PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The Philipsburg Jubilee Library would like to remind all parents of children 0 to 3 years old that a week of fun-packed activities for babies and toddlers is currently going on at the library.

A wonderful puppet show will take place today at 6 pm, performed by students of the University of Sint Maarten and there will be a special Rhyme Time sing along activity on Thursday, November 19th, at 11 am with Zahira Marmar.

The fun-filled week will come to a close on Saturday, the 21st of November, from 10 am to 12:30 pm, with a grand finale, the “Baby & Toddlers Fun Day”.

The activities on the Fun Day will include a Mascot mini parade, playing in the bouncy castle, story time, a coloring contest and face painting.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Recently the Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labour, Mr. Rafael Boasman, signed a ‘Letter of Recognition’, thereby recognizing WIEMS as a training institute for 'pre-hospital medical care'.

WIEMS is based in Sint Maarten, and is a foundation with legal personality. The foundation was established by notarial deed dated November 25th, 1992 and is registered in the register of the Chamber of Commerce.

The overall objective of WIEMS is, according to the articles of association, ‘to organize, upgrade and maintain a high level of emergency medical training on all levels, and for any persons interested '.

WIEMS is operating with a full fledge board, including a Medical Director, and is registered in the register of the Chamber of Commerce.

It has a strong partnership with different international partners, e.g. the American Heart Association.

The American Heart Association provides a wide range of certified training in emergency services.

WIEMS is also affiliated with the Curacao Heart Foundation, which is an International Training Centre ITC of the American Heart Association. The website of WIEMS, an official training site of the AHA, is falling under the ITC Curacao Heart Foundation ITC-ID 20540.

WIEMS also cooperates with the St. Croix Rescue Academy for quite some time. This cooperation is laid down in a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). Where it comes down to, is that STX Rescue provides the required training and certification for WIEMS, as well as the necessary and desired information and on-site consultation for the WIEMS trainers and students.

On a national level, WIEMS and the Ambulance Service will shortly close a so-called "Emergency Care Internship Agreement”. This for the purpose of equipping the interns of WIEMS with the technical knowledge, work experience, professional skills and attitudes necessary for pre-hospital emergency care.

Currently WIEMS offers several training and courses, namely: CPR/AED, First Aid/CPR/AED, Pediatric FA/CPR/AED and CPR/AED for Health Care Providers.

When requested, WIEMS is also able to provide training in the field of Advanced Cardiac and Pediatric life support. It should be noted, that the curricula are certified, and for all courses and training work books are available, whether or not provided with practice tests.

During the ceremony of the signing of the letter of recognition Minister Boasman complimented the board and its volunteers for their commitment.

He expressed his hope for a good cooperation between the Ministry of Public Health and WIEMS in order to promote quality pre-hospital medical care for the people of Sint Maarten.

CASTRIES, Saint Lucia - The Caribbean, mainly comprised of small island nations, is the world’s most tourist-dependent region, and one of the most vulnerable to the negative impacts of climate change. 

Within recent times, the Region has experienced more frequent and severe storms and hurricanes, increases in mosquito-borne diseases, rises in sea level, prolonged periods of drought and salt water intrusion of coastal groundwater sources, which pose a significant threat to human health.

Recognizing the critical need to be more climate change resilient, the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) in collaboration with the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO), UNEP-Caribbean Regional Coordinating Unit (UNEP CAR-RCU), and the Government of Saint Lucia, will host a Conference to address issues related to climate change and health.

Executive Director, CARPHA, Dr. C. James Hospedales explained that “climate change threatens traditional public health infrastructure. It will stress environmental health services, such as efforts to respond to severe weather events and disease outbreaks, provide assurance of drinking water safety, and implement vector control measures.

At the same time measures like alternative transport such as biking and walking and rapid mass transport can improve population health, mitigate climate change through reduced greenhouse gas emissions, improve energy security, and reduce the import bill for oil.”  He added that the Conference “will bring together government representatives, and regional and international organizations to address issues of public health, environment and socio-economic well-being.”   

The meeting, which will be held at the Golden Palm Conference Centre in Saint Lucia, runs from November 18 – 20 November, 2015, and will serve as a platform for information-sharing, and also as a “think tank” for developing innovative, Caribbean-specific solutions to our environmental health and sustainable development challenges. 

Agenda items include discussions on preparations for Zika Virus and recent experiences with Chikungunya; food and water security; achievements of the Caribbean Cooperation for Health III; and a Caribbean Environmental Health Officers and Partners Planning Session. 

GREAT BAY/Marigot United for the environment is the theme for the 5th annual SXM Trails walkathon scheduled for Sunday, November 22, and will begin 5:30 am, according to Manuel Juste president of the club.

“We’re excited about this year’s walkathon, because it shows consistency and commitment by our membership who worked hard to make this event possible for the past 5 years,” remarked Manuel.

The St. Martin hiking group pledge to protect the environment is being appreciated by the various persons who join them every weekend as they hike throughout the island.

“This Sunday’s walkathon will no doubt see an increase in participants given the environmentally conscious breeze that is blowing through our community,” added Manuel.

The organization has been on a fundraising campaign to raise funds to help maintain and enhance the various hiking sites on the island.

The route for the walkathon will begging at the Festival Village, pond fill road, Prince Bernard Bridge, Bush Road, Grand Marché Roundabout, Cole Bay Hill Road, Cole Bay roundabout, Union Road, until Caribbean Auto Sales where participants will engage in short mountain hike to Bellevue, and exiting under the big tamarind tree next to the entrance of the Fleming’s property about 200M from the finish line at the Home N Tool parking lot where refreshments and breakfast will be served.

SXM Trails is a non-governmental organization that has been spreading their wings by participating in various hiking meets in the Caribbean region. “I’m proud to announce that we are also an affiliate member of France’s FFRandonnée,” said Manuel.

Tickets for the walkathon are €10/12 Dollars and include a t-shirt and breakfast. Tickets can be puchesed from mebers of St. Martin Trails and from the following businesses:

Blue Point Gas Station in Galisbay, and Tri-Sport Rue de Hollande Marigot for the French side as well as tri-Sport in Simpson Bay, and at Napa Auto parts in Col Bay. At the end of the walk transportation will be provided or one can also park his/her car at the arrival point in Marigot and a bus will take them to the festival village 5am for departure.

             Walkers will have the opportunity to win prizes raffle Style at the end of the walk.

For more information and tickets call 0690678392 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

CAYHILL, St. Maarten – Gynecology services at the St. Maarten Medical Center will increase with the addition of a new specialist, Dr. Stefano Cirillo, Obstetrician Gynecologist.

In May and June of this year, Dr. Cirillo worked as a rotating specialist at the SMMC. Having enjoyed the short term working experience he accepted a full time position to work at the hospital, beginning his service as of November 16th, 2015.

Dr. Cirillo was educated in his native country, Italy, where he earned his medical degree and specialization in gynecology laparoscopy surgery and ultrasound scan. He has worked in four continents before moving to St. Maarten from London.

Dr. Cirillo brings to our patient population 23 years of medical experience.

“The most important thing to me in delivering exceptional patient care is transferring my values gained in my work experience to my patients,” says Dr. Cirillo. “I diligently work towards finding the best solution to their health problem.”

With the services of Dr. Cirillo, gynecology services will increase from two to three full time gynecologists. This closely meets the recommended number for continuity of care in gynecology and obstetrics services.

The continuity of medical care continues to be a priority for the hospital, one that is being achieved with qualified professionals to bring the best level pf patient care to our population.

Persons wishing to make an appointment to see an Obstetrician Gynecologist can contact the clinic directly for an appointment at 543-1111 ext. 1316.

In Photo: Dr. Stefano Cirillo, Obstetrician Gynecologist.

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