National Household Drug Survey Underway
- Feb 24, 2017 - 12:59:29 PM
The Ministry of Health, in
collaboration with other government agencies, is currently dispatching a team
of persons into various communities throughout The Bahamas to conduct a
national household drug survey during the months of February and March
The purpose of the survey is to determine the
extent of drug use among persons 12 to 65-years-old in the population.
Current patterns have been studied among the
adolescent population through school drug surveys conducted in the past
decade. However, present trends in the
general population are not known...
Princess Margaret Hospital’s Eye Care Clinic Relocates
- Jan 20, 2017 - 2:48:53 PM
Effective Monday January 23rd, 2017, the Princess Margaret Hospital’s
Eye Care Clinic will be open to the public at its new location at #26
Soldier Road. The seven thousand six hundred fifty (7650) square foot
complex formerly occupied by Eye World (adjacent to Lowe’s Pharmacy) was
acquired by The Public Hospitals Authority on January 10th through a
five (5) year lease agreement.
The Eye Care Clinic offers
general and specialist ophthalmology services inclusive of visual field
testing, general eye exams, retinal care and surgery, cataract care and
surgery, glaucoma care and surgery, cornea care and surgery, refraction,
and laser testing and surgery...
IHIMS to Promote Greater Healthcare Efficiency / Effectiveness
- Jan 20, 2017 - 12:06:32 PM
The implementation of an Integrated Health
Information Management System (IHIMS) at the public healthcare level in
The Bahamas, has the potential to “fundamentally change” the public
healthcare system’s approach to service delivery and care.
healthcare officials said patients across the Commonwealth of The
Bahamas will “directly benefit” from the implementation.
Minister of Health, the Hon. Dr. Michael Perry Gomez, said
implementation of the IHIMS Program will allow for -- among other
Healthcare Partnership to Advance Bahamas Pediatric Research
- Jan 8, 2017 - 2:24:43 PM
Officials of the Public Hospitals
Authority (PHA), the Aidan Roger Carron Foundation and the Tribune Media
Group have entered into a public/private partnership that is expected
to catapult the local public healthcare sector into the stratosphere of
medical research – particularly in the area of life threatening
auto-immune diseases and protocols in infants and children.
healthcare officials are calling the agreement “monumental” adding that
the partnership will not only provide local public healthcare officials
– particularly doctors and nurses – with access to some of the world’s
leading pediatric specialists and state-of-the-art equipment available
at the Miami Children’s Hospital...
Ministers of Health to discuss actions to improve health in the Region
- Sep 24, 2016 - 10:08:42 PM
Washington, D.C., (PAHO/WHO)—The Ministers of Health of the
Americas will meet next week at the headquarters of the Pan American
Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) to agree on
policies and actions aimed at tackling the main health challenges facing
the Region of the Americas, and to set the priorities for PAHO’s
technical cooperation with its member countries.
During the 55th
Directing Council, held Sept. 26-30, health authorities of the Americas
will discuss and seek agreement on strategies and plans of action to
prevent arboviral diseases such as Zika, chikungunya, and dengue, and to
eliminate malaria and neglected infectious diseases...
Bahamas Sickle Cell Association Open for Online Registration
- Sep 22, 2016 - 11:27:13 PM
For persons living with this sickle cell disease there is economic hardship.
Insurance is non-existent or prohibitive due to the pre-existing nature
of the disease. Portable oxygen machines are costly approx. $3,000 each.
The medication for pain is also very scarce and costly, there is really
one main medication (hydroxyurea) that is thought to be effective
against crises. There are also painkillers that should be used however
there can be a fear of addiction therefore it may not be widely
available in pharmacies. We would like the support of the general public
in helping us to achieve our goals and for you the media to assist us
in getting the word out on our activities which will benefit persons
living with SCD...
Solomon’s Lucaya Sees Success With In Store Health Seminar
- Sep 14, 2016 - 11:20:01 PM
Freeport, Bahamas — During the Solomon’s Lucaya’s Let’s Talk Health
series held last month, local physician Dr. Monique Pratt answered
one-on-one questions from participants in the free, in-store session.
shoppers took full advantage of the opportunity to chat about common
health issues including hypertension, diabetes and obesity at the Ask
The Doctor presentation. Dr. Pratt, a specialist in Internal Medicine
& Nephrology, gave preventative tips attendees could incorporate
into their daily lives. She advised on topics from dietary changes to
the importance of having an open line of communication with primary
Bahamas Ministry of Health: Zika Update #3
- Sep 2, 2016 - 4:04:40 PM
The Ministry of Health wishes to update the public that as of 30 th
August, 2016 a total of eight (8) confirmed cases of Zika have been
recorded on the island of New Providence. All of those cases were
provided medical attention after presenting with symptoms suggestive of
Zika virus infection. Based on the histories of the cases presenting, it
has been determined that there is a mix of travel associated and local
The Ministry of Health and the Department of Public Health is intensely
monitoring the situation with an active surveillance program, and
providing medical care to affected persons...
Jupiter Medical Center Offers Advanced Imaging
- Jul 29, 2016 - 3:00:19 AM
An accurate diagnosis is the first step toward receiving effective
medical treatment. Without that, how can doctors provide you with
specialized, top-quality care? Jupiter Medical Center, one of the most
highly regarded hospitals in South Florida, uses the most advanced
imaging technologies available and skilled radiologists who specialize
in every area of disease diagnosis to help detect, prevent and treat
CT scanning; MRI; Ultrasound; PET; and Breast Imaging...
Jupiter Medical Center – Health Care That’s Worth Going the Extra Mile
- Jul 20, 2016 - 11:52:53 PM
The only feeling better than being at home, is feeling like
you never left. Deciding where to get your medical care is one of the
most important decisions you will make. Now you can choose world-class
care and recovery in a setting that offers you all the comforts of
home—and more—at Jupiter Medical Center, in the tropical destination of
Palm Beach County, Florida. The center’s facilities combine a luxurious
wellness experience with expert care in the renowned specialties of
orthopedics and oncology. When it comes to these specialties, the
hospital is at the forefront of innovation with its cutting-edge
CyberKnife® M6™ radiation technology and advanced orthopedic procedures
such as limb lengthening surgery.
Nothing about your stay at
Jupiter Medical Center is a typical hospital visit. It’s a health
getaway that offers a number of therapeutic massage and salon services,
and integrative medicine options for you to pick from...
Top-tier Orthopedic Program at Jupiter Medical Center
- Jul 3, 2016 - 1:25:48 PM
Contemplating whether or not to travel for orthopedic surgery? Choose a
medical center that provides world-class care while making you forget
you ever left home. Regain your mobility in the tropical destination of
Palm Beach County, Florida, surrounded by views of beautiful beaches,
palm trees and golf courses. Jupiter Medical Center has a renowned
orthopedics team that is highly specialized in joint replacement,
revision, spinal procedures and limb lengthening. We are also recognized
by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services as being in the top
2.2% of hospitals in the United States for quality outcomes related to
elective hip and knee procedures...
New Technology Targets Tumors in Five Days or Less
- Jun 6, 2016 - 12:00:55 PM
It is the one word no one ever wants to hear their doctor say — cancer.
The good news is that with proper interventions, a growing number of
patients can now continue to live full lives following their initial
diagnosis thanks in large part to the new medical technology and
treatments now available.
In the past, having a cancerous tumor
removed meant undergoing invasive surgery and recuperating in the
hospital for days. Thankfully, as a radiation oncologist today, I have
access to leading-edge technology that enables me to target and
eliminate many types of tumors – especially those considered inoperable –
without even making an incision...
Cutting Out Sugar Can Improve a Child’s Health in Just 10 Days
- Apr 28, 2016 - 5:05:54 PM
Nassau Doctor Says Cold-Like Symptoms Often the Result of Too Many Sweets, Not Allergies
no surprise that too much sugar in a child’s diet can cause tooth
decay, hyperactivity and increase the risk for obesity and Type 2
Diabetes, but what many parents may not realize is that sugar can also
cause other chronic—and avoidable—health problems...
BTVI holds successful health and wellness fair
- Mar 19, 2016 - 8:43:46 AM
Nassau, Bahamas - Taking responsibility for one’s health choices was the
aim of the 7th annual Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institution
health and wellness fair held on March 17th at BTVI. The Student
Affairs department rolled health and fitness into one as exhibitors
provided information, demonstrations and samples of their products
BTVI’s Dean of Student Affairs, Racquel Bethel,
said the team’s approach to wellness is a holistic one that first
targets students, staff and faculty, but is also extends to the public.
Processed Meat May Be Killing More Bahamians Than Crime
- Mar 18, 2016 - 2:45:57 PM
Bahamas boasts the 10th highest meat consumption rate per capita in the world
For hundreds of years Bahamians were fishers and
farmers. Their faces shone with the kind of radiance that only comes
from lungs filled with fresh air and hands and feet that touch the earth
on a daily basis.
“Food is something that we were born into,”
said Dr. Arlington Lightbourne, owner of the Nassau-based Wellness
Clinic. “We were exposed to these things without having any say in the
Scientists studying intensified vector control measures to combat Zika, dengue and chikungunya in the Americas
- Mar 13, 2016 - 8:58:40 AM
(PAHO/WHO) – Control of mosquitoes that transmit Zika, dengue and
chikungunya viruses must be ramped up in the Americas, experts have
urged after a three-day meeting at the Pan American Health
Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO).
Technical Advisory Group on Public Health Entomology is looking at ways
to strengthen vector control programs in the countries, including
specific measures for Aedes aegypti, the mosquito that transmits Zika,
dengue, chikungunya and yellow fever in the Americas...
PAHO, laboratories set guidelines to identify, confirm Zika Virus
- Feb 28, 2016 - 1:45:11 PM
Puerto Rico (PAHO/WHO) — The Pan American Health Organization/World
Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) and the Arbovirus Laboratory Network
(RELDA) have agreed on new guidelines to improve lab confirmation of
suspected Zika cases, even as more accurate tests are developed.
"With dengue and chikungunya circulating in the region, diagnosing Zika
is a great challenge," said Maria Guadalupe Guzman, head of the
Department of Virology of the Institute of Tropical Medicine Pedro Kouri
of Cuba and president of the lab network. A new algorithm for lab
detection of Zika virus will contribute to more accurate diagnosis and
more efficient surveillance, she added.
PAHO Director to brief ministers of health on microcephaly / Zika in the Americas
- Feb 2, 2016 - 6:03:20 PM
(PAHO/WHO) – The Director of the Pan American Health Organization/World
Health Organization (PAHO/WHO), Dr. Carissa F. Etienne, will brief
ministers of health from nearly a dozen Latin American countries this
week on the current state of the Zika virus outbreak, and the cases of
microcephaly—unusually small head size in newborns--and other
complications that are suspected of being linked to Zika virus
The high-level briefing follows the declaration this
past Monday of a Public Health Emergency of International Concern by
WHO’s Director-General, due to clusters of microcephaly that have been
reported in areas of Zika...
Speak to a physician at Jupiter Medical Center
- Dec 21, 2015 - 11:01:09 AM
Jupiter Medical Center’s Foshay Cancer Center and Jupiter
Medical Specialists, LLC, are proud to introduce the newest member of
our world class oncology team at Jupiter Medical Center, Anthony E.
, Board Certified in Radiation Oncology.
Dr. Addesa has over 18 years of radiation oncology experience, with an
impressive academic background. Dr. Addesa received his undergraduate
degree from Brandeis University Magna Cum Laude; his medical degree from
Drexel University/Hahnemann School of Medicine in Philadelphia;
completed his medical internship at the University of Miami School of
Medicine/Jackson Memorial Hospital Department of Internal Medicine and
his residency at the University of Miami School of Medicine/Sylvester
Comprehensive Cancer Center where he served as Chief Resident...
Bahamas' First Cochlear Implant Surgery Deemed a Success
- Dec 18, 2015 - 1:34:51 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - Three years
ago, Wesley Paul suddenly went deaf. He had just no residual hearing in his
left ear and minimal hearing in his right, and he was no longer able to
communicate, continue to work in the financial sector or participate in one of
his favourite hobbies – singing.
remains unclear what led to his hearing loss, Wesley recalls having an earache
in August, 2012. He took over the counter medication and never got medical
attention, instead he compensated for the deficiency by relying on his left ear
for listening and receiving information.