Today, on August 6th, Jamaica will be celebrating 54 years of independence.
Located in the Caribbean, Jamaica is an island nation that ended its British rule in 1962 and gained its independence. This country has a population of 2.7 million people and with its hot, tropical climate and beautiful beaches, it is a prime tourist location for people from all around the world.
Jamaica’s Health Statistics
Over the past 20 years there has been a significant shift in the health and wellbeing of the people of Jamaica. The average life expectancy is 77 years of age and there is a steady decline in the frequency and severity of communicable diseases in the country. As Jamaica advances and poverty decreases, there is an increase in the number of people suffering from noncommunicable disease and “first world” illnesses. Jamaica has a relatively strong healthcare system and has many hospitals and health clinics to provide care for its people.
Predominant Health Concerns for the Jamaican People
Beginning in the 1980’s, Jamaica saw an increase in the number of first-world, lifestyle diseases affecting its people. Illnesses like heart disease, stroke, diabetes and obesity are becoming more prevalent and are affecting a large majority of the population. These diseases are placing a strain on the healthcare system and the government is attempting to implement new strategies and educational programs to raise awareness and promote preventative techniques and healthy lifestyle changes.
The crime rates in this country are very high and most years the number of murders across the country is into the thousands. The threat of violence from gangs is ongoing and is especially high in the urban city centers. The drug industry in Jamaica is very large and much of the crime related deaths and injuries stem from drug exportation issues.
Although over recent year’s Jamaica seems to have stabilized its previously rising prevalence of HIV and AIDS, the number of people affected by this disease in this country is still relatively high. This disease affects 1.5% of the adult population.
This respiratory disease is fairly common in Jamaica and is thought to infect 3 out of every 100,000 people.. This number is declining, which is a positive sign, and was previously affecting 6 out of every 100,000 people. Efforts around the world are being made to find a prevention and cure for this disease, in an attempt to eradicate it for good.
Today, LiveMD would like to celebrate with the wonderful people of Jamaica. To everyone in your beautiful country we would like to say “Happy Independence Day”! Our goal is to provide easily accessible, quality healthcare services to people from around the world who are in need of care. If you have questions about your health or are in need of advice, please visit our website today at www.mylivemd.com.
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