Island Notices

Island Notices (2079)

GREAT BAY, St. Maarten – Hypertension is the main risk factor for cardiovascular diseases, which are the leading cause of death.

However, there is a wide disparity in the number of people who are aware of their hypertensive condition, those who are being treated and are not controlled, and those who are being treated and are controlled.

This makes it necessary to increase efforts to raise awareness and knowledge about hypertension, as well as initiatives to facilitate access to adequate and evidence-based treatment.

Sint Maarten’s calendar of health observances is to promote particular local or global health issues, and encourage the population to get regular check-ups.  

For the month of May, high blood pressure and stroke are the issues that has been chosen for further awareness.  This is an opportunity to emphasize the need to work on the prevention and control of hypertension, in order to prevent deaths from cardiovascular diseases.

In connection with the aforementioned, the Collective Prevention Services (CPS), a department with the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development & Labour, is calling on the populace to ‘get healthy’ by being active, check your numbers, and eat healthy.

High blood pressure is also the second leading cause of disability in the world. It is also the main cause of ischemic heart disease and stroke.

Other complications no less significant due to poor blood pressure control are dilated heart disease, heart failure and arrhythmias.

The incidence of hypertension has doubled in the last five years in all social strata. It is estimated that between 20% and 40% of the adult population in the Region of the Americas suffer from hypertension.

At the global level, it is estimated that of the people with hypertension, only 57% know their condition, 40.6% receive antihypertensive drug treatment but only 13.2% achieve controlled blood pressure figures.

This gap between the number of hypertensive patients, the access to treatment and the achievement of control is accentuated in the middle and low income countries where 80% of the burden attributed to cardiovascular diseases occurs.

GREAT BAY, St. Maarten – The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season kicks off on Thursday, June 1st, and according to the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center, it will be a busy season – above-normal.

NOAA forecasts between 11 to 17 named storms, of which five to nine could become hurricanes, including two to four major hurricanes of category 3, 4 or 5.

An average season produces 12 named storms of which six become hurricanes, including three major hurricanes.

Tropical Storm Arlene was the first named pre-season storm for the 2017 Atlantic season when it formed in the eastern Atlantic in April.

According to the NOAA, the 2016 season was the most active since 2012, with 15 named storms, including seven hurricanes and four major hurricanes.

Fire Chief and Disaster Coordinator Clive Richardson, is calling on the community to be prepared this hurricane season. Remember, it only takes one to make it a bad season.

The remaining storm names for the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season are: Bret, Cindy, Don, Emily, Franklin, Gert, Harvey, Irma, Jose, Katia, Lee, Maria, Nate, Ophelia, Philippe, Rina, Sean, Tammy, Vince and Whitney.

The Office of Disaster Management (ODM) is urging residents to use the next few weeks to prepare adequately by reviewing the annual hurricane season preparatory list that every household and business should have in place.

Some of the preparations that should be carried out now are checking hurricane shutters and the roof of your home or business, and to make sure windows and shutters close securely.

Persons living along coastal areas as well as those in flood prone areas should start looking at what measures they would take in the event of a hurricane which could cause flood challenges.

GREAT BAY, St. Maarten – Every year, on 31 May, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) joins the World Health Organization (WHO) and partners mark World No Tobacco Day (WNTD), highlighting the health and additional risks associated with tobacco use, and advocating for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption.

The theme for World No Tobacco Day 2017 is "Tobacco – a threat to development."

According to information available to Collective Prevention Services (CPS), a department in the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour, tobacco threatens the development of nations worldwide, and WHO is calling on stakeholders to implement strong tobacco control measures.

A Sint Maarten study entitled, “Adolescent Health and Sexuality,” survey of 2013, revealed that approximately one third (35.9 per cent) of in-school participants had ever smoked, with all of these persons having first tried a cigarette under the age of 16.  Around a quarter had done so over the past 30 days (23.1 per cent).

Tobacco use is a leading risk factor for Non-communicable Diseases (NCDs) such as cardiovascular diseases, chronic respiratory diseases, cancers and diabetes.

Action to stamp out tobacco use can help countries prevent millions of people falling ill and dying from tobacco-related disease, combat poverty and, according to a first-ever WHO report, reduce large-scale environmental degradation.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - On Tuesday May 30th and May 31st police patrols and Fire Department were dispatched to two separate home fires. The first fire was reported at Marianna Estate 5-a in Cole Bay at approximately 09.30 p.m. On the scene the investigating officers encountered bystanders who were trying to extinguish a fire on the upper floor of the apartment building.

The Fire department arrived shortly after immediately and put the blaze out. Electrical malfunction may have been the cause of the fire according to the owner and occupant of the apartment in question. No one was injured as a result of this fire.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Minister of Tourism and Economic Affairs Mellissa Arrindell-Doncher on Wednesday said that St. Maarten will have presence at three very important events starting June 1.

The St. Maarten Tourist Bureau, supported by Cabinet members, will be present at three upcoming marketing and tourism forums to continue its annual efforts to promote St. Maarten but also keep up to date with worldwide and regional trends in the hospitality sector.

The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association will be holding two of its major annual events in Miami, both the Taste of the Caribbean culinary festival and competition and the Caribbean Hotel Industry Exchange Forum, commonly known as the CHIEF Conference. The event runs from June 1 to 4.

CHIEF brings together the right information, the right people at the right time – and by producing this event in Miami, CHTA expects many more Caribbean stakeholders to benefit from the educational sessions and invaluable peer-to-peer exchange.

With three educational tracks covering a multitude of relevant topics, from the sharing economy to sustainability, and interactive round table and speed networking sessions, this is the event that St. Maarten should attend if we want to take on the issues affecting our business right now. We will seek to get together with fellow hoteliers, innovative vendors, government officials and industry experts.

The Taste of the Caribbean culinary competition which also forms part of CHIEF. As you know St. Maarten always does very well at this event, having won many medals and wards over the years, which cemented our standing as the culinary capital of the Caribbean.

Taste of the Caribbean is the region’s leading culinary competition, bringing together teams from across the region for what is both an industry and consumer event. This year’s Taste will also offer educational sessions for food and beverage professionals that promise to enhance individual skills.

“While the Director of Tourism and staff will be in Miami for CHIEF and Taste of the Caribbean, I will form part of a team that will attend Caribbean Week in New York, from June 3 to June 8,” the Minister said.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten – The Central Committee will meet in a session on May 31, 2017. Representatives of the Sint Maarten Employers Union will be present.

The Central Committee meeting has been set for Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at 11.00 hrs in the General Assembly Chamber of the House at Wilhelminastraat #1 in Philipsburg.

The agenda points are:

  1. Introduction of the Board of the Sint Maarten Employers Union to Parliament
  2. Approval composition delegation and provisions Members of Parliament to participate in extraordinary meeting of Committee of Education, Culture, Science, Technology and Communication of Parlatino from June 15-16, 2017

WILLEMSTADIn about two weeks the Court of Appeals will hear the Babel case which involves the former Prime Minister of Curaçao Gerrit Schotte and his life partner Cicely van der Dijs. Last year the Court of First Instance convicted Schotte to three years in prison and for five years he will not be allowed to participate in the elections as a candidate.

If the Court of Appeals ratifies this sentence, that means that Schotte will not be able to participate in the 2021 elections nor in 2025. This means that if the Government that is formed after 2025 completes its term, Schotte will not be able to participate until 2029.

PHILIPSBURG, St. MaartenThe Rotary Club of Sint Maarten, announces its Annual Change of the Board Celebration on June 17th at THE REFUGE in Beacon Hill, St. Maarten, at 7 pm SHARP.  This year’s event is all about FUN and celebrating the new face of Rotary.

The Rotary Club of Sint Maarten has been serving the community for more than 45 years with projects ranging from school tuition scholarships, improvements to school facilities, spending time with our senior citizens, providing breakfasts to young students in need, educating our youth about cyber-bullying, promoting vision care to helping those in need after a tragedy strikes. 

Incoming President, John Caputo said, “I hope everyone comes out to join us for this evening of pure fun.

GREAT BAY, St. Maarten – Collective Prevention Services (CPS), a department in the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour (Ministry VSA), is busy organizing a discussion for healthcare providers to discuss Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) and the Sint Maarten National Action Plan (NAP).

The workshop is set for June 1 at 6.30pm in the CPS Conference Room at the Vineyard Office Park in Philipsburg.  Healthcare providers can reserve their participation by emailing: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 542-2078.

Globally and regionally countries are called to have a National AMR Plan in 2017 as a way to manage the evolving risk as it relates to the use of antibiotics.

CPS is currently coordinating the multi sectoral discussions to carry out the World Health Organization (WHO)/Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) call to develop a country National AMR plan.

CPS supports efforts underway by the WHO to further profile the challenges that exist where new antibiotics are needed.  Sint Maarten’s medical care system is also impacted by the rise in “superbugs” and therefore the need for the country to also have a NAP plan in place describing the country’s strategic approach to manage AMR considering the resource limitations.

The approach undertaken by CPS seeks to ensure stakeholder’s participation, commitment and involvement in developing procedures and standards to monitor and manage local AMR development and occurrence in compliance with international trends.

Considering local capacity and resources, the NAP effectiveness and success is dependent on a collective approach by government, private and community user. 

The potential facilitators during this activity are Dr. S. Nadery, internist at St. Maarten Medical Center (SMMC), Dr. Radijnkoemar Steingrover, Microbiologist consultant at SMMC and to St. Maarten Laboratory Services (SLS).

The United Nations (UN) health agency, the World Health Organization, in the latter part of 2016 kicked off a campaign to make antibiotic resistance a globally recognized health issue and to raise awareness of the need to protect antibiotics through appropriate use.

The WHO just recently published its first ever list of antibiotic-resistant "priority pathogens" – a catalogue of 12 families of bacteria that pose the greatest threat to human health.

The list was drawn up in a bid to guide and promote research and development (R&D) of new antibiotics, as part of WHO’s efforts to address growing global resistance to antimicrobial medicines.

The WHO list is divided into three categories according to the urgency of need for new antibiotics: critical, high and medium priority.

The most critical group of all includes multidrug resistant bacteria that pose a particular threat in hospitals, nursing homes, and among patients whose care requires devices such as ventilators and blood catheters. They include Acinetobacter, Pseudomonas and various Enterobacteriaceae (including Klebsiella, E. coli, Serratia, and Proteus). They can cause severe and often deadly infections such as bloodstream infections and pneumonia.

These bacteria have become resistant to a large number of antibiotics, including carbapenems and third generation cephalosporins – the best available antibiotics for treating multi-drug resistant bacteria.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Environmental Protection in the Caribbean (EPIC) will launch a Sustainability Fair during its Green Key Awards this Thursday.  They do so together with the first time Green Key award winning hotel Holland House and their long standing partner the Sint Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association (SHTA).

The fair allows Sint Maarten businesses working on sustainability to showcase their products during this year’s Green Key Award ceremony to be held this Thursday Evening, June 1st at Holland House. The idea of the fair, came from Holland House,  in order to further provide Sint Maarten hotels and businesses tools to improve their efforts towards environmental sustainability. 

The Green Key award is the leading standard of excellence in the field of environmental responsibility and sustainable operations within the tourism industry. This prestigious ecolabel represents a commitment by businesses and stands for the promise to its guests that by opting for a Green Key establishment, they are helping to make a difference on an environmental level as well as choosing to stay at a beautiful and environmentally responsible property.

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