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140 Health Care Professionals Arrive in Jamaica From Cuba to Help With COVID-19 Fight

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Minister of Health and Wellness Dr Christopher Tufton welcoming the team of Cuban medical professionals at the Norman Manley International Airport on Saturday. (Photo: JIS)

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Monday March 23, 2020 – A total of 140 health care professionals, including 90 specialist nurses, have arrived in Jamaica to help bolster the country’s frontline staff in the fight against the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

The team
from Cuba, which was met by Minster of Health and WellnessDr Christopher Tufton
on their arrival at the Norman Manley International Airport over the weekend,
also includes 46 doctors and three therapists.

Among the
nurses are those that specialize in medical surgeries, emergency and critical
care.

Minister Tufton
said the health care professionals will be quarantined for 14 days, as is the
protocol, before being deployed across the island which has 19 confirmed cases
of COVID-19. Cuba has recorded 35 cases, including one death.

“They will
be deployed in various capacities to ensure that the frontline is bolstered and
strengthened to deal with the eventualities that we will have to confront and
that I hope will, therefore, minimize the impact and help us to overcome the
challenges quickly and by extension recover,” the Health Minister said.

He also
credited the team from the Ministry who worked assiduously with the Cuban
Embassy to ensure that the medical team arrived in the island quickly.

“I have a
world-class team in terms of public health personnel and leadership because we
anticipated that the day would come when we would need these persons from early
in the day, from as far back as a month and a half ago,” Dr Tufton pointed out,
while adding that an assessment of the specialists who were needed was done and
a request was made.

He also
thanked the Cuban Government and the Cuban Ambassador Inés Fors Fernández who
was very instrumental in ensuring the request was honoured.

“As you know
we have a long-standing relationship with Cuba and the Cuban Government in the
area of medicine. We have the Cuban Eyecare Programme and we have over 300
Cuban healthcare professionals who are here already and they provide
significant value to our public health system and that has been a longstanding
tradition,” he said.

“So today
what you are witnessing is a continuation of that friendship and relationship
and in the time of crisis, this emergency that we have COVID-19, the Cuban
Government, the Cuban people through [the] Ambassador have risen, and they have
heard our appeal and have responded and we are very elated,” the Minister
added.

Both the
Chairman of the Kingston Public and Victoria Jubilee hospitals, Dr Stephanie
Reid and the Chief Nursing Officer in Jamaica, Patricia Ingram Martin expressed
gratitude for the medical team and the support that will be given to the health
system.

“With
respect to the doctors, we have a number of doctors coming in who are trained
in primary care who will be [at] our health centres. This will be particularly
important at this time because we expect to have a greater demand on the health
centres and on the health system so we are particularly elated and we are
particularly grateful,” Dr Reid said.

For her
part, Ingram Martin said the nursing fraternity in Jamaica is very delighted to
have this level of support at this time.

“We were pressured before but with what is happening with COVID-19 we know there is the potential for us to be even more overwhelmed. So with these persons coming in to assist, it will greatly put a lot of stress off the system in terms of workforce,” she said.

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Falling remittances will hit Tonga, Haiti and Kyrgyzstan hardest — Quartz

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Remittances—the money immigrants send back to their home countries—will be lower this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Countries dependent on that cash have already started preparing for the decline.

While Covid-19 hasn’t led to large casualties in countries like Haiti (25 cases, 1 deaths) and Tonga (no cases), they are experiencing an economic shock caused by lower remittance inflows. Remittances are a key source of capital income for poorer countries. According to World Bank data, middle- and lower-income countries receive remittances at about the same level as foreign direct investment.

So far, eight countries have enacted policies that cite a forecasted plunge in remittances, according to International Monetary Fund’s policy tracker.

Almost 30% of Kyrgyzstan’s GDP in 2019 came from money and goods transferred from its nationals abroad. About three quarters of it came from Russia. Kyrgyzstan has seen remittances fall 15% compared to last year, according to IMF. With less foreign cash flowing into its borders, its central bank sold a large share of its foreign currency reserves to balance the country’s payments for foreign goods.

Tonga and Haiti receive most of their remittances from the US. Gambia and Senegal’s come from Europe. Egypt and Bangladesh get theirs from Middle Eastern countries. These remittance-sending areas are hit the hardest by Covid-19 and the global crash in oil prices.

Many immigrant workers are losing their jobs in the US and Europe as businesses close down to contain the spread of the virus. They might not be able to continue to support their families back home who rely on the cash from abroad.

Daniel Canning, the managing director for the Americas region at WorldRemit, an international money transfer services provider, is anticipating a decline in both transfer frequency and the transfer amounts from countries that are currently under stay-at-home orders. A “shutdown means people are not going to work, and they are not given a paycheck. Their remittance behaviors are going to be impacted in the short term,” says Canning,  “As people go back to work, we believe and we’ve seen historically, remittances will hit back up.”

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95-Year-Old Man is Barbados’ Third Death From COVID-19

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BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Wednesday April 8, 2020 – A 95-year-old man, who was very ill when he presented with symptoms of COVID-19 last Sunday, passed away yesterday morning, becoming the third Barbadian to die from the viral illness.

Isolation Facilities Manager Dr Corey Forde said the man became infected after coming into contact with a known case.

He further announced that three out of an additional 45 persons tested were positive for COVID0-19, bringing the tally of cases in Barbados to 63.

The Ministry of Health and Wellness identified the three new cases as Barbadians – a 28-year-old man and a 60-year-old woman, who returned from overseas, and a 33-year-old woman, who is the wife of a known case.

There are 53 people currently in isolation. Dr Forde reported that three of them, who are on ventilators at the Enmore facility, were critically ill, including a 52-year-old man, who the medical professional deemed extremely ill, with the added complication of diabetes.

He outlined that there were 17 persons in isolation at another centre in Paragon, eight females and nine males, who are all in stable condition.

At the Blackman and Gollop isolation facility, there are 29 patients – 16 females and 13 males – including four in the High Dependency Area, ranging in age from 60 to 80. 

Four patients are in isolation at home, including a seven-year-old boy, his father and a couple.

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Haïti – Actualité : Zapping…

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08/04/2020 11:56:32

Haïti - Actualité : Zapping...

Discussion avec les pays amis :

La Chancellerie informe qu’elle est en pourparlers avec des pays amis, disposés à nous aider en ces temps de pandémie de Covid-19. Taïwan, s’est déjà manifesté en promettant à Haïti : 280,000 masques, 7 caméras termographiques qui devraient arriver dans le pays incessamment. Des vidéos conférences sont prévues entre médecins Taïwanais et haïtiens pour un partage d’expériences sur le Covid-19. Taïwan envisage également l’envoi de médecins Taïwanais en Haïti pour venir en appui aux médecins haïtiens.

Gonaïves : Libération de 8 femmes victimes d’un viol collectif :

Mardi, 8 femmes victimes du viol collectif du 7 novembre 2019 à la prison civile des Gonaïves lors d’une mutinerie ont été libérées Lire aussi : https://www.haitilibre.com/article-29349-haiti-flash-tous-les-details-sur-la-mutinerie-et-les-viols-a-la-prison-des-gonaives.html

Appel à la trêve :

Joaséus Nader, le Ministre des Travaux Publics a lancé un appel à la trêve aux bandits « Ce virus n’épargne personne, armée ou pas. Donc, mes conseils plus précisément, à ceux qui opèrent à l’entrée Sud de Port-au-Prince, c’est de donner accès à l’État en vue de venir en aide aux couches défavorisées. »

Limiter le nombre de passagers… :

« Nous travaillons avec des syndicats de transport en commun pour limiter le nombre de passagers dans les véhicules de transport en commun et avec des radios communautaires pour toucher le maximum de personnes dans les coins les plus reculés du pays sur le danger du Covid-19 » a informé mardi, Wilner Joseph le Secrétaire d’État à la population.

10 régulateurs médicaux en cours de recrutement :

Dix régulateurs médicaux (un pour chaque département) sont en cours de recrutement. Ces médecins seront chargés du suivi des patients Covid-19 (soins appropriés, notification d’une éventuelle contamination du personnel, etc…), de l’utilisation adéquate des stocks d’Équipement de Protection Individuelle (EPI), de la formation des travailleurs de santé des établissements de gestion des cas COVID-19, entre autres responsabilités.

Anniversaire du MUPANAH :

Le 7 avril est l’anniversaire du Musée du Panthéon National d’Haïti (MUPANAH) unique musée national recueillant encore les reliques de nos ancêtres. Le 7 avril 1984, le MUPANAH est né et sa naissance coïncide avec l’arrivée en Haïti des restes de Toussaint Louverture. Le Ministre de la culture et de la communication. Pradel Henriquez a rendu une courte visite au MUPANAH en la circonstance.

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