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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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Life expectancy in the Americas increases to 75 years - Sep 26, 2017 - 10:06:19 AM

The population of the Americas has gained 16 years in life expectancy on average in the last 45 years, and a person who is born in the hemisphere can now aspire to live until age 75, almost five years longer than the world average. However, emerging and noncommunicable diseases, which cause four out of five deaths per year, are the main challenges in one of the most unequal regions in the world.
 
This information is part of the new Health in the Americas+ 2017 report, the latest edition of the flagship publication prepared by the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) every five years since 1956..
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National Health Insurance Authority Board members announced - Jul 27, 2017 - 5:32:56 PM


Today, the composition of the Board of Directors of the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) was announced. The Board has been appointed in accordance with the National Health Insurance Act, 2016. Dr. Robin Roberts has been named Chairman and Mrs. Judy Whitehead has been named Deputy Chairman.

The Board will effectively act as the governing body that performs the functions and exercises the powers of the NHIA and reports to the Minister responsible for National Health Insurance. The Board will oversee and work closely with the NHI Bahamas technical team to review, plan and operationalize the overall strategy and operations of the NHI Bahamas programme...
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Health facilities in seven Caribbean countries to be transformed to be disaster resistant - Jun 7, 2017 - 4:59:46 PM

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The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) selected 16 hospitals and health centers in seven Caribbean countries to make them safer, greener and more resilient to natural disasters, under the framework of the Smart Health Care Facilities Project, an initiative backed by UKaid, the UK Department for International Development.

The project is being financially supported by the United Kingdom's Department for International Development (DFID) and implemented through the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Relief Department in partnership with the Ministry of Health in each target country...
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Laboratory services now available under NHI Bahamas - May 23, 2017 - 3:45:37 PM

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Nassau, The Bahamas -  Bahamians and legal residents who have enroled in NHI Bahamas will now be able to access laboratory services as part of their Primary Care benefits. With NHI Bahamas, persons will no longer have to pay for certain lab tests, including some blood tests to check immune function, blood sugar, cholesterol, hormone levels and organ function, as well as blood tests for HIV and blood disorders like sickle cell anemia.

A full listing of laboratory services can be found in the Primary Care benefits package: http://www.nhibahamas.gov.bs/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Primary-Care-Benefits-Package.pdf

The following lab administrators are now available to provide laboratory services at no cost at point of care under NHI Bahamas...
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Patients in Grand Bahama starting to receive care under NHI Bahamas - May 12, 2017 - 1:11:22 PM

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Persons in Grand Bahama who enroled for NHI Bahamas are being matched with Primary Care providers and are starting to receive care. The progress of NHI Bahamas was marked today by one of the first patients in Grand Bahama visiting their selected doctor and receiving care at no cost at point of service. Phase three of NHI Bahamas – Primary Health Care Coverage – is officially underway and is making health care more accessible to Bahamians across the archipelago.

“We are seeing great support from Grand Bahamians who are excited that the day has come where they can start receiving care under NHI Bahamas. There have been doctors from across the island who will serve communities including Freeport, Eight Mile Rock, Hawksbill Creek, High Rock and the West End, to ensure local residents have access to quality, affordable care,” said Peter Deveaux-Isaacs...
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Health Ministers to call for sustainable financing mechanisms - May 9, 2017 - 12:56:05 PM

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Commonwealth Health Ministers will gather for their annual meeting in Geneva on 21 May 2017, on the eve of the 70th World Health Assembly.

The theme for the meeting is: ‘Sustainable Financing of Universal Health Coverage as an Essential Component for Global Security including the Reduction of All Forms of Violence’.

At last year’s meeting, Ministers recognised the importance of health security as a bridge to peace and stability, as well as the role the health sector can play in strengthening global security, including preparedness and responses to public health threats and disasters...
News : Local
Enrolment for NHI Bahamas starts; Bahamians now able to select their Primary Care doctor - Apr 24, 2017 - 12:15:53 PM

Tomorrow, enrolment for NHI Bahamas will launch, bringing Bahamians one step closer to receiving Primary Care services at no cost at point of care. During the enrolment phase, Bahamians select their preferred doctor who they will receive Primary Care services from once that phase of coverage begins.

The launch of enrolment for NHI Bahamas is an exciting development for our country. We’ve had a positive response from the physician community and many have now signed up as Primary Care providers under NHI. I encourage persons to enrol early so they can have first pick of their preferred doctor who they will soon receive Primary Care services from...
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