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  1. Too early to tell Ja Moves success
  2. Gleaner ombudsman want to hear from readers
  3. Health Ministry strong on sugary drinks message
  4. Second cohort of HPV vaccines being administered
  5. Chucky Brown trial continues
  6. Guns issued in breach of FLA protocol still out there

Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton (second right)

1. Too early to tell Ja Moves success

Indicating that it was too early to determine the success of the popular Jamaica Moves Campaign, Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton believes the message has reached most if not all Jamaicans. The ministry has been taking the message of the importance of physical activity around the island, through its Jamaica Moves Campaign, in a bid to tackle non-communicable diseases. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

2. Gleaner ombudsman wants to hear from readers

Retired High Court judge, Justice Roy Anderson, who serves as The Gleaner‘s Ombudsman, has indicated that only a few people have so far utilised the avenue made possible for them to have a voice in keeping the publication on its toes since he assumed the role in April. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

3. Health Ministry strong on sugary drinks message

Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton is refusing to tweak the message in his ministry’s current campaign, which strongly discourages citizens from consuming excess sugar. Last week, Professor Errol Morrison, honorary president of the Diabetes Association, questioned the clarity of the message during an interview on RJR’s ‘Beyond the Headlines’.  See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

4. Second cohort of HPV vaccines being administered

The second cohort of grade seven girls is now benefiting from the Ministry of Health’s Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccination programme. The move is a proactive measure by the Government to protect girls against cervical cancer, which takes the lives of hundreds of women in the country per year and hundreds of thousands more worldwide. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

5. Chucky Brown trial continues

A high-ranking official at the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) this morning testified that murder accused police Constable Collis ‘Chucky’ Brown admitted to him that he was a part of a ‘special’ police squad. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

6. Guns issued in breach of FLA protocol still out there

The Firearm Licensing Authority (FLA) has indicated that more than 100 guns for which licences were issued in breach of protocols remain in the hands of individuals. And Chief Executive Officer Shane Dalling said the number is going up as assessments continue. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.