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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 […]

Living with HIV

Living with HIV

The campaign is on once again to get Caribbean nationals to know their HIV status. And with Regional Testing Day to be held next Friday, one individual who has been living with the virus for over two decades has been sharing his story. Addressing the recent media launch of Regional Testing Day, Ainsley Reid admitted […]

STD alarm

STD alarm

There has been a dramatic rise in the number of cases of syphilis – and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) – among young Barbadian men, raising concern among health officials here. The Ministry of Health has revealed that the number of syphilis cases overall jumped nearly fivefold between 2010 and 2013, according to a release […]

Barbadians warned to change their eating habits

Barbadians warned to change their eating habits

With 60 per cent of the beds in the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) occupied by persons afflicted with non-communicable diseases (NCDs), retired medical practitioner Dr Maurice Smith is urging Barbadians to change their sedentary lifestyles and to immediately address their bad eating habits. The retired gynecologist made the appeal at the University of West Indies […]