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 …

Health Ministry Supports Standard Update

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The upgrading of the CARICOM Regional Standard – Specification for the Labelling of Pre-packaged Foods (CRS 5), and by extension the national equivalent BNS 5 Part 2, has been welcomed by Acting Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Dr. Kenneth George. Acknowledging that the Health Ministry was pleased with the recent national consultation convened this month by the Barbados National Standards Institution …

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 …

Declining Birth Rate Of Concern To Ministry

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The Ministry of Health and Wellness has expressed concern about the declining birth rate in Barbados over the last decade. Acting Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Kenneth George, said today that since 2007 Barbados has recorded a 15 per cent decline in births, with a drop from 3, 258 births in 2007 to 2, 346 births in 2017. Describing the situation …

FDA Valsartan Recall Not Impacting Barbados

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The Ministry of Health and Wellness is assuring the public that none of the drugs identified in the December 31 recall of the hypertensive drug, Valsartan, by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is approved by the Barbados Drug Service for sale in Barbados. The FDA recall is related to the discovery of an impurity believed to increase …

Barbados Not Affected By Valsartan Recall

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The Ministry of Health and Wellness has assured the public that Barbados has not been affected by the current recall of the hypertensive drug, Valsartan. The drug has been recalled due to an impurity found in a batch of products. Acting Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Kenneth George, said today that a check with the Barbados Drug Service (BDS) revealed that …

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 …

CMO: Blindness A Complication Of Diabetes

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As the prevalence of diabetes increases in the Barbadian population, so do the complications which affect the eyes. These complications include cataract, diabetic retinopathy and neovascular glaucoma. Making this disclosure today was Acting Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Kenneth George, as he addressed the opening ceremony of the Orbis Flying Eye Hospital Regional Conference at the Grantley Adams International …