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Until August 31 No Migrant Health Certificate needed for Work Permit Renewals says Ministry of Health

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#TurksandCaicos, May 27, 2022 – The Ministry of Health and Human Services wishes to advise the public that the Migrant Health Unit will resume services as of Tuesday 31st May, 2022. The Unit will resume services from 9:00am to 2:00pm weekdays. We also wish to remind the general public of our service schedule which will remain the same as it was prior to closing.

Monday Collect Invoice/Certificate

Tuesday Submit Medical Application Conducted Overseas/Status Update (Agencies, Hotels and Corporate Bodies)

Wednesday Submit Application Medical Application Conducted Overseas/Status Update (Individuals Only)

Thursday Submit Application/Status Update (Local Clinics Only)

Friday Collect Invoice/Certificate

The Migrant Health Unit is asking persons who have previously paid for their Medical Certificates and have not yet collected them to please attend the Migrant Health Evaluation offices in Providenciales and Grand Turk for collection. Please bring with you a copy of your passport and payment receipt when attending for verification purposes.

The Immigration and Labor Departments will only be accepting the new version of the Certificate of Good Health. Therefore, persons who have already collected their certificates and have not yet submitted it to the Immigration or Labor Department are advised to return to the Migrant Health Unit for a reprint of the current version of certificate.

In a statement from the Minister of Health and Human Services, Honourable Jamell Robinson, Cabinet approved at its most recent meeting that “A 3-month moratorium has been granted on the requirement to submit a migrant health certificate for the renewal of work permits effective June 1-August 31 2022 with an option to extend a further 3 months.”

For further details and guidance on any of the above mentioned, please do not hesitate to contact the Ministry via Ph. (649) 338-5063.

Our staff remains committed to working along with the General Public to maintain a healthy environment and we anticipate your full cooperation in this matter

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Monkeypox NOT a Public Health Emergency, but watch out, its changing says WHO

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By Dana Malcolm

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June 27, 2022 – The World Health Organization says while Monkeypox is not a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (the highest alert the body can give) they are concerned about the rapid spread and data gaps in the current outbreak.

“I am deeply concerned by the spread of Monkeypox, which has now been identified in more than 50 countries, across five WHO regions, with 3,000 cases since the early May,” said Director General Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus.

There had been fears that the WHO would declare the outbreak an emergency of international concern going into a June 23 meeting. He maintained that the world had neglected Monkeypox research despite the fact that it had been circulating in Africa for many years. He stressed that this approach to neglected diseases must change as the world is an interconnected population. This inter connectivity could prove disastrous for vulnerable people.

“What makes the current outbreak especially concerning is the rapid, continuing spread into new countries and regions and the risk of further, sustained transmission into vulnerable populations including people that are immunocompromised, pregnant women and children,” he said.

In order to combat this he called for the communication and collaboration between member states and a collective response.

So far the disease has been exhibiting different symptoms than usual including rashes localized to the genitals instead of the entire body like usual. This prompted the US Centers for Disease Control to change the requirements advising doctors to test anyone who appeared with a rash seeming like Monkeypox.

Ghebreyesus revealed Monkeypox was an evolving health threat that the WHO was following extremely closely and maintained that countries should use surveillance, contact tracing, isolation, and ensuring health tools were available to at risk populations as ways to control the spread.

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Moderna & Pfizer approved for toddlers in US

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By Dana Malcolm

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#USA, June 25, 2022 – Toddlers can now be vaccinated with either Moderna or Pfizer in the United States following the US Food and Drug Administration’s Advisory Committee vote to authorize the jabs for the youngest humans.

Some 2.5 million vaccines were ordered for these youngsters from Pfizer and 1.3 million are on order from Moderna.

The authorization committee voted unanimously on both vaccines and it comes as a relief to millions of parents who opted to keep their children away from family gatherings, even school

The lowest age a US resident can now get vaccinated is 6 months, Pfizer says their shot is ready for children six months to four years old and Moderna goes one year higher at 6 months to 5 years.  Both Pfizer and Moderna say the toddlers will need boosters in the future.

As of June 2, there have been 442 children between the ages of 0-4 years old who have died as a result of Covid-19 in the United States.

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Listeria kills three in UK

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By Dana Malcolm

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#UnitedKingdom, June 25, 2022 – At least 3 people have died in an ongoing listeria outbreak in the United Kingdom linked to smoked fish.  The Food Standards Agency in the UK says,  “Listeria is widespread in the environment and can contaminate a range of food at low or standard refrigeration temperatures.  It can be destroyed by thorough cooking.  It is of most concern in chilled, ready-to-eat foods that do not require further cooking, such as smoked fish.”

At least 12 cases, six of them since January, are linked to the fish.  Vulnerable individuals were especially affected by the outbreak including a pregnant woman and several elderly persons.  The three victims who died were all over 65 years old.

The agency said there was no need to avoid smoked fish but to cook it thoroughly.  Contaminated food may not look or smell spoiled but it can cause severe illness in pregnant women, cancer patients, children, and the elderly.

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