CHASE Fund Commits to Oncology Nurses Training Programme

Story Highlights Making his contribution to the 2019/20 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on July 16, the Minister said the Fund was busy supporting a wide array of public social needs across the country during the 2018/2019 financial year. He added that in keeping with its holistic approach to development, CHASE provided funding to train four biomedical engineers, two medical radiation physicists and four radiation oncologists to work at the centres.  Minister without Portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister, Hon. Mike Henry, says the Culture, Health, Arts, Sports and Education (CHASE) Fund has committed financing towards the Ministry of Health and Wellness oncology nurses training programme for the next five years; Minister without Portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister, Hon. Mike Henry, says the Culture, Health, Arts, Sports and Education (CHASE) Fund has committed financing towards the Ministry of Health and Wellness oncology nurses training programme for the next five years;Making his contribution to the 2019/20 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on July 16, the Minister said the Fund was busy supporting a wide array of public social needs across the country during the 2018/2019 financial year.He added that in keeping with its holistic approach to development, CHASE provided funding to train four biomedical engineers, two medical radiation physicists and four radiation oncologists to work at the centres.Additionally, almost $400 million was provided to other health-related initiatives and facilities, including the Health Ministry and four hospitals, Jamaica Moves and the country’s vector control programme.Mr. Henry also noted that there was some welcome support of smaller facilities, including the provision of 13 standby generators for infirmaries.In the area of arts and culture, $30 million was spent on the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) programme of activities over the 2018/2019 fiscal year. Another combined sum of almost $100 million was directed to support community and cultural facilities and initiatives.In education, Mr. Henry said a combination of schools and programmes benefited from the CHASE Fund’s provision of almost $260 million over the operating year.These included provision of funding in support of early-childhood education certification.“By way of priority programmes, funding of $64 million was approved for the establishment of a fully equipped cardiac unit at the Kingston Public Hospital. The project was approved in 2017/2018 and will be completed in 2019/2020,” Mr. Henry informed.He added that with cardiovascular disease now the leading cause of death and disability in Jamaica, the project is geared at acquiring critical pieces of equipment to establish the unit.“Of note is that the cardiology unit will be the only one in the public health system in the south-east region, and will benefit a population of approximately 1.3 million,” Mr. Henry said.Funding of $57 million has also been approved for the establishment of a 16- bed high-dependency unit (HDU) at the Kingston Public Hospital.The HDU will offer specialist nursing care and monitoring to seriously ill patients who require greater care than is available on a general ward, but less support than is given to patients in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), and will decrease the pressure on the current ICU and Recovery Room. read more

Health Minister Warns Against Using Bleaching Creams

The Minister was speaking at the launch of Caribbean Wellness Day 2019, at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston, on Tuesday (September 10). He also called on persons who are aging to focus on eating healthy and exercising, rather than using quick formulas to look younger, as the creams oftentimes have long- term side-effects that impact the health of the users. As the region prepares to celebrate Caribbean Wellness Day on Saturday (September 14), Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, has reiterated calls for persons to desist from using bleaching creams as anti-aging formulas. As the region prepares to celebrate Caribbean Wellness Day on Saturday (September 14), Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, has reiterated calls for persons to desist from using bleaching creams as anti-aging formulas.The Minister was speaking at the launch of Caribbean Wellness Day 2019, at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston, on Tuesday (September 10).He also called on persons who are aging to focus on eating healthy and exercising, rather than using quick formulas to look younger, as the creams oftentimes have long- term side-effects that impact the health of the users.“I am saying to the population, bleaching cream is unhealthy. It’s not going to make you look better and enjoy longevity of life. It won’t solve the aging issue,” Dr. Tufton said.“Bleaching cream and plastic surgery cannot deal with aging… I think the world has become enticed, whether through marketing efforts, anecdotal evidence, our own personal hopes and aspirations, that there’s a quick fix to everything that we do, and can be enticed with measures for self-preservation that give a very short-term hope and ultimately leads to dismay and disaster,” he added.Dr. Tufton said there are some fundamental underpinning (set of ideas and motives) of healthy aging, driven by science and research, with best practices that include living a lifestyle that moderates consumption habits with activities each day, which he is encouraging Jamaicans to consider, instead of bleaching their skin.“The real solution lies in how we treat with ourselves and how we take responsibility for caring for ourselves and, indeed, beyond that, planning for the future… We need to see aging as an opportunity, not as a threat,” he said.On Saturday, the Ministry of Health and Wellness, along with its stakeholders, will be hosting numerous activities in recognition of Caribbean Wellness Day 2019.Some of these activities include health expos and health fairs. One major activity promoting healthy lifestyles, which will take place in Jamaica on Caribbean Wellness Day, is the Colour Me Happy Run at Hope Gardens in St. Andrew, which is endorsed by Jamaica Moves. Story Highlights read more