Poultry Stakeholders Discuss National Response to Bird Flu

first_imgPoultry Stakeholders Discuss National Response to Bird Flu UncategorizedMay 18, 2006 RelatedPoultry Stakeholders Discuss National Response to Bird Flu RelatedPoultry Stakeholders Discuss National Response to Bird Flu FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Key players in the island’s poultry industry met at the Terra Nova Hotel in Kingston this morning (May 18) to deliberate on matters prudent to the protection of the industry in the event of an outbreak of the Avian Influenza (bird flu) virus.Bird flu is affecting poultry, humans and wild birds in Asia, Europe and Africa, with some 103 persons having died from the infection since March.The meeting, which was convened by the Jamaican Society for Agricultural Sciences in collaboration with the Caribbean Broilers Group and the Bureau of Standards Jamaica, centered on the national and regional response to safeguarding the poultry industry.Chief Technical Director in the Land and Agriculture Ministry, Don McGlashan, said the matter was a “potential area for national concern,” given the importance of the industry to food security.“The industry provides the mainstay of the national diet and is one of the key players in the journey towards food security.with 101.1 kilograms of poultry meat produced in 2005 and per capita broiler meat consumption standing at more than 42 kilograms in the past year,” he stated.In providing an update on the major preparedness activities undertaken by the Ministry to date, the Chief Technical Director assured that food safety strategies remained high on the agenda.In keeping with the World Health Organization’s mandate for all countries to strengthen their surveillance systems, laboratory diagnostic services and emergency preparedness procedures, Jamaica has placed restrictions on the importation of pet birds, ducks, geese, swans and other aquatic birds, as well as poultry and poultry products.Efforts have also been made to improve field surveillance activities with the veterinary services division working with field and local veterinarians, public health officers, extension officers and poultry producers to improve vigilance in monitoring poultry production and processing facilities. This in addition to the purchase of diagnostic emergency field equipment and increased public awareness activities.Mr. McGlashan noted that safeguards were important to protect the industry, which had annual earnings of $15 billion for broiler meat, with about 40 per cent of locally produced broiler meat being supplied by an estimated 10,000 small farmers.Additionally, some 3,000 individuals are employed by the table egg industry, with the export egg trade showing sales of $1.2 million to Trinidad and Tobago alone.center_img RelatedPoultry Stakeholders Discuss National Response to Bird Flu Advertisementslast_img read more

WASHINGTON – Harris’ bill seeks to address racial bias in maternal care

first_imgHomeBriefsWASHINGTON – Harris’ bill seeks to address racial bias in maternal care May. 23, 2019 at 4:30 amBriefsCity CouncilGovernmentNewsPoliticsWASHINGTON – Harris’ bill seeks to address racial bias in maternal carenews2 years agoAlexis Olympia Ohanian Jr.Cory Bookerelizabeth warrenkamala harrisKirsten Gillibrandserena williamsSen. Kamala Harris collected the most donations in Santa Monica. U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris is offering a new bill to address racial disparities in maternal health care, one of several plans by 2020 Democratic presidential candidates on the issue.Harris’ bill, first introduced in 2018, would create some $150 million in grant programs to medical schools and states to fight implicit racial bias in health care for women. The legislation, co-sponsored in the House by Rep. Alma Adams, D-N.C., is aimed at improving medical care for groups of women who, research suggests, might be denied first rate care because of their race.The government confirmed this month that black women who bear children die at a rate that is three times higher than that of white women. Native American and Alaskan women die at a rate that is 2 1/2 times higher than that of white women. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says about 700 women in the U.S. die from pregnancy-related complications annually.Tennis star Serena Williams raised the profile on the issue last year, saying the birth of her daughter via C-section was harrowing, in part because medical professionals second-guessed her when she complained of a shortness of breath. In a Vogue magazine interview in 2018, Williams discussed developing several small blood clots in her lungs while in the hospital after Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. was born in September 2017. In the interview, Williams said she requested a CT scan, only to be given an ultrasound of her legs. The episode was seen by some as evidence that even an elite athlete who is black can have trouble getting the care that she needs.Other Democratic presidential candidates including Sens. Cory Booker of New Jersey, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts have proposed bills aimed at improving maternal care. Last month, Warren published an op-ed further detailing her maternal mortality plan in Essence, the country’s only magazine for black women with a circulation of more than 1 million. Warren’s plan would incentivize health systems for successful outcomes of “episodes” of care, the cost of which would be set at one price.Harris launched her presidential campaign in January.Associated PressTags :Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr.Cory Bookerelizabeth warrenkamala harrisKirsten Gillibrandserena williamsshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentLightning storm triggers beach evacuationSACRAMENTO – US won’t immediately give away $1B for California railYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall8 hours agoBriefsLos Angeles Sheriff’s deputy accused of destroying evidence of 2019 assaultAssociated Press12 hours agoBriefsCalifornia State Treasurer Fiona Ma to Speak at Online Santa Monica College Commencement Ceremony June 25Guest Author12 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson19 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter19 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor19 hours agolast_img read more