(CARPHA PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – While chikungunya and zika, which swept the region in 2014 and 2016 are not expected back anytime soon, CARPHA is warning, “gear-up for the possibility of a major outbreak of dengue fever in 2018.”
This because as before, the pre-conditions of abundant mosquito vector levels still exist, and increased levels of dengue are being reported in Latin America and elsewhere.
It is imperative as rainy season begins in many countries that efforts to stop mosquitos breeding and biting be stepped up, especially for pregnant women and vulnerable populations.
These mosquitos borne diseases such as dengue, chikungunya and zika threaten health, tourism, social and economic development, so everyone needs to work together. Dengue remains a global health problem and like zika and chikungunya, there is no specific treatment for the disease. (more…)
Professor Ivelaw Griffith, Vice Chancellor of the University of Guyana, (standing) positing his thoughts on the implementation of the Human Resource Development Strategy at an unprecedented Thought Leadership Forum on Wednesday.
The Forum was held as part of the opening ceremony of the Thirty-Fourth Meeting of the Council for Human and Social Development (COHSOD) at the Theatre Guild in Georgetown, Guyana.
Forum discussants included the Hon. Delmaude Ryan, Deputy Premier and Minister of Education, Youth Affairs and Sport of Montserrat and Mr. Adrian Augier, Artist, Economist and Recipient of the Caribbean Laureate of Arts and Letters Award.
BASSETERRE, St Kitts (CMC) — The executive director of the Trinidad-based Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), Dr. James Hosepdales, is urging regional countries to “proceed with an abundance of caution” when it come to the decriminalisation of marijuana.
Hospedales, who spoke on a government radio programme “Working for you”, said there is much discussion on the decriminalisation issue and that there have been several times in history where populations and societies have gone very liberal with substances of abuse.
“The Americans are in the middle of a big opioid crisis and some many decades ago they had a huge problem with addiction and especially among white women,” he said.
“We in the Caribbean have a problem with marijuana and clogging up of the courts and the justice system and that’s understandable to try and reduce that side effect. I think though, in introducing these kinds of public policies, consideration has to be given to the full range of impact.”
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The Caribbean Agricultural Health and Food Safety Agency (CAHFSA) was recognised as a Regional Plant Protection Organisation (RPPO) by the Commission on Phytosanitary Measures (CPM-13) being held this week at the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Headquarters in Rome. The IPPC Community attending the CPM congratulated and wished the newly recognised organisation a fruitful work.
Ms. Juliet Goldsmith, CAHFSA Plant Health Expert, thanked all individuals who were instrumental in this recognition. She acknowledged the member countries of CAHFSA and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) as well as its associate members and territories; the Caribbean Plant Health Directors’ Forum (CPHD); partner countries of the Caribbean Basin, in particular the USA;, and organisations such as IICA and OIRSA (the RPPO for Central America); who worked together for the best interest of plant health in the region in the absence of a formal RPPO in the Caribbean. She invited Contracting Parties, RPPOs and partner agencies to continue to cooperate and support CAHFSA to help it to grow into a mature and functional RPPO.
CAHFSA was an observer to the Technical Consultation of Regional Plant Protection Organisations (TC-RPPO) for the last two years. During the 29th TC-RPPO held last November in Paris, CAHFSA asked the IPPC Secretariat to initiate the procedure required for their recognition as a RPPO, under Article IX of the IPPC.
CAHFSA/CARICOM is composed of the following Member States: Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Montserrat, Saint Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, and of the following Associate Members: Anguilla, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Turks and Caicos Islands.