Cholera risk increasing says WHO, $25 Million needed now to cap the surge
By Dana Malcolm
#TurksandCaicos, March 2, 2023 – A staggering one billion people or a massive 12.9 percent of the global population across 43 countries are at risk of cholera infection according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
Five of the six global regions have cases with full on outbreaks affecting parts of Asia, Africa and the Caribbean. So far India, Pakistan, the Philippines and Syria, among others, are listed as affected by outbreaks.
The current spread of official outbreaks affecting 22 countries has forced the global organization to ask for funding to help with control of the disease for the first time. Should a pandemic ensue vaccines would be in extremely short supply with only 37 million set to be available for the entire year of 2023.
Haiti and the Dominican Republic are the two Caribbean countries listed as battling outbreaks; both of them are close neighbors to the Turks and Caicos, a risk that the government has clocked and says it is hatching mitigation strategies.
The Ministry of Health has been instructed by the National Security Council to secure its own batch of cholera vaccines should the country need them. In addition, they are creating a smart screen program to detect cholera in the hundreds of Haitian migrants who continue to brave the seas and try to reach the Turks and Caicos’ shores.
The cholera outbreak is also one of the reasons that a moratorium has been placed on visitor visas to the Turks and Caicos for candidates applying from Haiti.
The WHO has fingered war, poverty, and natural disasters as all fueling poor access to clean water and the leading reasons for the regressive outbreaks.
In fact, the organization says it needs $25 million to help curb the outbreaks and save lives.
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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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