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Announcements 2019

 ​IMPORTANT HEALTH NEWS
 

Measles Press Release - July 2019

​Malta maintains high vaccination rates for children amongst large outbreaks of measles in Europe – no time for complacency

Malta reports high vaccination rates of over 95% for scheduled vaccines for children according to estimates issued jointly by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). This comes as part of the ongoing efforts to encourage vaccination by educational campaigns, ensuring an accessible free service of vaccination and collaboration with the education sector. 

Globally, since 2010, vaccination coverage with three doses of diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (DTP3) and measles vaccine has stalled at around 86 percent.  This is not enough as 95 percent coverage is needed—globally, across countries, and communities—to protect against outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases. Most unvaccinated children live in the poorest countries and are disproportionately in fragile or conflict-affected states. Almost half are in just 16 countries: Afghanistan, the Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Ethiopia, Haiti, Iraq, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

In 2018, almost 350,000 measles cases were reported globally, more than doubling from 2017. A large epidemic of measles has affected the EU/EEA Member States in the past three years, with 44,074 cases being reported to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control by 30 Member States between 1 January 2016 and 31 March 2019. This year till April, there were 6,265 cases reported with highest number of cases in France, Italy, Bulgaria, Lithuania and Poland.  

In Malta we had 5 imported cases and 1 endemic case in 2018 and 30 cases in 2019 of which 6 were imported. The vaccination coverage rate for MMR (measles, mumps, rubella vaccine) in children is 96% for the first dose and 95% for the second dose. This is a good rate, however, we need to encourage more parents to vaccinate their children to ensure that all those children who can have the vaccine are vaccinated. The main problem is a cohort of adults who have missed the measles vaccine in the past. This is being reflected in the cases occurring in Malta who are mainly adults. Such discrete communities of unvaccinated people can spark deadly outbreaks.

Malta has till now maintained the status of elimination of measles. The Public Health Authority's strategic action for measles includes vaccination, early identification of cases, isolation, management of cases, and contact tracing. 

The Public Health Authorities encourage parents to ensure their children are vaccinated and encourage adults born after 1970  and were not vaccinated with 2 doses of MMR to contact their doctor. Vaccination records are available at myhealth https://myhealth-ng.gov.mt/​. As the movement of people during summer increases, the risk of coming across measles is higher and hence we encourage people to be sure they are covered with 2 doses of MMR vaccine which gives high level protection. 

If people develop symptoms of measles, they are encouraged to call their family doctor or Health Centre for advice.  It is important not to go directly to A&E (Emergency) Department or Health Centres so as not to spread the infection to others. 

For further advice, you can contact the Infectious Disease Prevention and Control Unit on helpline 21324086 or the National Immunisation Service on 25680299



Paola Regional Hub - April 2019

Works on the Paola Regional Health Centre are underway and it is expected to be completed in three-and-a-half years’ time. The Paola regional hub shall provide all the services that are currently being offered to the public, as well as other new services including mental health care and dentistry. It will also include an entire floor dedicated to day surgery operations. 

It will be named after the late Vincent Moran, a former health minister.

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Attard Community Clinic - April 2019


Modernisation and expansion of services at the Attard Community Clinic has been launched. Apart from the doctor and nurse service already being offered, other services such as Podiatry Clinic, Speech and Language Pathology Service, Lifestyle Clinic and Mental Well Being services are also being offered.


For an appointment please call the Primary HealthCare Call Centre on 21231231


New Social Work Service in the Mosta Community - April 2019

At the beginning of this year, the Foundation for Social Welfare Services (FSWS) opened its doors to a new social work service in Mosta named Mosta Community Services. This service is provided for free to the residents of Mosta, Naxxar and Għargħur

It is also an extension to the already existing FSWS community services, located in Qawra, Msida, Valletta, Birgu and Żabbar

Our aim is to:
  • Work together with the residents to support their progress in self-care, healthcare, relationships, education, employment, etc.;
  • Identify resources and services and refer accordingly;
  • Ensure that health, food, shelter, education, and cultural needs are being met;
  • Empower those who are at risk of poverty and social exclusion;
  • Offer emotional support during difficult circumstances such as separation and illness;
  • Work towards enhancing the parenting skills of residents in order to promote healthy and stable living environment.

Health Professionals can refer any individual/family living in Mosta/Naxxar/Gharghur with their consent. Some situations in which we can assist include:
  • Financial issues/are living in poverty (struggle with having food, shelter, clothing)
  • Relationship difficulties (children have challenging behavior, marital conflict)
  • Mental health issues that seem apparent or unclear in the patient and/or a family member (depression, anxiety OCD, etc)
  • Employment issues (patient needs to find a job)
  • School absenteeism (noticing that the child or adolescent seem to miss school due to being sick frequently).
  • Parenting Skills issues (noticing that parents may be struggling to parent their children)
  • Social/Life Skills issues (noticing that the patient/family have difficulties with communication, listening, hygiene and self-care in general).
  • Any form of abuse (verbal, physical, sexual abuse, neglect and risk) NB: If it is apparent/obvious that there is abuse going on, kindly contact Child Protection Services 22959000. However, in cases where you may be unsure, contact us for guidance.

In such cases, Health Professionals can inform the patient about our service and that we can provide guidance and support on the above situations. 

Contact details: 

Email:             sarah-jane.mifsud@gov.mt or stefanie.caruana@gov.mt or 
Telephone:    21437447. 
Address:        3A, St Anne Street, Mosta

We also have drop-in hours, where the clients can come and talk to us directly. 
Drop-ins are every Tuesday 8:00-12:00 and every Thursday 12:30-17:00.


New Pieta Community Clinic - March 2019

A new Pieta Community Clinic has been inaugurated. This clinic provides the services of Speech and Language Pathology services, General Practitioner Services, Nursing Services, Phlebotomy services, Nutritionist/Dietician Services, Life Style Clinic, Mental Well Being Services and Podiatry Services.

For an appointment please call the Primary HealthCare Call Centre on 21231231


Colorectal Cancer Awareness Campaign​ - March 2019


As part of the March Colorectal Cancer Awareness Campaign, representatives from the National Health Screening Services Unit within the Primary HealthCare will be available on the dates and locations below:


​13/03/2019​ Qormi Health Centre
​14/03/2019​ ​Kirkop Health Centre
​15/03/2019​ ​Gozo Health Centre
​18/03/2019​ ​Mater Dei Hospital
​18/03/2019​ ​Cospicua Health Centre
​20/03/2019​ ​Mater Dei Hospital
​21/03/2019​ ​Mater Dei Hospital
​22/03/2019​ ​B'Kara Health Centre
​25/03/2019​ ​Mosta Health Centre
​26/03/2019​ ​Floriana Health Centre
​27/03/2019​ ​Gzira Health Centre
​28/03/2019​ ​Paola Health Centre
​29/03/2019​ ​Rabat Health Centre​

Transgender Clinic Update - January 2019

35 people are currently using the services of the Transgender Clinic from the Mtarfa Health Clinic which was launched in November 2018. The multidisciplinary team taking care of these people includes doctors, nurses, therapists, psychologists, and social workers. In terms of treatment offered, the services range from primay care to hormonal and surgical treatment, gynecologic and urologic care, reproductive options, voice and communication therapy, psychological support, psychiatric care, psychotherapy.​

For further details about Transgender Health Care please click here​