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Plans in the Works for Mental Health Facility

Members of the long term residential mental health facility (LTRMHF) Steering Committee

A steering committee of public and private sector stakeholders is working closely with the Ministry of Health to formally address the requirements and costs involved in the establishment a long-term residential mental health facility (LTRMHF) in the Cayman Islands.

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First Cancer Registry Bill

Premier Hon. Alden McLaughlin with Chief Officer Jennifer Ahearn and Dr Sook Yin, Advocacy Director of Cancer Society share plans at the press conference to launch the public consultation phase for the Cancer Registry Bill.

The Ministry of Health and the Cancer Registry launched a 30-day public consultation on the draft Cancer Registry Bill at a press conference yesterday (Tuesday, 10 February 2015).

This proposed legislation mandates the reporting of cancers and brain tumours by medical providers, through the national cancer registry. Mandatory cancer reporting will ensure that health officials and policy makers have accurate and timely access to data for treatment, research, and educational purposes.

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Celebrating Health Services Heroes

The Islands’ past and present came together at the start of the ceremony when primary school children walked past waving flags.

The Cayman Islands honoured health services workers at a colourful, annual Heroes Day celebration, in Heroes Square, George Town, today (Monday, 26 January).

Some 114 professionals – ranging from doctors, nurses, midwives, dentists, pharmacists, lab technicians, emergency response service workers, medical assistants, counsellors, environmental health workers, and therapists – received recognition for outstanding contributions made over the course of the Islands’ history.

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Health Service Workers Honoured

National Heroes Day 2015 will mark the contributions of historical, established and emerging pioneers in the field of health services over the last 200 years.

Being held on Monday, 26 January 2015 at Heroes Square George Town, the programme for this year’s celebration includes a parade by contingents of the Royal Cayman Islands Police Band, the Cayman Islands Fire Service, HM Prison Service, Cadet Corps, Girl’s Brigade, Scouts, Cub Scouts and Seventh Day Adventist Pathfinders as well as the presentation of various awards to health services heroes and others.

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Heroes Day Pin Revealed

National Heroes Day 2015 Pioneer Pin

The next Heroes Day will fall on Monday, 26 January 2015 and the theme is ‘Health Services’. Each early pioneer and pioneer will be awarded a unique pin specifically designed for the award ceremony in order to honour their contributions to health and wellness in the Cayman Islands.

This year’s pin design was created by Charles Gilman, Head of Government Information Services’ Graphics Unit and consistent contributor of designs for the Heroes’ Day pioneer pin.

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Health officials take precautions with visitor

A female visitor to the Cayman Islands taken to Government Hospital this morning does not meet the criteria for the Ebola virus.

Emergency Medical Services were called to a house in East End early Monday, 27 October, 2014, for a female patient experiencing symptoms of fever, diarrhea, loss of appetite, weakness and sweating. Health Services Authority care givers are treating the patient for gastroenteritis.

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Nominations Open for Heroes

Starting today, 1 September 2014, the public will be able to nominate their health services heroes for the 2015 National Heroes Day Awards.

Throughout the month, individuals can put forward the names of persons who have contributed to the development of health services in the Cayman Islands. Award categories range from Early Pioneers to Long Service.

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Chikungunya Update for 11 August

“Total confirmed cases of chikungunya remain at five as reported on 28 July 2014. Since then there have been no new confirmed cases,” said Medical Officer of Health Dr. Kiran Kumar.

“The date of onset of the last confirmed case was on 22 July 2014 and the date of onset of locally acquired chikungunya was on the 11 July 2014, an indication that the outbreak is contained,” Dr Kumar added.

• Total cases investigated for chikungunya since 25 June 2014 is 16.

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Chikungunya Update for 4 August

Total cases investigated for chikungunya since 25 June 2014 is 13.
• Since the last update on 28 July 2014, there have been three new cases (from residents of West Bay) for testing during the week of 29 July- 4 August 2014.
• Two results were received this week from the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), both tested negative for chikungunya.

The total results received thus far are: out of 10 cases tested, five have come back positive and five negative. Three results for blood samples sent during the period 31 July - 4 August are pending.

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Ebola Disease in West Africa

Following an outbreak of Ebola viral disease (previously known as Ebola Hemorrhagic fever) in West Africa, the Medical Officer of Health in the Cayman Islands, Dr Kiran Kumar, has issued an advisory.

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