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Health Minister admits WASTE MANAGEMENT solutions taking too long; CDB Study not yet started

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By Dana Malcolm

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#TurksandCaicos, October 28, 2022 – It is disappointment once again for residents of the Turks and Caicos as the CDB funded study to fix waste management is still in the preliminary stages according to Jamell Robinson, TCI Health Minister in a recent sit down with Cheryl-Ann Foreman.

He admitted that it was taking too long to put the mechanisms in place.

“We’re at the point where we’re going to select the actual consultant to do the work not just in Providenciales but across the Turks and Caicos Islands to see what are the various options that unfortunately is a process that will also take long..”

The CDB Study was touted as a solution for the countrywide waste problem which is especially bad in Providenciales. Fires often break out at the Wheeland dump which is just meters away from hundreds of residential properties in the most populous community in the islands.

The plan was part of a $100 million loan agreement between the PNP Government and the Caribbean Development Bank started more than six years ago.

In terms of the progress the current government has made since they took over Robinson listed two things:

  • The delivery unit is dealing with the  CDB Study as a matter of priority which will create strict timelines for the project
  • A business case has been drafted for the Provo Waste Site to be treated as a landfill. No timeline was given for the completion of the project with was described as ‘long term’ the Health minister explained that there was the possibly of contracting the garbage disposal to a private carrier.

A task force was established with Kyle Knowles, Wheeland District MP at the fore since earlier this year after continuous small fires and massive blaze that required help from airport firefighters.  That fire, as have others in the past were a real danger and health hazard.

A permanent, effective solution however seems to be years away.

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Food Wastes while People of countries like Somalia starve; donate to support fund raising of $1 billion

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By Dana Malcolm

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Somalia, December 1, 2022 – Farmers around the world produce enough food to feed 10 billion people with 8 billion currently on the planet.  We should all be well fed.  Instead hundreds of thousands of Somalians are facing starvation at this very moment.  As many as four children and 2 adults per 10 thousand will die each day.  For years the rainy season in Somalia has been non-existent.  Water is barely available in large enough amounts to feed animals and people, crops are not surviving, it’s the country’s worst drought in decades.

It will take $1 billion and the UN says it’s only halfway there.

Earlier this year the United Nations and Red Cross begged for donations warning that without the cash needed millions would face food insecurity or starvation. In mere weeks outright famine could arrive.

The World Food Program informed it needs US$327 million until January 2023 to effectively feed Somalians. Donations are a matter of life and death for more than 200 thousand people who cannot coax the land they depend on to yield any food.

It was said around 513 thousand children are malnourished and 173 thousand are at risk of dying from starvation.

James Elder, UNICEF, said “It’s a pending nightmare we have not seen this century.  This is not just about nutrition, severely malnourished children are in fact up to 11 times more likely to die from things like diarrhea and measles than well-nourished boys and girls.”

Even as Kenya and Ethiopia struggle with their own food insecurity they continue to keep their borders open ushering in any Somalian who can survive the walk.   As the crisis worsens it begs the question: We have the food so why isn’t it making it to everyone?

Several years ago I can recall working at one of the United States’ major supermarket chains as a college student.  One day the manager of the produce department entered the breakroom with an entire case of bright red strawberries announcing that they would expire within the day and couldn’t be sold.  “Eat, eat!” She prompted the group of 19 year olds, all from countries (Thailand and Jamaica) where strawberries are not grown in large amounts and thus expensive.  Delighted, we ate ourselves sick. This is part of the problem.

Around half the total weight of food produced is wasted.

An article from National Geographic corroborates it.  In richer countries that waste occurs in supermarkets, restaurants and homes.  Wealthier countries can afford to provide copious amounts of meat, beautiful out of season fruit and cooked meals for residents to choose from, all of which must be dumped as soon as the expiry date passes.

In smaller countries we have our fair share of waste as well farmers who do not have access to proper storage and transportation often find their wares spoiling.

The article revealed that with all this waste ‘only 55 percent of the world’s crop calories feed people directly; the rest are fed to livestock (about 36 percent) or turned into biofuels and industrial products (roughly 9 percent).’

Feeding less of that hard grown food to animals is a start to food equity, letting cows and other animals graze on naturally occurring grass and pasture will help.  So too will shifting our diet from such meat intensive meals to more plant rich plates.

These are long term goals.

In the near future the only thing that will save the vulnerable is immediate worldwide mobilisation and donations. Individuals as well as countries and organisations interested can donate to Somalia at the World Food Program’s website.

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A Woman in Pain; what to do to be pain-free

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By Dana Malcolm

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December 1, 2022 – Cramps, migraines, back pain, childbirth, throughout their lives women are likely to feel a lot of pain. The FDA says on average women report more pain and some types of long term pain like migraines are more common in females. Despite this many studies have proven that women are less likely to be treated quickly.

One of those ‘The Girl who Cried Pain’ found that ‘women report more severe levels of pain, more frequent incidences of pain, and pain of longer duration than men, but are nonetheless treated for pain less aggressively.’

Many women have had this experience, writer Joe Fassler explained how his wife Rachel waited 14 hours in the emergency room because none of the nurses believed she was in as much pain as she said and the doctor on call didn’t bother to do an exam, writing it off as a common health issue and treating her for that. In fact, Rachel was in dire need of emergency surgery to get rid of an ovarian torsion, which if left untreated causes body tissue to die. When doctors finally realized what was wrong the only option left was to cut out her uterus

So what can women do to get adequate healthcare when in pain? The US Pain Foundation lists several ways women can talk to their doctors about pain efficiently.

  • Make note of and discuss the intensity of your pain on a scale, make sure to note when it gets more or less intense
  • Talk about the functional impact it has on your day-to-day life. Has it stopped you from exercising, from going out? From making yourself a meal? Note all of these things and explain them to your doctor. “When you talk about what the medical community calls “daily activities of living,” doctors often sit up and take notice,” the USPF says.
  • Communicate your short- and long-term goals. Do you want to get back to exercising? or to running marathons, communicate this and organize a treatment plan

In addition learning more precise words for pain will help you describe it effectively, is it throbbing, aching, biting? Don’t be afraid to get a second and even a third opinion on your pain and finally be firm with your explanations, you know your body best.

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New Health Minister Shaun Malcolm to bring World Aids Day Message at Health Expo

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By Dana Malcolm

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#TurksandCaicos, December 1, 2022 – December 1st is recognized as World AIDS Day where we remember the millions who have passed away from HIV/AIDS and increase awareness surrounding the disease to try and decrease new infections. The ministry of health has already started their week of activities for the internationally recognized day which will be twinned with International Day of Persons with Disabilities on December 3rd.

Events will run from December 1-10 and the Health Minister Shaun Malcolm will be speaking at Providenciales’ Health Expo giving the World Aids Day Message.

That starts at 10 AM at the Gustarvus Lightbourne Sports Complex.

Then on Saturday December 3 there will be a Sip and Paint and Yellowman and Sons Auditorium in recognition of Intl Day of Persons with Disabilities.

Tuesday December 6th brings another Sip and Paint this time at the Salt Shed in Salt Cay.

Following that will be a the Annual Christmas Tree Lighting on Wednesday December 7 at Sylvia Melhaldo Aged Care in Grand Turk

On Saturday December 10th at 7pm there will be a Sip and Paint at the Atrium in Providenciales and all events are free to attend.

There will also be free HIV testing from December 1-9  throughout the islands

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