UN Award For Ministry Of Health & Wellness

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Barbados’ Ministry of Health and Wellness will receive an award from the United Nations next week for its efforts to combat non-communicable diseases (NCDs). Minister of Health and Wellness, Lt. Colonel Jeffrey Bostic will be in New York to accept the award from the United Nations Inter-Agency Task Force on NCDs (UNIATF) on the sidelines of a high-level meeting on …

Call For A National Commitment To Wellness

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Health and Wellness Minister, Lt. Col. Jeffrey Bostic, has challenged every Barbadian to join a national effort to promote wellness in all aspects of life. The Ministry of Health and Wellness is taking the lead in this national wellness initiative by launching a number of community physical activity programmes at playing fields across Barbados next Saturday, with the assistance of …

Rising Health Care Costs Challenging The Region

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  Minister of Health and Wellness, Lt. Col. Jeffrey Bostic, has highlighted the challenge facing regional governments as they seek to finance health care. Speaking at the opening of a Subregional Dialogue on Health Financing in the Caribbean at the Hilton Barbados Resort today, he noted that the Government of Barbados financed a range of health services from tax revenues. …

More Public Education About OCD Needed

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Minister of Health and Wellness, Lt. Col. Jeffrey Bostic, has called for more public education on mental health conditions such as Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), which affects two to three per cent of children worldwide. Speaking at the opening of the G. Halley Marville Trust Awareness Conference and Seminar on OCD on Tuesday at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre, he …

Third Medical Team From China Arrives

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Health and Wellness Minister Lieutenant Colonel Jeffrey Bostic has welcomed the third medical team from China to Barbados as part of a Memorandum of Understanding signed between the two countries in October, 2016. Lt. Col. Bostic explained that the Memorandum of Understanding has made available to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital medical expertise and support which was of “inestimable value” to …

Research Vital In Medical Marijuana Decision

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Minister of Health and Wellness, Lieutenant Colonel Jeffrey Bostic, has emphasised the importance of research as Government looks towards making medical marijuana more accessible to the public. Speaking to medical doctors and researchers at the 18th annual Professor Errol E. R. Walrond Scientific Symposium last Friday, Lt. Col. Bostic lauded Professor Walrond’s ethics case presentation on medical marijuana as an …

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 …