News from the Caribbean:
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.
January 27, 2014
CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The government of Saint Lucia is exploring an alliance with the University of the West Indies (UWI) to establish a linkage between Saint Lucia’s hospitals and the Faculties of Medical Science of the university. This new partnership seeks to transform the New National Hospital...
January 23, 2014
PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti (HCNN) -- Haitian health authorities have reported a significant decrease in cases of cholera in Haiti in early 2014, compared to the number of cases reported during the same period last year, as they promised to vaccinate this year some 500,000 people in at risk areas.
January 21, 2014
STOCKHOLM, Sweden -- According to the latest report from the European Centre of Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) based in Stockholm, Sweden, new cases chikungunya virus have been reported in several countries in the Caribbean. As of January 9, 2014, the following numbers...
January 21, 2014
CASTRIES, St Lucia -- In the aftermath of the trough system on December 24, 2013, which caused death and severe damage to infrastructure in member states, the OECS Secretariat’s pharmaceutical procurement service has activated its disaster fund. As such, St Vincent and the Grenadines...
January 18, 2014
ROSEAU, Dominica -- The ministry of health in Dominica on Thursday confirmed the first case of chikungunya disease on the island. Chikungunya is a viral disease, carried mainly by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, and causes a dengue-like sickness.Symptoms of the disease include...
January 16, 2014
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- The probability of the chikungunya virus in Curacao has increased now that the virus has been detected in the Dutch part of St Maarten and, according to Minister of Health Ben Whiteman, his ministry must combat the Aedes aegypti mosquito effectively.
January 16, 2014
HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- The therapeutic vaccine Racotumomab (Vaxira), developed by Cuba’s Molecular Immunology Center (CIM) for advanced lung cancer is among the country’s scientific achievements, said experts at CIM. The immunogen, which began to be applied in primary health care...
January 14, 2014
ROAD TOWN, BVI -- The ministry of health in the British Virgin Islands has confirmed three cases of chickungunya disease, following reports of confirmed cases in St Martin and increased surveillance throughout the BVI. Medical Officer of Health Dr Ronald Georges said, “We have confirmed...
December 14, 2013
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- On Thursday, the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) received notification of ten confirmed cases of locally acquired chikungunya virus infection on the French side of the Caribbean island of Saint Martin, which is divided into two parts.
December 10, 2013
CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Health official in Saint Lucia issued a public alert in October after an increase in undifferentiated fever and dengue fever cases. Following this alert, an intensified dengue fever awareness campaign was undertaken. The ministry of health has now reported a decrease...
December 7, 2013
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Ambassador John Ashe, president of the 68th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, and Dr Babatunde Osotimehin, executive director of the United Nations Population Fund will lead a high level delegation to Trinidad and Tobago.
December 6, 2013
PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad -- The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) has moved one step forward in its mission to provide strategic direction in analyzing, defining and responding to public health priorities of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), in order to prevent disease...
November 30, 2013
BRADES, Montserrat (GIU) -- Residents will be able to receive the result of an HIV test in ten minutes as part of the World AIDS Day activities for Montserrat on Monday. According to health promotions officer for the ministry of health and social services, Wayne Hunte...
November 28, 2013
KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- Jamaica’s Minister of Health, Dr Fenton Ferguson, says while the smoking of marijuana has serious implications for one’s health, he fully supports the use of the substance for medicinal purposes. “Jamaica can’t lock off itself from the rest of the world or the research findings...
November 28, 2013
Whilst sitting in a famous Kingstown bar at the weekend, I listened while the owner, who sat with the customers, said how he was reliably told that the Heberprot-P medicine for diabetic foot ulcers was being held back in SVG now for the last two years, the product to be released at...
November 20, 2013
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Hosted in Puerto Rico with the objective of improving oral health across the Caribbean, the first Caribbean Oral Health Summit was held on November 13 and 14, 2013. The Summit included a two-day comprehensive scientific program focused on leveraging resources...
November 19, 2013
ST THOMAS, USVI -- Governor John de Jongh on Monday discussed the territory's decision to pursue Medicaid expansion rather than a health insurance explaining that under national regulatory and policy changes made by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), as modified by the Supreme Court...
November 15, 2013
We are in an age when even children know so much about sex and its ramifications. Haven’t we seen boys comparing with one another ‘is yours bigger than mine?’ Except that, once they pass the adolescent stage, they understand a little better. So where do the birds and bees come anyway?
November 13, 2013
PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad -- The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) and CARICOM’s Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) have agreed to work together to reduce environments that promote obesity in individuals, particularly children.
November 12, 2013
Remember how in September last I wrote about the ULP promise to bring limb saving medicine from Cuba? Remember how I reminded us that Ces McKie, when minister of health, went to Cuba and came back and told us about a wonder drug invented by the Cubans that would save the feet of...
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