Sankara Eye Hospital opens clinic for autistic kids Related Posts By EH News Bureau on April 4, 2017 The vision and perceptual therapy clinic was established in collaboration with Surya, a voluntary initiativeSankara Eye Hospital Bangalore inaugurated Milestone – an Early Intervention & Transformation Centre, for children with Autism Spectrum, in collaboration with Surya, a volunteer initiative established in 2004.The centre was inaugurated by Dr Santhan Gopal, President All India Ophthalmological Society and film personality Nabha Natesh. The inauguration was followed by activities for the autistic kids and their parents including a medical clowning session by Harish Bhuvan. Also, the evening witnessed an interactive storytelling session by professional story teller Vikram Sridhar, where in children and parents were allowed to use theatre as a tool to explore movement and communication.Dr Kaushik Murali, Paediatric Ophthalmologist and President Sankara Eye Foundation shared, “We are grateful to the support from Surya to establish, Milestone. The centre established at a cost of Rs 7.5 lakhs would allow us to provide holistic care for children with autism, using a combination of computer based therapy and exercises with specially made equipment based on recent research from across the world.”“We at Sankara Eye Hospital, Bangalore have over 130 children with Autism Spectrum under our care. While impaired vision is not the only neurological problem these children exhibit, vision impairment is extremely important for learning and development. We have found 30 per cent of children with autism with a range of eye conditions that when treated positively impact the overall development of these children,” shared Dr Y Umesh, CMO, Sankara Eye Hospital, Bangalore. WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals Share Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care app Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha News MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” Read Article Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025
Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care app By salil sule on December 1, 2017 Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” India and Italy sign MoU in health Share Related Posts News MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” Read Article The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals The MoU is to establish comprehensive inter-ministerial and inter-institutional cooperation between the two countries by pooling technical, scientific, financial and human resourcesIndia and Italy signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for enhanced cooperation in the health sector in New Delhi recently. JP Nadda, Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare and Beatrice Lorenzin, Health Minister of Italy signed the MoU in the presence of senior officers from the health ministry and a high level delegation from Italy.Nadda stated that both the countries share a strong and rich traditional relationship which has been enhanced by high level visits. Also, there is a mutual interest in the promotion of stronger ties in the health sector, he added. The MoU recognises the potential for exchanges in the health sector between the two countries and the need to tap the capabilities and opportunities in a focused and comprehensive manner, Shri Nadda stated.The objective of this MoU is to establish comprehensive inter-ministerial and inter-institutional cooperation between the two countries in the field of health by pooling technical, scientific, financial and human resources with the ultimate goal of upgrading the quality and reach of human, material and infrastructural resources involved in healthcare, medical education and training, and research in both countries.The main areas of cooperation include:Exchange and training of medical doctors, officials, other health professionals and experts;Assistance in development of human resources and setting up of health care facilities;Short-term training of human resources in health;Regulation of pharmaceuticals, medical devices and cosmetics and exchange of information thereon;Promotion of business development opportunities in pharmaceuticals;Procurement of generic and essential drugs and assistance in sourcing of drug supplies;Procurement of health equipment and pharma products;Collaboration in the prevention of NCDs of mutual interest, such as neurocardiovascular diseases, cancer, COPDs, mental health and dementia, with an emphasis on SDG3 and related factors;Collaboration in the field of climate change impact on communicable diseases and vector borne diseases;Nutritional aspects of food intake, including malnutrition (over-nutrition and under-nutrition) in the light of the SDG2 and organisation of nutritional services;Safety of production, transformation, distribution and food delivery;Research and training of food industry operators;Information and communication to citizens on hygiene and food safety and healthy eating habits; andAny other area of cooperation as may be mutually decided upon. Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025
M Venkaiah Naidu urges IIIM to develop drugs to cure diabetes Related Posts Read Article MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” News He applauds institute’s initiative ‘Technology Business Incubator’ with the objective of creating jobs for youngsters of the stateApplauding the Indian Institute of Integrative Medicine (IIIM) for playing a major role in supporting the drug regulatory system of the country, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu asked scientists to develop drugs to cure diabetes and prevent diseases like malaria, chikungunya and dengue.“Pay more attention on diabetes and other diseases such as malaria, chikungunya and dengue so that a large number of people get benefited from your (IIIM) research,” he said. The Vice President said he was glad to know that the institute has started a Technology Business Incubator with the objective of creating jobs for the youngsters of the state.“I am happy to note that a number of startups within the IIIM campus are currently incubating under this initiative, which is being supported by the department of science & technology”, Naidu said. He said it was heartening to know that institute has a very robust drug pipeline in the areas of Oncology, Arthritis, Tuberculosis, Alzheimer’s and Peptic ulcer.Naidu said as we all know, science has played a major role in the growth of our great nation and the remarkable achievements in the areas of affordable medicine, food security, milk production, space, atomic energy and information technology, among others, are a testimony to this fact. “India is among the leading nations in space and IT. It is pertinent to mention here that the founder of this institute, Sir Ram Nath Chopra, played a major role in the formulation of Drugs and Cosmetics Act and Rules of Independent India”, he added. Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care app By EH News Bureau on May 28, 2018 Share The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025
Health ministry goes digital with budget dashboard The dashboard has the unique feature of bill position and also reason for return of billsThe Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has made a new budget dashboard on budget, expenditure and bill payment position. The dashboard also incorporates Ministry of AYUSH and Department of Health Research.Budget and expenditure is available in a snapshot and also drilled down details in various categories, such as flagship schemes, central sector expenditure, North East, SC/ST, centrally sponsored schemes, etc. Various related presentations, demand for grants and all relevant budget circulars are also available on the dashboard.The dashboard has the unique feature of bill position for All India Pay & Accounts Offices (PAOs) of this Ministry and also reason for return of bills. It is another step in transparency.The dashboard has SMS facility of information on demand and can be accessed on mobile. SMS alerts to concerned officers are also being introduced for shortfall in expenditure.The Health Ministry team lead by Vijaya Shrivastav, SS&FA and Bharati Das, CCA made a presentation on the digital budget dashboard to AN Jha, Secretary (Expenditure) recently. Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha By EH News Bureau on September 19, 2018 MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals Share Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care app Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 News Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story Related Posts Read Article
Aster DM Healthcare posts ₹ 2,150 crore revenue in Q3FY19 Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care app Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” News By EH News Bureau on February 14, 2019 Related Posts MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” Aster DM HealthcareDr Azad MoopenEBITDARevenue In 9MFY19, revenue from operations improved by 17 per cent to ₹ 5,762 croreAster DM Healthcare announced its financial results for the quarter and nine months ended December 31, 2018. Revenue from operations for Q3FY19 was up by 19 per cent to ₹ 2,150 crore as against ₹ 1,814 crore in Q3FY18. EBITDA was up by 54 per cent to ₹ 263 crore from ₹ 172 crore in Q3 FY18. PAT adjusted for the exceptional income in previous year grew by 42 per cent from ₹ 71 crore in Q3FY18 to ₹ 100 crore in current quarter.The company’s strong growth is a reflection of its focus on quality healthcare, the strength of its diversified healthcare offerings and a strong thrust on enhancing efficiencies.In Q3FY19, revenue from operations improved by 19 per cent to ₹ 2,150 crore compared to₹ 1,814 crore Q3FY18. EBITDA (excluding other income) increased by 54 per cent Y-o-Y to ₹ 263 crore compared to ₹ 172 crore. PAT, adjusted for exceptional income in previous year, increased to ₹ 100 crore compared to ₹ 71 crore.In 9MFY19, revenue from operations improved by 17 per cent to ₹ 5,762 crore compared to₹ 4,937 crore in 9MFY18. EBITDA, excluding other income, grew by 47 per cent Y-o-Y to ₹ 513 crore compared to ₹ 350 crore. PAT, adjusted for exceptional income in previous year, increased to ₹ 125 crore compared to loss of ₹ 6 croreCommenting on the performance for Q3 and 9MFY19, Dr Azad Moopen, Chairman, Aster DM Healthcare, said, “We are happy with our performance growth in a quarter wherein seasonality plays to our advantage. We have done well both sequentially and on a corresponding quarter basis. Our business in India is growing well and we are making progress here. Our expansion in our brand across geographies will definitely help our global foot print. Our strategy here is to work on setting up two hospital every year and gradually increasing the capacity utilisation. Over a period of time we also strongly believe that the Ayushman Bharat scheme will give opportunities for some of our businesses in tier 2 cities. The GCC businesses also holds strong especially with majority of the geographies moving towards mandatory insurance. With major part of the financial year gone by and our performance positively reflected in our results, we are confident on ending the year on a strong note with a strong focus on clinical excellence and expansion.” Read Article Add Comment WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals Share Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha Comments (0)
Related Posts Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” Comments (0) WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals By EH News Bureau on May 11, 2020 COVID-19daily wagersEffect of COVID-19 on Indian Economy: Policy and Programmatic ImplicationsGDPIIHMRIndian economylabourersMSMEPanel Discussion Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha News The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story Add Comment IIHMR organises panel discussion on ‘Effect of COVID-19 on Indian Economy: Policy and Programmatic Implications’ The panel discussion was attended by 722 participantsAs Health is one of the most important pillars of sustainable development; therefore India needs to spend more on healthcare infrastructure. As a public health strategist, Dr David Bishai, Professor, Bloomberg School of Public Health, John Hopkins University suggested focussing on the health needs for poor who was speaking at the panel discussion organised by, Indian Institute of Health Management and Research (IIHMR), Jaipur on ‘Effect of COVID-19 on Indian Economy: Policy and Programmatic Implications’ which was attended by 722 participants.He further raised a concern that the COVID-19 outbreak won’t end until 60-70 per cent of the human population is immune to the virus, which may take between 18 and 24 months to develop a vaccine for it. If vaccine is not developed in next two years, it will impact Indian economy dramatically, particularly the health sector because there will be less money and the human resource available to run the existing programmes will not be enough. Immediate need is to recover small business post COVID-19 by ensuring that the credits should reach them regularly by banks so that employment can be created.”The panel of experts at the 9th webinar organised by IIHMR, Jaipur, included Dr Narain Sinha, Professor, University of Botswana, Ujwal Thakar, Ex-CEO, Pratham India, Board Member-Educate India, Tamal Bandyopadyay, Author, and Consulting Editor, Business Standard, Hema Krishnamurthy, FCA- Practising Chartered Accountant, Consultant, MSME, Visiting Faculty – IIM, PR Sodani, Pro President, Dean IIHMR & Dean Training, IIHMR University, Monika Chaudhary, Faculty- Health Economics & Financing, IIHMR University, Jaipur.Dr Sinha shared insights about Indian Economy before COVD-19, the present situation, and the economy after COVD-19. His absolute focus was on the issue of migrant labourers as they are most important for Indian economy. During lockdown, 92.5 per cent of labourers have lost 1-4 weeks of their work. About 95 per cent workers get wages below minimum wage rate. The contribution of MSME in Indian GDP is 28 per cent and this sector is highly affected by the lockdown. Sectors like real estate, mining and quarrying, construction, aviation are highly impacted due to COVID-19 between April and June 2020. He also said that during nationwide lockdown, there was a demand of labour, there is a supply of labour but there was no connection between them. Therefore Government should make immediate policies according to local demographic, social and economic fabric.Thakar said, “Strengthening of democracy is the biggest solution to the economy.COVID-19 has forced the entire system to think about the biggest disaster i.e poverty. The tragedy that has made us realise that a very large section of daily wage earners in the country became very vulnerable in the wake of the pandemic. We need to focus on migrant labourers that they get immediate employment in their own villages which could help in boosting rural economy and sustainable livelihoods for poor. For this Government should connect with NGO’S who are working for the upliftment of the villages in India, get ideas from them, and involve them for successful execution.”Bandoyapadhyay added, “Government and RBI should come up with monetary solution to decrease the fiscal deficit. The Rs 1.7 trillion relief package for the poor, announced by the government is quite far from reality. The money transferred to Jan Dhan accounts and food and ration provided to daily wage earners is not enough for their survival. Government and banks are adopting conservative approach towards spending money during this crisis. If Government and RBI would not come up with monetary solution, fiscal deficit will certainly go up post COVID-19 as this crisis is different from what we have observed in 2008.”Krishnamurthy stated, “Large organisations should include MSME in their purview only then MSME will do the same to their labourers as she highlighted the impact of COVID-19 on MSME sector. She said MSME has huge dependency on new customers as they have small customer base. Medium enterprises, which have created more than 90 per cent of jobs in India, employing over 114 million people and contributing 30 per cent of the GDP, this sector is important for India, not only because it generates the largest number of jobs, but also because this sector, saves us from having a lopsided growth model; therefore inclusive behaviour has to be incorporated in business rather than cut throat competitions. Fair play and fair returns for all people in value chain has to be ensured, and should focus on having cash rather than profits through quick collection periods even when the margins are low. The major challenge for MSME is to withstand and sustain in business, inspite of losses incurred, mounted payables and lack of working capital.”Dr Sodani said, “The magnitude of the economic impact will depend upon the duration and severity of the health crisis, the length of the lockdown, and the way the situation unfolds once the lockdown is lifted. Amid uncertainty as to when the situation will normalise, a sharp downturn is expected in various indicators of the manufacturing and services sectors. The high impact sectors in terms of risk on account of COVID-19 are aviation, hotels, restaurants, jewellery, retail, shipping, non-essential items; exports; and supporting sectors like electricity, and port services.”Dr Chaudhary mentioned, “The impact of lockdown on the social sector, concerning daily wage workers and poor and vulnerable sections of the society has been immense. It is undoubtedly the need of the hour to prepare for a future that is sustainable, structurally more viable for living and working.” Share Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care app Read Article MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre”
Private healthcare associations to submit recommendations to Govt on executing Phase 3 of National Vaccination Strategy WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals By EH News Bureau on April 22, 2021 Request govt to ensure consistency in vaccine administration guidelines across states through standard operating guidelines for engagement with the private sectorIn a crucial meeting today, healthcare and industry federations representing the ecosystem of the private sector reportedly deliberated on a set of immediate recommendations for submission to the Government for effectively executing the liberalised and accelerated Phase 3 National Vaccination Strategy from May 1, 2021.Senior healthcare leaders from private sector spanning all major healthcare federations – CII, FICCI, AHPI, IMA, PHD Chamber of Commerce, ASSOCHAM, Indian Chamber of Commerce, AMC, ANEI, AHEI, FHA Karnataka and NATHEALTH – participated in the meetingAs per a release circulated by NATHEALTH, these recommendations are aligned with the main elements of the Phase 3 strategy –procurement and administration of vaccines being made flexible – all stakeholders being given the freedom to customise to local needs and dynamics; incentivising manufacturers to scale-up production and invite new national and international players; and manufacturers empowered to release vaccines in the open market at a pre-declared price and states authorised to purchase from private players.Some of the key recommendations made at this meeting:Lauding the Government for the Phase 3 National Vaccination Strategy, as it can enable the industry to come together, the federations recommend that the private sector in India will pool their demand for effective flexible procurement to ensure high quality and uninterrupted access of lifesaving vaccines. Private sector can assess emerging requirements from healthcare, telecom, retail, information technology, consumer, and other industry segments through rapid assessment. Private Sector will also explore PPP’s to share the national responsibility with central and state governments.Private sector will work collaboratively to tide over supply side challenges and join hands with Government to scale up last mile delivery of vaccines, pandemic surveillance and hospitalisation care.The private sector will prioritise the rapid clinical trials for other critical, life-saving drugs, inhalers and therapies which are showing promising results for use in the treatment of COVID-19, apart from vaccines.As an immediate short-term measure, as the private healthcare sector reorganises its supply chains, there is an urgent need for Central and State governments to ensure continuity of supplies for the next 30-60 days, especially for existing eligible population and those eligible for second vaccination. The Government is also requested to ensure that there is consistency in vaccine administration guidelines across states through standard operating guidelines for engagement with the private sector. In this process, industry will be ready to engage immediately in right earnest.Dr Harsh Mahajan, President, NATHEALTH, commented, “As the country is grappling with a sudden surge of COVID cases and different parts of the country facing various challenges related to healthcare infrastructure, ramping up vaccination drive by involving Indian and global organisations will prove to be beneficial in the longer run and will reduce the burden on the healthcare ecosystem that India is facing amidst these tough times. Cross-country collaborations between federations and Government will enable India to deal with the current challenges and help in building a robust healthcare ecosystem. The industry welcomes the liberalised Phase 3 National Vaccination Strategy of the Government as it provides flexibility and an opportunity for State Governments, private sector organisations, hospitals and other sectors to purchase it from the open market and ramp up vaccine administration. It will also enable private providers to involve their logistics network and supply chains to speed up transport channels and improve access in the remotest parts of India. We can utilise the infrastructure built by private sector in the first wave of the pandemic.” The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story COVID-19 Updates News Share Comments (0) Adoption of AI/ML can disrupt healthcare services Dr Harsh MahajanNATHEALTHNational Vaccination Strategy MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” Read Article Related Posts Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha Add Comment
Small Business Sector Urged to Hold Strain CommerceMarch 26, 2010 Advertisements RelatedSmall Business Sector Urged to Hold Strain RelatedSmall Business Sector Urged to Hold Strain RelatedSmall Business Sector Urged to Hold Strain FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Karl Samuda, is imploring entrepreneurs in the small business sector to continue to hold strain and have confidence that the economy will begin to thrive.“It’s difficult, but I just want to encourage you to feel confident not only in your ability to play your part and to grow your business, but to have confidence in your country. These difficult times will pass, and when they do, we are hoping as an administration to establish our economy on a real sustainable footing,” Mr. Samuda said at yesterday’s (March 24) meeting of the Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) Alliance.He told entrepreneurs, who attended the meeting held at Jamaica Trade and Invest’s (JTI) Trafalgar Road headquarters that the government will not be pursuing a policy, “where we make things easy today by accumulating debt, but tomorrow the next generation has to pay for it and we suffer.”Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Karl Samuda looks at the MSME Alliance’s most recent report, during his address at the organisation’s third annual general meeting at Jamaica Trade and Invest’s Trafalgar Road headquarters, yesterday (March 24).Noting that this type of policy is unsustainable, he stated that emphasis will be placed on productive enterprises, as the government seeks to regenerate a culture of industriousness.“We have to try and encourage those in the productive sector to help us to work our way out of this.those days (of easy money) quite frankly are over. It is over for the banks and its over for those customers who sit back and reap great dividends and do nothing,” he stated.In fact, Mr. Samuda said, this new approach will redound to the benefit of small business owners who are faced with the challenge of sourcing funds, as increased competition in the financial sector, will force banks to seek out such entrepreneurs.President of the MSME Alliance, Professor Rosalea Hamilton (left), in discussion with Treasurer of the Alliance Mr. Orville Christie (centre), and Vice President of Representation and External Affairs for the Alliance, Mr. Donovan Wignall, during the third annual general meeting of organsiation, which was held at Jamaica Trade and Invest’s Trafalgar Road headquarters, yesterday (March 24).“In order to sustain the level of administrative costs that they (banks) have to pay to run heir businesses, they will have to be more aggressive in their loan portfolios,” he projected.The MSME Alliance comprises more than 3,200 organisations and 300,000 MSMEs associations across sectors such as manufacturing, personal services, transportation, entertainment, agriculture, mining, and retailing.It seeks to build meaningful partnerships and create strategic alliances and effective networking between existing business associations and their members.
Advertisements RelatedHouse Speaker to Entertain Visiting Serbian Foreign Minister RelatedHouse Speaker to Entertain Visiting Serbian Foreign Minister House Speaker to Entertain Visiting Serbian Foreign Minister Foreign AffairsApril 10, 2010 RelatedHouse Speaker to Entertain Visiting Serbian Foreign Minister FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia, His Excellency Vuk Jeremic, will pay an official visit to Jamaica April 11 to 13.Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia, His Excellency Vuk Jeremic will pay an official visit to Jamaica from April 11 to April 13.On Monday, April 12, Mr. Jeremic will attend a luncheon hosted in his honour by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Delroy Chuck. Among the guests expected to attend are: President of the Senate, Hon. Dr.Oswald Harding, Q.C; representatives of the Internal and External Affairs Committee of the House of Representatives; and, Honorary Consul for the Republic of Serbia, Hon. John Issa.Mr. Jeremić was sworn in as Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia on May 15, 2007. In his capacity, he assumed the roll of Chairman of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe (May to November 2007).Mr. Jeremić was born in Belgrade in 1975. He graduated from the University of Cambridge with a degree in Theoretical Physics. He worked for a number of financial institutions in the City of London, including Deutsche Bank and Dresdner Kleinwort Benson, and then for AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals. He graduated from the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, with a degree of Master in Public Administration.Mr. Jeremić is married, and speaks English and German.
FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Hundreds of Jamaican nationals and friends united in worship at the First Presbyterian Church of Fort Lauderdale on August 1 to celebrate Jamaica’s anniversary of Emancipation and Independence, at the Ecumenical service of thanksgiving.The service was organised by the Consulate General of Jamaica in Miami.Guest preacher, Dr. Samuel Vassel, Pastor of the Bronx Bethany Church of the Nazarene in New York, told the congregation of more than 1,000 that prayer was an option as Jamaicans and friends of the Diaspora gathered to celebrate the nation’s 48th anniversary of Independence.In this time of reflection on the nation’s triumphs and also challenges, Dr. Vassel reminded his congregation that the Jamaican National Anthem was a “beautiful prayer” and should be sung from the heart in sync with God’s hope, and our actions for the betterment of the nation.Using the theme for Independence “I Believe in Jamaica” – Dr. Vassel encouraged nationals to embrace the power of prayer with confidence, consciousness and in dialogue with God as a means of finding solutions for Jamaica’s challenges.Dr. Vassel said that while there was a longing for home, those in the Diaspora “must establish yourselves with a purpose for living abroad.” In defining that purpose, he emphasised that the process should be engaged using the opportunities and available avenues for self-improvement, personal obligations, and in service to their communities.Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, Hon. Olivia Grange who was special guest in the South Florida anniversary celebrations saluted Jamaicans in the Diaspora as an integral part of ‘Brand Jamaica’ through their own contributions and achievements and as ambassadors in the United States.The Minister also signaled the years of cordial friendship and cooperation between Jamaica and the United States, which she said has been a home for many Jamaicans over the years. She also stated that Jamaicans had in turn made a positive impact through the creation and engagement of opportunities in those communities.Minister Grange mentioned plans for the nation’s 50th Anniversary of Independence in 2012, which would include a grand homecoming with all Jamaicans across the Diaspora having been invited to return home to celebrate a significant milestone in the nation’s history. “We want to see tributaries of Jamaicans streaming through the streets of Kingston as we herald another milestone in our lives,” the Minister said.Minister Grange also read an Independence message from Prime Minister the Hon. Bruce Golding.The two-hour long service included recitals by the South Florida Caribbean Chorale, a 100-voice strong group of choristers from Jamaican populated congregations in the South Florida communities, led by Steve Higgins. The lyrics and rhythm of “Sweet Jamaica” aroused a feeling of nostalgia as persons shared in the gospel song performed by the Jamaica Folk Revue and the Tallawah Mento Band. The Sierra Norwood Calvary Church Cultural Group performed an outstanding rendition of song and dialect saluting developments in Jamaica’s culture and heritage.Consul General, Sandra Grant Griffiths, in her welcome remarks urged Jamaicans across the Diaspora to recommit their ideals and choose progress for Jamaica, our beloved homeland.Highlighting the variety of events commemorating the celebration of the nation’s Independence, the Consul General expressed gratitude to the Diasporic community for “making the conscious choice of keeping Jamaica in your hearts even as you embrace the opportunities and strive to achieve the potential promised to you in the American Dream.”She praised the community for the support given to the Jamaican Consulate over the years and indicated that as leaders, commitment, responsibility and accountability were crucial in the process required for national development.Officiating Minister was the Reverend Dr. Raymond Anglin, Pastor of Ascension Peace Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale, while the prayers for Jamaica and the United States were read by Reverend Dr. Alford Alphonse, Hospice rector, and Reverend Dr. Michael Curry of the Kendall Community Church of God, respectively.The scripture lessons were read by the Reverend Horace D. Ward of the Holy Family Episcopal Church; Marlon Hill, Diaspora Advisory Board representative for the Southern USA; and Miss Shanice Cox, Miss Jamaica Florida 2010.Proceeds of collections will benefit ministries of the Bronx Bethany Church of the Nazarene as well as the Jamaica Nutrition Island Network and the Jamaica Christian Boys’ Home. RelatedJamaica’s 48th Independence Celebrations Get Underway in South Florida Advertisements RelatedJamaica’s 48th Independence Celebrations Get Underway in South Florida Jamaica’s 48th Independence Celebrations Get Underway in South Florida CultureAugust 4, 2010 RelatedJamaica’s 48th Independence Celebrations Get Underway in South Florida