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Jamaica hosts regional workshop on salmonella surveillance and risk management

May 29, 2015
Jamaica hosts regional workshop on salmonella surveillance and risk management KINGSTON, Jamaica (IICA) -- Twenty-five participants, including personnel from the Jamaican poultry and egg industries and veterinarians, microbiologists and public health inspectors from across the Caribbean region, participated in a recently held workshop on salmonella surveillance and risk management.

Haiti to get US$50m grant for cleaner water and better sanitation in cholera hot spots

May 28, 2015
Haiti to get US$50m grant for cleaner water and better sanitation in cholera hot spots WASHINGTON, USA -- About 300,000 people from Haiti’s cholera-affected rural areas and small towns will benefit from increased access to clean water and sanitation as a result of a US$50 million grant from the International Development Association (IDA) approved on Wednesday by the World Bank.

St Lucia explores legal framework for establishing medical research facility

May 27, 2015
St Lucia explores legal framework for establishing medical research facility CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Invest Saint Lucia last week hosted a series of consultations with relevant stakeholders to determine the way forward for establishing Saint Lucia as a preferred location for investments in medical research and education, with downstream opportunities for health tourism.

Cayman Islands premier applauds new hospital

May 26, 2015
Cayman Islands premier applauds new hospital GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands -- The premier of the Cayman Islands believes a new Caribbean hospital's accreditation will stimulate interest in the Caribbean destination as a premier location for world-class healthcare and medical tourism. Speaking at a press conference marking the award...

No zika virus cases in the Caribbean to date, says Barbados health ministry

May 23, 2015
No zika virus cases in the Caribbean to date, says Barbados health ministry BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- The ministry of health in Barbados has assured the public that there are no suspected cases of the zika virus in the Caribbean to date.  The ministry, however, remains in communication with regional and international stakeholders in order to ensure a timely and...

Jamaica spa association launched

May 23, 2015
Jamaica spa association launched KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Chairman of the Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ), Professor Winston Davidson praised the formation of the Jamaica Spa Association (JSA) at the body’s launch on Tuesday at the Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) Business Auditorium. Davidson spoke to spa...

Jamaicans urged to destroy mosquito breeding sites amidst zika virus outbreak in Brazil

May 21, 2015
Jamaicans urged to destroy mosquito breeding sites amidst zika virus outbreak in Brazil GENEVA, Switzerland (JIS) -- Following meetings at the World Health Assembly now taking place in Geneva, Switzerland, and subsequent to a warning issued by the Pan American Health Organization regarding an outbreak of the zika virus in Brazil and the potential of the virus to spread to other countries.

Senior UN official says cholera outbreak in Haiti needs urgent attention

May 16, 2015
Senior UN official says cholera outbreak in Haiti needs urgent attention NEW YORK, USA -- The cholera outbreak in Haiti remains the largest in recent world history, according to the United Nations official coordinating the Organization’s cholera response in the country, yet the health crisis has fallen off the international agenda after having ceased appearing in the media.

Health City Cayman Islands awarded international accreditation

May 16, 2015
Health City Cayman Islands awarded international accreditation GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands -- On the heels of Health City Cayman Islands' first anniversary, the Caribbean hospital has earned the prestigious Gold Seal of Approval from Joint Commission International (JCI), the worldwide leader in accrediting the quality of healthcare, cementing its ability to...

Commonwealth health ministers to tackle increasing burden on services

May 15, 2015
Commonwealth health ministers to tackle increasing burden on services LONDON, England -- Finding ways to meet the health needs of an ageing, growing population with long-term, complex illnesses will dominate discussions at this year’s Commonwealth health ministers meeting (CHMM). The meeting will take place ahead of the World Health Assembly on 17 May 2015 in Geneva.

Commentary: Health care policy in the Caribbean SIDS

May 7, 2015
Commentary: Health care policy in the Caribbean SIDS The health of the citizens in the Caribbean differs by island. There are several indicators to indicate public health of a society. One of them is life-expectancy. According to the data collected by the World Bank, Cuba has the best results in this policy area and Haiti is the lowest in ranking.

US Navy hospital ship to offer medical services in Jamaica

May 6, 2015
US Navy hospital ship to offer medical services in Jamaica KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- Jamaicans are to benefit from medical services offered by the United States Navy hospital ship ‘Comfort’, which docked at the Kingston Container Terminal (KCT) on Monday. The medical personnel on board will carry out procedures as well as outreach activities.

Commentary: Caribbean men's health

April 28, 2015
Commentary: Caribbean men's health Over the last few months I have attended a growing number of funerals of Caribbean men of various races and ages. Seemingly almost every other week, someone I know or know about, is collapsing suddenly and dying. Often, too often, this stems from heart failure. For many of us...

Ice cream recall extended to Caribbean

April 25, 2015
Ice cream recall extended to Caribbean BRENHAM, USA -- On Monday, Blue Bell Creameries of Brenham, Texas, voluntarily expanded its recall to include all of its products currently on the market because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. This recall includes ice cream, frozen yogurt, sherbet...

CARPHA and Mexico sign MOU to benefit 17 million Caribbean people

April 25, 2015
CARPHA and Mexico sign MOU to benefit 17 million Caribbean people MEXICO CITY, Mexico -- The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) on Thursday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the ministry of health of the United Mexican States, through the Federal Commission for Protection from Sanitary Risks (COFEPRIS). The aim of the MoU...

Chikungunya cases continue to decline in Barbados

April 24, 2015
Chikungunya cases continue to decline in Barbados BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- Cases of chikungunya disease in Barbados continue to decline, with 57 suspected cases reported for the first 12 weeks of this year. In its latest update released on Wednesday, the ministry of health further stated that no cases have as yet been confirmed for the year.

Food safety: Should we be concerned?

April 22, 2015
Food safety: Should we be concerned? PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- In the Caribbean region, food-borne diseases continue to increase and have huge impacts on public health and the economy. Every year, thousands of people in the region experience one or more episodes of food-borne illness. The Pan American Health...

Earth Day is every day at Health City Cayman Islands

April 22, 2015
Earth Day is every day at Health City Cayman Islands GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands -- Earth Day is celebrated every day at Health City Cayman Islands by implementing an impressive array of planet-friendly initiatives that abound on the well landscaped property. "We were built and will expand with sustainability and safety in mind," said Shomari Scott.

Puerto Rico has lower rates of new cases of lung and breast cancer than the rest of US

April 18, 2015
Puerto Rico has lower rates of new cases of lung and breast cancer than the rest of US ATLANTA, USA -- Puerto Rico has the lowest incidence rate of new lung cancer compared with all other races and ethnic groups in the United States, according to a study published on Thursday in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

St Eustatius collaborates in infectious disease control

April 18, 2015
St Eustatius collaborates in infectious disease control ORANJESTAD, St Eustatius -- In 2014, 25 countries in the Caribbean had recorded cases of chikungunya. Chikungunya is caused by the same vector as dengue fever, the Aedes aegypti mosquito. The circulation of these two viruses has proven itself to be a serious health challenge in the Caribbean.

US expert says Cuban bio-pharmaceutical industry will play major role without US embargo

April 17, 2015
US expert says Cuban bio-pharmaceutical industry will play major role without US embargo HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Senior consultant for US-based Globepharm, Michael Anisfeld, has predicted an increasing role for the Cuban bio-pharmaceutical industry once the US economic, commercial and financial embargo is lifted. The Cuban sector will turn into an important exporter of...

New jet service inaugurated to meet demand for Caribbean air ambulance transport

April 15, 2015
New jet service inaugurated to meet demand for Caribbean air ambulance transport SAN JUAN, Puerto-Rico -- REVA Inc., world-wide operator of the largest private fleet of jet air ambulances in the world, has launched a major expansion of its Caribbean operations. REVA now offers permanently based jet services capable of direct emergency air-medical transportation to and from...

Health City Cayman Islands celebrates first anniversary

April 10, 2015
Health City Cayman Islands celebrates first anniversary GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands -- Health City Cayman Islands celebrates its first anniversary of providing quality and affordable healthcare this month. Since the state-of-the-art medical facility received its first patient 12 months ago, Health City brought life to the shared vision of renowned...

Food safety: Everyone's responsibility

April 8, 2015
Food safety: Everyone's responsibility PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad -- “Food safety: from farm to plate, make food safe” is the theme of World Health Day 2015. On 7 April 2015, the Caribbean and the rest of the world focused on the challenges and opportunities for food safety along the whole length of the food chain from production and...

Health and Beauty: Valentia Skin Care Even Glow Serum

April 6, 2015
Health and Beauty: Valentia Skin Care Even Glow Serum There is any number of products touted as miracle cures for aging skin care, few of which, if any, live up to their hype. It was therefore with some skepticism that I tried Valentia Skin Care’s Even Glow Vitamin C Serum anti-wrinkle, antioxidant treatment, which claims to quickly reduce wrinkles and pores.

US institutions behind horrific human syphilis experiments, allege Guatemalan victims in lawsuit

April 4, 2015
US institutions behind horrific human syphilis experiments, allege Guatemalan victims in lawsuit BALTIMORE, USA -- Over 750 victims have sued the Rockefeller Foundation, the Johns Hopkins Hospital, the Johns Hopkins University, the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and the Johns Hopkins Health System Corporation, alleging...

Stem cell research and treatment facility to be established in St Kitts

March 31, 2015
Stem cell research and treatment facility to be established in St Kitts BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- Plans are in the works to establish a stem cell research and treatment center in St Kitts in the near future. The plans were make public at a press conference organized by the St Kitts biomedical Research Foundation following the Foundation’s Strategy Conference...

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