Health Minister Launches Prostate Cancer Awareness Campaign

Story Highlights Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, has launched a prostate cancer awareness campaign to help reduce the high number of deaths associated with the illness. Speaking at the launch on August 29 at the Hope Zoo in St. Andrew, the Minister said greater focus must be placed on prevention, in order to get Jamaicans to practise healthier and better quality lifestyles “and reduce the need and the costs associated with curative measures”. “It is a response to a growing problem that we have, and that response starts with promoting personal responsibility and awareness around the extent of the challenge [of] why we need to do something about it; and why we can be better individuals, in terms of longevity of life, by doing something about it,” the Minister said. Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, has launched a prostate cancer awareness campaign to help reduce the high number of deaths associated with the illness.Speaking at the launch on August 29 at the Hope Zoo in St. Andrew, the Minister said greater focus must be placed on prevention, in order to get Jamaicans to practise healthier and better quality lifestyles “and reduce the need and the costs associated with curative measures”.“It is a response to a growing problem that we have, and that response starts with promoting personal responsibility and awareness around the extent of the challenge [of] why we need to do something about it; and why we can be better individuals, in terms of longevity of life, by doing something about it,” the Minister said.The campaign, dubbed the “Boss Man”, is supported by the Jamaica Cancer Society, Guardian Group, and Guardsman Group. It is projected to run for six months, during which men will be encouraged to “boss up” and get screened to preserve their lives.“At the end, if we achieve greater awareness of the simplicity and the ‘no risk involved’ in the testing, and follow-up actions, the number will come down,” the Minister said.Under the programme, a series of community activities targeting gender-specific spaces to reach men will be done, and male influencers in the security forces, the clergy, and community will play leading roles to promote screening and testing for the cancer.“The ‘Boss Man’ is symbolic of a call to action, an attempt at awareness and motivation to get persons involved. The name was deliberately determined to send that message of taking action,” Dr. Tufton said.The campaign aims to challenge cultural beliefs, provide constant education, provide screening opportunities, and also target workplaces where men are in large numbers. There will also be community fairs for men and their families to access healthcare services. read more

Shaw Calls on JPs to Make an Impact in Their Communities

Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, is calling on justices of the peace (JPs), to always be visibly active in diffusing tensions and conflicts in their communities and sow the seeds of peace. Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, is calling on justices of the peace (JPs), to always be visibly active in diffusing tensions and conflicts in their communities and sow the seeds of peace.He was speaking at the installation of Custos Rotulorum of Manchester, Hon. Garfield Green, by Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, at Northern Caribbean University on August 29.“We cannot overemphasise the value of custodes and justices of the peace to the community and, by extension, Jamaica. Chief magistrates, justices of the peace and lay magistrates are still required to assist in keeping law and order, discipline and peace in your respective parishes,” Mr. Shaw said.He reminded them of their commitment, upon taking the oaths of allegiance and office, to embrace opportunities for promoting justice and peace, not only in Petty Sessions of the Court but also in their communities.“While the large majority of Jamaicans are doing their best to build this country through their hard work and honest, enterprising approach, unfortunately there are others who seem bent on destroying our country and have no qualms about wrecking the prospects of honest people, snuffing out the lives of our people, including innocent infants and children,” the Minister lamented.He called on law-abiding citizens not to remain so fearful that they refrain from reporting crimes or giving the police useful information, because making reports could prevent crimes or bring criminals to justice.The Minister emphasised that Jamaica needs to return to the peaceful and caring society that it once was, adding that in an effort to empower and strengthen the custodes and JPs to effectively carry out their roles, the Government has undertaken training programmes in the areas of mediation, restorative justice and conflict resolution. Steps have also been taken to increase the number of JPs across the island.“I applaud Mr. Green for continuously embracing the spirit of voluntarism to advance our country’s development. Through hard work, preparation, discipline, focus and motivation Jamaica can achieve much more than it is doing,” Mr. Shaw said.He encouraged Custos Green to lead the charge to motivate all residents, including those in the diaspora, private-sector entities, service clubs, pastors, teachers, farming and youth groups, to participate in the growth and development of the parish.Mr. Shaw also thanked outgoing Custos, Sally Porteous, on behalf of the citizens of Manchester, for her more than seven years of service to the parish.Meanwhile, the Governor-General reminded the Custos that the position represents not only prestige but also dignity, integrity and impartiality as well as an opportunity to serve responsibly while making a meaningful contribution to the parish of Manchester.In his response, Custos Green characterised the occasion as a defining moment in his career and accepted the honour with humility, dignity and gratitude.He pledged to provide the adequate number of trained JPs to serve the parish, “to build our effectiveness, professionalism and confidence in all areas of service”.“As leaders, we have the moral obligation to serve and protect our citizens, young, old, weak, strong, sick and healthy and those impacted by unfavourable conditions. It is my belief that every citizen is entitled to equal justice and security,” the Custos said. “I applaud Mr. Green for continuously embracing the spirit of voluntarism to advance our country’s development. Through hard work, preparation, discipline, focus and motivation Jamaica can achieve much more than it is doing,” Mr. Shaw said. “As leaders, we have the moral obligation to serve and protect our citizens, young, old, weak, strong, sick and healthy and those impacted by unfavourable conditions. It is my belief that every citizen is entitled to equal justice and security,” the Custos said. Story Highlights read more

Macfield Road Is Now 98 Complete

Story Highlights Prime Minister Andrew Holness says the repairs being done on Ferris to Macfield Main Road in Westmoreland will increase tourism interest in the area and spur economic activity. The Prime Minister toured sections of the roadway on Wednesday (October 2). Prime Minister Andrew Holness says the repairs being done on Ferris to Macfield Main Road in Westmoreland will increase tourism interest in the area and spur economic activity.The Prime Minister toured sections of the roadway on Wednesday (October 2).The NWA has advised that the roadway is now 98% complete.“The residents I am certain are very happy that this road has been repaired, the commuting public particularly those who use it as a connecting route from St. James, from Montego Bay, to the south coast would be very happy for this. The tourism interest in the area would be very happy for this,” said Prime Minister Holness.Prime Minister Holness noted that the road project was not without its challenges as the settlement pattern was not in line with stipulated building regulation.“So, when it comes to expanding the road there would be challenges. We have had to purchase many properties along the road, and I have expressed my gratitude to those who have been affected they have been very patient. We would have seen in the papers where some residents complained, I read their complaints and I had a long discussion with the NWA and we made sure that where compensation was necessary that it was done,” said Prime Minister Holness.According to Prime Minister Holness, the roadway will be completed with the road marking, signage, and sidewalks.In the meantime, Prime Minister Holness also assured residents that he will ensure that the government agencies are working together to ensure that the newly built roads are not destroyed to install meters for water connection.“Residents have been making some complaints about the immediate digging up of the road for NWC meter connections, water connections, those I will have a word with the NWC to make sure that the surface that they have just laid down is not destroyed but generally I think the people of Westmoreland, particularly the communities along this road are very happy, it will increase commerce, it will increase the comfort of travel and I think it will also spur economic activity,” said Prime Minister Holness. “The residents I am certain are very happy that this road has been repaired, the commuting public particularly those who use it as a connecting route from St. James, from Montego Bay, to the south coast would be very happy for this. The tourism interest in the area would be very happy for this,” said Prime Minister Holness. read more