“LET ME BE THE JAMAICAN WHOSE EXPERTISE, LOVE, INTEGRITY, VISION AND COURAGE EXEMPLIFY THE TYPE OF LEADERSHIP VITALLY NEEDED TO BRING THE HEALTHCARE OF THE PEOPLE INTO THE NEXT MILLENIUM.”- RAS CARDO.

CAVEAT: THE HEALTHCARE OF THE JAMAICAN PEOPLE, ESPECIALLY THE POOR, UNEDUCATED AND UNDERCLASS IS MY GRAVEST CONCERN.

WRITTEN WITHOUT PREJUDICE

Poverty has a way of destroying the very fabric and creativity of our being.

My vision and mission is to help bring awareness to a malignant problem of neglect in the basic healthcare needs of the Jamaican people.

Crime correlates well with poverty, being poor, being hungry, lacking basic needs which supports life necessities.

I have seen how poverty helps destroy the health and livelihood of people.

From maternal childcare to adult illnesses, I have seen the scourge which sickness brings upon those who are unable to get adequate health needs met in a timely manner..

Jamaica may be called- a ” Third World nation, but the health of its people do not have to be third class.

THERE ARE MANY TALENTED, QUALIFIED, COMPETENT, AND CARING HEALTH PROFESSIONALS IN JAMAICA, BUT THEY LACK THE RESOURCES SO BADLY NEEDED TO CARE FOR THE PEOPLE.

LET ME TELL THE WORLD THIS TRUTH- THERE IS ENOUGH MONEY FLOWING IN AND OUT OF JAMAICA ,BUT THE PEOPLE WHO NEED IT THE MOST NEVER SEE IT.

OVER THE YEARS I HAVE BORNE WITNESS TO THE MANY CHARITABLE SUPPORTS IN HEALTHCARE NEEDS AND SUPPLIES SENT TO JAMAICA BY FOREIGN ORGANIZATIONS AND PRIVATE INDIVIDUALS INCLUDING HOSPITALS IN THE USA AND CANADA.

SO, MY QUESTION NOW BECOMES- TO WHOM DID THESE THINGS GO?

I SPEAK FROM THE PERSONAL EXPERIENCES WHICH OVER THE YEARS I HAVE GAINED FROM WORKING IN SYSTEMS WHICH UNDERMINE THE HEALTH OF THE PEOPLE, ESPECIALLY THE POOR.

THE INSIGHTS AND OPINIONS EXPRESSED HERE ARE MY OWN, AND COMES SUPPORTED BY A WEALTH OF DOCUMENTED EVENTS AND EXPERTISE OF MANY IN THE FIELD.

I MUST HOWEVER ASK MY READERSHIP TO CONSULT WITH THOSE WHO ARE FULLY QUALIFIED AND CAPABLE TO ASSESS AND EVALUATE THE SITUATIONS WHICH GIVES RISE TO WHAT I SAY HERE.

I HAVE COINED THE TERM- TECHNO-TYRANNICAL SOCIETY- AND HAVE SAID THE LEADING PHRASE- ” THE TECHNOLOGY WE CREATE, WILL ULTIMATELY DETERMINE OUR FATE”.

THIS DOES NOT MEAN THAT THE TECHNOLOGY CANNOT PROVIDE US WITH SOME GOOD FOR THE PEOPLE.

I KNOW, THAT IN THE FIELD OF HEALTHCARE- WE NOW HAVE THE TECHNOLOGY TO REACH THOSE WHO WERE PREVIOUSLY HIDDEN AND WITHOUT ACCESS TO IT.

I KNOW THAT IT IS TIME FOR THE MINISTRY OF HEALTH AND THE GOVERNMENT OF JAMAICA TO FOCUS ON THE HEALTHCARE SERIOUSLY FOR THE PEOPLE.

I KNOW, AND MUST SOUND THE ALARM, THAT PRIMARY CARE PRACTITIONERS ON THE ISLAND ARE DISTRESSED FROM THE LACK OF ADEQUATE RESOURCES TO EFFECTIVELY CARE FOR THE PEOPLE.

I KNOW, THAT THE CONDITIONS AT THE KPH HOSPITAL, THE MORGUE AND OTHERS HAS BEEN MOST DEPLORABLE FOR YEARS..

SICK PEOPLE WHO ARE POOR AND CANNOT AFFORD TO GET THE MEDICATION NECESSARY TO HELP THEM, OFTEN DIE FROM AN EXACERBATION OF THEIR CONDITIONS.

I KNOW THAT THERE ARE MANY WOMEN DYING FROM UNDIAGNOSED BREAST CANCERS AND CARDIAC DISEASE.

I KNOW THAT THERE ARE MEN DYING FROM UNDIAGNOSED PROSTATE AND OTHER CANCERS.

YOU WILL NOTICE THAT I DID NOT EVEN MENTION HIV AND OTHER DEADLY DISEASES.

KEEP IN MIND THAT THESE ARE SOME OF THE PREVENTABLE DEATHS THAT I AM TALKING ABOUT. THERE ARE BASIC EQUIPMENTS AND TESTS THAT CAN BE DONE TO HELP SAVE THESE PEOPLE BEFORE ITS TOO LATE.

THE STIGMA SURROUNDING YOUNG FEMALE UNWANTED PREGNANCIES RESULTING IN SEPTIC ABORTIONS AND DEATHS MUST BE CHANGED.

TOO MANY YOUNG PREGNANT WOMEN TAKE THEIR LIVES BECAUSE THEY TRY TO DO ABORTIONS ON THEIR OWN SO AS TO AVOID THE SHAME AND RIDICULE ASSOCIATED WITH UNWANTED PREGNANCIES.

I KEEP REMEMBERING THE SONG BY BLACK UHURU- “O WHAT A SHAME TO SEE MY BLACK SISTERS GOING DOWN THE DRAIN”. “ABORTION, ABORTION, YOU GOT TO HAVE CAUTION”.

I KEEP REMEMBERING SOME OF THE NAMES WRITTEN ON THE AUTOPSY BOARDS IN THE PATHOLOGY DEPARTMENTS.

MY REGGAE WAS CREATED TO ADDRESS ALL THESE ISSUES AND CONCERNS OF THE HUMAN CONDITIONS. IT IS FROM THIS PLATFORM OF TRUTHS THAT I HERE SPEAK.

UNLESS JAMAICA SPEAKS TO THE CONCERNS OF THE HEALTH OF ITS PEOPLE- IT WILL FAIL TO RISE TO THE LEVEL OF DIGNITY DESERVING AND OFTEN ATTRIBUTED TO FIRST WORLD NATIONS.

I RAS CARDO SPEAKS A REGGAE EDUCATION FOR A HEALING OF THE NATION. (c) ALL RIGHTS RESERVED GLOBALLY.

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