Health 

Cancer Centre Making Strides

Three years after its opening, the OECS Cancer Centre on Queen Elizabeth Highway has been making great strides on the island and across the region, especially where breast cancer cases are concerned. Medical Director at the renowned facility, Dr. Thomas McGowan, had a conversation with the Ministry of Health and the Environment’s Public Relations Department and a number of positive results were revealed. During the interview at his office on October 19th, on the 2nd anniversary of the day heavy rains caused the northern walls of the facility to crumble,…

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Health Regional News 

Caribbean Countries to Receive Meat Safety Training Based on International Food Safety Standards

Public health and veterinary officials from 15 Caribbean community (CARICOM) countries will receive food safety training here this week, with a focus on meat hygiene. The training will emphasize the Codex principles of meat hygiene which have been developed by the Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC). The principles cover hygiene provisions for raw meat, meat preparations and manufactured meat from the time of live animal production up to the point of retail sale. Officially titled the Joint FAO/Switzerland Caribbean Food Safety Capacity Building Workshop on Foods of Animal Origin, the event will take place on Tuesday,…

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Community Health 

Judges Hill Community Clinic Open and Ready to Serve

It’s official! The Judges Hill Community Clinic is equipped and ready to serve as the medical facility was officially commissioned on Thursday with pomp and style during an official opening ceremony east of the New Winthorpes Primary School. With hundreds in attendance, including villagers, well-wishers and a number of high-level government officials and dignitaries, the long-awaited dedication ceremony brought joy and delight to a community that had been without a health clinic since 2007. Applauses and shouts of victory filled the evening skies when the ribbon was officially cut by…

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Health Regional News 

Antigua and Barbuda represented at 27th Meeting of Executive Board of PANCAP

The Pan Caribbean Partnership against HIV/AIDS (PANCAP) convened its 27th Meeting of the Executive Board on Wednesday, October 11th at the Beachcombers Hotel in St Vincent and the Grenadines. Antigua and Barbuda is being represented by Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health and the Environment Walter Christopher. The meeting is designed to assess the Partnership’s progress towards the elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV and Syphilis (EMTCT) and the UNAIDS 90-90-90 targets – 90 percent of people living with HIV know they have the virus, 90 percent of those…

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Community Health 

CIBC First Caribbean’s Walk for the Cure Now October 28

Every Friday the staff of CIBC FirstCaribbean will be hosting events at both branches to invite customers and friends to join the bank’s Walk for the Cure. Now in its sixth year, organisers were expecting more participation than in previous years. However, the passage of Hurricanes Irma and Maria forced the organisers to postpone the annual event from 7th October to 28th October. Country Manager, Glen Smith said that with the disruption of life due to the hurricanes in September, people lost focus and it was necessary to re-boot. “CIBC…

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Community Health 

Workshop addresses Breastfeeding Issues

Health experts are stressing the importance of exclusive breastfeeding in Antigua and Barbuda. The point was made at a workshop held at Mount St. John’s Medical Center last Friday. Chairperson of the Breastfeeding Committee, Samantha Moitt, said that the Breastfeeding Committee is responsible for protecting, supporting and promoting breastfeeding. She said that the theme this year is, “Sustaining Breastfeeding Together.” “It reminds us that to be successful in our breastfeeding community, we all have to play a part and that part extends beyond the healthcare realm,” Ms. Moitt declared. The…

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Disaster Management Health 

Antigua and Barbuda Red Cross and Canadian Red Cross Donates US$50k in Medical Equipment to Hannah Thomas Hospital in Barbuda

The Antigua and Barbuda Red Cross continues its relief efforts after the passage of Hurricane Irma with the donation of US $50,000 worth of medical equipment to the Hannah Thomas Hospital in Barbuda through the Canadian Red Cross and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC). The medical equipment, according to President of the Antigua and Barbuda Red Cross Michael Joseph “get the Hannah Thomas Hospital operational for continued clean-up operations”. The equipment includes a Complete Consultation room as well as a Full Emergency Room. Marvin Fiedtkou,…

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CDB Health Youth 

CDB Approves Grant to Address Childhood Obesity Prevention

The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has approved a grant of USD150,000 to the Healthy Caribbean Coalition (HCC), to support capacity building to address childhood obesity prevention in four countries. The project will strengthen the ability of civil society organisations (CSOs) in The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize and Jamaica to contribute to non-communicable disease (NCD) prevention and control, with specific focus on childhood obesity programmes. The grant agreement was signed at CDB headquarters in Barbados on Monday, September 18, 2017 by Sir Trevor Hassell, President of the HCC and CDB’s Vice-President (Operations),…

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Health Regional News 

PANCAP Champions for Change Relaunched

The Pan Caribbean Partnership against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP), the mechanism that provides a structured and unified approach to the Caribbean’s response to the HIV epidemic, will relaunch the PANCAP Champions for Change initiative after an eleven-year hiatus.  The two-day event will be held from Tuesday, September 12 to Wednesday, September 13 at the Guyana Marriott Hotel, Georgetown, Guyana.  The keynote speaker will be the Rt. Hon. Sir Charles Michael Dennis Byron, President of the Caribbean Court of Justice.  Originally launched in 2004, the Forum will include a wide cross…

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Disaster Management Health 

Public Health Care Services Suspended Ahead of Hurricane Irma

The Ministry of Health and the Environment has announced chances to its public health care services in wake of the hurricane Irma. In a Public Service Announcement issued on Monday, the Ministry advised that while community health clinics will be open today Monday 4 September. 2017, dental clinic services at All Saints, St. John’s Health Center, and Grays Farm health centers will be suspended until further notice. The statement, credited to Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Rhonda Sealey-Thomas, also noted that the evening clinic at the Grays Farm Health Center is also…

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