Concern About Aggressive Behaviour At Polyclinic

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The Ministry of Health and Wellness is concerned about aggressive and threatening behaviour being exhibited by some members of the public within the public healthcare system. Nurses at the Winston Scott Polyclinic walked off the job today citing safety concerns for staff and patients. This followed the second incident at the polyclinic in two weeks. As a consequence, it became …

Strategic Plan To Tackle NCDs In The Works

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The National Task Force on Wellness, in conjunction with the National Chronic Non-Communicable Disease Commission, is currently developing a strategic plan to address the challenge of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in Barbados. News of this came from Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Kenneth George, who said the plan would guide interventions over the next five years. Speaking at an extravaganza to celebrate …

No Confirmed Zika Cases Since 2017

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While sporadic cases of Zika continue to be reported in the Caribbean, there have been no confirmed cases of the mosquito-borne disease in Barbados since 2017. This was disclosed by Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Kenneth George, yesterday, as he addressed the opening of a training workshop being conducted by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through its Breakthrough …

Health Ministry Tackling Rat Problem

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The Ministry of Health and Wellness has allocated BDS$155,000 and established a multi-sectoral team to implement a scaled-up vector control programme in response to the increased sightings of rats on the island. Acting Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Kenneth George, said today that the Ministry took the issue of vector control “extremely seriously”, and had put forward a paper to Cabinet …

Health Ministry Monitoring Bed Bugs Issue

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The Ministry of Health and Wellness is closely monitoring reported sightings of bed bugs mainly in public spaces in Barbados, and is asking householders to report any sightings on their premises to the Environmental Health Department. Acting Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Kenneth George, told a media briefing today that while the Ministry had received reports of bed bug …

Health Ministry Steps Up South Coast Surveillance

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The Ministry of Health disclosed today that it is investigating 35 suspected cases of gastroenteritis on the south coast. Acting Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Kenneth George said that the majority of cases occurred over Christmas and Old Year’s. The last report was a single case on January 3. “So far, investigations suggest that the cause of the outbreak …

Government Continuing To Monitor Dump

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Following the issue of an abatement notice on December 1, which required the closure of the dump at Lower Estate, St. George, the Ministry of Health is continuing to monitor and give advice in respect of the public health threat. According to Acting Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Kenneth George, there has been no further dumping at the site since the …

Preventative Measures To Mitigate Health Risks

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The Ministry of Health has assured the public that several preventative measures have been put in place to manage and mitigate any potential risk to public health which may result from the sewage overflows on the south coast. Acting Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Kenneth George, in a statement today, said that “at this point and time, based on updates and …

CMO: Adolescent Health Is Vital

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Barbados may not have an Adolescent Health Strategy but this country’s Acting Chief Medical Officer of Health (CMO), Dr. Kenneth George, said a number of strategies have been put in place to ensure the health of the nation’s youth. He made this observation while addressing a workshop entitled: The Development of an Adolescent Health Strategy in Barbados using the AA-HA …

Ministry Warns Of False Advertising

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The Ministry of Health has expressed concern about a number of advertisements appearing in the media which promote “unproven and unscientific” cures for cancer, diabetes and other chronic non-communicable diseases. Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Joy St. John, said today that while the Ministry supported people’s right to explore alternative medical treatments, it was important that persons exercise caution and not …