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Temporary Scaling Down of MOH Services PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 16 February 2014 00:00

Services at the Ministry of Health’s head office on King Street, Down Town, Kingston will be scaled down from midday on Friday, February 7, 2014 to accommodate a staff function.

Stigma and Discrimination Towards Persons Living with HIV & AIDS Remains a Major Concern in Jamaica PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 13 February 2014 00:00
Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller says stigma and discrimination towards persons living with HIV and AIDS remains a major concern in Jamaica. In an address delivered this morning on her behalf by Minister of Health, Dr. Fenton Ferguson, at the UNAIDS and Lancet Commission meeting, Mrs. Simpson Miller said Jamaica’s culture and history pose ongoing challenges around equity and justice that must be overcome.
Smoking Areas in Business Places Not Allowed PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 15 July 2013 14:57

Minister of Health, Dr. Fenton Ferguson says the Public Health (Tobacco Control) Regulations 2013 does not allow for the establishment of smoking areas in any place of business. Speaking at a media briefing held at the Office of the Prime Minister to mark the effective date of the legislation (July 15, 2015), Dr. Ferguson indicated that he would not endorse this as these areas are essentially ‘death chambers’.

Ban on Smoking in Six days: The Countdown Begins PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 09 July 2013 00:00

As of today Jamaicans have only six more days before the ban on smoking in public spaces takes effect. This six day period will symbolically mark the fact that someone dies every six seconds from a tobacco smoking related illness. Over six million persons die annually from the effects of tobacco smoke with six hundred thousand of them having never smoked but were victims of second-hand smoke.


Some of the places where smoking will be banned come July 15 2013 include:


  • All enclosed places
  • Public transportation
  • Work places
  • Government owned and occupied buildings
  • Health facilities including pharmacies
  • Sports, athletics and recreational facilities for use by the public
  • Educational institutions
  • Areas specifically for use by children
  • And places of collective use such as bus stops


Health Minister the Honourable Dr. Fenton Ferguson in announcing the ban in Parliament emphasised that the measure is a means of protecting Public Health.



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Advisory Body Established to Work with Diaspora Members PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 21 June 2013 11:29

Minister of Health, Dr. Fenton Ferguson has announced that he has put in place a Think Tank and Advisory Body on Diaspora Affairs and Medical Missions as part of measures to facilitate the work of Missions, individuals and groups from the Diaspora and elsewhere.  Dr. Ferguson was speaking at the just concluded 5thBiennial Diaspora Conference held at the Montego Bay Convention Centre, in Rosehall, St. James.

NCDs, Universal Access & Mental Health must be on the agenda PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 21 May 2013 09:55

Health Minister the Honourable Dr. Fenton Ferguson is proposing four points for inclusion on the global agenda as world leaders contemplate fresh development goals. He made the intervention as he addressed the 66th World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland on Tuesday.


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