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Road Closure Intersection Walter J.A. Nisbeth Road/Percy Labega on Sunday.

GREAT BAY (DCOMM):--- Ministry of Public Housing, Environment, Spatial Development and Infrastructure (Ministry VROMI), announces that there will be a complete road closure at the intersection Walter J.A. Nisbeth Road/Percy Labega on Sunday, March 26 as road crews continue to paint traffic lines on the newly paved road surface.

The complete closure will take place from 7.00am to 5.00pm. The project entails painting of the traffic lines on the road surface.

All traffic going to Philipsburg or Point Blanche will have to use the Longwall Road/Cannegieter Street or the Ring Road that comes out in the area of the Yellow Building.
Ministry VROMI apologizes for any inconveniences this may cause.

World Salt Week concludes on Sunday. Salt: The Forgotten Killer.

GREAT BAY (DCOMM):--- The Consensus Action on Salt and Health (CASH), has been celebrating the 18th National Salt Awareness Week which started on March 20 and concludes this Sunday, March 26.

The theme is: ‘Salt: The Forgotten Killer.’

The objective of the awareness week is to remind people that salt raises blood pressure, leading to strokes and heart attacks and that by simply eating less can lower the chances of dying prematurely.

Collective Prevention Services (CPS), a department within the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour, said on Friday that it supports the efforts by the Salt Smart Workshop on Designing a Social Marketing Campaign for the Caribbean.

The goal of developing a social marketing campaign that could be used throughout the Caribbean to reduce the amount of salt added to food during cooking and food preparation, as well as to raise awareness.

The groups came up with messaged designed to break through the clutter of health information to create a memorable impact on the attitudes of people throughout the region.

The social marketing campaigns target mothers of young children living in the Caribbean and focus on simplicity, low-cost distribution, convenience for mothers, and changing the social norms surrounding salt.

The final outcomes included having the participants develop campaigns pitches that will be used to seek funding for the projects and as well as plans for how to disseminate the messages through in-country channels.

The workshop was put together by Dr. Branka Legetic, Regional Advisor on non-communicable diseases, Dr. Ruben Grajeda, Regional Advisor on Nutrition, and Robin Mowson, Consultant in NMH.

The workshop held early March was designed and moderated by Bill Smith, Social Marketing Consultant. Participants included multisector professionals from governments, Non-Governmental Organizations, private sector and professional organizations based in the Caribbean, making this a unique workshop that incorporated all membership components of the Salt Smart Consortium.

The words “salt” and “sodium” are often used interchangeably, but they do not mean the same thing. Salt (also known by its chemical name, sodium chloride) is a crystal-like compound that is abundant in nature and is used to flavor and preserve food. Sodium is a mineral, and one of the chemical elements found in salt. Table salt is approximately 40 percent sodium.
Reducing dietary salt is recommended by the recent United Nations Summit to prevent non communicable diseases (NCDs) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to improve population health.

Excess dietary salt increases blood pressure causing approximately 30% of hypertension and is a probable pro carcinogen for gastric cancer and is also associated with kidney stones and osteoporosis.

Where assessed, the salt consumption is more than 5/g day, maximum quantity recommended by WHO. African descent people are particularly susceptible to the adverse blood pressure effects of excess salt.

High levels of blood pressure is a contributory factor in at least 40% of all heart disease and stroke which represent 45 % of NCDs.

Hypertension is a major health risk in the Americas where between 20-35% of the adult population has elevated blood pressure.

CPS on World TB Day: Unite to End Tuberculosis.

GREAT BAY(DCOMM):--- Worldwide, Tuberculosis (TB) along with HIV is the leading causes of death among infectious diseases. Each year 1.4 million people die from this disease.

With the slogan “Unite to end tuberculosis,” the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the World Health Organization (WHO), is promoting efforts so that together we will tackle TB by stamping out poverty; together we will better test, treat, and cure; together we will stop discrimination and stigma; and together we will drive research and innovation.

TB is caused by bacteria (Mycobacterium tuberculosis) that most often affect the lungs. Tuberculosis is curable and preventable.

TB is spread from person to person through the air. When people with lung TB cough, sneeze or spit, they propel the TB germs into the air. A person needs to inhale only a few of these germs to become infected.

About one-third of the world's population has latent TB, which means people have been infected by TB bacteria but are not (yet) ill with the disease and cannot transmit the disease.

People infected with TB bacteria have a 10% lifetime risk of falling ill with TB. However, persons with compromised immune systems, such as people living with HIV, malnutrition or diabetes, or people who use tobacco, have a much higher risk of falling ill.

When a person develops active TB disease, the symptoms (such as cough, fever, night sweats, or weight loss) may be mild for many months. This can lead to delays in seeking care, and results in transmission of the bacteria to others.

People with active TB can infect 10–15 other people through close contact over the course of a year. Without proper treatment, 45% of HIV-negative people with TB on average and nearly all HIV-positive people with TB will die.

In the Region of the Americas, in 2015: 268,500 people became sick with tuberculosis; 24,400 people died due to TB including TB/HIV; 31,700 people acquired TB/HIV; and 50,000 people that had TB were not diagnosed.

Six countries account for 60% of the total, with India leading the count, followed by Indonesia, China, Nigeria, Pakistan and South Africa.

Collective Prevention Services (CPS), a department within the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour, said on Friday that Sint Maarten does not have any cases of TB, and maintains a level of alertness to make sure if a case is identified that it is treated immediately.

TB, the world’s top infectious disease killer, claims 5 000 lives each day, according to PAHO. The heaviest burden is carried by communities which already face socio-economic challenges: migrants, refugees, prisoners, ethnic minorities, miners and others working and living in risk-prone settings, and marginalized women, children and older people.

CPS fully supports efforts by governments, communities, civil society and the private sector around the world, to unite to end this disease through a collective effort and collaboration.

Poverty, malnutrition, poor housing and sanitation, compounded by other risk factors such as HIV, tobacco, alcohol use and diabetes, can put people at heightened risk of TB and make it harder for them to access care.

More than a third (4.3 million) of people with TB go undiagnosed or unreported, some receive no care at all and others access care of questionable quality.

World TB Day is an opportunity to mobilize political and social commitment for further progress in efforts to end TB. This year, World TB Day signals new momentum at the highest levels with the announcement of the first ever Global Ministerial Conference on Ending TB, which will be held in Moscow in November 2017.

The Conference will inform the United Nations General Assembly high-level meeting on TB which will be held in 2018.

Armed robbery under investigation.

PHILIPSBURG:--- The Special Robbery Unit is presently investigating an armed committed by an unknown man armed with a handgun at Golden Sail Supermarket in Sint Peters on Thursday March 23rd at approximately 08.50 p.m. According to the two victims the suspect stormed into the establishment and while threatening them with his firearm robbed the establishment of an undisclosed amount of cash and an I-phone. The suspect was dressed in dark clothing and was also wearing a helmet. After committing this act the suspect fled the scene on foot.

KPSM Press Release

As a tribute and in recognition of their beloved.

PHILIPSBURG:---As a tribute and in recognition of their beloved and late colleague Annick Arrindell, who became well known to many because of her traffic regulating skills, as she stood many early weekday mornings at the intersection of Zagersgut road and Coralita road to help regulate the very heavy flow of traffic coming from the Sint Peters and Reward areas into Philipsburg, four members of the Police Management Team has decided that they will go out on Monday morning March 27th and take part in regulating the traffic coming from those areas. The Management Team members are; Chief Commissioner Carl John who will stand at the intersection L.B. Scot road-Gladiola road, Commissioner Denise Jacobs at the intersection Zagersgut road-Coralita Road, Chief Inspector Benjamin Gout at the Churchill Round About and Chief Inspector Ricardo Henson at Intersection L.B. Scot road-Sint Peters road.

KPSM Press Release

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