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National Health Insurance Board suits up for Autism Awareness Day

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#TurksandCaicos, April 4, 2022 – Board members and staff of the National Health Insurance Board wore customized blue T-shirts on Friday 1 st , April to join forces with health and special needs organizations around the world in promoting autism awareness. The month of April is recognized as World Autism Month with the 2nd of April acknowledged as Autism Awareness Day. Autism is a lifelong, non-progressive neurological disorder typically appearing before the age of three years.

The word “autism” means a developmental disability significantly affecting verbal and non-verbal communication and social interaction.

Commenting on Autism Awareness Day, Minister of Health and Human Services, Hon. Jamell Robinson stated, “The conversation has long started, and we see, hear and as a community feel the growing concerns of the increase in children with autism in our community. While most of these concerns are aimed at educational and social development resources for persons on the autism spectrum, autism is a neurological disorder and so proper care and educational development for a child, adolescent or adult begins with proper diagnosis. This Autism Awareness Day, I encourage all parents and legal guardians who notice any developmental delays in their child to seek proper diagnosis. That is the right place to start.”

Currently the National Health Insurance Board does not provide specific benefits for persons on the autism spectrum, outside of access to health care generally.

Hon. Robinson, “There is assistance available through the Ministry of Health and Human Services for persons on the autism spectrum from diagnosis to treatment and beyond. The Ministry of Health and Human Services is working closely and tirelessly with the Ministry of Education to increase and improve the current resources available. We are in the process of developing and designing programs that will enhance the lives and provide impactful educational development of persons with special needs.”

On 2 April, organizations and communities around the world wears blue in honor of World Autism Awareness Day. It is all part of Light it Up Blue, a campaign spearheaded by the organization Autism Speaks that aims to foster understanding and acceptance for those with autism.

Hon. Robinson stated, “I commend the National Health Insurance Board for taking this initiative on Autism Awareness Day. It is important as a community to unite for the purpose of public education and awareness on special needs particularly Autism for the month of April. Wearing blue for the month of April shows that we not only understand what Autism is but also that we support and accept them as well and that is important.”

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RTCIPF Press Release: FIVE CAYS MURDER UPDATE  

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#TurksandCaicos, January 25, 2023 – An investigation has commenced into the shooting death of a male.

The murder occurred today (January 24th).

Based on preliminary reports, at around 3pm, the Police Control Room  received a call from a resident stating that gunshots were being heard in Five Cays

RTCIPF officers responded to the given location at Reece Street and found the lifeless body of a male, lying face down on the ground with what appeared to be gunshot wounds about the body.

Based on initial information received, the victim resided at Sand Bar Street, Five Cays.

Officers are at this time gathering pertinent details to ascertain a motive behind the murder of  the deceased.

The public is being advised to notify the closest police station or to contact Crime Stoppers and give any information regarding this murder or  any illegal activity anonymously.

Please note, that Crime Stoppers calls are answered in Miami and in Houston by Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers which is a non-profit and not a police agency.

The calls are anonymous and cannot be traced in the United States or the TCI.

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Drunk Driver charged says TCI Police

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By Dana Malcolm

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#TurksandCaicos, January 25, 2023 – Turks and Caicos’ road fatalities remain at zero.  But a serious traffic accident had residents concerned that an individual may have died.  With those concerns voiced by residents, Police have confirmed to Magnetic Media that while an accident did occur last weekend near the Chicken Shack, no one died.

Press Officer Denyse Renne explained that in the case of that accident a 59 year old Grand Turk man was arrested  for driving with alcohol consumption above the legal limit and that  the Traffic Department is continuing investigations.

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Women 30x more likely for UTIs; Learn More

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By Dana Malcolm 

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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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