KINGSTON:The sixth staging of the Everyone’s a Winner Best Dressed Chicken race series will run off tomorrow at 6:30 a.m. inside the picturesque Hope Gardens.The two-part series will culminate with the second running on Sunday, June 19.Tomorrow’s event will feature a 5K Run, Walk and Stroller categories, as well as an 8K Run, while the June 19 event will have a 5K Run, Walk and Stroller categories, together with a 9K Run. The event is being organised by Running Events in partnership with Best Dressed Chicken.According to Alfred ‘Frano’ Francis, race director of Running Events, this year’s staging will be another exciting time for participants and sponsors.”We will have more MyLaps chip timing, more entertainment, more awards, more refreshments, more runner care and more fun,” he said.Francis added that an exciting and innovative feature is that the first 1,000 participants will receive a medal at each event. The special commemorative medal is split in two half of which will be presented at Sunday’s running and the other on June 19.DIABETIC STATIONIn addition, Francis outlined that participants state their diabetic status on the entry form as Best Dressed Chicken will have a special station for diabetics at both events. The Diabetes Association of Jamaica is the charity partner of the 2016 race series. All runners and walkers are being encouraged to get screened before participating, at the Heart Foundation of Jamaica.In keeping with the theme of encouraging healthy lifestyle practices, there will be post-race massages by Bella Oasis Day Spa, blood pressure and basic health checks by the Heart Foundation and a post-race misting tent for participants, which will be solar-powered by Lumitech.Best Dressed Chicken will provide breakfast sampling on Sunday, with other sampling from various other companies, including Jablum and Dairy Industries – the latter featuring Really Great Yogurt.
As part of the continuous efforts to improve maternal health in Guyana, the Public Health Ministry’s focal person for Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV, Dr Oneka Scott is attending a one-monthDr Oneka Scott is currently attending a one-month Maternal Health Training Programme in JapanMaternal Health Training Programme in Japan.The training, which commenced on Thursday and will run until July 10, is being conducted by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). The main objective of the programme is to improve maternal health and reduce maternal mortality.Dr Scott has been a physician for some seven years and joined the Public Health Ministry as the focal person for adolescent health and Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV, in September last year.The Ministry, and by extension the Government of Guyana, has a mandate to reduce maternal and neo-natal mortality, thus improving family health as a whole. It is for this reason that it is working closely with JICA to train personnel in the area of maternal health.The one-month training programme in Japan is offered to countries aiming to strengthen their strategies to reinforce “continuum of care” at the community level so as to contribute to the improvement of maternal health.Participants will have the opportunity to learn about the policies and administration of health in Japan, the nursing education system and the roles of various health stakeholders, including maternity centres, health centres, hospitals, and universities.Through the lectures and field visits, participants will gain ideas and garner solutions for solving community health issues in their countries, and make an educational plan for nurses, midwives and health workers.Insight will also be gained into addressing bottlenecks of health systems for maternal and child survival by delivering a more effective package of preventive and clinical interventions for maternal and child health at both community and facility levels.Creating linkages between communities and facilities through the introduction of innovative strategies and scaling-up high-impact child health interventions will also be explored during the training.Rapid progress in some countries demonstrates that when Governments take strategic approaches to safe motherhood, changes can be made to maternal health nationwide.These approaches can ensure the “continuum of care” during the period from pre-pregnancy to postpartum by deploying skilled birth attendants, ensuring adequate essential supplies, making family-planning accessible and providing timely obstetric care.Increasing health-seeking attitudes among the people towards reproductive health and safe motherhood can also play a major role in improving maternal health.