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QEH sees improvements but is still overwhelmed, Bostic says

Minister of Health Lieutenant Colonel Jeffrey Bostic says while a lot has been done in terms of improving patient experience and reducing the wait time at the Accident and Emergency Unit of the QEH, the hospital remains overwhelmed. Speaking Sunday night at the Barbados Labour Party’s 1st Anniversary Political Rally at Carlisle Car Park, Bridgetown, Bostic said the […]

Discussions on 24-hour polyclinic service to resume next week

The meeting to discuss new issues which have arisen in relation to the introduction of the 24-hour polyclinic service will resume next week after an initial meeting today. In a statement issued after the meeting, the Ministry of Health and Wellness described the talks between itself, the Ministry of the Public Service and the representatives […]

Ministry reiterates medical marijuana stance

The Ministry of Health and Wellness has made it clear that the decision that medical marijuana products should be authorized for use in Barbados was based on the best available scientific evidence from clinical studies. Minister of Health and Wellness, Lt Col Jeffrey Bostic, announced last Tuesday that five medicinal marijuana drugs had been approved […]

Connell selected to develop guidelines for managing hypertension

Dr Kenneth Connell, a lecturer at The University of the West Indies (The UWI) Cave Hill Campus, is among 16 international experts, chosen by the World Health Organization (WHO) to form a Guideline Development Group (GDG) for the diagnosis and pharmacological treatment of hypertension in adults. The announcement came as the international community recognised World […]

Winning hearts at polo

The Corporate and Commercial Credit Division of Consolidated Finance Co Limited recently joined the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Barbados (HSFB) and the Barbados polo fraternity to champion stroke prevention at “Different Strokes – The Polo Edition”. Appreciative fans were treated to an exciting polo showdown between the aptly named Red Hearts and Blue Strokes […]

Products not compromised during gas leak: Pine Hill Dairy

Pine Hill Dairy (PHD) continues to investigate Saturday’s ammonia leak at its plant. A company statement says investigations suggest the gas leak was caused by a rupture in one of the pipes serving the PHD’s refrigeration unit. “Once the leak was discovered, all employees were immediately evacuated, and there were no injuries reported,” Public Relations and […]

Autism Association wants more sensitization in workplaces

The Autism Association of Barbados is lobbying for more sensitization in the workplace and the education system. President Frank Johnson said corporate Barbados does not have the prerequisites to accommodate autistic adults. He was speaking Saturday at the Au-Mazing Gift: A Journey to Autism Acceptance discussion at the Radisson Resort. The presentation which was conducted […]

Chemical spill at Pine Hill Dairy

Members of the public are advised that sometime around 5:25 p.m. today, staff at Pine Hill Dairy had to be evacuated as a result of a Chemical Spill. Emergency crews are currently on the scene under the leadership of ASP Trevor Blackman of the Royal Barbados Police Force and Dep Chief Fire Officer Henderson Patrick of […]

Decreased numbers at BAEP march

Barbados Association of Endometriosis and Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (BAEP) held their third annual Endo March today. From as early as 5:30 a.m some 100 people entered the Rascals, Spring Garden facility to get their last minute warm up with Dr Rashida Daisley ahead of the march which started from Brandon’s Beach, Spring Garden Highway, St […]

Rodent control sensitization on today

The environmental health officers at the Eunice Gibson Polyclinic will host a community sensitization programme on rodent control in Welchman Hall, St Thomas, today, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Free rodent bait will be distributed at the Welchman Hall Supermarket, where officers will share information on rodents and their associated diseases. The officers will […]

A state of crisis

With chronic non-communicable diseases (NCD) such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes and hypertension accounting for the majority of deaths in Barbados, medical professionals have labelled the island as being in a state of crisis. Chief Medical Officer Dr Kenneth George says it is estimated that by 2030, 87 per cent of all deaths in Barbados will […]

Marsha Caddle

Scope for expansion into research

Minister in the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Marsha Caddle believes that the research and development sector can add value to the island’s economy. Caddle made this observation while delivering the opening address at the three-day Latest Updates in Ophthalmology Subspeciality Conference held at the Accra Beach Hotel and Spa. The conference, which is in its ninth year, brought together regional and international speakers to share ideas and knowledge […]

Checks continue for smoke impact following Mangrove Landfill fire

The fire at Phase 1 of the Mangrove Landfill in St Thomas that broke out just after 6 a.m. today is now under control. Officials from the Barbados Fire Service (BFS) will remain on the scene and continue to monitor the situation until the fire is extinguished. According to Divisional Officer, Errol Gaskin of the […]

Notice from the Ministry of Health and Wellness

Members of the public are advised that the emergency services are currently dealing with a fire at the Mangrove Landfill in St Thomas. Communities in the area of Arch Hall and Bennetts are expected to be impacted by heavy smoke. The Ministry of Health and Wellness is advising persons with Asthma or other respiratory illnesses […]

24 Hour Polyclinic Service Coming June 1

The 24-hour health care service, to be introduced at two of the island’s polyclinics, will be officially launched on June 1. From that date, patients will be able to access medical care on a continuous basis, Monday through Sunday, at the Winston Scott Polyclinic, Jemmotts Lane, St Michael, and the David Thompson Health and Social […]

Abrahams issues warning

Commercial businesses or residents found guilty of improper disposal of fats, oils and greases  (FOGs) along the south coast could soon face the full weight of the law. Minister of Energy and Water Resources Wilfred Abrahams issued the warning at a press conference today held at the Barbados Water Authority’s (BWA) Pine, St Michael headquarters. He […]

Ministry of Health – No dengue outbreak in Barbados

There is no dengue fever outbreak in Barbados. However, the Ministry of Health and Wellness is cautioning householders and property owners to step up surveillance for the mosquito vector on their premises, particularly in light of an alert from the Caribbean Public Health Agency of the possibility of a regional dengue outbreak this year. The […]

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