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Support for kidney sufferers

Support for kidney sufferers

A kidney transplant programme has been revived at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH), and Barbadians are being urged to consider becoming kidney donors. This positive development for the approximately 1000 Barbadians suffering renal failure, and the additional hundreds needing dialysis treatments has come thanks to the work of Transplant Links Community, a UK registered charity, […]

Mottley wants round the clock hospital service

Mottley wants round the clock hospital service

Opposition Leader Mia Mottley wants the island’s only public general hospital to become a 24-hour facility, with at least two polyclinics opening during similar hours to support its operations. As far as Mottley is concerned, every department in the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) should be effectively manned around the clock, and individuals should also be […]

New hospital plans on back burner

New hospital plans on back burner

Government has all but placed plans for a new hospital on the back burner, with the focus now on improving the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH), according to Minister of Health John Boyce. Delivering the Democratic Labour Party’s (DLP) lunchtime lecture at the party’s headquarters at George Street, St Michael Friday, Boyce said financial considerations had […]

Frightening number of kidney ailments undiagnosed

Frightening number of kidney ailments undiagnosed

An alarming number of Barbadians with kidney ailments are undiagnosed, according to a local medical practitioner. Dr Lisa Belle, who specializes in the branch of medicine that deals with kidney diseases, said while 300 Barbadians undergo kidney dialysis and over 1,000 experience renal failure, there was an undisclosed number who do not even realize they […]

Ministry warns of hand, foot and mouth outbreak

Ministry warns of hand, foot and mouth outbreak

The Ministry of Health Friday revealed that there have been sporadic outbreaks over the past few weeks of Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease (HFMD), which mainly affects children. In a statement issued by the Barbados Government Information Service (BGIS), the ministry therefore called on parents, guardians and teachers to take all necessary precautions to curtail its […]

Too low!

Too low!

Increase the ten per cent tax on sweet drinks to 30 per cent! This was one of the recommendations made to Government last night by one of this island’s most respected medical practitioners, who is concerned that since the levy was introduced back in 2015, there has been no noticeable change in local sweet drinks […]

Lazy Bajans

Lazy Bajans

A University of the West Indies (UWI) official Tuesday expressed shock and alarm over the results of a recent study, which measured the physical activity of Barbadians between the ages of 25 and 54 years old. The research found that 90 per cent of women did not engage in sufficient physical activity, lecturer at the Chronic […]

Cancer support

When an individual is diagnosed with a life-threatening illness, such as cancer, the focus is mostly on treatment of the disease. However, one aspect of their overall healthcare that may often be overlooked is their emotional wellbeing. For women suffering from breast cancer, the Breast Screening Programme (BSP) has been providing a support service over […]

Health authorities deny social media reports

Health authorities deny social media reports

The Ministry of Health Thursday said there was no unusual rise in cases of respiratory illnesses following a message making the rounds on social media advising of an outbreak on the island. The message warned that the condition was characterized by cold symptoms such as fever, chills, headache, body aches, fatigue and loss of appetite and […]

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