The Ministry of Home Affairs was advised of an incident which occurred at Her Majesty’s Prison yesterday, Monday April, 24th 2017 involving a female officer and a prisoner. The incident was reported to the police and the matter is currently being investigated. 
The officer involved has been given a leave of absence from work and has been offered medical assistance and counseling. 
The prisoner is receiving medical attention at the Cheshire Hall Medical Centre in Providenciales. 
A full press statement will be released once the investigation has been completed but the Ministry is unable to provide any further comment at this time as the incident remains an ongoing police matter. 

Visit of Dr. Esther De Gourville and Dr. Gustavo Mery, PAHO/WHO, 24th – 28th April 2017

The Ministry of Health, Agriculture and Human Services welcomes the visit of Dr. Esther Mary De Gourville, Pan American Health Organization/ World Health Organization Representative for the Bahamas and Turks and Caicos Islands and Dr. Gustavo Andres Mery, PAHO/WHO Health Systems Advisor to the Bahamas and Turks and Caicos Islands, 24th –  28th April 2017.
The primary objectives of the five-day visit are to:
1. Hold a courtesy visit with the Governor, His Excellency, Dr. John Freeman
2. Hold a courtesy visit with the Premier, Honorable Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson
3. Hold a briefing with the new Minister of Health, Agriculture and Human Services on PAHO’s Governance and Budgetary Structure. 
4. Hold discussions with senior officials of the Ministry of Health, Agriculture and Human Services on continuing collaboration between PAHO and the Ministry.
Topics of discussion include promotion of universal health coverage, enactment of health in all polices, and strengthening of primary health care including NCDs, mental health services, and services for the elderly and those with disabilities. 
PAHO has a long and illustrious history of providing technical assistance and guidance to countries in Latin America and the Caribbean region and promoting cooperation between countries to advance their health goals.
We are grateful for their continued support and look forward to a productive week.

National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week (NMLPW)

National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week (NMLPW) is an annual, worldwide celebration of the medical laboratory professionals who play a vital role in every aspect of health care.  During this week other medical professionals and the wider community show their support and gratitude for the hard work laboratory professionals do.
This week is a time for medical laboratory personnel to celebrate their professionalism and be recognized for their efforts. Another goal is to inform and educate medical colleagues and the public about the medical laboratory and the impact these dedicated skilled professionals have on the overall patient care and public health. Since laboratory technologist often work behind the scenes, only a few persons are aware of the critical testing they perform every day.  
Lab Professionals Week is held annually during the last week of April. As a medical laboratory professional myself, I am aware of the vital, life- saving role that we play in healthcare. I would therefore like to take this opportunity to congratulate all medical technologists working across the length and breadth of the Turks and Caicos Islands. Here in the Turks and Caicos Islands the week activities commenced on Sunday April 23rd with a church service and will continue as follows:
Tuesday, April 25th - Opening Ceremony Cheshire Hall Hospital – Minister of Health, Agriculture and Human Services will declare the event open. 
Wednesday, April 26th - Visitation of the Children’s Home / Hand Hygiene project in a school
Thursday, April 27th - CME/Displays for the High Schools at Cheshire Hall Hospital and Grand Turk Hospital
Friday, April 28th - Displays Continue 
Saturday, April 29th - Banquet- Appreciation Dinner for Medical Laboratory Professionals.
For further information, please contact: Ms. Peggy Samuels (CMT) at 338-5132