Health Ministry Tightens Screening Process Under Cuba Eye Care Programme

first_imgRelatedHealth Ministry Tightens Screening Process Under Cuba Eye Care Programme Advertisements Health Ministry Tightens Screening Process Under Cuba Eye Care Programme UncategorizedAugust 25, 2006 RelatedHealth Ministry Tightens Screening Process Under Cuba Eye Care Programmecenter_img RelatedHealth Ministry Tightens Screening Process Under Cuba Eye Care Programme FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Ministry of Health has streamlined the process for screening patients before they travel to Cuba for eye surgeries under the Jamaica/Cuba Eye Care Programme.This move is part of the agreed plan of action by the eight-member delegation, led by the Minister of Health, Horace Dalley, which visited ophthalmology centres in Cuba in June, where Jamaican patients are receiving treatment under the programme. The visit came in the wake of reports that several patients had experienced complications following surgeries.“We are now using the standard set by the World Health Organisation for screening, so if the patient is considered to be hypertensive and it is uncontrolled, then we will not send them,” said Dr. Sandra Knight, Coordinator of the Jamaica/Cuba Eye Care Programme.This also means that persons suffering from conditions such as diabetes and hypertension will have to get their conditions under control before they are allowed to undergo surgeries in Cuba.“We are also trying to limit persons with other conditions like thyroid problems, cancers and heart diseases,” she told JIS News, explaining that these conditions would determine the patient’s prognosis in terms of how quickly they would heal, if their sight would return fully, and how soon they could return home after surgery.Patients, whom the doctors suspect might have additional health problems, will be referred to one of three institutions for further screening. These are the Kingston Public, Cornwall Regional and Mandeville hospitals.“The patient may have a traumatic cataract where the lens may become opaque as a result of trauma to the eye years ago. This patient is sent for further tests such as an ultra sound, to discern the full extent of the problem,” Dr. Knight explained.Gordon Robotham, Consultant Ophthalmologist at Kingston Public Hospital, told JIS News that he and his colleagues were pleased with the changes.“One of the major issues was that when they [Cuban doctors] see a lot of patients out at the screening centres, sometimes, the patients have other problems be it eye or other medical problems, which need sorting out, and there was not a good system before for us to interact with them and for them to refer the patients to us.”As it pertains to the current screening process, two Cuban doctors along with a nurse practitioner visit some 20 centres across the island to screen patients. These centres include police stations, hospitals and health centres.“The doctors examine all the patients that come to the centre, and if they decide that the patient has a problem that can be corrected on the programme, then the patient is sent to the nurse to have their blood pressure checked, among other checks,” Dr. Knight informed.In the early months of the programme, which commenced last August, an average of 200 to 300 persons were screened daily. On some days, a maximum of 500 persons were screened. The numbers have presently fallen between 80 and 100. “The numbers are going down because we have reached to thousands already, so the number will automatically go down,” Dr. Knight said.In August 2005, the governments of the Republic of Cuba, Venezuela and Jamaica, together with Caribbean partners – Dominica, Guyana, St. Lucia and Suriname – signed the historic Bilateral Agreement ‘Mission Operation’ for their nationals to receive ophthalmology treatment in Cuba. The main surgeries undertaken are those relating to cataract and pterigium.Some 4,500 Jamaican patients have been treated since the inception of the programme.last_img read more

JEEP to Address Housing Needs of the Poor

first_imgRelatedJEEP to Address Housing Needs of the Poor RelatedJEEP to Address Housing Needs of the Poor By Chris Patterson, JIS Reporter RelatedJEEP to Address Housing Needs of the Poor JEEP to Address Housing Needs of the Poor LabourJune 6, 2012 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, says addressing the housing needs of thousands of Jamaicans living in poverty, will be one of the key areas of focus under Phase II of the Jamaica Emergency Employment Programme (JEEP). Speaking on June 5, during her presentation in the 2012/13 Budget Debate in the House of Representatives, Mrs. Simpson Miller said the Government will collaborate with Food for the Poor in providing 1,200 housing units throughout Jamaica, each year, for the next five years. (Related Story: NHT Contributors to pay less Interest Rates) Additionally, she informed that Food for the Poor and the Ministry of Housing and the National Housing Trust will collaborate in providing a starter unit for contributors earning between $5,000 to $7,000 weekly. Mrs. Simpson Miller noted that the beneficiaries will be identified through the National Housing Trust, adding that the lands for these housing units will be identified either from the beneficiaries themselves or government owned lands. “We are combining State resources with private investment to achieve economic growth to improve living conditions and to train and employ workers,” she said. The Prime Minister said that under Phase II of JEEP, there will be projects from the Ministry of Agriculture, HEART Trust/NTA, the National Works Agency, Ministry of Labour and Social Security, Ministry of Housing and the National Housing Trust (NHT). She said the total amount which will be spent during this fiscal year will be just over $6 billion, and informed that financing has been identified and secured. “Regardless of the criticisms which have been leveled at the programme, it is interesting that every single Member of Parliament has reacted positively to the opportunity to provide employment and carry out productive activities in her/his constituency. We expect that this involvement will continue in Phase II of the programme,” she said. The Jamaica Emergency Employment Programme has already provided more than 5,800 jobs across several sectors.  The JEEP was launched by the Prime Minister on March 22, in Kingston. It is one of the strategies of the Government to respond to the chronic unemployment status of some Jamaicans, particularly those in the lower socio-economic strata, persons with special needs as well as those with low skills levels. Advertisementslast_img read more

Weekly preview: July 27-Aug. 2

first_imgTUESDAY: This week’s Power Rankings presented by Outback is sure to get a shakeup, and Kyle Busch may be in contention for the No. 1 spot … @nascarcasm gives us his best with two funny ideas — Kyle Busch‘s mock Facebook page post-race, and a list of Jeff Gordon‘s crappiest retirement gifts. FRIDAY: The Sprint Cup Series gets on track at 11 a.m. ET, and we’ll have full coverage from a busy day at the track … 8 Tweets You Might Have Missed highlights the best from social media over the past week. Here’s what you’ll see on this week: MONDAY: Indianapolis was the first instance of the new high drag package being used, and drivers shared their opinions on it … The Rundown will once more feature how all 43 drivers in the field fared … Weekend in GIFs will recap all the best action from the track, in GIF form. THURSDAY: Driver Reports highlights the 16 drivers currently on the Chase Grid, and how they fare at Pocono … Pocono has had plenty of noteworthy moments at the track, and we’ll look at a crazy Dale Earnhardt Jr. wreck for #TBT. WEDNESDAY: New paint schemes will be on display at Pocono and Iowa, and we’ll have them all in Paint Scheme Preview … Senior writer Kenny Bruce gets into the nitty-gritty of the sport with Tech Talk … Bruce will also be at Bristol to cover the open test … High Five highlights the best five pieces of NASCAR content from around the web. Also coming this week: Should stock cars race on dirt? Brad Norman and Kathy Sheldon debate after a successful weekend at Eldora … We’ll tell you who can clinch a spot in the Chase at Pocono, and how.last_img read more