The National Security Secretariat (NSS) would like to invite the public, relevant stakeholders and interested persons to provide comments, feedback and queries on the proposed Turks and Caicos Islands Private Security Code of Conduct (Voluntary).
See attached the proposed documents for review and consideration:
The documents can be found on the Turks and Caicos Islands Government webpage atwww.gov.tc.
Please ensure thatCode of Conduct is clearly marked in the subject line when submitting.
‘HEALTHY MOUTH HEALTHY BODY’
Our fellow residents of the Turks and Caicos Islands. The Government Dental Department under the Ministry of Health and Human Services are very delighted that you can join us in the month of October in celebrating Oral Health Month. The month is being celebrated under the theme ‘HEALTHY MOUTH, HEALTHY BODY’; from October 1st to October 30th, 2021.
During this month we will be highlighting various activities, geared at sensitizing the general public on the relevance of having a healthy mouth that contributes to a healthy body.
As rightly emphasized by the former US Surgeon General Everett C. Koop M.D (1916-2013) “You are not healthy without good oral health”.
Oral health begins with a healthy mouth and in having a healthy mouth; your overall health will be improved. Everyone wants to be healthy. Health is wealth. A healthy nation is a wealthy nation. Therefore, we are encouraging everyone to prioritize your oral health especially this month of October.
A healthy mouth is a mouth that is clean, and free from oral diseases, and that is what we are advocating.
An unhealthy mouth that presents with dental caries, gum diseases, periodontal diseases, receding gums, mouth lesion, tongue lesions, halitosis; among other oral conditions, will result in an unhealthy body.
Studies have shown links between poor oral health and other health conditions, as a result of bacteria and inflammation that occur in the mouth.
Bacteria from unhealthy structures within the mouth, can be transferred through the bloodstream and compromise the overall health of an individual. Such can have an effect on the heart, kidneys, lungs, brain, and reproductive system.
Scientific Evidence-Based research, support findings linking an unhealthy mouth with causative link to high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes, head and neck cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, pre-mature death, and low birth rate.
As of recent, researchers have indicated also that COVID-19 virus has been detected for some individuals as an oral ulcer within the mouth.
There is numerous evidence showing correlations between diseases that affect the body such as HIV, Herpetic diseases, Vitamin deficiencies, among others , will first manifest within the mouth.
Taking good care of your teeth and gums can help you live longer. There are a few tips that you can follow to help you achieve this, such as, maintaining a balance diet, eating foods low in sugar, exercising, and brushing and flossing at least three times a day. Visiting your Dental professionals regularly at least every six months can be helpful in maintaining good Oral health and early detection of oral disease.
The dental department is here to assist you in maintaining a healthy mouth and healthy body.
Having great health is all about prevention. The old adage is still of relevance ‘Prevention is better than Cure’.
As we conclude this brief message. We are inviting you to visit our clinics during this month of October. Tune into the health matters radio program and encourage others to get involve in having healthy mouth-healthy body.
IT’S ALL ABOUT HEALTH!!!!
The Turks and Caicos Islands launches its COVID-19 vaccine booster programme commencing on Monday 4th October 2021.
This comes following the approval by Cabinet, of the COVID-19 Booster Vaccine Strategy which was submitted by the Ministry of Health for consideration.
Members of Cabinet including the Governor, Deputy Governor, Honorable Premier, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health were in strong support of the vaccine booster strategy which will provide greater protection to those vulnerable individuals within the country who had previously been fully vaccinated more than six months ago and who are most at risk of severe effects of the disease.
The strategy is based upon the UK guidelines and focuses on priority groups who would benefit from a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. These groups are as follows;
1) Chronic non-communicable diseases clients
2) Elderly - Adults 50 years and over
3) Health care and frontline workers
4) Caregivers of the vulnerable
All persons in the groups listed above would have to have completed the two-dose series more than 6 months ago to be eligible for the booster dose of the vaccine. Eligible persons should reach out to their health care providers to schedule their booster dose.
The booster vaccine programme rolled out in the UK on 20.9.2021 and in the USA on 24.9.2021. On 9th September, Dr June Raine, Chief Executive of the MHRA (Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency), which regulates medicines, medical devices and blood components for transfusion in the UK, issued the following statement; “We know that a person’s immunity may decline over time after their first vaccine course. I am pleased to confirm that the COVID-19 vaccines made by Pfizer and AstraZeneca can be used as safe and effective booster doses. This is an important regulatory change as it gives further options for the vaccination programme, which has saved thousands of lives so far. The regulatory decision followed a careful review of available data on safety and effectiveness of booster or supplementary vaccine doses by the MHRA and the independent Commission on Human Medicines (CHM), which advises the government.”
The TCI is currently progressing on its fifth tranche of the vaccine which was received from the UK and anticipates the receipt of additional doses of the vaccine to support the ongoing roll out of the vaccine to all eligible residents as well as the booster programme.
The vaccine is critical to the ongoing national response to the COVID19 pandemic. The vaccines are safe and can prevent severe illness requiring hospitalization. All eligible persons are encouraged to get vaccinated to continue protecting themselves, their loved ones and the wider community. All eligible persons who are unvaccinated are encouraged to take the vaccine.
Today, September 30th, 2021, the Turks and Caicos Island together with the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the global maritime community celebrate the efforts of persons in an industry which is connected to every facet of our lives. The maritime sector has sustained the lifestyles of persons while ensuring the economies of the world survive and continue to thrive. Throughout the ages, development has always rested with the nations who have conquered the seas and were able to grow and manage the resources that the sea and other maritime related industries make possible.
Seafarers are the central human effort connected to managing and coordinating resources towards the development and sustainability of maritime related industries. Tourism and international trade are testaments to that fact. Many seafarers have braved storms, uncharted waters and in the process discovered new routes so that mankind's history could evolve and in so doing, become more enlightened.
This year’s theme for world maritime day is fitting, Seafarers: at the core of Shipping future as IMO seeks to increase the visibility of seafarers by drawing attention to the invaluable role they play now and will continue to play in the future. It speaks to the heart of the collective efforts of persons engaged in a range of industries, from fishing to super cargo liners, through diligence and courage they continue in their efforts to supply to all our needs. IMO has chosen to make 2021 a year of action for seafarers, who are facing unprecedented hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic, despite their vital role as key workers for global supply chains. The core of shipping has always been the courage, bravery and stamina of seafarers; it sustains the global bloodline of supply and demand.
Honorable Josephine Connolly, Minister with responsibility for Maritime stated “As we celebrate World Maritime Day, the TCI Government recognizes the importance and future role of seafarers and their contribution to safety, maritime security, or environmental protection. Our commitment is to continue ensuring that the regulatory framework and measures are in place to enhance safety and security in TCI waters as well as the protection of the marine environment.”
The role of women in the maritime industry has grown by leaps and bounds and many have risen to great positions to stir and guide many vessels as they travel throughout the globe. Shattering barriers, and inspiring generations of young girls to chosen maritime professions. Today fisher folk are celebrated, not only for their knowledge of the catch but in exploring new routes and contributing to conversation reference climate change and sustainability, especially for small states such as TCI.
Director Fisheries and Marine Resource Management, Ms Thecla Joseph “seafarers have always been at the centre of our work in the maritime and fisheries sector. Today let us take time out to salute the efforts of those who have chosen such noble and worthy professions.
MARITIME HAS ALWAYS BEEN THE SLEEPING GIANT IN WORLD TRADE, KEPT ALIVE BY COURAGEOUS BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN OF MANY UNCELEBRATED PROFESSIONS, “THE SEAFARERS”.
Join the webinar on the day at this link: https://bit.ly/3odhNXe
Message from IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim