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PAHO Director Encourages Medical Students to Prepare for Leadership Roles



#Jamaica, August 4, 2022 – Aspiring medical professionals are being charged to develop themselves beyond the textbook as they prepare to take up leadership and management roles in the field of health.

“As young people, you must look towards holistic development. You need to take your studies seriously, but you can’t become bookworms,” Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Director, Dr. Carissa Etienne, has advised.

She was speaking at PAHO’s 120th anniversary youth dialogue at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, on Thursday (July 28).

Dr. Etienne, who is in the island for a four-day visit, told medical students to expose themselves to different experiences, so that their leadership skills can be honed and to understand the importance of networking.  She encouraged them to be versatile, informing that a foreign language, particularly Spanish, is a requirement for working in public health and for positions in regional bodies like PAHO.

While declaring her hope that the next PAHO Director will be from the Caribbean, the Dominican public health expert told the students that, “immediately on your graduation, you are considered to be a leader, so in tandem with your degree you also need to expose yourself to management training. You have to prepare yourself for the future that you want to see”..

Meanwhile, State Minister in the Ministry of Health and Wellness, Hon. Juliet Cuthbert-Flynn, in her remarks, congratulated PAHO on 120 years of “sterling service” to the world.  She commended the organisation’s leadership, which “continues to move the region towards improved public health and sustainable health security”.

Mrs. Cuthbert-Flynn highlighted that the Ministry remains committed to maintaining and developing a qualified and professional workforce for the delivery of health and allied services.

She challenged the students to use Thursday’s dialogue with Dr. Etienne to propel themselves to greater heights in their personal and professional aspirations.


Photo Captions:

Header – State Minister in the Ministry of Health and Wellness, Hon. Juliet Cuthbert Flynn (left); Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Director, Dr Carissa Etienne (centre) and PAHO/WHO Representative to Jamaica, Bermuda and the Cayman Islands, Ian Stein, in conversation at PAHO’s 120th anniversary youth dialogue, held at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, on Thursday (July 28).

1st insert – Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Director, Dr Carissa Etienne, addresses medical students during PAHO’s 120th anniversary youth dialogue, held at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, on Thursday (July 28).

2nd insert – State Minister in the Ministry of Health and Wellness, Hon. Juliet Cuthbert Flynn, speaks at the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO’s) 120th anniversary youth dialogue, at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, on Thursday (July 28).

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Contact: Mickella Anderson

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Polio is back; 65 million missed shots in another COVID fall out



By Dana Malcolm

Staff Writer


#USA, August 4, 2022 – For the first time in almost a decade a new case of polio was recorded in the United States. The case which ended in paralysis emphasizes the danger the region faces as vaccination levels drop to 30-year lows.

The World Health Organization warned in early July explained that vaccination in the region of the Americas and the rest of world was dropping rapidly because of various spin off effects precipitated by the Coronavirus Pandemic.

Over 65 million infants missed out on basic vaccines in the last three years thanks to disruptions in routine healthcare, lockdowns and other circumstances. The effects are already being felt as once eradicated disease like measles and polio are once again emerging.

The Pan American Health Organization announced earlier this year the Americas are now facing another measles outbreak after having been declared free of the disease in 2016.

Dr. Jarvis Barbosa, Assistant director of PAHO said vaccination levels are now as low as they were in 1994 for measles and polio and Brazil has had several outbreaks of measles.

In the case of the United States an unvaccinated young adult developed the disease after contact with another individual vaccinated with a live version of the vaccine.

The breakout polio case in the US sent shockwaves across the country because of the severe nature of the disease. Polio is an extremely dangerous disease with no known cure. It causes paralysis in as many as 1 in 200 infected and that paralysis is permanent.

Normally very few school age children would be at risk in the Americas as the vaccine is required to start school but with the gap in vaccinations many more children are now at risk.

Polio was one of the most feared diseases of the 20th century, paralyzing and killing hundreds of thousands, especially children. Thankfully vaccinated individuals are not at risk and as such the WHO is advising that the best way to protect against polio is vaccination.


Photo Caption:  Child in Benin takes Polio vaccine, UNSDG

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Dunn’s River Offers Special Summer Package



#Jamaica, August 5, 2022 – Persons looking for an adventurous activity to do this summer are being encouraged to take advantage of the ‘Summa Thrills’ promotion, being offered by the world-famous Dunn’s River Falls and Park.

The promotion, which ends September 15, includes paying one cost to climb the Falls, ‘Tek-A-Hike’ and Zip over the Falls via the Chukka Falls Flyer. In addition, persons will also have access to the beach, splash pad, and other amenities.

The cost for residents is $5,000 per person and US$75 per person for non-residents. A photo identification is required to access the resident rate.

“We have partnered with CHUKKA to create this five-star experience,” Marketing Manager, Urban Development Corporation (UDC), Kereen Cole-Ivey, told JIS News.

She further informed that ‘Tek-A-Hike’ is the newest product offering at Dunn’s River Falls and Park and that the promotion provides an opportunity to build awareness and renew interest in the falls and park.

‘Tek-a-Hike’ is a guided, one-hour-and-a-half hike that starts at the Tranquility Gardens and ends in the Dunn’s River Falls & Park Nursery. Here guests can purchase plants or adopt a tree as part of the park’s Reforestation and Conservation Programme.

The hike is approximately two miles and is an experience that the entire family can enjoy. Along the trail, guests will learn about the flora and fauna on the entire property, which is called the Belmont property, as well as the general history of Dunn’s River Falls and Park. They will also get a chance to visit the Belmont Great House ruins.

“Coming out of COVID-19, we thought that this (Summa Thrills) would have been a very great adventure for the family and for everyone to enjoy and have a good time,” said Mrs. Cole-Ivey, adding that the UDC has other plans in place for Dunn’s River.

Dunn’s River Falls and Park is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. Persons are being encouraged to book ahead via the Dunn’s River website at, otherwise tickets can be purchased on location.

You may also visit @dunnsriver.jamaica and @udcjamaica on Instagram or call 876 618-6052 for additional information.

The Dunn’s River Falls and Park is managed and operated by St. Ann Development Corporation (SADCO), a subsidiary of the UDC.


Contact: Shanna K. Salmon

Release: JIS

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Carnival Cruise ordered to pay $10.2 million for passenger claiming rape by staff



By Sherrica Thompson

Staff Writer


#USA, August 5, 2022 – A Miami-based Federal Court returned a more than $10.2 million verdict against Carnival Cruise Line in favour of a passenger who claims a former crew member raped her in a storage closet aboard the Carnival Miracle in 2018.

A jury issued the verdict recently in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida finding Carnival liable for damages to the plaintiff, for false imprisonment and sexual assault by a crew member, in December 2018.

The jury separately found that Carnival was not negligent and that the former crew member did not intentionally inflict emotional distress on Plaintiff.

According to a statement issued last week Tuesday, Carnival Cruise Line said the incident between the plaintiff and the former crew member was consensual and plans to appeal the court’s decision.

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