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, …

Childhood Obesity A Continuing Concern

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Obese children are not only at higher risk for hypertension, high cholesterol, heart disease, diabetes and some cancers, but they might also experience social and psychological problems such as discrimination, bullying, low self-esteem and social isolation. This was asserted by Minister of Health Minister, John Boyce as he was speaking at the opening ceremony of a meeting convened by the …

Greater Enforcement Of Dog Legislation

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The Ministry of Health is committed to strengthening public education and the enforcement of legislation related to the ownership and care of dogs. Health Minister John Boyce, at a press conference held at the Ministry on Wednesday, expressed condolences, on behalf of the Ministry, to the family of Verona Gibson, who died last Saturday after being attacked by a pack …

Training For Psychiatric Hospital Staff

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One hundred and ten staff members of the Psychiatric Hospital have benefited from workplace safety and emergency preparedness training under the Human Resource Development Strategy initiative. Health Minister John Boyce, speaking at a ceremony to present the graduates with their certificates last Monday, stated that through the initiative, the hospital was granted $35,000 to support training. He noted that nursing …

Fogging Schedule For Jan. 23 – 26

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The Ministry of Health’s Vector Control Unit will continue its fogging programme next week in an effort to reduce the mosquito population on the island. On Monday, January 23, a team will head to St. Andrew to spray Savannah Road, Shorey Village, Doughlin Tenantry, St. Andrew’s Church, Walkers, Bawdens, Babylon Road and environs. The next day, Tuesday, January 24, fogging …

Code Book For Medical Professionals

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The Barbados Medical Council today launched a Code of Conduct for medical practitioners and specialists registered in Barbados. Speaking to the media at a briefing at the Ministry of Health, Minister of Health John Boyce described the document as a significant milestone in the management of healthcare delivery in Barbados. He said the Code of Conduct would serve as a …