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Turks & Caicos + Merck’s COVID pill treatment

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#TurksandCaicos, November 5, 2021 – It will be up to the TCI Hospitals, which are managed by InterHealth Canada whether or not Merck’s reddish pill which has been approved for emergency use in the United Kingdom, will be administered to patients presenting in Turks and Caicos with Covid-19.

The UK is the first country to approve the oral antiviral pill, which it reports is “very effective at curbing the risk of Covid-19.”

Molnupiravir (Merck’s pill) is also being considered by the US Food and Drug Administration and the European Medicines Agency of the EU.

It has now become a pattern, it seems, for the United Kingdom in response to Covid-19; the UK was the first country last year to approve the Pfizer jabs; first to start with its senior population getting the vaccine and now the first to authorize Merck’s pill for 60-year olds and over, who are at higher risk of severe illness or death due to the coronavirus.

Health Minister for the Turks and Caicos Islands, Jamell Robinson said, “the UK will provide all of its overseas territories with advice, however for the Turks and Caicos Islands the decision will rest with the hospital. The ministry does not dictate their treatment plans for medications.  We will collaborate with the hospital.”

Clinical trials have revealed, Merck’s antiviral pill reduces symptoms and speeds recovery.  This breakthrough would mean a dramatic relief for medical treatment facilities which have been overwhelmed in the pandemic.  Over five million people have died to Covid-19 in under two years of the pandemic.

Reports estimate, the introduction of Merck’s pill would also bolster the two-pronged approach to the pandemic: treatment, by way of medication and prevention, primarily through vaccinations.

The UK has informed, it will first conduct a study to determine the most ideal distribution of its supply of the new drug.  It is unclear, at this stage, if the Turks and Caicos will benefit from the same, generous arrangement which brought five batches of Coronavirus vaccine to the territory between January and September 2020, at no expense to the territory.

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US Deaths to COVID higher, Dr. Fauci floundering on Fully Vaccinated definition

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#UnitedStatesofAmerica, November 24, 2021 – Vaccine manufacturers are predicting that booster shots for Covid 19 will be needed every six months for years to come, and Dr. Anthony Fauci, US infectious disease expert and advisor to the president has gone on record with the hope that this will not be the case.  But anytime Dr. Fauci says he hopes something won’t happen in relation to the vaccines… it always certainly does.

“We’ll continue to follow the data, because right now when we’re boosting people, what we’re doing is following them,” Fauci said. “We’re going to see what the durability of that protection is, and as we always do, you just follow and let the data guide your policy and let the data guide your recommendations.”

The vaccine is not working to keep Covid-19 deaths lower; more Americans have died in 2021 due to Covid 19, than in 2020.  CDC data says 14,700 more people have died in 2021 than last year due to COVID-19 — and there’s still more than a month left in the year for that number to grow.

Overall, the US has lost 770,000 people to the coronavirus.

Dr. Fauci is also floundering on the definition of fully vaccinated; saying people who have taken the third shot are being monitored to see how long efficacy holds up; he simply does not know if it will wear off again in six months.

“…fully vaccinated right now, by definition, is the original two doses… of the Pfizer and Moderna and a single dose of J and J.”

Media reports indicate there are plans to redefine fully vaccinated as having received three shots, evidence however could prove that in six months, the inoculated are back to square one.

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Private Companies donate 27 smart TV’s to inpatient rooms at TCI Hospital

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#TurksandCaicos, November 13, 2021 – Patients can soon view their favorite TV shows and movies in high definition following the purchase of 27 smart televisions by a group of private companies for installation across every inpatient room at the Cheshire Hall and Cockburn Town Medical Centre as part of a project called ‘Just Like Home.’

A press conference was held at the health care facility on Monday, November 8th, 2021, to announce the donation and recognize the sponsors. The following companies donated the 43″ smart televisions: Fortis TCI, Graceway IGA, Royal West Indies Resort, Turks and Caicos Hotel and Tourism Association, Discovery Tours, Tuscany Resort, and The Source. FLOW TCI has committed to providing internet and cable services to support five televisions at each medical centre. Representatives of the various companies were in attendance along with the Minister of Health and Human Services, Honorable Jamell Robinson, and Keno Forbes, a longstanding member of the TCI Hospital Community Advisory Committee.

TCI Hospital Community Advisory Committee members, Mrs. Stacy Cox and Mrs. Rosemary Jolly, steered the plea for sponsors and praised the support received during the press conference. Clinical experts agree that a patient’s hospital room plays a role in the healing process and overall patient satisfaction ratings. Entertainment technology such as video-on-demand and internet-enabled units offer a welcomed distraction during a medically challenging time.

The average inpatient hospital stay is 4-5 days. However, patients with complex medical conditions, including COVID-19 disease, may remain in the hospital for up to 14 days or longer with limited or restricted visitation from friends and family as a safety precaution. The ‘Just Like Home’ project recognizes that patients seek out amenities that provide the comforts of their home while away from home, and additional enhancements are being explored.

The installation of the televisions will continue over several weeks as more inpatient rooms become vacant and accessible to IT technicians, based on the flow of patient admissions and discharges.

The hospital also recently introduced free WiFi for all building users and wall charging stations for devices in the emergency and outpatient department waiting reception areas.

Commenting on the tremendous support received from the private sector, Dr. Denise Braithwaite-Tennant, Chief Executive Officer at InterHealth Canada – TCI Hospital, stated: “While the donation may appear to be small to some persons, this is a significant development in the eyes of our patients, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Televisions can serve as an entertainment and educational tool to share health and other related information. Due to other large scale competing clinical priorities such as human capacity, infrastructure, technology and capital equipment projects, procuring these televisions was not possible at this time. Hence, I wish to extend our deepest gratitude to the private sector for this donation that impacts on the patient experience in a positive way.”

Commenting on the donation, Maureen Brown, Inpatient Services Manager at InterHealth Canada – TCI Hospital, stated: “I cannot express the joy and gratitude expressed by our staff members after learning about the donation. It feels like an early Christmas gift, and for our patients, this is a commemorative occasion. Where possible, nurses have spent a considerable amount of time keeping patients engaged and entertained during their inpatient stay. The installation of televisions will now serve as a form of emotional therapy.”

During the press conference, Honorable Jamell Robinson, Minister of Health and Human Services, stated: “I would like to thank all of the corporate sponsors who participated in this project. This is what good corporate citizenship looks like and this is what we need more of. We need this type of partnership in meaningful ways. Today’s donation is definitely meaningful. I understand the Community Advisory Committee was established in 2017… and I would like to encourage the team on the committee to continue to push for the betterment of the community. I am pleased to be a part of this special commissioning.”

 

Press Release: TCI Hospitals

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Celebrating World Diabetes Day 2021

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ACCESS TO DIABETES CARE: IF NOT NOW, WHEN?

 

November 13, 2021 – The theme for World Diabetes Day 2021-23 is access to diabetes care.  100 years after the discovery of insulin, millions of people with diabetes around the world cannot access the care they need. People with diabetes require ongoing care and support to manage their condition and avoid complications.

The centenary of the discovery of insulin presents a unique opportunity to bring about meaningful change for the more than 460 million people living with diabetes and the millions more at risk. United, the global diabetes community has the numbers, the influence and the determination to bring about meaningful change. We need to take on the challenge.

Fundamental components of diabetes care include:

  • Access to insulin: 100 years after its discovery, millions of people with diabetes cannot access the insulin they need.
  • Access to oral medicines: Many people with diabetes need oral medicines to manage their condition. These remain unavailable or unaffordable in many low- and middle-income countries.
  • Access to self-monitoring: Blood glucose monitoring is a fundamental component of diabetes care. Many people with diabetes do not have access to the equipment and supplies they need.
  • Access to education and psychological support: People living with diabetes need ongoing education to manage their condition. Many do not have access to diabetes education.
  • Access to healthy food and a safe place to exercise: People living with or at risk of diabetes need access to healthy food and a place to exercise. Both are fundamental components of diabetes care and prevention.

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