Draft of Primary Health Care Renewal Policy for Cabinet

first_imgDraft of Primary Health Care Renewal Policy for Cabinet Health & WellnessMarch 17, 2014Written by: Douglas McIntosh Cabinet is to receive a draft of the proposed Primary Health Care Renewal Policy from the Ministry of Health, for its consideration.Health Minister, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, says the policy aims to create a blueprint that will underpin the Government’s prioritization of primary health care development and delivery at community health centres.Speaking with JIS News after the official opening of the Brainerd Health Centre in St. Mary, on March 14, Dr. Ferguson said significant work has been undertaken by the Ministry to advance the policy’s development.The Minister said the policy is to ensure that the centres are outfitted with the requisite provisions for them to deliver adequate quality medical care, so persons will not have to seek those services at hospitals.This undertaking is consistent with the administration’s human capital development priority, focusing on development and strengthening of healthcare, and more efficient management of the health care system.Dr. Ferguson pointed out that work on the policy has included recommendations from stakeholder consultations.“We are now at a point where a Cabinet submission is being done, which represents, in some instances, some far-reaching changes (which we believe are) now acceptable to everyone,” he said.Meanwhile, Dr. Ferguson explained that the establishment of four Centres of Excellence islandwide is also indicative of the administration’s commitment to advancing primary health care.These centres are the Isaac Barrant Health Centre, St. Thomas; Santa Cruz Health Centre, St. Elizabeth; Claremont Health Centre, St. Ann; Darliston Health Centre, Westmoreland.“These Centres of Excellence (offer) the option of accessing primary health care. They will have ambulances, equipment to do basic diagnostic tests, and pharmacies,” Dr. Ferguson noted.The Brainerd Health Centre, which will serve residents of Brainerd, Sue River, and adjoining communities in St. Mary, was built at a cost of $13 million, with funding provided by the National Health Fund (NHF).It is one of 55 centres earmarked for improvement under the Ministry’s $300 million Health Sector Renewal Programme, also financed by the NHF.The project entailed refurbishment and expansion of the existing community centre, to accommodate the new facility. Work undertaken included construction of a roof and reinforced wall; upgrading of the sewage disposal system; installation of electrical and plumbing fixtures; and building a security perimeter fence. RelatedCancer Society Encourages Early Screening for Colon Cancer FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Draft of Primary Health Care Renewal Policy for CabinetJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlay Advertisementscenter_img Photo: Melroy Sterling Pupils of the Brainerd Basic School in St. Mary, perform a song during the official opening of the Brainerd Health Centre on March 14. Among those enjoying the performance is Health Minister, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson (centre, background). Others (from left) are: Acting Parish Manager for the St. Mary Health Department, Matron Linda Sutherland-Hines; Councillor for the Richmond Division, St. Mary Parish Council, Richard Creary; Member of Parliament for South East St. Mary, where the school and health centre are located, Dr. Winston Green; and Chief Executive Officer, National Health Fund (NHF), Everton Anderson. RelatedRehabilitated Health Centre Opened in St. Mary Story HighlightsCabinet is to receive a draft of the proposed Primary Health Care Renewal Policy from the Ministry of Health, for its consideration. The policy aims to create a blueprint that will underpin the Government’s prioritization of primary health care development and delivery at community health centres.Dr. Ferguson pointed out that work on the policy has included recommendations from stakeholder consultations. RelatedMontego Bay Investment Project to Create 300 Jobslast_img read more

Excuses index: How to bail on work to watch the race

first_img1. Tell your supervisor you’ll be taking all five of your lunch breaks for the week back-to-back at 1 p.m. ET. And if you’re looking for excuses that technically aren’t untrue, Steve Luvender has your back. 3. Claim you have jury duty. If your boss asks “What case?” do not yell “Ol’ Junebug vs. the World’s Fastest Half Mile! Wooooo!” While tempting, that’s a dead giveaway. • “I’m expecting a delivery to my house.”While your boss might expect a major appliance being delivered to your house within a five-hour window, maybe you’re actually having a pizza or two delivered to your house around the end of Stage 1 or so. Technically not lying. • “I’ve been arrested.”Sometimes you have to get really creative. It’s not a good idea to pull out the “I’ve been arrested” card frequently, lest you arouse suspicion of your co-workers, but it’s not lying if you’ve been arrested by the allure of NASCAR. • “I have an appointment.”An appointment with the TV at approximately 1 p.m. ET, that is. (But don’t tell your boss that part.) 4. Just find an empty bathroom stall and hang out in there and follow the race on social media. This common practice is known as “shwittering.” 5. Tell your boss you have someone who will fill in for you while you’re watching the race. When your replacement shows up, explain to your boss that Alex Bowman is very skilled at Microsoft Excel. Today’s race at Bristol (1 p.m. ET, FOX, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) happens to fall during a workday. No worries. We’ve got you covered with a full index of ways to get out of your shift today, courtesy of @nascarcasm and Steve Luvender.center_img 6. Use the Jeff Gordon method. Say you’ve decided it’s time to retire, then just show up back to work the next day like it never happened. • “There’s been a family hardship.”Your family had to deal with you instead of watching the race yesterday afternoon. That might have been hard for them if they’re used to a few hours of peace and quiet. • “I’m having car problems.”The problem is that you couldn’t watch race cars zoom around Bristol’s high banks. Here’s how @nascarcasm suggests getting out of work: • “I’m sick.”Sick of not being able to watch the race while I’m working, that is. 2. Ask Landon Cassill how many retweets it will take for Landon to personally call your boss and inform him or her that you’ll be leaving around noon. RELATED: Read more Inside Groovelast_img read more

‘Creem: America’s Only Rock N’ Roll Magazine’ Documentary To Chronicle Alternative Rock Rag [Watch]

first_imgCreem magazine is the subject of the forthcoming documentary, Creem: America’s Only Rock N’ Roll Magazine, the first trailer for which is available now. The film examines the rise and fall of the publication that presented an alternative to mainstream outlets and sounds.The magazine founded in 1969 by Barry Kramer and Tony Reay was published monthly until 1989 when it suspended production, only to receive a short reemergence in the 1990s. The youth culture publication gave rise to noted rock critic Lester Bangs, who later became an influential figure to Rolling Stone teenage writer Cameron Crowe as portrayed in Almost Famous.Related: 15 Best Music Films And Documentaries On The New HBO MaxFor those who don’t remember print media, let alone the 1970’s, Creem epitomized everything that Rolling Stone wasn’t. The San Francisco-based publication that had started as the voice of the counterculture had given way to the Laurel Canyon sound of the early 1970s and, to many, lost its edge. Thus entered Creem into the national conversation who, from its home base in Detroit, MI, represented the alternative voice of an ever-expanding rock scene. The magazine and its rowdy crew continued to embody the true spirit of rock n’ roll while other outlets jumped on the singer-songwriter bandwagon. This put Creem in the enviable situation of being the voice of the emerging punk and new wave scenes that would emerge toward the end of the 1970s.In the trailer, journalists, musicians, and actors define what Creem meant to their generation. As Jeff Daniels so eloquently puts it, “Buying Creem was a little bit like buying Playboy. You didn’t want your parents to see either one of them.” This sentiment is echoed by artists like Kirk Hammett, Michael Stipe, Chad Smith, and more. Featuring vintage footage and archival magazine covers, the trailer paints the portrait of a giant middle finger to the musical establishment that was Creem.Watch the trailer for Creem: America’s Only Rock N’ Roll Magazine, in theaters this summer.Creem: America’s Only Rock N’ Roll Magazine — Trailer[Video: Greenwich Entertainment]Visit the Creem magazine website, which hosts an archive of old issues, for more information.last_img read more