Lawyer: Why I chose drug over chemotherapy

21 February 2016

KATHY-ANNE TROTMAN has never used marijuana in her life. After being diagnosed with Stage II triple negative breast cancer last year, the 47-year-old attorney now intends to use the drug for palliative care. Kathy-Anne insists, however, that she will only go the... Read More


Legalising medical marijuana up for debate

21 February 2016

THE ISSUE OF MEDICAL marijuana goes beyond the legal landscape and has a larger social impact. This is the view of attorney at law Maria Phillips, who was weighing in on a recent request by lawyer Douglas Trotman to the Ministry of Health to have a one-year prescription... Read More


Neo-natal prepped for Zika cases

21 February 2016

THE OBSTETRICS department at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital has been put on standby in the cases of three pregnant women who have tested positive for the Zika virus which has been linked to a serious birth defect in Brazil, a health official said. However, Acting Chief... Read More


BAMP defends privatisation call

21 February 2016

DOCTORS ARE defending their call for the privatisation of health services in Barbados. And the Barbados Association of Medical Practitioners (BAMP) has made it clear that its plan did not translate to denying access to poor people or those who could not afford to... Read More


Politicians should lead healthier Barbados initiative

18 February 2016

A VISION FOR a healthier country has been put forward by former permanent secretary in the Ministry of Health Lionel Weekes. And this vision starts with those in charge of the country following the lead set by Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler, who over a year ago... Read More


City project focuses on environmental health

18 February 2016

VECTOR BORNE ILLNESSES will be the topic of a town hall meeting which will take place at the St Ambrose Parish Centre on the corner of Cypress and Oxley Streets in the City, on Monday, February 29. Pauline Jack, a social work student at The University of the West... Read More


Health Ministry does not support “fat tax”

17 February 2016

THE MINISTRY OF HEALTH has made it clear that it does not support the “fat tax” which was proposed by a member of the public at the second town hall meeting on healthcare financing on February 9. In a statement released at the third town hall meeting at The Alexandra... Read More


Safe sex message for elderly

17 February 2016

AS MORE ELDERLY PERSONS become infected with HIV/AIDS the Ministry of Social Care has rolled out public service messages geared specifically to older adults. A musical CD entitled Take Warning, as well as two posters with messages warning elderly persons to protect... Read More


Request for medical weed

14 February 2016

A LOCAL LAWYER says he has written the Ministry of Health seeking a licence to allow a pharmacist to “import, produce and supply” marijuana for medical purposes. Douglas Trotman, who has previously said he would request permission to grow marijuana for research purposes,... Read More


Government pharmacies to close early Thursday

09 February 2016

THE MINISTRY OF HEALTH has advised the public that all pharmacies operating under the Barbados Drug Service will close at 1 p.m. on Thursday, February 11, to facilitate a general staff meeting. These closures will not affect other polyclinic services. Pharmacies... Read More


More men getting PSA tests

06 February 2016

MEN FROM ALL walks of life turned up in their numbers at Cancer Support Services this morning to get their Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) test done. President Kathy-Ann Kelly-Springer said they had tested more than 100 men within the first hour of opening the Belmont... Read More


Branford Taitt Polyclinic closed on Saturday

05 February 2016

THE BRANFORD TAITT POLYCLINIC, Black Rock, St. Michael, will be closed to the public tomorrow, Saturday, February 6, to facilitate a general cleaning. The Ministry of Health apologises for any inconvenience caused. Read More


CEO paints picture of QEH operations at town hall meeting

03 February 2016

MAKING THE QUEEN ELIZABETH HOSPITAL (QEH) a more efficient service provider is a top priority, chief executive officer Dr Dexter James has revealed. The hospital boss told a medium-sized crowd at a Ministry of Health-organised Town Hall meeting last night that as... Read More


Don’t get pregnant until more Zika info, says doc

31 January 2016

A SENIOR gynaecologist is suggesting that Barbadian women not seek to have children until further medical investigations reveal how widespread the Zika virus is in Barbados. “I recommend women in Barbados delay getting pregnant until it is found out how widespread... Read More


‘Take note’ of Zika risk

30 January 2016

DELAYING pregnancies due to fear of the Zika virus could have disastrous consequences for the older woman trying to become pregnant. Medical director of the Barbados Fertility Centre, Dr Juliet Skinner, has recommended that Barbadian women weigh their options carefully.... Read More


Pregnant women told to take precautions

24 January 2016

LOCAL HEALTH authorities are telling Barbadians to ensure that their surroundings are not havens for mosquito breeding. An official statement on the Zika virus is causing concern in a number of countries throughout the region, especially in Brazil. The Ministry of Health... Read More


Ministry of Health statement on Zika

23 January 2016

IN LIGHT OF RECENT PRESS REPORTS about the risk to pregnant women by the Zika virus, the Ministry of Health in Barbados wishes to highlight the following. Pregnant women and women of childbearing age should avoid exposure to mosquito bites by wearing clothing with... Read More


Waste lakes still a worry

04 January 2016

WITH THE beginning of the school term for students a day away, one resident of Robinson Close has fears for the health of children attending St Stephen’s Primary School, as the stench from Roger’s Quarry continues to fill the air. And while Janice Ward is pleased... Read More


Diabetic man falls in manhole

02 January 2016

THE FIRST DAY of 2016 almost became the last day for Kyle Bishop who fell into a manhole near the Carlisle Carpark. Bishop, who went to watch the fireworks and ring in the New Year with friends, said he was walking and then he started falling. “I just walk and... Read More


Boyce thanks QEH donors

26 December 2015

THE QUEEN Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) continues to be bolstered by the generosity and goodwill of Barbadians. Minister of Health John Boyce told the media after a tour yesterday he was heartened by the fact Bajans still held the hospital in their hearts every year.... Read More


All polyclinics closed from 1 p.m. Christmas Eve

23 December 2015

THE MINISTRY OF HEALTH has advised that all polyclinics will close at 1 p.m. tomorrow. As a result, there will be no Extended Hours service at the Maurice Byer or Randal Phillips Polyclinics, and the Fast Track service at the Winston Scott Polyclinic will cease... Read More




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