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World No Tobacco Day 2020

On 31 May 2020 every year, World Health Organisation (WHO)  and  Public Health champions around the world come together to celebrate World No Tobacco Day. This annual campaign emphasizes the achievements and progress made throughout the year towards a tobacco-free world. The theme for 2020 is aimed at protection of[…]

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Mental Health Awareness Week 18th -24th May 2020

Mental Health Awareness Week is hosted by the Mental Health Foundation; the theme for 2020 is Kindness.  Kindness is defined as the quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate; associated words include affection, gentleness, warmth, concern, and care. The most unique attribute of kindness is its power to develop and[…]

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World Hypertension Day 17th May 2020

World Hypertension Day is celebrated annually on 17th May with the aim of educating the public and increase awareness of hypertension. The day is organised by the World Hypertension League (WHL), an umbrella organisation comprising 85 hypertension societies and leagues from all over the world. What is blood pressure? Blood pressure[…]

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Approach to unlocking and re-locking

Gibraltar has succeeded in reducing the rate of community infection of the COVID-19 virus, meaning that the virus is infecting fewer people every day (technically expressed as a reproductive rate below 1 –  R0<1). As of the second week of May 2020, the R0 in Gibraltar is estimated to be[…]

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Unlocking the Rock

HM Government of Gibraltar have released a strategy document detailing the phased return to work and life pre-Covid-19 [click here for document in full]. The gradual process of unlocking is necessary to facilitate the effects of each phase, noting any changes to infection rates that may trigger “re-locking” criteria. The[…]

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National Smile Month 2020

National Smile Month is primarily organised by the Oral Health Foundation with the aim of helping to improve the oral health of millions of people throughout the United Kingdom  and to raise awareness of the importance of good oral hygiene. The main message and focus of this campaign is to[…]

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Testing for COVID-19

What do we mean by testing? During the COVID-19 pandemic, there are various methods that you may see being utilised to ascertain whether you may be at risk of infection. Rapid measures include checks for symptoms including fever (temperature) scanning on entry to buildings. More thorough testing involves taking samples/[…]

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COVID-19 Lock-down continues, 8th May 2020

HM Government of Gibraltar is reminding the local community that lock-down measures are slowly being reduced, not removed completely [See: Press Release here]. It is now possible to carry out essential activities alongside the members of your household (note, this does not include extended family members). We have not yet[…]

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Keeping CovidFit with Self-Care

Understanding our own bodies, identifying when we are unwell and choosing to stay home to prevent the spread to others is the basis of all good infection control. Public Health Gibraltar launches its second COVID campaign  that addresses self-care  using the catch phrase: Self-care: How. When. Where The aim of[…]

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Importance of social distancing as we exit lock-down (COVID-19)

As we begin to explore the steps for exiting lock down it is crucial we follow Public Health advice on social distancing and respiratory and personal hygiene. The more shops, establishments and facilities we are able to visit the higher the risk of our exposure to viral spread; particularly in[…]

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