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Drugs law draft allows for cannabis extracts

Drugs law draft allows for cannabis extracts

| 22/08/2016 | 26 Comments

(CNS): Government has published the much-anticipated changes to the Misuse of Drugs Law to provide for the importation and dispensing of cannabis oil under prescription by a doctor for medical purposes. The public now has more than 21 days to comment on the amendment before it is excepted to be debated in the Legislative Assembly […]

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Third Zika case transmitted in George Town

Third Zika case transmitted in George Town

| 18/08/2016 | 58 Comments

(CNS): A George Town woman has become the third patient to test positive for Zika who does not have a travel history to a country where there has been an outbreak of the virus. Acting Medical Officer of Health Dr Samuel Williams-Rodriguez said that several more patients have been tested for the virus and another […]

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End in sight for tyre trouble saga

End in sight for tyre trouble saga

| 16/08/2016 | 41 Comments

(CNS): Following years of failed attempts by successive governments to remove the mountain of tyres from the landfill in George Town, the health ministry has finally signed a deal with a local firm, supported by overseas experts, to dispose of the unknown quantity of tyres that have accumulated at the dump site for years. After […]

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GM mosquito survey claims broad support

GM mosquito survey claims broad support

| 15/08/2016 | 10 Comments

(CNS): The results of an island-wide public opinion survey conducted on behalf of UK-based bio-tech firm, Oxitec, last month found that 69% of people who knew about the project to release genetically modified Aedes aegypti mosquitoes were in favour. Almost three weeks after Oxitec scientists and the Mosquito Research and Control Unit began the controversial […]

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DoT braces for impact of CDC warning

DoT braces for impact of CDC warning

| 13/08/2016 | 64 Comments

(CNS): Following a travel alert issued for the Cayman Islands by the Centre of Disease Control in Atlanta, after the jurisdiction confirmed two cases of local Zika transmission, the Department of Tourism (DoT) is braced for the potential impact on the local tourism industry. In a short statement released Friday, the department said its global […]

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Pregnant and worried about the Zika virus

Pregnant and worried about the Zika virus

| 13/08/2016 | 35 Comments

Lotti writes: I can’t believe that the government hasn’t issued recommendations and policies yet, especially for pregnant women and their partner and families. Being 3 months pregnant now, I am stuck at home since days not knowing what to do. There’s just not a word to be heard from official side. My OBG said they […]

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Cannabis oil legislation faces hurdles

Cannabis oil legislation faces hurdles

| 11/08/2016 | 55 Comments

(CNS): The government has said that it plans to bring three pieces of legislation to the next meeting of the country’s parliament to legalise the medicinal use of cannabis oil but there are still a number of hurdles to overcome. Premier Alden McLaughlin, who holds the health portfolio, has said that questions remain about how […]

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Premier takes aim at anti-GM activists

Premier takes aim at anti-GM activists

| 10/08/2016 | 57 Comments

(CNS): The Cayman Islands premier has called on the local activists, led by Dwene Ebanks, who challenged the government’s decision to allow the Mosquito Research and Control Unit to release bio-engineered Aedes aegypti mosquitoes to reveal who backed the attempts to stall the project. Taking aim at those involved, Alden McLaughlin said many of those […]

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Earlier local Zika transmission confirmed in 2nd case

Earlier local Zika transmission confirmed in 2nd case

| 09/08/2016 | 46 Comments

(CNS): A second locally acquired case of Zika virus has been confirmed by public health officials in another George Town patient that had previously been counted as an imported case. Following the news from the Public Health Department that the first case of locally transmitted Zika was reported in a male patient in George Town […]

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Premier denies delay over cannabis oil laws

Premier denies delay over cannabis oil laws

| 08/08/2016 | 57 Comments

(CNS): The government has denied any delay in paving the way for the medical use of cannabis oil, following concerns that patients have been waiting more than nine months for the promised legislation. Premier Alden McLaughlin said officials have only been working on the necessary legal amendments since May, in the face of some opposition […]

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GT resident first to acquire local case of Zika

GT resident first to acquire local case of Zika

| 08/08/2016 | 52 Comments

(CNS): The first local transmission of Zika in the Cayman Islands has been confirmed in a patient in George Town. Acting Medical Officer of Health Dr Samuel Williams-Rodriguez said the man reported the onset of symptoms on 25 July and he visited a private physician on 26 July. He was referred to Cayman Islands Hospital, […]

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