Call To Remain Vigilant During Rainy Season

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The Environmental Health Department of the Ministry of Health is reminding householders and property owners around the island of the steps they need to take to ensure that the Aedes aegypti mosquito population is contained as the rainy season approaches. With the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season scheduled to begin on June 1, the department is particularly focused on spreading the …

Discoloured Water Caused By Sargassum

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Sargassum seaweed along the south coast of the island today. (C.Pitt/BGIS) The Environmental Health Department of the Ministry of Health has identified Sargassum seaweed as the cause of discoloured water along the south coast. A video circulating on social media today showed the discoloured water at St. Lawrence Bay and some members of the public surmised that it was sewage …

Health Surveillance Continues On South Coast

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The Ministry of Health is assuring the public that it is continuing its heightened surveillance on the south coast to prevent any possible risks to public health as a result of the sewage spills in the area. Acting Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Anton Best, said today: “The Ministry remains on top of the public health concerns and has put several …

Protecting Barbados’ Water Supply

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The United Nations considers universal access to clean drinking water to be a basic human right. According to the World Health Organization, one-tenth of the global disease burden could be prevented by increasing access to safe drinking water; improving sanitation and hygiene; and improving water management to reduce the risks of water-borne diseases. In Barbados, the Ministry of Health is …

Daily Fogging To Combat Culex Mosquito

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The Environmental Health Department in the Ministry of Health is currently carrying out daily fogging exercises on the south coast as it seeks to control the proliferation of Culex mosquitoes in the area. Deputy Chief Environmental Health Officer, Ronald Chapman, reported that this was only one of the steps being taken in response to the increase in the mosquito population, …

Health Ministry Keeping An Eye On South Coast

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The epidemiological investigation conducted by the Ministry of Health into a gastroenteritis outbreak on the south coast has concluded that the outbreak was “a localised food-borne disease outbreak at a specific food business”. In its latest update issued today, the Ministry emphasised that it was continuing to focus its resources on the south coast as it sought to contain any …

Training Sessions For South Coast Food Handlers

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The Ministry of Health is hosting training sessions for owners, managers and employees of food businesses on the south coast aimed at ensuring that proper hygiene practices are maintained in light of the ongoing sewage problems in the area. While mitigating measures put in place by the Barbados Water Authority have resulted in an end to the sewage spills over …

Technical Expertise & Equipment On The Way

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Technical expertise and equipment are en route to Barbados to assist in alleviating the sewage problems being experienced along the south coast. The Barbados Water Authority (BWA), and the Ministries of Health and Tourism issued a joint statement today outlining the steps being taken to mitigate and contain the situation. According to the statement, overseas support and equipment should arrive …

Crop Over Food Safety Seminar

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A health education seminar, focused on food safety and targeted at all those who will be involved in selling food at Crop Over events, takes place on Thursday, July 20. Principal Environmental Health Officer at the Branford Taitt Polyclinic, Anthony Small, stressed that it was important for operators of food businesses and all their food handlers to attend the seminar, …