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RGPF helping to make carnival safer

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The Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF) wishes all citizens and visitors alike a safe, happy and enjoyable 2019 Carnival Season and affirms its commitment to ensuring the safety of all during this festive season.

Consequently, the RGPF is seeking the collaboration of the general public to realise this national goal and persons are encouraged to take every precaution to ensure that their own safety and the well-being of others are not compromised.

Consistent with this approach the RGPF advises the following:

Avoid unpleasant situations:

  • Drink responsibly – balance the consumption of alcohol and other intoxicating liquor with water
  • Be wary of accepting drinks from others, even people you know Know who you are purchasing food from
  • Be constantly aware of the people around you
  • Be observant when returning home at night; avoid accepting lifts from strangers or leaving shows/fetes with strangers or someone you just met; avoid hitchhikers
  • If travelling as a group in a private vehicle have a designated driver; ensure that you carry sufficient funds to return home in the event that you are unable to do so via your designated driver

Do not put your life or the life of others in danger:

  • Exercise restraint in the face of provocation;
  • Leave all offensive weapons at home – the knives, cutlasses, icepicks, ray bones, et cetera and any other thing made or adapted for use for causing injury to the person, or intended for that use
  • Secure licenced firearms, preferably at home or lodge at the nearest police station

Avoid being a victim of theft:

  • Carry just the bare necessities, avoid large sums of cash
  • Avoid wearing excessive jewellery; duly secure wallets, purses and mobile phones
  • Ensure homes and vehicles are properly locked and secured

Road Safety:

  • Do not drive while under the influence of alcohol/drugs;
  • Drive to the conditions of the road – do not speed;
  • Refrain from committing regulatory breaches by obeying the traffic signs and officers directing traffic
  • Do not sit atop DJ speaker boxes and the hood of vehicles as well as the side/back trays

Safety of Children and Elderly:

  • Ensure children and the elderly left at home are properly supervised;
  • Do not leave flammable liquid, medication and matches within reach of children;
  • Keep children in sight/close contact when outdoors; teach your child/children about the danger posed by strangers

General Reminders:

  • Selling or carrying of alcohol or other beverages in glass bottles in public places is prohibited and the sale of alcohol to minors is against the law
  • It is also against the law to have open flames in public places
  • Carrying or using the national flag or symbols of Grenada or any other country in a derogatory manner is prohibited
  • Refrain from portraying or wearing any costume in a manner likely to cause any ridicule or disrespect to any religion practiced in Grenada
  • Refrain from carrying or displaying any lewd or offensive signs, posters, placards or designs
  • The use of aerosol spray, chainsaws with or without blades, cow neck chains and reptiles – snakes, serpents – whether alive or dead is prohibited

The RGPF is intensifying its operations to ensure public safety and security and will be implementing a zero-tolerance approach to persons who are bent on breaking the law. This is necessary to ensure that revellers, other citizens and visitors enjoy the festivities in an unencumbered and safe environment.

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Early closure of ministry on 19 November – NOW Grenada

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The Ministry of Education, Human Resource Development, Religious Affairs and Information will be closed from 1 pm on Tuesday, 19 November 2019, to facilitate a general staff meeting on that date.

This ministry apologises for any inconvenience caused, as a result of the early closure.

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NHI is a transformational initiative for healthcare system – NOW Grenada

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  • Universal healthcare provides healthcare and financial protection to all residents 
  • Focus of 2-day conference will be to listen to community, public education, and information sharing
  • Government has entered into a 9-month contract with JIPA as of 29 October

Dr Kester Nedd, CEO of the Miami-based JIPA (Joint Independent Provider Association) Network, has described his contract with government to engage in broad-based consultations with all the relevant stakeholders to implement a national health insurance system, as a transformational initiative as Grenada embarks on providing universal health for citizens.

“Today we are beginning the steps of universal health coverage for all,” Nedd told participants attending a 2-day conference where the vision of the JIPA Network is being presented to stakeholders.

While JIPA is formally introducing its brand and ideas to the Grenadian community, the focus of the event at the Radisson Convention Centre will be to listen to the community, public education, and information sharing. “Change can only be successful when we listen to others,” he told participants from the medical fraternity, Trades Union Council, private sector, insurance industry, political organisations, civil society organisations, churches, and government officials.

JIPA Vision

Explaining that National Health Insurance is not a band-aid to fixing the current challenges, Nedd said that the initiative is part of a wide concept that will eventually result in the transformation of Grenada’s healthcare system.

“Most important, there is a need for political will. We need that kind of support as part of the governance structure,” he said while pointing out that political will is significant to achieve universal healthcare.

Universal health coverage (UHC) is a healthcare system that provides healthcare and financial protection to all residents. Grenada is committed to achieving UHC, which means that all people and communities can use the promotive, preventive, curative, rehabilitative and palliative health services they need, of sufficient quality to be effective, while also ensuring that the use of these services does not expose the user to financial hardship.

Dr Francis Martin, Senior Medical Officer with responsibility for primary healthcare said that UHC cannot be achieved if there is no reform. “If healthcare remains the same, government will have to make some hard changes and reallocate funds,” he told participants while presenting on the current state of healthcare in the country.

Coss section of participants at JIPA conference

Besides local experts, the event also features international speakers who are sharing lessons learned from the NHI Bahamas, BVI and Turks and Caicos.

Government has entered into a 9-month contract with JIPA valued between US$800,000 and US$1.5 million to complete the process for implementation of the National Health Insurance programme.

The contract came into effect as of 29 October 2019, and builds on the work already started by the University of the West Indies and other stakeholders.

Grenada received US$653,916 from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to establish the secretariat of the NHI and to undertake initial preparatory work. The decision of government to introduce a National Health Insurance plan is in keeping with the Sustainable Development Goals 2030.

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Police investigate death at Duquesne – NOW Grenada

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Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a 34-year-old that occurred on Thursday, 14 November 2019 sometime after 7 pm at Duquesne, St Mark.

Marvin Francis of Duquesne was pronounced dead at the scene following an altercation in which he received several chop wounds to the body.

An autopsy is pending to determine the actual cause of death.

One man is currently in custody assisting police with the investigations.

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