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Mexico commits US$5 million to construct hospital in Dominica

March 25, 2017
Mexico commits US$5 million to construct hospital in Dominica ROSEAU, Dominica -- The government of Mexico has informed the government of Dominica that it is committing US$5 million (EC$13.5 million) for the construction of the Marigot Hospital.  Dominica's Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit and Mexico's Ambassador to Dominica, Luis Manuel Moreno...

OECS laboratories receive new agricultural health and food safety equipment

March 25, 2017
OECS laboratories receive new agricultural health and food safety equipment CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Laboratories in Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) member states are now better equipped to diagnose issues related to human, animal and plant health, and food safety, thus increasing their levels of efficacy and efficiency. On Wednesday March 15, 2017...

Puerto Rico officials urge congress to take immediate action to avoid 'Medicaid cliff'

March 23, 2017
Puerto Rico officials urge congress to take immediate action to avoid 'Medicaid cliff' WASHINGTON, USA -- The governor of Puerto Rico, Ricardo Rossello, and Puerto Rico’s Resident Commissioner Jennifer Gonzalez spoke to a group on Capitol Hill on Wednesday to urge the US Congress to address immediately the urgent and entirely avoidable health care crisis known as...

Puerto Rico governor seeks Florida's assistance in addressing healthcare crisis

March 21, 2017
Puerto Rico governor seeks Florida's assistance in addressing healthcare crisis SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- The governor of Puerto Rico, Ricardo Rosselló Nevares, has alerted Governor Rick Scott of Florida in a letter, calling his attention to the "rapidly approaching drop in federal healthcare funding for Puerto Rico, known as Medicaid cliff", which will likely result in a substantial...

Regional experts lay groundwork for unified response to vector-borne diseases

March 18, 2017
Regional experts lay groundwork for unified response to vector-borne diseases PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- “Although dengue has been in the region for years, with the introduction of chikungunya in 2013 and now zika, vector-borne diseases (VBDs) have become very prominent, taking center stage,” stated Dr Karen Polson-Edwards, acting director, Surveillance, Disease...

Cuba to start clinical trials of drug against renal cancer

March 9, 2017
Cuba to start clinical trials of drug against renal cancer HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- A clinical trial with Heberferon, one of the leading lines of Cuban biotechnology, will begin this year in Cuba in about 300 patients with renal carcinoma, according to Dr Iraldo Bello, the expert who developed the product at the Center for Genetic Engineering and...

Confirmed cases of dengue fever in Turks and Caicos

February 21, 2017
Confirmed cases of dengue fever in Turks and Caicos GRAND TURK, TCI -- The ministry of health, agriculture and human services in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) has advised that, during the period of February 17 - 20, 15 students and one teacher at the HJ Robinson High School in Grand Turk have reported symptoms consistent with dengue fever.

Operation Smile Dominican Republic holds week-long volunteer training program

February 14, 2017
Operation Smile Dominican Republic holds week-long volunteer training program SANTIAGO, Dominican Republic -- Operation Smile, an international medical charity that has provided hundreds of thousands of free surgeries for people in developing countries who are born with cleft conditions, teamed up with the Dominican Republic Institute of Latin American Concern...

Childhood obesity a continuing concern, says Barbados minister

February 11, 2017
Childhood obesity a continuing concern, says Barbados minister BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- The ministry of health continues to warn Barbadian parents that childhood obesity is a major forerunner to the development of non-communicable diseases (NCDs). Health Minister John Boyce said on Wednesday that not only were obese children at higher...

PANCAP partners with Caribbean faith leaders for consultation on ending HIV and Aids by 2030

January 24, 2017
PANCAP partners with Caribbean faith leaders for consultation on ending HIV and Aids by 2030 GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The Pan Caribbean Partnership Against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP) and Caribbean faith leaders will host a consultation on ending HIV and AIDS by 2030. The consultation takes place on 1-2 February 2017, in Port of Spain, Trinidad, and is being co-funded by...

Commentary: The brain drain of the Caribbean trained nurses

January 23, 2017
Commentary: The brain drain of the Caribbean trained nurses Our quiet need: The role of a nurse is equally important as a good doctor, education, clean criminal record, and a productive safe community. These caretakers and medicine givers are eyes and ears of doctors, from preparing a clean bed to escorting sick and helpless patients, even ones...

Processed foods drive surge in obesity rates in the Caribbean, says UN-backed report

January 20, 2017
Processed foods drive surge in obesity rates in the Caribbean, says UN-backed report NEW YORK, USA -- Obesity and overweight are on the rise throughout the Caribbean and Latin America, and are prevalent particularly among women and children, according to a new United Nations-backed report. Nearly 360 million people, or 58 percent of the inhabitants of the region...

The top three most useful gadgets for your workout

January 19, 2017
The top three most useful gadgets for your workout Working out? Getting fit? Trying to lose weight? Let technology help you with your efforts! The same science that has put a man on the Moon is today working for you, helping you not only get leaner, but also be healthier and fitter. Here are three of the most useful gadgets for your workout that...

Policymakers need to look at wider economic benefits of taxing sugary drinks, says new study

January 17, 2017
Policymakers need to look at wider economic benefits of taxing sugary drinks, says new study NORWICH, England -- The wider economic benefits of a tax on sugary drinks need to be recognised by policymakers if retailers’ pricing behaviour is to be changed, according to a study led by the University of East Anglia (UEA). The researchers argue that economic welfare would be improved if firms...

Eight new zika cases reported in Turks and Caicos

January 4, 2017
Eight new zika cases reported in Turks and Caicos PROVIDENCIALES, TCI -- The ministry of health has reported that eight new cases of the zika virus have been reported in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI), including seven on the island of Grand Turk. These persons were seen during the period of October 14 to December 7.

Cholera cases in Haiti increased sharply in 2016

January 2, 2017
Cholera cases in Haiti increased sharply in 2016 PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- As a consequence of Hurricane Matthew, during October 2016, the number of suspected cases of cholera in Haiti increased sharply from 2,377 in September to 4,985 in October. Some 48 percent of these new suspect cases were reported in the departments of...

Health tourism poised for expansion in Jamaica

January 2, 2017
Health tourism poised for expansion in Jamaica KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- Health tourism is poised for expansion as the government of Jamaica takes steps to engage the diaspora as the first market in the sector. President of Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO), Diane Edwards, said the country is developing a competitive ...

Commentary: Dominica's new hospital should mean new and improved services

January 2, 2017
Commentary: Dominica's new hospital should mean new and improved services All Dominicans should share in Health Minister Dr Darroux and his government’s efforts and excitement over the proposed construction of the new $40 million, 372-bed government- and China-funded hospital in Goodwill. But at the same time, some pressing questions need to be asked.

Six ways to get mentally fit for the New Year

December 31, 2016
Six ways to get mentally fit for the New Year With the start of a new year it is important to reflect back on the prior year, assess what went well, what didn’t and decide where you want to go next. It takes a lot of mental toughness, self-love, and discipline to create the life you want. Simply coasting along on cruise control reacting to life...

Health: Research outlines how low-dose aspirin can help prevent cancer

December 23, 2016
Health: Research outlines how low-dose aspirin can help prevent cancer PORTLAND, USA -- Researchers have outlined for the first time a key mechanism by which low-dose aspirin may inhibit cancer cell proliferation and metastasis. Aspirin reduces the ability of blood platelets to raise the levels of a particular protein that can support malignant cells and allow...

Regional experts make 'slow, steady progress' on safe seafood policies

December 21, 2016
Regional experts make 'slow, steady progress' on safe seafood policies BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CRFM) -- There is still a long way to go but experts meeting here last Thursday expressed optimism that slow but steady progress was being made toward introducing region-wide laws, rules and regulations intended to make Caribbean fish and seafood not only ready...

Cancer death rates two to nine times higher in the Caribbean compared to US

December 19, 2016
Cancer death rates two to nine times higher in the Caribbean compared to US PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- In a recent study, researchers from the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that the rates of death from cervical cancer, breast, prostate and colon cancer are two to nine times higher...

UN General Assembly endorses new approach to cholera in Haiti

December 17, 2016
UN General Assembly endorses new approach to cholera in Haiti NEW YORK, USA -- Recognizing the moral responsibility of the United Nations to the victims of the cholera epidemic in Haiti, the General Assembly on Friday welcomed the new UN approach to tackling the disease – formally launched earlier this month by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Around 35 percent of medicines imported into Guyana are fake and unsafe for medical use

December 14, 2016
Around 35 percent of medicines imported into Guyana are fake and unsafe for medical use GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- A regional pharmaceutical investigator that gathers counterfeiting intelligence information for one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world has indicated that between 25% to 35% of the medicines that are being imported into Guyana from...

Largest global HIV program established for key populations in Eastern and Southern Caribbean

December 13, 2016
Largest global HIV program established for key populations in Eastern and Southern Caribbean PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- A new project, the first and largest of its kind, is working to reduce the spread of HIV and improve health care for key populations most at risk of and already living with HIV in select Caribbean countries. The LINKAGES Project (Linkages across the Continuum...

UN secretary-general apologizes to people of Haiti, outlines new plan to fight cholera epidemic

December 3, 2016
UN secretary-general apologizes to people of Haiti, outlines new plan to fight cholera epidemic NEW YORK, USA -- United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday apologized to the people of Haiti, expressing deep regret for the loss of life and suffering caused by the country’s cholera epidemic, and outlined the way forward including immediate steps to stem the...

Commentary: The Turks and Caicos national health insurance scandal

November 29, 2016
Commentary: The Turks and Caicos national health insurance scandal As a part of the preamble to the 800-page contract between Interhealth Canada Construction & Services (TCI) Limited and the now defunct Johnston International Limited: “The Crown (in right of its Government in the Turks and Caicos Islands) ("TCIG") currently provides a national health service...

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