News from the Caribbean:
April 19, 2014
BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- St Kitts and Nevis is weighing options for universal health care. Chief Medical officer Patrick Martin said the journey began in 1952 and explained on Thursday that currently there is universal coverage at the primary and secondary levels, but not access to tertiary level.
April 18, 2014
GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands -- Health City Cayman Islands has admitted its first patient who underwent a cardiac procedure on Tuesday. The patient, who resides locally in the Cayman Islands, had the procedure performed by Dr Ravi Kishore, the chief interventional cardiologist.
April 17, 2014
In December, the then Bermuda Health Minister Patricia Gordon-Pamplin announced the OBA was looking to introduce pre-certification to the medical industry. This means that our physicians will be required to get approval from a faceless person on the end of a 1-800 number before any medical...
April 14, 2014
KINGSTON, Jamaica (UNAIDS) -- The Caribbean response to HIV has known many successes in recent years. Since 2001 there has been a 54% decline in AIDS-related deaths while new HIV infections have dropped by 49%. Twenty times more people are accessing HIV treatment now than there were ten years ago.
April 14, 2014
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- The Chemistry, Food and Drugs Division of the Trinidad Tobago Ministry of Health approved the introduction of Abiraterone Acetate to the country, the first-orally administered androgen synthesis inhibitor (testosterone) medication for the treatment of patients with metastatic...
April 12, 2014
KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- Jamaica’s health minister, Dr Fenton Ferguson, has called for a change in mindset and greater solidarity among peoples of the Caribbean to end stigma and discrimination towards people living with HIV/AIDS. This is particularly necessary among key populations.
April 12, 2014
In some countries across the globe, the month of April is observed as Sexually Transmitted Disease or STD Awareness month. The month is used to heighten public awareness about STDs, the negative impact they can have on our lives, and the importance of taking the necessary prevention measures.
April 10, 2014
The Board of Chiropractors of Puerto Rico, in our duty to ensure the healthy exercise of the chiropractic profession in Puerto Rico within the framework of Law No. 492, which regulates that profession on the island, with the primary mission to ensure the health the people of Puerto Rico.
April 9, 2014
Today I wish to speak specifically to the men of the Caribbean. Over last weekend two men that I knew, have moved on to the afterlife, due to the dreaded thing we have named cancer. Their passing did not come suddenly or without expectations. Both had been diagnosed with specific forms of cancer.
April 8, 2014
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Monday was World Health Day, the theme of which is "small bites, big threats: protect yourself and your environment from vector-borne diseases". With this in mind, the Caribbean Knowledge and Learning Network (CKLN) and the Caribbean Public Health Agency...
April 3, 2014
The Soufriere hospital in Saint Lucia was built in 1946. From humble beginnings the hospital flourished as a gem as time went by, serving the community 24 hours daily. There were full time doctors, nutritional staff, full time nurses, and ambulance service, x-ray facilities, male and female wards, delivery rooms...
April 2, 2014
PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- The United Nations official tasked with coordinating the response to the cholera epidemic in Haiti says the country is not receiving the international attention it deserves, and is calling on the donor community to scale up support to combat the disease.
April 2, 2014
CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Saint Lucia has confirmed its first case of chikungunya, a mosquito borne disease transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, the same vector of dengue fever. Persons infected with the virus present symptoms after three to seven days following exposure.
March 26, 2014
HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Nimotuzumab, a Cuban monoclonal antibody humanized to treat cancer, is registered in 28 countries, mainly in South America, Africa and Asia, in addition to Cuba. Specialists at the Center of Molecular Immunology, an institution of the BioCubaFarma Business Group...
March 18, 2014
MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica (JIS) -- Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller expressed appreciation to the Spain’s Hospiten Group, which on Friday announced final plans for the construction of a highly specialised general hospital in Jamaica at Cinnamon Hill, Rose Hall, St James at a cost of $200 million.
March 14, 2014
KINGSTOWN, St Vincent -- Heads of government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) have mandated that a regional commission be set up to address issues identified in relation to marijuana use. This announcement was made by chairman of the Conference of Heads of Government...
March 14, 2014
ST GEORGE’S, Grenada -- Outstanding debts owed to the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) by Grenada for two years have now been paid. The government took the decision to settle unpaid claims of 2011 and 2012 that were not paid by the previous government.
March 13, 2014
ST GEORGE’S, Grenada (GIS) -- With the issue of the chikungunya (or ChickV) virus becoming a serious public health threat as cases continue to increase in some Caribbean islands, Grenada’s Health Minister Dr Clarice Modeste-Curwen has taken the lead to establish a multi-stakeholder...
March 11, 2014
PHILIPSBURG, St Maarten -- St Maarten welcomes travelers to the island, with over a quarter million cruise passengers visiting in January and air arrivals at 58,623 travelers for the month, as it continues its preventive measures against the mosquito-borne chikungunya virus.
March 11, 2014
Global warming isn’t just bad for the environment. There are several ways that it is expected to take a toll on human health. For starters, the extreme summer heat that is becoming more normal in a warming world can directly impact the health of billions of people. “Extreme high air temperatures contribute...
March 5, 2014
BASSETERRE St Kitts (WINN) -- At least one parent calling for prompt action to address the health problem affecting students and teachers at the Basseterre High School, says the situation is proving costly for him. Newrish Nital told Winn FM’s The Bigger Picture that he was convinced that the source of...
February 25, 2014
GROS ISLET, St Lucia -- Hepatitis B is a virus that affects the liver. It is very common in many parts of the world. Many people with hepatitis B don’t realize they have been infected until they have a blood test for it. Why should we know about hepatitis B?
February 18, 2014
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Barbados Fertility Centre (BFC) has again been awarded the Gold Seal of approval from the Joint Commission International, after continuing to excel in the highest standards of patient care. This is the third time that BFC has achieved this prestigious award.
February 17, 2014
ROSEAU, Dominica -- The ministry of health in Dominica on Friday confirmed 31 cases of the chikungunya virus in the island. Chikungunya, which is an infection, causes an illness with a similar mode of transmission as dengue fever. Chikungunya is a viral disease, carried mainly by the...
February 4, 2014
HAMILTON, Bermuda -- On Monday, Edmund Gibbons Limited announced the donation of $500,000 to the Bermuda Hospitals Charitable Trust – a non-profit organization whose goal is to raise $40 million for the King Edward Memorial Hospital redevelopment fundraising campaign.
January 29, 2014
OXFORD, England -- Panama has now approved the next phase of evaluation for sterile mosquitoes as a novel tool to combat the dengue mosquito. The announcement comes weeks after Panama's Health Minister, Javier Diaz, declared that the country was experiencing a “dengue epidemic”.
January 27, 2014
ST THOMAS, USVI -- Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Explorer of the Seas, made a scheduled port call in St Thomas in the US Virgin Islands on Saturday and, while in port, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) health officials will evaluate reported symptoms resembling norovirus.
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