World Antibiotic Awareness Week recognized in TCI
#Providenciales, November 13, 2018 – Turks and Caicos – This week, November 12 – 18, is celebrated throughout the world as World Antibiotic Awareness Week. Similar to previous years, the global theme is “Antibiotics: handle with care.” This year, however, the TCI has adopted an additional theme: “Think Twice, Seek Advice or Pay the Price”. It reflects the fact that antibiotics are a precious resource which should only be taken when needed and exactly as prescribed by a physician. When antibiotics are used incorrectly, for instance when they are used inappropriately to treat the common cold or when the full course is not taken, it can cause resistance. Antibiotic resistance happens when bacteria change in such a way that antibiotics can no longer destroy them. Common infections will eventually start to become untreatable.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest threats to global health, food security, and development today. They warn that if something is not done the world will head towards “a post-antibiotic era in which common infections will once again kill.”
To combat antibiotic resistance, the Ministry of Health, Agriculture, Sports and Human Services (MoHASHS) has been working on a national action plan which will seek to improve awareness and understanding of antimicrobial resistance, strengthen knowledge through surveillance and research, reduce the incidence of infection, improve the use of antimicrobial agents and develop an economic case for sustainable investment in new medicines, diagnostic tools, vaccines and other interventions. This is a very significant step on a national level to prevent antibiotic resistance.
The community also has an important role in preventing antibiotic resistance. The following actions can be taken:
- Take antibiotics exactly as prescribed by your doctor. That is, do not skip doses and ensure that you complete your course of treatment, even when you start feeling better.
· Only take antibiotics prescribed for you; do not share or use leftover antibiotics.
· Do not save antibiotics for the next illness, discard any leftover medication.
· Do not ask for antibiotics when your doctor thinks you do not need them.
This year, in commemoration of World Antibiotic Awareness Week, the MoHASHS in collaboration with the TCI Hospital has planned a number of events/activities. These include:
- Discussion on antimicrobial resistance on the November 12th airing of the MoHASHS Health Matters Radio show on RTC.
- Information booth at the TCI Hospital Cockburn Town Medical Center (Grand Turk) on Monday, November 12th, and Thursday, November 15th.
- Information booth at the TCI Hospital Cheshire Hall Medical Center (Providenciales) on Thursday, November 15th.
- Health Education on antibiotic use in primary health care clinics
In addition, local pharmacies will be participating in the week of activities by educating and counseling patients on antibiotic resistance.
For more information regarding antibiotic resistance please contact the MoHASHS on 338-5132 or 338- 3072.
Press Release: TCIG
TCI Police Detective Holden Speaks Up on Blue Hills Rapes
#TurksandCaicos, March 27, 2023 – Following the announcement that several women had been robbed and assaulted in Blue Hills in the past weeks, Magnetic Media queried why the Police would wait until they had a man in custody to release an alert.
TCI’s newest addition to the top brass Detective Superintendent Dean Holden, Head of Crime, Safeguarding and Public Protection, told us that it initially appeared to be an isolated offence and not part of a series of incidents.
“The full circumstances needed to be investigated to ascertain the facts before a public alert could be considered. Misinformation in such a case would only cause unnecessary public concern and confusion and could adversely impact the investigation and the safeguarding of persons involved—” he said. “Even now there is no definitive information that these offences are linked, and investigators remain open-minded.”
Holden claimed an early alert with limited information could have hindered the investigation and they were trying to protect the women who may not have wanted to be identified based on where they lived.
As it turns out, the public concern was very much warranted, because there have been more violent sexual attacks, and more victims got hurt, forcing their hands.
“When further similar offences were committed, the overriding principle of sustained public protection was considered, hence the alert/release issued,” he said.
That alert was coupled with the news that a man had been arrested. Whether those further similar incidents could have been prevented if the public was informed earlier and taken extra precautions, is the underlying question. To date, we don’t know how many victims there are.
Police have increased patrols in the Blue Hills area and condemned the crimes as unacceptable. They have not indicated if anyone was charged for the offences yet.
Louise Garland Thomas High School are TCISS Inter-High Track & Field 2023 Champions
#TurksandCaicos, March 27, 2023 – After a festive three days of competition, the TCISS Inter-High Track & Field Championships 2023 have concluded with the A. Louise Garland Thomas High School reigning as Champions. Featuring a great turnout, eleven schools from across the Turks and Caicos Islands met to compete at the National Stadium March 9-11, 2023.
The competition was stiff among athletes, who were all competing for top spots and by extension a spot-on Team TCI’s CARIFTA 2023 team. From high-spirited invitationals to entertainment by DJ Shakes, spectators enjoyed the best Nationals competition yet.
- 1st Place: A. Louise Garland Thomas High School
- 2nd Place: Clement Howell High School
- 3rd Place: Marjorie Basden High School
Twenty athletes have been selected for Turks and Caicos Islands National CARIFTA Team, some who would have competed in the TCISS Inter-High Track & Field Championships 2023 and some living abroad.
Here are the athletes:
- Roniesha Johnson U-17 Girls CHHS
- Branary Delancy U-17 Girls LGTHS
- Krysann Williams U-20 Girls LGTHS
- Anesha Varus U-20 Girls CHHS
- Lynn Antoine U-20 Girls Unattached
- Chyna Simmons U-20 Girls BWIC
- Rayvon Black U-17 Boys Denbigh/Jam
- Renaldo Registre U-17 Boys RGHS
- Jarmal Missick U-17 Boys HJRHS
- Melique Evans U-17 Boys CHHS
- Love Joseph U-17 Boys LGTHS
- Kaeson Garland U-17 Boys MBHS
- Shamar Garland U-17 Boys HJRHS
- Alieandio Durham U-20 Boys CHHS
- Bernard Hyde U-20 Boys CHHS
- Markey Zepherin U-20 Boys CHHS
- Rayvon Walkin U-20 Boys KC/Jam
- Anthon Walkin U-20 Boys KC/Jam
- Alidavidson Higgs U-20 Boys JC/Jam
- Darvioun Rigby U-20 Boys Keiser/USA
TCI Penthouse makes headlines
#TurksandCaicos, March 27, 2023 – It’s not even complete yet but one Providenciales condo is already making global travel headlines for its eye-popping price. The $20 million Sky Villa Penthouse will sit atop the Arc, a residential complex which will be housed in the South Bank Resort and Marina and is booked to be complete in 2025.
‘Described as “One of the most ambitious and expensive projects in all of the Caribbean” by Mansion Global, Sotheby’s says the 12,000 sq foot home comes with 14-foot ceilings; 5 bedrooms; and an indoor-outdoor plan with 7000 square feet of outdoor space complete with pools and private gardens.
The entire Arc will be managed by Grace Bay resorts, another feather in the cap of the resort chain which makes it a point to hire local Turks and Caicos Islanders in the highest and lowest positions.
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