Statement From Ministry Of Health, EPD & BWA

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The Ministry of Health, the Barbados Water Authority (BWA) and the Environmental Protection Department (EPD) stand ready to discuss all matters related to the south coast sewage spills with residents and business owners in the area. However, the three departments will not be represented at the town hall meeting, scheduled for tomorrow, Thursday, February 15, which will be hosted by …

Health Ministry Debunks Health Care Criticism

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The Ministry of Health has made it clear that all Barbadians have access to a tax-funded public healthcare system which provides a range of primary, secondary and tertiary health care services. Additionally, in many instances, these services extend to non-nationals resident here. These assertions came from Senior Medical Officer, Dr. Arthur Phillips, today in response to newspaper reports that an …

Health Ministry Keeping An Eye On South Coast

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The epidemiological investigation conducted by the Ministry of Health into a gastroenteritis outbreak on the south coast has concluded that the outbreak was “a localised food-borne disease outbreak at a specific food business”. In its latest update issued today, the Ministry emphasised that it was continuing to focus its resources on the south coast as it sought to contain any …

Vector Control Fighting Mosquito Infestation

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The Vector Control Unit of the Ministry of Health has stepped up fogging exercises on the south coast as it responds to an increase in the mosquito population in the area. Deputy Chief Environmental Health Officer, Ronald Chapman, speaking at a workshop today for food business owners and staff on the south coast, said that the increase in the mosquito …

Comprehensive Health Care Services Still Planned

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The Ministry of Health is still working on a full range of proposals to put together a package of comprehensive health care services and financing mechanisms to benefit Barbadians. This reminder came from Prime Minister Freundel Stuart on Friday evening, as he delivered the feature address at the official opening of MD Alliance Surgery and Birthing Centre, at No. 35 …

Training Sessions For South Coast Food Handlers

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The Ministry of Health is hosting training sessions for owners, managers and employees of food businesses on the south coast aimed at ensuring that proper hygiene practices are maintained in light of the ongoing sewage problems in the area. While mitigating measures put in place by the Barbados Water Authority have resulted in an end to the sewage spills over …

Health Ministry Steps Up South Coast Surveillance

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The Ministry of Health disclosed today that it is investigating 35 suspected cases of gastroenteritis on the south coast. Acting Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Kenneth George said that the majority of cases occurred over Christmas and Old Year’s. The last report was a single case on January 3. “So far, investigations suggest that the cause of the outbreak …

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 …

Ministry Of Health: Beach Water Safe

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The Ministry of Health is reassuring members of the public that Barbados’ beach water is safe. In a statement issued on Friday, the Ministry said that in response to queries about the safety of near shore water for recreational purposes, it could advise, in conjunction with the Environmental Protection Department, that the beaches were safe. “Based on current information, the …

Government Establishing National CBRN Plan

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The Ministry of Health is in the process of creating a National CBRN Contingency Plan for Barbados to protect its environment and citizens against Chemical, Biological, Radioactive and Nuclear (CBRN) hazards. Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Steve Blackett, made this disclosure recently while addressing a three-day VERTIC workshop on National Legislation for the Implementation of CBRN International …