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The big challenge of childhood obesity

The big challenge of childhood obesity

Childhood obesity in Barbados has reached alarming proportions, and any programmes implemented to deal with this problem must address some of our cultural traditions, as well as new habits we have adopted from our more developed neighbours. This was the consensus reached following a presentation on childhood obesity to the National Committee Monitoring the Rights […]

Campers get knowledge to fight HIV/AIDS stigma

Campers get knowledge to fight HIV/AIDS stigma

Twenty-six students from the Barbados Public Workers Thrift Club Summer Camp enjoyed an interactive session on Monday when they learned about HIV/AIDS, as well as the common misconceptions associated with the disease. Angela Greene, director of the camp which is being held at the Ellerslie Secondary School, said it was important for the youngsters to be armed […]

The high toll of prostate cancer

The high toll of prostate cancer

Every year, Barbados loses an average of 100 men to prostate cancer, a disease that gives them a chance of survival if they get tested early and corrective action is taken after detection. However, the rate of check-ups for Bajan men continues to be low. The 100 men who die annually are out of 150 […]

More children not the answer, UN official tells Barbados

More children not the answer, UN official tells Barbados

Amid concerns about Barbados’ declining birth rate, a United Nations official in Barbados has suggested that women having more children may not be the answer to the country’s population problem. UNICEF Representative for Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean Khin Sandi-Lwin said Government could instead tackle the issue from a global perspective. According to data from […]

QEH head expresses amazement over NSRL responses

QEH head expresses amazement over NSRL responses

A top official of the state-run Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH), which is one of the primary beneficiaries of the National Social Responsibility Levy (NSRL), Friday expressed “amazement” over the private sector’s response to the onerous levy. In fact, Chief Executive Officer Dexter James suggested that members of the business community had issued a “kneejerk reaction […]

A case for taxing soda

Caribbean people love their soda. In fact, people in this region consume twice the amount of the sugary drinks that individuals elsewhere do. But it is leading to an unhealthy society marked by early and preventable deaths due to illnesses such as diabetes and hypertension, according to a report on the evaluation of the implementation […]

Health shift

Health shift

It is not a done deal yet, but the Freundel Stuart administration has all but decided the way it wants to take the country in terms of its future financing of health care. Delivering the Astor B Watts lunchtime lecture at the headquarters of the ruling Democratic Labour Party Friday, Minister of Health John Boyce […]

Sagicor committed to ensuring healthy lifestyles

Sagicor committed to ensuring healthy lifestyles

One local insurance company is intensifying efforts to help turn around the high incidence of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) among school children. Sagicor Life, which has already started an Adopt-a-School Programme aimed at reducing childhood obesity – a key risk factor for NCDs – further showed its commitment to the cause by holding a health workshop […]

‘We are what we eat,’ warns drug official

‘We are what we eat,’ warns drug official

Barbadians were last night warned to watch what they eat, amid concern about a growing resistance in humans to antibiotics. Director of Barbados Drug Service Maryam Hinds said even though the necessary controls and regulations were in place here to deal with prescription drugs, consumers needed to be cognisant that antibiotics were also administered locally […]

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