News Americas, SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, Weds. Dec. 21, 2016: One Caribbean company is seriously focused on promoting medicinal marijuana and is making sure doctors on the island its located are also certified to recommend the herb to patients. The Academic Sciences of Puerto Rico (ASPR), in collaboration with Cannabis Doctors is conducting a medical marijuana certification program for doctors, according to Caribbean The program offers eight credits of continuous education to obtain the Health Department (HD) license and recommend medicinal cannabis to nearly 200,000 patients authorized for those treatments in Puerto Rico.

The Black River Hospital in St. Elizabeth is now qualified to become a ‘baby-friendly’ hospital following infrastructural and equipment support from Sagicor Jamaica, which Health Minister, Dr. Christopher Tufton says underscores the significance of corporate citizenship. As one of three beneficiaries of the 2016 Sagicor Sigma Run, the hospital received on Thursday, December 15, a refurbished Paediatric Lounge and furniture to facilitate the privacy and comfort of mothers while they breastfeed, an arterial blood gas analyzer to test or measure the oxygen and carbondioxide levels in babies and children and signage for the hospital. The other beneficiaries are the Jamaica Cancer Society and kids with cancer across the island.

A call is being made for greater recognition and understanding for the work being done by healthcare workers against the background of the outcomes compared to the demands and challenges the health sector faces. Regional Director of the Southern Regional Health Authority (SRHA), Mr. Michael Bent who made the call explained that for the period June 2015 to October 2016, 1.2 million visits were made to the five hospitals and 72 health centres within the southern region with a mortality figure of 2, 750. This, he said is a success rate of 99.9 percent.

From two drowning tragedies in recent weeks came teaching moments. In October, a Coral Springs mother dove into the pool at her apartment complex in an attempt to save her five-year-old, who was floundering. But mom couldn’t swim and both lost their lives. Then in November, a Lauderhill toddler wandered from his great-grandparents’ home and drowned in a neglected, overgrown pool nearby.

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