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The Ministry of Health and Human Services Migrant Health System Goes Digital

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#TurksandCaicos, February 15th, 2024 – The Ministry of Health and Human Services is pleased to announce the successful completion and launch of phase three of the Migrant Health Evaluation system. The Digitalization & E- Government Technology and Innovation (DETI) unit, within the Ministry of Finance, Investment and Trade, and developers have finalized phase three of the new system, which is scheduled to go live on February 19th, 2024.

 

In phase 1, a more secure system was introduced, providing each Migrant Health Officer with accountability and access to the Migrant Health system.

 

Phase 2 witnessed the development of a Medical Health Management and Health Certificate Management portal, featuring a secured QR code and Access Code backend validation, along with User Security groups for various levels of access to System and Applicant data. The Unit can now send medicals via email or text to each applicant or their representative. An additional layer of security allows the Labour Department to view approved medicals on the MHU portal.

In phase 3, both local and international doctors can directly register and submit applications via the MHU Portal, eliminating the need for third-party involvement. Applicants can create an account for direct access to their application status and Migrant Health E-Certificate.

 

With the launch of the MHU Portal, reprinting services will be discontinued. 

 

The Migrant Health Unit advises all clients to download their Migrant Health E-Certificates before the portal’s launch. Clients with hard copy certificates can either scan the QR Code or enter the Certificate Number and Access Code on the portal.

 

Commenting on the successful completion of this system is Ms. Alrisa Gardiner, Primary Health Care Manager with responsibility for the Migrant Health Unit who stated that “the Migrant Health Evaluation program has undergone significant upgrades and updates over the past two years. With the help and dedication of the team from DETI, we can now boast of our online portal which allows for more safety and efficiency in migrant health processing. We wish to register our thanks to the Ministry of Finance, Investment and Trade, the team at DETI and the developers for their work on this project”.

 

Taking note of the success of the Primary Health Care Unit, and the Ministry of Health and Human Services by extension, the Minister of Health and Human Services Hon. Shaun D. Malcolm expressed how pleased he was in relation to this milestone. He noted that this success will go a long way in helping the unit to process applications in timely manner. He also expressed his gratitude to all the agencies who made the success of this initiative possible, including former Ministers of Health (Deputy Premier EJ Saunders and Hon. Jamal Robinson), and her Excellency the Deputy Governor.

 

Access the Certificate Validation Portal at: https://healthcertificate.gov.tc.

Please take note of these essential dates as we navigate through the pivotal phases of Migrant

Health System’s digital evolution.

 

Key Dates:

– February 9th, 2024 – Last date to request a reprint

– February 9th, 2024 – Last date to submit hard copy applications – February 19th, 2024 – MHU Portal Goes Live

– February 19th, 2024 – Doctor’s Registration

 

The Ministry of Health and Human Services extends its gratitude to DETI for their commitment and hard work in ensuring the project’s progression and completion.

 

The new system promises increased robustness and user-friendliness for all stakeholders, ensuring secure and smooth processing of medicals and issuance of Certificates of Good Health.

For more information on our new system, please call 649-338-5063 or email migranthealth@gov.tc.

 

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Yellow Fever Outbreak in Region and Beyond, Travellers Warned

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Rashaed Esson

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#YellowFever#Caribbean, April 10, 2024 – Reports say there is an outbreak of Yellow fever in the Caribbean according to the Department of Health and official government advice website, Travel Health Pro, and travelers are being warned to be vigilant. The authorities say the outbreak is also in parts of Africa, and Central and South America.

Guyana and Peru so far have seen two cases. Brazil reports the disease in monkeys, an indication that it is spreading across the ccounty. Colombia has seen 3 cases.

In South America, between January 1 and March 18 2024, there have been seven confirmed cases, four fatal.

Yellow fever is spread by mosquitoes, Aedes aegypti (Linnaeus) and can cause potentially fatal hemorrhagic illness. Fortunately, it can be prevented with vaccination and so the World Health Organisation (WHO) is advising people ages nine months and older, traveling to the affected areas, to get vaccinated.

 

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Four Year Old Beheaded Trinidad 

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Rashaed Esson

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#Homicide#FourYearOld#TrinidadandTobago, April 9, 2024 – Trinidad was left in shock and sorrow with the beheading of a four year old girl, reportedly by her stepfather, early Tuesday April 9, at her home in Arouca, a town in the East-West Corridor of Trinidad and Tobago. The Police informed that when they arrived on the scene, the head of the little girl, identified as Amarah Lallitte, was in one room and her body in another.  

 

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CariSECURE 2.0 Equipping Youth to Take Charge Against Crime

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Bridgetown, 9 April, 2024 – Amidst rising concerns over citizen security in the Caribbean, a deliberate effort is being made to empower the region’s youth to step into leadership roles and drive change from within. Through a free, online course by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in partnership with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), youth will be equipped with the skills and knowledge needed to tackle pressing security challenges head-on.

The “Youth on the way to Peace and Security” course is being launched regionally as part of CariSECURE 2.0 (CS2.0), which works to reduce youth involvement in crime and trafficking in persons (TIP) in the region. It will run from 16 April – 3 May, with support from InfoSegura.

This course comes at a crucial time when security issues like crime and violence are on the rise in the Caribbean. By the end of the course, participants will have improved understanding of regional security challenges, enhanced leadership skills, and greater opportunity to network with peers and experts around the region, empowering them to take leadership roles in regional conversations and citizen security activities.

Maia Hibben, Project Manager for CariSECURE 2.0, underscored the significance of engaging young people in matters of citizen security.  ” Throughout the life of our project, input from young people has been invaluable,” she said. “Whether it be helping to craft national workplans to reduce crime, developing a roadmap for youth empowerment in the Caribbean, or creating digital solutions to improve crime reporting as planned for this year, youth have proven that their perspectives are indispensable. This course is just another way for youth to strengthen their skills to address regional security challenges.”

By building capacity of young leaders to address security challenges and promote social cohesion, the course contributes directly to Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) 16, towards Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions.

The course will offer lessons in the current mechanisms that impact youth decision making, insight into youth citizen security challenges in the Caribbean, and give practical guidance on the positive roles participants can play in conflict resolution, with complementary webinars, podcasts and practical resources tailored to the English-speaking Caribbean. It is free of charge and open to participants from all backgrounds, regardless of age, nationality, or level of experience. A certificate will be awarded upon completion.

Register for the course by 15 April: escuelavirtualpnud.org/login/index.php?lang=en

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