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Increased cases of “red eye” in Saint Lucia – statement by Ministry of Health

On June 16, 2017 the Ministry of Health and Wellness has received notification from the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) indicating the recording of increased cases of Conjunctivitis also known as Red Eye. Reports of outbreaks were made to PAHO/WHO from the Bahamas, Brazil, Dominican Republic, Guadeloupe and Martinique. Based on the increased transmission in the territories of ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Increase in “red eye” in the south

PRESS RELEASE – St Jude Hospital is reporting a significant increase in the number of cases of conjunctivitis, more commonly referred to in St Lucia as “red eye”, in the south of the island over the past two weeks. St Jude Hospital has recorded 47 cases of “red eye” so far for the month of July. The hospital registered just ...

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STATEMENT: Avoid excessive alcohol consumption, unsafe sexual practices etc. – MOH gives carnival advice

The Ministry of Health and Wellness provides guidance during the carnival season to reduce the negative health implications during and after the season: – Avoid dehydration by reducing exposure time in the direct sunlight, wearing of sunblock and sunscreen and increased water intake. This is important during high level activities. Special consideration must be given to the elderly and young ...

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PRESS RELEASE: WASCO Health Fair

On 7th July 2017 from 10:00 a.m. the Water and Sewerage Company Inc. (WASCO) presents its workforce Health Fair for the entire WASCO family. A variety of programs and organizations will gather to promote general health by providing presentations and educational materials. The goal of the Health Fair is to provide a collective forum in an effort to foster health ...

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PRESS RELEASE: Chronic disease self-management leaders’ workshop report

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) continues to create healthier nations across the region by funding training workshops aimed at reducing and controlling diseases. In November 2015, a four (4) days leader’s training programme in chronic disease self-management (CDSMP) was successfully conducted resulting in the training of 18 leaders across most of the island. However, due to the large number ...

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PRESS RELEASE: Prime Minister visits St. Jude Hospital (Stadium)

The Prime Minister continues his tour of governmental departments across the island. On Thursday, 29th of June, 2017, the Prime Minister along with several government delegates embarked on his previously announced ‘Meet the Workers’ tour. The intention of this tour is to give the Prime Minister insight as to some of the daily challenges faced by civil servants. Nicole McDonald, ...

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‘Red Eye’ outbreak – officials put public on “heightened alert”

PRESS RELEASE – The Ministry of Health urges the public to be on heightened alert to identify, control and prevent the spread of conjunctivitis – commonly called “red’eye”, especially among children under 5 years of age. The disease is highly contagious and lasts from 2 days to 3 weeks. Earlier this week, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) reported outbreaks ...

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PRESS RELEASE: St. Lucia gets mobile blood collection unit

St. Lucia is the recipient of a Mobile Blood Unit. The gift was organised by Rudi Page, Global Diaspora Director and former CEO of RAFFA. The Unit was handed over to St. Lucia’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom Mr. Guy Mayers, on Thursday June 29th. “RAFFA supports the donation of medical equipment and expertise, to developing countries and in ...

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PRESS RELEASE: Anti-substance abuse march in Bexon

The Ministry of Health joined local groups for an Anti-substance abuse march in the Bexon community. On Saturday, the 24th of May, 2017 the Substance Abuse Secretariat, Pathfinders Club and 7th Day Adventist Church came together to march against substance abuse in their community. The activity observed the theme “Tobacco – a threat to development” from this year’s World No ...

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PRESS RELEASE: Vector Awareness Week launched

ctorThe Ministry of Health continues to promote awareness of vector borne diseases and the preventative measures that need to be taken in combatting the extensive breeding of vectors. On the 27th of June, 2017, the Ministry of Health hosted the launch of Vector Awareness Week in the community of Micoud. Dr. Sharon Belmar George, Medical Officer in the Ministry of ...

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PRESS RELEASE: Micoud to get state-of-the-art wellness centre

For some time now, residents of the Micoud community have been clamouring for a modern wellness centre to meet the needs of a growing community. The current facility located on Philadelphia Road leaves much to be desired. In fact, the building was neither designed nor constructed in keeping with the strict demands of a health facility. At a recent well-attended ...

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PRESS RELEASE: USAID JJRP supports partners in mental health screening and case planning

Approximately 25 juvenile justice practitioners, including magistrates, social workers, probation officers, and nurses were trained in the application and use of risk assessment and mental health screening tools in an effort to improve the treatment and management of at-risk youth within the juvenile justice system. The four-day Risk Assessment and Mental Health Screening Workshop, hosted by the Ministry of Equity, ...

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PRESS RELEASE: World Blood Donor Day observed in St. Lucia

A call has been made for St. Lucians to donate blood more often to save lives. The call came from various health practitioners who addressed a blood donation drive of the International American University (IAU) College of Medicine in association with the Ministry of Health and Wellness, through the St. Jude Hospital Blood Bank Services and the Victoria Hospital Blood Bank ...

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Officials push for international accreditation for local medical labs

Accreditation and medical laboratory officials here have underscored the importance of local medical labs gaining international accreditation. Saint Lucia, with the rest of the world, on June 9, observed World Accreditation Day. As part of this, the Saint Lucia Bureau of Standards (SLBS) held a half-day workshop to promote accreditation and its requirements for quality and competence in the field. ...

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PRESS RELEASE: St. Jude Hospital appoints a new CEO

The Board of Directors of St Jude Hospital is pleased to announce the appointment of Mrs. Verna Charles to the post of Chief Executive Officer of the health Institution. Mrs. Charles has served the hospital in various capacities over a thirty seven (37) year period. During that period she has performed in various senior management capacities. This includes, Nursing Director ...

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PRESS RELEASE: Ministry of Health prepares for the above normal 2017 hurricane season

On June 8th, 2017 the Ministry of Health convened a meeting to identify the plans made for the Hurricane season which commenced on the 1st of June and ends on November 30th. The Ministry is making a deliberate attempt to identify potential gaps in the services provided during and after hurricanes. Health Disaster Coordinator, Dr. Glensford Joseph gave further details ...

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PRESS RELEASE: IAU to host mega blood drive

Countries around the world will celebrate World Blood Donor Day on June 14th, 2017. World Blood Donor Day is designed to raise awareness about the need for safe blood donations and thank volunteers for their donations. True to its commitment to the community of St. Lucia and in observation of World Blood Donor Day, International American University, in association with ...

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Health fair in Bruceville hoped to empower residents

A health fair held in Bruceville, Vieux Fort on June 8, 2017 is hoped to empower residents to take control of their health. The event was hosted by the Southern Unit of the Community Relations Branch of the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force (RSLPF) in collaboration with Rise St. Lucia Inc, various health care providers, and the Planned Parenthood Association. ...

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PRESS RELEASE: Over 700 persons living in St. Lucia with HIV as MoH holds Combination Prevention Workshop

Current national statistics indicate that there are over 700 persons living with HIV. And according to data from 2009, the Caribbean is the second-most affected region in terms of HIV prevalence. Approximately 1% of the adults (240,000 people) are living with the disease. This is higher than any other region except Sub-Saharan Africa. Several factors influence this epidemic, including poverty, ...

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Ciceron man’s living condition “worse than an animal”; residents call on MoH for help

Buckets overflowing with human faeces and urine. Heaps of garbage. This is the description of the living conditions of a man in Monkey Town, Ciceron, Castries. Residents have alleged that the man, whom they call Wayne Jean, is “mentally disturbed” and has been living there, in a wooden hut, for many years. They believe Jean is in his 40’s. One resident, Chris James, ...

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PRESS RELEASE: SLALA and Justus goes ‘POP’ for lupus awareness

May is designated Lupus Awareness month and the Saint Lucia Arthritis and Lupus Association (SLALA) hosted a few activities to bring about awareness. The Association opened up its month of awareness with a Tea Party and Hat Parade for members, followed by a church service at the Cathedral in Castries. In an effort to further educate the public about this ...

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PRESS RELEASE: Design of an integrated delivery health model for St. Lucia

The Ministry of Health is in the process of strengthening governance systems for the health sector. Performance reviews and stakeholder consultations have revealed the need for a robust health care delivery model. Work has commenced in this area and there have been two main achievements which include the following: A model of care which outlines the main guidelines for planning ...

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PRESS RELEASE: Ministry of Health and Wellness and partners hosts two day workshop on reproductive health

The Ministry of Health and Wellness, as a sub-recipient of the Global Fund, OECS Multi Country HIV and TB Elimination Grant, and in collaboration with the Caribbean Vulnerable Communities Coalition, hosted a two-day workshop on Sexuality, Sexual and Reproductive Health for Service Providers Working with At –Risk- Youth. The workshop commenced on the 29th of May at the Palm Heaven ...

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PRESS RELEASE: St Jude Hospital to host diabetes eye specialist

St Jude Hospital will be hosting a Diabetes Eye Specialist from Monday July 3, 2017 – Friday July 14, 2017 Dr. Jeevak Lal is a longstanding volunteer with St Jude Hospital who will be seeing both newly diagnosed and chronic diabetics. Eye complications are very common with diabetes which, if treated early, can prevent blindness. Physicians are kindly requested to ...

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PRESS RELEASE: Southeastern Caribbean College launches Hope Centre for Adult Care and Development

The Southeastern Caribbean College marks the official launching of its Hope Centre for Adult Care and Development on Thursday May 25th at 10 am. The ceremony will be held at the Centre , First Floor Morgan Building on Maurice Mason Avenue in Sans Souci. The Centre offers Psychological evaluation and therapeutic services to children and youth as well as their families. ...

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GIS NEWS: Commonwealth health ministers meet

Head of the OECS Health Unit, Dr. Carlene Radix, joined the region’s health ministers to consider ways to strengthen global health security at the 2017 Commonwealth Health Ministers meeting held at the Starling Hotel in Geneva on May 21, under the theme: “Sustainable Financing of Universal Health Coverage as an Essential Component for Global Security Including the Reduction of All ...

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REGIONAL: Reduction of mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis slows down in Caribbean – PAHO

A new report by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) shows that progress towards the elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis in Latin America and the Caribbean has slowed. According to the report on the Elimination of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV and Syphilis in the Americas: Update 2016, a total of 2,100 children acquired HIV, most of them from ...

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PRESS RELEASE: Two rising stars come together to promote health and wellness in youth through yoga

Mandisa Morrison and Monetta Wilson believe that “Healthy Habits Start Young.” This is why they are coming together to offer wellness programs tailored to meet the needs of children and families. Monetta is the owner of Sayana Yoga: a company that provides yoga and fitness instruction across St Lucia, and Mandisa is the owner of Shoe Rehab: a shoe repair ...

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PRESS RELEASE: St. Jude Hospital’s ambulance now in operation

St Jude Hospital informs the general public that the recently acquired ambulance from Canadian donor, Caribbean North Charities Foundation, is now in operation. The ambulance will be used to transport hospital patients to and from Castries for medical services not currently available in the south of the island. St Jude Hospital thanks the public for their patience and support while ...

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PRESS RELEASE: United and Strong expands Rapid HIV/Syphilis Testing

United and Strong Inc partnered with the Ministry of Health in providing Rapid HIV and Syphilis Tester Training to staff of the various STI clinics and lab staff within the Ministry of Health. Participants also came from various partner agencies such as the Saint Lucia Planned Parenthood and United and Strong Inc supporters. The 4 day training made possible through ...

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Professor Harris honored for contribution to rheumatology

PRESS RELEASE – The Caribbean association for rheumatology held its 9th annual scientific meeting in Curacao from 4th -6th May 2017. It was a stimulating conference with international faculty who are leaders in their field. Professor Harris was honored for his outstanding contribution to rheumatology. In 1984 he, along with two colleagues in London, defined a ‘new’ rheumatic illness called ...

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Training workshop on rapid HIV and syphilis testing

PRESS RELEASE – Saint Lucia is currently hosting a four –day (4) training workshop on Rapid Syphilis and Rapid HIV at the Palm Heaven Hotel which commenced on the 16th of May. Senior Medical Officer in the Ministry of Health, Dr. Michelle Francois gave an insight on the workshop. Dr. Francois says, the aforementioned tests are less time consuming and ...

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Ministry of Health welcomes Starkey Hearing Foundation

PRESS RELEASE – On the 8th of May 2017, The Ministry of Health welcomed a group of representatives from the Starkey Hearing Foundation to Saint Lucia. The  foundation was founded by William Austin in 1984 with the objective of  providing the gift of hearing to those most in need. Meanwhile, Kirk Richards, Starkey’s International Development Director for the Caribbean Region ...

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Caribbean College of Surgeons attends PAHO EMT Workshop in Washington

PRESS RELEASE – As a result of the efforts of the President of The Caribbean College of Surgeons, Dr. Ramesh Jonnalagadda, a team was invited to represent The College at the Emergency Medical Teams Mentoring Workshop for NGO’s which was held in Washington recently. The College was represented by Dr. Ramesh Jonnalagadda and Dr Charles Greenidge. The objectives of the ...

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St. Lucians encouraged to donate blood to save a life

PRESS RELEASE – St Jude Hospital, the main healthcare provider in the south of the island, is hosting a blood donation drive on Friday 12 May, 2017 to help replenish its limited supplies. The event will take place at the Get Well Medical Center in Vieux-Fort, located next to the Vieux Fort bus stand between 9am to 2pm. Blood donations are critically ...

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2017 International Nurses Day message from St. Lucia Nurses Association’s president

PRESS RELEASE –To all nursing colleagues, greetings, It is that time of year again, where we celebrate Nurses Day or Nurses Week.    It is a time where we increase public awareness about nurses and their contribution towards health care. This year the International Council of Nurses ( I.C.N) theme is, “Nursing -A Voice To Lead- Achieving The Sustainable Development ...

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May 10th is international World Lupus Day

PRESS RELEASE – May is Lupus Awareness Month and Wednesday May 10th is international World Lupus Day. The theme is Lupus Knows No Boundaries and seeks to highlight the fact that Lupus can affect anyone, anywhere, anytime, any age, any gender (even though women are 9 times more likely to have lupus than men). Lupus is a serious, chronic, autoimmune ...

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Ministry of Health and Wellness supports “Caribbean Mosquito Awareness Week”

PRESS RELEASE – Regional member states, the CARICOM Secretariat and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), along with St. Lucia’s Ministry of Health and Wellness, with the support of the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), will be observing “Caribbean Mosquito Awareness Week” from May 8-12, 2017 under the theme “Small Bite, Big Threat”. The Ministry of Health and Wellness endorses ...

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St. Lucia observes Vaccination Week

PRESS RELEASE – The Ministry of Health and Wellness continues to promote the importance of Vaccination. As part of vaccination week of the Americas celebration, on the 5th of May, 2017,  the Ministry of health took that opportunity to celebrate their vaccination achievements whilst raising awareness about the critical importance of receiving full immunization throughout the streets of Castries. Immunization ...

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St Jude Hospital Bazaar hailed a resounding success

PRESS RELEASE – The St Jude Hospital Bazaar has been hailed a resounding success. Hundreds of people from throughout the island converged on the George Odlum Stadium on Sunday for the event which was held to raise funds for the southern based healthcare institution. Organizers hope the bazaar will reclaim its place on the annual calendar of activities in Vieux ...

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St. Lucia joins region in celebrating Vaccination Week

PRESS RELEASE – Saint Lucia joins the rest of the region in celebrating vaccination week, under the theme “Get Vaccinated to celebrate a healthy tomorrow”. The aim is to raise awareness of vaccination as an integral part of healthy living; reduced morbidity and mortality; and disease prevention. Medical Officer of Health, DR. Sharon Belmar–George spoke of the impacts of vaccination. ...

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St Jude Hospital Bazaar hailed a resounding success

PRESS RELEASE – The St Jude Hospital Bazaar has been hailed a resounding success. Hundreds of people from throughout the island converged on the George Odlum Stadium on Sunday for the event which was held to raise funds for the southern based healthcare institution. Organizers hope the bazaar will reclaim its place on the annual calendar of activities in Vieux ...

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CARIBBEAN: Health City Cayman Islands honors its conservation committment

PRESS RELEASE – Health City Cayman Islands’ 2016 Conservation Report highlights the Caribbean hospital’s environmental achievements, including greatly reduced electricity usage and waste output and efficiently recycled rainwater and sewage. Built in 2014 with a strong focus on innovation, Health City’s design respects the environment, reflecting a high level of responsibility in the use of natural resources. The hospital adopts ...

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CARIBBEAN: Health City Cayman celebrates three years of achievements

PRESS RELEASE – Health City Cayman Islands, the renowned Caribbean hospital, has treated more than 29,000 patients since it opened its doors three years ago. As Health City celebrates its third anniversary this month, officials at the Joint Commission International-accredited (JCI) facility are recommitting to its pledge of high quality, affordable healthcare for all, and preparing for a long future ...

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Plans underway for St. Jude Hospital fundraising bazaar

PRESS RELEASE – Hundreds of St Lucians are expectedly to converge on Vieux Fort on Sunday for a grand fundraising Bazaar hosted by St Jude Hospital; the main healthcare institution serving the south of the island. Organizers say plans for the event, scheduled for the George Odlum Stadium, are progressing smoothly. According to St Jude Hospital Public Relations & Communications ...

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OECS Health Unit addresses regional concerns on Yellow Fever

PRESS RELEASE – In light of the recent wave of Yellow Fever cases in the region, the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States’ (OECS) Health Unit convened a virtual meeting via online web-conference on April 11, 2017 to swiftly address the concerns of Member States and share useful and timely information on the prevention of the disease. Head of Health Information, ...

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INTERNATIONAL: Mexico eliminates leading cause of blindness

PRESS RELEASE – Trachoma has been eliminated as a public health problem in Mexico, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced today. Mexico becomes the first country in the Americas and the third in the world after Oman and Morocco to receive validation from WHO for having eliminated this disease. Trachoma is the leading infectious cause of blindness worldwide. It is ...

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CARIBBEAN: Jamaican doctor warns that ‘fluffy’ bodies not healthy

JAMAICA OBSERVER – Dr Suzanne Arscott, one of the presenters at the Jamaica Observer Your Health, Your Wealth Symposium currently taking place at the Spanish Court Hotel, is reminding Jamaicans that despite the culture of liking ‘fluffy’ women and big bodied men, such body types are not healthy. “If your weight is disproportionate to your height it’s problematic. If you’re ...

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PAHO meets with Ministry of Health on Bilharzia

PRESS RELEASE – On the 24th of April, 2017, a group of PAHO Representatives, met with the Ministry of Health Team, to discuss the way forward and how this survey will be executed effectively and efficiently. Chief epidemiologist, Nahum Jn. Baptiste gave a further insight of the consultation. Maria Sanchez, PAHO representative says, this venture is very important, and with ...

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Fundraiser to be held for ailing sickler

PRESS RELEASE – Christiana Deflemon is a sickler from Belle Vue, Vieux-Fort who has been diagnosed with aseptic necrosis, a bone condition that results from poor supply of blood, causing localized bone death. Her condition is located in the hip and as such has hindered her ability to walk for over six years. As a result, her medical team has ...

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St. Lucia removes ban on corned beef from Brazil

PRESS RELEASE – The Government of Saint Lucia has removed temporary restrictions on corned beef from Brazil. On March 22nd 2017, following international concerns relating to the unwholesomeness of meat and meat products from Brazil and the confirmation of a criminal investigation named “Operation Weak Flesh” by the Brazilian Government, the Ministry of Health & Wellness, in Collaboration with the ...

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Health Ministry to test for schistosomiasis

GIS – The Ministry of Health will conduct a medical survey later this month to test for schistosomiasis, in order to determine whether the disease has been eliminated in Saint Lucia. Schistosomiasis, also known as bilharzia, is a disease caused by parasitic worms that causes illness in humans including fever, chills, muscle aches, enlargement of the liver and spleen, and anemia. ...

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St Jude Hospital Announces Fundraising Bazaar

PRESS RELEASE – St Jude Hospital today announced the return of its annual Charity Bazaar which is set for Sunday April 30th, 2017. The St Jude Hospital Bazaar is a family event, which was once a staple on the annual calendar of activities in Vieux Fort; attracting hundreds of people from communities throughout the island. It has traditionally been organized ...

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St. Jude Hospital ambulance undergoing standard checks

PRESS RELEASE – St Jude Hospital informs the general public that the recently acquired ambulance from Canadian donor, Caribbean North Charities Foundation has not been placed in service. The ambulance is currently undergoing standard checks and assessments. The public will be notified on the commissioning of the ambulance once this process has been satisfactorily completed. We appreciate the support and patience ...

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Ministry of Health tackles depression

  PRESS RELEASE – Depression is the leading cause of ill health and disability worldwide. On April 7th 2017, the Ministry of Health and Wellness held a ceremony at the National Mental Wellness Centre in recognition of World Health Day under the theme Depression: Let’s Talk. Saint Lucia along with the World Health Organization will be leading a one year ...

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