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Haiti’s President Reveals the Mystery behind the Country’s Low Covid-19 Infection and Deaths

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Haiti is one of the countries with stunningly low cases of Covid-19 patients and deaths in the world. Despite their weak healthcare systems, the country’s population continues with their normal day-to-day activities without wearing masks and keeping social distancing.

President of the Republic of Haiti, Jovenel Moise in a string of interviews including with Emmy Award winning journalist, Calvin Hughes (WSVN South Florida) pointed to Haiti’s relationship with mother nature. Specifically mentioning, a plant – Cerasee – that produces a certain type of tea made with ginger root that is ‘key’ to overcoming the Coronavirus. Even though Moise said he had witnessed the importance of the natural remedy, he explained there is no scientific confirmation it is keeping the virus at bay. 

Haiti missed nearly a million doses of  AstraZeneca in the first round of free vaccines just a month ago, and Mr. Moise says that even if they get the vaccines, they can’t force people to get a jab. Out of her over 11 Million population, the Caribbean country has recorded 13,164 cases, 1,892 hospitalizations, 12,154 recoveries, and only 263 deaths.

The country seems to be out of the grave grip of the ravaging coronavirus pandemic that has left many economies crumbling. While wearing a mask is the new norm globally, in Haiti, it makes one peculiar. 

The vast majority of People in Haiti still find it hard to believe the Coronavirus is a real public health emergency. As a result, they hold many social gatherings and festivals like in the pre-Covid era and get to restaurants unprotected. 

Being among the developing countries the Americas, most people in Haiti can hardly afford a few masks. And those who can foot up the cost of the mask can hardly find it in the market due to the high price tag and shortage in supply. 

While many rumors are going around social media networks concerning Hait’s resilience to the novel Coronavirus pandemic, none of the claims seem valid from a scientific standpoint. According to one of the locals the nation’s security is more of concern than the global pandemic.  After all, many still resist the existence of the Coronavirus.

Speaking of why the country has not yet procured Coronavirus doses and doesn’t seem to have a proper plan for procuring it soon, Haiti president Jovenel Moise mentioned their relationship with nature and the fact that millions believe the natural remedies prevent them contracting the Coronavirus. 

While the president said they locked their country for four months to keep the numbers down, experts lean more to a reputation of under-reporting. 

It has been offered that Haiti’s dramatically low covid-related case could be due to a combination government’s poor record-keeping and lack of testing sites. 

It remains remarkable however, as there are no reports of soaring death rates out of Haiti and that is a fact which would be impossible to hide.

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Polio is back; 65 million missed shots in another COVID fall out

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By Dana Malcolm

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#USA, August 4, 2022 – For the first time in almost a decade a new case of polio was recorded in the United States. The case which ended in paralysis emphasizes the danger the region faces as vaccination levels drop to 30-year lows.

The World Health Organization warned in early July explained that vaccination in the region of the Americas and the rest of world was dropping rapidly because of various spin off effects precipitated by the Coronavirus Pandemic.

Over 65 million infants missed out on basic vaccines in the last three years thanks to disruptions in routine healthcare, lockdowns and other circumstances. The effects are already being felt as once eradicated disease like measles and polio are once again emerging.

The Pan American Health Organization announced earlier this year the Americas are now facing another measles outbreak after having been declared free of the disease in 2016.

Dr. Jarvis Barbosa, Assistant director of PAHO said vaccination levels are now as low as they were in 1994 for measles and polio and Brazil has had several outbreaks of measles.

In the case of the United States an unvaccinated young adult developed the disease after contact with another individual vaccinated with a live version of the vaccine.

The breakout polio case in the US sent shockwaves across the country because of the severe nature of the disease. Polio is an extremely dangerous disease with no known cure. It causes paralysis in as many as 1 in 200 infected and that paralysis is permanent.

Normally very few school age children would be at risk in the Americas as the vaccine is required to start school but with the gap in vaccinations many more children are now at risk.

Polio was one of the most feared diseases of the 20th century, paralyzing and killing hundreds of thousands, especially children. Thankfully vaccinated individuals are not at risk and as such the WHO is advising that the best way to protect against polio is vaccination.

 

Photo Caption:  Child in Benin takes Polio vaccine, UNSDG

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Dunn’s River Offers Special Summer Package

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#Jamaica, August 5, 2022 – Persons looking for an adventurous activity to do this summer are being encouraged to take advantage of the ‘Summa Thrills’ promotion, being offered by the world-famous Dunn’s River Falls and Park.

The promotion, which ends September 15, includes paying one cost to climb the Falls, ‘Tek-A-Hike’ and Zip over the Falls via the Chukka Falls Flyer. In addition, persons will also have access to the beach, splash pad, and other amenities.

The cost for residents is $5,000 per person and US$75 per person for non-residents. A photo identification is required to access the resident rate.

“We have partnered with CHUKKA to create this five-star experience,” Marketing Manager, Urban Development Corporation (UDC), Kereen Cole-Ivey, told JIS News.

She further informed that ‘Tek-A-Hike’ is the newest product offering at Dunn’s River Falls and Park and that the promotion provides an opportunity to build awareness and renew interest in the falls and park.

‘Tek-a-Hike’ is a guided, one-hour-and-a-half hike that starts at the Tranquility Gardens and ends in the Dunn’s River Falls & Park Nursery. Here guests can purchase plants or adopt a tree as part of the park’s Reforestation and Conservation Programme.

The hike is approximately two miles and is an experience that the entire family can enjoy. Along the trail, guests will learn about the flora and fauna on the entire property, which is called the Belmont property, as well as the general history of Dunn’s River Falls and Park. They will also get a chance to visit the Belmont Great House ruins.

“Coming out of COVID-19, we thought that this (Summa Thrills) would have been a very great adventure for the family and for everyone to enjoy and have a good time,” said Mrs. Cole-Ivey, adding that the UDC has other plans in place for Dunn’s River.

Dunn’s River Falls and Park is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. Persons are being encouraged to book ahead via the Dunn’s River website at www.dunnsriverfallsja.com, otherwise tickets can be purchased on location.

You may also visit @dunnsriver.jamaica and @udcjamaica on Instagram or call 876 618-6052 for additional information.

The Dunn’s River Falls and Park is managed and operated by St. Ann Development Corporation (SADCO), a subsidiary of the UDC.

 

Contact: Shanna K. Salmon

Release: JIS

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Carnival Cruise ordered to pay $10.2 million for passenger claiming rape by staff

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By Sherrica Thompson

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#USA, August 5, 2022 – A Miami-based Federal Court returned a more than $10.2 million verdict against Carnival Cruise Line in favour of a passenger who claims a former crew member raped her in a storage closet aboard the Carnival Miracle in 2018.

A jury issued the verdict recently in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida finding Carnival liable for damages to the plaintiff, for false imprisonment and sexual assault by a crew member, in December 2018.

The jury separately found that Carnival was not negligent and that the former crew member did not intentionally inflict emotional distress on Plaintiff.

According to a statement issued last week Tuesday, Carnival Cruise Line said the incident between the plaintiff and the former crew member was consensual and plans to appeal the court’s decision.

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