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NHI Authority to hold consultations on proposed changes to NHI program - Oct 23, 2018 - 12:25:56 PM

Today, Dr. Robin Roberts, Chairman of the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) Board, announced that the National Health Insurance (NHI) program will be undergoing a transformation to better suit the needs of Bahamians and stakeholders. As part of its efforts to reposition NHI Bahamas for success, the NHIA has launched a 45-day consultation period with stakeholders to discuss proposed changes to the program – a program which is grounded in Bahamian values of shared responsibility, fairness, commitment to the community, and working forward, upward, onward, together for better health and health care in The Bahamas....
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PAHO Gives Input to Over-the-Hill Partnership Initiative - Oct 22, 2018 - 6:32:11 PM

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Components of the Over-the-Hill-Community Development Partnership Initiative are coming together as envisioned by Prime Minister, Dr. the Most Hon. Hubert Minnis to rejuvenate and restore pride in the disadvantaged communities.

Recently, the Over-the-Hill Unit in Office of the Prime Minister and the Pan American Health Organization teamed up in a workshop to focus on health, water and sanitation components of the Initiative...
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Caribbean countries and territories are better prepared to keep imported measles from sparking outbreaks - Oct 19, 2018 - 12:45:34 PM

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A recent PAHO-organized workshop trained 35 Caribbean health officers on how to respond rapidly and effectively to any imported cases of measles or rubella

Washington, DC, October 19 2018 (PAHO/WHO) — It’s been more than 25 years since the Caribbean reported its last case of indigenous measles. But the risk of imported cases has persisted because measles continues to circulate in countries around the world...
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Caribbean Ministers approve plan to prepare for the health impact of climate change - Oct 18, 2018 - 3:04:48 PM

Ministers from across the Region of the Caribbean have agreed on an Action Plan to ensure that the health of those living in Small Island Developing States (SIDS) is protected and prioritized within the global climate change agenda.
 
The III Global Conference on Health and Climate: Special Focus on Small Island Developing States, convened jointly by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)...
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PAHO Director participates in inauguration ceremony of Princess Alice Smart Hospital, Grenada - Oct 16, 2018 - 7:42:41 PM

The Princess Alice hospital is the first hospital in the Eastern Caribbean Region to have been fully refitted to smart standards to protect the health of the population against climate change-related events.

St George’s, Grenada, October 16 2018 (PAHO / WHO) – The Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Dr. Carissa F. Etienne, yesterday participated in the inauguration of the latest smart health care facility to open in the Region of the Caribbean.
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Progress must be accelerated to end tuberculosis in the Americas, says new PAHO report - Sep 25, 2018 - 11:15:22 AM

Over a quarter of a million people live with TB in the Region of the Americas and 24,000 died from the disease in 2017. But the downward trend in new cases and deaths must proceed more swiftly to meet elimination targets.

Washington, D.C., 25 September 2018 (PAHO/WHO). Between 2000 and 2015, deaths from tuberculosis (TB) fell by 37.5% in the Americas and new cases dropped by 24%. However, the rate of decline must be accelerated for the Region to be able to end the disease, according to a new report by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)...
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Bahamian Minister of Health elected President of the PAHO's 56th Directing Council - Sep 24, 2018 - 12:23:12 PM

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The Bahamian Ministry of Health, Duane Ernest Lascelles Sands, has been elected President of the Pan American Health Organization’s (PAHO) 56th Directing Council, which convenes the Region’s health authorities to discuss and analyze regional health policies and set priorities for technical cooperation and collaboration among countries.
 
Sands will preside over the Directing Council, which begins today until 27 September, where ministries of health, from throughout the Region of the Americas will discuss a series of plans to reduce the shortage in health personnel...
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Bahamas to host HEALinc Future Health Innovation Summit - Jul 25, 2018 - 2:29:04 PM

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Putting The Bahamas on the cutting edge of a the future of health and ushering in a paradigm-shift in health and technology in the region and globally is the focus of The 2018 Inaugural HEALinc Future Health Innovation Summit, taking place at the Melia Hotel, Nassau in October 7th-9th. This unique Summit is the brainchild of Dr. Desiree Cox, MD, PhD and is the first of its kind in The Bahamas and possibly the Caribbean region. Where regenerative medicine meets technology and social enterprise is the title of the Summit. As the title implies the Summit brings top minds together to take a comprehensive, multi-faceted...
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National HIV Testing Day, 29th June 2018 - Jun 21, 2018 - 2:57:11 PM

With an estimated 2% HIV prevalence, HIV and AIDS remain significant problems in The Bahamas. As with many other sexually transmitted infections, there may be no obvious signs or symptoms of early HIV infection, and the only way to confirm the presence of HIV is through a medical test.

The Ministry of Health is committed to early HIV diagnosis as a safeguard to the health and well-being of all Bahamians, and has “scaled up” HIV testing during the month of June, including National HIV Testing Day...
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Get vaccinated against measles and rubella before travelling to the World Cup - May 30, 2018 - 9:59:16 AM

The Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) has recommended that all those travelling to the 2018 FIFA World Cup ensure that they´re up-to-date with all their vaccinations, including the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine (also known as MMR). The 2018 World Cup will be hosted this year by Russia between June 14 and July 15.

The increase in international travel and the mass movement of people during events such as the World Cup increases the risk of transmission of diseases...
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Mosquito Awareness Week: Calling all citizens to the frontlines of mosquito control - May 10, 2018 - 5:15:59 PM

Health authorities in the Caribbean are calling on individuals, families and communities to join the battle to reduce mosquito breeding sites in and around homes, as part of the Pan American Health Organization’s (PAHO) campaign for Mosquito Awareness Week 2018.

This year’s campaign focuses on increasing community participation in the elimination of breeding sites for Aedes aegypti, the mosquito that transmits dengue, chikungunya, Zika and urban yellow fever...
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LEAP program to be introduced to Bahamas - Apr 13, 2018 - 4:11:24 PM

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Foot and Ankle International, led by Dr. Daniel Johnson will be hosting a team of international expert podiatrists over the next few weeks for the implementation of the LEAP program designed specifically to help diabetics.

LEAP (Lower Extremity Amputation Prevention) seeks to address the prevalence of amputations in diabetics. Surgeons would remove an apparently rotting toe, foot or portion of a leg to save the rest of the body. For Dr. Johnson...
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The eyes have it – New diagnostic technology eliminates need for drops - Apr 9, 2018 - 1:16:54 PM

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Remember when going to the eye doctor meant suffering for hours afterwards while the effect of those drops you dreaded wore off and you were able to see clearly again?

Those days may be history, according to a respected local optometrist who employs new technology called Optomap to look inside the retina, detecting any abnormality that would be a warning sign of a separated retina or other disorder, including common physical conditions not readily associated with eye problems.

“Who among us has not suffered that awful feeling of feeling fear because having an annual eye exam meant suffering through the after-effect of dilation drops? While the drops make it easier for the examining physician to see the condition or your retina...
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‘Label Restaurant foods for calories and cholesterol,' says doctor - Feb 18, 2018 - 10:43:34 AM

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What you are serving for lunch could be a coronary, says Darius Bain, M.D., D.M.

“You wouldn’t knowingly serve a loved one a heart attack, but we do it all the time,” said Dr. Bain, who holds an advanced degree in Family Medicine. “There are some deep-seated practices we have as a nation that we seriously need to address.”

Among the first changes – labelling dishes in restaurants, particularly fast food restaurants, to show calorie count, fats, trans-fats and cholesterol.

“They do that in the U.S. and other places and it has not hurt business but what it has done is to encourage fast food restaurants to offer healthier choices,” said Dr. Bain...
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Carissa F. Etienne begins second term as Director of PAHO, the premier public health agency of the Americas - Feb 2, 2018 - 5:45:20 PM

Dr. Carissa F. Etienne, Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and Regional Director for the Americas of the World Health Organization (WHO), yesterday formally began her second term as head of the 115-year-old regional public health agency.
 
“In this Region, most of our countries have reached the stage where many of the easy public health gains have already been achieved,” said Etienne in her inaugural address...
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Chronic, widespread obesity driving Bahamas Type 2 Diabetes numbers up, 36,000 now believed to be diabetic - Jan 25, 2018 - 10:49:48 AM

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With an obesity rate approaching 80% of the population in The Bahamas and obesity’s intrinsic connection to diabetes, it is little surprise that Diabetes Type 2 is at an all-time high in the country or that the International Diabetes Federation has declared that is “taking a particular interest in The Bahamas.” While the 230-member country federation’s focus is attention The Bahamas could do without, the good news for sufferers is that new research is pointing to better outcomes with a multi-disciplinary approach...
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Workshop explores ways to improve children’s learning and behavior - Nov 30, 2017 - 10:15:49 AM

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The importance of executive function skills for children was recently highlighted in a workshop hosted by Family Medicine Center.

Sarah Ward, a renowned expert on the topic of executive functioning, provided simple, practical strategies and tools for teaching children how to develop independent executive function skills.

The full-day workshop, organized by the Mental Health Department at Family Medicine Center was titled "Cutting Edge Strategies to Improve Executive Function Skills".
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PAHO/WHO, UNAIDS call for stepping up HIV prevention efforts and offering all available options to prevent new infections - Nov 29, 2017 - 4:18:34 PM

A new report from the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Regional Office for the Americas of WHO, and UNAIDS says that expanding access to all HIV prevention options that are now available would reduce the number of new cases of HIV in Latin America and the Caribbean, which since 2010 has remained at 120,000 every year.

Launched on the eve of World AIDS Day, the report, HIV Prevention in the Spotlight - An Analysis from the Perspective of the Health Sector in Latin America and the Caribbean, analyzes progress made and challenges facing health systems in preventing HIV transmission...
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Baptist Health South Florida highlights importance of Orthopedic Works in The Bahamas and Caribbean - Nov 2, 2017 - 6:44:05 AM

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Two of the region’s top orthopaedic surgeons from Baptist Health South Florida in Miami, Florida, flew into Nassau recently for the Caribbean Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons (CAOS) 12th Annual Scientific Meeting, in which regional doctors come together to exchange new ways to mend common issues.

The annual conference spanned in topics from sports medicine to trauma. Charles Jordan, M.D., orthopedic surgeon at Miami Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Institute, part of Baptist Health South Florida, believes it is of the utmost importance that organizations such as the CAOS be supported in their endeavors to hold such academic conferences in the Caribbean...
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National Health Insurance (NHI) - Press Release Customer Service Representatives (CSRs) - Oct 6, 2017 - 6:14:47 PM

Thirty-nine (39) Customer Service Representative (CSRs) will end their six months contract with NHI today, October, 6th, 2017. These CSRs were employed in April, 2017 and deployed chiefly at the satellite enrollment centers, which were closed last month. Enrollment continues at NHI headquarters and on line.

Eighteen CSRs will be reengaged on month to month terms to perform essential functions, as the NHI Board continues to turn its attention to the staffing of the NHI Authority...

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