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Government to establish shelter for abused women
The Government is advanced in the establishment of the first state-run national shelter to assist women who need to leave abusive environments.
Gender Minister Olivia Grange said that in the last few months, the Government has completed the acquisition of the property and is in the process of transforming it into a centre to accommodate survivors of gender-based violence and their children.
"It will also offer basic necessities, counselling and other forms of support. We acknowledge all those who have graciously donated furniture and other items towards the establishment of the National Shelter," Grange said.
Meanwhile, Grange said that national activities to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on November 25 will target key stakeholders towards the implementation of the National Strategic Action Plan for the Elimination of Gender-based Violence.
Food For The Poor donates blood pressure machines
Food For The Poor (FFP) Jamaica recently donated 30 blood pressure machines to the Ministry of Health.
Executive Director of FFP, David Mair, said, "We know these blood pressure machines will be put to good use."
Expressing his gratitude, Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton said, "From the Ministry of Health's perspective, we are very appreciative of this gift of 30 blood pressure machines. Many health centres and clinics around the country use this type of equipment every single day on hundreds of thousands of Jamaicans."
JDF to conduct military rehearsals
The Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) is advising the public and residents in and around the National Heroes Circle area that soldiers will be conducting military rehearsals and ceremonial exercises using ceremonial explosives in the vicinity from Friday, November 9 to Sunday, November 11, at approximately 11 a.m. each day.
The explosions are part of the annual Remembrance Day celebrations and will in no way pose danger to lives or property.
The annual Remembrance Day Service and Parade is conducted worldwide to commemorate and honour military personnel who died in the line of duty during World War 1.
The celebrations will conclude on Sunday.
Members of the public may contact the JDF at telephone number (876) 960-8776 in the event that unexploded ordnances or paraphernalia are found.
Jamaica Energy Partners to host dental fair
Tomorrow, Jamaica Energy Partners (JEP) will celebrate four years of creating beautiful smiles for the residents of Old Harbour Bay, offering complimentary dental services and tips on proper dental hygiene.
Residents will get tooth examinations, cleaning and extractions. Celebrated under the theme, 'Creating Smiles for Life', the dental fair, commencing at 10 a.m. will be held at the Old Harbour Bay Baptist Church in St Catherine.
JEP urges patrons to bring a photo ID; sign a consent sheet for children under the age of 18 years old (forms will be available at the registration desk), and be guided by JEP representatives for assistance throughout the day.
Look out for signs of abuse - Terrelonge
Gender State Minister Alando Terrelonge is calling on parents, teachers and caregivers to not only encourage play among children, but to look out for the telltale signs of abuse during this activity.
Terrelonge was speaking at a forum focusing on the importance of play for children, at the Maxfield Park Children's Home in Kingston earlier this week.
"Sometimes (out of) fear, they (children) won't talk, they won't tell you what's happening, they won't tell you what they are going through. But if you give them things to play with, or if you watch how they play with other kids, they will actually act out what is happening to them, they will act out that abuse, and they will let you know about that trauma just by playing," he said.
He argued that play is also a form of therapy that psychiatrists and psychologists use when they suspect a child is being abused, noting, for instance, that this activity can reveal that "something is wrong" if children are too aggressive or withdrawn.