No Mass Vaccination Needed for MonkeyPox says PAHO
By Dana Malcolm
July 25, 2022 – An altered version of the smallpox vaccine which is effective against Monkeypox is being offered in countries around the world to protect the most vulnerable as cases rise and the World Health Organization declares the event a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.
The vaccine is called Imvanex in the UK and Europe, Jynneos in the US and Imvamune in Canada but the vaccine is the same in every case and is made by the same company. The vaccine is effective before and even after contact with an infected person. But for persons who may already be infected, it works best within four days of contact with an infected individual.
Unfortunately because Monkeypox has never broken out on this scale, demand is outstripping supply across the globe. The UK at present is only offering one dose to the most vulnerable populations. These include healthcare workers who are caring for and who are due to start caring for a patient with confirmed Monkeypox.
Gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (GBMSM) is at the highest risk of exposure and people who have already had close contact with a patient with confirmed Monkeypox.
In terms of supply for the Turks and Caicos there has been no mention yet of providing overseas territories with the vaccine.
In fact the UK is firm on their stance that those at most risk will be considered first with every new batch that becomes available. Not even healthcare workers “who work in non-specialist wards or clinics, even those in frontline services and Accident and Emergency” will get a vaccine if they do not meet the criteria.
The Caribbean Public Health Agency CARPHA has also not made any mention of procuring the vaccine as yet. In the agency’s latest communication on July 18th it warned countries to be vigilant and Dr. Joy St. John, Executive Director said, “Personnel are prepared to respond in country to assist in the investigation and control of an outbreak, should the need arise.”
The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) said vaccination should be done on a case by case basis but stressed, “Mass vaccination is not required nor recommended for Monkeypox at this time.”
Anyone can get Monkeypox through prolonged close contact with a positive individual, touching rashes or materials that have been in contact with an infected individual’s open lesions.
Earth Day celebrations
#TurksandCaicos, March 31, 2023 – Earth Day is coming up on April 22, 2023, and the Department of Environment and Coastal resources is hosting a poetry competition for TCI youth to mark the event.
Students of all ages are encouraged to write a sonnet to celebrate the TCI’s natural beauty; the winning poem will be published in the Times of the Island Magazine.
The deadline for poems to be submitted is April 30, 2023, and students should submit their poem via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or in person to any DECR office. Entries must include the student’s name, age and school.
The department promises that there are prizes to be won for the top poets.
April 22 marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement 53 years ago and helps demonstrate support for environmental protection. The theme for this year is “Invest In Our Planet.”
This year‘s theme follows years of missed climate action goals by governments globally, including poor climate financing. The Turks and Caicos and other small island developing states are particularly at risk environmentally because of the growing threat of climate change.
Currently the country is working through the Environmental Health Department DECR, Fisheries Department, and more to create sustainable fishing, farming, and marine practices that will benefit the country economically, but also protect its natural flora and fauna.
Projects include sargassum research, coral nurseries to rebuild the country’s coral reef, farming in schools, marine spatial planning to create an effective plan for the use of marine resources, participation in the UK Blue Belt program to protect local marine life, and much more.
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Bahamas Golden Jubilee Events Announced, Celebrations Across 33 Islands & Cays
#TheBahamas, March 27, 2023 – As the 50th anniversary of our nation’s independence approaches, Bahamians everywhere are teeming with excitement and expectancy around the year-long celebrations set by The National Independence Secretariat.
Yesterday, the Prime Minister joined H.E Leslia Miller Brice, Chair of The National Independence Secretariat to unveil the Calendar of Events for the 50th Independence celebrations.
The calendar comprises a host of events, initiatives and recommendations for celebrations throughout all 33 islands of The Bahamas.
At this jubilant occasion the PM stated, “Celebrating independence is about acknowledging the greatness around us, the greatness within us, and the greatness ahead of us.
We are Bahamians. That identity is special.”
View the newly released calendar of events here:
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