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Private companies give back to TCI Hospital staff on ‘Thankful Thursdays’

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#TurksandCaicos, March 19, 2021 – Health care workers were showered with gifts donated by private companies over recent weeks as part of a ‘Thankful Thursday’ initiative launched by InterHealth Canada – Turks and Caicos Islands Hospital.

The initiative was launched on Thursday, February 25th, 2021, to complement the company’s ongoing staff welfare program, and encourage employees to express gratitude in various ways during the COVID-19 pandemic that has affected people’s lives and livelihoods. Thus far, three private companies have participated in the delivery of surprise items on a selected Thursday of the month.

Beaches Turks and Caicos Resort and Spa delivered nearly a dozen pizzas for each department at the Cheshire Hall Medical Centre on the initiative’s first day. InterHealth Canada purchased additional pizzas for the Cockburn Town Medical Centre to mark the occasion.

The second corporate partner to demonstrate appreciation to health care workers was Graceway IGA that delivered large fresh fruit baskets for every department at the Cheshire Hall Medical Centre on Thursday, March 4th, 2021. Edith Cox, Group Vice President of Graceway IGA, and Tamell Seymour, Graceway Smart Store Manager, distributed the surprise items.

Inpatients on the General Ward at the Cockburn Town Medical Centre in Grand Turk received gift baskets stuffed with self-care items and food products as a bonus. Each employee at the medical centre also received a $10.00 gift certificate, courtesy of Graceway IGA.

Gilley’s Enterprise was the next company that gave back to nearly 300 employees of the health care facility on Thursday, March 11th, 2021. Every employee received a wrapped combo of its famous cake and Fiji water as a palette cleanser.

Health care workers have been working passionately and tirelessly to deliver services amid the pandemic. During ‘Thankful Thursday,’ staff are encouraged to show appreciation for their teams, encourage patients to live with gratitude amid their illness, and write down two things they are thankful for.

The hospital has expressed tremendous gratitude to the companies that have supported the occasion thus far with acts and words of kindness.

Chief Executive Officer at TCI Hospital, Dr. Denise Braithwaite-Tennant stated: “A heartfelt thanks to all of the private companies that have given so freely of their time and resources to encourage and recognize our team’s hard work and dedication. Representatives of the various companies have toured the hospital to thank employees for their service personally, and this level of support is invaluable. While this has undoubtedly been a challenging period, we need to remain positive and live with gratitude even in the face of adversity. Thankfulness is contagious, and it is hoped “Thankful Thursday” reminds us all to take a deep breath, live with gratitude and focus on the positives and give encouragement to each other, patients, families, and friends.”

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Moderna & Pfizer approved for toddlers in US

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By Dana Malcolm

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#USA, June 25, 2022 – Toddlers can now be vaccinated with either Moderna or Pfizer in the United States following the US Food and Drug Administration’s Advisory Committee vote to authorize the jabs for the youngest humans.

Some 2.5 million vaccines were ordered for these youngsters from Pfizer and 1.3 million are on order from Moderna.

The authorization committee voted unanimously on both vaccines and it comes as a relief to millions of parents who opted to keep their children away from family gatherings, even school

The lowest age a US resident can now get vaccinated is 6 months, Pfizer says their shot is ready for children six months to four years old and Moderna goes one year higher at 6 months to 5 years.  Both Pfizer and Moderna say the toddlers will need boosters in the future.

As of June 2, there have been 442 children between the ages of 0-4 years old who have died as a result of Covid-19 in the United States.

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Listeria kills three in UK

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By Dana Malcolm

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#UnitedKingdom, June 25, 2022 – At least 3 people have died in an ongoing listeria outbreak in the United Kingdom linked to smoked fish.  The Food Standards Agency in the UK says,  “Listeria is widespread in the environment and can contaminate a range of food at low or standard refrigeration temperatures.  It can be destroyed by thorough cooking.  It is of most concern in chilled, ready-to-eat foods that do not require further cooking, such as smoked fish.”

At least 12 cases, six of them since January, are linked to the fish.  Vulnerable individuals were especially affected by the outbreak including a pregnant woman and several elderly persons.  The three victims who died were all over 65 years old.

The agency said there was no need to avoid smoked fish but to cook it thoroughly.  Contaminated food may not look or smell spoiled but it can cause severe illness in pregnant women, cancer patients, children, and the elderly.

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Training Camps announced early as more can join the Footsteps4Good Challenge

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By Dana Malcolm

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#TurksandCaicos, June 25, 2022 – Last year’s participants were the first ones to ever circumnavigate the Turks and Caicos solely on manpower and this year they’re back again and with a broader vision for the challenge which is also a charity.  It’s time for the second staging of Footsteps4Good and if you missed out last year you’ll want to get in on the event in 2022.

Coming up this October and organized by Governor’s wife Amanda Dakin , TCI Red Cross, OneTCI, and the Provo Road Runners, this year&#39’s adventure will span 13 days and 200 miles in an adventurous crossing of the islands and cays of the TCI once again. The organizers say there will be sections and stages to suit all abilities and fitness levels.  Contributions will be nominal, from $20 for the stage being entered by any participant.

The announcement is going out early this year so that all the ‘fitness fanatics’ who want to take on the entire 13-day journey of hiking, rowing and extreme walking will be able to join the fitness training camps to get them ready for the physically grueling experience.

It is no joke.  From blisters to burns to bites and flat out exhaustion; it will take grit to get it done and join up as part of history in the making.

Organisers point out that not many people can say they have gone around the TCI just using their bodies; and they ask: ‘will you be one this year?’

For those who don’t want to try defying the odds, you can participate in single-day events on the family islands including run-walks, boating, and cycling or just making a financial donation.

For more information, you can email info2022fsfg@gmail.com

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