PRIMARY HEALTH CARE GETS ELECTRONIC IMMUNIZATION RECORD SYSTEM

The Ministry of Health, Agriculture and Human Services welcomed Mr. Hayden Hopkin, Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Consultant, to the Turks and Caicos Islands.  Mr. Hopkin will be working with the Primary Health Care Department for the next five (5) months on the development and implementation of an Electronic Immunization Registry (EIR).  The system was introduced to the Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI) Managers at their annual meeting in Grenada in November 2016. 

The demonstration was impressive and the TCI capitalized on the opportunity to request PAHO’s assistance in acquiring the system for the country, to further strengthen the already robust EPI program. The TCI along with three other Caribbean countries received a grant from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) through PAHO for the introduction and implementation of the system.

During Mr. Hopkin’s visit, he met with the Minister of Health, Agriculture and Human Services and senior members of the health team who will be involved in the process, along with other key stakeholders who will be the end users of this system.  Challenges with the current paper based system were identified and ways in which the system can be improved were presented to the group. 

The country also had the opportunity to request modification to the system which will cater to the needs of the TCI.  This system, allows a child’s immunization record to be accessed electronically from any participating clinic on any island in the TCI.  This will increase efficiency in locating child health data from 2012 going forward.

The visit was a success and we look forward to Mr. Hopkin’s next visit where the end users of the system will be trained.  The system is expected to be operational by November 2017.

 

FOOD RECALL OF CONAGRA BRAND PRODUCT

Conagra Brand, Inc., a Milton, Pa. establishment recall spaghetti and Meatball products due to misbranding and undeclared allergens.
 
The Animal Health Service Division of the Department of Agriculture wishes to inform the public that it is issuing an immediate recall for spaghetti and meatball products Imported by Sunny Foods.
 
The initial recall was issued by Conagra Brands, Inc., a Milton, Pa. establishment, the company is recalling approximately 717,338 pounds of spaghetti and meatball products due to misbranding and undeclared allergens. The product(s) contains milk, a known allergen which is not declared on the product label.
 
The United States Department of Agriculture has learnt that some of the recalled product was exported to the Turks and Caicos Islands. If you have bought any of this product, please do not consume it but rather return it. The Agriculture Department has ensured that all remaining product is removed from the shelves.
 
For further information you may contact the Agriculture Department at 946-5801.

Men’s Health Conference 2017

The first ever exciting, provocative and informative Men’s health Conference was held by the Health Promotion and Advocacy Unit within the Ministry of Health, Agriculture and Human Services. The conference was held on the 15th and 16th of June islands represented at the conference held on Grand Turk on the 15th were Grand Turk and South Caicos, on Providenciales, men from Providenciales and North Caicos. 

 
Men from other islands were engaged but were unable to attend. The conference delivered a holistic experience which provided education and connections to community resources aimed at improving the overall health of men in the Turks and Caicos Islands. Men were met with services that were at their fingertips. This conference encouraged positive health habits among men and even women who were in attendance.
 
Men were able to access service by visiting the various booths. Screening conducted at the conference were blood pressure checks, cholesterol checks, blood sugar checks, HIV checks, Syphilis checks, BMI checks and depression screening checks. Men benefited from a nutritionist being on site to speak generally and one on one about healthy eating and demonstrations of how to prepare healthy nutritious drinks and sampling of a variety of drinks was a huge hit.
 
Other services offered at the conference were massages this was also a popular service along with the Red Light District were a very romantic scene was set up to encourage men to use condoms correctly. According to Mrs. Robinson Director of Health Promotion and Advocacy Unit even though the number of men anticipated was not reached the conference was a huge success and saw men engaging and showing a willingness to adapt healthier lifestyles. She further stated; “It was for some men a real defining moment where commitments were made.”
 
Dr. Connell keynote speaker from the University of the West Indies Cave Campus and Hypertension Specialist stated; “I would like to congratulate Turks and Caicos for hosting what appears to be the first Men’s Health Conference in this region.  I did some research on Men’s Health Conferences and up to this point I have not seen one, Turks and Caicos you are doing a great work.”
 
There was one screening that was to be offered at the conference and due to unforeseen challenges was not offered was the PSA test for prostate cancer. But, men were referred to the Public Health laboratory to have the test done. Due to the test being a blood test and not a rectal examination men opted to have the screening done.
 
Engaging topics generated much discussion, topics presented were:-
 
“Most common Cancers in Men” - Dr. Yohamna Marante
 
“The Importance of the Physical Man Being Healthy to House the Spiritual Man” - Bishop Cox, Rock of Jesus Ministries
 
"High Blood Pressure, Diabetes & Early Morning Stiffness - Man Up, Stand Up & Know Your Numbers!"- Dr. Kenneth Connell, Key Note Speaker
 
“Men and Depression” - Dr. Patrick Prince
 
“Kidney Failure Who Cares” - Dr. Ravindra Kidney
 
“Man enough to Make the Right Choices”- Hon. Dr. Rufus Ewing
 
“Cancer and Kidney Failure”- Dr. Henry Blythe
 
For more information on Men’s Health contact the Health Promotion and Advocacy Unit on 3382772.