Fortis Hospital, Mohali introduces MOCA technique to treat varicose veins

first_img Related Posts By EH News Bureau on June 16, 2017 Share Fortis Hospital, Mohali introduces MOCA technique to treat varicose veins MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” Read Article Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025center_img WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story News Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha The new MOCA treatment uses a patented Flebogrif catheter which is a relatively new endovascular technique to cure venous reflux diseaseFortis Hospital, Mohali has introduced a new technique Mechanico Chemical Ablation of the Varicose Veins (MOCA) to treat varicose Veins for the first time in India. This modern technique is a simple technique that doesn’t require application of tumescent anesthesia. A special catheter is introduced in the vein of the patient and vein is ablated along with foam sclerotherapy. Dr Ravul Jindal, Director, Vascular Surgery, Fortis Hospital, Mohali spoke about this unique technique.The new MOCA treatment uses a patented Flebogrif catheter which is a relatively new endovascular technique to cure venous reflux disease. Speaking about the technique, Dr Jindal said, “This is a technique that wax eloquence in the treatment of varicose veins as against traditional method that require anesthesia and hospitalization. It is designed in a way to plug any chance of its recurrence or a trail of multiple cuts. The new treatment is not only less painful but can treat a leg in 20 minutes and within two hours before the patient can go home. It is important that an expert like vascular surgeon perform this surgery.”Dr Jindal further said, “Even after the procedure, the patient is on fewer medications and post-procedure care. At Fortis Hospital, Mohali, we have always believed in introducing cutting edge technologies for excellent patient care. We have been treating varicose veins through modern modality of lasers, radiofrequency and foam sclerotherapy. The laser procedure involves puncture of vein under ultrasound guidance and burning it using diode laser. This technique is combined with foam sclerotherapy to ablate small veins. It is safe and painless. Patients can return home the same day, as compared to conventional surgery where they had to be hospitalized. Laser procedure is performed under local anesthesia and is scar-free. There are no cuts or stitches. As it causes minimal damage to tissues, it’s especially useful in patients who are on blood thinners, are obese, have a groin infection, and are old or patients who are scared of surgery. Patients can return to normal life within 24 hours, except for undertaking vigorous exercise.” Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care applast_img read more

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Diabetes can impair the body’s ability to adjust to rising temperatures

first_imgDiabetes can impair the body’s ability to adjust to rising temperatures Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals Related Posts Read Article The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story News Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025center_img Even the injection site must be carefully adjusted failing which an individual may have lower blood glucose levelsChronic conditions such as diabetes can become tougher to manage in summers. Extreme heat causes blood glucose levels to fluctuate drastically, apart from leading to dehydration and exhaustion. Unless one takes adequate precautions, this can lead to heatstroke, a life- threatening condition requiring medical assistance.A major concern in this weather for those living with diabetes is the risk of blood glucose levels rising or falling, leading to hypoglycemia or hyperglycemia. Understanding this and the signs of heat exhaustion and taking timely measures can prevent complications.Speaking about this, Dr Sanjay Kalra – Consultant Endocrinologist, Bharti Hospital Karnal and Vice President, South Asian Federation of Endocrine Societies, said, “Both Type I and Type II diabetes impair the body’s ability to adjust to the rise in temperature in summer. Nerve damage, an associated complication of diabetes, can affect nearly every organ in the body, including sweat glands making it difficult for the body to cool down as the mercury rises. Another issue is that of dehydration. Diabetes can cause the body to lose water quickly. In the absence of sufficient hydration, this can raise blood glucose levels, causing frequent urination – all of which can be detrimental. In higher temperatures, your body’s insulin requirements can also vary making it even more necessary to test blood glucose more often and adjust the insulin dose accordingly.”“While physical activity is key to managing diabetes, it is better to not venture outdoors during the hottest part of the day or when the heat index is high,” added Dr Kalra. “Try to exercise early in the morning or evening when temperatures are lower. Make sure you apply sunscreen as sunburn can also raise blood glucose levels. Do not pass off symptoms such as sweating, light-headedness, instability, and confusion as heat exhaustion. These can be indicative of low blood glucose and must be checked. Choose the injection site wisely. Avoid sweaty and sun-exposed areas. This is because heat can cause blood vessels to increase in size leading to faster insulin absorption putting the individual at risk of having low blood glucose.”Keep a track of your carbohydrate intake and opt for foods that are of low glycemic index such as green vegetables. Stay away from high-calorie and sweetened colas and canned juices. In those living with diabetes, one thing can lead to another. Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care app By salil sule on March 30, 2018 Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” Share MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre”last_img read more

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Swades Foundation and Government of Maharashtra sign MoU expanding area of operation for healthcare across state

first_img The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story Add Comment Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care app Swades Foundation has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Government of Maharashtra recently, which will expand its area of operation across Maharashtra. Previously, its area of operation was restricted to just six blocks of the Raigad district. However, given the outstanding work of the Swades Foundation in the areas of anaemia, eye care, paediatric care, hygiene and nutrition over the past three years, the Public Health Department of the Government of Maharashtra wants it to take up this good work across the state.In 2016, Swades Foundation announced a strategic partnership with the Public Health Department of the Government of Maharashtra to implement crucial health interventions in six blocks of the Raigad district. In an acknowledgement of the stellar work done over the past three years, the government has now inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which will enable Swades Foundation to implement these health interventions across Maharashtra.The Foundation has been striving towards an anaemia-free geography and can be credited with rolling out India’s biggest pilot programme on Therapeutic management of anaemia, which was subsequently adopted by the government. Over the course of three years, 75 per cent (4,151 out of 5,518) of the children who completed medication are cured of anaemia and an additional 10 per cent children have (584 out of 5,518) shown increased levels of haemoglobin. Further, about 2,000 more children are currently under treatment. Across the six blocks, it also conducted anaemia awareness campaign in over 1,100 schools and anganwadis and trained 324 anganwadi workers on nutrition and best nutrition practices.Besides anaemia, the foundation has worked tirelessly in the areas of paediatric vision, hearing and cardiac health. It has partnered with the Rashtriya Bal Swasthya Karykram and Block Health Team to organise 23 health camps which benefitted at least 18,000 children across the Raigad district. It has also helped improve eye care amongst adults, screening at least 2,80,000 individuals. This was further bolstered through a distribution of spectacles and conducting cataract surgeries amongst those in need of intervention. To improve hygiene outcomes, it distributed IEC posters of best hygiene practices at the gram panchayat level and provided hygiene kits to schools, as part of a handwash programme, at the school level.Speaking on the occasion, Zarina Screwvala, Co-founder, Swades Foundation, said, “We have a wonderful partnership with the Public Health Department of the Maharashtra government with whom we have worked in Raigad district since 2013 on both health and nutrition and formalised into an MoU in 2016. With the renewal of our MoU, we hope to create the first (preventable, iron-deficient) anemia-free blocks and dramatically reduce SAM and MAM while creating strong community empowerment programmes to ensure sustainability. This will be a matter of great pride for all our 300+ strong team at the Swades Foundation.”Dr Anup Kumar Yadav, Commissioner (Health Services) and Mission Director (National Health Mission), Public Health Department, Government of Maharashtra, further added, “The Public Health Department of Maharashtra is committed to the health and wellbeing of all, and realises the potential of a public-private partnership (PPP) to complement the efforts of the government in delivering holistic health services. With the aim of taking this forward and encouraging NGOs’ participation, we have signed an MoU with Swades Foundation. We appreciate Swades Foundation for their work in the Raigad district, in assisting the government to counter health issues like cataract, anaemia and malnutrition. With this MoU, we expect them to extend similar services all over the state with the same conviction and commitment. I wish them luck and express our willingness to encourage such collaborations with all stakeholders who wish to support the government in realising its dream of making Maharashtra the healthiest state in India.” Swades Foundation and Government of Maharashtra sign MoU expanding area of operation for healthcare across state Working towards improving healthcare access across rural Maharashtra Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” anaemiaeye careGovernment of MaharashtrahygieneNUTRITIONPaediatric CareRashtriya Bal Swasthya KarykramSwades Foundation MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” Related Posts By EH News Bureau on September 5, 2019 News Public Health Comments (0) Read Article Sharelast_img read more

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Rajiv Nath, Forum Coordinator, AiMeD writes to PM Narendra Modi

first_img Share In his letter, Nath highlighted key issues Indian Medical Devices industry has been requesting Govt to support to address 90 per cent import dependence and over Rs 45000 crore medical devices import bill by simple Executive Orders or by PolicyRajiv Nath, Forum Coordinator, Association of Indian Medical Device Industry (AiMeD) in a letter to PM Narendra Modi, wholeheartedly thanked the PM for considering 10 per cent of GDP as economy boosting package, which is very favourable and among top five countries in the world. This is the opportunity for India to vie for being the second factory in the world for medical devices and a dependable manufacturer of quality products in global supply chain.In his letter, Nath highlighted the key issues the Indian Medical Devices industry has been requesting Govt to support to address the 90 per cent import dependence and over Rs 45000 crore medical devices import bill by simple Executive Orders or by Policy. They don’t seek subsidies.As India has all the potential to be second factory of the world for medical devices, Nath said India should not lose this opportunity to make India self-reliant in medical devices and requested the PM to ask Ministries to act on following :1) Expedite Govt payments. Ease cash flow. Many MSME not paid over 6-12 months to public healthcare.2) Custom Duty increase to 15 per cent on medical devices as done for mobile phones, up from current zero to 7.5 per cent or manufacturer will keep on importing, cheaper and convenient.3) Ban import of preowned medical electronics4) Preferential price on sale to public healthcare as permissible by GFR 153 and WTO based on Domestic Content per cent e.g.15 per cent for 50 per cent Domestic Content10 per cent for 40 per cent Domestic Content5 per cent for 25 per cent Domestic Content5) Medical Device Law needed as soon as possible as Drugs Act is not appropriate for innovative engineering products like medical electronics. Ventilators could not have been made by multiple new manufacturers in 3-4 weeks, like by Maruti, had Drugs Act already been applicable on ventilators. Additionally in absence of the Regulatory Approval, manufacturer are discouraged to sell to public health, by Exclusionary Clause US FDA approval clause.6) Regulate MRP – Consumer electronics like infrared thermometer needs to have a maximum MRP 3-4 times of import price. Currently a less than Rs 1000 non contact thermometer is selling at Rs 6000-10,000 black marketing.7) Customs may collate demand at national level and share with us, (quantitative and price range) to attract manufacturing scale up.In the last four weeks by teamwork of MSME Medical Electronic Manufacturers, Auto Makers, PSU’s, Scientists in DRDO, Component Association and Govt Dept helped to boost manufacturing of ventilators and from 5500 ventilators per month in February India will make over 33000 ventilators in May and 40,000 in June from 15 manufacturers. By teamwork it’s possible.“The government has thankfully quickly taken some much needed drastic and bold steps to control the pandemic. We also appreciate the collaborative efforts of the Govt approving the much needed schemes and policies for promotion of the domestic manufacturing of medical devices in the country. In our recent interactions with the government, we have represented in detail what all needs to be done to make India self-reliant in medical devices and hope the announcements will address the issues we raised”, concluded Nath. Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 Related Posts Read Article Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care app AIMEDeconomy boosting packageGDPIndian Medical Devices industrylettermedical devicesRajiv Nathventilators Comments (0) By EH News Bureau on May 14, 2020 The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” News Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” Rajiv Nath, Forum Coordinator, AiMeD writes to PM Narendra Modi  Add Comment WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healphalast_img read more

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PFI produces short film celebrating exemplary courage of women Corona Warriors

first_img Comments (0) Related Posts Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” Share Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care app Add Comment WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals COVID-19 Updates News Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story By EH News Bureau on June 2, 2020 The film showcases ASHA, ANM workers as they go about their daily rounds in villages and small towns helping their communities in face of a global pandemic At the heart of the COVID-19 pandemic is the relentless effort of hundreds of frontline health workers. In rural India, this battle against the pandemic is being led by an army of women health workers – the Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHA) and Auxiliary Nurse Midwives (ANM) or frontline health workers. Population Foundation of India (PFI) works closely with these health workers at the grassroots level and has produced a short film celebrating their exemplary courage. The film showcases ASHA and ANM workers as they go about their daily rounds in villages and small towns helping their communities in the face of a global pandemic.The film, which is a little over a minute long, highlights the work health workers on the ground such as administering the polio vaccine, working with pregnant women, and educating people about social distancing and hygiene. ANMs and ASHAs are trained in basic healthcare and focus the core of their work in looking after the requirements of children, adolescents and women in their communities.  Much of their work also includes raising awareness and educating their communities on issues around family planning, vaccinations, maternal health, nutrition and child health.The last three months, under lockdown has been incredibly difficult for frontline workers. In parts of the country they have faced discrimination and even violence because of their work with COVID-19 patients.  Moreover,  with transport services restricted, accessibility to healthcare facilities has been a huge concern. But these health workers are trying their best to mitigate the crisis. “These women are warriors who have not just been performing their regular duties taken on additional responsibilities to raise awareness, conduct house to house surveys, monitor returning migrants and educate their communities on the precautions to take to curb the pandemic. To ensure they have the support they require to continue their work we should provide them with stable employment, training and social security benefits.  They must be empowered with tools for health education and communication for behaviour change. This film is a small gesture compared to their tremendous work on the ground,” added Poonam Muttreja, Executive Director, Population Foundation of India.You can watch the short film here: PFI produces short film celebrating exemplary courage of women Corona Warriors MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 Accredited Social Health ActivistsAuxiliary Nurse MidwivesCOVID-19 pandemicfrontline health workersPopulation Foundation of Indiashort film Read Articlelast_img read more

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Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh reviews healthcare facilities in ‘Aspirational’ districts

first_img By Press Information Bureau on June 22, 2020 Share Comments (0) WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals Aspirational DistrictsDr Jitendra SinghNorth Eastern States Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha Related Posts News Public Health MDoNER to sanction Rs 190 crore for augmentation of the healthcare facility in the N-E StatesUnion Minister of State (Independent Charge) Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh reviewed the COVID status and healthcare facility in ‘Aspirational’ districts with special focus on North East. He also disclosed that in the wake of COVID pandemic, the Ministry of North East (DoNER) has decided to sanction Rs 190 crore for augmentation of healthcare facilities in the eight North Eastern States, particularly for developing infrastructure for management of infectious diseases.Addressing a virtual meeting, attended by the health secretaries as well as deputy commissioners and health officials of the 14 aspirational districts of Northeast, Dr Singh said, the concept of the aspirational district was based on 49 key indicators, of which the status of healthcare was an important component. Through a scientifically designed mechanism, each aspirational district was to focus on improving these key indicators and raise its rating viz-a-viz the best performing district of the state and the best performing district of the country in the given indicators, he added.An important experience from the COVID pandemic, said Dr Singh, is that in future, pre-emptive preparedness for epidemic and infection was imperative for optimum healthcare. Considering this, he said, the Ministry of North East (DoNER) has given the North Eastern States the option to send proposals for health-related projects to be funded up to over Rs 500 crore from North East Special Infrastructure Development Scheme (NEISDS), under the Ministry of DoNER. Accordingly, he said, proposals have been received from the states of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Manipur, Sikkim, Mizoram and Nagaland, while the proposal from the eighth state of Tripura was awaited.Dr Singh recalled that long before the lockdown, in the very early stage of impending corona pandemic, the Ministry of North East (DoNER) had promptly released Rs 25 crores as immediate assistance for gap-funding. This was later followed by the option to avail from over Rs 500 crore North East Special Infrastructure Development Scheme (NEISDS) fund.Dr Singh also complemented the aspirational districts of Goalpara and Dhubri in Assam for having achieved Ayushman Bharat coverage of nearly 100 per cent and 85 per cent respectively. In addition, Goalpara district had within six months, raised its rating from position 68 to position 16 in the All-India list of 150 aspirational districts.In spite of the issues of connectivity, Dr Singh said, the North Eastern States had performed fairly well in managing the corona crisis. He said certain issues were brought to his notice, like, for example, inadequacies in the list of potential beneficiaries of Ayushman Bharat and the cost of the Golden Card which, he said, shall be taken up with appropriate authorities.Secretary DoNER and senior officials of the Ministry, as well as senior officials of all the eight states of the North-Eastern region, offered their inputs, based on the experience of healthcare management in the last two months. Read Article The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care app Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh reviews healthcare facilities in ‘Aspirational’ districts MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 Add Commentlast_img read more

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Project to Enhance Business Competition to begin April

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce, is set to begin a project aimed at enhancing competition in the Jamaican economy in April.The 2010/11 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives has revealed that $8.5 million has been earmarked for the Capacity Building in the Enforcement of Competition Law in Jamaica project.It is expected to improve the technical skills of the Fair Trading Commission (FTC) staff to carry out investigations, as well as enhance the ability of commissioners to assess or adjudicate matters dealing with competition.It will also increase the compliance of Jamaican businesses as a consequence of the building of a competitive culture; and create a more competitive economic environment, which will benefit both businesses and consumers.The project is funded by the Government of Jamaica and the Inter-American Development Bank, and is intended to end in March 2012.There are two components to the project, with component one focusing on enhancing technical capacity (training programme), while component two deals with outreach.Among other things, it is anticipated that this year, under phase one, workshops and on-the-job coaching will be conducted by international consultants; FTC staff will be exposed to various approaches by competition authorities across the globe, with one staff member to participate in a fellowship in the United States; while the FTC’s website will be upgraded.Under the second component, workshops will be organised to sensitise members of the judiciary to key issues they are likely to deal with in competition-related cases; a newsletter will be published to sensitise the public and assist in building a fair competition culture, and the 2010 Shirley Playfair lecture will be held. RelatedProject to Enhance Business Competition to begin April Advertisements RelatedProject to Enhance Business Competition to begin Aprilcenter_img Project to Enhance Business Competition to begin April CommerceApril 6, 2010 RelatedProject to Enhance Business Competition to begin Aprillast_img read more

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HR Plan to make Public Service Transformation Pain-Free

first_imgRelatedHR Plan to make Public Service Transformation Pain-Free RelatedHR Plan to make Public Service Transformation Pain-Free FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Government is putting systems in place to manage the human resource concerns that may arise as a result of the re-organisation of the public service.A team of senior public sector human resource (HR) practitioners, under the direction of the Public Sector Transformation Unit (PSTU), has developed a Change Management Plan, which sets out guidelines and procedures to effectively manage the transformation process.Human Resource Specialist at the PSTU, Ward Mills, tells JIS News that the plan addresses the concerns and fears “and helps to strengthen people in terms of coping with everything”.“It helps to reduce resistance and basically helps to make change as smooth as possible, and people as comfortable as they can with the changes that are going to happen around them,” he adds.Deputy Financial Secretary, Cheryl Watson, who was part of the 22-member Change Management Team, notes that the aim is to set out ways to make the transformation process as “pain free” as possible and develop a HR plan, which would be uniformed, equitable and consistent.“The idea really is to make sure that staff is treated in a sort of consistent, standardised and humane way. because we recognise that you have different levels of experience in the public sector in handling human resource issues in times of restructuring and transformation in particular,” she explains.The group, which comprises professionals from the Office of the Services Commission, the Public Sector Modernisation Division, the Public Sector Establishment Division and the various ministries, who were already au fait with the inner workings of the public service, developed several best practice templates to deal with all human resource issues that might arise.Among the areas addressed is training and how to identify persons in need of training and retraining.The team has also developed a template to address issues relating to redeployment, redundancy and mergers, however, Mr. Mills says there could be some revision, especially as it relates to mergers, based on the feedback from HR professionals, who were not a part of the core group.Mr. Mills adds that the group has also set out a plan for how the HR managers and the PSTU will relate to the trade unions during the process. “There are many trade unions and staff associations in the public sector and we have decided that we are going to work in partnership with the trade unions and we have met with them several times to talk about the transformation process,” he informs.A key part of the plan is communication, which Mr. Mills says is already being implemented along with the counselling aspect.Change Management Specialist at the Cabinet Office, Candace Smikle, who was also part of the team, which developed the guidelines, agrees that communication will be one of the critical pillars of the process as it is her view that people “prefer to hear negative information than no information at all”.She points out that business and psychosocial counselling are also very important. “People are affected by change in different ways and it’s very important that we talk to people and give them advice as to what’s the next step to take,” she explains.Mr. Mills agrees that the counselling aspect of the plan is also one which requires early implementation. He tells JIS News that the PSTU has already started therapy for the core HR team working with the unit and that this will be expanded to cover all HR managers across the public sector. He says the team has also worked out a plan for how the counselling will be delivered to the wider public sector.He tells JIS News that the recommendation is that all workers should receive group therapy ahead of any change, and then individual counselling can take place in the later stages based on individual requests.Mr. Mills also discloses that interdisciplinary transformation teams, comprised of workers from all levels, are to be set up within the various ministries, agencies and departments.“This would be the teams on the ground that we will relate to and help. They will (identify) what are the issues and the problems. They will be the ones communicating with the people. They will be the ones making suggestions about the issues that we need to iron out and solve before we can make the change, and they will help in the transition process,” Mr. Mills explains.He says the teams will also ensure that there is wide representation and informs that it has been recommended that a union representative be part of these teams.Mr. Mills tells JIS News that the HR managers have expressed their commitment to ensuring that the transition is as smooth as possible. He says they have also shown appreciation for the PSTU’s efforts to engage them in the process.For her part, Ms. Smikle says she is fully behind the project given the systematic approach that is being taken in comparison to some past restructuring exercises.“Hopefully, we’ll be able to look back and see what we have done wrong and use this instrument to approach it in a more effective way so that this time, we’ll get it right,” she says.The PSTU, headed by Patricia Sinclair-McCalla, was established in November last year, to devise a plan for streamlining the public service, making it more efficient and cost-effective.The unit’s Draft Master Rationalisation Plan is now being considered by Cabinet and the Change Management Plan will ensure its smooth implementation. RelatedHR Plan to make Public Service Transformation Pain-Freecenter_img HR Plan to make Public Service Transformation Pain-Free Office of the Prime MinisterMay 17, 2010 Advertisementslast_img read more

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JSIF Embarks on Sensitisation Sessions for REDI Programme

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) has embarked on a series of sensitisation meetings across the island, to heighten farmers’ awareness about its Rural Economic Development Initiative (REDI) programme, and how it will benefit them.The programme, which was launched earlier this year, is being funded by the World Bank and is expected to benefit more than 22,000 persons in rural communities.“This project is going to be carried out in eight parishes namely, Clarendon, Manchester, St. Elizabeth, Westmoreland, Hanover, St. James, Trelawny and St. Ann.Sensitisation sessions have been held thus far in the parishes of Manchester, St. Elizabeth, St. James, Trelawny and now in St. Ann,” Agricultural Specialist at JSIF, Vincent Thompson, informed JIS News.Mr. Thompson was the main presenter at the St. Ann leg of the REDI sensitisation meeting, which was held at the Claremont Anglican Church Hall, on May 26.He said that the US$15 million project would be carried out over six years, and would provide financial and technical support through grants for eligible projects in two components.Mr. Thompson explained that certain conditions would have to be met by the farmers to be selected for the programme. “First, they would have to organise themselves into a group, and be registered with the department of co-operatives, either as a co-operative itself or a friendly society or a benevolent society,” he said.He added that the group would then be required to make a contribution of 20 per cent of the grant funds, 10 per cent of which should be in cash and the remaining 10 per cent in sweat equity.“REDI is now ready for the farmers and I think it is an excellent programme. A programme that provides 80 per cent grant funding and you only have to contribute 10 per cent cash, I think it is a ‘win win’ situation,” Mr. Thompson said.He encouraged interested farmers to contact their Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) offices or the Tourism Product Development Company (TPDCo) office in their area, to access application forms for the programme.Meanwhile, St. Ann Parish Manager for RADA, Pedro Worghs, commended JSIF for launching the REDI programme and for hosting the sensitisation meeting for farmers.“The sensitisation meeting is very timely, because in this parish we have roughly 60 Production and Marketing Organization (PMO) groups that we are working with and they are all at different functioning levels. The REDI programme will assist in strengthening these PMOs and allow them to be able to develop some projects in their community that will provide employment for a number of persons in the various communities,” Mr. Worghs told JIS News.He assured that RADA would be very active in monitoring the farmer groups, so that they could become registered co-operatives, friendly societies or benevolent societies.“Our extension officers will be out there assisting these groups, so that they can be off to a good start with this programme,” he said.One member of the Retreat PMO group in Brown’s Town, Jean Watson told JIS News that she was happy that the sensitisation meeting was held in the parish and that the programme was on stream to assist the farmers. “What I like about the REDI programme is that it is a group project, where we can all work together for the improvement of the community at a local level and what is good about it is that it will not only benefit one person, but all the members of the group,” Mrs. Watson said.She added that her group was excited and eager to get started on a goat rearing project.A member of the Claremont Farmers’ group, Rema Rattigan said that the programme was a good one, that could help to encourage young people to venture into agriculture.“The REDI programme is a good programme and as for my group, we plan to work together so that whatever we do, will be of benefit to us and our community. It is also good for the young people out there who are looking at farming in a negative way; they can come in and see that farming is a business and they can become independent through farming,” Mrs. Rattigan told JIS News.The REDI programme, which has been endorsed by Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, and Agriculture Minister, Hon.Dr. Christopher Tufton, will provide grants of a maximum of US$50,000 to micro and small agricultural and rural tourism entrepreneurs.It will also provide maximum grants of US$200,000 for community-type infrastructure development, and technical assistance to improve marketing and management. JSIF Embarks on Sensitisation Sessions for REDI Programme AgricultureMay 27, 2010 Advertisements RelatedJSIF Embarks on Sensitisation Sessions for REDI Programmecenter_img RelatedJSIF Embarks on Sensitisation Sessions for REDI Programme RelatedJSIF Embarks on Sensitisation Sessions for REDI Programmelast_img read more

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PIOJ says funding available for climate change projects

first_imgPIOJ says funding available for climate change projects InformationNovember 18, 2010 RelatedArchives Critical to Jamaica’s History Advertisements FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) is reporting that more funds are becoming available for Climate Change projects, internationally.Director, Sustainable Development & Regional Planning Division, PIOJ, Claire Bernard, told the JIS that the institute has been mobilizing resources through its relationships with international development agencies, to develop projects that will strengthen Jamaica’s adaptive capacity to Climate Change.“There is a facility called the Pilot Programme for Climate Resilience that exists under the Climate Investment Fund, to which we submitted a proposal only last week for Jamaica to get resources to develop a strategic programme for Climate Resilience,” she reported.She said the PIOJ has also tapped into a Climate Change Global Alliance, a facility under the European Union (EU).“We have just signed a project with them for 4.31 million Euros. So a lot of money is now available for Climate Change Adaptation,” she stated.The funds will be used for a Climate Change Adaptation project, in which the PIOJ and other national partners will work with the Forestry Department to plant approximately 300 hectares of trees, as a means of adaptation.Ms. Bernard was speaking at a Special PIOJ/JIS Panel Discussion on Climate Change, at the JIS’ Arnold Road office on Tuesday (November 16). She was joined by Head of the Department of Physics and the Climate Studies Group at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, Dr. Michael Taylor and the Senior Advisor, Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre, Dr. Ulric Trotz, who was also the Distinguished Lecturer for the PIOJ’s Dialogue for Development Lecture later that day.Continuing on the theme of funding, Ms. Bernard noted that, in September of this year, the PIOJ was accredited as the National Implementing Entity for Climate Change and, as such, can directly approach organizations such as the Climate Change Adaptation Fund to seek resources to be used in Jamaica, for what is called Concrete Adaptation Projects.“Essentially, we could use resources from this Fund to improve Climate Change awareness, do watershed rehabilitation, etcetera,” she stated.Dr. Taylor expressed delight that the PIOJ was mobilizing funds to address Climate Change. According to him, this is necessary as Climate Change cannot be treated as a matter for the future, especially as its impact is already being felt in Jamaica.“We can’t continue going on as if life is going to continue as normal. Climate Change is a real issue, and if we look at the documented evidence of the recent past we see evidence of it, the increasing temperatures and increasing variability in our weather patterns,” Dr. Taylor said.“Just think about this year, and the drought that was followed by lots of rain and a very active hurricane season”, he pointed out, adding that projections are that, “we will see similar things and perhaps even worse”.With Climate Change, the Caribbean is projected to experience: an increase in the intensity and frequency of tropical storms and hurricanes; prolonged droughts; an increase in the incidence of diseases, such as Malaria and Dengue, which are associated with another impact of Climate Change, increased global temperatures; and an increase in sea-level which has implications for Jamaica’s infrastructure, beaches and tourism product.Dr. Taylor is urging Jamaicans to become advocates for the environment, and ensure that the government operates as a good environmental citizen.He believes that one of the most constructive and cost effective ways to address environmental concerns and Climate Change, in the near term, is for the country to invest in renewable energy, as well as more efficient technologies and practices in homes, businesses, schools and industries.According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Climate Change is a long-term change in the statistical distribution of weather patterns over periods of time, that range from decades to millions of years. In recent usage, it is usually qualified as anthropogenic climate change, more generally known as global warming; the increase in the average temperature of Earth’s near-surface air and oceans since the mid-20th century and its projected continuation.The IPCC reports that most of the observed temperature increase, since the middle of the 20th century, has been caused by increasing concentrations of Green House Gas (GHG) emissions, such as that of Carbon Dioxide and Methane, which result from human activity such as the burning of fossil fuels such as soil and coal, and deforestation.center_img RelatedPIOJ says funding available for climate change projects RelatedPIOJ says funding available for climate change projectslast_img read more

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