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Health Sports 

Football Against Obesity Kick off

First form students will this term engage in a six-week programme, aimed at promoting physical activity and wellness. The programme which is dubbed Football Against Obesity will be launched in Antigua and Barbuda on September 17th. The secondary school-based programme targeting eleven to twelve-year-olds, their physical education teachers and coaches will include classroom discussions, and physical and recreational exercises relating to football. The classroom sessions will stress the importance of physical activity, a balanced diet, maintaining good oral hygiene and the dangers of smoking. Parent workshops will also be facilitated…

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Environment Health 

Getting Zika in the Caribbean Low at this Time

The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) has concluded that Zika virus transmission in the Caribbean Region has been interrupted, and that the risk to residents and visitors to the Region of acquiring Zika is low. This follows a review by CARPHA of the data of the last 30 months pertinent to the situation. Zika Virus (ZIKV) was first detected in the Caribbean Region in late 2015. The number of cases increased in the first half of 2016 and reached its peak circulation in August 2016, and then declined rapidly by…

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Health Youth 

Dr. Hadeed Engages Camp Girls on Sickle Cell Disease

The Women of Esteem Foundation under the guidance of founder Nikki Phoenix is presently hosting a summer camp for girls aged 7 to 17 called ‘Camp GoGirl’. 120 girls are attending this programme filled to the brim with activities, fun, and learning. Dr. Edda Hadeed, Pediatrician and President of The Antigua and Barbuda Sickle Cell Association, visited the girls for a class about Sickle Cell Disease. The session started with teacher Mrs. Nicholas reading out the book “My friend Jen: a little different” – a picture book written by a…

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Crime & Police Health 

Ministry Discredits Assault Video – “No Such Incident Has Occurred at Clarevue Psychiatric Hospital”

Press Release It has been brought to the attention of the Ministry of Health, Wellness & the Environment that a video of an individual beating another person and claiming that the beating took place at the Clarevue Psychiatric Hospital in Antigua has been circulating on social media. The Ministry wishes to state categorically that no such incident, as displayed on the said video, occurred at the Clarevue Hospital in Antigua, either in recent times or in the past. The Ministry condemns the irresponsible use of social media for such wanton…

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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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