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TCI: Covid-19 testing slumps, 6.5% positive

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#TurksandCaicos, April 5, 2021 – In the past seven days, there have been 190 PCR tests completed by the Turks and Caicos Islands National Public Health Lab; 12 samples returned positives for Covid-19 which is around 6.5% confirmed to have contracted the virus. 

While this scale looks good, testing figures are slumping; the peak for the week at only 87 PCR tests performed in a single day.  

Still, the Ministry of Health is forging ahead with a vigorous plan to make testing available in both the more populated and the isolated islands.

The schedule included five islands and as many as 10 sites during the month of April.

PCR testing in Grand Turk is every Tuesday between 2 and 4pm.  Testing in South Caicos, every Tuesday between 9am and noon.  North Caicos testing is every Monday from 9am to noon at the Kew Clinic, Every Thursday between 9am and noon at the Bottle Creek Clinic and every Monday and Thursday from 9am to noon at the Middle Caicos clinic.  Providenciales, testing is set for every Tuesday at the National Stadium on Venetian Road between 9am and noon; with the mobile clinic moving around throughout the month.  April 8 at Graceway IGA on Leeward Highway… April 15 at Sam’s Plaza Down town Provo; on April 22 at Sunny Foods in Five Cays and on April 29 at Sunny Foods in Blue Hills.

The hope is that more people will come out to be tested, given that vaccination is also seeing lackluster support particularly from more indigenous community groups. 

Currently, TCI is with 50 active cases of the coronavirus; two people are hospitalised. The island of Providenciales has 36 confirmed cases, North Caicos has four, South Caicos with six and Grand Turk with four people with Covid-19 on record.

Resorts cumulative testing is nearing 40,000; some 38,885 rapid antigen tests have been performed reveals the April 4th dashboard.

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Dengue Update Peru – Health Emergency Declared

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Rashaed Esson

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#Peru#Dengue, February 28th, 2024 – The Government of Peru in response to the spike in Dengue cases, has declared a health emergency in 20 regions for 90 days. This was announced on February 26th at a press conference, according to a release from the Government. Additionally, to help fight the outbreak, over 160 million Peruvian soles or 42 million US dollars, has been proposed which will be allocated to various health operations.

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PAHO Calls Americas to Increase Aedes aegypti Mosquito Control

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Rashaed Esson

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#PAHO#Dengue#Americas, February 23rd, 2024 – With nearly seven thousand cases of dengue and 102 deaths reported in the Americas as of early February 2024, the Pan American Health Organization is once again calling for stronger measures to control the Aedes aegypti mosquito, the main transmitter of dengue. These numbers indicate a 157 percent increase in cases over the same period in 2023.  In the first five weeks of 2024, Peru, Martinique, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Costa Rica, French Guiana, Mexico, Colombia, Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay reported an increase in cases.

 

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Ministry of Health and Human Services in Collaboration with UK Health Security Agency conducts Migrant Health needs Assessment  

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#TurksandCaicos, February 23, 2024 – The Ministry of Health and Human Services has partnered with a team from the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) UK Overseas Territories (UKOTs) Public Health Programme to conduct a health needs assessment for communities in informal settlements throughout the TCI.  This project was funded by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) and has taken place through a series of consultations and meetings in order to assess health needs and propose recommendations to address gaps in access to health care.

A steering committee supported the preliminary discussions on developing the scope and direction for the assessment and included representation from the TCI from Dr. Dawn O’Sullivan, Dr. Camelia Clarke (Director, Health Promotion and Advocacy Unit), Mrs. Aldora Robinson (Former Director, Health Promotion and Advocacy Unit) and Dr. Nadia Astwood (Chief Medical Officer).

This project culminated in an in-country visit by a team which included: Annabel Grieve (Programme Management Lead), Dr. Amoolya Vusirikala (Public Health Registrar) and Allegra Chatterjee (Epidemiologist) with earlier support provided by Dr. Natalie Wright, Health Protection Lead and Consultant in Global Public Health with the UK Overseas Territories, Global Operations. The visit, which began on January 21st 2024 and concluded this week, saw a number of in-person consultations with key stakeholders across sectors, as well as community focus groups conducted in Providenciales and Grand Turk.

Following the visit, the team paid a courtesy call to the Hon. Minister of Health and Human Services, Shaun D Malcolm and the Executive Team from the Ministry of Health and Human Services, to provide a high level debrief and presentation of the preliminary findings of the assessment. Following further analysis of the findings of the visit, a final report will be submitted to the Ministry of Health and Human Services which will provide a number of conclusions as well as evidence-based recommendations for consideration by the Government.

Commenting on the visit, Hon. Shaun D Malcolm stated that “we welcome this support from UKHSA and FCDO with whom the Ministry of Health has enjoyed a close working relationship and technical support over the years, to formally assess the health needs of this population in order to ensure that the overall health of our population can be addressed in a holistic manner to ensure that universal access to health care is addressed.”

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