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September 7th, 2022
Belgium-based firm conducting review of social assistance benefits in VI

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Minister for Health and Social Development Honourable Marlon A. Penn (R8) has welcomed the commencement of a review of social assistance benefits and grants administration systems in the Virgin Islands.

August 23rd, 2022
7% remittance tax was repressive & targeted most vulnerable– Hon Penn

DUFF’S BOTTOM, Tortola, VI– Minister for Health and Social Development, Hon Marlon A. Penn (R8) has called on Virgin Islands (VI) legislators to find more creative ways of funding the government's expenditure rather than taxing the most vulnerable.

August 19th, 2022
Hon Penn leads VI delegation to Bermuda for waste management visit

HAMILTON, Bermuda- Virgin Islands Minister for Health and Social Development Honourable Marlon A. Penn (R8) is currently leading a delegation to Bermuda on a three-day visit.

August 8th, 2022
Hon Marlon A. Penn releases 2nd volume of District 8 Community Newsletter

EAST END, Tortola, VI- Minister for Health and Social Development and Representative for the Eighth District Honourable Marlon A. Penn has released volume two of the District 8 Community Newsletter for the purpose of bringing awareness of the issues in the community and in effort to work together to find solutions to social, mental, physical and economic issues.

July 14th, 2022
COVID-19 tests no longer required for entry to VI from July 15, 2022

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Effective Friday, July 15, 2022, persons visiting the Virgin Islands will no longer be required to present a negative COVID-19 test to gain entry.

June 27th, 2022
Gov't begins transition of public grants to Social Development Dept

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI– Minister for Health and Social Development Hon Marlon A. Penn (R8) has announced a new transitional period for the deliverance of public assistance grants in keeping with prescribed reforms coming out of the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) recommendations.

June 13th, 2022
Face masks no longer mandatory by law from June 15, 2022– Hon Penn

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Minister for Health and Social Development, Hon Marlon A. Penn (R8) said following Cabinet briefings on Wednesday, June 8, 2022, the ease of COVID-19 public health measures has been considered following a continuing trend towards milder COVID-19 infections, fewer cases of severe disease, and reduced hospital admissions locally.

June 9th, 2022
We need to be 'more conscious of what we eat'- Health Minister

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Minister for Health and Social Development Honourable Marlon A. Penn (R8) is encouraging everyone working in the food industry to handle and prepare food responsibly so that it is safe and suitable for consumption.

May 27th, 2022
Low likelihood of monkeypox spread to VI but situation being monitored– Hon Penn

DUFF’S BOTTOM, Tortola, VI– Minister for Health and Social Development under the Unity Government, Hon Marlon A. Penn (R8), has indicated that although the likelihood of monkeypox spread in the VI community is currently low, the Chief Medical Officer and other officials will continue to monitor the situation.

May 26th, 2022
'Blowtorches' being used to retrieve metals @ Pockwood Pond dumpsite– Hon Penn

DUFF’S BOTTOM, Tortola, VI– Minister for Health and Social Development, Hon Marlon A. Penn (R8) says authorities have uncovered a metal extraction operation at the Pockwood Pond dumpsite on Tortola, which could be responsible for some of the fires there.

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