SIMS Hospital conducts robotic knee replacement surgery

first_img The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story By Prabhat Prakash on January 3, 2019 WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals SIMS Hospital conducts robotic knee replacement surgery Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care app Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha Read Article Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19”center_img News Related Posts MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” Share 65 years old patients undergo latest advanced generation robotic intervention in joint replacementDoctors at SIMS Hospital performed two back-to-back successful robotic total knee replacement surgeries, in Tamil Nadu on 65 years old patients, both with severe knee pain for the last 5 years. These surgeries were done using the NAVIO PFS Robotic surgical system, the latest advanced generation robotic intervention in joint replacement (developed in the US) and to the delight of the families, enabled these patients to walk without significant pain within 4 hours of the surgery itself. The surgery was performed successfully by the team lead by  Dr Vijay C Bose, Joint Director and Senior Consultant, Institute of Orthopedics SIMS Hospital,  Dr Pichai Suryanarayanan,  Sr VP, Medical, Joint Director and Senior Consultant, Institute of Orthopedics SIMS Hospital.  Dr Ashok Kumar PS, Senior Consultant, Department of Advanced Joint Replacement Surgery at SIMS Hospital. Kapil Dev, presided over the occasion of formal launch as chief guest. Film Actor Jyotika Suriya, graced the occasion as guest of honour.Robotic joint replacement surgery has many definitive benefits over traditional joint replacement surgery: one being, a bone conserving technology as it helps in preserving natural anatomy. It enables the surgeon to operate with enhanced precision even during the most complex procedures and difficult cases. Enhanced precision and lesser bone removal lead to less blood loss, painless, faster and better post-operative outcomes for the patient. Robotic assisted joint replacement is at a much higher level with regards to many parameters than traditional joint replacement surgery,” says  Dr Bose,  Joint Director and Senior Consultant,  Institute of Orthopedics SIMS Hospital.“The NAVIO Robotic system reduces the possibilities of human error and ensures perfect alignment, leading to the longevity of the joint implant. Though this is a very high-end technology in our hospital, we have chosen to not make it expensive – so that more patients will be able to benefit from this,” confirms  Dr Ashok Kumar PS, Senior Consultant, Department of Advanced Joint Replacement Surgery at SIMS Hospital.The two patients and their families are extremely happy with the outcome. They were both discharged to get back home within 2-3 days of the joint replacement surgery and are now undergoing physical rehabilitation to return to an active lifestyle soon.Dr Bose  adds, “SIMS Hospital has always been at the helm of technology it is a centre of excellence in orthopaedics for patients from all across the world. Patient safety and outcomes have always been our top priority and we believe technology helps us in achieving that goal, besides a very warm and friendly team that works with care and commitment round the clock towards all our patients, like they are our family. With robotic joint replacement, we are driving this differentiated edge ahead and ensuring that we are at par with the world. Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025last_img read more

Maxivision to conduct free screenings on the occasion of Indian Army Day

first_img Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story Eye screenings will be conducted from January 16 – 31, 2020 in all the branches of MaxivisionHyderabad-based Maxivision Super Specialty Eye Hospitals has announced free eye checkups to Indian army personnel on the occasion of Indian Army Day. As part of its social responsibility to the society and to extend its support to Indian Army and its services to the nation, Maxi Vision Super Specialty Eye Hospitals will organise free eye checkups to mark the occasion. Indian Army Day is being observed every year on January 15 to pay respects to gallant soldiers who sacrificed their lives to safeguard the country and its citizens.Speaking on the occasion, Sudheer, COO, Maxi Vision Super Specialty Eye Hospitals, said, “It is the accountability of all the citizens of India to extend their moral support to our army personnel who always on a vigil to keep the country safe and secure. Extolling Army’s virtues and their courageous services to the nation, Maxivision would like to boost their morale extending its support to them by offering free eye screenings / checkups on the occasion.”Free eye screenings / checkups will be conducted from January 16 – 31, 2020 in all the branches of Maxivision in Somajiguda, Begumpet, Madhapur, AS Rao Nagaro, Santosh Nagar, Kukatpally in Hyderabad, Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam, Bheemavaram, Warangal. Related Posts Share Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” free eye checkupIndian Army DayMaxivision Super Specialty Eye Hospitals WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 Read Article By EH News Bureau on January 13, 2020 Comments (0) Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care app Maxivision to conduct free screenings on the occasion of Indian Army Day News Add Commentlast_img read more

FDA posts a surveillance report on Bayer’s birth control implant-Essure

first_img Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” Read Article WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals Women who suspect the device may be related to symptoms they are experiencing, such as persistent pain, should talk to their doctor about what steps may be appropriate. Device removal has its own risksThe FDA posted interim results for the postmarket surveillance (“522”) study on Essure, a permanently implanted birth control device for women that, after December 2019, has no longer been available for implantation in the US. Since February 2016,  the birth control implant was under the FDA surveillance as part of the postmarket surveillance (“522”) study as many patients came forward with complaints of side-effects and long time issues.Therefore, the FDA ordered Bayer to gather more data about Essure’s benefits and compare them to laparoscopic tubal ligation. In December 2018, the FDA required Bayer to extend the postmarket surveillance study from three years to five years.While enrolment in that study has ended, the five-year follow-up of patients after their permanent birth control procedure is ongoing and patients are still completing one year follow up visits.The FDA has taken a number of actions over the last several years to monitor the safety of Essure. The agency has regularly updated the public about these and remains committed to sharing new information with the public about the postmarket safety of this device as it becomes availableSays Terri L Cornelison, Director- FDA’s Health of Women Program in the Center for Devices and Radiological Health, “Although Essure is no longer available for implantation in the US, the FDA remains committed to evaluating long-term safety information in women who have received the device, including data from an FDA-required postmarket surveillance study.”“Today we’re providing important early overall results—from patients at varying points of follow up—from that prospective study to help patients and health care providers better understand complications women with Essure may experience”, she added.“Early results show that Essure patients tend to have higher rates of chronic lower abdominal and/or pelvic pain and abnormal uterine bleeding compared to women who had laparoscopic tubal ligation as their permanent birth control. Also, patients with Essure had higher rates of gynecologic surgical procedures—including surgery to remove Essure—than patients who had tubal ligation. Lastly, pregnancy rates are similar for patients with Essure and tubal ligation”, she further informs.Currently, the FDA is working with Bayer to modify its study to include an additional interim analysis at one year of follow up after patients’ permanent birth control procedure—this is earlier than the previously planned analysis at three years. “We believe this change is important to continue to closely monitor patient outcomes and communicate about the results in a more meaningful way”, Cornelison sums up.The FDA continues to recommend that women who have been using Essure successfully to prevent pregnancy can and should continue to do so. Women who suspect the device may be related to symptoms they are experiencing, such as persistent pain, should talk to their doctor about what steps may be appropriate. Device removal has its own risks. Patients should discuss the benefits and risks of any procedure with their health care providers before deciding on the best option for them. Bayer’s birth control implantbirth control implantsEssure and tubal ligationEssure patientsEssure side effectspostmarket surveillance studyprevent pregnancy Add Comment MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” Related Posts Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care app Comments (0) By EH News Bureau on July 9, 2020 Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 FDA posts a surveillance report on Bayer’s birth control implant-Essure Clinical Research News Patient Safety The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story Sharelast_img read more

Cardiac MRI contrast agents carry low risk of adverse events: Study

first_img Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” cardiac MRIgadolinium-based contrast agentsJohannes Uhlig Cardiac MRI contrast agents carry low risk of adverse events: Study Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 Share Of the study group of 154,779 patients, from the multinational, multicenter European Society of Cardiovascular Radiology MRCT Registry, who underwent cardiac MRI,  there were 556 acute adverse effects in 145,855 contrast-enhanced MRIs, or 0.38 per cent, with only 47 being classified as severeContrast agents used to improve views of the heart on MRI carry a very low risk of allergic reactions, vomiting and other acute adverse events, according to a large study from Europe published in Radiology: Cardiothoracic Imaging. The findings come three years after the European Union enacted new regulations on the contrast agents.Cardiac MRI is a well-established tool for heart imaging. The majority of cardiac MRI exams use intravenous gadolinium-based contrast agents (GBCAs) to improve visualisation of the heart muscle and blood flow. Contrast-enhanced MRI is often used to assess scars to the heart tissue and detect cardiac ischemia, a condition of reduced blood flow to the heart resulting from blockage of the coronary arteries. Contrast-enhanced cardiac MRI is also frequently used to evaluate diseases like cardiomyopathy and myocarditis.GBCAs rely on an ion of the heavy metal gadolinium to work. Since the ion is toxic to humans, it is bound in a molecule called a ligand to make it safe. GBCAs are classified as either linear or macrocyclic based on the type of ligand used. Linear GBCAs have elongated ligands while macrocyclic GBCAs have a cage-shaped ligand that traps the gadolinium ion inside.Studies have shown that trace amounts of the toxic gadolinium ions may remain in the body following repeated GBCA administration. Linear GBCAs are thought to have a higher likelihood of deposit compared to macrocyclic GBCAs, as the macrocyclic GBCAs offer better containment of the gadolinium ion and are considered more stable.“Studies have demonstrated that the likelihood and extent of cerebral gadolinium depositions are increased after administration of linear GBCAs compared to macrocyclic GBCAs, although the clinical relevance of these depositions still needs to be determined,” said the study’s lead author, Johannes Uhlig, M.D., M.P.H., from University Medical Center in Goettingen, Germany.As a preventive measure, in late 2017 the European Medicines Agency (EMA) suspended the marketing authorization of linear GBCA types except in liver imaging.For the new study, Dr. Uhlig and colleagues tapped into the multinational, multicenter European Society of Cardiovascular Radiology MRCT Registry to assess the impact of the EMA’s regulatory decision. The study group included 154,779 patients who underwent cardiac MRI, with almost 95 per cent receiving GBCA. While linear GBCAs were used in 15.2 per cent of examinations before and in 2017, their use decreased to less than 1 per cent in 2018 and 2019.They also tracked GBCA-associated acute adverse events and classified them as mild, moderate or severe. Mild events included allergic reactions such as hives and wheezing, while reactions like chest pain and arrythmia were classified as moderate or severe. Overall, there were 556 acute adverse effects in 145,855 contrast-enhanced MRIs, or 0.38 per cent, with only 47 being classified as severe.“Using a large-scale patient cohort from several European countries, our study demonstrates that the administration of GBCA for cardiac MRI is safe for the overwhelming majority of patients,” Dr. Uhlig said. “In particular, macrocyclic GBCAs exhibit a favorable acute safety profile, and should be considered for cardiac MRI examinations evaluating myocardial scarring, ischemia, cardiomyopathy and myocarditis.”Adverse events occurred even without GBCA administration. Out of the 8,924 cases in the study group that did not involve GBCAs, 231 examination-related events were reported, or 2.59 per cent, the majority being anxiety and shortness of breath.The results underscore the importance of pre-procedural assessment to look for contraindications to MRI scanning and GBCA administration, as well as the likelihood of GBCA-associated adverse events, Dr. Uhlig said.“Potentially vulnerable populations include those with orthostatic shortness of breath, prior adverse GBCA reactions and terminal renal insufficiency,” he said.Policies on linear GBCAs vary internationally. No regulatory restrictions have been issued in the US, although the US Food and Drug Administration recommends that physicians consider gadolinium retention characteristics when choosing GBCAs. Because of their unique properties, linear GBCAs are still considered vital for liver imaging.“Although there are efforts to advance non-contrast hepatic imaging, linear GBCAs will probably be indispensable for specific patient populations in the near future,” Dr. Uhlig said.The study authors credited the MRCT Registry for helping make their research possible.“These analyses highlight the importance of establishing and maintaining large-scale prospective data registries, specifically in the field of radiology,” said the study’s senior author Matthias Gutberlet, M.D., one of the MRCT Registry co-founders. Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha Cardiac Care News Patient Safety Radiology Add Comment WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals Adoption of AI/ML can disrupt healthcare services The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story Read Article MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” By EH News Bureau on October 28, 2020 Comments (0) Related Postslast_img read more

Researchers find rare group with controlled HIV who could be a key to unlocking cure

first_imgResearchers find rare group with controlled HIV who could be a key to unlocking cure The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 Comments (0) By EH News Bureau on March 2, 2021 Abbott Global Viral Surveillance Programmecontrolled HIVHIV antibody tests Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre”center_img Read Article Adoption of AI/ML can disrupt healthcare services Related Posts A team of scientists has found an unusually high number of people in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) who test positive for HIV antibodies, but have low to non-detectable viral load counts – without the use of antiretroviral treatment. These people are referred to as HIV elite controllers. These groundbreaking findings published today in EBioMedicine (part of The Lancet), may help researchers uncover biological trends within this population that could lead to advancements in HIV treatments – and potentially vaccines.As per a release from Abbott, researchers from the company, the Johns Hopkins University, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, the University of Missouri-Kansas City and the Université Protestante au Congo found that the prevalence of HIV elite controllers was 2.7-4.3 per cent in the DRC – compared to a 0.1-2 per cent prevalence worldwide.This new research will fuel additional studies that look to understand this unique immune response. Findings from the study could lead researchers closer to their goal of ending the HIV epidemic by uncovering links between natural virus suppression and future treatments.“The finding of a large group of HIV elite controllers in the DRC is significant considering that HIV is a life-long, chronic condition that typically progresses over time,” said Tom Quinn, M.D., director of Johns Hopkins Center for Global Health, and chief of the International HIV/AIDS Research Section of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health, and one of the study authors. “There have been rare instances of the infection not progressing in individuals prior to this study, but this high frequency is unusual and suggests there is something interesting happening at a physiological level in the DRC that’s not random.”Since the beginning of the global HIV epidemic, 76 million people have been infected with HIV and 38 million people today are living with the virus, as per reports quoted in the release. As the first company to develop an FDA-approved test for HIV more than 30 years ago, Abbott established its Global Viral Surveillance Programme to identify HIV and hepatitis mutations – ensuring its diagnostic tests remain up to date.With the origins of the HIV epidemic traced to sub-Saharan Africa, specifically the DRC, this region is of specific interest to the scientific community. These new findings from Abbott researchers and partners are a continuation of virus hunting efforts that led to the identification of a new strain of HIV in 2019.“Global surveillance work keeps us ahead of emerging infectious diseases – and in this instance we realised we had found something that could be another step toward unlocking a cure for HIV,” said Michael Berg, Ph.D., an associate research fellow in infectious disease research at Abbott, and lead author of the study. “The global research community has more work to do – but harnessing what we learn from this study and sharing it with other researchers puts us closer to new treatments that could possibly eliminate HIV.”Plasma samples from surveillance efforts collected in 1987, 2001-03 and 2017-19 in the DRC – home to the oldest known HIV strains – allowed researchers to rule out false positives, collection site bias, high genetic diversity and antiretroviral treatment as the cause of non-detectable viral counts in 10,457 patients from 2017 to 2019. Abbott’s ARCHITECT® HIV Ag/Ab Combo tests and m 2000™ RealTi m e HIV-1 tests were used in the study to detect HIV antibodies and viral load ranges, respectively, in participants.“Every new HIV discovery is another piece in the evolutionary jigsaw puzzle that we’re trying to understand,” said Carole McArthur, Ph.D., M.D., professor in the department of oral and craniofacial sciences, University of Missouri-Kansas City, director of residency research in pathology, Truman Medical Center, and one of the study authors. “Each of these pieces helps us see a bit more clearly as to where we need to look next and contributes to the knowledge bank that all researchers will turn to in the next phase of our work.” Clinical Research Lab Diagnostics News Public Health Study of more than 10,000 people identifies a rare group with controlled HIV in the Democratic Republic of Congo, suggesting additional research could uncover links between natural virus suppression and future treatments Share Add Commentlast_img read more

CMO warns Parents to get Children Immunised

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail With a little more than two weeks to go before the start of the new academic year, Chief Medical Officer in the Ministry of Health, Sheila Campbell Forrester, is reminding parents to ensure that their children are fully immunised.Speaking on Wednesday (August 18) at the official launch of the Child Health and Development Passport (CHDP), Dr. Forrester said parents must bear in mind the fact that their children cannot be allowed into school if they have not received the appropriate vaccines.“We are in the midst of the back to school period, so I implore you if you have not yet done so, to go to your health centre or health care provider and get your child the vaccines that he or she needs,” she remarked.Chairman of the Early Childhood Commission (ECC), Dr. Maureen Samms Vaughan (right) outlining the contents of the new Child Health and Development Passport (CHDP) to Minister of Health, the Hon Rudyard Spencer, during the launch of the CHDP at the St. Catherine Health Department on Wednesday (August 18).She said that Jamaica has been able to maintain relatively high vaccination coverage for many years since 1985, despite experiencing some slippage over the past ten years, with coverage averaging 83 per cent up to 2008.“The Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR) has languished in the high 70s. I am however pleased to inform that we have made significant improvement, as last year we achieved just over 90 per cent coverage in MMR and BCG (Bacillus Calmette-Gu RelatedCMO warns Parents to get Children Immunised Advertisements RelatedCMO warns Parents to get Children Immunisedcenter_img CMO warns Parents to get Children Immunised Health & WellnessAugust 19, 2010 RelatedCMO warns Parents to get Children Immunisedlast_img read more

Lady Allen Seeks Corporate Support for Children’s Homes

first_imgRelatedLady Allen Seeks Corporate Support for Children’s Homes RelatedLady Allen Seeks Corporate Support for Children’s Homes FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Wife of the Governor-General, Her Excellency the Most Hon Lady Allen, is encouraging Corporate Jamaica and ordinary citizens to contribute to the development and success of minors in the country’s children’s homes by donating time and resources.“I believe that our young people, our children, are the future of our country and if we give them a jump start they are going to be able to carry the torch that we give to them,” Lady Allen said.Director of upholstering company, I Am Enterprise, Oswald Smith, unloads a chair from his truck at the Glenhope Nursery on Maxfield Avenue in Kingston on Tuesday (August 24). The children at the home benefited from the donation of the refurbished chairs.She was speaking to JIS News on Tuesday (August 24) during her visit to the Glenhope Nursery, Maxfield Park Home in Kingston. She donated several pieces of furniture to the home, which were refurbished free of cost by upholstering company, I Am Enterprise.Lady Allen explained that on a previous visit to the home, she and colleague donor, Margaret Boyne, noticed the poor condition of the sofas that the children were forced to sit on in the lounge area and decided to have them repaired for the comfort the youngsters.She contacted director of I Am Enterprise, Oswald Smith, who was willing to repair the chairs free of cost, in addition to providing the materials.“Mrs. Boyne and I are pleased this morning, along with Mr. Smith and his staff, that the children of Glenhope Nursery can have comfortable seats, not only ones that look good but that are appealing to them,” she remarked.Wife of the Governor-General, Her Excellency the Most Hon Lady Allen, peruses the handy work of upholsterer, Oswald Smith, during a visit to the Glenhope Nursery on Maxfield Avenue in Kingston on Tuesday (August 24). The children at the home benefited from the donation of the refurbished chairs.Lady Allen said there were also plans in place to repair another sofa, as well as the roofing for the children’s play area.She is encouraging Jamaicans to lend a hand to the children of Glenhope and similar institutions across Jamaica, through donations.“If we can have more persons, then we can have a system in place that when they leave these places they can go into a home to work and get some mentoring, because some of them do not need to go back into the existing situation because that is what have caused them to be here in the first place, but it all takes money to do what we have to do,” she implored.Lady Allen and Mrs. Boyne are also mentors for two teenage girls at the Glenhope Home. Manager of the Glenhope Nursery, Carmen Mullings, said the children and the staff at Glenhope were extremely grateful for the donation from Lady Allen.“It is a pleasure for us to have Lady Allen donating this gift to us. She has always been supporting the home, which we are always proud of, we really appreciate it, and I know my children here also really appreciate it,” Mrs. Mullings said.“I want to say a big thank you to her and the team for what they have been doing, and I hope for God’s blessing on the whole team and for all of Jamaica that has been supporting us,” Advertisementscenter_img Lady Allen Seeks Corporate Support for Children’s Homes Governor GeneralAugust 25, 2010 RelatedLady Allen Seeks Corporate Support for Children’s Homeslast_img read more

Mandeville Hospital to save $2.2 million from energy efficiency projects

first_imgMandeville Hospital to save $2.2 million from energy efficiency projects Health & WellnessMay 30, 2011 RelatedMandeville Hospital to save $2.2 million from energy efficiency projects RelatedMandeville Hospital to save $2.2 million from energy efficiency projects By GARFIELD L. ANGUS, JIS Reporter RelatedMandeville Hospital to save $2.2 million from energy efficiency projects FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail MANDEVILLE — The Mandeville Regional Hospital, in Manchester, should see annual energy savings of $2.2 million, as a result of a steam system energy efficiency improvement project, and rehabilitation of its solar water heating system, done by the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ). The steam system project will result in a reduction in fuel consumption by some 20,583 litres of diesel per year, equivalent to an estimated annual saving of  $1.48 million, while the  rehabilitated solar water heating system will have an economic benefit of 30 megawatt hours per year, equivalent to a saving of $745,308, when compared to an electrical water heater. Chief Financial Officer at the PCJ, Nigel Logan, who spoke at the handing ceremony on May 25, emphasised that Jamaica must use it natural resources to ensure that every possible reduction in imported fuel is realised. “We have sun, we have a lot of wind, and we see where there is great potential for us to use our indigenous resources to reduce our reliance on fossil fuel, and to make each person, each household and every entity energy sufficient,” he said. In keeping with the goals of the National Energy Policy and the mandate of the PCJ to develop Jamaica’s energy sector, the agency will continue to implement energy efficiency initiatives. The goal of the PCJ’s energy efficiency programme is to create a paradigm shift towards the use of renewable energy resources and energy saving technologies. With technical support from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Ministry of Energy and Mining undertook a programme to complete energy audits throughout the entire public sector, in order to prepare an investment programme to improve energy conservation and efficiency. An estimated capital expenditure of $7.8 billion (US$90 million), with total savings of $3.2 billion (US$43.5 million), is expected in just under two and a half years. There should also be  a reduction of  200,000 barrels of oil per year, and a decrease in greenhouse gas emissions by 75,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year. The hospital has a 220-bed capacity and serves an estimated 200,000 persons, and is administered by the Southern Regional Health Authority (SRHA). Advertisementslast_img read more

Senator says Digital Parliament needed

first_imgRelatedSenator says Digital Parliament needed Advertisements RelatedSenator says Digital Parliament needed FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail KINGSTON — Opposition Senator, Norman Grant, has tabled a motion in the Senate, seeking to have the use of communications technology by members permitted in Gordon House, seat of Jamaica’s Parliament. Senator Grant’s motion challenges one of the “hallowed” traditions of the Parliament, which insists that members of both the upper and lower Houses should make oral presentations; a rule that, however, has been breached consistently as members read extensively from prepared texts. The motion speaks, specifically, to allowing the use of computers to access compact discs and other sources of information, on the basis that major developments in technology, generally, and moves by Government agencies to release annual reports on compact discs, necessitate the use of computers to access the data for informed debate of the reports. “If technology cannot be used, then there is no way the information can be accessed,” Senator Grant told JIS News. “There are a number of things that, as a nation, our Parliament must lead from the front on, and the fact that the whole world is using technology as a means of growth and development, barring it during the sitting of the Senate appears contradictory,” he added. He said he is expecting the full support of the Senate for the motion, which raises an issue which has constantly been highlighted in both Houses. He also stated that he is optimistic, because it would be an appropriate marker, as Jamaica prepares to celebrate its 50th anniversary as an independent nation next year (2012). The motion reads as follows: “WHERE AS a number of agencies of Government have started to table their annual reports on compact discs, which require electronic/computers to access the data; “AND WHEREAS members of the Senate need immediate access to the reports when tabled, for purposes that include raising questions, seeking clarifications and enhancing the governance process; “AND WHEREAS there is no provision in the Standing Orders of the Senate for the use of technology during sittings: “BE IT RESOLVED that a review of the Standing Orders of the Senate be undertaken to allow for the use of technology during its sittings”. Senator says Digital Parliament needed OppositionJuly 4, 2011 RelatedSenator says Digital Parliament needed By Balford Henry, JIS Reporter & Editorlast_img read more

School Feeding Programme Ready for New School Year

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail KINGSTON — Children  attending schools  that are benefitting from the Government’s School Feeding Programme should have a healthy start  to the new school year in September. Contracts have been approved  for the supply of  long  grain rice, cornmeal, counter flour,  vegetable oil,  corned beef  and tinned mackerel for the cooked food component, while  funds have been allocated to Nutrition Products Limited for the supply  of snacks , comprising  a baked bun (nutribun) and milk or flavoured drink. The School Feeding Programme has two components – cooked lunches, which are  prepared at the schools,  and  snacks, which  are prepared and delivered to schools. For the 2011/12 Financial Year, the Government has allocated some  $2.5 billion for the School Feeding Programme (SFP).             Of  the sum, Nutrition Products will get $709 million to provide meals for over 136,000 beneficiaries, and the Early Childhood Commission has received $42 million for its nutrition subsidy for basic school students. In an interview with JIS News, Director of the School Feeding Programme, Helen Robertson said that all government schools, with the exception of some high and technical schools, have at least one component of the programme. Private schools that have PATH beneficiaries also receive nutritional support.  “With some 220,000 students on the PATH programme, the schools are doing some magical things to make sure that the children are fed on a daily basis.  They are doing their best based on the resources allocated to provide a meal,” Ms. Robertson said. She  pointed out  that the grants which are given to support the cooked meal component will  be transferred to the schools. “We are prepared and working for the re-opening of schools,” she asserted. The objectives of the programme are to: encourage regular school attendance; alleviate hunger; enhance the learning capacity of the students by providing a meal or a snack; educate children on the value of food through nutrition education classes; and to encourage the children to grow their own food by establishing and supporting school gardens.  Meanwhile, there has been positive feedback for the programme from schools and other stakeholders. According to Ms. Robertson,  information from Principals and teachers  is that when the programme is up and running, attendance increases.                                        By JUDITH A. HUNTER, JIS PR Officer RelatedSchool Feeding Programme Ready for New School Year RelatedSchool Feeding Programme Ready for New School Year RelatedSchool Feeding Programme Ready for New School Yearcenter_img Advertisements School Feeding Programme Ready for New School Year EducationAugust 17, 2011last_img read more