Health Ministry Embarks on Programme

to Speed Up Delivery of Medication

By Alphea Saunders – September 16, 2014


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Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health, Dr. Kevin Harvey (2nd right), having a light discussion with (from left): Global Fund Portfolio Manager, Latin America and the Caribbean, Lilian Pedrosa; Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO)/World Health Organisation (WHO) Representative in Jamaica, Dr. Noreen Jack; PAHO Regional Advisor for HIV care and Treatment, Dr. Giovani Ravasi ; and United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission Director, Denise Herbol, at the opening ceremony for PAHO’s Treatment Mission 2.0, at PAHO’s University of the West Indies, Mona campus-based office, on September 15. – Photo by: JIS Photographer

The Ministry of Health is embarking on a programme to allow persons living with HIV/AIDS, as well as Jamaicans with other illnesses, to access their medication in a timely manner.

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Dr. Kevin Harvey, said this involves the redesigning of the pharmacies in the public health system, as well as the pending implementation of new software to track drugs and ensure that the supply chain is properly maintained.

He also noted that as part of the enhancement of the system, the National Health Fund (NHF) is taking over pharmacies in the public health sector. He pointed out that this strategy is already bearing fruit, as the daily number of persons filling prescriptions has moved up by some 60 per cent.

Dr. Harvey was speaking on September 15, at the opening ceremony for the Pan-American Health Organisation (PAHO) Treatment Mission 2.0, at PAHO’s University of the West Indies, Mona campus-based office.

Highlighting other government-led initiatives to tackle HIV/AIDS, the Permanent Secretary said the Ministry has also embarked on a sustainability approach to the management of the disease, with Cabinet approving the integration of the National Family Planning Board (NFPB), and elements of the HIV response programme last year.

This article was taken from the Jamaica Information Service Website – http://jis.gov.jm/
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Jamaicans Urged to Adhere to

Guidelines on Use of National Symbols

By Athaliah Reynolds-Baker – July 31, 2014


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Executive Director (Acting) and Legal Counsel of the Jamaica Intellectual Property Office (JIPO), Lilyclaire Bellamy, makes a point during an interview at the JIPO offices in New Kingston July 28. – Photo by: JIS Photographer

It is two days before Emancipation Day and eight days until Independence, and Jamaican flags are adorning cars, homes and business places in a show of patriotism and celebration of nationhood.

Other national emblems and symbols are often used as part of the various ceremonies and festivities held during the annual ‘Emancipendence’ period.

While this practice is encouraged, citizens are being reminded to adhere to the guidelines and rules governing the appropriate use of the country’s seven national symbols and emblems.

This article was taken from the Jamaica Information Service Website – http://jis.gov.jm/
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Charities Must Register to Benefit from 

Tax Exemptions

By Latonya Linton – November 29, 2013.

Charitable organisations that wish to benefit from tax exemptions or other statutory relief must register with the relevant authority in order to access such benefit.
This was stated by Minister of Justice, Senator the Hon. Senator Mark Golding, in the Senate on Thursday, November 28, in response to a comment by Opposition Senator, Alexander Williams, during debate on the Charities Act 2013. The Bill, which was passed, provides for the regulation of all charitable bodies intending to, or are already operating in Jamaica.
A key part of the Extended Fund Facility between Jamaica and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the legislation makes provision for the establishment of a comprehensive legal and institutional framework and will facilitate the registration, regulation, administration and governance of the private voluntary sector operating in Jamaica.

This article was taken from the Jamaica Information Service Website – http://jis.gov.jm/
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