The Public Health Ministry and the Pan-American Health Organisaion/World Health Organisation (PAHO/WHO) are working to re-draft the National Communication Strategic Plan for the health sector during a two-day consulting exercise at the Marriott Hotel, Kingston.Communications Specialists, Kevin Cook and Leticia Linn from PAHO, Washington DC are spearheading the exercise.PAHO’s Communications Specialist from Washington DC, Kevin CookThe Public Health Ministry had drafted a National Communication Strategic Plan in 2012, but this was never implemented. Ministry officials have been seeking, since last year, to redraft and implement a plan that can provide vital health care information to the public.Addressing the gathering at the opening of the consultation, Cook indicated that the importance of health communication has never been more of a priority as it is today. He highlighted PAHO’s strategy towards successful and effective health information and communication in the Americas.“Well-formulated health communication, coupled with community engagement efforts was absolutely critical to saving lives.”Minister within the Public Health, Dr Karen Cummings said that the establishment of health literacy through health promotion is essential to realising positive public health outcomes.“Health communication is an essential component of any public health programme. This vital component provides a vehicle for the transmission of messages to targeted audiences on a number of issues that can result in the creation of health awareness and the development of the embryonic stages of health literacy.”Also, PAHO/WHO’s country representative to Guyana, Dr William Adu-Krow said that effective communication is a prerequisite to bridge gaps that exist in communicating health information.“Globally, whether we want to maintain and improve health, contain immediate public health crisis or respond appropriately, the messages we send and receive are critical to creating better health for us all.” Dr Adu-Krow said.The objectives of an effective health communication strategy is to provide health information by using understandable language; to provide methods that can be easily accessed by population; to enhance the ability of healthcare providers to interact with individuals and to develop a system for management and delivery of health materials developed.
Here’s the top transfer news and football gossip from Monday’s newspapers and online… 3 Transfer gossip on talkSPORT.com 3 RANKED IN DEMAND LATEST targets Could old foes Thierry Henry and John Terry soon be the new manager and assistant at Aston Villa? Paul Pogba will NOT be sold by Manchester United in January, but the World Cup winner wants to leave regardless of Jose Mourinho’s future. (Daily Mail)Zinedine Zidane’s agent says the former Real Madrid coach is unlikely to ever manage in the Premier League, having been linked with replacing under-pressure Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford. (Marca)Premier League legends Thierry Henry and John Terry could team-up as the new Aston Villa management team, according to reports. The former Arsenal striker and ex-Chelsea defender have been tipped to share the dugout at Villa Park, after Terry announced his retirement from football on Sunday. (Daily Mirror) Liverpool defender Nathaniel Clyne has been linked with a January move to Leicester City, having made only one appearance for the Reds so far this term. (Daily Mirror)Liverpool starlet Ryan Kent is open to the idea of making his loan move to Rangers a permanent one. The 21-year-old has been on the Reds’ books since 2015, but is enjoying his time under Steven Gerrard at the Ibrox club, having made six appearances joining in July. (Scottish Sun)Bournemouth will relaunch their pursuit of 20-year-old Brentford and Wales centre-back Chris Mepham in January, having failed to sign him in the summer. (The Sun)West Brom are looking to bolster their chances of making an immediate return to the Premier League by making a move for Blackburn midfielder Bradley Dack in January. (Birmingham Mail) Meanwhile, Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has ruled himself out of the running, but Rui Faria, Jose Mourinho’s former assistant, is also in the frame for Villa job. (Daily Telegraph)Real Madrid have joined the host of top European clubs interested in Aaron Ramsey, who is set to leave the club either in January or on a free transfers at the end of the season when his Gunners contract expires. (Calciomercato)Arsenal are ready to sign Paraguay striker and Major League Soccer star Miguel Almiron in January, according to reports. The 24-year-old, who has lit up the MLS for Atlanta United this season with 12 goals, is set to make a £15million move to the Emirates in January. (Daily Mirror) REVEALED Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade 3 The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti moving on Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January LIVING THE DREAM Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Miguel Almiron has scored 12 goals in the MLS this season targets Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer