#TurksandCaicos, April 27, 2021 – Installation of the life-saving Oxygen Generator System at the Cockburn Town Medical Center in Grand Turk is advancing well and once done, the country will no longer need to import oxygen because the Turks and Caicos will be able to produce it.
Oxygen generators were procured by the TCI Government for the hospitals; two generators for Grand Turk and two will be installed in Providenciales.
Special notice was issued by the TCI Hospitals to inform patients and staff of the installation works in the capital.
“Oxygen generator systems are scheduled to be hoisted from the ground level to the second level of the medical centre by crane for installation. Patients should exercise caution and comply with diversions to patient flow during this period,” advised the notice issued on April 21.
Governor Nigel Dakin, on Friday posted his pleasure at the progress on the Grand Turk installation of the generators, which will prove a key support to ventillators in keeping people alive if they experience chronic symptoms from the coronavirus.
“A ventilator pumps air—usually with extra oxygen—into patients’ airways when they are unable to breathe adequately on their own. If lung function has been severely impaired—due to injury or an illness such as COVID-19—patients may need a ventilator. It is also used to support breathing during surgery.
Ventilators, also known as life-support machines, won’t cure an illness, but they can keep patients alive while they fight an infection or their body heals from an injury,” explained a Yale Medicine article which aimed to illuminate the value of ventilators.
Cabinet was on Wednesday April 21 update on the progress of the work, which is steady but still with several steps to be covered before the generators are commissioned.
The Oxygen Generation systems became necessary amidst the Coronavirus Pandemic. Ventillators require regular replenishment of the precious oxygen.
The Turks and Caicos Islands Government purchased the generators, informed former Minister of Health, Edwin Astwood.
FDA decides to streamline COVID vaccines, what that means for Everyone
By Dana Malcolm
#USA, February 2, 2023 – In a nine-hour meeting on Thursday, an external advisory panel of experts brought in by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) voted to simplify and regularize vaccine composition so that all COVID shots are similar and focus on targeting the same variants.
With the advent of Omicron and all the vaccine elusive sub-variants it spawned, the efficacy of those original vaccines plummeted. Bivalent vaccines were quickly developed and with them the FDA and US Centres for Disease Control (CDC) rescind the emergency use and authorization use of the original monovalent as booster shots; effectively barring them from being administered as anything but primary doses for the unvaccinated.
If the FDA accepts this vote it would mean unvaccinated US residents would now be given bivalent primary doses from the get-go. For the North American country which still has a vaccine mandate in place for visitors, it could also prompt tweaking of the definition of fully vaccinated which currently means having a primary series of the monovalent shot.
The decision to simplify the vaccines would pare down the number of vials and measuring healthcare workers have to contend with; a move the FDA is hoping will lead to fewer vaccine administering mistakes as well.
The FDA has not yet made a decision on the once-yearly COVID shot proposal which was also on the table. The attendees cited new concerns brought up in the meeting including the variation of protection needed between healthy people and those with comorbidities and more.
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Women 30x more likely for UTIs; Learn More
By Dana Malcolm
January 25, 2023 – Itchy, uncomfortable and often painful Urinary Tract Infections affects millions of people yearly, the vast majority of them women. In fact ‘UTIs will likely affect almost half the female population at least once in their lives and women get UTIs up to 30 times more often than men do. Also, as many as 4 in 10 women who get a UTI will get at least one more within six months’ the US Office on Women’s Health explains.
Caused by germs that get into the bladder, UTIs can happen in any part of the large urinary system including the kidneys; ureters; bladder; and urethra, but are most common in the bladder. They are easy to cure with proper antibiotics but can be serious if left untreated. Knowing how to identify a UTI and getting quick and effective treatment can save women and girls a lot of pain. The UK National Health Agency lists the symptoms as
- pain or a burning sensation when peeing (dysuria)
- needing to pee more often than usual during the night (nocturia)
- pee that looks cloudy, dark or has a strong smell
- needing to pee suddenly or more urgently than usual
- needing to pee more often than usual
- blood in your pee
- lower tummy pain or pain in your back, just under the ribs
- a high temperature, or feeling hot and shivery
- a very low temperature below 36C
What many people may not know is that these painful symptoms can affect young children as well, if your baby is generally unwell, has a high temperature, wets the bed or themselves and refuses to eat you may want to ask your doctor to take a look as these are symptoms of UTIs in children.
A quick visit to your doctor and a round of antibiotics will usually clear up the infection and any recurring ones but avoiding UTIs completely may be the best bet for all. UTIs are caused when bacteria often from the skin or rectum, enter the urethra, and infect the urinary tract the CDC says. The agency also lists a myriad risk factors that can cause this including poor hygiene in older adults with catheters or young children who are potty training causing bacteria to spread. Other risk factors include: Sexual activity; Changes in the bacteria that live inside the vagina, or vaginal flora. (For example, menopause or the use of spermicides can cause these bacterial changes.); Pregnancy; and Structural problems in the urinary tract, such as an enlarged prostate.
There’s nothing to be embarrassed about in having the common medical condition a UTI, while painful, is easy to treat, make use of the treatment options available to you and don’t ignore the symptoms in the hope that they will disappear as this could make the problem worse.
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