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Minsiter Bodden's World Health Day Message

The Cayman Islands joins with countries around the world today in observing World Health Day.

World Health Day is celebrated on 7 April every year to mark the anniversary of the founding of the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1948. Each year a theme is selected that highlights a priority area of public health. The day provides an opportunity for individuals in every community to get involved in activities that can prevent disease and lead to better health.

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Intern Joins Ministry

Jayda Powery (seated) becomes a new addition to Health Ministry.

Young Jayda Powery is the newest intern at the Ministry of Health, Sports, Youth and Culture.

As part of the Cayman Islands Further Education Centre’s (CIFEC) internship programme, sixteen-year-old Jayda is assigned to the Ministry on Thursdays. Her duties are to: archive news releases, draft speeches and file notes, and at times even to research laws.

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Applications Forms Available for Medical Tourism Providers

The Health Practice Law (2013 Revision) requires that providers and facilities offering medical tourism services must be designated by Cabinet as a medical tourism provider and/or a medical tourism facility.

Medical tourism services include inpatient and ambulatory medical and surgical services provided to individuals who have travelled to the Islands for the purposes of obtaining health care.

Under the Law, it is an offence to operate a medical tourism facility without a designation issued by Cabinet.

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FIU Recognises Caymanian

L-R: Dayra Griana-Munroe, Timothy McLaughlin-Munroe and Minister Osbourne Bodden.

Florida International University (FIU) selected alumnus Timothy McLaughlin-Munroe to receive a Distinguished Alumni Award during FIU’s 13th annual Torch Awards Gala in Miami on Saturday 8 March, 2014.

The award recognizes alumni who have brought honour and distinction to the university through their notable record of service and achievement in a particular discipline, organization or cause. Mr McLaughlin is the Public Health Surveillance Officer/Deputy National Epidemiologist at the Public Health Department.

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Statement by Minister on Access to Obstetric Care

On 27th February, North Side MLA Ezzard Miller, speaking in the Legislative Assembly, voiced concerns with regards to the ability of the public to access to obstetricians and other specialist medical services.

In response the Ministry of Health has worked closely with the Health Services Authority (HSA) to review current access policies for specialist care, and the wait times that patients experience for these services.

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Statement by Minister Bodden on Access to Obstetric Care

Mr Bodden today responded to concerns raised by North Side MLA Ezzard Miller.

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Mosquito-borne chikungunya virus in St. Martin

Medical Officer of Health Dr. Kiran Kumar received notification through Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) that there is an outbreak of chikungunya virus infection on the French side of the Caribbean Island of Saint Martin.

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Supporting 16 Days of Activism

Her Excellency The Governor Helen Kilpatrick, Acting Deputy Governor Jennifer Ahearn and Civil Service participants.

Governor Helen Kilpatrick, Acting Deputy Governor Jennifer Ahearn, Minister of Gender Affairs Hon Tara Rivers took part in a dress down day today (6 December) in support of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign.

They were joined by other civil servants wearing purple and yellow to raise awareness of the fight against gender based violence.

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World AIDS Day from Minister Bodden

HIV and AIDS is not merely a health problem, but a complex and broad challenge facing society as a whole. Caribbean countries have the highest prevalence outside sub-Saharan Africa.

For the Cayman Islands, it is a challenge. Yet, it is still surrounded by silence. Unless this silence is broken, it will become an even greater issue. Infection rates will continue to increase and more people will become ill.

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Flu Vaccine Still Available

So far about 1,400 persons have taken up the offer of a free flu vaccination from the Health Services Authority (HSA).

The public can get the flu vaccine at any time between 2pm and 4pm weekdays when they visit any District Health Centre, or the General Practice Clinic Cayman Islands Hospital, Faith Hospital in Cayman Brac or the Little Cayman Clinic.

“An annual flu vaccine is the first and most important step for protection against flu viruses,” said Dr Kiran Kumar, Medical Officer of Health.

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