Tackling NCDs A Priority For Government

Sharon Austin Top Stories

The issue of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) continues to be a priority for the Ministry of Health and Wellness and it has put a significant level of resources and effort into addressing them. Acting Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Arthur Phillips, stressed Government’s commitment to controlling and preventing NCDs today when he delivered the feature address during the opening ceremony of the …

Caribbean Unites To Fight NCDs

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One message, one method, one approach. That is the united stand Caribbean countries are taking as they confront the epidemic of chronic non-communicable diseases (NCDs) across the region. The brand, Caribbean Moves, was birthed at the United Nations High-Level Meeting on NCDs in New York last month, and will be introduced throughout the region. Jamaica kicked off the initiative and …

Government Working To Retain Nurses

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With a shortage of nurses worldwide, Government is doing all in its power to retain nurses within Barbados. Speaking at the opening of the 31st Biennial Conference of the Caribbean Nurses Organization at the Barbados Hilton Resort on Saturday, Minister of Health and Wellness, Lt. Col. Jeffrey Bostic, said that while Barbados remained well above the average ratio of health …

Wellness Revolution Needed In Barbados

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Minister of Health and Wellness, Lt. Col. Jeffrey Bostic, believes that the time has come for a wellness revolution in Barbados.  He is leading the charge by going to Cabinet tomorrow to justify the establishment of a Cabinet sub-committee to focus specifically on the impact of non-communicable diseases (NCDs). The committee, once approved, would be accountable to Cabinet for the …

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 …

Barbados Raises Mandate For Action On NCDs

Julie Carrington Top Stories

The Permanent Mission of Barbados to the Organization of American States (OAS) is leading the process to secure an ambitious political mandate for the response to non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in the Americas. At a joint session of the OAS Permanent Council and the Inter-American Council for Integral Development, which was convened in Washington, on March 19, at the request of …

Boyce: Pay More Attention To NCDs

Theresa Blackman Top Stories

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 …

Community Development’s Poster Competition

Deirdre Gittens Ministry News

In an effort to raise awareness of non-communicable diseases, the Community Development Department will host a healthy living poster and notebook competition, under the theme: Healthy food + Exercise for Prevention of NCD’s. Primary school students from private, public and special needs institutions, between the ages of eight and11, are invited to enter. The competition will run from Tuesday, May …

Combatting Cardiovascular Disease

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On the morning of August 27, 2016, Lyndon Callender was awakened just before 5 o’clock by a sharp, stabbing pain in his chest. He was sweating profusely and experiencing shortness of breath. The 51-year-old employee of the Grantley Adams International Airport was suffering a massive heart attack or a myocardial infarction (MI), a term with which he later became familiar …