated by a team that includes an ICU physician, nurse, pharmacist, case manager, and neuropsychologist who work together to help patients understand and alleviate symptoms.Jones said therapy in Chicago was a great help to him, and included revisiting his ICU room to better understand his hallucinations.He’s also committed to talking publicly about his experience in hopes others won’t suffer as he did. And he always carries a carefully worded life directive in his briefcase that makes clear that any intensive treatment he might need is provided in a way that is less likely to cause delirium.“As bad as my illness was,” he said, “the post-ICU was more traumatic.” “This is a massive, massive public health problem.” Recognizing the prevalence of the problem, doctors and nurses across the country are now pushing an ambitious campaign to change practices in intensive care units to reduce cases of “ICU delirium” — a sudden and intense confusion that can include hallucinations, delusions, and paranoia.Anywhere from a third to more than 80 percent of ICU patients suffer from delirium during their hospital stay. And one-quarter of all ICU patients suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder once they leave, a rate that’s comparable to PTSD diagnoses among combat veterans and rape victims. Patients with ICU delirium are less likely to survive and more likely to suffer long-term cognitive damage if they do.advertisement National Science Correspondent Usha covers the toll of Covid-19 as well as people and trends behind biomedical advances in the western U.S. Related: Dr. Wes Ely, pulmonologist Alex Hogan/STAT, APStock Raising an alarm, doctors fight to yank hospital ICUs into the modern era By Usha Lee McFarling Oct. 14, 2016 Reprints The effects can linger long after discharge.“As soon as I got home there were cognitive issues, really bad panic issues, flashbacks, all very gruesome,” said Jones. “I felt like I’d endured months of torture. I was scared to go to sleep. I’d wake up in a cold sweat.”Jones had entered the hospital in 2012 with stomach pains that turned out to be caused by acute necrotizing pancreatitis. His pancreas was literally digesting itself; then his other organs started to fail. He was put on life support: On a respirator and dialysis, fed through a tube, the stocky and athletic Jones lost 70 of his 260 pounds. Nine days into his hospital stay, doctors gathered his family to say goodbye.Thanks to surgery, a flood of antibiotics, and dedicated hospital staff, Jones survived. He’s incredibly thankful for the care he received.But he’s also angry, now that he knows how widespread ICU delirium is, that not a single person talked to him or his family about the mental and psychological issues that so many ICU patients face.“I thought, ‘Why in the world is this not included in post-discharge instructions?’” Jones said in a telephone interview from Chicago, where he has returned to work as a legal analyst. “They were so happy they had saved my life. But no one told me to expect any of this.”A culture of ‘protecting’ patients with sedationEly has always been proud of the work done at his ICU. But in the late ’90s, he started to notice something deeply unsettling: Many of his patients weren’t doing well after they left the hospital. Some were severely impaired. Many couldn’t return to work.“They couldn’t find their cars or balance their checkbooks,” he said. “We wondered, ‘What happened to them in the ICU? What went wrong?’”Ely was shaken by the encounters, but when he tried to bring up the issue with fellow intensive care physicians, or critical care specialists, or even with the National Institutes of Health, he got no traction. His call to ease up on restraining and sedating patients butted up against what Ely says was a deeply entrenched — and deeply paternalistic — ICU culture. “The idea has long been: ‘We want to keep you unconscious so you don’t suffer.’” Ely said. “We thought we were ‘protecting’ patients.”There were practical issues too: Heavily sedated patients are far easier for nurses to work with than patients who are frightened, agitated, or in pain. And it can be very hard to detect delirium in patients who are lethargic and seem unaware — but may still be delusional and suffering. “They told me I was in a coma,” Jones said. “But I was aware.”Ely has spent the past two decades studying the issue and amassing the kind of data that are starting to convince his colleagues. A 2013 study, for example, showed nearly 75 percent of ICU patients developed delirium during their hospital stay. In roughly one-third of those cases, their cognitive problems were so severe that even one year after discharge, they mimicked mild traumatic brain injury.To minimize such damage, Ely developed a protocol dubbed ABCDEF, with steps such as assess for delirium, choose sedation wisely, and push patients to early mobility. Related:center_img HospitalsHospitals struggle to address terrifying and long-lasting ‘ICU delirium’ About the Author Reprints “This is a massive, massive public health problem,” said Dr. Wes Ely, a pulmonologist and professor of medicine and critical care at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn., who was among the first to recognize the scope of the problem. Justin DiLibero, clinical nurse specialist When his fever spiked, he thought someone was setting him on fire. When orderlies slid him into an MRI, he thought he was being fed into an oven. Frequent catheter changes seemed like sexual abuse. Dialysis? He thought someone was taking blood out of a dead woman’s body and injecting it into his veins.The horrifying, violent hallucinations plagued David Jones, now 39, during a six-week stay in the intensive care unit at Chicago’s Northwestern Memorial Hospital — and for months after he was discharged. He thought he was going crazy and felt very alone.He wasn’t.advertisement “They come into the hospital as one person and leave as someone else.” Ely is pushing his colleagues in ICUs across the country to reduce the use of sedatives and ventilators and push patients to get on their feet as soon as possible, in a bid to minimize delirium. The talks he gives to highlight the issue show patients talking and texting while on ventilators — a major break from the traditional practice of heavily sedating them. He also shows patients walking through hospital halls despite grievous injuries.The “ICU Liberation Campaign,” which Ely cochairs, is organized by the Society for Critical Care Medicine, a professional group for ICU clinicians. If it works, it’ll both improve patient outcomes and lower hospital costs.But it’s been a hard sell.Despite its heavy clinical toll, ICU delirium is often ignored. Intensive care units are so stressful, so noisy, and so fast-paced that delirium is often overlooked.“You may have one patient going into shock while another needs to be reintubated, so people get busy,” said Dr. Matt Aldrich, an anesthesiologist who has been implementing the ICU Liberation Campaign at the University of California, San Francisco, Medical Center, where he directs adult critical care. “Delirium has definitely taken a backseat.”It’s not that clinicians don’t believe in the protocols, Aldrich said. It’s just hard to make time to implement them. “The challenge is to slow yourself down and do the things you need to be doing. It’s daily work. It’s maintenance,” he said. “It’s not letting little things slide and falling into old patterns.”Keeping patients alive — but at a costIn a way, ICU delirium is a problem born of success: Today’s intensive care units keep alive patients who would not have survived 20, 10, or even five years ago. ICUs have come so far in curbing problems like sepsis and acute respiratory distress syndrome that they’ve created a huge population of “ICU survivors” — those who make it out alive but end up severely impacted mentally and psychologically.“We used to call it ICU psychosis,” said Justin DiLibero, a clinical nurse specialist working to reduce ICU delirium in the neuro and surgical ICUs at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. “We knew it was common but thought patients got better when they got home. Now we know they come into the hospital as one person and leave as someone else.”Family members are often the first to see that their loved ones “aren’t themselves.” Patients may act paranoid, lash out in anger, or simply seem quite silly, for example planning large galas while still intubated.While the exact causes of ICU delirium are not fully understood, risk factors seem to include ventilation, which can reduce the flow of oxygen to the brain, and heavy sedation, especially with benzodiazepines, which can have neurotoxic effects. Immobility and physical restraints appear to contribute to psychological distress as well. The lack of sleep, noisy alarms, constant prodding by nurses and doctors, and patients’ inability to keep their hearing aids and glasses on may contribute, too. When the procedures are implemented, they seem to work wonders.At Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, care teams in the medical ICUs have reduced the number of delirious patients by 60 percent since 2012, at a cost savings of thousands per patient. They did this by carefully assessing patients for delirium, making sure multiple care team members agreed on those assessments, and then reducing sedation and particularly benzodiazepine use whenever possible.“We discussed every patient every day, and delirium was part of the discussion,” said DiLibero, the nurse specialist who ran the project, which was funded by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, which recently issued a practice alert about delirium to its members. When nurses weren’t sure what to do, DiLibero said, they could call in “nurse champions,” who act as mentors and leaders.Looking for delirium is especially important in elderly patients. Without a careful assessment, elderly patients with delirium may be misdiagnosed with dementia and sent to nursing homes unnecessarily.The project at Beth Israel worked so well, it’s been adopted by other ICUs at other regional hospitals. But it wasn’t easy to get there. DiLibero has been working on the issue since 2010, his commitment sparked by seeing so many ICU patients, including his own grandmother, succumb to delirium. [email protected] @ushamcfarling Tags hospitalsICUphysicianlast_img read more

JOB VACANCY: Oakdale Nursing Home are hiring

first_img Pinterest Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ Laois secondary school announces scholarship winners for new academic year Facebook Council Community New Arles road opens but disquiet over who was invited to official opening WhatsApp TAGSOakdale Nursing Home Oakdale Nursing Home in Portarlington are looking to fill:Activities Co-Ordinator/Health Care AssistantRequired for Part-Time positionRequirementsBe passionate about caring for our residentsFETAC Level 5 in Care of the Elderly PreferableEnquiries & CV to:Avril Finnerty (Director of Nursing)Tullamore Road, Portarlington, Co. Laois.Phone Number: 057 86 45282Email: reception @oakdale.ieWebsite: www.oakdale.ieSEE ALSO – Check out the dedicated jobs section on LaoisToday.ie Home Jobs JOB VACANCY: Oakdale Nursing Home are hiring Jobs Twitter Twitter Previous articlePortarlington lung transplant recipient honoured with special recognition awardNext articlePortlaoise Ladies Hockey Club maintain joint first position in league LaoisToday Reporter Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR JOB VACANCY: Oakdale Nursing Home are hiring WhatsApp Facebook Community By LaoisToday Reporter – 5th November 2018 last_img read more

Tangerine launches national ad campaign

first_img Wealthsimple’s peer-to-peer app goes national Nearly half of Canadian consumers would share data for discounts, personalized service Keywords Online bankingCompanies Tangerine Share this article and your comments with peers on social media IE Staff The campaign comes on the heels of being the first Canadian bank to launch a fully responsive website, tangerine.ca, which ensures a consistent website experience regardless of the device used to access the site. The advertising campaign was designed to roll out in two phases. The first phase was a transition period that communicated the name change while reinforcing that the bank’s core values will remain intact. The second phase, launching Monday, focuses on the simplicity of banking with Tangerine. Tangerine’s media plan includes Wide use of television, radio, out-of-home (OOH), print and digital advertising, with a television presence that is nearly 70 per cent higher than previous company airings.center_img Online banking preferred by Canadians: CBA survey Tangerine (formerly ING DIRECT) Monday launched a new, fully integrated advertising campaign aimed at engaging Canadians from coast to coast. Rooted in the company’s focus on improving Canadians’ banking experiences, the campaign features the brand’s commitment to simple and progressive everyday banking. Related news Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

Gov’t Moving Ahead With National Registration System

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of National Security, Senator Dwight Nelson, has said that Government is moving ahead with the establishment of a national registration system, as an effective tool in the fight against crime.Under the system, which was announced by Prime Minister, Bruce Golding in 2008, a unique number will be assigned to every Jamaicans from birth, around which the national identification data will be built.“We have already allocated the resources to commence the process,” Senator Nelson informed, as he addressed the Ministry’s first national consultation on crime held yesterday (May 28) at the Montego Bay Civic Centre.He explained that the objective of the programme “is to ensure that every single Jamaican will have a national identification number”.According to the Security Minister, “one of the problems we have with crime fighting is that when there is need to apprehend suspects, they cannot be found.”“They have aliases, they have no birth certificates, they have no baptismal records, they have no fixed address and when there is need to apprehend them, the police cannot find them,” he pointed out.He said that once the system comes into place, “nobody is going to exist in this country without that identification number. It is a very intrinsic ingredient in the fight against crime and we are starting the process of getting it established. It is not going to happen tomorrow, but it will happen, I assure you.”Expressing sorrow at the tragic deaths of five girls at the Armadale Juvenile Centre in St. Ann recently, Minister Nelson pointed to the need for programmes and activities, which can channel the energies of young people into positive undertakings.“I kept asking myself the question, what if we were able to channel the energies of these girls at school, into some activity which would have saved their lives … we are not placing emphasis on such groupings as scouts any more. We are going to have to revive these uniformed groups in the schools, groups such as the boys’ scouts, the cadets, the girl guides and the brownies. We’re going to have to give our young people an alternative to challenge their exuberance into character building rather than crime and criminality. We are going to pursue that vigorously,” the Minister told the gathering.The three Members of Parliament for the parish, Dr. Horace Chang, Clive Mullings and Edmund Bartlett, along with Commissioner of Police, Hardley Lewin and high ranking officers from the police force, also participated in the event.Under the theme: ‘Together we can stop it’, the consultations are being undertaken by the Ministry to get the public’s input to arrive at a general consensus on crime management initiatives in Jamaica. Advertisements Gov’t Moving Ahead With National Registration System National SecurityMay 29, 2009 RelatedGov’t Moving Ahead With National Registration Systemcenter_img RelatedGov’t Moving Ahead With National Registration System RelatedGov’t Moving Ahead With National Registration Systemlast_img read more

Evergreen Public Schools to remain in remote learning until the end of January

first_imgSuperintendent Mike Merlino announced the district will remain in Remote Learning through the first school semester which ends Jan. 28, 2021With mounting COVID numbers in Washington state, and specifically Clark County,  Evergreen Public Schools Superintendent Mike Merlino announced the district will remain in Remote Learning through the first school semester which ends Jan. 28, 2021.In making the announcement, Superintendent Merlino wanted to provide students and families with a concrete date to facilitate planning. “In difficult, fluid situations, it is helpful to provide as much certainty as possible around items we do have control over.  In my view, given our current environment, it is not realistic to believe we will progress in the short term to allow a move to Hybrid Learning, where roughly half our students could attend in-person twice per week.”Evergreen Public Schools, the largest district in southwest Washington, will continue to follow Clark County Public Health and Washington state guidelines, as well as monitor the promising vaccine news, as it plans for options for the second semester that begins Feb. 1, 2021. Photo by Mike SchultzEvergreen Public Schools, the largest district in southwest Washington, will continue to follow Clark County Public Health and Washington state guidelines, as well as monitor the promising vaccine news, as it plans for options for the second semester that begins Feb. 1, 2021. Photo by Mike SchultzThe majority of the district’s nearly 24,000 students will remain in Remote Learning through January, while continuing to provide in-person small group learning for Kindergartners, as well as students with specialized needs and those students needing additional support services. Evergreen Public Schools, the largest district in southwest Washington, will continue to follow Clark County Public Health and Washington state guidelines, as well as monitor the promising vaccine news, as it plans for options for the second semester that begins Feb. 1, 2021.Here is the entire letter sent to families: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1-JdKn6BripbXD49Je9j_qbXqFTIT_NFe31hwLHKecZY/editInformation provided by Evergreen School District.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTags:Clark CountyLatestVancouvershare 0 Previous : WATCH: Clark County TODAY LIVE • Wednesday, November 18, 2020 Next : Sen. Ann Rivers says pandemic concerns must include nursing, long-term careAdvertisementThis is placeholder text Evergreen Public Schools to remain in remote learning until the end of JanuaryPosted by ClarkCountyToday.comDate: Thursday, November 19, 2020in: Newsshare 0 last_img read more

Jamaica has Proud Track Record in Healthcare Delivery

first_imgJamaica has Proud Track Record in Healthcare Delivery Health & WellnessJune 1, 2012 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Jamaica has had a remarkable track record in the delivery of health care services since 1962. The development of the sector has been most notable in terms of the training of health care professionals, progress in immunization coverage, and the provision and expansion of health infrastructure. Jamaica ranks high among developing countries in terms of healthcare and life expectancy at birth increased from 38 years in 1900 to just over 72 years in 2008. Primary Health care Jamaica’s success in healthcare delivery has its foundation in the creation of a primary health care system, which focuses on prevention services. The institutional basis for a comprehensive public health service was developed in the 1960’s and 1970’s with the building of a network of health centres islandwide and the development of a landmark document, which the country  took to a  meeting on primary healthcare in Alma Ata in the Soviet Union. The outstanding model of primary health care contributed to the vision of health for all by the year 2000, articulated in the World Health Organization (WHO) Alma Ata Declaration of 1978. The Alma-Ata Declaration emerged as a major milestone of the 20th Century in the field of public health, and it identified primary health care as the key to attaining the goal of health for all. “That document was developed and put together by our own Jamaican health professionals…and that document actually helped to create the Alma Ata Declaration for the world, which was put out by the World Health Organization (WHO) as the overall goal that countries should follow during that decade,” informs Chief Medical Officer in the Ministry of Health, Dr. Eva Lewis Fuller. Features of the primary health care system include active community participation in health, provision of health centres island wide, where patients are assessed and appropriately referred to the next layer of the health care system. More than $300 million was provided over the last two years to improve health centres across the island. Immunization Coverage It is through this focus on primary health that the country has been successful in implementing a stellar immunization programme, which has resulted in the elimination a number of vaccine-preventable diseases and reducing infant and child mortality. Through the Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI), established in Jamaica in September 1977, Jamaica has made significant strides towards attaining universal immunization coverage for all children. Coverage of tuberculosis (BCG) was 100 per cent in 2011; 92 per cent coverage for polio, diphtheria, pertussis or whooping cough and tetanus (DPT), hepatitis B and haemophilus influenza type B (HIB); and 88 per cent coverage for measles, mumps and rubella (MMR). The figures represent an improvement over the country’s performance in 2009, which showed 94 per cent coverage for BCG, 91 per cent for polio, DPT, Hep B and HIB and 87 per cent coverage for MMR. Prior to the introduction of the EPI, the infant mortality rate from infectious diseases, including vaccine-preventable diseases such as measles, polio, neonatal tetanus, tuberculosis, diphtheria, bacterial meningitis and pneumonia, was very high, at some 51 per 1000 live births in the 1960s and 32 per 1,000 live births in the 1970s. The infant mortality rate now stands at 21 per 1,000 live births. The last recorded case of polio was in 1982, the last case of locally transmitted measles was in 1991, the last case of diphtheria was in 1995 and the last case of rubella (German measles) was in 2000. Jamaica’s record in immunization is recognised internationally. Manager of Family and Community Health at the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Dr. Gina Tambini, says Jamaica, has been among the most successful in terms of immunization coverage and the programme has been used as a benchmark for other countries. Salt Fluoridation Jamaica made history in the 1980s when salt fluoridation of the domestic water supply was introduced, become one of the country’s most significant public health achievements. This contributed to a significant reduction in the levels of tooth decay in young children. PAHO provided technical assistance in the design and implementation of the programme as well as training of local personnel in salt fluoridation techniques. Safe Motherhood Over the years, the Ministry of Health has intensified its health promotion campaign by focusing on safe motherhood to achieve a maternal mortality rate of 27 per 100,000 live births by 2015. Achieving the target is one of the Millennium Development Goals set by the United Nations. The country has lowered the ratio to 78 deaths per 100,000 live births in 2009 from 110 deaths per 100,000 in 2000. In the year 2011, infant and child mortality rates were 19 and 21 per 1,000 live births, down from 25 and 28, respectively, in 1990. Training Jamaica’s success in healthcare care has been boosted by the work of professionals serving the sector. Prior to 1962, pioneers such as Nurse Mary Seacole blazed the trail and laid the foundation of high quality service, which was pivotal in advancing Jamaica’s health care system. The fruits of her endeavours, and those of others, are proudly manifested in the work of doctors, nurses and other medical practitioners and professionals, currently serving the public and private health system, who are carrying the baton of excellence in service delivery. Retired Nurse, Ancillin Morgan, who was trained in the 1960s, and worked in the health care system during the nation’s political transition in 1962, says the sector has grown significantly. “What really has changed, since Independence, is a further expansion of the role of nursing, in particular. Because, since Independence we have had the nurse practitioner programme and that is an extension of the role of nursing, within the health care system itself. What we had at that time was a hospital administrator, matron and Senior Medical Officer (SMO); that system continued into the 1990s,” she informs. Facilitating Health For All Various measures have been implemented to ensure that the most vulnerable Jamaicans can access quality healthcare.  Under the no user fee policy introduced in 2008, Jamaicans no longer have to pay for services and public health facilities such as: registration, doctor’s consultation, diagnostic services, hospital admission, surgeries, medications, physiotherapy, ambulance and maternal services. Jamaicans also have access to programmes, such as the National Health Fund (NHF), which assists with payments on being diagnosed with certain illnesses. The Fund subsidizes the cost of treatment for persons suffering from a range of illnesses including asthma, diabetes, breast cancer, hypertension arthritis and glaucoma. The NHF is also instrumental in funding improvement in health infrastructure and providing necessary equipment. Through the Jamaica Drug for the Elderly Programme (JADEP), persons over 60 years, suffering from any of 10 chronic illnesses of age can access 72 drugs, free of charge. Health Facilities The growth of and access to quality hospitals facilities in the island has been another major achievement of the sector since 1962. This is evident in the fact that several facilities have been built over the years, catering to the needs of all Jamaicans, irrespective of their socio economic standing. The Government, through the Ministry of Health, owns and operates a network of 23 public hospitals, including the semi-public University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI), which offer varying levels of emergency, curative treatment and rehabilitative services.   There are also six specialist hospitals catering to maternity, child care, cancer treatment, rehabilitation, mental health and respiratory disorders. The hospitals are divided into categories of Type ‘A’; Type ‘B’; Type ‘C’ in terms of the services offered and size of the population served, with at least one facility is found in each parish. Type A hospitals, including the Kingston Public and Cornwall Regional hospitals, are multi-disciplinary and are the final referral points for secondary and tertiary services, while the Type B Hospitals, situated in the larger urban centres,  provide in-patient and out-patient services in general surgery, internal medicine, obstetrics and gynaecology and paediatrics. The Type C hospitals are basic district hospitals offering in-patient and out-patient services in general medicine, surgery, child and maternity care, basic x-ray and laboratory services. As for the specialist facilities, the Bustamante Children’s Hospital, which is the only paediatric hospital in the English-speaking Caribbean, was built in 1963. The historic Victoria Jubilee Hospital (VJH), built in 1887, is the largest referral maternity hospital in the region. Additionally, there are 10 private hospitals and some 350 health centres, which have led to Jamaica’srobust health sector providing an extensive range of services to citizens. Decentralisation of Health Services The decentralisation of the health services, to bring responsibility for health care closer to the point of service delivery, are major milestones in the country’s health system. Through the National Health Services Act of 1997, the Regional Health Authorities (RHA) were created, with the bodies having direct responsibility for managing the public health care networks and the delivery of services, with the Health Ministry having policy making, steering and regulatory roles. With the creation of the RHA the parishes were grouped into health regions, with the Southeastern Region comprised of the parishes of Kingston and St. Andrew, St. Thomas and St. Catherine, which account for some 47 per cent of the population. The Northeastern Region comprises St. Ann, St. Mary and Portland, home to 14 per cent of the population, while the Western Region has 17 per cent of the population and comprises Trelawny, St. James, Hanover, Westmoreland. The Southern Region, with 22 per cent of the island’s population, is comprised of the parishes of Clarendon, Manchester and St. Elizabeth. Health Ministers Since Independence, Jamaica has had numerous Ministers of Health, who have implemented significant programmes underpinning the sector’s growth and development during their tenures. These are: Dr. Herbert Eldemire, 1962-1972; Douglas Manley, 1972; Kenneth McNeil, 1972-1974; Dr. Kenneth Baugh, 1980-1989; Easton Douglas,1992- 1993; Desmond Leakey,1993 -1995; Dr. Peter Phillips, 1995-1997; John Junor, 1998-2006; Horace Dalley, 2006-2007; Rudyard Spencer, 2007-2011; and Dr. Fenton Ferguson, 2012 to present. By Chris Patterson, JIS Reporter RelatedJamaica has Proud Track Record in Healthcare Delivery RelatedJamaica has Proud Track Record in Healthcare Delivery RelatedJamaica has Proud Track Record in Healthcare Delivery Advertisementslast_img read more

Government Promoting Increased Production of Nutritious Foods

first_imgRelatedJamaica Embarks On Commercial Bamboo Production Advertisements Story HighlightsActing Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Derrick Kellier, says the Government is promoting increased production of nutritious foods through initiatives such as the agro-parks programme.The move, he said, is in keeping with efforts to ensure the country’s food and nutrition security.Under the agro-parks programme, priority commodities will be selected in promotion of a nutritionally balanced diet. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail RelatedRoger Clarke was a Special, One of a Kind Politician Says PMcenter_img Related$27.8 Million Sorrel Processing Plant Opens in Bethel Town Acting Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Derrick Kellier, says the Government is promoting increased production of nutritious foods through initiatives such as the agro-parks programme.The move, he said, is in keeping with efforts to ensure the country’s food and nutrition security.The Minister was addressing the recent launch of the Government’s Inter-Ministerial Integrated School Feeding Programme at the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ), in New Kingston.He informed that under the agro-parks programme, priority commodities will be selected in promotion of a nutritionally balanced diet.“We do so cognizant that good nutrition is important for the physical, social and mental development of individuals…especially…for children in the formative years, as poor health, coupled with poor nutrition, diminishes their cognitive development,” he said.He said that cost-efficiency of value-added production for locally produced and imported semi-processed foods and livestock products, and the improvement of food safety systems, are also paramount.Meanwhile, Mr. Kellier said a policy framework and enabling environment are critical in eradicating hunger, food insecurity, and malnutrition, “as reflected in the Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) Strategic Objective.”“This policy framework and enabling environment must also address low food production and high dependency on food imports, which combine to confront Jamaica with a high food import bill, and worrying food security vulnerability to external shocks and climate change, as experienced by us in our recent droughts,” he added.The Inter-Ministerial Integrated School Feeding Programme, titled: ‘Strengthening of School Feeding Programmes in the Framework of Latin America and the Caribbean without Hunger 2025 Initiative’, aims to strengthen the Government’s existing school feeding programme.It involves collaboration among the Ministries of Health; Agriculture and Fisheries; and Education, with support from the Government of Brazil, off whose programme the local initiative is being modeled, and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).Over 300,000 students are expected to benefit under the project, which will be formalised through a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to be signed by the major stakeholders. Government Promoting Increased Production of Nutritious Foods AgricultureSeptember 15, 2014Written by: Douglas McIntoshlast_img read more

Man shoplifts from Bloomingdale’s

first_imgHomeNewsCrimeMan shoplifts from Bloomingdale’s Sep. 05, 2016 at 6:45 amCrimeMan shoplifts from Bloomingdale’seditor5 years agobloomingdale’scrimeCrime Watchdowntown santa monicasanta monica californiasanta monica daily presssanta monica newssanta monica policeshopliftingsmpdstealsthird street promenade On Aug. 24 at about 12:56 p.m. officers responded to a radio call for service at Bloomingdale’s, 315 Colorado Ave., regarding a theft that had just occurred.The suspect fled the location with merchandise. Officers determined the suspect entered the store and selected several items from the sales floor. The suspected exited the store without paying for the merchandise and ran southbound on 4th Street. Officers detained the suspect at Main Street and Olympic Boulevard.The store was desirous of prosecution. The suspect, Keron Howard, 32, of Monrovia, was placed under arrest without incident and booked for shoplifting. Bail was set at $500.Tags :bloomingdale’scrimeCrime Watchdowntown santa monicasanta monica californiasanta monica daily presssanta monica newssanta monica policeshopliftingsmpdstealsthird street promenadeshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentSanta Monica Democratic Club Endorsement MeetingsEarth Talk: Smoke Waves hurting CaliforniaYou Might Also LikeBriefsLos Angeles Sheriff’s deputy accused of destroying evidence of 2019 assaultAssociated Press16 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor23 hours agoCrimeCRIME WATCHNewsCrime WatchGuest Author3 days agoCrimeFeaturedKnife-wielding woman arrested during L.A. Councilman’s speechGuest Author4 days agoCrimeCRIME WATCHNewsCrime WatchGuest Author7 days agoFeaturedNewsAfter local teen’s death, parents protest Snapchat’s inaction against drug dealersClara Harter7 days agolast_img read more

Letter to the Editor – A Small Victory

first_imgHomeFeaturedLetter to the Editor – A Small Victory Jun. 12, 2020 at 6:00 amFeaturedletterNewsLetter to the Editor – A Small VictoryGuest Author12 months agodrive-thrustarbucks Editor:This is a happy story about one guy making a difference. In this instance, it is me raising a fuss with several layers of the Starbucks corporation.COVID-19 closed lots of Starbucks outlets in malls and elsewhere, so traffic at the open stores’ drive-thru windows increased dramatically. Driving etiquette at my nearby intersection evaporated as desperate caffeine seekers competed for the next spot in line for the Marine Street Starbucks drive-thru.I could watch the action at the Pier/Lincoln intersection from my front room desk: Customers’ cars lining-up, their cars blocking Pier traffic to Lincoln Boulevard, Northbound coffee seekers intensely made their U-turns into any gap in the line. Cars turning from Lincoln onto Pier were likewise blocked while the U-turn drivers veered into traffic lanes as they maneuvered around the cars waiting to turn up Pier. It was an obstacle course suddenly materializing before tons of moving metal.Whenever I could catch a manager at the store, I’d deliver my pitch that they should inform their drive-thru customers to avoid discourteous and illegal behaviors that inconvenience and endanger the neighbors. These pleas produced the same results as my requests to the Santa Monica police to park nearby from time-to-time, thinking the threat of traffic tickets might modify customer behavior. You guessed it — nada.Time to work up the corporate ladder, and with Google’s help and Alexander Bell’s invention I found my way up and down four levels, collecting a case number and some email addresses in the process. After a few days and a few emails, I found my way back down to the recently hired area manager who was now ready to talk to me. She enumerated all the phone calls she had made to correct this situation, then pleaded, “What more can I do?”Every now and then you can come up with the right snappy reply at the just right time and I ended up hitting the jackpot.I said, “Fifty years ago I was taught an important management technique. ‘Put on your big boy pants, get out in the field, find out what the heck is wrong and fix it.’”The next morning there were two new curbside headset-wearing order takers working the well-managed line-up. The area manager I advised was personally working the walk up window while monitoring the situation.Tim TunksSanta MonicaTags :drive-thrustarbucksshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentSan Francisco police won’t respond to non-criminal callsWestside Ballet bids adieu to five graduatesYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall6 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press17 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson17 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter17 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor17 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press17 hours agolast_img read more