Saving lives with early cancer tests

by George Alleyne Incidents of breast cancer in Barbados are increasing but the number of deaths has not risen in tandem and in fact has been steady for over a decade, thanks to work of the Cancer Society and the willingness of women to come forward for frequent screening making early detection possible. The frequency […]

World Mental Health Day 2020: Investing in Mental Health

In the Caribbean and worldwide, mental health disorders are now recognised as the fifth major non-communicable disease and a major threat to health and economic development in the 21st century. According to the World Health Organization one in four persons globally will be affected by a mental disorder or neurological disorder in their lifetime and 450 […]

BNA: Outstanding issues continue to plague profession

Even though nurses have received high praises over the last year, thanks to their efforts to help combat COVID-19, several outstanding issues continue to plague the profession and hamper efforts to take the craft forward. So said Joanna Waterman, outgoing President of the Barbados Nurses Association (BNA), as she spoke after her association’s 84th Annual […]

Health Ministry monitoring dengue cases

The Ministry of Health and Wellness is monitoring cases of dengue fever in Barbados in light of outbreaks in other regional countries. Caribbean countries which have reported outbreaks this year include St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and several islands in the French Caribbean, including Guadeloupe, Martinique and French Guiana. Senior Medical Officer of […]

Community nurses to tackle spiralling health challenges

In a bid to control the alarmingly high numbers of Barbadians grappling with non-communicable diseases (NCDs), the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) has launched a Community Health Worker Programme. The programme is aimed at increasing treatment compliance and reducing the rate of re-admissions of outpatients with diabetes and cardiovascular disease and will see 40 Community Outreach […]

Fogging schedule for October 19 – 23

The Vector Control Unit of the Ministry of Health and Wellness continues its fogging exercise next week in Christ Church, St Thomas and St Michael. On Monday, October 19, areas to be fogged in Christ Church are Balmoral Gap, Marine Gardens, Queens Way, Halls Gap, Hood Road, Exerter Road, York Road, Old Navy Road, Nelson […]

Fogging schedule for October 26 – 30

The Vector Control Unit of the Ministry of Health and Wellness continues its fogging exercise this week in St George and St Philip. From Monday to Wednesday, the team will concentrate its efforts in St. George On Monday, October 26, the areas to be fogged are First Stop, Ellerton, Ellerton Gardens, Waverly Cot, Middle Lane, […]

Fogging schedule for March 1 – 5

The Vector Control Unit of the Ministry of Health and Wellness will carry out its fogging exercise in the parish of St James, this week. On Monday, March 1, the team will target Porters, Trents, Trents Tenantry, Jamestown Park, Greenwich Village, Morgans and environs. The next day, Tuesday, March 2, they will fog Sunset Crest, […]

Need to know more about vaginal infections | Health

Dear Counsellor, Can you tell me about vaginal infections? I get vaginal infections very often. I have never consulted a doctor, but my boyfriend told me that I should stop being so sceptical; all women get vaginal infections, and so I have nothing to worry about. Is that true? Counsellor, I can tell you that […]

Fogging Schedule for November 2-6

The Vector Control Unit of the Ministry of Health and Wellness will continue its fogging exercise this week in St Michael/St George and St Philip. From Monday to Wednesday, the team will concentrate its efforts in St Michael/St George.  On Monday, November 2, the areas to be fogged are First Stop, Ellerton, Ellerton Gardens, Waverly […]