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Chairman of the Nurses Council of Jamaica (NCJ), Dr. Leila McWhinney-Dehaney has challenged scores of nurses in Central Jamaica to recognize the link between excellence and quality in executing their duties as advocates of patients. "Excellence is directly linked to quality and nurses must recognize the link. Unless we do what we have to do, quality is compromised and excellence is just a passing word," Dr. McWhinney-Dehaney said as she addressed the second Nursing Symposium staged by the Southern Regional Health Authority (SRHA) Executive Nurses at the Golf View Hotel in Mandeville on Tuesday, May 2.
Miami, Fla. – The Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County recognizes May as Asthma Awareness Month along with May 2nd as World Asthma Day. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 24 million people, including over 6 million children, have asthma. Asthma is a chronic disease that affects the airways in the lungs and continues to be a serious public health problem. Asthma is a leading cause of preventable emergency department visits, hospitalizations, school absenteeism and work-related lung disease in Florida. Asthma is more severe among children, women, and those whose household incomes are less than $25,000.
The Percy Junor Hospital in Spalding, Clarendon has boosted its supplies of blood and blood products, this with the recent acquisition of a Compact Blood Bank Refrigerator. The hospital hosted a successful Blood Drive on Friday, April 28 on the hospital's compound which resulted in the collection of 52 units of blood. Senior Medical Officer at the Hospital, Dr. Carlos Wilson explained that 88 persons registered to donate; however only 52 were eligible to contribute. He added that the hospital is grateful for the support from residents and staff members noting that the new Blood Bank Refrigerator now allows the hospital to store upwards of 60 units of blood, as opposed to 15 previously.
In April of 1915, Booker T. Washington proposed “National Negro Health Week," recognizing that "without health and long life, all else fails.” His idea gradually evolved into observing the month of April as National Minority Health Month to raise awareness and eventually help eliminate the health disparities facing racial and ethnic minorities.
Unlike other ethnic groups, Asian Americans experienced an increase in breast cancer rates over the last 15 years, according to researchers at the Cancer Prevention Institute of California (CPIC). Breast cancer incidents remained stable or declined in most U.S. populations over the same period. In the first study to break down statistics by Asian American subgroup, researchers evaluated seven major ethnicities in California, from 1998 through 2013: Japanese, Korean, Filipino, Vietnamese, Chinese, South Asians (Indians and Pakistanis) and Southeast Asians (Cambodians, Laotians, Hmong and Thai).
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