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Health Ministry Investigates Suspected Imported Chikungunya Case

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The Ministry of Health’s heightened surveillance system has detected a suspected imported case of the chikungunya virus. Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Kevin Harvey says the case is of an individual who travelled from an affected country and fell ill. The individual had screening tests done at a private laboratory in Jamaica which indicated the illness. A sample was taken and sent to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) for confirmation. Should this be positive it will confirm Jamaica’s first imported case of the chikungunya virus.

“This does not indicate local spread of the virus and we continue to monitor persons living in and around areas visited by the individual. We have heightened our vector control activities to reduce the possibility of local spread,” Dr. Harvey explained.

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Past Wards Of The State On A Mission to Motivate

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Tanisha EsmanTamian Beckford and Tanisha Esman, past wards of the State, are on a Mission to Motivate - a drive to inspire others by relating their own journeys of trials and triumphs in the hope that their stories will help children to pursue purpose.

An initiative of the Child Development Agency’s (CDA) 10th Anniversary Celebration, Mission to Motivate aims to encourage all children, specifically those in state care and parents, to aspire for  greatness,  and rise above their current situations despite the cards life has handed them. The team hopes the initiative will be received as a catalyst to building resilience and most especially, breaking the cycle of negative behaviours that can have lasting consequences. Through various  gripping presentations which began in May, the duo has spoken to at-risk teenagers at the Re-Birth Project, parents at the National Parenting Support Commission’s (NPSC) Public Forum and reaching larger audiences via television. Tamian also recently spent some time reading with children at the St. Andrew Prep School, discussing good parenting and child appropriate behaviours utilizing the children’s novel,  ‘No Boy Like Amanda’.

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Monday, 13 October 2014

The Jamaica Tourist Board has added a dedicated page to its website for visitors who desire to volunteer during their vacation trip to the island. Visitors can now easily plan volunteer experiences through this voluntourism initiative.  The combin...

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For many developing countries, foreign direct investment is viewed as something very positive. International companies can bring cash, skills, technology, and high ethical standards to a host country. But others do not always regard such investors...

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