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Medical tourism market will reach US$32.5 billion by 2019, says new report

July 25, 2015
Medical tourism market will reach US$32.5 billion by 2019, says new report ALBANY, USA -- High cost of medical treatment in developed countries has fueled the development of medical tourism, causing patients to visit other destinations for cheaper yet sophisticated treatment. Transparency Market Research, in a recent report, studied the emergence and growth of the global...

Couple celebrates 30th anniversary with surgery in the Cayman Islands

July 22, 2015
Couple celebrates 30th anniversary with surgery in the Cayman Islands GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands -- For many married couples, a wedding anniversary is an opportunity to enjoy a special luxury or a romantic getaway to a destination far away from the realities of everyday life. Not so for Janice and Kelly Renegar, who marked their 30th anniversary by choosing...

Caribbean successfully conducts Ebola simulation exercise

July 18, 2015
Caribbean successfully conducts Ebola simulation exercise PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- As part of preparation efforts to prevent and manage potential Ebola cases, the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), in collaboration with the CARICOM Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (IMPACS) hosted an Ebola simulation exercise.

Colombia strengthens its medical services to the Caribbean market

July 18, 2015
Colombia strengthens its medical services to the Caribbean market BOGOTÁ, Colombia -- Procolombia, the Colombian government agency that promotes international tourism, foreign investment, non-traditional exports and country brand, has been working closely with the health sector to best position Colombia as the world leader in highly complex medical services.

Commentary: Disparity and neglect at the (Mirabeau) Princess Alice Hospital in Grenada

July 9, 2015
Commentary: Disparity and neglect at the (Mirabeau) Princess Alice Hospital in Grenada According to American historian and philosopher Will Durant, “The health of nations is more important than the wealth of nations.” Unfortunately, though, in rural Grenada this is not the case, since patients should expect some difficulty and long waiting periods in receiving medical attention at the...

Cuba becomes first country to halt mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis

July 2, 2015
Cuba becomes first country to halt mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis GENEVA, Switzerland -- Cuba has become the world’s first country to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis, “a major victory in our long fight against HIV and sexually transmitted infections, and an important step towards having an AIDS-free generation,” the World Health...

Cholera eradication in Haiti will take some years, says outgoing UN coordinator

July 1, 2015
Cholera eradication in Haiti will take some years, says outgoing UN coordinator PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- While some 16,000 new cases of cholera have been reported in Haiti so far this year, the disease is now under control but it will not be eradicated unless improving water and sanitation conditions are given a higher priority by both the government and donors, says the outgoing...

OECS opens new cancer treatment centre in Antigua

June 29, 2015
OECS opens new cancer treatment centre in Antigua ST JOHN'S, Antigua -- Residents within the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) sub-grouping will no longer have to travel abroad for treatment of cancers and other chronic non-communicable diseases (CNCDs). This as the grouping on Friday formally opened its OECS Eastern Caribbean...

Caribbean health research conference addresses violence and injury prevention

June 29, 2015
Caribbean health research conference addresses violence and injury prevention ST GEORGE’S, Grenada -- The Caribbean region has faced a steady increase in deaths due to injuries and violence resulting in premature deaths, disability, costs to the health service, lost productivity with subsequent effects on the family, community and society as a whole. Based on the mounting evidence...

USVI delegate calls for inclusion in affordable healthcare programme

June 27, 2015
USVI delegate calls for inclusion in affordable healthcare programme WASHINGTON, USA -- Following Thursday’s announcement of the US Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the provision allowing the federal government, through the Affordable Care Act, to subsidize health insurance costs for low-income and middle class individuals, US Virgin Islands delegate...

Public health policymaking to get new life with help from CARPHA

June 27, 2015
Public health policymaking to get new life with help from CARPHA ST GEORGE’S, Grenada -- A study conducted by one of the former regional health institutions found that governments generally lack the capacity to assess and use research to make health policy decisions. Furthermore, the type of research needed to inform health decisions in the region is not...

Suriname health sector gets Turkish government assistance

June 24, 2015
Suriname health sector gets Turkish government assistance PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- The Turkish International Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) on June 19 donated medical equipment and healthcare supplies to Suriname. The Suriname ministry of health was also provided with one ambulance, according to a press statement.

Bottled water recalled due to possible contamination

June 24, 2015
Bottled water recalled due to possible contamination ONTARIO, USA -- Niagara Bottling, a leading private-label water bottling company in the United States, has recalled certain batches of its bottled spring water due to possible contamination with E. coli bacteria. The affected product is spring water, not the purified water, manufactured at the company’s...

British retiree thankful to Health City Cayman Islands

June 24, 2015
British retiree thankful to Health City Cayman Islands GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands -- When Maurice Bloom retired to the Cayman Islands two and a half years ago from the United Kingdom, he was like many individuals who take their health for granted until a dramatic event reveals that all may not be well. For Bloom, that moment came recently when...

International institutions join forces to tackle leading causes of death in the Americas

June 15, 2015
International institutions join forces to tackle leading causes of death in the Americas WASHINGTON, USA -- The Organization of American States (OAS) and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) will launch on Wednesday in Washington, DC, the Inter-American Task Force on Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs), a multisectoral effort to combat the causes of 80% of deaths...

Twelve-year-old girl first in the Caribbean to contract zika virus

June 11, 2015
Twelve-year-old girl first in the Caribbean to contract zika virus SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic -- The mosquito-borne Zika virus, also referred to as ZIKV, has now reached the Caribbean, with a 12-year-old girl in the Dominican Republic becoming the first person to contract the virus. The pre-teen has been hospitalised in a private clinic. This development...

Grenada university collaborates with researchers to tackle vector borne infections

June 11, 2015
Grenada university collaborates with researchers to tackle vector borne infections ST GEORGE'S, Grenada -- St George's University recently participated in a groundbreaking feasibility study for an infectious disease surveillance system conducted with a team of researchers and scientists in Grenada.  The objective of the study was to gather data to automate the collection...

Caribbean leaders to tackle chronic non-communicable diseases

June 10, 2015
Caribbean leaders to tackle chronic non-communicable diseases BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Health leaders from throughout the Caribbean met with representatives of United Nations agencies, collaborating agencies from Canada and the United States, development banks, academia and civil society to discuss actions that can be taken to reduce the impact...

Cuban health tourism centre expands services

June 6, 2015
Cuban health tourism centre expands services HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- The Havana-based Cira Garcia health centre, offering services to foreigners in Cuba, is expanding its services to compete with other similar centres in the Americas. "We are expanding our services, not only in terms of space, but also in our attention capacity," said health centre...

Beyond Ebola, laying foundations for Caribbean regional health security

June 6, 2015
Beyond Ebola, laying foundations for Caribbean regional health security PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad -- Diseases do not recognise borders and, as such, communicable disease outbreaks and epidemics pose a major threat to health, tourism, social and economic development in every country in the Caribbean region. In light of this, the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA)...

Caribbean food products recalled

June 5, 2015
Caribbean food products recalled WASHINGTON, USA -- Golden Krust Patties, a New York producer of Jamaican-style meat patties, is recalling approximately 9,073,384 pounds of beef and chicken products due to misbranding and undeclared allergens. Meanwhile, in Jamaica, Grace Foods has announced a Class III recall...

EarthTalk: Is backyard firepit smoke a health hazard?

June 2, 2015
EarthTalk: Is backyard firepit smoke a health hazard? With summer approaching, many of us are eagerly anticipating the first night we can gather with loved ones under the stars around our backyard fire pits. But neighbors might have not-so-warm feelings about wood smoke entering their yards and homes. According to the US Environmental Protection...

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...

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