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TCI Hospital Prepares for Ebola

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Providenciales, Turks and Caicos, Thursday, November 6th, 2014: The outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in the West African Countries of Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia is a Public Health Emergency of of International concern. The Turks and Caicos Islands Hospital has begun its preparedness by the development and implementation of protocols and training activities. The strategies of their preparation are related to early recognition and identification of a suspected patient, patient isolation, strict adherence to infection control protocols, appropriate donning and doffing of PPEs (Personal Protective Equipment) and supportive medical care.

The protocols for management are based on the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO) and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) guidelines. The TCI Hospital was visited by consultants from PAHO and WHO reviewed the protocols and inspected the facilities at both sites. They expressed confidence on the hospitals preparedness efforts and pledged ongoing technical support through the Ministry of Health and Human Services. The Ministry of Health and Human Services recently conducted a work shop of the clinical and environmental management of Ebola virus disease and the TCI Hospital’s Chief of Medical Services Dr. Denise Braithwaite-Tennant presented on the clinical management and Nurse Surbrena Pedican presented on the donning and doffing of PPEs.

“Turks and Caicos Islands Hospital is demonstrating significant and proactive leadership to help our country prepare for and effectively manage any outbreak of Ebola within its many borders”, says CEO Jill Magri.  She added, “We are working closely with the Ministry of Health and Human Services, WHO and PAHO as we continue to develop evidence-based international treatment and case management protocols.  We have already placed orders for the required supplies and materials to protect our patients and our care providers and a training plan for all staff has been developed. ”

Patients presenting to the TCI Hospital are asked about travel history and contacts to ensure early detection of a suspected case. If a suspected case is identified upon screening the patient is transported to an isolation area that is away from the general patient population and with a separate access. Staff will be adorning PPEs when transporting the patient to the isolation area. The staff at the hospital will contact the Ministry of Health and Human Services as soon as a suspected case is identified. The laboratory confirmation will not be done at the hospital but at the CDC in Atlanta which has facilities for testing Category A type infections. Category A infections are those agents such as Ebola virus, that:

  • can be easily disseminated or transmitted from person to person;
  • result in high mortality rates and have the potential for major public health impact;
  • might cause public panic and social disruption; and
  • require special action for public health preparedness.

“We do not want to see Ebola virus disease in the Turks and Caicos Islands” says Chief of Medical Services Dr. Denise Braithwaite-Tennant”.  She added “We have to plan so that we can be prepared and mitigate the risk of our health care workers becoming infected and avoid transmission of the disease within the community by isolating and effectively treating suspected cases. Part of our training program involves the identification of a rapid response team that can be activated to care for suspected patients. We continue to revise protocols as new updates are published by the CDC, PAHO and WHO.”

TCI Hospital will be providing updates to the community as these plans further develop.

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Dog Tales to rescue 500 dogs from the Turks and Caicos

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By Dana Malcolm

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#TurksandCaicos, June 25, 2022 – Stray dogs in the Turks and Caicos will be getting a new lease on life in the coming months as Dog Tales Rescue will be coming to the islands. Up to 500 stray Dogs will be recovered from Grand Turk and flown to Canada in a bid to control the dog population and give the existing strays better lives. The visit has been approved by the Turks and Caicos Islands government who revealed the project in a cabinet meeting on May 31st.

Dog Tales rescue is a Canadian-based rescue mostly focusing on dogs, cats, and horses. The sanctuary is massive, sitting on over 50 acres of land. It was started in 2014 by husband and wife duo Rob and Danielle Eden-Scheinberg.  The animals at Dog Tales Rescue get the 5-star treatment (as they should!) while they wait to be adopted into their forever homes.  The rescue provides a space for neglected and abused dogs to heal with resources including kilometers of walking trails, therapy pools, a grooming spa, and medical care if needed.  Dog Tales does not put dogs down, those who are not adopted immediately remain with the sanctuary permanently.  Since 2014 more than 2000 dogs have passed through the sanctuary.

Rather than kennels the dogs at Dog Tale have rooms that they share or occupy alone and the sanctuary really jazzes up the spaces making them as luxurious as possible.  The volunteers at the sanctuary also actively use social media to campaign for potential adoptees by doing photoshoots to entice families to take the chance to adopt animals. Soon strays from the Turks and Caicos will be in that number.  You can see Dog Tales’ most recent photoshoot here.

Dog Tales even had a TV show back in 2018 that lasted for 2 seasons!

The TCIG says they will provide “logistical and regulatory support” for the program but Dog Tales will be funding the recovery and everything else on their own. You can donate to Dog Tales here

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Moderna & Pfizer approved for toddlers in US

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By Dana Malcolm

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#USA, June 25, 2022 – Toddlers can now be vaccinated with either Moderna or Pfizer in the United States following the US Food and Drug Administration’s Advisory Committee vote to authorize the jabs for the youngest humans.

Some 2.5 million vaccines were ordered for these youngsters from Pfizer and 1.3 million are on order from Moderna.

The authorization committee voted unanimously on both vaccines and it comes as a relief to millions of parents who opted to keep their children away from family gatherings, even school

The lowest age a US resident can now get vaccinated is 6 months, Pfizer says their shot is ready for children six months to four years old and Moderna goes one year higher at 6 months to 5 years.  Both Pfizer and Moderna say the toddlers will need boosters in the future.

As of June 2, there have been 442 children between the ages of 0-4 years old who have died as a result of Covid-19 in the United States.

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TCI Agriculture launches Plant Clinic

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By Dana Malcolm

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#TurksandCaicos, June 25, 2022 – These days anything can be online, even a plant clinic! The Turks and Caicos Islands Department of Agriculture wants to help budding and experienced farmers with any plant issues they may have and their new Online Plant Clinic is their solution to help as many Islanders as possible.

Launched on Thursday, June 16 the clinic will operate through Facebook. Individuals with sick plants or pest issues will be required to take a photo of the issue and upload that photo to the department of Agriculture’s Facebook page.

Answers to issues will be given once a month, on every third Thursday, via a public video so all Islanders can have access. The launch was attended by Chief Plant Protection Officer-CPPO Roneta Huntley Thomas, Director of Agriculture Wilhelmina Kissoonsingh, Minister of Agriculture Josephine Connolly, and Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture Mrs. Cheryl Ann Jones.

Connolly urged residents to “grow your own food and grow TCI.”

Attendees of the launch were allowed to participate in games trying to identify different diseases for a chance at prizes. Residents can now immediately start sending in their photos on the Facebook page.

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