Tag: Health

Jamaica

COVID-19 Cases Grow In Jamaica

Jamaica’s public hospitals are restricted to conducting emergency care services only. This move comes on the back of several of the island’s public hospitals having to deal with the increased pressure of the growing number of confirmed and suspected COVID-19 cases. There is also decreased staff coverage as many healthcare workers are out sick. Up to Sunday, there were some […]

Jamaica

COVID-19 Cases Still Spell Trouble For Jamaica

KINGSTON, Jamaica – The Ministry of Health and Wellness reported 1,262 new COVID-19 cases and three deaths on Thursday, January 13, bringing the infection total to 108,983 and total deaths to 2,517. The new cases comprise 781 females and 481 males with ages ranging from 20 days to 97 years. The positivity rate was 68.6 percent. The cases were recorded […]

Jamaica

Jamaica Sees COVID-19 Positivity Rate Skyrockets To 60.3%

Jamaica’s COVID-19 positivity rate has surged to an all-time high of 60.3 percent. The Ministry of Health says 1,714 cases were confirmed from 2,588 samples on Monday. Hospitalizations from COVID-19 have increased by 13 to 307. Thirty-one of those admitted are severely ill, while another 10 are in critical condition. A 77-year-old man from St. Catherine is the latest to […]

HEALTH/FOOD

UK Data Shows Booster Shot 88% Effective

According to press reports, new data from the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has shown that a booster vaccine is 88% effective at preventing people from ending up in hospital with COVID-19. The study confirms that two doses of the AstraZeneca, Pfizer, or Moderna vaccines offer little protection against being infected with Omicron, but protection against severe disease appears to […]

NEWS

U.S. Public Health Agency Prescribes New Rules

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recently shortened its recommended isolation period for people infected with the COVID-19 virus. It said that people who are infected can re-enter society after five days if they don’t have symptoms or if their symptoms are resolving. The guidance adds that people should wear a mask for five days after that. […]

NEWS

PAHO — Need To Speed Up Vaccine To Under Developed Countries

With 20 countries yet to reach the World Health Organization’s year-end vaccination target of 40 percent, and the Omicron variant now detected in six countries in the region, Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Director Dr Carissa Etienne says accelerating access to vaccines will be key to protecting populations, particularly the most vulnerable. “The arrival of a new variant doesn’t necessarily […]

NEWS

WHO Urges Wealthy Countries To Avoid Vaccine Hoarding

According to press reports, the World Health Organization (WHO) said that it remained unclear whether additional COVID-19 vaccine doses are needed to protect against the new Omicron variant and urged developed countries to avoid hoarding the jabs. The UN health agency’s vaccine advisors warned that a rush to stockpile more jabs, especially without clear evidence they are needed, would only […]

HEALTH/FOOD

COVID-19 Breeds Brain Fog

According to press reports, a new U.S. study, cognitive impairment – described as brain fog -can persist for months in COVID-19 patients, even for some who were not hospitalized. The research, published recently in the journal JAMA Network Open, found that almost a quarter of COVID-19 patients in a Mount Sinai Health System registry experienced some issues with their memory. […]

Health

PAHO Selects Two Entities For Regional Manufacturing Platform

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) has selected two of 30 applicants, to date, for participation in the entity’s regional manufacturing platform. This initiative aims to forge alliances to accelerate vaccine and other critical health technology research, development, and manufacturing in the Americas. PAHO Director, Dr. Carissa Etienne, said that the entities – public producer Bio-Manguinhos Institute of Technology on […]

Health

PAHO Director — “Mental Health Crisis” In The Americas

Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Director, Dr. Carissa F. Etienne in a media briefing, noted recently collected data reveals that there is a “mental health crisis” in the Americas. More people are suffering substantially added mental health problems at a time when services for them are also disrupted because of the sweep of the disease. “Today we are facing a […]