WHO Suggests A Multi-Sectorial Approach

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Assistant Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Dr. Joy St. John, has urged Barbados to take a multi-sectorial approach to climate change, health and other environmental issues. She made these recommendations recently during a joint-ministerial courtesy call on Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Dr. Jerome Walcott. He was joined by Minister of Health and Wellness, Lt. …

Cancer Deaths A Major Concern

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Cancer is currently one of the most prevalent public health challenges for this country, second only to cardiovascular disease as the leading cause of illness and death. In disclosing this on Saturday, Minister of Health and Wellness, Lieutenant Colonel Jeffrey Bostic, stressed Government’s commitment to offering a variety of preventative, diagnostic and therapeutic services for persons at risk and those …

Changes To Mental Health Act Coming

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Health and Wellness Minister, Lieutenant Colonel Jeffrey Bostic, announced today that Government is placing emphasis on mental health reform, which will result in changes to the Mental Health Act 1985. Speaking at the opening of a regional workshop on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Disaster Management, Lt. Col. Bostic said that, with the assistance of the Pan American Health …

View Health Sector As A Productive Asset

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As Barbados looks for new and innovative ways to grow the economy, the health sector has been identified as an area which must no longer be viewed as merely a consumer of financial resources, but rather as a productive asset. This view was expressed by Health and Wellness Minister, Lieutenant Colonel Jeffrey Bostic, last Friday, as he addressed the opening …

Branded Drugs On Formulary Until Generics Arrive

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The Ministry of Health has assured the public that, although the grace period for patients to receive certain branded pharmaceuticals under the Barbados Drug Service’s Special Benefit Scheme ends today, these pharmaceuticals will continue to be available under the Scheme until the replacement generic drugs arrive in the island. Minister of Health and Wellness, Lieutenant Colonel Jeffrey Bostic, gave this …

Statement On The Barbados Drug Formulary

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Statement by Minister of Health and Wellness, Lt. Col. Jeffrey Bostic regarding the Barbados Drug Formulary The new Barbados Drug Formulary came into effect on 1 April 2018, under the previous administration with agreement that a grace period would be allowed until 30 June 2018.  The Cabinet of Barbados, after reviewing all the information related to changes in the Barbados …

Antimicrobial Resistance A Growing Threat

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Antimicrobial resistance is a serious and growing public health threat, which, if left unchecked, will have negative impacts on individuals and healthcare systems worldwide. This assertion came from Health and Wellness Minister, Lieutenant Colonel Jeffrey Bostic, as he addressed the opening of a workshop, aimed at strengthening antimicrobial resistance surveillance in the Caribbean, at the Hilton Barbados Resort today. Lt. …

Queen Elizabeth Hospital Upgrade In Motion

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The newly-designated Ministry of Health and Wellness has set as a major goal to provide the best possible service at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) for Barbadians, with priority being given to significantly reducing the wait time for medical attention. Steps outlined to achieve this objective include the physical expansion of the Accident and Emergency Department; an increase in beds; …

Campaign To Combat Childhood Obesity Launched

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Government is examining the feasibility of restricting foods high in salt, fat and sugar from the school environment and from being marketed to children. This is one of the initiatives the Ministry of Health is exploring as it seeks to address the issue of childhood obesity in Barbados. The disclosure came from Health and Wellness Minister, Lieutenant Colonel Jeffrey Bostic, …

Workshop On Radiation Emergencies Timely

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Health and Wellness Minister, Lieutenant Colonel Jeffrey Bostic, has described a regional workshop on radiological and nuclear emergencies which opened in Barbados today as “timely”. In his first public engagement since taking up the portfolio, the Minister said that the workshop was important as regional states strove to improve their core capacities in relation to the International Health Regulations (IHR …