Tag: Health


COVID-19 Deaths And Infections Continue To Plague Jamaica

Jamaica on Saturday recorded 551 new COVID-19 infections and 17 more deaths from the virus. A total of 1388 people have now died from the disease. The Ministry of Health & Wellness said the positivity rate from Saturday’s tests is 44.1 percent. There are 573 patients in hospitals. Among them, 82 are classified as severely ill and 56 critically ill. […]


Jamaica’s Health Care Workers Face Mounting Pressure

In Jamaica, pressure is now mounting on health care workers amid a huge surge in COVID-19 cases. Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health Dunstan Bryan has confirmed that all major hospitals are at or significantly above capacity, with COVID-19 cases. Bryan noted in a report that the situation is becoming untenable. The Ministry is now recalling hospital staff who are […]


PAHO Director Appeals For Vaccine Donations To Latin America And Caribbean

Dr. Carissa Etienne, Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), has appealed to the G7 countries to give Latin America and the Caribbean countries preferred attention following their promise to donate one billion vaccine doses to countries in need. Dr. Etienne said only 10 percent of Latin America and the Caribbean people had been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. At […]


Jamaica’s COVID-19 Death Count Passes 1,000

More than a thousand people in Jamaica have now died from COVID-19. The Ministry of Health on Monday reported 14 additional fatalities, pushing the death toll to 1,011. Eleven of the deaths were recorded in Manchester, two in St. Ann and one in Kingston. The Ministry of Health says the deaths occurred between January 27 and June 12. Two more […]


CARPHA Says No To The Use Of Ivermectin To Treat COVID-19

Following calls by members of the medical fraternity in Jamaica for the use of the drug Ivermectin to fight the COVID-19 disease, the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) says it does not support the use of the drug Ivermectin outside of well-regulated clinical trials for the treatment of COVID-19. The agency opines that there is limited evidence available to assure […]


FDA Warns Against The Use Of Chinese-made Syringes

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday advised health care providers against using certain syringes and needles manufactured by the China-based medical device company Guangdong Haiou Medical Apparatus Co., citing patient safety concerns. According to Reuters, the FDA received information about functional issues including incidents of needles breaking off and getting stuck in patients’ arms as well as accidental […]


Jamaica’s COVID-19 Death Toll Passes 900

Jamaica’s COVID-19 death toll has climbed to over 900. In a report, the Ministry of Health confirmed an additional 10 deaths related to the virus, increasing the number of mortalities to 902.   Eight of the deaths were in Manchester while St. James and Kingston each recorded one case. Five more deaths are being investigated by the ministry. There were 100 […]


Jamaica’s COVID-19 Death Count Rises

COVID-19 has claimed three more lives in Jamaica, increasing the death toll to 863. The latest cases comprise a 63-year-old woman and a 56-year-old man, both from Clarendon and a 68-year-old woman who lived in Kingston.  Four more deaths are being investigated by the Health Ministry. Additionally, 77 new COVID-19 cases were confirmed on Sunday from 584 samples. The country’s […]


PAHO — Arresting The Spread Of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases Imperative

Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Director Dr. Carissa Etienne has called on member countries to take steps to contain the spread of vaccine-preventable diseases, such as measles and rubella, while simultaneously undertaking coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccinations. She said COVID-19 caused significant disruptions to immunization programs in countries across the Americas, noting that “our health systems are stretched, and, in many places, […]


WHO — Essential Health Services Disrupted By COVID-19 In 90% Of Countries

The second round of a World Health Organization “pulse survey” reveals that over one year into the COVID-19 pandemic, substantial disruptions persist, with about 90% of countries still reporting one or more disruptions to essential health services, marking no substantial global change since the first survey conducted in the summer of 2020. Within countries, however, the magnitude and extent of […]