RelatedNHF Urged to Expend More on Promoting Illness Prevention Related$39M Health Centre for Exchange, St. Ann FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Director, Emergency, Disaster Management and Special Services, Dr. Marion Bullock DuCasse is urging Jamaicans to take precaution against the spread of mosquito borne diseases. This comes as the Chikungunya virus (CHIK-V) continues to spread to some Caribbean nations.“While we have not yet seen the disease in Jamaica, the Ministry of Health continues to put measures in place as part of our preparedness plan. The virus is spread by the Aedes aegypti mosquito which also spreads dengue and so we have an advantage in terms of being able to use a similar approach.”She explained that the Ministry of Health has been putting measures in place for more than two years in anticipation of the possibility of CHIK-V reaching our shores.“Training and sensitization of staff has begun to take place, our surveillance system continues to be strengthened to allow us to quickly detect cases, our vector control programme continues to operate and we have developed a communication strategy,” she said.Symptoms of Chikungunya fever include high fever, headache, muscle pain, joint pain mainly in the limbs and large joints and a rash. Although it does not often result in death, joint pains and stiffness can last for months and even years. It may become a source of chronic pain and disability resulting in the individual being unable to attend work or school.Infants and the elderly are at greater risk for more severe disease. There are some diseases that may increase the risk for severe disease such as diabetes mellitus and cardiovascular disease. There is no specific treatment for CHIK-V nor is there a vaccine.Dr. DuCasse says therefore that the main method of prevention is to protect ourselves from mosquito bites.“The Aedes aegypti is a day biting mosquito that will almost always be found in and around areas where people live, work and play. The parasite breeds in water that settles around homes, schools, churches, workplaces and playgrounds. Persons are urged to search for and destroy mosquito breeding sites in and around their homes, workplaces and communities by getting rid of old tyres and containers in which water can settle, punching holes in tins before disposing, and covering large drums, barrels and tanks holding water,” she urged. RelatedTobacco Regulations, Satisfying Outcome Story HighlightsDirector, Emergency, Disaster Management and Special Services, Dr. Marion Bullock DuCasse is urging Jamaicans to take precaution against the spread of mosquito borne diseases.The Chikungunya virus (CHIK-V) continues to spread to some Caribbean nations. The Ministry of Health has been putting measures in place for more than two years in anticipation of the possibility of CHIK-V reaching our shores. Health Ministry Continues Preparations as Chikungunya Virus Spreads to Other Caribbean Nations Health & WellnessMay 5, 2014Written by: Ministry of Health Public Relations & Communication Unit Advertisements
ORLANDO, Fla. – It immediately became one of those golf lore moments two years ago when Rory McIlroy ended a PGA Tour victory drought that had stretched nearly a year and a half. McIlroy had swooned all the way to 13th in the world ranking and was fresh off a missed cut at the Valspar Championship the week earlier when he arrived at the 2018 Arnold Palmer Invitational. In one of those blessing-in-disguise deals, the free weekend gave him the chance to work with putting guru Brad Faxon. The payoff was immediate. McIlroy held off Tiger Woods, Justin Rose, Henrik Stenson and Bryson DeChambeau with a closing 64 at Bay Hill for a three-stroke victory. That he led the field in putting for the week was lost on no one. The putting whisperer had worked his magic and, in retrospect, sent McIlroy on a path back to the world’s top ranking. But even in that Sunday twilight at Arnie’s Place, the Northern Irishman eluded to a much deeper transition. “Freed up my head more than my stroke,” McIlroy admitted. “I sort of felt like I was maybe complicating things a bit and thinking a little bit too much about it and maybe a little bogged down by technical or mechanical thoughts.” Arnold Palmer Invitational: Full-field tee times | Full coverage McIlroy’s slide in the world ranking and his absence of trophies was the byproduct of many factors. There were injuries that kept him from playing his best and plenty of doubt regarding his putting stroke. It is the natural inclination of every golfer to complicate things, and doing such was keeping McIlroy from living his best life, both on and off the course. What emerged from that benchmark moment was a clarity of thought that continues to evolve and impress. “Sort of feel like this was the start of a two-year journey to get back to this point,” McIlroy said on Wednesday at Bay Hill. “I spent an afternoon with Brad Faxon at the Bear’s Club, something stuck with me from that afternoon and I was able to win and that was my first win in 500-whatever days.” Since then he’s added victories at the ’19 Players Championship, RBC Canadian Open and Tour Championship, and this season’s WGC-HSBC Champions. He was voted last season’s PGA Tour Player of the Year and he’s missed just four cuts in his last 47 events. The brilliant simplicity of Faxon’s method for putting aside, this goes well beyond a friendly afternoon spent on the practice green at the Bear’s Club. For McIlroy this was a transformation of mind more than body or technique. The evidence is there when McIlroy talks about whatever book he’s reading at the moment or explaining his thoughts on complicated and nuanced subjects, like the proposed Premier Golf League, in simple and thoughtful terms. Golf Central Tweaks Rory would like to see the Tour make BY Nick Menta — March 4, 2020 at 1:46 PM Rory McIlroy said the Premier Golf League isn’t for him. But he is interested in making a few tweaks to the PGA Tour. It’s been there in victory and defeat. When he began last year with five consecutive top-5 finishes there was no degree of frustration or self-sabotage, just an unwavering belief that he was on the right path. It was a path that led to victory at TPC Sawgrass in his sixth start last year and set the foundation for his FedExCup winning campaign. Faxon’s steady hands certainly helped McIlroy’s putting and, Rory being Rory, he continues to make incremental and detailed gains based on areas he identifies as deficient – currently that list includes his bunker play and putts between 6 to 12 feet. But the real growth here can’t be quantified by ShotLink. “Mental more than the game,” he said when asked if he’s grown more mentally or as a player the last two years. “I have done things in the game previous to two years ago that were maybe higher than what I’ve done the past couple of years. But from a mental perspective, the consistency and showing up every week even when I don’t have my best stuff I’m able to still get in the mix and have a shot at winning tournaments. So mentally over these last few years I’ve definitely gotten better.” Part of that maturity was natural. He turned 30 last spring and was married in April 2017. He’s also gotten to the stage of his career where he’s comfortable with the road behind him even if he remains unsure what lies ahead. But most of all, he’s simply comfortable with himself. The journey that McIlroy began two years ago at Arnie’s Place has delivered him back to the world ranking promised land, but more importantly, it’s led him to a better place in mind and spirit.