Community Health 

Government to Set Up ‘I am Able’ Commission

Halo Foundation announces initiatives to assist Persons with Disabilities At the closing ceremony of the I Am Able Conference at Government House on Wednesday (December 6th) evening, Health and Environment Minister Molwyn Joseph revealed that he had spoken to the Honourable Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Gaston Browne, and received the Cabinet’s approval to set up an I am ABLE Commission. The Commission will have an office and a paid full-time staff. It will harness the optimism and ideas that emerged from the Conference and will serve to monitor,…

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Health 

AIDS Day March 2017 – ‘The Right to Health’

Sporting a wide array of colors, hundreds turned out with their placards and banners during the annual State Insurance sponsored World AIDS Day march through the streets of St Johns on Thursday (November 30th). With music blaring and drums pounding, school children, health enthusiasts, soldiers, police officers, well-wishers and supporters made the trek from the Old Parliament Building through the streets of St John’s, declaring their stance against HIV and AIDS and voicing the message of prevention and care. The business hub of the city was the center of attention…

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Health Human Rights 

First Lady Maria Bird Browne to Address World AIDS Day Regional Event in Saint Kitts and Nevis

First Lady of Antigua and Barbuda, Mrs. Maria Bird Browne will address a World AIDS Day Regional event organized by the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) in collaboration with UNAIDS and PANCAP in Saint Kitts and Nevis on Friday. Mrs. Maria Bird Browne is attending the event in her capacity as a member of Spouses of Caribbean Leaders Action Network (S-CLAN), a grouping of spouses and First Ladies of the region designed to tackle issues relating to the well-being and health of women, children and adolescents in the Caribbean….

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Health Regional News 

Health Minister urges greater dialogue at CNO Anniversary

A call for unity and harmony was the main highlight of the opening ceremony marking the 60th anniversary of the Caribbean Nursing Organization (CNO) and Leadership Summit at the Jolly Beach Resort and Spa on Wednesday morning. Echoing that call was Health and the Environment Minister Molwyn Joseph, who said that harmony and camaraderie must exist among the key instrumentalities and stakeholders who operate in the medical fraternity. Joseph called on the nurses, doctors and other medical technicians to work hand in hand with those who are in charge of…

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Health Regional News 

Caribbean Nurses Organization Observes 60th Anniversary with Jolly Beach Summit

The Antigua and Barbuda Nurses Association (ABNA) is hosting the Caribbean Nurses Organization (CNO) 60th Anniversary Celebration and Leadership Summit which began today and continues through to December 1, at the Jolly Beach Resort and Spa, here in Antigua and Barbuda. The CNO was founded on 17th May 1957 as a non-governmental, non-profit, non-partisan, regional Professional Nursing Organization on the island of Antigua and Barbuda, by Mrs. Mavis Harney the then Matron of the former Holberton Hospital, who now resides in Barbados.   The Celebration of CNO has since been moved to…

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Community Health Human Rights 

’Persons With Disabilities Want Inclusion In Decision Making And Equal Access To Facilities And Buildings

As preparations continue for the ‘I AM ABLE’ Conference (December 4th-6th), persons with disabilities in Antigua and Barbuda have been giving their perspective on the meeting as well their aspirations for the differently abled in the country. Mr. St. Claire Henry and Ms. Chelsee Merchant recently spoke to Janelle Charles-Williams, the ‘I AM ABLE’ Conference Public Relations Liaison. Henry, disabled from the waist down since 2001, as a result of a spine infection, eagerly voiced his expectations. “I hope this conference will bring persons with disabilities to the forefront so…

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Community Health 

Care Project Administrators Refute Abuse Allegations

With a caller to a popular radio program leveling allegations of ill-treatment and torture of one of the residents at the CARE Project, Matron of the institution, Nurse Juliet De Labastide has cleared the air where that is concerned. The controversy was sparked on Monday (November 20th) morning, just after 9.00 am when Percival Simon, a frequent caller to ZDK Radio, made some stinging remarks about abuse and torture being meted out to a particular resident at the CARE Project. During his conversation with James “Sly J” Simon, the caller…

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Health 

Antigua & Barbuda Eliminates HIV and Syhalis Transmission from Mother to Child

It’s now official. Dr. Godfrey Xuereb, the Pan American Health Organization and World Health Organization representative to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean has just announced that Antigua and Barbuda, St Kitts-Nevis, Montserrat and Anguilla have been validated by PAHO/WHO as countries to have completely eliminated the transmission of HIV and Syphilis from Mother to Child. The landmark announcement was officially disclosed at the 31st Policy Board of the OCES/PPS and the 4th Council of Ministers meeting in Martinique, being held from November 9th to 10th. The official validation certification ceremony…

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Health 

Health Minister Lauds Positive Developments in Health Sector

It was a fitting occasion for the Minister of Health and the Environment to reveal record-breaking news along with major plans for the continued development of the health sector at a gathering which attracted overseas-based citizens and young people. Speaking at the First Annual Health Fete at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Stadium last week, Minister Molwyn Joseph recognized the major contributions of outstanding local health professionals, including renowned family physician Dr. Sir Prince Ramsey. In recognizing Sir Prince, the health minister said that from among the many nations registered…

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Health 

More Training for EMS Personnel as Four Head to South Carolina’s NAEMT

The Antigua and Barbuda Emergency Medical Service continues to sharpen its skills as it keeps abreast with the latest trends in pre-hospital care. Head of the EMS Shawn Greenidge announced that a four-member delegation from the EMS left the island this week for South Carolina to complete the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians Instructors` Level Two Course. Deputy Supervisor Morvin Fiedtkou is heading the four-member delegation which comprises Shift Supervisors- Alysha Mannix, Calvin Dailey, and Joanna Otto. The training course, which is being held at the Greenville Technical College…

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