Health 

Prosthetic Blessings Through Partnerships with Ministry of Health

There were many smiling faces on the campus of the American University of Antigua (AUA) this week where over a dozen Antiguans are being outfitted with brand new modern state of the art Prosthetic Limbs. The venture, which is a partnership between the ‘Let Them Walk Program,’ out of Connecticut, USA, Hadeed Motors, the Rotary Sundown Club, AUA and the Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment will see thirteen nationals being gifted with state of the prosthetics legs. The exercise will outfit three individuals with bilateral fittings (Two Prosthetic…

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Health 

MSJMC TO BE RENAMED TO THE SIR LESTER BIRD MEDICAL CENTER

During the weekly held  Cabinet meeting, it was decided that the Mount St. John Medical Center is to be re-named The Sir Lester Bird Medical Center.  According to the Cabinet report by Chief of Staff Lionel Hurst, “a date will be set for the renaming of the hospital and the ceremony that will take place on the grounds of the purpose-built hospital which serves as the main public hospital in the nation.” Hurst continues by stating that “Sir Lester Bird, a former Prime Minister, is now a Senior Advisor to the Cabinet…

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Health 

Being “health conscious” is Not Enough- World Kidney Day Message

“People are what we call ‘health conscious’ in that they are exercising and dieting more but most persons do not have regular health assessments; as a matter of fact, most persons would only visit the doctor when they feel sick and very often by that time, they are at a stage of disease that’s irreversible. Many persons from all walks of life can relate to those timely words which were echoed by Unit Manager at the Dialysis Unit at Mount St. John’s Medical Center, Sister Debra Lewis who, ahead of…

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Health 

Flashback to The AIDS Secretariat Valentine’s Day Events

Valentine’s Day is viewed by many as the day of love when those we love often express their love by purchasing special gifts. Those with long pockets may buy that special someone jewelry, while others who are tight with the purse strings or have limited financial means will grab a box of chocolate from the supermarket shelves or some cheap red roses. Love is more than the giving of gifts, it is about showing kindness, commitment and the sharing of vital information with those we hold dear. Our loved ones…

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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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