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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.  

The 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...
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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. 

To 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 and control...
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 Organization (WHO).

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).

Currently, The 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. 

The 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 counseling.

“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.”

Although 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.

Thanks 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.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the world needs 9 million more nurses and midwives to achieve the goal of universal health coverage by 2030...
Countries must reduce barriers to access and increase financing in primary care to ensure Universal Health in the Americas - Dec 12, 2019 - 6:14:41 PM

Universal Health in the Americas can only be achieved if countries reduce the barriers to access and increase investment in primary care. Today, during the celebration of this year’s Universal Health Day, PAHO called on countries to implement these measures to ensure that all people have access to the health services they need.

The theme of Universal Health Day 2019, “Universal health; for everyone, everywhere”...
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 care services...
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