#Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands – InterHealth Canada – Turks and Caicos Islands Hospital hosted a team building activity across medical centers called ‘The Amazing Race’ during the months of November and December to reinforce various organizational practices (ROP’s) for patient safety.
Teams were required to out-smart and out-race their fellow competitors’ in brain teaser exercises across numerous checkpoints with the ultimate goal of getting to the finish line in the quickest net time. Participants comprised of employees from facilities management and clinical departments.
Each checkpoint required teams to complete a challenge to receive their next clue as a reward. Teams were mandated to present evidence of task completion, similar to the format used in real health care accreditation assessments.
Bonus time credits of 30 minutes were granted for certain tasks and deducted from the end finish time. Other activities for staff included health and wellness screenings and a raffle for health prizes. Below is an outline of the instructions given to participants during the Amazing Race component.
- IN ORDER TO COLLECT YOUR FIRST CLUE:- Look at the jar of kettle corns. Guess how many kettle corns are in the jar. Write your guess on your notepad and hand it to the gatekeeper. If your team is off by more than 50 candy corns, she will tell you if your guess is too high or too low. If your guess is not within 50candy corns, you must wait one full minute before guessing again. Once your guess is within 50 candy corns, you will receive your first clue.
- CLUE NO. 1- CONGRATULATIONS YOU HAVE WON YOUR FIRST CLUE, BUT TO MOVE ON, THIS IS WHAT YOU MUST DO… FIND ME IN THE ROOM WHERE MANAGERS MEET TO COMPLETE YOUR NEXT FEAT. [ANSWER: BOARD ROOM]
- ROAD BLOCK – IN ORDER TO RECEIVE YOUR NEXT CLUE YOUR TEAM MUST WORK TOGETHER TO UNSCRAMBLE THE FOLLOWING PHRASES THAT REPRESENT REQUIRED ORGANISATIONAL PRACTICES – ONCE CORRECTLY COMPLETED, YOU CAN CONTINUE YOUR JOURNEY. COLLECT YOUR NEXT ENVELOPE TO VIEW CLUE NO.2.
- CLUE NO. 2- YOUR NEXT TASK LIES AHEAD, PLEASE DO NOT CEASE, FIND IT WHERE WE REST THE DECEASED. [ANSWER: MORGUE ENTRANCE]
- SPEED BUMP- HIGH FIVE!- ALL TEAM MEMBERS MUST GIVE A PSA/PORTER/CLEANER A HIGH FIVE AND TELL THEM JOB WELL DONE! THE RECIPIENT OF THE HIGH FIVE MUST SIGN TO SAY THAT THIS CAME TRUE, THEN MOVE ON TO RETRIEVE THE NEXT CLUE. FIND ME WASHING ALL DAY LONG, CLEAN AND WARM IS WHERE I BELONG. [ANSWER: LAUNDRY DEPARTMENT]
- CLUE NO. 3- TO FIND YOUR NEXT CLUE, GO TO WHERE AT 38 WEEKS YOU ARE DUE, SHUUU! DON’T FLUTTER LIKE A BIRD, I’M SITTING WHERE YOU WRITE ON ME BUT LEAVE NO WORDS. [ANSWER: MATERNITY FRONT DESK]
- CLUE NO. 4- VISIT THE DEPARTMENT WHERE YOU ENTER WITH ALL THE PARTS YOU’VE GOT. HOWEVER, WHEN YOU LEAVE, YOU MAY NOT. [ANSWER: SURGICAL SUITES]
- SPEED BUMP- TAKE THREE GROUP PICTURES WITH FIVE DIFFERENT CONSENTING PATIENTS HOLDING “THE WORLD QUALITY DAY”- “TCI HOSPITAL BUILDING QUALITY RELATIONSHIPS ONE PATIENT AT A TIME” SIGN. COLLECT THE NEXT ACTIVITY FROM THE LADIES WHO HELP US REMEMBER WHAT WE SAY… USING HOURS TAKING MINUTES AWAY…[ANSWER: EXECUTIVE SECRETARY OFFICE]
- ROAD BLOCK- “THE PITCH” EACH TEAM MEMBER MUST HAVE A CONVERSATION WITH TWO PATIENTS IN THE OUTPATIENT DEPARTMENT INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING SCRIPT:- “Good Day Sir/ Madame, We at the TCI Hospital need your help to ensure that every patient in our care is kept safe from any harm. The patient is also a part of the team. As part of the care giving team we need you to always raise concerns, ask questions and speak up if you don’t understand what is being communicated. Please also remember, clean hands makes for safe care. Ask your health care provider to clean their hands before touching you. Together we can ensure safety for all. Thank you.”
- YOU ARE ALMOST DONE; THE PATIENT MUST NOW SIGN TO ENSURE THAT THIS TASK WAS WON. COLLECT THE NEXT CLUE WHERE THE HOSPITAL WELCOMES YOU! [ANSWER: MAIN RECEPTION DESK]
- CLUE NO. 5- HERE’S WHAT YOU MUST DO- GO TO THE OFFICE WHERE BUGS ARE BANNED AND BE SURE TO SHOW YOUR HAND. [ANSWER: INFECTION PREVENTION AND CONTROL DEPARTMENT]
- SPEED BUMP- THIS IS A MUST, CLEAN HANDS WE MUST TRUST! ALL TEAM MEMBERS MUST DEMONSTRATE CORRECT HAND WASHING TECHNIQUES WITHIN A 20-30 SECOND WINDOW.
- CLUE NO. 6- QUICK!!! TIME IS WASTING, YOU’RE ALSO DONE, HOWEVER YOU MUST RETURN TO WHERE YOU’VE BEGUN..ALL CLUES IN HAND.
PRESS RELEASE: INTERHEALTH CANADA, TCI (Jan 20, 2020)
COVID Vaccine mandate expires Dec 31, TCIG stalled on ending it sooner
By Deandrea Hamilton & Dana Malcolm
#TurksandCaicos, September 30, 2022 – The Turks and Caicos does not seem primed to do away with its Covid-19 vaccine mandate for entry to the islands just yet, Magnetic Media learned from Jamell Robinson, Minister of Health and Human Services.
Robinson maintained that “As usual all remaining regulations are continuously under review. Current regulations expire December 31st.”
Despite them being under constant review, the Minister gave no indication that the Turks and Caicos Islands Government would accelerate any change to the rule.
The question though, is why? The Turks and Caicos Islands Government has continuously stated that it is following the science and the UKs lead when it comes to the country’s Covid-19 response. The UK dropped its vaccine mandate for entry back in March as the country was coming off of the Omicron wave and dozens of other countries have done so since.
In terms of the science, not only does vaccination not stop the virus from spreading to vulnerable islanders, the earliest vaccines and boosters have notoriously little efficacy against the circulating variants.
In addition, there is little evidence to suggest that allowing unvaccinated individuals within borders has a negative effect on that country’s Covid case count.
Not only are the islands missing out on a major chunk of their source markets who are unvaccinated, homeowners who are unvaccinated have not been able to return to or see their property investments since the mandate was adopted in September 2021.
Deputy Premier E Jay Sanders had explained that, “thanks to the country’s over performing tourism sector when the decision is made to pull back that requirement it will be done not out of pressure but with the TCI people in mind.”
It’s unclear what the reasoning behind keeping the mandate is when it now has been proven to provide so little protection.
Additionally, it was explained that multiple attempts by the Ministry of Health to secure avenues for unvaccinated homeowners in the Turks and Caicos to visit their properties have been rebuffed at the Cabinet level.
Robinson was addressing the continued COVID-19 vaccine requirement for travel to the TCI which blocks unvaccinated tourists and homeowners from entering the island.
“On several occasions, I have presented possible pathways for homeowners to be able to visit their properties outside of a full repeal of the vaccine entry mandate and each time there was not full support for it moving forward in Cabinet,” he said.
Magnetic Media has spoken to irate and broken-hearted homeowners who have not been able to visit their properties in a year despite spending hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxes and other fees to have a home on the islands.
The Health Ministry however says his team is now preparing a cabinet paper to weigh the pros and cons of continuing with the vaccine mandate. Robinson said that paper has not made the agenda as yet, taking a back seat to more pressing issues including the passing of Hurricane Fiona.
The paper should reach cabinet “soon” but this is not a guarantee that the measure will be dropped. Robinson also defended the TCIG’s current policy.
“Based on the numbers I have received from the (tourism) industry to date, being one of the few only remaining destinations with a vaccine mandate doesn’t seem to be hurting our projected occupancy rates for the months of December, January, and February across all segments of the Industry.”
The issue of why the vaccine mandate persists are heightened due to major announcements in recent days including, Joe Biden, US president declaring that the Coronavirus Pandemic “is over”; Canada moving to end its vaccine entry requirement on September 30 and The Bahamas calling off mandatory testing as of September 22 and rescinding the mask rule (for most public places) on October 1.
The mandatory vaccine measure came into effect in September 2021 prior to the widespread emergence of Omicron and lowered vaccine efficacy. It is also a mandatory requirement for guest workers in the Turks and Caicos Islands.
Turks and Caicos Islands Rebounding Quickly from Hurricane Fiona
#TurksandCaicos, September 30, 2022 – The Turks and Caicos Islands is working around the clock to quickly rebound from the effects of Hurricane Fiona, which hit the islands as a Category 3 storm on Tuesday, September 20th 2022. By 11:50PM EDT of the same day, the National Emergency Operations Center (NEOC) advised that hurricane warning for the Turks and Caicos Islands was discontinued and stated that the National All-Clear was given by the Department of Meteorology.
Preliminary assessments indicate that significant damage across the country was minimal. Major airport updates are as follows:
- The Providenciales International Airport re-opened on Wednesday, September 21st 2022 for all flight operations.
- The South Caicos Airport re-opened on Thursday, September 22nd 2022 for all flight operations
- The JAGS McCartney International Airport in Grand Turk re-opened on Thursday, September 22nd for emergency and medical flights
- Airport operations on North Caicos and Salt Cay remain closed until further notice
Carnival Cruise Line is currently working alongside the Turks and Caicos Islands Government to conduct preliminary assessments of the port facility at the Grand Turk Cruise Center. Once completed, all necessary measures will be taken to have the port operating as soon as possible.
Yesterday, during the briefing in the NEOC, the Acting Governor, Her Excellency Anya Williams advised that Public Service in Providenciales would re-open on Thursday, September 22nd 2022 – restoring normal service delivery.
“We thank God that the Turks and Caicos Islands was able to hold strong through Hurricane Fiona – with only minor damages and without any lives lost. The following day after receiving the National All-Clear from the NEOC, the hub to the Turks and Caicos Islands – the Providenciales International Airport – was re-opened and international flights arrived” stated Minister of Tourism, Hon. Josephine Connolly. “But while we were extremely fortunate, we acknowledge that some of our neighbouring countries were not and our thoughts and prayers are with them”, added Hon. Connolly.
“A day after Hurricane Fiona, we were already welcoming guests back to the home of the World’s Best Beach, Providenciales”, stated Acting Director of Tourism, Mary Lightbourne. “Resorts and hotels in Provo are fully operational, so we encourage guests to keep their travel plans to visit. And in the upcoming days, we will welcome visitors to our sister islands” added Lightbourne.
Turks & Caicos Coasts still ‘beautiful’ despite Hurricane Fiona
By Dana Malcolm
#TurksandCaicos, September 30, 2022 – Despite its strength Hurricane Fiona thankfully did no major damage to the TCIs coast according to Roddy McLeod, Reef Specialist at the Department of Environment and Coastal Resources.
He explained that the DECR has been working with DDME to assess community impacts. So far, no significant erosion has been observed around Providenciales but the seas and sea-beds were definitely disturbed.
McLeod said “Sediments remain in suspension. This will have impacted our reefs and will continue to impact our reefs until the seas settle. Sediments will likely settle on marine habitats and negatively impact them. Some sand bars have been moved so mariners should take extra care.”
Cleanup operations and restorations continue across the islands in the aftermath of Fiona, which hit the islands as a category three hurricane September 19-20.
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