Ministry of Health Addresses Threats Made Against Public Health Staff

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Ministry of Health Addresses Threats Made Against Public Health Staff

 

The Ministry of Health is responsible for the public health response to the Covid-19 pandemic.  This includes various public health functions such as contact tracing, testing and quarantine as well as compliance efforts in collaboration with other agencies such as the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force.

In carrying out these functions under the Turks and Caicos Islands Public and Environmental Health (Covid-19)(Control Measures) Regulations 2021 (Legal Notice 1 of 2021) and other legislative measures, there have been multiple times where staff have been threatened with violence and been verbally abused while carrying out their duties.

 

These duties are carried out to ensure the health and wellbeing of all persons in the TCI whether residents or visitors and in order to prevent and control the spread of Covid-19 within the TCI.  The cooperation of the public is critical in achieving these public health goals.  Public Health Staff must be respected in the conduct of their duties and responsibilities and deserve to carry out their duties safety.

 

Persons are reminded of the Regulations which state the following:

 

Obstruction

  1. No person shall obstruct the Chief Medical Officer, any public health officer, public officer, police officer, any other law enforcement officer, or any prison officer, acting in the course of his duty as such, or any person exercising any powers or performing any duties conferred or imposed on him by or under any of these Regulations, or otherwise discharging any lawful functions in connection with the performance of any statutory purpose.

 

Offence

  1. Any person who contravenes these Regulations commits an offence and is liable on summary conviction to a fine of five thousand dollars or to a term of imprisonment for three months, or to both.

 

Persons who are non-compliant with the Regulations or threaten staff in any way when carrying out their duties will be immediately reported to the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force for enforcement action. Abuse of officials seeking to carry out important public health functions will not be tolerated.

 

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POSTPONEMENT OF COVID-19 COMMUNITY TESTING

NOTICE

                               

POSTPONEMENT OF COVID-19 COMMUNITY TESTING

 

The Ministry of Health Agriculture, Sports and Human Services wishes to advise the public that scheduled COVID-19 community testing across ALL islands will be postponed this week. This is due to limitations beyond our control. Rescheduled dates will be announced in due course.

 

We apologize for any inconvenience caused.

 

Remember to always practice the following safety measures:

  • Wash and sanitize hands frequently
  • Maintain physical distance (at least 6 feet apart)
  • Cover your cough and sneezes
  • Wear a face covering when in public
  • Avoid crowds

 

Please remember if you are having any COVID19 related symptoms, remain at home and contact the Health Hotlines at: (649) 232-9444 or (649) 333-0911.

NOTICE: EARLY CLOSURE OF SUPREME COURT REGISTRY ON FRIDAY 11TH DECEMBER. 2020

 

 

SUPREME COURT

 

TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS

 

 

PRESS RELEASE

 

NOTICE: EARLY CLOSURE OF SUPREME COURT REGISTRY ON FRIDAY 11TH DECEMBER. 2020

 

The public is hereby advised that the Supreme Court Registries in both Providenciales and Grand Turk will be closed at 12:00pm on Friday 11th December, 2020 to facilitate a staff function.

 

The Court will resume normal working hours on Monday 14th December, 2020 at 9:00am

 

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Turks and Caicos Government Offers Interest Free Christmas Advance to Civil Servants

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NEWS RELEASE

 

Turks and Caicos Government Offers Interest-Free Christmas Advance to Civil Servants

 

The Turks and Caicos Islands Government is pleased to advise of the approval of the Public Financial Management (Special Christmas Advance) (Temporary Provisions) Bill 2020 which was approved by the Cabinet and subsequently the House of Assembly to facilitate the payment of an interest-free Christmas Advance to all interested Civil Servants.

 

The Turks and Caicos Islands Government has for the past two decades and beyond, always provided its staff with some form of a Christmas Advance/Loan Program. 

 

In 2011 TCIG regrettably ceased the direct offering of the program itself due to fiscal constraints.  However, a partnership was entered into with the local financial institutions to offer a program to staff at commercial interest rates.

 

In 2019 TCIG reinstated the direct offering of an interest-free Christmas Advance to its staff on more favorable terms than in the past as the previous programs only allowed a maximum payout of $2,000 while the new program allows staff up to a maximum of their basic monthly salary.

 

Some 1,148 civil servants benefited from the 2019 program at a cost of $2.9m to the Turks and Caicos Government with a payback rate of over 99% demonstrating its great success.

 

Commenting on the program Deputy Governor Anya Williams said:  “We are pleased to once again offer our staff an interest-free Christmas Advance Program this financial year. 

 

Civil servants have worked tirelessly throughout the past few months during the pandemic to ensure that service continued to be delivered to persons across the Turks and Caicos Islands in a highly difficult environment. 

 

They have done an excellent job in responding to the pandemic by working to keep us safe and healthy, ensure that revenue continued to be collected, expenses continued to be paid, our borders were able to be reopened, our streets continued to be policed and maintained and our children continued to receive instructional learning through our online learning platforms, among other areas.

 

We are grateful for their continued dedication and commitment and will continue to do our best to improve the social, economic, and physical well-being of civil servants across the TCI by continuing to establish policies and programs to their benefit.”

 

Premier Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson in commenting said:  “Notwithstanding the fiscal challenges around the world at the moment, my Government is pleased to once again facilitate an interest free Christmas Advance program for the civil service this year.

 

We know that this has been a very difficult year for many persons, including persons in the civil service who while receiving their full salaries during the pandemic may still have been impacted by other means due to loss of income by other family members.

 

Having prioritized our finances, we have as a government sought during the pandemic to provide much-needed support to persons across the Turks and Caicos Islands through our Stimulus, Business Grant, Feeding and other assistance programs and will continue to provide support and assistance where necessary to all persons possible, including those in the civil service.”

 

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