PHA/GBHS Update on services following chemical spill at the Rand Memorial Hospital
- Nov 9, 2018 - 11:31:07 PM
Laboratory services at the Rand Memorial Hospital have been suspended
this weekend as the hospital’s management and technical teams continue
to monitor the aftermath of a chemical spill which occurred in the
Laboratory on Thursday morning. Management however has confirmed the
full restoration of radiology services, and the cessation of referrals
from General Practice to the Freeport Community Clinic.
following the spill, environmental chemistry experts, an independent
Hazmat company, a private chemist and the Department of Environmental
Health Services were called in to mitigate the effects and clean the
Chemical Spill In The Rand Memorial Hospital Laboratory Under Control
- Nov 8, 2018 - 3:45:41 PM
Laboratory and Radiology services temporarily suspended today at
the Michaela Virgill Storr Pavilion of the Rand Memorial Hospital
following a minor chemical spill in the Laboratory this morning. No
injuries were reported, however cautionary measures were taken for
employees affected to be seen by doctors on staff. At no time did the
incident impact patients admitted on the hospital’s wards, as teams
worked quickly to contain the spill...
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
PAHO Gives Input to Over-the-Hill Partnership Initiative
- Oct 22, 2018 - 6:32:11 PM
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
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...
Caribbean countries and territories are better prepared to keep imported measles from sparking outbreaks
- Oct 19, 2018 - 12:45:34 PM
A recent PAHO-organized workshop trained 35 Caribbean health officers on
how to respond rapidly and effectively to any imported cases of measles
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...
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)...
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
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.
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
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
Bahamian Minister of Health elected President of the PAHO's 56th Directing Council
- Sep 24, 2018 - 12:23:12 PM
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.
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
Bahamas to host HEALinc Future Health Innovation Summit
- Jul 25, 2018 - 2:29:04 PM
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...
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
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...
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...
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.
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...
LEAP program to be introduced to Bahamas
- Apr 13, 2018 - 4:11:24 PM
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
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...
The eyes have it – New diagnostic technology eliminates need for drops
- Apr 9, 2018 - 1:16:54 PM
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
“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...
‘Label Restaurant foods for calories and cholesterol,' says doctor
- Feb 18, 2018 - 10:43:34 AM
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
“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...
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
Chronic, widespread obesity driving Bahamas Type 2 Diabetes numbers up, 36,000 now believed to be diabetic
- Jan 25, 2018 - 10:49:48 AM
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...
Workshop explores ways to improve children’s learning and behavior
- Nov 30, 2017 - 10:15:49 AM
The importance of executive function skills for children was recently
highlighted in a workshop hosted by Family Medicine Center.
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.
workshop, organized by the Mental Health Department at Family Medicine
Center was titled "Cutting Edge Strategies to Improve Executive Function
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...