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Elevating Public Health Defenses: Strengthening Vector Control Capabilities in the Turks and Caicos Islands



Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands – Wednesday, 22 November 2023: The Environmental Health Department (EHD) proudly announces a major advancement in its mission to uphold public health standards. Our dedicated officers recently completed an intensive one-week Pest and Vector Control training workshop hosted by the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) from 7th – 10th November 2023. This transformative training marks a crucial milestone in our ongoing commitment to enhancing vector control disease prevention throughout the Turks and Caicos Islands.

The primary objectives of this comprehensive training were to:

  1. Gain a profound understanding of pest control principles and the safe and effective use of pesticides.
  2. Strengthen the capacity for the identification of mosquitoes.
  1. Comprehend the principles and practices of mosquito management, surveillance, and control.
  1. Acquire knowledge about the behaviour and control of bedbugs, flies, and fleas.

Commenting on the training, Honourable Shaun D. Malcolm, Minister of Health and Human Services stated, “The training sessions meticulously designed and executed, have equipped our environmental health professionals with advanced knowledge, skills and strategies essential for effective vector control. These newfound capabilities empower us to address the evolving challenges of disease-carrying vectors, ensuring a proactive and resilient response to potential health threats.” 

The Minister went on to say that together, we are forging a healthier and more robust Turks and Caicos Islands, where the health and safety of our communities remain at the forefront of our priorities.

We extend our heartfelt gratitude to PAHO for their invaluable support and expertise. Dr. Brittney Jones and Dr. Eldonna Bosisson, PAHO/WHO Representatives, along with our facilitator, Ms. Camille White, Environmental Health Officer III from the Ministry of Health and Social Development BVI, played instrumental roles in delivering an exceptional training program.

Ms. Zatanya Handfield, Vector Control Coordinator, expressed her enthusiasm stating, “This pest and vector control training exercise plays a pivotal role in providing essential tools and knowledge needed to proactively address vector-related health risks. We eagerly anticipate integrating these newfound skills into our daily operations, further enhancing the capabilities of our Vector Control Unit. This training reaffirms our unwavering commitment to the health and well-being of the residents and visitors of the Turks and Caicos Islands.”

The Environmental Health Department remains steadfast in its dedication to safeguarding the public against vector-borne diseases such as Dengue, Chikungunya, and Zika in the Turks and Caicos Islands. This workshop, coupled with our ongoing collaborative initiatives with the Caribbean Public Health Agency, Pan American Health Organisation and the UK Health Security Agency, aims to fortify the Vector Control Unit in the TCI.


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Header:  Minister for Health and Human Services, Hon. Shaun Malcolm, Vector Control Training Facilitator and training group.

1st insertEHD staff identifying mosquito species in the TCI.

2nd insert: EHD employees conducting mosquito resistance testing

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Town Hall De-briefing



#TurksandCaicos, February 21, 2024 – Acting Commissioner of Police Christopher Eyre held a meeting with Her Excellency the Governor Dileeni Daniel-Selvaratnam and Member of Parliament for Grand Turk North, the Hon. Otis Morris, today (February 21st) at Police Headquarters, Airport Road, Providenciales.

The debriefing was to discuss concerns raised by residents during last evening’s Anti-Crime Town Hall meeting at the H.J Robinson High School, Grand Turk.

Commissioner Eyre expressed his deep appreciation to Her Excellency and Hon Morris for their attendance, saying that work was already underway to address the community concerns.

Commissioner Eyre said: “I acknowledge the challenges raised and wish to assure you that the Executive of the RTCIPF remains steadfast in ensuring the TCI is safe. We listened to your concerns, and I assure you that rebuilding trust and strengthening community-policing relations are top priorities.

“The RTCIPF has taken a holistic approach in the fight against crime. Increased visibility, greater stakeholder collaborations and ongoing dialogue forums to appraise you will occur. We are accountable to you.”


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Header: Town Hall Meeting Head Table (l-r) Superintendent of Prisons Michael Woodbine, HE the Governor Dileeni Daniel-Selvaratnam, Deputy Commissioner Rodney Adams, Superintendent Dean Holden, ag Commissioner of Police Christopher Eyre.

1st insert: HE the Governor Dileeni Daniel-Selvaratnam, MP Grand Turk North Hon Otis Morris and ag Commissioner of Police Christopher Eyre during this afternoon’s debriefing at Police Headquarters.

2nd insert: Grand Turk resident Derek Been addresses the head table during the Question and Answer segment

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Two Charged With Firearm Offences




#TurksandCaicos, February 21, 2024 – JERREAL MISSICK, 22, of Over Back, Grand Turk and SHAQUAZE FORBES, 21, also from Over Back, are expected to appear before a Magistrate charged with the following offences.

1) Gang Membership;
2) Possession of a Firearm;
3) Possession of Ammunition and
4) Discharging Firearm

Both Mr. Missick and Mr. Forbes were charged under the Anti-Gang Ordinance (2022) following an investigation into the discharging of a firearm incident that occurred on February 13th 2024, in Over Back.
The charges came after police officers consulted with the Office of the Director of Public


Head of Crime, Safeguarding, and Public Protection Superintendent Dean Holden said: “This is another example of the Police Force’s relentless pursuit of those suspected to be involved in gang-related crime, specifically the criminal use of illegal firearms. This latest charge also demonstrates our continued use of the Anti-Gang legislation to target individuals who cause harm to our communities”.

The RTCIPF is asking the public to notify the closest police station, contact 911, the Serious Crime Unit at 231-1842,Crime Stoppers at 1-800-8477, and anonymously give any information on illegal activity.

Additionally, persons are encouraged to download the CrimeStoppers P3 app from the Google Play store or Apple Apps and share information anonymously.

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Ministry of Home Affairs, Public Safety and Utilities and Telecommunications proudly Commissions the Yellow Wing



Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands, 21st February 2024 – The long-awaited completion and commissioning of the Yellow Wing at the Department of Correctional Services took place in Grand Turk yesterday.

The event was attended by a number of Government functionaries; including Her Excellencies, the Governor and Deputy Governor, Ms. Dileeni Daniel-Selvaratnam and Mrs. Anya Williams respectively, the Premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands, Hon. Charles Washington Misick, Attorney General, Hon. Rhondalee Braithwaite-Knowles, as well as the Minister for Home Affairs, Public Safety and Utilities and Telecommunication’s Commission, Hon. Otis Morris.

Hon. Josephine Connolly, Minister for Tourism, Permanent Secretaries, Mrs. Bridgette Newman, Mr. James Astwood and Mr. Miquel Swann, newly appointed interim Commissioner of Police, Mr. Chris Eyre, Chaplains of the HoA and the Prison, along with staff of the Public Works Department, Department of Correctional Services and Olympic Construction were also in attendance.

The reconstruction of the Yellow Wing commenced in May 2020, following destruction of the building by fire in 2019.

The ceremony was chaired by Assistant Superintendent, Mr. Clyde Greene. Among the officials who brought remarks, were, the Superintendent, the Minister, the Deputy Governor, the Premier and the Governor; all of whom expressed their delight in being able to participate in and witness the commissioning.

In his remarks, the Superintendent of the Department of Correctional Services, Mr. Michael Woodbine expressed his thanks and appreciation to the Government and Ministry for the additional funding received by the Department, to assist with the resolution of a number of longstanding issues.

He went on to note, “The key function of the prison is not only to protect the public by keeping those who pose a risk out of society, but it also has a wider role to play in supporting law enforcement”

He further highlighted some of the Department’s community activities, support given in various areas and his department’s plans for the year.

The Minister for Home Affairs, Public Safety and Utilities and Telecommunication’s Commission, Hon. Otis Morris in his remarks stated, “Today marks a significant milestone, as we gather to celebrate the completion of the Yellow Wing. This project has been a collaborative effort; which demonstrated my Government’s commitment to providing a safer and more humane environment for inmates and staff alike.” 

Hon. Morris went on to note that the improvements made to the Yellow Wing would not only enhance the living conditions for inmates but would also contribute to the overall rehabilitation and well-being of those in the Department’s care.

In conclusion, he encouraged all to continue to work together to uphold the highest standards of safety, security and rehabilitation within our correctional facilities.

Following the hand-over of the keys, cutting of the ribbon and blessing of the building; attendees were treated to a Control and Restraint mock exercise to remove a non-compliant and violent person from a cell.

The team demonstrated the manner in which they calmly manage these very difficult situations, trying their best to de-escalate the person’s heightened mood and aggression. The Exercise was well received and the team was highly commended for their negotiation and team work skills.

The ceremony ended with the Vote of Thanks by the Deputy Superintendent Mr. Raymond Grant.

The Department of Correctional Services with the of support of the Ministry of Physical Planning and Infrastructure Development will continue the upgrade of the facilities at the Department of Correctional Services with the works to the Blue and Green wings.

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