New Public Health Lab Officially Opened

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Barbados’ three public health laboratories are now housed in a multi-million dollar facility built to international standards and equipped to provide a range of services to residents of Barbados and the region. The Best-dos Santos Public Health Laboratory at Enmore, Collymore Rock, St. Michael, which was officially opened by Health Minister John Boyce last Friday, is named in honour of …

David Thompson Complex Going Strong

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The David Thompson Health and Social Services Complex is performing exceedingly well. Health Minister John Boyce made this declaration while giving the feature address at a ceremony held at the St. John polyclinic. While addressing all gathered to celebrate the complex’s second anniversary, the Minister stated that after the closure of the St. John Outpatient Clinic, the Social Services Complex …

Gov’t Committed To Health Care System

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Despite “skyrocketing health care costs” over the last 20 years, Government will continue to invest heavily in primary health care. This assurance came from Health Minister John Boyce last Friday, as he addressed an Open Day ceremony at the Eunice Gibson Polyclinic at Warrens, St. Michael. Mr. Boyce told his audience that Barbados currently expended in excess of five per …

Vector Borne Diseases On The Decline

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Barbados has recorded significant declines in vector borne illnesses such as Zika and Chikungunya this year. According to Health Minister John Boyce, 39 suspected cases of Zika were reported to the Ministry of Health so far this year, three of which have been confirmed. He said this represented “a significant decline” from 2016. Speaking on Monday at the Zika TechCamp …

Boyce Lauds Psychiatric Hospital’s Partners

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One in four adults and one in ten children can experience a mental health problem in any given year, and such high incident rates can have a profound impact on our lives and the lives of our families and friends. In light of this documented evidence, Minister of Health, John Boyce, has highlighted the importance of early recognition of mental …

Elderly Care Programme A Priority

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As the percentage of elderly persons in the Barbadian population continues to rise, the Ministry of Health has identified the Care of the Elderly Programme as one of its priorities. Health Minister John Boyce, speaking at a seminar hosted by the Alzheimer’s Association to observe World Alzheimer’s Day on Thursday, shared: “We have a comprehensive programme that addresses policy formulation, …

Success In Hypertension Pilot Project

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A pilot project at two polyclinics which was aimed at improving blood pressure control in primary health care has been so successful that the results have informed a global initiative to reduce ill health and premature death due to heart disease and stroke. This was revealed by Dr. Lorna English, Deputy Chief of the Global Non-Communicable Disease branch of the …

E-Technology Vital To Way Forward

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Health Minister John Boyce has emphasised the importance of e-technology as Barbados charts a way forward for the healthcare system. Speaking at the second consultation workshop for the development of a National Strategic Plan For Health 2017–2022 today, Mr. Boyce said that the challenge was to get buy-in on the movement from paper records in all areas of the health …

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 …