Dear President Obama

Dear President Obama, I have written many letters to you in my head but, for various reasons, I’ve not published them or otherwise shared them.  But I feel a bit strange today: seeing you, the leader I helped elect, visit Jamaica, the country that birthed and molded me; I am compelled to publish this letter.  At … Continue reading

Riverton Smoke Signals: Riverton Smoke 101

Yesterday Jamaica’s Ministry of Health released a statement about tests on last week’s Riverton Smoke.  The most important bit is: “there were high levels of hazardous substances including benzene.”  OK.  But what does that mean? What are the other hazardous substances? What does “high levels” mean? Wait, wait, wait: WHAT is in this smoke? The Government … Continue reading

Chikungunya Notebook: The Basics

Some questions and hopefully helpful answers based on my understanding after reading a number of sources.  Let’s go… What is chikungunya? Chikungunya is a virus transmitted by mosquitoes. This disease name sounds fool fool.  Where it come from?  After an outbreak in 1952 in what is now Tanzania, the name “chikungunya” was given to the … Continue reading

Chikungunya Notebook: Mitigate and Educate

The Minister of Health, Dr. Fenton Ferguson, is scheduled to address Jamaicans some time this afternoon or early evening.  I have no idea why this address wasn’t done on Friday, when it was announced, because really there need not be any pomp or any more vague information from him.  The viral fever chikungunya is now out … Continue reading

A Brief Note About A Public Smoking Ban in Jamaica

When I first outlined this post, soon after Minister Fenton Ferguson made his announcement in Parliament, I noted 5 areas in which the he and the Government of Jamaica of which he is a member failed. Now one week after the implementation of the smoking ban I see snippets about how the smoking ban is … Continue reading