"Chikungunya has been the beast of 2014 for EMED & JAMAICA

12/29/2014 at 3:32am | Uncategorized
"Chikungunya has been the beast of 2014 for EMED & JAMAICA" stated CEO DUANE BOISE today in response to the Gleaner article.

Sunday, December 28, 2014     

The Aedes aegypti mosquito was the star of 2014. But look out, rats are on the rise.

One day last week I was at my favourite village shop in the little town square of Sterling Castle, and it was as good a time as any to swap CHIKV stories as a rare Christmas breeze made its presence felt.

Tim didn't tell me his exact age, but said: "I am in your age bracket," then went on to relate to me his experience with the big secret behind CHIKV infections — the many deaths which have occurred but are said to be unrelated to the mosquito-borne illness.

"I was out with friends sometime in September, and all of a sudden the place began to spin around me. Before I fell, a friend reached out and held me, and then he and others rushed to one of their cars and sped off to the doctor. By the time I reached to the doctor's office the fainting spell had died down, but the doctor told me I had a high fever, it was probably CHIKV then began to write me a prescription."

What Tim told me next scared the living daylights out of me. "The doctor was an Indian looking man. He leaned back in his chair as the pen slipped from his hand. Then his upper body just fell across the chair. I suddenly became well and rushed out and got his assistant."

Tim said that after he left the doctor's office he went home, related what took place and afterwards had one terrible week of joint pains, bodily weakness, loss of appetite, weight loss, and pure misery. I pointed out to him that months after I had my bout with the infection in October, it has left a legacy specifically in arthritic pains in my left elbow and in the joints of the fingers of my left hand. "Never had those pains before, but now I have them and it doesn't seem as if the pain is about to go away. Anyway, tell me more about the doctor."

"I called his office and they said he was in the hospital having all the signs of CHIKV. A week later, his assistant called back and said he had just died. It was listed as cardiac-related problems."

This ties in with what I have been hearing on the streets.

As the JLP caretaker for St Thomas Eastern, Delano Seiveright is in a position to gather a ton-load of information on many matters and, what he relates in a Gleaner article about under the radar CHIKV deaths comports with my own observations.

Seiveright relates issues having to do with just one constituency in one parish. I have spoken to more than a few political representatives, and they are pretty much settled on the same position in their constituencies.

The public health system has crashed

A few days ago I sat down with a senior person in the Ministry of Health who related to me a tale of woe in relation to the state of Jamaica's public health system. He spoke to me with one condition at the top of his agenda of items. He wanted to remain nameless.

"As shocking as it may sound, public health inspectors reported that the parish of St Thomas was almost free of the Aedes aegypti mosquito. This was no just a fallacy, it was criminal."

"Criminal? What do you mean by that?" I asked.

"Our public health system in Jamaica has crashed. That is the best and most honest term I can use to describe it. Our public health inspectors cannot collect their travelling money so many of them simply stay in office and tabulate anything that is presented to them by the parish officers who are themselves underfunded. Much of that information is just concocted stuff.

"So far we have tabulated CHIKV-related deaths at 274 right across the island. Of course, the vast majority of these deaths were among individuals with other underlying health problems."

"So can I expect the ministry to publish these numbers?" I asked.

"Don't hold your breath. Let me explain why. In 2012 a subregional CHIKV meeting was held at the Pegasus. It was a PAHO/CDC-funded meeting designed to sensitise us to the sure coming of CHIKV in the region. It was attended by health representatives from 22 countries including those from Jamaica's Ministry of Health. Only one country carried out exactly what was recommended and that country was Cuba. To date, Cuba has had the lowest infection rate of CHIKV."

"What did Jamaica do?"

"Exactly nothing. Zero. Nothing," he said.

"The irony is, in the 1960s, Cuba copied the public system that Jamaica had operating then. Cuba maintained those standards while Jamaica's continued to slide and has now crashed. An entire generation of Jamaicans have grown up on seeing garbage strewn around, and we have not properly adapted to the new norms with the huge influx of plastics and Styrofoam."

"What can we do?" I asked.

"If a system in woefully underfunded it will continue to fail. Our public health centres, like clinics and hospitals, do not have sufficient medication. People are hardly visiting the clinics because there is no medication. So they visit the hospitals which only add to a very bad situation existing there. When they leave the hospital they are given prescriptions which they have to fill out of their own pockets. Many of our poorest people just go home and sit on the prescription. They have no choice."

I could relate to that, as I have been asked by many people to assist them in filling prescriptions. One man I know who needs an operation to "scrape his eyes" has been prepared for nearly a year to have his operation done at the KPH. Each month they keep on putting it off for the next month, and when I saw him last week he was almost totally blind in one eye.

Rats have taken over and leptospirosis is a threat

Many Jamaicans are convinced that it is not mosquitoes that are causing the CHIKV infection. I put this question to the health expert.

"You know, many Jamaicans may be on to something there. First is, some people have been having CHIKV and dengue. Dengue comes with muscle pain, CHIKV with joint pain. But there has also been an uncomfortable number of deaths which I believe are related to leptospirosis which also comes with intense and excruciating pain.

"Listen, there is a rat outbreak in Jamaica and, in the absence of any control, it is close to being unmanageable. Recently the National Health Fund was raided to give MPs money for Christmas work. We have our priorities terribly misplaced.

"When you add the lack of mobility of public health inspectors, the tendency of Jamaicans to buy box food and the lack of civic pride, our gullies are stuffed with plastic and impending disease.

"You know what the response was from Jamaica's health ministry after that 2012 PAHO meeting at the Pegasus? They said no money was available for the needed clean-up."

I was simply stunned.

"Rats are running all over the rural areas and they have become a fixture in the urban inner-city communities. If you think we have a problem now, wait until a year or two down the road. We could have kept to manageable levels the CHIKV outbreak, but we did nothing and many people are going to have to get used to arthritic pains in their lives for many years."

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11/19/2014 at 5:50am | Uncategorized


Thank God for the EMED TEAM!!
I Just wanted to drop you a line and let you know that Madeline and I returned home last night. After arriving at Sarasota Memorial Hospital, they ran some tests on her and decided that we would be much better served and All Childrens Hospital in St. Petersburg. They arranged transport to ACH for us and we spent the next 8 days there. What a wonderful hospital! Madeline eventually had her gall bladder removed which was the cause of her pancreatitis and she is now feeling much better and on the way to full recovery. I can’t imagine what would have happened had we stayed in Jamaica.
Madeline is like a rock star back home now that everyone has heard the details of her ordeal. Our family would like to thank you and your company from the bottom of our heart for your help. You are true professionals that treated us with the utmost caring and respect for our situation. Thank you again for turning a horrible situation into an adventure that we will always remember.
At your earliest convenience, could you please send a detailed receipt for your services to this email address. Now comes the time to go to battle with the insurance company. Any advice or help you can give us would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks again.
Jeff, Madeline, and the entire Starck family.
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11/18/2014 at 6:14am | Uncategorized

EMED Jamaica announces contract with VINCI Construction Grands Projets

Kingston,Jamaica- October 26, 2014

EMED Jamaica Global Ltd.(EMED), announced that it has signed a multi year agreement with Vinci Construction Grand Projets the world largest construction company by revenue listed at Euronext’s Paris Stock exchange and is a member of the CAC 40 Index.

"Under this agreement VInci employees and contractors will have prompt access to EMED ground and air ambulance services providing them direct access to local and international healthcare facilities.” said Duane Boise EMED’s CEO and President.

"Vinci was specifically impressed with EMED’s technology solutions that offer their employee base an EMED personal health record system allowing for continuity of care in an emergency event.” said Jason Pawloski EMED’s VP of Product Development.

EMED, having an agreement with Tenet Healthcare Corporation (NYSE : THC), one of the largest healthcare networks in South Florida, with facilities conveniently

located in communities throughout Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties, will allow quick access to their facilities. Tenet Florida’s commitment to being the industry leader in quality healthcare delivery is reflected in the more than 250 prestigious industry awards its hospitals have received from some of the leading healthcare quality rating agencies in the U.S.

As a network, Tenet Florida’s hospitals offer world-class healthcare and specialised centers of excellence in the areas of major trauma, bariatric surgery, cardiovascular medicine, orthopaedics, neonatal care level III (the highest certification), obstetrics, oncology, comprehensive and primary stroke facilities, paediatric cardiology and neurosurgery and a gamma knife centre. For more information contact www.tenethealth.com.

VINCI is a French concessions and construction company founded in 1899 as Société Générale d'Enterprises. It employs over 179,000 people and is the largest construction company in the world by revenue.Vinci is listed at Euronext's Paris stock exchange and is a member of the CAC 40 index. Its head office is in Rueil-Malmaison. Through out the world, VINCI Construction Grands Projets designs and builds major civil engineering structures (tunnels, bridges, dams, liquefied natural gas storage tanks, road and rail infrastructure) and buildings (skyscrapers, shopping centers, hotels, major industrial facilities, nuclear power plants, etc.).

As a complement to the company’s high level of expertise, its consummate engineering skills, and expert project management abilities, VINCI Construction Grands Projets practices a policy of involvement at the local level wherever it operates, partnering with

EMED Jamaica announces contract with VINCI Construction Grands Projets  local firms and companies, enabling it to deploy wide-ranging yet modular solutions. These solutions, including technical assistance, turnkey projects, and maintenance

programs, respond to the many different needs of a broad range of private- and public- sector clients. For more information contact http://www.vinci.com/vinci.nsf/en/index.htm

EMED is a Jamaican-based company that facilitates access to affordable healthcare solutions through out the Caribbean, Central and South America. It provides air ambulance evacuation, ground ambulance services and healthcare services, healthcare technology solutions, employer/employee benefit plans, medical marketing and promotional activities, continuity of care, and case management services as part of the end-to-end solution that it provides.

"We are committed to ensuring our Jamaican and Caribbean members have access to internationally recognized high quality and professional services offered by Tenet” said EMED’s medical director Dr. Mohamed Basir. For more information please visit  www.emedlifeline.com

EMED serves the Jamaica Civil Service Association (JCSA), Jamaica’s largest trade union comprised of mostly government workers, many international spa resort hotels, employees and tourist , and most recently COK Sodality Credit Union (COK), part of Jamaica’s 900,000 member credit union groups.

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11/02/2014 at 12:25am | Uncategorized

So nice to hear from you. I am doing well. I gained back my sense of taste, smell and hearing in my right ear within the first six months of recovery. I still have little episodes of vertigo that I experienced after the accident that keep sneaking back into my life, but that's nothing compared to what could have happened. 

I am so grateful for you and your staff taking care of me and getting me home. Hopefully sometime soon I will make it back to Jamaica but this time I will stay away from the hospitals! I hope all is well with you. 

Thank God for you and the EMED team, 

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07/13/2014 at 11:00pm | Uncategorized
I will never be able to express in words my gratitude for all your assistance in this time of pain for me and my family. And I mean that not only professionally. Even though I is unlikely we will meet in person some day, you can be sure you have a friend down in Brazil, who will never forget all you did for us. Thank you EMED.

EMED AIR AMBULANCE 1-876-312-1119 or 1-876-275-1119
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