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EMS getting new base in Provo as special Week marked in May in TCI

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By Deandrea Hamilton

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#TurksandCaicos, June 6, 2022 – The Bight will be the new home of the second EMS base and a new ambulance said Health and Human Services Minister Jamell Robinson is coming, along with more staff, two of whom will be senior workers in this critical area;. it was announced during budget debates May 2-5.

During the recently held EMS Week, those announcements got more attention and it featured a number of initiatives designed to raise the awareness of the professionals who serve the country in times of emergency.

The Health Minister in supporting the events of EMS Week, May 15th – 21st, 2022, informed that in this year’s budget the  Department will receive three more ambulances, nine new staffers including a Medical Officer, and a second site in Providenciales.

The Minister said the second location for EMS will improve response to emergencies across the TCIs most populated island.

Ministry of Health, EMS workers and their families attended   Church Services – St Monica’s (Providenciales) and Grand Turk (Salem Baptist Church); Education Day on Monday; Safety Day in South Caicos on Tuesday; EMS Children’s Day on Wednesday where youngsters learned about the job of an EMS practitioner; Thursday was Save A Life day at the Gustavus Lightbourne Gym, which included training in CPR and other ife saving techniques and on Friday, it was EMS Appreciation Day.

Across the Turks and Caicos, there is a team of 27 EMTs, described by the MOH as brilliant minds who have continued to “Rise to the Challenge” in a time of uncertainty and fear.

 

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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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Training Camps announced early as more can join the Footsteps4Good Challenge

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By Dana Malcolm

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#TurksandCaicos, June 25, 2022 – Last year’s participants were the first ones to ever circumnavigate the Turks and Caicos solely on manpower and this year they’re back again and with a broader vision for the challenge which is also a charity.  It’s time for the second staging of Footsteps4Good and if you missed out last year you’ll want to get in on the event in 2022.

Coming up this October and organized by Governor’s wife Amanda Dakin , TCI Red Cross, OneTCI, and the Provo Road Runners, this year&#39’s adventure will span 13 days and 200 miles in an adventurous crossing of the islands and cays of the TCI once again. The organizers say there will be sections and stages to suit all abilities and fitness levels.  Contributions will be nominal, from $20 for the stage being entered by any participant.

The announcement is going out early this year so that all the ‘fitness fanatics’ who want to take on the entire 13-day journey of hiking, rowing and extreme walking will be able to join the fitness training camps to get them ready for the physically grueling experience.

It is no joke.  From blisters to burns to bites and flat out exhaustion; it will take grit to get it done and join up as part of history in the making.

Organisers point out that not many people can say they have gone around the TCI just using their bodies; and they ask: ‘will you be one this year?’

For those who don’t want to try defying the odds, you can participate in single-day events on the family islands including run-walks, boating, and cycling or just making a financial donation.

For more information, you can email info2022fsfg@gmail.com

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