Jamaicas Hosting of Disaster Risk Reduction Conference Significant – Minister McKenzie

Aside from the Regional Platform being held in the region for the first time, Jamaica was able to successfully advocate for the name of the annual conference to be amended to include the Caribbean. Story Highlights Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, says that Jamaica’s hosting of the Seventh Regional Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction in the Americas and the Caribbean (RP20) in 2020 is a significant achievement.Aside from the Regional Platform being held in the region for the first time, Jamaica was able to successfully advocate for the name of the annual conference to be amended to include the Caribbean.Minister McKenzie said that upon accepting the offer to host the conference, recommendation was made to the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) for the name change.“Not only did the UNDRR accept the recommendations made but they went as far as to amend the name to include ‘the Caribbean’ because Jamaica advocated for that change, and we are grateful for that,” he said.The Minister was speaking at the recent launch of the website for the conference at the Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingston.He assured stakeholders that the three-day event, scheduled for July 8 to 10, 2020 in Montego Bay, St. James, will be fruitful.“I want to use this opportunity to say to the UNDRR and its partners that this investment in Jamaica is an investment that will pay significant dividends and will give you ‘brawta’,” Minster McKenzie said.“This has to be a united approach by the people of Jamaica [as] this is a conference being hosted by the people of Jamaica, so I will urge the full participation of every individual. I’m expecting that our private sector will not only be a major partner… but will also be at the table to participate in the various discussions,” he added.Minister McKenzie said that the event will provide an opportunity for Jamaica to shine.“Our efforts will not only ensure that Jamaica’s reputation is enhanced as the leading country in the region. Our demonstration of our commitment to disaster response is critical because the region takes its cue from Jamaica, and we will continue to be the leaders in the region – we will continue to play that role.“As we look forward to hosting this very important international event, this is the time for Jamaica to shine, and I am sure that we will shine well beyond our capacity,” Minister McKenzie said.The UN regional platforms bring together government officials and heads of disaster and emergency management agencies with key stakeholders in disaster risk reduction, to foster collaboration and the sharing of best practices and techniques.The platforms aid countries in achieving the targets of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, 2015. Minister McKenzie said that upon accepting the offer to host the conference, recommendation was made to the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) for the name change. Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, says that Jamaica’s hosting of the Seventh Regional Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction in the Americas and the Caribbean (RP20) in 2020 is a significant achievement. read more

Ministry of Foreign Affairs Foreign Trade Emergency Contact Numbers

Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Foreign TradeMINISTRY NOTEIMPORTANT NOTICE- EMERGENCY CONTACT NUMBERSMinister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Honourable Kamina Johnson Smith hereby informs that the Ministry has provided an emergency contact line for persons who are trying to make contact with their family members or friends in The Bahamas.“Jamaicans here at home who have been unable to make contact with their family members or friends living in The Bahamas, or have become aware that they are in distress, especially in Grand Bahama and Abaco, may call or Whatsapp our Consular Affairs Department at (876) 472-3584.”The Minister reiterated, “You may also contact the Department during normal Business hours at (876) 926-4220-9 extension 3346. We ask that you provide as much information as possible (names, address, telephone numbers, email addresses, photos, etc) so that every effort can be made to help you to connect with your loved ones, as information becomes available through the different channels in The Bahamas.”Contact: the Consular Affairs Department at: (876)(876) 926-4220-9 extension 3346 Story Highlights Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Honourable Kamina Johnson Smith hereby informs that the Ministry has provided an emergency contact line for persons who are trying to make contact with their family members or friends in The Bahamas. “Jamaicans here at home who have been unable to make contact with their family members or friends living in The Bahamas, or have become aware that they are in distress, especially in Grand Bahama and Abaco, may call or Whatsapp our Consular Affairs Department at (876) 472-3584.” We ask that you provide as much information as possible (names, address, telephone numbers, email addresses, photos, etc) so that every effort can be made to help you to connect with your loved ones, as information becomes available through the different channels in The Bahamas.” read more

New Medical Lab Opened In Christiana Manchester

Story Highlights The facility’s establishment resulted from a collaboration involving the United States-based Centre for Disease Control (CDC) and National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD), which have been supporting HIV treatment services administered at the Mandeville Comprehensive Health Centre since 2017. Residents of Christiana, Manchester and its environs now have the benefit of a new medical laboratory, which has been built in the town at a cost of over $20 million. The lab was formally opened on Friday (September 20) by Health and Wellness Minister, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, who said the occasion was one to be celebrated. Residents of Christiana, Manchester, and its environs now have the benefit of a new medical laboratory, which has been built in the town at a cost of over $20 million.The facility’s establishment resulted from a collaboration involving the United States-based Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD), which have been supporting HIV treatment services administered at the Mandeville Comprehensive Health Centre since 2017.The lab was formally opened on Friday (September 20) by Health and Wellness Minister, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, who said the occasion was one to be celebrated.“It symbolises the strength of the partnership that we enjoy and have enjoyed over an extended period of time between the people of Jamaica and the United States of America. That partnership is manifested, not just in public health, but in trade, tourism, and education… it’s an amazing partnership,” he said.Dr. Tufton said the lab’s opening will serve to further strengthen the countries’ shared partnership and mutual interest in advancing public healthcare delivery.“As a people, we are stronger when we work together. The focus is on HIV… although the lab will do several things. The reality is that HIV affects all of us, whether directly and indirectly, and we have [been seeing] more solutions to the challenge. We have seen significant progress around access and accessibility to counselling and medical care generally,” he further noted.Meanwhile, United States Ambassador to Jamaica, His Excellency Donald Tapia, welcomed the countries’ collaboration, particularly in public health service delivery.“The idea for the lab was born two years ago, and we are pleased to see its completion today for the benefit of the Jamaican people and the different clinics that are in the parish. The lab will serve as a central hub for primary care in testing of HIV of all profiles available. It will also serve as a resource centre for over 30 health centres in Manchester,” he further said.Meanwhile Ambassador Tapia congratulated the Southern Regional Health Authority (SRHA), health professionals and other partners serving that region for their continued commitment to the community and thanked them for  their role in maintaining Jamaica’s collaboration with the USA.“We look forward to our continued partnership as we work together to combat HIV to try to get a generation free of the disease, and eliminate the stigma associated,” he said.Since January, some 18,000 persons have benefited from services resulting from the inputs of the CDC and NASTAAD.These include tests for HIV and sickle groups, which have recorded turnaround times averaging two to three days.The improved arrangements will also have a greater impact on Manchester Health Services’ operations by offering better value-added provisions such as the elimination of referrals, ease of travel, and better response to urgent cases.Among the guests attending the opening were Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister and Member of Parliament for North East Manchester, where the lab is located, Hon. Audley Shaw; Custos Rotulorum for Manchester, Hon. Garfield Green; SRHA Chairman, Wayne Chen, and Regional Director, Michael Bent; and Director for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Varough Deyde. read more