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CARPHA, Turks and Caicos launch tourism health and safety programme

June 28, 2016
CARPHA, Turks and Caicos launch tourism health and safety programme PROVIDENCIALES, TCI -- In a response to ensure the health and safety of its visitors and residents, the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) in collaboration with the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) launched the tourism health and safety programme (THP), under TCI CARE...

St Kitts-Nevis government debunks claims of stem cell project at local hospital

June 27, 2016
St Kitts-Nevis government debunks claims of stem cell project at local hospital BASSETERRE, St Kitts (SKNIS) -- Minister of state with responsibility for health, Wendy Phipps, has dismissed claims made by chief medical officer (CMO) Dr Patrick Martin that he was sent on vacation leave because he objected to a stem cell project presently underway at the...

Dengue vaccine approved in Costa Rica

June 24, 2016
Dengue vaccine approved in Costa Rica SAN JOSE, Costa Rica -- On Thursday, the national ministry of health of Costa Rica approved Sanofi Pasteur's tetravalent dengue vaccine, Dengvaxia, to protect individuals 9 to 45 years of age living in endemic areas against all four serotypes of dengue. This approval in Costa Rica is...

Surgery phase of the Miracle Mission eye care begins in Antigua-Barbuda

June 24, 2016
Surgery phase of the Miracle Mission eye care begins in Antigua-Barbuda ST JOHN'S, Antigua -- On Sunday, June 19, 2016, the second week of the surgery phase began within the framework of the continuation of the Miracle Mission in Antigua and Barbuda. The second Venezuelan medical team comprised of ophthalmologists, anesthesiologists and internal...

Caribbean Bone Marrow Registry launches donor drive

June 22, 2016
Caribbean Bone Marrow Registry launches donor drive GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands -- The Caribbean Bone Marrow Registry has launched a donor drive with the goal of reaching 1,000 donors by the end of the year. The Registry currently has only 400 registered donors throughout the Caribbean. Arthur Dunk, Caribbean Bone Marrow...

Inside Paradise: The fight and the right for life

June 21, 2016
Inside Paradise: The fight and the right for life In October 2015, Joe Biden announced to the citizens of the United States that he would not be running for president in 2016 and across America many listened attentively to his speech. However, when he said that his biggest goal would've been: to be the president who...

Drug abuse a public health not criminal issue, says new UK report

June 20, 2016
Drug abuse a public health not criminal issue, says new UK report LONDON, England (CNS) -- A new report by leading public health bodies in the UK is urging a fundamental shift in the approach towards the criminalising of drug use. The Royal Society for Public Health and the Faculty of Public Health are calling for the personal possession and use...

New zika response strategy to focus on preventing, managing medical complications

June 20, 2016
New zika response strategy to focus on preventing, managing medical complications GENEVA, Switzerland -- The United Nations health agency on Friday issued a revised strategic response plan for the next one and a half years to combat the transmission of the zika virus, which has now spread to 60 countries. The zika strategic response plan from July 2016 to December 2017...

Cuba and the US to fight disease together

June 17, 2016
Cuba and the US to fight disease together HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Earlier this week, health authorities in Cuba and the United States signed a memorandum of understanding to cooperate in combating diseases affecting the two countries and to exchange experiences. The Granma newspaper reported on Wednesday...

USVI reports two new cases of zika; St Lucia reports eight total

June 16, 2016
USVI reports two new cases of zika; St Lucia reports eight total ST THOMAS, USVI -- The US Virgin Islands (USVI) Department of Health has reported two new cases of zika in the territory. According to the weekly zika surveillance report, the total number of confirmed positive cases in the USVI is now 26: 16 cases on St Croix, nine cases on...

Health in Venezuela remains in the hands of its citizens

June 16, 2016
Health in Venezuela remains in the hands of its citizens CARACAS, Venezuela -- The health crisis in Venezuela has been thoroughly raked over by international media and is one of the most turbulent debates taking place inside the South American country at present. The Pharmaceutical Federation of Venezuela estimates that the medication...

UN health agency panel sees 'very low' risk of zika spread from Olympics

June 16, 2016
UN health agency panel sees 'very low' risk of zika spread from Olympics GENEVA, Switzerland -- An expert panel of the World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday concluded that, while the zika virus and its associated disorders continue to be a public health emergency of international concern, there is a “very low” risk of further international spread...

Commentary: Words do matter: How anti-zika rhetoric perpetuates regional sexism

June 14, 2016
Commentary: Words do matter: How anti-zika rhetoric perpetuates regional sexism In a New York Times article, foreign correspondent Azam Ahmed challenged his readers, asking, “When in human history has an epidemic become so alarming that a nation feels compelled to urge its women not to have children for two years?” For women in Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador...

Caribbean commits to fast-tracking HIV response, calls for international partnership

June 13, 2016
Caribbean commits to fast-tracking HIV response, calls for international partnership NEW YORK, USA -- The Caribbean has joined the community of nations in framing and endorsing the 2016 Political Declaration on Ending AIDS. The ambitious declaration was adopted at the United Nations General Assembly high-level meeting on ending AIDS, attended by high level...

Cayman Islands zika alert was case of sexual transmission

June 10, 2016
Cayman Islands zika alert was case of sexual transmission GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) -- The Cayman Islands remains free of the zika virus, public health officials said, after a recent suspected case appeared to be due to sexual transmission.  Dr Samuel Williams-Rodriguez, the acting medical health officer, explained that a tourist...

Bold new political declaration on ending AIDS adopted in New York

June 10, 2016
Bold new political declaration on ending AIDS adopted in New York UNITED NATIONS, New York -- A progressive, new and actionable political declaration on ending AIDS was adopted by member states on Wednesday at the United Nations General Assembly high-level meeting on ending AIDS, taking place in New York. The political declaration...

Local Puerto Rico hotels report strong bookings for LGBT Pride events despite zika hype

June 9, 2016
Local Puerto Rico hotels report strong bookings for LGBT Pride events despite zika hype SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- The Puerto Rican Tourism Company (PRTC) is currently reporting a 100% occupancy rate for local hotel partners in Boquerón, Puerto Rico -- and the surrounding areas on the west coast -- with no reported cancellations, as travelers flock to Puerto Rico.

Commentary: Haiti's symptoms of broken healthcare systems

June 8, 2016
Commentary: Haiti's symptoms of broken healthcare systems Among all the countries in the Americas, Haiti is one of the very poorest. This country has approximately ten million inhabitants, of which 75% exist on less than two dollars per day. This is presenting this people with extraordinary challenges, especially when it comes to sudden sickness.

Traveler returning from Cayman Islands tests positive for zika

June 6, 2016
Traveler returning from Cayman Islands tests positive for zika GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) -- The Public Health Department is investigating a case of zika virus in a patient who had visited the Cayman Islands and tested positive on returning home. Despite releasing information to the media last week claiming that the Cayman Islands was...

Letter: Tax the polluters to pay for healthcare in Grenada

June 6, 2016
Letter: Tax the polluters to pay for healthcare in Grenada I know of no political party that likes to be in opposition or enjoys its role as the opposition unless the government of the day is in serious trouble politically as well as economically and, as the main opposition, the party sees itself as the government in waiting. Following the disaster of the...

Three new zika cases reported in US Virgin Islands

June 3, 2016
Three new zika cases reported in US Virgin Islands ST THOMAS, USVI -- The US Virgin Islands Department of Health has reported three new cases of zika virus, with none of the new cases occurring among pregnant women. According to the weekly surveillance report, there were also 15 cases of dengue in the territory.

Letter: Olympics cannot be halted now

June 1, 2016
Letter: Olympics cannot be halted now Recently, a group of about 100 eminent scientists called for the 2016 Olympic Games that are scheduled for Brazil to be cancelled or at least moved. These scientists made the call because they are worried that as Brazil is now the epicenter of the zika outbreak, having so many foreigners...

UN agencies support Haitian government in vaccination campaign against cholera

May 26, 2016
UN agencies support Haitian government in vaccination campaign against cholera PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- Two United Nations agencies said on Wednesday they are supporting the government of Haiti in a vaccination campaign against cholera that aims to reach 400,000 people in 2016.  In a press release, the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) said...

Region fighting losing battle against zika and other mosquito borne diseases

May 25, 2016
Region fighting losing battle against zika and other mosquito borne diseases BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- According to Dr Joy St John, director of surveillance, disease prevention and control at the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), the region has been “waging a losing battle and so the battle strategy needs to change if we are to win the war”.

Letter: We, not slavery, are to blame for our current health problems

May 23, 2016
Letter: We, not slavery, are to blame for our current health problems From time to time, I hear the argument being made that the diet that our slave ancestors were “forced fed” is the primary reason why we in Jamaica and the Caribbean have such a major problem with hypertension and diabetes today. This ridiculous argument was again recently made...

More pregnant women affected by zika virus in the US than previously reported

May 21, 2016
More pregnant women affected by zika virus in the US than previously reported ATLANTA, USA -- At least 279 pregnant women in the US and its territories have been infected with the zika virus, more than double the number most recently reported, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Friday. To gain a more complete picture of the impact...

EarthTalk: Can we ward off the spread of the zika virus with better environmental management?

May 19, 2016
EarthTalk: Can we ward off the spread of the zika virus with better environmental management? The zika virus, first discovered in Uganda’s Zika Forest in 1947, is transmitted to humans and other mammals through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito, and typically causes only a mild and short-term illness (fever, rash, joint pain, conjunctivitis) that likely immunizes the victim from...

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