Oral Health Receiving Urgent Attention – Dr. Ferguson

first_imgMONTEGO BAY – The Ministry of Health is on a drive to improve oral health services across the island especially in underserved rural communities. Among the plans are the development of a relevant and modern legal framework to govern and regulate oral health care, and the creation of partnerships to enhance service delivery, said portfolio Minister, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson.The Minister, who was delivering the main address at the opening of an international diabetes conference on Thursday (March 21) in Ocho Rios, informed that a number of measures have already been put in place, including the appointment of a new Dental Council, Dental Auxiliary Body, and Dental Appeals Tribunal. This in addition to the establishment of minimum standards of care for oral health, and the deepening of the integration of oral health care into all services offered at the health centres. “This will allow us to focus on vulnerable communities and at-risk groups,” the Minister stated.He lauded the staging of the three-day conference and the focus on ‘Diabetes and Oral Health’. According to the Health Minister, oral health plays a critical role in overall health care and in reducing the prevalence of non-communicable diseases (NCDs), including diabetes.“The prevalence of diabetes mellitus in Jamaica is now estimated as 7.9 per cent among persons 15 to 74 years old. In addition, 2.8 per cent of the population has predestined diabetes. The condition is a major cause of morbidity in Jamaica and was ranked among the leading cause of death among women, and the third leading cause of death for men in 2009,” he informed. He noted that diabetes is also associated with heart disease, stroke, peripheral vascular disease, amputations, eye disease, renal disease, and peripheral neuropathy.Dr. Ferguson expressed the hope that discussions over the three days of the conference, will help in further understanding the linkages between oral health and diabetes and lead to evidence-based policies and programmes that can assist in the reduction of NCDs. He said it is time that the health practitioners take a more holistic approach to health care to reduce the prevalence of NCDs, which he said, are responsible for 70 per cent of deaths in Jamaica, and ensure early detection and control of conditions.“Every health worker, including doctors and dental surgeons will have to view the patient in a holistic way and in congruence with other specialisations,” the Minister argued.The conference is being staged by the University Diabetes Outreach Project (UDOP), which is a joint initiative of the University of the West Indies (UWI), the University of Technology (UTech), and the Association of Public Dental Surgeons.By Garfield L. Angus, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

Older Models Ruled the Runways This Season

first_imgAdvertisement Facebook Twitter Advertisement Advertisement Celebrating his 100th fashion show, Dries Van Noten sent a slew of 40+ women down the runway, including veteran model Kristina de Coninck, who walked in his very first show in 1992, French It-woman Caroline de Maigret, and Canadian models Yasmin Warsame, Amber Valletta, Kirsten Owen and Liisa Winkler. At Isabel Marant, ‘90s supers Carolyn Murphy and Valletta walked alongside their contemporary counterpart, 21-year-old Gigi Hadid. Older models (over 30, 40, 50 and beyond!) were the shining stars of Fall 2017 fashion month, and we’re here for it.As Paris Fashion Week has come to a close, we’re left to reminisce about Dior’s dreamy sheer dresses, Carven’s rosy pink coats, and Saint Laurent’s slouchy crystal-covered boots. But this fashion month also gave us something new to remember; how those clothes look on women of all ages, as we saw a convergence of older women on the runways (at least, older than the 22-year-old norm), from some of our favorite ’90s supermodels to grown-up ladies who lunch, including Canada’s own Sylvia Mantella.This season we witnessed an epic reunion of models as they walked for Isabel Marant, as well as for Simone Rocha in London, Dolce & Gabbana in Milan and Eckhaus Latta in New York. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With:last_img read more

Politics inseparable from Street theatre

first_imgPolitics cannot be separated from street theatre as it is not just defined by its art but also by its intent, according to veteran thespians Sudhanva Deshpande and Moloyashree Hashmi.At the fourth edition of ‘Lila’s Prism lecture series’, the talk titled ‘Jan Natya Manch: Shaping a pocket (the resistance)’ was about introducing people to the nitty-gritties of street theatre group and how Janam made the medium as its own.Founded in 1973, Jana Natya Manch (People’s Theatre Front; Janam for short) is a New Delhi-based theatre company. Having done some 8,500 performances of nearly 100 plays, the group specialises in left-wing street theatre in Hindi. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf“Street theatre is about giving primacy to politics. Don’t do street theatre if you don’t have politics. We at Janam don’t define it just by its form, but also by its intent. Its biggest resource is imagination of audience,” said Deshpande, actor and director with Janam.But making sure that people don’t decipher his message wrong, he added, “Please remember it cannot be sloganeering alone too. Only sloganeering and attempting to run a message down people’s throat has neither worked before, nor will it work in future.”  Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveWhile distinguishing street play from other forms, he says that it is an exact opposite of a play which has Naseeruddin Shah acting, who everyone admires and loves. “You like Naseeruddin Shah and you want to watch him. In street plays it is just the opposite. You don’t know us, forget about liking. On the contrary, we interrupt your life by performing in the middle of the road. Also, here we want you to watch us. You vote by your foot in this case,” said Deshpande. The group is known for taking on capitalism, deep-rooted patriarchy, and communalism through plays like ‘Halla Bol’, ‘Machine’, ‘Woh Bol Uthi’, ‘Aurat’ and ‘Dil Maange more Guru ji’.“When people ask don’t you feel scared about the things you say so openly in your play, I tell them that we have our plays in bastis (villages), industrial areas and in the so called down-trodden areas. Police and people with power, they don’t come to such places. And hence we are safe,” said Moloyashree, veteran theatre artiste and President of Janam. The evening also saw both talking about Founder of Janam Safdar Hashmi and his vision that is reflected in all the plays made under the group’s banner. An actor, director and communist playwright Hashmi was murdered in 1989,while performing his famous street play ‘Halla Bol’.“Safdar was someone unique. Can you believe he and Rakesh Saxena wrote ‘Machine’ in a single day. He could see the future. He was always there to perform for workers and would do all that he could to support their movement,” said Moloyoshree, wife of Safdar who to her credit have had performed ‘Machine’ over 1000 times now.Deshpande, who is also author of the book ‘Theatre of the streets: The Jan Natya Manch Experience’ was very blunt in saying that “art can’t change the world, especially if it’s a Bollywood movie.” He emphasized on the definition of artist and said: “You should understand that an artist is no solitary genius. He is no creator. He is just an intermediary who gives what he takes from society. It’s just that the form is different.” When asked about pedagogy and how to make sure that an actor is politically sensitised, Deshpande said, “Make them witness the lives of people living in the margins by walking through the streets of villages.“This is what we do with our actors while we are in the process of making plays, and it works,” he added.The Lila Lecture series includes 13 seminal conversation spread across August to December 2016 featuring 30 trailblazing practitioners of alternative institution-building.last_img read more