#TurksandCaicos, January 18, 2018 – Providenciales – The Ministry of Health, Agriculture and Human Services welcomes Dr. Armando Sardi to the TCI this week. Dr. Sardi is the Medical Director of the Institute for Cancer Care in Baltimore, Maryland and a renowned Surgical Oncologist. Dr Sardi will be visiting the TCI between 17th-21st January 2018, during which time he will meet with a variety of stakeholders including; Ministry of Health personnel, TCI Hospital, NHIP, Turks and Caicos Medical Association in addition to the Cancer Society and Foundation. Dr Sardi will also engage with the Premier, Hon. Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson and the Minister of Health, Agriculture and Human Services to discuss the issue of cancer in the TCI.
The government shares the concerns of the general public in relation to the number of cases of cancer being diagnosed in the TCI. Globally cancer is the second leading cause of death with nearly one in six deaths worldwide attributed to cancer. The incidence of cancer is expected to rise by 70% over the next twenty years.
- According to the World Health Organization (WHO) around one third of deaths from cancer are due to the 5 leading behavioral and dietary risks: high body mass index, low fruit and vegetable intake, lack of physical activity, tobacco use, and alcohol use. These risks are modifiable.
- Tobacco use is the most important risk factor for cancer and is responsible for approximately 22% of cancer deaths.
- Late-stage presentation and inaccessible diagnosis and treatment are common in some lower and middle income countries.
- The economic impact of cancer is significant and is increasing.
Between 30–50% of cancers can currently be prevented. This can be accomplished by avoiding risk factors through lifestyle changes. The cancer burden can also be reduced through early detection of cancer and management of patients who develop cancer. Many cancers have a high chance of cure if diagnosed early and treated adequately. Modifying or avoiding key risk factors can significantly reduce the burden of cancer. These risk factors can be addressed by:
- Avoiding the use of tobacco containing products
- Maintaining a healthy weight
- Eating a healthy diet with a variety of fruit and vegetables
- Engaging in regular physical activity at least three times a week
- Reducing alcohol use
Tobacco use is the single most important risk factor for cancer and is responsible for approximately 22% of cancer-related deaths globally. The Ministry of Health has taken a number of steps to address cancer in the TCI including the following;
- Development and implementation of a Non-communicable disease action plan
- Promoting healthy lifestyles through various media and activities to educate the general public about steps they can take to live healthier lives
- Development of National Cancer Screening Guidelines
- Developed the Tobacco Control Bill which was approved in 2016
- Developed a Nutrition Policy which will address risk factors associated with diet.
The Ministry of Health Agriculture and Human Services looks forward to engaging with Dr. Sardi and local stakeholders in reviewing existing and developing additional strategies and interventions targeted at reducing the burden of cancer in the Turks and Caicos.
For further information, please contact the Health Promotion and Advocacy Unit on 338 2771.
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Over 5000 COVID cases on Cruises, CDC investigations launched
By Dana Malcolm
#January 15, 2022 – Cruises have continued across the Americas despite the US Centers for Disease Control dire warning that even vaccinated individuals should be wary of them. Now the CDC informs that Coronavirus cases have been reported on every cruise ship sailing with passengers in U.S. waters.
According to the CDC, all 92 ships with passengers have met the threshold for investigation by the public health agency. In every case, the CDC has either started an investigation or has investigated.
The CDC warned travellers including those who are vaccinated to avoid cruising in December, following the announcement videos surfaced of jam-packed cruise ships with unmasked passengers ringing in the New Year.
Meanwhile, Grand Turk is still welcoming cruise ships. Eleven cruise ships are scheduled to dock at the Grand Turk Cruise Center throughout January, according to the port schedule.
Jamell Robinson, TCI Minister of Health has confirmed that ships have been allowed to dock in Grand Turk with positive COVID cases on board.
He said. “Now in each ship there are stations or places for isolation on board…Just because a vessel has people with Covid-19 on it doesn’t necessarily mean we wouldn’t allow them to disembark.”
The minister explained the number of positive cases recorded on cruise ships that had arrived in Grand Turk was .001 per cent of all guests and they were not allowed to disembark.
So far, Turks and Caicos has turned away at least one cruise liner due to fears of COVID exposure in the capital, which has gone from a handful of active cases to now 111, as of January 14.
The US Centers for Disease Control reported on Tuesday that COVID-19 cases on cruise ships have increased to 30 times what they were in mid-December.
New York, US Epicenter for Omicron “turning the corner”
By Shanieka Smith
#USA, January 15, 2022 – Today, New York is seeing a downward trend in Covid-19 cases, as officials revealed, “we are turning the corner” on Friday in updating on the state of affairs in the city, labelled the epicenter of omicron for the United States.
Before, data from the New York State Department of Health showed that the number of new coronavirus infections per 100,000 vaccinated residents in the State, rose from 29.8 in the first week of December to 222.3 last week. Also, the rate of new cases in unvaccinated adults rose from 239.6 to 1,583.1 per 100,000.
New York is a key source market for the Turks and Caicos and much of the Caribbean, which is heavily reliant upon winter travellers. The data showed, too, that vaccine effectiveness against severe infection remained high.
Only 4.59 fully vaccinated adults out of 100,000 were hospitalised with COVID-19 in the week of December 27. However, that number increased, and the hospitalisation rate for the unvaccinated is nearly 13 times higher.
New York’s rolling positivity rate fell below 20% in recent days, but media reports indicate the death toll in the State hit a startling high of 195 for the first time since the mass vaccination rollout.
Lockdown time party plaguing UK Prime Minister; requests for resignation
#UnitedKingdom, January 15, 2022 – UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is being urged to resign after finally admitting that he did indeed attend a garden party on Downing Street while citizens of the United Kingdom were in lockdown. It is an admission that he broke his own lockdown rules.
Rage, however strong may still be an understatement, at least for his political opponents.
Opposition Labour Party leader Kier Starmer dismissed Johnson’s excuse that he did not realise the event was a party saying “[It is] so ridiculous that it is actually offensive to the British public.”
This latest issue comes as a slew of different scandals rock the Conservative party amid concerns about Boris Johnson’s ability to lead the UK.
Weeks ago, after another party in the lockdown scandal surfaced, Johnson suffered a massive defeat at the hands of Liberal Democrat Helen Morgan in a constituency that the party had never lost before.
Morgan said, “The country is crying out for a leader, Boris Johnson has proved that he is no leader.”
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