#GrandTurk, Turks and Caicos Islands – March 7, 2020 — World Hand Hygiene Day is celebrated annually on 5th May. The World Health Organization (WHO) global hand hygiene campaign SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands mobilizes people around the world to increase adherence to hand hygiene in health care facilities, thus protecting health care workers and patients from COVID-19 and other pathogens. The aim is to involve everyone in making frequent hand hygiene a routine part of our everyday activities.
Nurses and other health care workers are the front-line heroes saving lives from COVID-19. In alignment with the Year of the Nurse and the Midwife, the global hand hygiene campaign 2020 recognizes their critical role in the prevention of infections. According to WHO, every year, hundreds of millions of patients around the world are affected by health care-associated infections. More than half of these infections could be prevented by caregivers properly cleaning their hands at key moments in the delivery of patient care.
Hand hygiene is the act of cleaning ones’ hands with soap and water or use of 70% or greater alcohol based hand sanitizer, for the purpose of removing soil, dirt, and/or microorganisms. It is the single most effective action you can take to reduce the spread of pathogens and prevent infections, including the COVID-19 virus.
Hand hygiene is especially important for people who handle food or work in the medical field, but it is also an important practice for the general public. People can become infected with respiratory illnesses such as COVID-19, influenza or the common cold, for example, if they don’t wash their hands before touching their eyes, nose, or mouth. Hand hygiene is also important in the prevention of gastrointestinal diseases causing diarrhea and vomiting.
Hands play a crucial role in the transmission of COVID-19, a virus which is primarily spreads through droplet and contact transmission. Contact transmission simply means touching infected people and/or contaminated objects or surfaces and then touching other surfaces and/or to your mouth, nose or eyes.
The WHO call to “save lives” through proper hand hygiene is for everyone:
· Nurses: “Clean and safe care starts with you.”
· Midwives: “Your hands make all the difference for mothers and babies.”
· Policy Makers: “Increase nurse staffing levels to prevent infections and improve quality of care. Create the means to empower nurses and midwives.”
· Infection Prevention Control Leaders: “Empower nurses and midwives in providing clean care.”
· Patients and Families: “Safer care for you, with you.”
#safehands #handhygiene #infectionprevention
Issued by TCIG News, May 6
FLOW CUSTOMERS BENEFIT FROM INCREASED SPEEDS
New upload speeds to improve online gaming, video conferencing & Online Voice Calls
PROVIDENCIALES, TURKS AND CAICOS, JUNE 24, 2022 – Flow TCI wishes to remind customers of a broadband speed increase to our existing broadband plans, which took effect on April 25th, 2022. An incremental rate increase for the new higher speed plans has taken effect.
The rates were increased by US$4 for the following plans and the download and upload speeds will increase by the following allotments:
All customers will be migrated from all previous fixed broadband plans to the new broadband Fibre to the Home plans. The new speeds will improve the overall broadband experience for all customers for online gaming, voice over IP calling, video conferencing, and social media usage.
For more information on our new Fibre to the Home plans, visit https://discoverflow.co/turks-and-caicos/broadband-overview for more details.
2022 Hurricane Preparedness Exposition
“Mission Ready – Pledge to Prepare; Be Smart Take Part”
#TurksandCaicos, June 23, 2022 – The Department of Disaster Management and Emergencies (DDME) will be hosting its 3rd Hurricane Preparedness Exposition on 1st July 2022 from 10:00 am at the Town Centre Mall, Parking Lot, Downtown, Providenciales.
The Hurricane Preparedness Expo will feature booths from over twenty-five different agencies, partners and public safety officials this year. The event provides critical stakeholders with roles in disaster management an opportunity to interact with the public, demonstrate their services, and guide individuals and businesses on how they can prepare for this hurricane season.
The goal is to ensure residents are ready should a hurricane impact our region by offering a one-stop shop for the general public to gather helpful information and ask their hurricane and storm-related questions.
We ask all residents to come out and participate in this preparedness event. The event is free, fun and educational with tons of giveaways, including the chance to win a Graceway Smart Supermarket Hurricane Supplies Shopping Spree on 1st July 2022.
This venture also encompasses the principles of Public-Private Partnership, as it demonstrates the Disaster Risk Reduction commitment of the private sector in the Turks and Caicos Islands. It also highlight’s the Public Sector Department’s determination to ensure all major entities are involved in its goal of building a resilient country.
The Hurricane Preparedness Expo will be on Friday, 1st July 2022, at the Town Centre Mall, Parking Lot, Downtown, Providenciales, from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm. We look forward to your participation.
PDM Slams Gov’t over Airport Shut Down
By Dana Malcolm
#TurksandCaicos, June 24, 2022 – The People’s Democratic Movement criticised the government for the recent shutdown at the Providenciales International Airport, maintaining that the strike was a repeat of “past actions that have not been addressed by the government of the day.”
There have been firefighter strikes under both the PDM (August 2019) and PNP (May 2021, June 2022) Administrations.
National Chairman of the PDM Ezra Taylor maintained that the strike was “indicative that their issues are not being addressed sufficiently. He expressed that if the issue was economic they should go to the House of Assembly and resolve it.
“While the government continues to brag about an economic boom in this country the citizens continue to feel economic pressure… compensation to our people is still marginal.”
Describing the firefighters as professionals Deputy Leader Robert Been said, “just like any other department, they deserve proper wages and proper working environments. It appears that the 15% salary increase wasn’t equal across the board. I am sure the firefighters communicated this before making their decision to strike. These kinds of situations can and could have been avoided by proper communication and mutual agreements by parties involved.”
The Turks and Caicos Islands Airport Authority has maintained there was no communication of the strike beforehand. Been said another group, the security officers, might soon be striking as well. The TCIAA has confirmed this. Been lambasted the Deputy Premier.
“It makes me question the Deputy Premier when he makes statements about us living our best lives in Turks and Caicos. I’m of the view that he’s just fascinated with the lyrics of the song because nothing has change to approve the lives of our people.” He further called on the government to, “Please take care of your people, please visit your department and find out issues, challenges, and concerns they may have to avoid repeats of today’s event.”
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