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Chopper makes two weekend medivacs

Chopper makes two weekend medivacs

| 23/07/2019 | 16 Comments

(CNS): The RCIPS Air Operations Unit carried out two medical evacuations from Cayman Brac to Grand Cayman this weekend using the police helicopter, which is becoming an increasingly important tool in medical emergencies. The chopper and crew transported a woman suffering from possible heart failure early Saturday morning and a man who was involved in […]

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Is flesh-eating disease a concern here?

Is flesh-eating disease a concern here?

| 23/07/2019

We are hearing numerous reports of people getting infected by the bacteria causing necrotising fasciitis (known as the flesh-eating disease) in the warm coastal waters of the US. Grateful if you could tell us what the DoE, DEH and government health officials are doing to regularly check the bacteria counts in our much-used coastal waters. […]

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Can Cayman residents be covered by US insurer?

Can Cayman residents be covered by US insurer?

| 18/07/2019

I’ve just retired and my wife isn’t working. I have permanent residence and my wife is here as my dependent. After being on the SHIC plan through my employer for years and realising it barely covers anything, we were very worried about being able to afford our health insurance in retirement. But we found a […]

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Visitor badly bitten by barracuda at Sandbar

Visitor badly bitten by barracuda at Sandbar

| 17/07/2019 | 80 Comments

(CNS): A visitor to the Cayman Islands from the United States was badly bitten at the weekend by a barracuda at the Stingray City Sandbar. Some details of the incident were posted on social media by witnesses on the same boat, and Health City Cayman Islands confirmed to CNS on Wednesday that the victim was […]

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PAHO issues warning about heatwaves

PAHO issues warning about heatwaves

| 16/07/2019 | 14 Comments

(CNS): With weather forecasters calling for a heatwave this summer in the Caribbean region, as well as in Europe and other parts of the northern hemisphere, the Pan-American Health Organization is urging countries to come up with contingency plans to address the potential impact on people’s health and save lives. This current heatwave is expected […]

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Miller: Profit must go from health insurance

Miller: Profit must go from health insurance

| 15/07/2019 | 50 Comments

(CNS): North Side MLA Ezzard Miller, who has been calling for a single-payer system to address the increasingly problematic provision of health insurance in the Cayman Islands, believes that the profit motive must be removed from the insurance side. Last month government opened a tender process to find consultants to examine the publicly-owned health insurance […]

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Bid proposes CINICO as sole national provider

Bid proposes CINICO as sole national provider

| 10/07/2019 | 82 Comments

(CNS): Government has opened a request for consultants to review its health insurance company, CINICO, and present an outline business case for the future of the public company which could see it become the sole national health insurance provider in a single-pay system. One of several options, including doing nothing, scrapping the company altogether, privatising […]

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Medivac training diverts to real crash

Medivac training diverts to real crash

| 09/07/2019 | 15 Comments

(CNS): Paramedic Shawn Kelly from the HSA took to the skies in the police chopper with the RCIPS Air Operations Unit crew on Saturday morning in a familiarisation exercise, but it wasn’t long before the training deployment turned into a real emergency. During the flight the helicopter received a report about a serious crash in […]

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Police chopper saves lives

Police chopper saves lives

| 07/07/2019 | 11 Comments

(CNS): The RCIPS helicopter is continuing its work to save lives as well as interdict drug smugglers and other criminals. During the last two weeks of June the chopper was involved in six medical evacuations to Grand Cayman from the Sister Islands: including two on 17 June and four during the following week. A heart […]

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Concerns grow over mosquito control

Concerns grow over mosquito control

| 05/07/2019 | 83 Comments

(CNS): From the impact on the bee population to pellets contaminating water cisterns, a growing number of people in Cayman are raising the alarm about the current policies of the ministry responsible for the Mosquito Research and Control Unit. While Cayman has always battled the various native and invasive mosquitoes through different means, at present […]

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DEH still struggling with garbage collection

DEH still struggling with garbage collection

| 04/07/2019 | 75 Comments

(CNS): Officials from the Department of Environmental Health said that staff shortages are causing the latest garbage collection problems. As rubbish was piling up in and around George Town this week, the department said there had been delays in residential garbage collection services due to “a temporary shortage of staff at the start of the […]

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