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Residents and motorists reminded of HUREX 2017 Training Exercise in Cay Bay and near the Hospital on June 27.

GREAT BAY (DCOMM):--- Residents and motorists are reminded that Hurricane Exercise 2017 (HUREX 2017), the largest exercise to be held on Sint Maarten, will commence on Tuesday, June 27 between 8.00am and 11.00am, in Cay Bay and near the Hospital in Cay Hill.

Residents and motorists will see an increase in emergency response vehicles (with sirens) on the public roads en-route to Cay Bay in response to a major incident.

Response to the major incident will include military and civil authorities such as Police, Ambulance, Fire, Voluntary Corps of St. Maarten and other emergency response services, as well as NV GEBE, SMMC and SOL fuel supplier.

The public and motorists do not need to be concerned with respect to the heightened emergency response activities, as this is part of the training exercise.

The exercise takes place under the banner of the Fire Department/Office of Disaster Management.

The Office of Disaster Management falls under the Ministry of General Affairs.


Sint Maarten paving the way to address abuse.

GREAT BAY (DCOMM):--- Monday, June 26 marks International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. It is also an internationally recognized day in support of Victims of Torture.

According to the UN (United Nations), nearly 200 million people are using illicit drugs such as cocaine, cannabis, hallucinogens, opiates and sedative hypnotics worldwide.

In December 1987 the UN General Assembly decided to observe June 26 as the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. The UN was determined to help create an international society free of drug abuse.

This day is supported by individuals, communities and various organizations all over the world. While the UN General Assembly adopted a political declaration to address and fight against this global drug problem, Sint Maarten is paving its way also to address this problem, as part of the SDG (Sustainable Development Goals) 16, on Peace, Justice and strong Institutions, from a local perspective.

Research against Violence and Abuse was conducted by UNICEF in 2012 entitled, “The Situation of Children and Adolescents in Sint Maarten.”

The report stated that a contributing factor of students dropping out of school not only relates to students with behavioral problems but also those who use drugs and are physically violent with other students.

A child protection system has been set up which includes a six-step protocol for detection and intervention in cases that a child has been abused, neglected, mistreated or if there has been some kind of violence.

Relational violence also referred to as “domestic violence” has to do with physical and/or sexual violence. This violence does not only affect adolescents, but also children, and is generally invisible and not reported.

Besides, women and children, it also affects men, parents and the elderly. In 2010, directives were put in place which identified children as victims when they were witness to relational violence.

As of January 2014, a change came in the Civil Code, BWI article 243 where the Court of Guardianship was appointed as the Central Reporting Center on Child Abuse.

The tasks of the Court of Guardianship entails the following: Registering the abuse; investigating the safety of the child; advise the individuals and or entities by reporting or intervening in the child abuse cases:  

1. Execute the intervention measures. These are either:
(a) Warning
(b) Removing from parental custody. This is done after permission from the Public Prosecutor or Judge.
2. Press charges against the perpetrator. This is done in the event the legal guardian does not do it.

The following figures are related to child abuse over a three-year period. 

Physical abuse        14           13           22

Psychological/

emotional abuse      2            1            5

Sexual abuse          19           8            6

 

CPS alerts local physicians about PAHO/WHO update on ‘red/pink eye’ in the Americas.

GREAT BA(DCOMM):--- The Collective Prevention Services (CPS), has been in contact with family doctors about notifying the CPS surveillance system if they come across cases of conjunctivitis, also known as ‘red eye’ or ‘pink eye.’

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) has issued an epidemiological update after five countries and territories of the Americas have reported outbreaks of conjunctivitis. These are the Dominican Republic, Guadeloupe, Martinique, The Bahamas and Brazil.

Outbreaks of conjunctivitis in other countries of the Region are under investigation according to PAHO.

CPS, a department of the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour, has followed suit with respect to PAHO’s recommendation: “In light of the increased transmission of conjunctivitis in some countries and territories of the Region, the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) encourages Member States to strengthen surveillance and implement control measures to prevent the spread of the disease.”

The most common causes of conjunctivitis are viruses, bacteria, irrita, ts and allergens. The virus and bacteria are very contagious. In Guadeloupe where laboratory tests were performed on a set of samples from suspected cases, they were positive for enteroviruses. Conjunctivitis bacteria is a leading cause of children being absent from daycare or school.

Symptoms of conjunctivitis can include: pink or red color in the white of the eye(s); swelling of the thin layer that lines the white part of the eye and the inside of the eyelid; increased tear production; feeling like a foreign body in the eye (s) or an urge to rub the eye (s); itching; irritation, and/or burning; discharge (pus or mucas); crusting of eyelids or lashes. Conjunctivitis is also one of the symptoms of Zika mosquito-borne disease.

Conjunctivitis can spread easily from person to person. You can greatly reduce the risk of getting conjunctivitis or spreading it to someone else by following some simple good hygiene steps.

If you have conjunctivitis, you can help limit its spread to other people by following these steps: wash your hands often with soap and warm water; wash them especially well before and after cleaning or applying eye drops or ointment to your infected eye; if soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

Avoid touching or rubbing your eyes; wash pillows, sheets, washcloths, and towels often in hot water and detergent; wash your hands after handling such items.

Do not share personal items, such as pillows, washcloths, towels, eye drops, eye make-up, or eye glasses; do not use swimming pools.

If you are diagnosed with bacterial or viral conjunctivitis (aka Red eye, Pink eye), limit your contact with other individuals until you are better; keep your child home from school or daycare until he/she is no longer contagious.

It’s usually safe to return to school or work when symptoms have been resolved. To minimize the risk of transmission, it is important to practice good hygiene.

If symptoms persist, you should contact your family physician who can then refer you to an eye specialist.

For additional information you can contact CPS at: 542-2078 or 542-3003.

Register your child for the Summer Fit Camp. Deadline is July 5.

GREAT BAY(DCOMM):--- Collective Prevention Services (CPS) is organizing once again a free Summer Fit Camp for children ages 9-12 years old, which will be held at the Caribbean International Academy (CIA) in Cupecoy from July 10th to 15th 2017.

The goal of the health camp is to promote and educate children on healthy eating habits and encourage physical activity to promote healthy behavior change and combat the increase of obesity on our island.

The children will be divided into groups of five and will have their own group leader appointed to them. The group leader’s role is to supervise and support the children while participating in activities to motivate and encourage participation.

Organized activities are dance, adventure hike, gardening, pool activities, cooking demonstration nutrition sessions and motivational sessions.

The children will learn about healthy meal and snack choices, healthy food portions, and the importance of drinking water rather than juice. They will be exposed to good sportsmanship, team building activities and will also receive knowledge positive self-esteem and confidence.

An orientation meeting will take place 6:30 pm on July 7th, 2017 at the CPS Office. The orientation meeting will provide parents and guardians with information related to the camp such as Camp rules, meals provided, scheduled activities, pick up and drop off location (which is at Raoul Illidge Ports Complex).

If your child does not have any pre-existing health conditions but has an overweight concern, then this camp is the ideal opportunity for your child to participate in healthy activities.

The deadline for registration is July 5th; space is limited. Persons interested in participating in the camp as a group leader can also request for registration.

Forms can be obtained from the Collective Prevention Services office at the Vineyard Park Office Building in Philipsburg.

You can also contact Camp Coordinator Swinda Richardson via phone at 542-3553 or 542-2078 or by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

St. Maarten Lions Club hosts Lions Little League Team.

lions25062017PHILIPSBURG:--- The President, Board, Youth, and Education Committee and members of the St. Maarten Lions Club hosted the Lions Club Little League baseball team players, coaches, a few parents and supporters at the Lions Den Meeting Room for pizza, drinks and an inspiring baseball movie called “The Perfect Game”.

"The Perfect Game" film is based on a true story of the events leading up to the 1957 Little League World Series, which was won by the first team from outside the United States, the Industrial Little League of Monterrey, Mexico, who defeated the heavily favored U.S. team. Mexican pitcher Ángel Macías threw the first, and so far only, perfect game in championship game history.

The young Little League team members between the age group 10 to 12 years old and Lions Club members were very enthusiastic about the evening as this was the first time that the St. Maarten Lions Club with the assistance of Domino’s hosted and treated its own sponsored baseball team after their Little League season ended. Many
St. Maarten Lions Club members attended games of the team at the Little League Ball Park over the past few months.


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