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Roche Pharmaceuticals Donate $16,000 worth of Mircera Drug to TCI Hospital



#TurksandCaicos, December 8, 2017 – Providenciales – InterHealth Canada – Turks and Caicos Islands Hospital is expected to receive a pharmaceutical shipment of Mircera valued at nearly US$16,000 from Roche Pharmaceuticals to help treat anemia in patients with chronic kidney disease.

Mircera is one of two drugs used by the health care provider in the treatment of anemia for dialysis patients. Comparatively, the drug is the most recent molecule, which is equally efficient in both performance and safety profile, more cost effective and requires a single injection per month as opposed to 12 injections per month or 3 times per week after every dialysis treatment based on the patient’s medical need as determined by a qualified medical professional.

Mircera is injected under the skin, or into a vein through an IV.   Mircera injection contains a man-made form of a protein normally produced by the kidneys that helps the body produce red blood cells.  Patients can develop a condition called anemia (lack of red blood cells) if the body does not produce enough of this protein due to kidney failure.

IMG_0157Representatives of Roche Pharmaceuticals, Chanta Williams-Gray, Country Coordinator for Bahamas, Bermuda and Turks and Caicos Islands, Dr Esteban Coto, Medical Manager for Roche Pharmaceuticals in Costa Rica and Dagni Prosa, Medical Representative for Roche Pharmaceuticals visited TCI Hospital on December 05, 2017 to deliver a presentation to clinical staff ahead of the incoming shipment.

The presentation led by Dr Esteban Coto was titled “Anemia of Chronic Kidney Disease Management with long-acting ESAS (Erythropoiesis-Stimulating Agents).   The CME provided a refresher course on the treatment of anemia in dialysis to improve clinical outcomes.

The number of dialysis patients in Turks and Caicos Islands has nearly doubled over the past six years from 23 in 2010 to 41 patients in 2016 and now 45 thus far in 2017.   Patients who are determined to be in need of dialysis services utilize the country’s sole in-centre Hemodialysis unit at TCI Hospital for essential treatment.

Roche Pharmaceuticals is a trusted manufacturer and along with Lowes Wholesale Drug Agency, both companies have forged a valuable partnership with TCI Hospital over several years.

Roche Pharmaceuticals is focused on translating excellence in science into effective medicines for patients.   It combines cutting-edge research at Roche, Genentech in the US, Chugai in Japan and over 150 partners worldwide with global scale and reach in clinical development, manufacturing and commercial operations.

InterHealth Canada – Turks and Caicos Islands Hospital expressed gratitude for the generous donation, which bolsters the pharmacy drug supplies and helps to reduce some of the operational cost of dialysis services for a period.



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Tim and Henry to the Rescue: A Harrowing Search and Rescue Mission Highlights Need for Marine Vessel in Grand Turk



#TurksandCaicos, July 12, 2024 – At approximately 2:45 pm on July 12th, a 911 emergency call came in from the police department in Grand Turk, informing Ed Forbes of a distressing situation. Four young adult tourists had gone out on paddle boards off Cork Tree Beach in Grand Turk, when one of them fell off the board and could not get back on. Evidently, they underestimated the wind speed and their own brute strength.

Ed Forbes, co-owner of Exclusive Escapes Grand Turk, played a pivotal role in coordinating the rescue. Responding swiftly to the emergency call, he immediately reached out to the local search and rescue team. His prompt actions and calm demeanor were instrumental in mobilizing the necessary resources.

Within 20 minutes or so, Tim from Emerald Escapes, along with Henry and Kindry from Blue Water Divers, were on the scene. Their experience and swift response were crucial in ensuring the safety of the stranded paddleboarders. Working seamlessly together, they managed to locate and rescue all four individuals without any need for medical attention.

However, this incident also underscores a critical issue that has long plagued Grand Turk: the need for a dedicated marine vessel for search and rescue operations and cruise passengers incidents. Despite numerous promises made to concerned citizens over the years, this vital resource remains unavailable.

The swift response of Tim, Henry, and Kingdry highlights the community’s resilience and dedication, but it also brings to light the gaps in emergency preparedness that could be addressed with better equipment and support.

A dedicated marine vessel would significantly enhance the efficiency and safety of rescue operations, ensuring that responses to such emergencies are even more effective.

Ed Forbes
Concerned Citizen

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Invest TCI Opens New Office in Grand Turk





Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands – July 11th, 2024—Invest Turks and Caicos Islands (Invest TCI) proudly announces the launch of its new office in Grand Turk, located at the Digicel Building on Old Airport Road. The grand opening of the new location occurred on Friday, July 5th, 2024, under the theme “Empowering Enterprises in the Capital.”

The establishment of the new office marks a significant milestone in Invest TCI’s growth strategy. The primary objective of the expansion is to provide enhanced services and support to the business community in Grand Turk. By increasing operational capacity, Invest TCI aims to facilitate sustained growth and success for enterprises within the country.  Beyond economic advancement, this initiative is set to yield substantial community benefits, including the creation of employment opportunities.

The grand opening ceremony attracted a diverse range of attendees, including recipients of the Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) programme, members of the business community, government officials, and Invest TCI staff. The event was moderated by Mr. Keno Forbes, Vice President of Investor Services. Special remarks were delivered by the Premier, Hon. Charles Washington Misick, who congratulated the InvestTCI team on their hard work and encouraged the community to take advantage of the benefits offered by the new office. He reiterated the government’s commitment to creating a supportive environment for businesses in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Additional remarks were provided by Invest TCI Chairperson, Ms. Cindy Ewing; Business Advisor, Ms. Lashena Simmons; Director of the Business Support Unit, Mrs. Anissa Adderley; and Vice President of SME, Ms. Alexa Cooper. Their contributions highlighted the collaborative effort and dedication that have driven the success of Invest TCI initiatives.

Expressing her enthusiasm for the new office, Invest TCI CEO, Mrs. Angela Musgrove, stated, “Our vision is clear and compelling: to further empower Invest Turks and Caicos Islands, the agency offers incentives and support that enable more efficient and innovative practices. We are committed to helping businesses thrive, and in doing so, we are helping our entire community.”

Invest TCI recognizes the integral role that Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises play in the economic and social development of the Turks and Caicos Islands. Through its Business Support Unit, the agency provides comprehensive support services to startups and existing entrepreneurs, ensuring they have the tools and resources to succeed.

The grand opening of the new office in Grand Turk represents a significant step forward in Invest TCI’s mission to support and empower businesses across the islands. The agency looks forward to fostering economic growth and development and ensuring a prosperous future for all.

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(Thursday, July 11th, 2024) Turk and Caicos Islands – The last of five American tourists arrested in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) for being in unlawful possession of  ammunition could finally leave the TCI today, Thursday, July 11th, 2024.

Sharitta Grier 46 pleaded guilty on 25th June to having two rounds of.38 ammunition in her bags, at the Howard Hamilton International Airport in Providenciales on Monday 13th May, 2024, when leaving the Turks and Caicos Islands after a surprised Mother’s Day vacation trip, from her daughters.

Her Ladyship The Hon. Ms. Tanya Lobban-Jackson agreed with senior defense counsel, Ms. Sheena Mair of F-Chambers that there are exceptional circumstancés in Grier’s case, by this, the court departed from the mandatory minimum sentence of twelve years imprisonment and ordered a lighter sentence of $1500.00 or Six months imprisonment if fine is not paid. She’s also sentenced to 23 weeks imprisonment suspended for one year.

Holding for the office of the Director of Public Prosecution via link was Dr. Angela Terry Brooks, deputy director of the DPP’S office.

The prosecution office did oppose exceptional circumstances and invited the court to impose the mandatory minimum sentence of twelve years imprisonment.

A more detailed court report will follow.

Wilkie Arthur
Court Correspondent
Eagle Legal News Media

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