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Jamaica has Benefited from Being Part of the Commonwealth – Charles Jr.

first_img State Minister for Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr., says that since Jamaica became a member of the Commonwealth in 1962, the nation has benefited from fruitful cooperation in a number of areas. State Minister for Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr., says that since Jamaica became a member of the Commonwealth in 1962, the nation has benefited from fruitful cooperation in a number of areas.He cited support in accessing climate change financing, youth leadership and empowerment, trade competitiveness, education, among others.“Jamaica is grateful for the support provided over the years, which has contributed greatly to the country’s path towards inclusive and sustainable development,” he said, while addressing a Commonwealth Day celebration at King’s House on Monday (March 11).He noted that the Commonwealth’s Climate Finance Access Hub “is ensuring that Jamaica and other small States are climate finance ready by building our capacity to bid for pledged climate funds in support of greater resilience.”Special Adviser to Governor-General, Ambassador Burchell Whiteman (left), raises a toast during the Commonwealth Day celebrations at King’s House on Monday (March 11). Sharing in the moment (from second left) are Minister of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr; Nigerian High Commissioner, Her Excellency Janet Omoleegho Olisa; Canadian High Commissioner, Her Excellency Laurie Peters; and High Commissioner of India, His Excellency Girish Juneja. “Jamaica is grateful for the support provided over the years, which has contributed greatly to the country’s path towards inclusive and sustainable development,” he said, while addressing a Commonwealth Day celebration at King’s House on Monday (March 11). “This is particularly important for us as a small island developing State, given that climate change persistently threatens our development and even our existence,” Senator Charles Jr. added.He said that the annual Commonwealth Day observance serves as a reminder of the greatness that can emerge from cooperation, “particularly for us countries, which committed 70 years ago to remain united as free and equal members of the Commonwealth of Nations, freely cooperating in the pursuit of peace, liberty and progress”.“We welcome this year’s theme for Commonwealth Day, ‘A Connected Commonwealth’, as it calls on us all to harness our dynamism and potential to leverage traditional commonalities into new and innovative means of working together,” he said.“We must work together to strengthen relations and synergise activities in key areas for the benefit of all our countries and people,” he added.The Foreign Affairs State Minister called on all Jamaicans, particularly the youth, to continue to engage with the Commonwealth and to avail themselves of the opportunities to participate in, and to promote the work of the organisation.Nigerian High Commissioner, Her Excellency Janet Omoleegho Olisa, points out interesting feautures of a display on Nigerian artefacts, to Special Adviser to the Governor-General, Ambassador Burchell Whiteman. Occason was Commonwealth Day celebrations at King’s House on Monday (March 11). Story Highlights He noted the opportunity for young people to apply and take part in programmes such as the Commonwealth Youth Council and the Queen’s Young Leaders Programme.“I also call on the Commonwealth Secretariat to increase its efforts to engage with all its members, and this must be done towards a better future for our countries and our people for successive generations,” Mr. Charles Jr. said.Since 1977, Commonwealth Day has been celebrated annually on the second Monday in March.The 53 Commonwealth countries in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Americas, the Pacific and Europe, marked the day with a range of activities, such as faith and civic gatherings, school assemblies, flag-raising ceremonies, street parties and cultural events. He cited support in accessing climate change financing, youth leadership and empowerment, trade competitiveness, education, among others. last_img read more


October 24, 2019 0

Community Members Pleased with Reopening of Hagley Park Health Centre

first_img Users of the Hagley Park Health Centre in South West St. Andrew are hailing the reopening of the refurbished facility, which has been closed since 2015.The centre, which serves approximately 27,000 residents in 14 communities, was renovated at a cost of $42 million and now boasts new and improved features such as covered walkways and awnings, new sanitary facilities, air conditioning, fire-safety features, and access for disabled persons.Some of the communities served by the centre include Olympic Way, Waltham Park Road, Seivwright Gardens, York Avenue, White Wing, Majesty Gardens, Hagley Park Road, Delacree Park and Seaview Gardens.In an interview with JIS News following the official reopening ceremony on July 4, community member, Nicole Tallo, said the renovated facility is more comfortable for persons who need healthcare.“The facility wasn’t that nice, but the renovation is very nice right now. Before the renovation, the bathroom was not so nice. Now it’s very good,” she says.Ms. Tallo says that prior to the reopening, she had to travel much farther to access healthcare services.She expresses gratitude to the stakeholders who were integral in completing the project. “We thank them for doing this for the community,” she tells JIS News.For her part, Senior Public Health Nurse, Charmaine Vassell Shettlewood, who used the facility as a child, says she is pleased with the renovation work.Mrs. Vassell Shettlewood, who was also a member of staff at the facility in 2009, tells JIS News that the improvement will boost the inpatient experience and overall service delivery.In his address, Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, said the Type Three facility, which offers a range of healthcare, as well as pharmacy services, will allow community members to “access good public healthcare at the primary level”.“You will get medication more promptly, and that’s important, because waiting time is a challenge in the system and we are trying to correct that by offering more options under the NHF [National Health Fund] programme,” he said.Dr. Tufton urged community members to utilise the services at the facility instead of hospitals, which are usually located farther.He encouraged Jamaicans to adopt healthy lifestyle practices and focus on a preventative approach to health, rather than a curative approach.Stressing the importance of improved health facilities for both the patients and medical staff, former Prime Minister and Member of Parliament for the area, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, said it will allow the staff to be in a better position to treat more patients.“They will have more comfortable workspaces, which will positively impact their output,” she said.Mrs. Simpson Miller urged the community members to protect the facility. “It is here to serve you the citizens of this community and surrounding areas. You have a responsibility to protect it, watch it and ensure that it is not vandalised. Please ensure that you help to keep it in excellent condition,” she said.Chief Executive Officer, NHF, Everton Anderson, said the Fund is involved in partnering with all stakeholders to improve healthcare in Jamaica.“Whether it be through our pharmacies, through our individual benefits programme, we recognise that for health to improve, it has to be a partnership,” he said.He pointed out that in a few months, the Fund will be moving to provide a world-class pharmacy service at the health centre.“Our Senior Vice-President has toured the pharmacy and is… working with the community to ensure that every patient gets their prescription filled promptly at this health centre,” he said.In her remarks, Regional Director, South East Regional Health Authority, Maureen Golding, said the facility has been serving the communities for more than 50 years.She noted that all primary-healthcare facilities across the region will be upgraded and renovated on a phased basis. “This is the third healthcare facility that has been completed over the last 12 months,” she said.The project was financed through the NHF. Ground was broken for the renovation works in February 2015.The facility provides mental health, child health, medical/curative, pharmaceutical, dental and maternity services. The centre, which serves approximately 27,000 residents in 14 communities, was renovated at a cost of $42 million and now boasts new and improved features such as covered walkways and awnings, new sanitary facilities, air conditioning, fire-safety features, and access for disabled persons. Story Highlights In his address, Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, said the Type Three facility, which offers a range of healthcare, as well as pharmacy services, will allow community members to “access good public healthcare at the primary level”. Users of the Hagley Park Health Centre in South West St. Andrew are hailing the reopening of the refurbished facility, which has been closed since 2015.last_img read more


October 24, 2019 0