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UN secretary-general apologizes to people of Haiti, outlines new plan to fight cholera epidemic

December 3, 2016
UN secretary-general apologizes to people of Haiti, outlines new plan to fight cholera epidemic NEW YORK, USA -- United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday apologized to the people of Haiti, expressing deep regret for the loss of life and suffering caused by the country’s cholera epidemic, and outlined the way forward including immediate steps to stem the...

Commentary: The Turks and Caicos national health insurance scandal

November 29, 2016
Commentary: The Turks and Caicos national health insurance scandal As a part of the preamble to the 800-page contract between Interhealth Canada Construction & Services (TCI) Limited and the now defunct Johnston International Limited: “The Crown (in right of its Government in the Turks and Caicos Islands) ("TCIG") currently provides a national health service...

Researchers find evidence of onset of zika-associated microcephaly and other complications after birth

November 23, 2016
Researchers find evidence of onset of zika-associated microcephaly and other complications after birth ATLANTA, USA -- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) researchers, in collaboration with researchers from the United States and Brazil, have investigated the first series of infants with laboratory evidence of congenital zika virus infection documented to have onset of microcephaly...

CDC issues zika travel alert for Montserrat

November 22, 2016
CDC issues zika travel alert for Montserrat ATLANTA, USA -- Following reported local mosquito transmission of zika virus infection, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Monday issued a zika virus travel notice for Montserrat. Local mosquito transmission means that mosquitoes in the area are infected with zika.

Zika no longer an international public health emergency, but sustained response needed, says WHO

November 21, 2016
Zika no longer an international public health emergency, but sustained response needed, says WHO GENEVA, Switzerland -- Following a meeting of its emergency committee on zika, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) said that the infectious disease and its associated consequences no longer present a public health emergency of international concern, but stressed...

Excessive alcohol consumption a concern in BVI

November 21, 2016
Excessive alcohol consumption a concern in BVI ROAD TOWN, BVI -- The ministry of health and social development in the British Virgin Islands has joined the Healthy Caribbean Coalition in raising awareness of the harmful abuse of alcohol. The Coalition declared Friday, November 18, as Caribbean Alcohol Reduction Day.

PAHO refutes social media claims over water quality in Barbados

November 18, 2016
PAHO refutes social media claims over water quality in Barbados BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) has denied an allegation circulating on social media that it has warned the Barbados government about the quality of the island’s water supply. In a statement issued this week, PAHO said it supported...

Three new zika case confirmed in Turks and Caicos

November 17, 2016
Three new zika case confirmed in Turks and Caicos PROVIDENCIALES, TCI -- The ministry of health has confirmed that three new cases of zika have been confirmed in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI). This includes the first confirmed case in Grand Turk and brings the total number of confirmed cases in the TCI to 15, which includes 12 females...

Promoting Caribbean tourism and health in a global market

November 16, 2016
Promoting Caribbean tourism and health in a global market LONDON, England -- The Caribbean as a tourist destination took centre stage at the World Travel Market, the largest gathering of global tourism stakeholders. Highlighting the work of its tourism and health programme, the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) became the...

Caribbean region first to be free of local measles transmission

November 14, 2016
Caribbean region first to be free of local measles transmission PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- The Caribbean, and countries of the Americas, are first in the world to be declared free of local measles transmission. This historic announcement was recently made by the International Expert Committee for Documenting and Verifying Measles, Rubella, and...

Increased number of dengue fever cases reported in Turks and Caicos

November 12, 2016
Increased number of dengue fever cases reported in Turks and Caicos PROVIDENCIALES, TCI -- The ministry of health in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) has reported an increase in the number of dengue fever cases as a result of the recent rains in the TCI. This increase is mainly observed on Grand Turk where a total of 14 cases were reported...

UN-backed cholera vaccination campaign kicks off in Haiti

November 9, 2016
UN-backed cholera vaccination campaign kicks off in Haiti PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- A vaccination campaign against cholera began on Tuesday in the areas of Haiti hit hard by Hurricane Matthew, with support from the United Nations and other institutions. “Today in Haiti marks the first day of a vaccination campaign against cholera in areas...

Confirmed cases of hand, foot and mouth disease reported in Turks and Caicos

November 8, 2016
Confirmed cases of hand, foot and mouth disease reported in Turks and Caicos PROVIDENCIALES, TCI -- The ministry of health, agriculture and human services in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) has reported a number of confirmed cases of hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD). To date, the majority of these cases have been reported in Providenciales.

Caribbean countries receive US$8 million to reduce health risks from toxic chemicals

November 7, 2016
Caribbean countries receive US$8 million to reduce health risks from toxic chemicals PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Eight Caribbean territories are to receive financial assistance totaling US$8 million to combat exposure to toxic chemicals found in household cleaning products, processed foods and even clothing that can severely damage a person’s health.

Letter: 'Significant' cancer risks of eating Trinidad's bottom dwelling fish and shrimp

November 5, 2016
Letter: 'Significant' cancer risks of eating Trinidad's bottom dwelling fish and shrimp Fishermen and Friends of the Sea (FFOS) is a Trinidad based NGO that has fought for sustainable development for 20 years. Presently, Trinidad and Tobago is suffering the effects of decades of poor environmental management, this combined with our hydrocarbon extraction and...

The awesome potential of omega-3s from seafood in reducing inflammation in the human body

November 2, 2016
The awesome potential of omega-3s from seafood in reducing inflammation in the human body BOQUETE, Panama -- The Problem: Chronic Inflammation is a symptom of virtually every disease. Inflammation plays a major role in the development of the well known chronic problems of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, arthritis, eye disease, mood disorders, fibromyalgia and the list goes on.

Guyana to reduce maternal and infant mortality rates with IDB support

October 28, 2016
Guyana to reduce maternal and infant mortality rates with IDB support WASHINGTON, USA -- The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved an US$8 million loan for a program to help reduce maternal, perinatal and neonatal deaths in Guyana. This program seeks to improve the quality of care at 140 health facilities and in 88 communities.

School feeding programmes could help fight NCDs in CARICOM

October 26, 2016
School feeding programmes could help fight NCDs in CARICOM GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands -- A food and nutrition official has identified the school feeding programme as a means of combating unhealthy eating habits in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). Lystra Fletcher-Paul, the Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) sub-regional...

UWI regional task force on zika tracks rare neurological disorder

October 22, 2016
UWI regional task force on zika tracks rare neurological disorder PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- The Caribbean has moved one step closer to uncovering the link between the zika virus disease and a rare neurological illness. Once an obscure pathogen, the mosquito-borne zika virus quickly spread to more than 40 countries in the Americas after an outbreak...

US secretary of health to pay working visit to Cuba

October 20, 2016
US secretary of health to pay working visit to Cuba HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Sylvia Burwell, US Secretary of Health and Human Services, will attend a regional meeting on zika and other mosquito-borne diseases to take place in Havana on Thursday and Friday. The general director of the United States department at the Cuban ministry of...

UN health teams in Haiti respond to cholera outbreaks, prevent possible epidemic

October 14, 2016
UN health teams in Haiti respond to cholera outbreaks, prevent possible epidemic PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- With scattered outbreaks of cholera reported in the wake of the devastation wrecked by Hurricane Matthew in Haiti, the United Nations health agency has deployed field teams in the country to respond to the health situation and to prevent it from reaching...

Nevis records first zika case

October 10, 2016
Nevis records first zika case CHARLESTOWN, Nevis -- Last week, the ministry of health on Nevis was informed by the Caribbean Health Agency (CARPHA) of the first laboratory confirmed case of zika virus disease on Nevis. This is the result of a test done in late August. The patient had no recent travel history...

Mercury in seafood, from contamination to elimination

October 7, 2016
Mercury in seafood, from contamination to elimination BOQUETE, Panama -- Medical advice is abundant on the internet and much of it adds to confusion, fear and potential anxiety over a variety of issues. For example, pregnant woman and small children are advised to avoid eating orange roughy, marlin, grouper, shark, swordfish...

Islamic Bank approves additional US$10 million for Suriname health sector

October 6, 2016
Islamic Bank approves additional US$10 million for Suriname health sector JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia -- Last week, on September 28, in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, the Board of Directors of the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) approved additional funding of US$10 million for the supplementary financing for the health systems strengthening project in Suriname.

USVI small business credit initiative helps provide advanced eye healthcare to the Caribbean

October 4, 2016
USVI small business credit initiative helps provide advanced eye healthcare to the Caribbean ST CROIX, USVI -- Plessen Eye is a state-of-the-art ophthalmic ambulatory surgical center run by Dr Jan Tawakol and Dr Tasnim Khan, a husband-and-wife team, on the island of St Croix. Although there was an increasing demand for ophthalmological services in the US Virgin Islands...

Zika numbers are only the tip of the iceberg, says CARPHA

October 3, 2016
Zika numbers are only the tip of the iceberg, says CARPHA BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) has reported that positive zika cases confirmed by laboratory testing represent only the “tip of the iceberg”. This means that the number of confirmed zika cases published in the media is only a small number of...

Jamaica health ministry targets medical tourism sector

October 3, 2016
Jamaica health ministry targets medical tourism sector KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) --The ministry of health is aiming to attract over 100,000 medical tourists to Jamaica within the next ten years. Director of policy planning and development in the ministry, Howard Lynch, said the sector has the potential to provide tremendous economic benefits.

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