Nutrition and Medical Support During Pregnancy Critical – Senator Reid

Jamaica News: Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, has highlighted the importance of access to proper nutrition and medical care for expectant mothers in ensuring the healthy development of children.

He informed that officials from the Ministries of Education, and Labour and Social Security have been engaged in dialogue aimed at providing nutritional support for pregnant women.

“We have to support those mothers, who themselves need good nutrition. We have to ensure that once you get pregnant you have to get certain medicinal services,” he said. He was speaking at the opening of the Sam Sharpe Teachers’ College Diagnostic and Early Intervention Centre in Granville, St. James, on October 23.

Minister Reid cited Cuba as a good example of a country that has made the link between the need to give support to pregnant mothers, so as to increase the chances of having healthy babies.

“Cuba has done that very well. There, every parent gets good support from the State… to ensure that they get good nutritional support, so that, on average, children are born healthy,” he pointed out.

Senator Reid hailed the opening of the diagnostic and early-intervention centre, noting that it will provide early detection and treatment for children with special needs.

Mr. Reid cited a 2004 report, which showed that as high as 24 per cent of Jamaican children had serious intellectual and cognitive deficiencies.

“There is also a study that shows that one in every 42 of our boys is autistic… and one in every 167 of our girls is autistic… between mild and severe,” he noted.

The Minister further hailed the country’s special needs teachers, noting that “the nation owes them a debt of gratitude”.

“People who go into the teaching profession… all the great teachers we have in this country… they don’t go into it for the money,” Senator Reid pointed out.

“They go in it for the love. We know it takes cash to care, and we will continue to do everything to ensure our teachers are among the best paid professionals in this country,” he added.

Ground was broken on April 5, 2017 for the construction of the Sam Sharpe Teachers’ College Diagnostic and Early Intervention Centre through partnership with the Ministry’s Programme for the Advancement of Childhood Education (PACE) and Food For the Poor, Jamaica.

The centre, through the Ministry, will identify children with learning challenges and employ the best intervention strategies for each child.


Source: JIS News

Please send us your Feedback, News Item, Confession, gossip or Dear Mckoy, Photos and/or Videos to our WhatsApp Number 1-876-353-1389 or Email [email protected]

Recently Published

Hanover man Charge with Lottery Scamming

Hanover man Charge with Lottery Scamming

Crime: Hanover man Charge with Lottery Scamming – At about 2:30 pm on the 15 of October 2019, Robert Bowen age 30, Laborer of Cocoon was charged with Lottery scamming by the members of the lottery Scamming Task Force Area One Head Quarters. He was arrested for allegedly having possession of identity information of other […]

Nyyear Frank - Mckoy's News (6)

PJ Patterson hospitalized

Jamaica News: Former Prime Minister, PJ Patterson, is now a patient at the Tony Thwaites Wing of the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) in St Andrew. Patterson, 84, was rushed to the medical facility following a motor vehicle accident at his St Andrew residence about 7:45 on Monday evening. Dear McKoy: Promiscuous Married […]


Agriculture Minister Expects Increase In Cocoa Yield

Jamaica News: Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw, says he expects an increase in the yield of cocoa for the fall crop, in areas where the Frosty Pod Rot disease management programme has been implemented. Speaking at a recent media briefing on the management of the disease, at the Ministry, Hope Gardens, […]


PHOTOS: KSAMC World Homeless Day Health Fair

Kingston and St. Andrew Municipal Corporation (KSAMC) Inspector of Poor, Mavis Farquharson (left), speaks to Managing Director of the National Council on Drug Abuse, Michael Tucker (third left); Director of Kingston City Run, Maurice Bryan (second left) and Councillor Alvin Francis (right), about the newly constructed walk-in shower for the homeless at the Poor Relief […]


New Confucius Institute Handed Over To Gov’t

Jamaica News: The Caribbean’s newest and largest Confucius Institute, which was built by the People’s Republic of China at the University of the West Indies (UWI) in Kingston, was officially handed over to the Jamaican Government on Monday (October 14). The facility, which was constructed at a cost of US$5 million and is situated at […]


Global Leadership Summit Slated For Kingston And Montego Bay

Jamaica News: President of the Business Process Industry Association of Jamaica (BPIAJ), Gloria Henry, says the upcoming Global Leadership Summit (GLS) will be critical in stimulating the growth of the country’s Global Services Sector (GSS). The GLS, which is slated for Hope Fellowship Church in Kingston on October 23, and the Montego Bay Convention Centre […]

Scroll to Top