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No need to panic

No need to panic

Minister of Health John Boyce is urging the public not to panic even as the south coast sewage crisis continues. Boyce said the Barbados Water Authority (BWA) and the Ministry of Health have implemented short-term measures to tackle the crisis. “We have to be concerned but we need not panic in these circumstances,” Boyce told […]

Gov’t remains committed to healthcare, say PM

Gov’t remains committed to healthcare, say PM

With approximately 40 per cent of Barbadians said to be footing their own healthcare bill, Prime Minister Freundel Stuart is assuring residents that his administration has not abandoned plans to revamp the healthcare system so that every citizen could better benefit. In fact, Stuart said the Ministry of Health is still working on a proposal […]

Psychiatric Hospital proud of its achievements

Psychiatric Hospital proud of its achievements

Acting Director of the Psychiatric Hospital Heather Payne Drakes said there are now many success stories of individuals who have been admitted for care at the facility and have been successfully treated and reintegrated to their families and friends. Speaking on Saturday during the annual Christmas visit by acting Governor General Sir Philip Greaves, the […]

JAMAICA – Gov’t looking to introduce preventive drug to reduce the spread of HIV

JAMAICA – Gov’t looking to introduce preventive drug to reduce the spread of HIV

As the controversy rages over the introduction of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine in Jamaica’s schools, the Ministry of Health is considering introducing the equally controversial HIV prevention method, Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). A PrEP pill is designed to be taken by HIV-negative individuals to prevent the contraction of the virus, and is hailed as a ‘magic […]

Doctors say some young children need psychological services too

Doctors say some young children need psychological services too

Psychology services have a vital role to play in the developmental progress of children after they leave the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), Queen Elizabeth Hospital. “Psychology services are [an] important part of looking after children. The clinic which you are in now is part of the outpatient clinic, which is a speciality clinic for […]

Red eye alert

Red eye alert

Several countries in the region have reported outbreaks of conjunctivitis at health facilities and medical practices. “The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) is currently monitoring the situation and we want to urge persons to take the necessary precautions to prevent and reduce the spread of this illness,” said Dr Virginia Asin-Oostburg, Director, Surveillance, Disease Prevention […]

Bridgetown Market patrons get CPR lesson

Bridgetown Market patrons get CPR lesson

Some of the early patrons at Bridgetown Market this afternoon got a lesson in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) when training and development company Regal Development Solutions staged a simulation of a sudden cardiac arrest on Spring Garden Highway. It was part of their ongoing efforts to raise awareness of the need to ensure individuals’ medical safety, […]

Globe-athon boost to help fight gynaecological cancers

Globe-athon boost to help fight gynaecological cancers

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) has received a new state-of-the-art ultrasound machine for its Gynaecological Cancer and Diagnostic Unit. The equipment, worth more than $55,000, was handed over on Monday during the launch of this year’s Sagicor Globe-athon Walk and Run to End Gynaecological Cancers. Vice President of Sales at Sagicor Barbados Life Inc., Gay Griffith said since […]

Conjunctivitis Advisory: Residents told to be vigilant

Conjunctivitis Advisory: Residents told to be vigilant

The Ministry of Health has advised the public to be vigilant following reports of conjunctivitis or “red eye” outbreaks in the region of the Americas over the last 10 weeks. Since May 6, 13 countries have recorded increased cases of the infection compared to previous years. These include The Bahamas, Dominica, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Suriname, St […]

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