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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 […]

Zika still a cause for concern – health officials

Zika still a cause for concern – health officials

Barbados recorded 289 cases of gastroenteritis and 333 cases of fever and respiratory illness during the first three months of the year, the Ministry of Health has reported. In its latest update on communicable diseases, the Ministry also revealed that there were 705 suspected cases of Zika between early 2015 when the outbreak started and […]

Coalition formed to help fight ‘tsunami’ of NCDs

Coalition formed to help fight ‘tsunami’ of NCDs

The Barbados-registered health advocacy company Healthy Caribbean Coalition (HCC) is partnering with the Open Campus of the University of the West Indies in a three-year programme to fight non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in the region. The agreement, signed Tuesday, paves the way for the civil society alliance and the education institution to join resources on a […]

New healthcare funding scheme launched

New healthcare funding scheme launched

While the Freundel Stuart administration struggles to find a sustainable means of funding healthcare, Barbadian seniors are being offered an avenue through which to cover their own healthcare costs. The City of Bridgetown Credit Union (COB), the Barbados Association of Retired Persons (BARP) and the membership programme JIPA Connect Friday signed a memorandum of understanding […]

HIV worry

HIV worry

Health officials here are concerned that a number of Barbadians are turning to unauthorized providers for HIV rapid testing the diagnostic tests which use either blood sample or oral fluids, and which produces results within 20 to 30 minutes. The Ministry of Health has issued an advisory warning that only healthcare providers sanctioned by the […]

$209m blow

$209m blow

The struggling Barbados economy is losing $145 million a year as the cost of treating non-communicable diseases (NCDs) continues to soar, according to Minister of Health John Boyce. Boyce Monday morning told a consultation on a National Strategic Plan for Health that the treatment of hypertension and diabetes alone accounted for 58 per cent of expenditure […]

No limits with dyslexia

No limits with dyslexia

Daveed Gittens is an 18-year-old Harrison College student with a strong conviction. For the past three years, he has been the president of the charity Dyslexia No Limits, providing educational opportunities for students with dyslexia. Gittens created Dyslexia No Limits in 2014, while in his third year at the Crumpton Street, St Michael educational institution, […]

Corned beef ban lifted

Corned beef ban lifted

Government has lifted the ban imposed last Tuesday on the importation of corned beef from Brazil, after tests revealed “no concerns about the safety” of the product here. Senior Veterinary Officer in the Ministry of Agriculture Dr Mark Trotman today sanctioned the resumption of the importation and sale of the canned meat, telling reporters this […]

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