Health 

Family Thanks Ministry of Health for Intervention

The Marshall family of Browne’s Avenue is to receive support from the Ministry of Health and the Environment for a major operation this weekend. The couple’s one-year-old son, Dre`den Marshall, who suffers from congenital glaucoma in both eyes is to undergo surgery at the Bascombe Palmer Eye Institute in Miami Florida on February 27th. Their oldest child, Jennique Marshall, was also diagnosed with congenital glaucoma at the age of two months. In June of 2017, she underwent surgery to remove her left eye. The eight-year-old now wears a prosthetic eye….

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Development Health Uncategorized 

Hyperbaric Chamber now Available in Antigua

On Tuesday,  there was a genuine demonstration of love as a major piece of equipment was donated to the Mount St John’s Medical Center. Dozens gathered to witness the historic occasion at the country’s marquee health facility, where a Hyperbaric Chamber was officially handed over to the Ministry of Health and the Environment at exactly 4:27 pm on Tuesday 13th February 2018. The chamber was donated by the Calvin Ayre Foundation and came about after the decompression sickness (Benz) death of a local fisherman and diver, Andy Samuel back in…

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Health 

Cancer Center Aims Tackles Rise in Cancer Cases in Antigua and Barbuda

With the Port of Spain Declaration in 2007, the political leadership of the Caribbean Community {CARICOM} sought to strengthen the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases (NCDs). The Declaration called for multisector policies and the strengthening of health systems, among other initiatives, to reduce the burden of non-communicable diseases in the Caribbean. Globally, the launch of several NCD movement contributed to the United Nations declaration on NCDs in 2011. The NCD movement has led to a global focus on cancers, one of the four main non-communicable diseases (NCDs).  Governments throughout…

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Health 

World Cancer Day Walk a Success

The streets of the usually quiet Sunday Afternoon atmosphere in and around St. John’s were filled with sounds of music, chanting and vibrant footsteps all for a worthy cause. A cause that has brought at time sadness, triumph and much introspection for loved ones, family, and friends who have been or are being affected by cancer. The Ministry’s Health and the Environment World Cancer Day Walk/Rally yesterday attracted a huge crowd who walked, jogged or danced their way into the city all the way from Marble Hill road. This activity…

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Community Health 

FEATURE: The Incapacitation of a Young Man Who Needs Help

The story of Jevorn Browne To be incapacitated at any age is tragic and heart-wrenching., However, it is even more painful and complex when the one involved is cut down in the prime of his life. A situation such as this has to be extremely difficult for anyone to endure and can lead to depression. Depression is a state of mind and a mental health issue. This condition is characterized by a feeling of hopelessness or dejection and is usually accompanied by emotional, cognitive, physical and behavioral symptoms According to…

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Health 

Kidney Transplant Program Continues to Makes History in Antigua & Barbuda

One year after its inception, the Antigua and Barbuda Kidney Transplant Program created history once again after performing another major surgery at the Mount St John’s Medical Center earlier this month. On January 20th, a male patient from the Philippines became the first individual, outside of the United States, to receive a kidney transplant through the global kidney exchange program.  His donor was a female from Brazil. Speaking during a recent press conference, Health and the Environment Minister-Molwyn Joseph announced that the operation was of significant importance to the twin…

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Community Health 

Friends of Care Project Raises Thousands for a Worthy Cause

It was a night to remember as close to seventy thousand EC dollars were raised during Saturday night’s Friends of the Care Project Beneficiary Fundraising Gala at the Sugar Ridge Resort. According to President of Friends of the Care Project, Annette Carey, Sixty-fiveto seventy thousand Dollars were raised during the first class event, which was organized to raise funds for the residents at the Care Project, which is located at the old Holberton Hospital. In an interview with the Ministry of Health and the Environment Public Relations team, Carey declared…

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Health 

Health Ministry Addresses Claims Made by ABPSA President

Contrary to claims made by the President of the Antigua and Barbuda Public Service Association (ABPSA) Joan Peters, carried in the Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018, edition of the Daily Observer, The Ministry of Health & the Environment has indeed been addressing the grievances of the auxiliary staff currently engaged in industrial action at the Clarevue Psychiatric Hospital. The ABPSA president accused Health and Environment Minister Molywn Joseph of “disrespecting the workers by ignoring their plight.” Here are the facts. Since the workers began the strike,  the Permanent Secretary in the…

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Health 

Ministry of Health Issues a Measles Advisory

The Ministry of Health & the Environment would like to advise the general public that it is currently investigating a suspected case of measles that was imported into Antigua & Barbuda. Measles is a highly contagious disease which is characterized by high fever, cough, runny nose and a fine, red skin rash which starts on the face and spreads to the body.  If you or anyone in your family experiences fever with a rash, please go to your doctor or nearest health center immediately. Measles is caused by a virus…

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Community Development Environment Health 

Thousands of Shopping Bags Distributed

The plan to rid the island of plastic bags has moved to the next phase as thousands of reusable shopping bags are being distributed to grocery shops and mini supermarkets across the country. On Monday and Tuesday, technicians from the Ministry of Health and the Environment were busy distributing dozens of boxes to a number of grocery stores, shops, and outlets across the country. On Monday, thirty-five boxes, each containing two hundred reusable bags, were given out to retailers in the St Mary’s North and St Mary’s South Constituencies, including…

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