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The Ministry of Health is investigating the first suspected monkeypox death in Jamaica.

Townhead District, Westmoreland — Tashana Ferguson is wracked with guilt, beating herself up for failing to notice that her teenage daughter was seriously ill. Davieka Briyona Clarke, who turns 15 on Saturday, has lupus. She was diagnosed with the disease earlier this year after being ill for more than two years.

Tuesday, 28 June 2022 12:54

St Lucia Ramps Up Monkeypox Surveillance

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Health authorities here have increased surveillance for Monkeypox after being alerted to the fact that a crew member on a flight to the island has tested positive for the virus.

Monday, 30 May 2022 12:38

WHO fears increased spread of monkeypox

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The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that 200 monkeypox cases found in recent weeks outside countries where the virus usually circulates could just be the beginning.
Jamaica could start receiving results today from genome sequencing done locally, which could confirm the presence of the COVID-19 Omicron variant in the island.

Jamaica has administered more than half a million doses of COVID-19 vaccines, as the island continues efforts to vaccinate 65 per cent of the population against the deadly disease by March 2022.

As at 4:00 pm Wednesday, August 26, the island was up to 500,605 doses administered. Of that number, some 359,675 were first doses and 139,242 were second doses. The remainder were single doses.

Since COVID-19 vaccinations began in March this year, the island has received more than a million (some 1,139,140) doses of vaccines, including from the African Medical Supply Platform, the COVAX Facility, Canada, India, Mexico, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The vaccines are AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson and Pfizer.

“In the last four weeks alone, we received more than 820,000 of those doses. This is in keeping with the inflows we had predicted, with more to come,” noted Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton.

“The vaccines are here. What we need to do is to make good use of them. I am encouraged by the uptake over the last week and urge those who have not yet been vaccinated to make every effort to do so,” the Minister added.

As the island races to prevent illness and death associated with COVID-19, the Ministry of Health and Wellness continues to encourage members of the public to get vaccinated. To do so, Jamaicans are encouraged to make their vaccination appointments online at www.moh.gov.jm or by calling the Vaccination Call Centre at 888-ONE-LOVE (888-663-5683).

Once members of the public have their appointments confirmed, they should visit their vaccination site with their government-issued identification or a letter from the Justice of the Peace. Those due a second dose will also need to take their vaccination card.

The Ministry is also urging the public to remain vigilant in their adherence to infection prevention and control measures, notably, mask wearing; maintaining a physical distance from others; and frequently washing and/or sanitising hands.

On Wednesday, August 25, the island recorded 463 new COVID-19 infections and confirmed 22 deaths. The new cases moved the total number of infections to 64,294 since the first case was recorded last year while the death toll climbed to 1,453.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Monday gave full approval to the COVID-19 vaccine made by Pfizer Incorporated and German partner BioNTech for use in people aged 16 and older.
Monday, 23 August 2021 17:11

Covid Record!

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Jamaica has recorded its highest number of Covid-19 cases since the onset of the pandemic in March last year.

Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Minister, Senator Kamina Johnson Smith, is commending Canadian High Commissioner to Jamaica, Her Excellency Emina Tudakovic, for assistance in paving the way for 200,000 doses of Covid-19 vaccines being scheduled to be delivered to Jamaica on Thursday this week.

Monday, 09 August 2021 11:38

Hospitals Creaking Under Covid Pressure

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Pressure is now mounting on health care workers with the Ministry of Health & Wellness on red alert amid the surge in COVID-19 19 cases.
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