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 […]

Prolonged peril expected for tourism sector

by Marlon Madden There is a prediction that the tourism industry will continue to suffer for another two to three years before it returns to any semblanceof pre coronavirus (COVID-19) levels. At the same time, while industry officials are optimistic that the rollout of vaccination will help to boost travellers’ confidence, they havewarned countries against […]

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 […]

Nepotism can harm small firms, says Dr Smith

by Marlon Madden Small business operators are being warned against engaging in nepotism if they are serious about good governance and growth of their operations. This piece of advice was dished out to members of the Small Business Association (SBA) recently as the organisation held one of its members’ information webinar under the theme The […]

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 […]

BPSA boss says uncertain times ahead

Having survived a tumultuous 2020, in which thousands of workers lost their jobs, and businesses closed, Barbadians are being put on notice that a most uncertain 2021 awaits them, as the island battles a wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. On Wednesday February 3, the country started a 15-day shut down until February 17, dubbed a […]

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, […]