Two new ambulances for QEH

10 May 2016

TWO NEW AMBULANCES have been added to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital’s fleet. The two Toyota vehicles costing $190 000 each were officially handed over to hospital officials at the temporary headquarters for the Ambulance Services on Jemmotts Lane this morning. ... Read More


Lepto threat ‘being ignored’

04 May 2016

NOT ENOUGH ATTENTION is being paid to leptospirosis in Barbados or the Caribbean. That assertion has come from acting chief medical officer Dr Kenneth George, who has insisted that many cases of the potentially fatal disease are under-reported, even though laboratories... Read More


HPV vaccine taking hold

02 May 2016

THE INITIAL RESISITANCE is gone and the human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine is now being accepted across the island. So said Senior Health Sister in the Ministry of Health, Juleyette Serrano, who was speaking to the DAILY NATION as her ministry hosted outreach programmes... Read More


No outbreaks for years, says ministry

01 May 2016

AS AN ANTI-VACCINE movement gains converts in some countries, a Ministry of Health official has pointed out that there have been no outbreaks of vaccine preventable diseases in Barbados for many years. The movement has questioned the safety of mandated childhood vaccine... Read More


Cigarette imports and sales down

01 May 2016

BARBADOS IS IMPORTING fewer cigarettes. Figures from the Barbados Statistical Service show that over the past five years, fewer tobacco based-cigarettes were imported into the island. In 2011, imports were valued at $13 103 418 but in 2015, the figure dropped to $9... Read More


Mixed smoke signals

01 May 2016

STAMPING OUT smoking will take more than a legal ban on cigarette advertisements. That was the view expressed by several shopkeepers regarding the pending legislation to ban advertising for cigarettes. The legislation was prompted when the Chinese company Hongyang Manufacturers... Read More


New hospital still on the cards

26 April 2016

A NEW HOSPITAL is still on the cards for Barbados, says Minister of Health John Boyce. And he is scheduled to visit a possible site today. Boyce made the declaration at a Democratic Labour Party St Philip South constituency meeting at Belair on Sunday night. ... Read More


Vaccination Week starts

24 April 2016

VACCINATION WEEK 2016 got underway this morning at the Christ Church Parish Church. In attendance were Minister of Health John Boyce, Permanent Secretary Tennyson Springer and members of the Branford Taitt Polyclinic. Boyce described Vaccination Week as an extraordinary... Read More


Septums all the rage

02 April 2016

Septum piercings are now a popular trend with young people across the island. It has become even more popular since local superstar sensation Rihanna and other Hollywood celebrities have been seen sporting them. Entertainers such as Simon Pipe, his wife Carly, and... Read More


Good news for impotence treatment

27 March 2016

THERE IS GOOD NEWS for Barbadian men suffering from erectile dysfuncion (ED). A team of Jamaican doctors has made a breakthrough which may bring long-lasting relief for some of those seeking a boost to their manhood. Medical practitioners Janice Fisher and Simone... Read More


Duguid: Cuts wrong

12 March 2016

ABSOLUTELY UNCONSCIONABLE. That’s how dental surgeon and former parliamentarian Dr William Duguid described Government’s $9 million slashing of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) budget in the 2016-17 Estimates of Expenditure and Revenue laid in the House of Assembly... Read More


Mosquito nets for pregnant women

11 March 2016

TWO HUNDRED AND fifty pregnant women will receive mosquito nets as the fight against the spread of Zika continues. Dr Godfrey Xuereb, Pan American Health Organisation/World Health Organisation Representative for Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean presented the nets... Read More


277 more may have Zika

05 March 2016

TWO MORE PREGNANT WOMEN are among the 277 suspected new cases of Zika in Barbados. Senior medical officer for environmental health Dr Arthur Phillips made the confirmation after the opening session of a two-day symposium hosted by the University of the West Indies Regional... Read More


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


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


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


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




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