COVID-19 formerly known as the Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Update #8
- Feb 19, 2020 - 11:30:27 AM
The Ministry of Health wishes to advise the public that to date,
there remains no suspected or reported cases of COVID-19 in The
Bahamas. Currently, there are more than seventy thousand (70,000) cases
reported in China, with at least one thousand eight hundred (1,800)
deaths. The virus has spread to at least twenty-seven (27) countries.
public is further advised that all individuals who were being
quarantined have been released after completing the required monitoring,
and are exhibiting no symptoms of the virus...
PAHO prepares 8 Caribbean countries for laboratory diagnosis of new coronavirus
- Feb 12, 2020 - 7:05:35 PM
Virology experts from the Pan American Health Organization have
travelled to the Caribbean region to ensure that laboratory specialists
are trained and equipped to identify and respond to potential imported
cases of the new coronavirus (COVID-19).
Training in the
Caribbean began in Suriname, followed by Barbados and Haiti, and will
continue later this week in Jamaica, Belize and Dominica. Next week,
PAHO experts will travel to Bahamas and Guyana to complete this
initiative in the sub-region...
Cases of dengue in the Americas exceeded 3 million in 2019
- Feb 12, 2020 - 5:23:26 PM
The Americas reported more than 3 million cases of dengue in 2019, the
largest number recorded in the Region so far, according to the latest
epidemiological update from the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).
These figures exceeded the 2.4 million cases reported in 2015
during the previous largest dengue epidemic in the history of the
Region. That year, almost 1400 people died of dengue...
Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) update #6
- Feb 7, 2020 - 11:30:42 AM
The Ministry of Health wishes to advise the public that there
remains no suspected, reported or confirmed cases of the Novel
Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in The Bahamas. Currently, the 2019-nCoV has
spread to at least twenty-seven (27) countries, and now has more than
twenty eight thousand (28,000) cases confirmed on Mainland China, with
five hundred sixty-five (565) deaths.
date, fifteen (15) residents have been quarantined. The individuals
monitored currently have not experienced symptoms of the virus...
PAHO providing technical cooperation to countries on novel Coronavirus
- Feb 6, 2020 - 8:21:06 PM
The Pan American Health Organization is working with health ministries
in Latin America and the Caribbean to help them prepare to deal with
possible importations of cases of novel coronavirus.
In a series
of technical cooperation activities, PAHO experts in laboratories,
preparedness, epidemiology, clinical management, infection prevention
Novel coronavirus: PAHO Epidemiological Update for the Americas
- Feb 5, 2020 - 7:24:44 PM
On 31 December 2019, Wuhan Municipality in Hubei Province, China
reported a cluster of pneumonia cases with unknown etiology. By the 9th
of January 2020, the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention
identified a novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) as the causative agent of
this outbreak. On 30 January 2020, with more than 9,700 confirmed cases
in China and 106 confirmed cases in 19 other countries...
WHO outlines steps to save 7 million lives from cancer
- Feb 4, 2020 - 11:45:17 PM
The World Health Organization (WHO) today spells out the need to step up
cancer services in low and middle-income countries. WHO warns that, if
current trends continue, the world will see a 60% increase in cancer
cases over the next two decades. The greatest increase (an estimated
81%) in new cases will occur in low- and middle-income countries, where
survival rates are currently lowest.
This is largely because
these countries have focused limited health resources on combating
infectious diseases and improving maternal and child health, while
health systems do not have the capacity to adequately prevent, screen,
diagnose and treat people with cancer...
Mary Lou Valdez appointed as PAHO/WHO Deputy Director
- Feb 4, 2020 - 9:07:35 PM
Ms. Mary Lou Valdez of the United States of America has been appointed
as the new Deputy Director of the Pan American Health Organization
(PAHO), the Regional Office for the Americas of the World Health
Ms. Valdez assumed PAHO/WHO's second-highest
post, with a portfolio that comprises Secretary to the Governing Bodies
of the Organization, including the Pan American Sanitary Conference,
the Directing Council, and the Executive Committee; and oversight of
official relations with the Governments of Canada...
Public Service Announcement: Resident return quarantine
- Feb 2, 2020 - 10:46:39 PM
On 30th January, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared
the Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) a Public Health Emergency of
International Concern (PHEIC).
Bahamas has no suspected, reported or confirmed cases of the 2019 Novel
Coronavirus. Moreover, the Ministry of Health is closely following the
global development of this virus...
New coronavirus - Questions and answers from PAHO
- Jan 30, 2020 - 2:50:51 PM
See enclosed video of PAHO's Assistant Director, Dr. Jarbas Barbosa, addressing the most commonly-asked questions about the new coronavirus and risk to the Caribbean.
For more information, please visit our website...
Measles outbreak in Venezuela is under control
- Jan 30, 2020 - 2:16:18 PM
The measles outbreak in Venezuela is under control following a series of
actions taken by the country, together with the Pan American Health
Organization (PAHO) and its partners, including a country-wide
vaccination campaign that reached almost nine million children between
the ages of 6 months and 15 years.
Between the onset of the
outbreak in July 2017 and 2019, the country reported 7,054 confirmed
cases and 84 deaths...
PAHO Director urges readiness to detect cases of new coronavirus in the Americas
- Jan 24, 2020 - 7:05:53 PM
Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Director Carissa Etienne today
urged countries in the Americas to be prepared to detect early, isolate
and care for patients infected with the new coronavirus, in case of
receiving travelers from countries where there is ongoing transmission
of novel coronavirus cases.
"Health services need to be prepared
because they will most likely be the entry point where cases of the new
coronavirus will be detected...
Haiti reaches one-year free of Cholera
- Jan 23, 2020 - 2:56:46 PM
The cholera outbreak in Haiti that began in October 2010, affecting
over 820,000 people and killing 9,792, has been stopped in its tracks,
with the country reaching 1-year free of confirmed cases this week.
achievement follows concerted efforts from Haiti, the Pan American
Health Organization (PAHO) and other partner agencies to address the
root causes of cholera, including through increased surveillance to
detect and respond to possible-flare-ups...
Mental Health Advocate/Best-Selling Author Yassin Hall ‘Overjoyed’ With USVI Introducing Mental Health Legislation
- Jan 18, 2020 - 4:21:16 PM
USVI native and mental health advocate Yassin Hall cried tears of joy
when she heard that Governor Albert Bryan Jr. recently submitted
legislation aimed at reorganizing how mental and behavioral health,
including alcohol and substance addiction, are treated under V.I. law.
Hall also learned that the students will receive free mental health
“It finally happened!” Hall tearfully said. “People
are finally going to get help and government funding! I had been
inundated with calls from people thanking me for not giving up and for
continuing to push it to the forefront...
PAHO issues epidemiological alert on Novel Coronavirus for the Americas
- Jan 17, 2020 - 4:40:41 PM
The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) has issued an alert to
its member countries on the Novel Coronavirus (nCoV), recommending that
“health care workers have access to up to date information on the
illness, be familiar with the principles and procedures for handling
nCoV infections, and be trained to inquire about a patient’s travel
history in order to connect this information with clinical data.”
over 40 cases have been reported in China, Thailand and Japan, there is
“no evidence to suggest that person-to-person transmission occurs
easily,” the alert said...
Cholera in Haiti: Gone but not forgotten
- Jan 13, 2020 - 6:45:30 AM
The cholera outbreak that began in Haiti in October 2010 caused some 820,000 cases and killed 9,792 people.
to the hard work of the government and people of Haiti, in partnership
with PAHO and other agencies, there have been no confirmed cases of
cholera since the end of January 2019...
WHO launches call for submissions to first ever Health for All Film Festival
- Jan 6, 2020 - 8:27:01 PM
The World Health Organization (WHO) is calling on amateur, student and
professional filmmakers from all over the world to submit videos for the
first Health for All Film Festival. Submissions, which will be accepted
until 30 January 2020, must be emotive, raise awareness and change
behaviors about health issues. The festival will be held in Geneva in
May 2020 during the 73rd World Health Assembly...
2020 marks the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife
- Jan 3, 2020 - 12:10:35 PM
In order to recognize the work of nurses and midwives around the work
and advocate for increased investment in this workforce, and
improvements in working conditions, education and professional
development, this year has been designated the international year of
nurses and midwives by the World Health Assembly.
the World Health Organization (WHO), the world needs 9 million more
nurses and midwives to achieve the goal of universal health coverage by
Campaign encourages health workers and youth to have open conversations about HIV
- Nov 27, 2019 - 2:50:51 PM
Talk to me openly’ – the slogan for this year’s World AIDS Day campaign
by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), UNAIDS, UNICEF, the
Latin American Network of Young People Living with HIV (J+LAC), and the
Pan Caribbean Partnership against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP), seeks to ensure
that health professionals talk about HIV with young people, without any
form of discrimination, as a way to improve access to prevention and