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Stories by Dr Alfred Dawes

Published:Wednesday | January 17, 2018 | 12:00 AMDr Alfred Dawes

My recent comments about the takeover of school cafeterias by fast-food franchises have elicited responses from some of the affected companies defending the practice.When something goes against your profits, you are forced to counter it even if it...

Published:Wednesday | May 3, 2017 | 12:17 AMDr Alfred Dawes

Since my last article in which I sarcastically called for bans on Nutribuns and patties, I’ve learned a few things. Chief among them is that Jamaicans don’t run jokes with patties. I received numerous calls from persons defending...

Published:Wednesday | February 8, 2017 | 12:02 AMDr Alfred Dawes

Recently a group of young professionals, myself included, embarked on a journey to improve our health. The concept is simple: Hold each other accountable by posting pictures of each meal in a Whatsapp group designed for that purpose. Each plate...

Published:Wednesday | November 9, 2016 | 12:00 AMDr Alfred Dawes

Jamaicans have made the public health system a major talking point in recent times. Aside from the political jousting, much of the conversation has centred on improvement of the health sector. But what exactly would we consider an improved and...

Published:Wednesday | August 31, 2016 | 12:26 AMDr Alfred Dawes

Another Olympic Games has been completed. And again an island of 2.7 million people has dominated the track and captured the attention of the world. Blind patriotism aside, the Rio games belonged to Jamaica, especially the immortal Usain Bolt....

Published:Wednesday | March 2, 2016 | 12:00 AMDr Alfred Dawes

The Government, via a public-health system, and the private medical sector, provides health care to the population. A country's overall health-care expenditure is a sum of the contribution of both private and Government expenditure. In some...

Published:Wednesday | January 13, 2016 | 12:00 AMDr Alfred Dawes

In 1847, Ignaz Semmelweis, a Hungarian physician working in Austria, made an outrageous declaration. New mothers were dying of fever, not because they were victims of sin, but rather they were getting infections from doctors performing autopsies and...

Published:Wednesday | December 9, 2015 | 12:02 AMDr Alfred Dawes

The regrettable occurrences that have propelled the discussion on health-care reform to the forefront of the nation's conscience must not have been in vain. We as a country with ambitions of achieving first-world status cannot afford to not have a...

Published:Wednesday | November 18, 2015 | 12:00 AMDr Alfred Dawes

A key observation in the recently released audit reports of the regional health authorities is that there is a grave lack of supplies in all hospitals.Not only disposables but also instruments needed to carry out procedures. This has forced health...

Published:Wednesday | October 28, 2015 | 12:00 AMDr Alfred Dawes

The single biggest threat facing the Jamaican health sector is the obesity epidemic. Having effectively dealt with infectious diseases that wreak havoc in other developing countries, Jamaicans are more likely to die from chronic non-communicable...

Published:Wednesday | October 14, 2015 | 12:00 AMDr Alfred Dawes

You are taking a drive to the country one day. You are in a good mood and enjoying the scenery. Without warning, a speeding bus swerves to avoid a pothole and careens into your vehicle. You are lucky to be alive but seriously...

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