Category: Health Care

WHO releases global status report on alcohol and health

More than three million people died as a result of harmful use of alcohol each year, according to a report released by the World Health Organization (WHO). This represents one in 20 deaths. More than three quarters of these deaths were among men. Overall, the harmful use of alcohol causes more than five per cent […]

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Just like HIV

An alliance of health and non-health civil society organizations has issued a frightening prediction about the health of the country’s children in the not-too-distant future. The Healthy Caribbean Coalition (HCC) is warning that unless there are drastic changes to their way of life, half of Barbados’ children will be overweight or obese within ten years. […]

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Bacterial infection under control – QEH

The state-run Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) today confirmed that eight cases of the bacterial illness known as Burkholderia Cepacia Complex were diagnosed at the island’s premier health care institution over the past six weeks. However, it said several measures were taken to bring the situation under control. “There were six cases diagnosed in June, and […]

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QEH: Our drinking water is safe

Health authorities at the state-run Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) today sought to assure that the hospital’s drinking water was safe following a recent outbreak of the bacterial illness known as Burkholderia Cepacia Complex. The bacteria, is said to be most harmful to persons suffering with renal disease or a weakened immune system, are usually found […]

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Deadly cocktail

A medical professional here is warning a group of men seen in a video on social media drinking what they claimed to be a mixture of the disinfectant, Disiclin, and white rum, are playing with their lives, if the video is not a prank.    The minute-long video, which appeared on a popular Instagram page […]

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China MOU

Medical professionals at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) will have further opportunities to develop their skills in vascular and orthopedic surgery and other specialized areas through collaboration with the Chongqing Medical University, one of the leading medical training facilities in China. The two organizations signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) this afternoon at the QEH, […]

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More Bajans seeking help from HIV Food Bank

The charity that helps feed people living with HIV and their families is reporting a dramatic rise in the number of people seeking its support. And with students out on holiday for the summer, the HIV Food Bank is anticipating even greater demand on its resources. However, Community Nutrition Officer Stacia Whittaker has made it […]

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Bonita Morgan’s memory revered

The former Director of Resource Mobilisation and Development at the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) Bonita Morgan was remembered today as her family presented a sizeable cheque donation to the Barbados Cancer Society, Henry’s Lane, St Michael, Friday morning. The presentation was made by her daughter Ayanna Morgan and widower Paul Morgan, both of whom were […]

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Obesity poses a serious health threat, warns researcher

A University of the West Indies researcher has again raised alarm about the skyrocketing rates of obesity among children and adults in Barbados. Speaking during Tuesday’s presentation of a $143,983 cheque in support of the Barbados Diabetes Reversal/Remission Study 2 (BDRS-2) by the Massy Foundation, Director of the George Alleyne Chronic Disease Research Centre (GA-CDRC) […]

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Fogging schedule July 2 – 6

The Vector Control Unit of the Ministry of Health will continue its fogging programme aimed at eradicating the Aedes aegypti mosquito this week. On Monday, July 2, a team will be in St James fogging Bakers, Bakers Development, Bakers Rise, Worrell’s Way, Ridge Avenue, School Road and environs. On Tuesday, July 3, areas to be […]

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Jeffrey Bostic

Branded drugs to remain on formulary until generics arrive

The Ministry of Health has assured the public that, although the grace period for patients to receive certain branded pharmaceuticals under the Barbados Drug Service’s Special Benefit Scheme ends today, these pharmaceuticals will continue to be available under the Scheme until the replacement generic drugs arrive in the island. Minister of Health and Wellness, Lieutenant […]

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Major boost

The private health care sector in Barbados has been given a major boost with the official opening of a new state of the art Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Bayview Hospital today. Minister of Health and Wellness Lieutenant Colonel Jeffrey Bostic, in welcoming the development, said it could not have come at a better time […]

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Brudda Daddy: ‘I’m cancer free

After more than a year of battling colon cancer, actor and popular emcee Antoine Williams is reporting that his disease is now in remission. Williams, who is affectionately referred to as Brudda Daddy, broke the news today during the launch of a non-communicable disease (NCD) awareness project founded by Miss Barbados World Ashley Lashley. “I […]

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Fogging schedule June 25 -29

The Vector Control Unit of the Ministry of Health will this week continue its fogging programme aimed at eradicating the Aedes aegypti mosquito. On Monday, June 25, a team will be in St James fogging Rock Dundo Tenantry, Rock Dundo with Avenues, Bakers, Bakers Development, Bakers Rise, Worrell’s Way, Ridge Avenue, School Road and environs. […]

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Gov’t committed to eliminating elder abuse

Minister of People Empowerment and Elder Affairs Cynthia Forde has affirmed her ministry’s commitment to tackling elder abuse on the island. Speaking at the World Elder Abuse Awareness Day church service held at the Breath of Life Seventh Day Adventist Church yesterday, Forde said that during the next five years, her ministry will implement a series […]

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Welcomed injection

The Chief Executive Officer of the state-run Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH), Dr Dexter James, has welcomed the tax remedy announced by Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Mia Mottley with a view to curing the current financial ills at the island’s premiere health care institution. Delivering her so called “mini Budget” in Parliament on Monday, […]

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The power of physiotherapy and yoga

Twenty-nine-year-old Jasmine Evelyn is a registered physiotherapist specializing in pelvic health who obtained her qualifications at the University of Brighton in England. She is also the Vice President for the Barbados Association of Endometriosis and PCOS as she specializes in physiotherapy services catering to pelvic health conditions. She told Barbados TODAY that she decided on her career […]

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