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by Venesha Johnson | Associate Writer
Have you seen all the posters, news reports and media coverage about Covid 19 and Monkeypox? Well, all those informative resources are a result of the work of the ministry of health.
The primary government agency with the mission to "ensure the provision of quality health services and to promote healthy lifestyles and environmental practices" is the Ministry of Health (MOH). The Ministry delivers healthcare throughout the island along with its Regional Health Authorities (RHAs), Agencies, and related organisations.
"Healthy People, Healthy Environment" is their motto when it comes to health. It envisions a client-centred healthcare system that ensures everyone in Jamaica has access to high-quality healthcare at affordable prices, while also taking into account the needs of the most vulnerable members of society.
It aims to inform and enlighten the public to encourage people to take control of their health, make informed choices, and adopt healthy lifestyle habits. All of this takes place in a hygienic setting where communities and families actively participate in the healthcare system.
Standards and Regulation Division
The Standards and Regulation Division was established in March 1999 as part of the Ministry of Health's Health Reform initiative. The Division's regulatory and administrative roles and responsibilities are carried out by three (3) Branches, namely:
Executive Direction and Management Division
The Ministry of Health's Executive Management division is in charge of the ministry's overall management and direction.
It is led by the Permanent Secretary, with assistance from several other Ministry sections, including Technical Services, Legal Services, Communication, and Administration.
These sections work to define and accomplish the health-related goals and objectives of the Government outlined in the Ministry of Health Strategic and Operational Plans.
Emergency Disaster Management and Special Services
There are several subdivisions under this division, they are:
The ministry of health also has several agencies and councils, they are:
Medical Council of Jamaica
Nursing Council of Jamaica
Dental Council of Jamaica
Pharmacy Council of Jamaica
Council of Professions Supplementary to Medicine
Disaster Mitigation and Emergency Services
The program systematically does the following:
Various methods are used to carry out the activities, including:
The management of outbreaks and emergencies involving vector-borne diseases was a major area of focus in this field. Another duty of this area is to monitor the Points of Entry.
The mission of the multi-agency team, which includes representatives from Jamaica Customs, Passport Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA), Ministry of Agriculture-Veterinary Division, Marine Police Division of the Jamaica Constabulary Force, Food Infestation and Storage Division of the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce, and the Ministry of Health, is to develop certain core capacities to detect, assess, and then respond to Public Health Emergencies (PHEIC).
Establishing efficient policies to combat non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in Jamaica by coordinating the NCD Agenda and utilising efficient NCD and injury surveillance to make wise decisions is the mission of this division.
We are still amid the Covid-19 pandemic and now a monkeypox outbreak. A visit to their website will provide you with all the necessary information about both viruses and all other viruses that might be affecting Jamaica at that point.
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Ministry of Health | Written: September 16th, 2022