Displaying items by tag: Ministry of Health and Wellness

Wednesday, 18 January 2023 14:40

National Health Fund urged to step up its game

MINISTER of Health and Wellness Dr Christopher Tufton says that the National Health Fund (NHF) will have to reinvent itself in 2023 or lose its relevance after a while.

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HE Government has announced changes to the National Health Fund's (NHF) Individual Benefits Programme which will see higher subsidies, an increase to the Jamaica Drug for the Elderly Programme (JADEP) drug list, and the addition of the Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) test.

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The opposition People’s National Party, PNP, is expressing concern about what they say is the deteriorating infrastructure and patient care services at the nation’s public health facilities.

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Wednesday, 30 November 2022 13:26

Concern over slow take-up of HIV pre-exposure drug

As the world celebrates World AIDS Day, concerns are growing over the slow take-up rate of the pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) HIV drug in Jamaica.  

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Monday, 28 November 2022 12:58

WHO renames monkeypox as 'mpox'

The World Health Organization (WHO) has renamed monkeypox as 'mpox', citing concerns the original name of the decades-old animal disease could be construed as discriminatory and racist.
 
In a statement Monday, the UN health agency said 'mpox' was its new preferred name for monkeypox, saying both names would be used for the next year while the old name is phased out.
 
WHO said it was concerned by the racist and stigmatizing language that arose after monkeypox spread to more than 100 countries.
 
It said numerous individuals and countries asked the organization to propose a way forward to change the name.
 
In August, WHO began consulting experts about renaming the disease, shortly after the UN agency declared monkeypox's spread to be a global emergency.
 
To date, there have been more than 80,000 cases identified in dozens of countries that had not previously reported the smallpox-related disease.
 
Until May, monkeypox, a disease that is thought to originate in animals, was not known to trigger large outbreaks beyond central and west Africa.
 
 
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Monday, 28 November 2022 12:51

Jamaica's monkeypox cases now at 18

Jamaica has recorded a total 18 monkeypox cases as at Sunday, November 20.
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Wednesday, 16 November 2022 17:28

Surgery backlog to be cut by 500

HOPE is on the horizon for 500 out of 7,000 people who have been on elective surgery wait lists up to four years and longer, to finally access those procedures over the next 10 months.

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Tuesday, 25 October 2022 18:31

One more case of Monkeypox confirmed in Jamaica

Jamaica has recorded another locally transmitted case of monkeypox, increasing the total to 15. Among them, 14 are males.

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The Government of Jamaica, through the Ministry of Health and Wellness, has signed a letter of intent for a technical cooperation agreement with the Government of the Republic of
Cuba for the continued provision of a medical brigade of health professionals to Jamaica.

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The Ministry of Health and Wellness is urging the public to take measures to prevent gastroenteritis (GE) and to seek care early to avoid serious complications after a suspected case of death was reported from the illness.

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