Draft Agenda Represents Shared Vision

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Health Minister John Boyce has praised the Country Working Group which is drafting the Sustainable Health Agenda 2018 – 2030 for its commitment and dedication to the process. He said that the draft document represented the shared vision for health and well-being of the countries of the Americas, and set the tone for public health work while seeking to correct …

BIBA Praised For Health Care Support

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Health Minister John Boyce has praised the Barbados International Business Association (BIBA) and its partners for their continued commitment to the strengthening of the health care system in Barbados. Speaking today at a presentation ceremony of two autoclave machines by BIBA to the Eunice Gibson Polyclinic in Warrens, Mr. Boyce disclosed that over the last five years, BIBA had donated …

QEH Improves Operational Efficiencies

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Health Minister John Boyce has countered critics who assert that nothing positive nor progressive was happening at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH). According to the Minister, the evidence spoke for itself and he commended the QEH for the successive attempts it has made to improve its operational efficiencies, especially in light of ongoing fiscal challenges. Speaking at the annual review …

Fogging Schedule July 3 – 7

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The Vector Control Unit of the Ministry of Health will continue its work to eradicate the Aedes aegypti mosquito next week. On Monday, July 3, the team will be in St. Peter, fogging Mile-and-a-Quarter, Jerusalem, Maynard’s Development, Valley View, Convent Drive, Sunset Heights and environs. On Tuesday, July 4, they will spray Ellis Village, Halls Road, Bibby’s Lane, Marl Hole, …

Boyce: Pay More Attention To NCDs

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By the year 2030, it is estimated that 86 per cent of all deaths in Barbados will be caused by non-communicable diseases (NCDs). Health Minister, John Boyce, who made this disclosure over the weekend while speaking at the Fourth Annual Medical Conference and community outreach programme, stated that these projected trends were a “cause for deep concern” not only in …

Education Alone Won’t Curb NCD Crisis

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While health education remains an important strategy to address the challenge of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs), it is not enough to bring about the change in behaviour which is required to save lives. According to Health Minister, John Boyce, what is required at this time is a strong policy response to arrest the current trend. Speaking at the opening ceremony of …

Centre Renamed To Honour Sir George

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The 25-year-old Chronic Disease Research Centre has been officially renamed to honour the work and achievements of Professor Sir George Alleyne. Speaking at the unveiling ceremony today, Minister of Health, John Boyce,  described the event as a “momentous occasion” to honour one of the Caribbean’s “most illustrious” sons: “This renaming is special for a number of reasons. This honour recognises …

QEH Receives Equipment From China

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Health Minister, John Boyce shakes hands with China’s Ambassador to Barbados, Wang Ke following the donation of medical equipment to the QEH today. Also pictured are (left to right) Head of the Chinese Medical Team, Dr. Luo Shiqiao; CEO of the QEH, Dr. Dexter James and Director of Medical Service, QEH, Anthony Harris. (B.Hinds/BGIS) The Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) is now the …

Stigma Impacting Mental Health Treatment

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Government has allocated BDS $30.5 million to psychiatric care in the current financial year and has also implemented a range of initiatives aimed at enhancing mental health services. Despite this, stigma and discrimination remain major obstacles to the rehabilitation of those impaired by mental illness and also negatively impact research and the development of services. These assertions were made by …

Diabetic Foot Major Public Health Burden

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Diabetic foot has been identified as one of the major life-threatening complications of diabetes and “one of the major public health burdens of our time”. Speaking on Monday at a ceremony where 12 Vascular Doppler Scanners were handed over by the Maria Holder Memorial Trust to the Ministry of Health, Health Minister John Boyce expressed appreciation for the equipment which, …