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QEH gets HACCP accreditation

QEH gets HACCP accreditation

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) has boosted its ability to protect patients from food-borne illnesses with the introduction of the Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP) system. The internationally recognized management system focuses on ensuring food products are safe to eat by reducing the risk of safety hazards in food. It functions through the use […]

Diseases can be traced back to sugar and rum, says Boyce

Diseases can be traced back to sugar and rum, says Boyce

Minister of Health John Boyce believes the high rate of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in Barbados and the rest of the Caribbean has its origin in the region’s rich sugar and rum heritage. Addressing a sub-regional workshop Tuesday on the taxation of alcohol, tobacco and sugar-sweetened beverages, Boyce acknowledged that both commodities had been at the centre […]

Barbados falls short of NCD target

Barbados falls short of NCD target

Only seven Caribbean countries are on course to achieve the global target set by the World Health Organisation (WHO) for reducing the number of deaths caused by non-communicable diseases (NCDs). And, more lamentably, Barbados is not one of them. This was revealed here Tuesday by Director of the George Alleyne Chronic Disease Research Centre of the […]

Vegetarian diets and pregnancy

We all know that maintaining a healthy, balanced diet is important for our overall wellbeing. And healthy eating becomes an even bigger priority for expectant mothers, who now have to look after their own health as well as that of their developing baby. The focus was on vegetarian women during one of the sessions of […]

Old ambulances to return to service – Boyce

Old ambulances to return to service – Boyce

A new headquarters has been found for the ambulance service. And Minister of Health John Boyce, who made that announcement on Friday, said while financial constraints may be preventing Government from sourcing new ambulances, some of the older vehicles will be overhauled and put back in operation. He disclosed that the Emergency Ambulance Service (EAS) […]

Medical community divided on marijuana legalization

Medical community divided on marijuana legalization

As debate continues in the Caribbean over the decriminalization of marijuana, at least one local practitioner in the field of mental health believes the issue may prove divisive in the medical fraternity. During a discussion on Exploring Suicide in Barbados at the Cave Hill Wesleyan Holiness Church, Queen’s Counsel Ralph Thorne noted that the laws […]

Suicide watch

Suicide watch

The Department of Psychiatry at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) is recording more suicide attempts by Barbadians overall, but it is particularly concerned about the children among them. Without providing statistics, Senior Registrar in the Department of Psychiatry Dr Tonya Holder reported that “numbers have increased exponentially”. “I started in 2008, and I would see […]

Delia’s experience with autism

Delia’s experience with autism

As Barbados joins in the observance of Autism Awareness month, one parent has been sharing her experience in dealing with not one, but two children with autism.Dr Delia Samuel, Professor at Century College in Minnesota, USA, has two sons, aged 11 and eight, who are on the autism spectrum. The US Centre for Disease Control […]

Guyana doctors get training to detect microcephaly

Guyana doctors get training to detect microcephaly

Doctors from all regions in Guyana are being trained to detect microcephaly in expectant mothers. The training is being conducted by the Ministry of Public Health in collaboration with the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) and RAD-AID International. Microcephaly is a condition where the head of the foetus is smaller than normal. It may be caused by […]

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