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International Day of Nursing.

Nursing staff are vital for making progress towards universal health
Nurses make up more than 50% of health workers yet, in many countries of the Americas, shortages persist. New PAHO guidelines seek to strengthen their role in achieving health for all.

Washington, DC(PAHO):--- Today, at the launch of the Strategic Directions for Nursing in the Region of the Americas, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) called on countries to invest in nurses to improve their availability, distribution, and roles in order to advance towards universal health.

Nursing staff represents the largest health workforce, accounting for more than 50% of health workers. Despite this, however, the lack of nurses in most countries in the Region compromises the global goal of achieving health for all by 2030.

Dr. Carissa F. Etienne, Director of PAHO highlighted that “in many parts of the world, nursing professionals are the first, and sometimes only, human resource in contact with patients” and claims that “investing in nursing enables advancing towards access and universal health coverage, which will have a profound effect on global health and well-being.”

Gap in availability and access to human resources

The report on strategic direction describes the current situation regarding nursing in the region. It highlights that there is an important gap in the availability of and access to human resources for health, of which nurses are an important part. As well as this, there is also a current deficit of 800,000 health workers in the Region, including nursing staff.

Mobility and migration, poor distribution, lack of regulation, insufficient incentives, and professional advancement, lack of higher education, and inadequate working environments all increase the problems related to human resources for health all over the world.

To address the migration of nursing personnel, the report considers it necessary to invest in human resource retention strategies, particularly in low-income countries and small island developing states.

Low nurse to inhabitant ratio

The density of nursing staff, which includes licensed nurses, technicians, and assistants, varies from country to country and is generally low in the Region. Therefore, while in the United States and Canada, there are more than 111 and 106 nurses per 10,000 inhabitants respectively, in Haiti, Honduras and the Dominican Republic, there are less than 4.

There are also discrepancies in the number of nurses per doctor. In the United States and Canada, there are 4 nurses per doctor. However, in the other 27 countries analyzed, there are less than 2, and 15 of them have less than 1.

According to the report, avoiding a deficit of nursing professionals requires the development of national strategies for the training of new professionals, as well as adequate retention policies, investment in the workforce and promotion of professional autonomy.

“Only with an adequate number of motivated and well-distributed professionals with technical and scientific skills, will countries be able to achieve universal health coverage and access, as well as the SDGs,” said Silvia Cassiani, Regional Advisor on nursing and health technicians at PAHO, Regional officer for the Americas of the World Health Organization.

Recommendations

The report also recommends expanding and regulating the role of licensed nurses in the first level of care to improve access and care in areas with a limited number of physicians. The report also advocates for the better distribution of personnel in remote and rural areas; an increase in incentives for interprofessional practice, and an increase in the number of accredited training programs, particularly given that in most countries, there are few nursing schools and graduate programs.

The report, which is presented in the framework of the International Day of Nursing, is the product of an extensive consultation process and evidence analysis. It also addresses issues such as leadership, working conditions and the capacities, educative and distribution of personnel.

International Day of Nursing event

To mark the International Day of Nursing, PAHO has convened a panel of international experts who discussed the role of nurses and the strategic direction for nursing in the Region of the Americas. Nester Edwards, CARICOM's Regional Nursing Body Chair and Grenada's Chief Nursing Officer was among the panelists. For more information, visit https://www.paho.org/hq/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=15114:international-nurses-day-2019&Itemid=39594&lang=en


Lions distribute sunshades and earplugs during Children’s Parade

lionssunshade08052019PHILIPSBURG:--- On Sunday, April 28th, 2019 the Sint Maarten Lions Club, St. Maarten Alpha Leo Club and the St. Maarten South Omega Leo Club partnered with the Telem Group of companies and VOSH to distribute earplugs and sunshade glasses to the kids during the Children Grand parade.
Over 2,000 sunshade glasses and 600 earplugs were distributed along the parade route by the members of the Lions and Leo Clubs.
It was a joy to experience the kids choosing and enjoying their sunshade glasses and earplugs. The parents were also very happy to receive these items for the kids.
The three club Presidents, Lion Carmen Lake-Reyes, Leo Sasha Buncamper, and Leo Aziza Baly-Vanterpool were delighted with the atmosphere and the joy to see the youngsters wearing the shades. Seeing the smiles on many of the kids’ faces was a priceless moment.
The President, Board, and Members of the St. Maarten Lions Club and Leo Clubs would like to thank the business community and also general public for their continued support.

Dominican Republic citizen arrested with false travel documents

PHILIPSBURG:--- During the early afternoon hours on Tuesday, May 7th, 2019, a male passenger from the Dominican Republic with initials Y.R.R. attempted to enter the country with a forged document. Y.R.R. arrived on the island on a Winair flight which originated from Curacao.

After handing his documents to an Immigration Officer, the documents were inspected. During the inspection of these documents, the Immigration officer suspected that one of the documents had been falsified. These documents were brought the Alpha Team stationed at the Princess Juliana International Airport who is specialized in detecting falsified documents. Upon their inspection, they confirmed that said document was indeed false.

Y.R.R. was immediately arrested by members of the Alpha Team for attempting to enter the country using a falsified document.
The falsified document was confiscated and Y.R.R. was immediately taken to the main police station in Philipsburg where he remains in custody pending further investigation.

Plenary Public session of Parliament regarding several Draft Laws concerning unusual financial transactions.

PHILIPSBURG:--- The House of Parliament will sit in a Plenary Public meeting on Wednesday, May 8, 2019. The Minister of Justice will be present.
The Plenary Public meeting which was originally scheduled for April 23, 2019, but was not continued due to a lack of quorum has been rescheduled for Wednesday, May 8, 2019, at 16.00 hrs. in the General Assembly Chamber of the House at Wilhelminastraat #1 in Philipsburg.

The agenda points are:

1. Ontwerp van Landsverordening tot wijziging van de Landsverordening aanmeldingsplicht van grensoverschrijdende geldtransporten naar aanleiding van de aanbevelingen 32 en 33 van de Financial Action Task Force (Zittingsjaar 2018-2019-120) (IS/142/2018-2019 d.d. 4 oktober 2018)

(National Ordinance amending the National Ordinance on the obligation to notify cross-border money transfers in response to recommendations 32 and 33 of the Financial Action Task Force (Parliamentary Year 2018-2019-120) (IS/142/2018-2019, dated October 4, 2018))

2. Ontwerp Landsverordening houdende regels teneinde te voldoen aan aanbeveling 29 van de Financial Action Task Force omtrent financiële inlichtingeenheden (Landsverordening Meldpunt Ongebruikelijke Transacties) (Zittingsjaar 2018-2019-124) (IS/604/2018-2019 d.d. 18 februari 2019)

(National Ordinance containing rules in order to comply with recommendation 29 of the Financial Action Task Force concerning Financial Intelligence units (National Ordinance Financial Intelligence Unit (Parliamentary Year 2018-2019-124) (IS/604/2018-2019, dated February 18, 2019))

3. Ontwerp van Landsverordening houdende regels ter voorkoming van en bestrijding witwassen en terrorismefinanciering naar aanleiding van de aanbevelingen van de Financial Action Task Force (Landsverordening bestrijding witwassen en terrorismefinanciering) (Zittingsjaar 2018-2019-125) (IS/605/2018-2019 d.d. 18 februari 2019)

(National Ordinance containing rules to prevent and combat money laundering and terrorism financing in response to the recommendations of the Financial Action Task Force (National Ordinance combatting money laundering and terrorism financing (Parliamentary Year 2018-2019-125) (IS/605/2018-2019, dated February 18, 2019))

 Members of the public are invited to the House of Parliament to attend parliamentary deliberations.
The House of Parliament is located across from the Court House in Philipsburg.

The parliamentary session will be carried live on St. Maarten Cable TV Channel 115, via SXM GOV radio FM 107.9, via Pearl Radio FM 98.1, the audio via the internet www.sxmparliament.org, www.pearlfmradio.sx and Parliament’s Facebook page: Parliament of Sint Maarten.

 

Continuation Plenary Public session of Parliament regarding the Status of Tax Reform on St. Maarten.

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten – The House of Parliament will sit in a Plenary Public session on Wednesday, May 8, 2019
The Plenary Public meeting which was adjourned on November 12, 2018, will be reconvened on Wednesday, at 14.00 hrs. in the General Assembly Chamber of the House at Wilhelminastraat #1 in Philipsburg. The Minister of Finance will be present.

The agenda point is:
Status of Tax Reform on St. Maarten (IS/181/2018-2019 dated October 11, 2018)

(This meeting was requested by MP C.T. Emanuel, MP F.G. Richardson, MP E.J. Doran, and MP S.E. Jacobs)

Members of the public are invited to the House of Parliament to attend parliamentary deliberations.

The House of Parliament is located across from the Court House in Philipsburg.

The parliamentary session will be carried live on St. Maarten Cable TV Channel 115, via SXM GOV radio FM 107.9, via Pearl Radio FM 98.1, the audio via the Internet www.sxmparliament.org, www.pearlfmradio.sx and Parliament’s Facebook page: Parliament of Sint Maarten.

 


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