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Mandatory School bus association meeting.

PHILIPSBURG:--- All members of the school bus association and current owners of school buses providing services to the Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport (MECYS) are hereby invited to a mandatory meeting with MECYS Recovery Team on Tuesday, September 26th, 2017 at the New Government Building on the first floor at 2:00pm. Prior to the meeting, all school bus drivers are required to submit an assessment of the respective fleet of buses to determine the safety and operational status of the fleet. The assessment must be submitted by 2:00 pm on Monday, September 25th, 2017 at the New Government Building, in the Ministry ECYS’ designated meeting room on the ground floor.

Ministry of ECYS Press Release

PUBLIC NOTICE: To All Civil Servants.

The Government of Sint Maarten is requesting ALL Civil Servants of all Ministries to report to their respective Management or Departments on Monday, September 25th at 9:00 am. The Government would like to hear from you and assess your personal situation after Hurricane Irma.

DCOMM Public Notice

SZV Office Re-Open for ZV Insured Customers.

szvfillin21092017PHILIPSBURG:--- Social & Health Insurances SZV will re-open Monday thru Friday as of Monday September 25th from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm permitting stable electricity, water and internet connections. SZV will re-open one central office location offering limited services primarily for ZV insured customers and slowly expand over the coming weeks towards normal operations, conditions permitting. Scheduled appointments up until September 29th will be re-scheduled by SZV and customers will be contacted, eliminating the need to visit the office to re-schedule.

“We are happy to have the office open again to the public, despite the current conditions. Our staff has never actually stopped working. We have a small team stationed in Curacao at the moment who is managing our customers abroad and those who have evacuated. The office doors were closed, but our online customer service has been active via Facebook and our phone lines recently re-opened as well. We are blessed to have a dedicated team, who despite their own devastating loss and damage, has shown nothing but commitment to serve in these challenging times. The hours that are being put in behind the scenes are not to be measured. I am very proud of our SZV family. We too have our Irma challenges but we are overcoming them each day through collaborative effort, as a team, together with our stakeholders and the community at large.” – Management of SZV

Office location: Harbour View Building, Building 3 – Level 1 (Closest building next to Xerox)
Opening hours: Monday – Friday 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Services available: Monday 25th – Friday 29th of September

- Doctor control: For ZV insured only! Opening hours 9:00 am – 12:00pm. Only visit SZV if you are still unfit for work and have visited a house doctor or the hospital. Proof (letter) of your visit to the house doctor or hospital must be brought with you. No numbers will be assigned after 12:00 pm.
- Prescription stamps: Stamp and Go service
- AVBZ: Submit requests and general information
- Medical Reimbursement requests: Drop-off of reimbursement request
- Seniors & Benefits desk: General information
- Employers desk: General information


  • Medical referral requests cannot be processed as yet. All medical emergencies will be handled by the St. Maarten Medical Center.
  • We are unable to print any insurance cards at the moment. It is not yet possible to apply or re-new insurance cards. Persons with appointments will be re-scheduled.
  • SZV customers who have evacuated to Curacao can contact the following numbers for medical related information: +5999 522-4957, +5999 515-6663, +5999 516-6663.
  • Doctor change September: Doctor change requests for the month of September has been postponed until further notice.

Visiting customers are asked to be patient as there may be an influx of customers during the coming weeks. SZV is committed to assisting as many persons possible during the opening hours and asks for the cooperation of each visitor to maintain a smooth process for all. For security and hygiene reasons; if there is no stable, electricity or water supply during opening hours, SZV may close its office earlier than scheduled. Persons with general inquiries are encouraged to make use of the customer service phone line +1721 546-6782 or online contact via the SZV Facebook page.
Customers are asked to pay close attention to the media announcements and SZV Facebook page for updates on services, online procedures and other important notices.
SZV Facebook page:

SZV Press Release

Important Public Service Announcements from Collective Prevention Services.

Health Services During Curfew
During curfew hours, emergency health services can be accessed at the Emergency Room of the Sint Maarten Medical Center. Please remember that this is only for emergency. For routine, non-emergency issues, please see your general practitioner or family physician, and for ambulance assistance call 919.

Water Hygiene
Avoid getting sick! Make your water safe before drinking. Drinking unsafe water can cause disease, mainly vomiting and diarrhea. It is best to use bottled water for drinking. All other water (from the tap, cistern or wells) should be boiled first, or treated with chlorine for 30 minutes before drinking. If the water looks dirty or smells bad: Do not drink it at all!
Water from the tap or from cisterns should be brought to a boil and then keep boiling for at least one minute! If you cannot boil the water disinfect it with chlorine. Use household Clorox, for example, take two teaspoons of Clorox for every gallon of water mix it and let stand for 30 minutes before drinking.

Food Hygiene
Eating spoiled food can make you sick!
In general, if the food looks bad and or it smells bad: do not eat it! Discard spoiled food appropriately and remember to always cook all your food thoroughly, especially meats, poultry, and fish. Always wash your hands thoroughly with clean water and soap before touching your face, eyes and or mouth.

Eliminating mosquito breeding
Mosquitoes can carry viruses that make us ill. There is a lot of debris and stagnant water presently creating breeding sites for mosquitoes, it is important for all of us to keep around our homes and yards clean. How can this be achieved: Get rid of stagnant water, Get rid of tires in your yard or put them under a cover or recycle them. Anything that holds water in and around the yard should be turned upside down, or removed or discarded. Check your water spout, gutters and unclog them. Keep water drums and barrels tightly covered.

Breastfeeding Your Infant
Breastfeeding your infant is always the preferred way to feed your child

Because: it is nutritionally perfect, it is readily available without dependence on supplies, it is protective against diseases, especially diarrhea and respiratory infections, it is also the right temperature. Hormones released during breastfeeding helps relieve maternal stress and anxiety. After a disaster, it is especially important to breastfeed and it is far more preferable than formula. Please continue to breastfeed! It is important for you and your baby.

SSSD invites school social workers, psychologists, counselors, and student care coordinators to second mandatory meeting.

PHILIPSBURG:--- The Student Support Services Division (SSSD) within the Ministry ECYS in collaboration with the school boards is inviting all social workers, psychologists, counselors, and the student care coordinators of the public school and subsidized schools to the second mandatory important meeting at the New Government Building on Monday, September 25th at 9:30am.

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