INCREASED NUMBER OF DENGUE FEVER CASES REPORTED IN TCI

The Ministry of Health, Agriculture and Human Services wishes to inform the general public that there has been an increase in the number of Dengue Fever Cases as a result of the recent rains in the Turks and Caicos Islands.  This increase is mainly observed on Grand Turk where a total of 14 cases were reported during the period October 29 to November 6, 2016.

In response, the Ministry continues to enhance prevention and control measures already in place against diseases transmitted by mosquitoes. These include education, premises inspections, fogging and treating potential breeding sites such as swamps to prevent mosquito breeding.

Dengue fever is a viral illness, which is spread by the bite of an infected Aedes aegypti mosquito. This mosquito is found throughout the Americas, including the TCI. It is found in and around our homes, workplaces, and schools.

Symptoms of dengue fever include fever, muscle and joint pains, excessive tiredness, headache and pain behind the eyes.  Nausea and vomiting may also occur.  A rare severe form of dengue fever, dengue hemorrhagic fever, presents with episodes of bleeding. The public is advised to seek medical attention at the nearest clinic facility if any of these symptoms are experienced.

There is no vaccine to prevent dengue fever.  Treatment is given to minimise the symptoms being experienced as a result of the infection. Persons who think they have dengue should use analgesics (pain relievers) with acetaminophen and avoid those containing ibuprofen, Naproxen, aspirin or aspirin containing drugs. They should also rest, drink plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration and avoid mosquito bites while febrile. The majority of persons recover within five to fourteen days.

To protect yourself and your family, the Ministry advises persons in the TCI to take the following precautions:

  1. Prevent mosquitoes breeding in and around your home by keeping your environment clean by checking your gutters, removing standing water, emptying old flower vases and tires and other containers which may collect water and might act as breeding sites. It is also essential to cover water drums and barrels.
  2. Avoid being bitten by wearing loose long-sleeved shirts and long pants, applying insect repellents to exposed skin and use mosquito nets when sleeping.
  3. Use safe household insecticides indoors.
  4. Have intact window and door screens in dwellings.

The Ministry will keep the public updated on any new developments. For more information, contact the Health Promotion and Advocacy Unit on (649) 338- 2772.

MINISTRY OF FINANCE PLANS TAXPAYERS EDUCATION DAY

The Revenue Department (RD) is hosting Annual Taxpayers Education Day- on Friday, November 18th 2016.

The event is being held at Butterfield Square in Providenciales and Hibiscus Square in Grand Turk both from 10 am to 3 pm.

The primary focus is to inform and educate taxpayers and improve awareness on the various services administered by Revenue Departments in efforts to improve voluntary compliance.

"The Taxpayer Education Day is an annual event hosted by the Revenue Department to showcase the achievements of the Department, educate taxpayers on the application of the various taxes and most importantly, show appreciation to those taxpayers who have been compliant over the year.   It is our hope that this event continues to promote voluntary compliance thus improving overall revenue collections," says Mrs. Cynthia Castillo-Wineglass – Commissioner of Revenues.

Other highlights of the day include: launching of the Department’s Customer Service Charter and promotion of our Website, Facebook page, Instagram and the upcoming E-Business Initiatives.

 

Revenue Department

Town Centre Mall

Providenciales

Tel: 649-338-5215

Fax: 649-941-5099

 

Revenue Department

Hisbiscus Square

Grand Turk

Tel: 649-338-2061

Fax: 649-946-2686

 

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Website: http://gpv.tc/revenue

Facebook: TCIRevenueDepartment

Instagram: @tcirevenuedepartment

Twitter: @tcird

WORLD TSUNAMI AWARENESS DAY 5TH NOVEMBER 2016

In December 2015, the United Nations General Assembly designated Saturday 5th November 2016, as World Tsunami Awareness Day.

The date for the annual celebration was chosen in honour of the Japanese story of “Inamura-no-hi”, meaning the “burning of the rice sheaves”. During an 1854 earthquake a farmer saw the tide receding, a sign of a looming tsunami. He set fire to his entire harvest to warn villagers, who fled to high ground. Afterwards, he built an embankment and planted trees as a buffer against future waves.

The UN General Assembly has called on all countries, international bodies and civil society to observe the day, in order to raise tsunami awareness and share innovative approaches to risk reduction.

The debut World Tsunami Awareness Day focuses on education and evacuation drills.  For the pass five (5) years here in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) the Department of Disaster Management and Emergencies has embarked on raising Tsunami Awareness by working with the public and private schools here in the Turks and Caicos Islands. 

Some of the key activities undertaken in the past to promote awareness include:

  • Observance of annual Earthquake and Tsunami Awareness Week in January
  • Tsunami evacuation drills were held with a number of the schools
    • In March 2013 on the Island of Grand Turk, a full scale Tsunami Drill was carryout where all public and private school participate in getting to the highest points on the island by foot as part of the Caribe Wave activity for that year. The Enid Capron and Ianthe Pratt Primary Schools also participated in evacuation drill in 2011 & 2015.  
  • Participation in the regional annual Caribe Wave Tsunami Exercise which focuses on the different aspects of protocol of tsunami awareness.
    • Communication tests, tabletop/functional exercises and evacuation drills have formed part of this event in the past.
  • Production of educational materials – PSAs, brochures, newsletters
  • Drafting of a National Tsunami Response Plan and Standard Operating Procedures.

In recognition of the day DDME will be doing the following awareness activities:

§  Informative interviews on Tsunami Awareness

§  Appearing on Expression – 2nd November 2016

§  PSAs via Radio Turks and Caicos and other Radio Stations

We cannot forget the Indian Ocean Tsunami which occurred on 26th December 2004, that claimed the highest number of fatalities of residents and tourist alike and was one of the ten worst of all time recorded disasters. Additionally, recently following the Haiti Earthquake January 2010, the Turks and Caicos Islands were placed under a tsunami watch. In light of this we can no longer afford to focus on just hurricanes and flooding but need to look at other hazards that give very little to no warning but their impact is far more dangerous and deadly.

Going forward as part of DDME Comprehensive Disaster Management Strategy, it will continue to work with its partners both public and private to increase tsunami awareness and resilience in the TCI through:

·         Updating and testing of National Tsunami Plan

·         Achieving international accreditation as a country that is ‘Tsunami Ready’ from the UNESCO Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) for Tsunamis and other Coastal Hazards.  

·         Erecting of Tsunami Evacuation Routes

·         Production of Evacuation Maps

·         Establishing of an Early Warning System

Tsunamis are rare but deadly. Early warning saves lives. Know what to do and where to go #TsunamiDay2016 #LiveToTell