Nat’l Security Council focused on Keeping Cholera Out as Haitians try to slip in
By Deandrea Hamilton
#TurksandCaicos, February 11, 2023 – Protecting the borders of the Turks and Caicos has never been without conscious efforts to also protect public health, and with over 13,640 cases of and 283 deaths linked to Cholera in peace-shattered Haiti, according to the World Health Organization, the Turks and Caicos Islands Ministry of Health has been tasked with a new assignment.
“The Ministry of Health was asked to develop a smart screening program from Cholera and the sourcing of vaccines, to be called on if required, has started,” informed an update from the National Security Council meeting of February 2, 2023.
The same document issued on February 9, informed that Turks and Caicos “Police arrested 690 migrants at sea over December 2022 – January 2023; cooperation with the US; charges against an Officer for harbouring; disposal of seized goods; and clearance systems.”
This is a clear signal for the country’s security body to improve not only border protection in terms of manpower and alliances to fend off vessels involved in human smuggling, but to ensure those who slip through and detected by the Coastal Radar System are better screened in order to fend off an invasion of Cholera.
Just this past week, the Dominican Republic reported having eight new infections. The DR shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti, and has also been inundated with residents seeking refuge from the riotous conditions at home.
It was explained that presentations focused upon: “Progress discussing maritime delineation with the Government of the Bahamas; and Activities that stemmed from the visit to the Bahamas by the Governor and the Premier, which included support from the Royal Bahamas Defence Force for training and improvement of radar capability to assist with interception of migrant vessels.”
It was a packed house at this recent gathering of the NSC included: His Excellency the Governor, Nigel Dakin; the Hon. Premier Charles Washington Misick; HE Deputy Governor; the Hon. Deputy Premier; the Hon. Minister of Immigration and Border Force; the Hon. Attorney General; the National Security Secretariat (NSS) Permanent Secretary; NSS Deputy Permanent Secretary and the National Security Threats Lead, and the Deputy Commissioner of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force (RTCIPF) who represented the Commissioner who was out of the jurisdiction at the time.
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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:
JAMAICA: 12,362 Seniors Registered Under New Social Pension Programme
#Kingston, March 28, 2023 – There are currently 12,362 seniors registered under the Government’s new Social Pension Programme.
Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Karl Samuda, made the disclosure during the sitting of the Standing Finance Committee of the House on March 2, at Gordon House.
The initiative targets all Jamaican citizens 75 years and older who are not currently in receipt of a pension (overseas or local) or any other retirement, old-age or disability benefit or regular income, and are not living in a government institutionalised care facility.
“We are evaluating the manner in which we qualify persons to go on the programme. This is a discussion we will have to have, as some people fall through the cracks simply because they might have a refrigerator, or they might be lucky enough to have a television at home,” Mr. Samuda said.
“The direction in which we are heading, to have those things, does not move you from poverty to prosperity. So, the Government has an obligation to do everything possible to improve their quality of life, and so we will be looking at that,” the Minister added.
Mr. Samuda said between March 2022 and January 2023, the programme disbursed $446 million.
To register for the social pension programme, persons may visit any of the Ministry’s parish offices islandwide.
They will be required to complete a social pension application form, accompanied by their Tax Registration Number (TRN), National Insurance Scheme (NIS) card, and proof of age in the form of a birth certificate or a valid passport.
They should also take along a valid identification (ID), such as a driver’s licence, passport or voter’s ID, proof of bank account and any other document that may be required to process the application, for example, proof of citizenship.
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