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Incidences of foodborne ailments on the rise in the Caribbean region

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PRESS RELEASE – Every year, thousands of people in the Caribbean experience food-borne illnesses, after exposure to contaminated food or drink. Persons affected usually experience severe diarrhoea, vomiting, stomach pain, sometimes accompanied by fever, headaches and other symptoms. Recent increases in reported incidents of foodborne diseases (FBDs), have now made this common health issue a regional priority. Dr Bernadette Theodore-Gandi, ...

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St. Lucian food testing labs to receive new equipment

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PRESS RELEASE – Laboratories in OECS Member States are now better equipped to diagnose issues related to human, animal and plant health, and food safety, thus increasing their levels of efficacy and efficiency. On Wednesday March 15th 2017, the OECS Commission, through its Agriculture Unit, handed a total of XCD $309,416.94 worth of Laboratory Equipment to Agriculture Health and Food ...

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Massy: We have removed corned beef from Brazil off our shelves

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PRESS RELEASE – Upon receiving information from the Ministry of Health and Wellness on March 21st 2017, relating to the wholesomeness of corned beef imported from Brazil, Massy Stores conducted an inventory check of Massy Stores Supermarket, Gourmet, Mega and the warehouse. As instructed by the Ministry of Health and Wellness, we have removed the product off our shelves at ...

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Gov’t: Refrain from eating corned beef from Brazil until further notice

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STATEMENT – Following a series of media reports regarding the sale of unwholesome meats and meat products from Brazil, the Government of Saint Lucia on March 21, 2017 requested and received information from the Brazilian Embassy as follows: 1. The Government of Brazil has launched an investigation (named Operation Weak Flesh), relating to the sale of unwholesome meat and meat ...

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Grace Kennedy’s response to corned beef issue

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PRESS RELEASE – GraceKennedy Limited confirms its full compliance with the directive of the Government of Jamaica to suspend sales of corned beef originating from Brazil and immediately withdraw the product from the Jamaican market. We stand ready to lend full support to the local regulators in resolving this issue as quickly as possible. GK wishes to assure our consumers ...

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SRDF observes World Down Syndrome Day

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PRESS RELEASE – March 21st is designated as World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD).   A day where activities and events are held to raise public awareness, advocating for the rights, inclusion and well being of people with Down syndrome. Down syndrome is a lifelong condition but with care and support, children who have Down syndrome can grow up to have ...

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St. Lucia discussing corned beef ban in Jamaica

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The relevent authorities in St. Lucia said they are aware of the Jamaican government’s immediate ban on corned beef from Brazil. Outgoing Assistant Chief Environmental Officer Claudius Prospere told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) that St. Lucia must meet and discuss the matter like their Jamaican counterparts before making a decision. “We are aware of Jamaica’s action. We have to have a meeting ...

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Regional experts lay groundwork for unified response to vector-borne diseases

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PRESS RELEASE – “Although Dengue has been in the Region for years, with the introduction of Chikungunya in 2013 and now Zika, vector-borne diseases (VBDs) have become very prominent, taking center stage,” stated Dr Karen Polson-Edwards, Acting Director, Surveillance, Disease Prevention and Control at CARPHA. Dr Polson-Edwards was speaking at the opening of the first meeting of the Surveillance and ...

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Client feedback receives high priority at St. Jude Hospital

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PRESS RELEASE – The St Jude Hospital Board of Directors is taking proactive measures to ensure that it remains fully accessible to the public so that service delivery, being driven by client feedback, is guaranteed. The Board encourages patients and visitors to comment on the service provided by the institution. Such feedback ultimately leads to improvement in healthcare delivery and ...

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Beating invisible Glaucoma through education

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PRESS RELEASE – World glaucoma week will be observed globally from the 12th to 18th of March 2017 under the theme “Beat invisible Glaucoma”. The World Glaucoma Association and the World Glaucoma Patients Association have formed a joint initiative to raise awareness of glaucoma and educate the public about the facts surrounding the disease. Optipharm Eye Centre and One Good Deed ...

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St. Jude Hospital Board of Directors tour construction site

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PRESS RELEASE – Members of the Board of Directors of St Jude Hospital Wednesday afternoon conducted their first official tour of the New St Jude Hospital construction site. The visit forms part of a fact finding mission, driven by the Board’s desire to have the hospital returned to its original site as soon as possible. The hospital was destroyed by ...

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VH staff debriefed after cutlass attack

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PRESS RELEASE – Saturday’s cutlass attack on a patient at the Accident & Emergency Department of the Victoria Hospital not only called into question to current security arrangements at the island main hospital but has also left staff traumatized and fearful for their safety. An emergency management meeting was convened on Monday to map out new security arrangements and guidelines ...

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Free health screening for women starts at 11 a.m. in Rodney Bay today

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PRESS RELEASE – Creative Health Center, Rodney Bay in partnership with The Natural Fertility Center, Eden Herbs and Universal Touch Massage and Neuromuscular Therapy will be celebrating International Women’s Day on Wednesday 8th March by hosting a walk-in clinic for women of all ages. Free health screenings will be offered including blood sugar testing, blood pressure, BMI and weight management ...

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Health expo to be held in Babonneau

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PRESS RELEASE – The Kiwanis Club of Amazona- St LUCIA in Collaboration with the Parliamentary Representative Hon. Ezekiel Joseph and the Ministry of health and Wellness presents a Health EXPO and Dental Clinic for children at the Babonneau Multi-purpose Centre.  Theme :” Healthy Child Healthy Nation” All are Invited. It promises to be worth your while and time well spent. ...

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Minister for Health condemns incident at Victoria Hospital

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PRESS RELEASE – Minister for Health and Wellness Senator Hon. Mary Isaac has strongly condemned the violent incident with occurred at the Accident and Emergency Department of the Victoria Hospital on the weekend. The incident had members of staff and clients traumatized and running for cover while men armed with cutlasses actively pursued a patient brought in earlier with lacerations ...

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St. Jude Hospital receives grant for new ambulance

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PRESS RELEASE – St Jude Hospital, the main healthcare provider serving the southern half of St Lucia, is the proud recipient of a grant totaling USD$81, 162 from the Government of Japan. The grant was presented by Japanese Ambassador His Excellency Mr. Mitsuhiko Okada to St Jude Hospital Chairman – Dr Ulric Mondesir during an official signing ceremony on Thursday ...

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Ti Roche Wellness Center to observe International Women’s Day

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PRESS RELEASE – The Ti Roche Wellness Center will be observing International Women’s Day under the theme “Be Bold for Change.” All women from the communities of Forrestierre, Gneuneau, Ti Roche and Trois Piton are invited to a special presentation portraying “Personal Development – a path to becoming an empowered woman” This presentation highlights pertinent women’s issues and practical solutions ...

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Increase in substance abuse among St. Lucian school-goers

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PRESS RELEASE – Health and Education officials have noted an increase in the number of substance abuse cases among the island’s school age population. Officials indicate that many of the disturbing behavioral patterns exhibited by students usually has some element of substance abuse as an underlying factor. The Director of Turning Point Drug Rehabilitation Centre, Joanna Joseph, called on parents ...

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Team 758 Subie donates to sick and shut in

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PRESS RELEASE – On Sunday, February 19, 2016 Team 758 Subie donated the cash sum of EC$740.00 to 22 year old Layne Jean of Assou Canal Grand Riviere, Gros-Islet. The members of the non-profit vehicle group, hope that their contribution will go along way in assisting with much needed medical assistance for Jean who is presently suffering with a tumor ...

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SLALA has a new executive

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PRESS RELEASE – The St. Lucia Arthritis and Lupus Association (SLALA) held its 19th Annual General Meeting after 2 years on Thursday February 9th 2017 and a new executive has been put in place for the next two years (2017-2019). The association will be led by Dr Cleopatra Altenor-Theobalds as president and Dr Celia Mc-Connell-Downes as Vice President. The Secretary ...

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Caribbean nurses receive specialist training

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PRESS RELEASE  – The first cohort of Caribbean nurses undergoing specialist training to care for kids with cancer and blood disorders have all successfully completed the first semester. Thirteen nurses from Barbados, The Bahamas, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago and St. Vincent and the Grenadines, enrolled in a specialised one-year Nursing Training Programme at the University of the West Indies School ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Tense situation at Beausejour Agricultural Complex

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Occupational health and safety issues at the Beausejour Agricultural Complex in Vieux-Fort has led to the staff there going on what they described as a “sick-out”. But Officer in Charge at the St. Lucia Civil Service Association, Mike Stephen Aubertin, told this reporter it’s not a sick out. According to him, the staff was asked to remove themselves from an ...

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Regional response to childhood obesity intensifies

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PRESS RELEASE – Childhood obesity continues to be a serious public health concern in the Region. Statistics show that more than 30% of our Caribbean adolescents are overweight or obese, and risk developing non-communicable diseases (NCDs), such as hypertension, diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular diseases later in life.  The economic burden of diabetes and hypertension alone is estimated at between 1.4% ...

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Soufriere Pitons Lions Club gifts cheque to St. Lucia Blind Welfare Association

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PRESS RELEASE – On February 01st 2017, the Soufriere Pitons Lions Club presented the St. Lucia Blind Welfare Association with a cheque of six thousand dollars toward the Kids in Sight program. As ‘crusaders for the blind’’ Lions Clubs International holds vision very dear to its heart and Lions clubs worldwide execute projects that can assist their communities in the area ...

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Caribbean North Charities Foundation delivers for St. Judes Hospital

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PRESS RELEASE – Today, the Consulate General of Saint Lucia under the stewardship of Consul General Cheryl Francis together with nationals from the Saint Lucian Diaspora in Toronto received an ambulance for the St. Judes Hospital in Saint Lucia.   This was made possible by the Caribbean North Charities Foundation, which has had a partnership with The Consulate General of ...

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Friday, February 3, 2017 is National Wear Red Day

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PRESS RELEASE – It is that time of year again. National Wear Red Day is Friday, February 3, 2017. The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), Caribbean cardiologists and other health care workers are asking the women of the region and those who love them to wear something red this Friday. For those of you who have not heard of the ...

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St. Lucia observes World Cancer Day

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PRESS RELEASE – February 4th is observed as World Cancer Day internationally. The Union International Contre Le Cancer (UICC) has chosen the theme “WE CAN, I CAN”. It is a call to individual action, collaboration and Partnership towards a unified effort in raising Cancer Awareness. This year Faces of Cancer St. Lucia along with the Oncology Centre, Community Nursing and ...

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Asthma Workshop for Teachers launched

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PRESS RELEASE – Teachers of the Gordon and Walcott Memorial Methodist School are now better equipped to identify, counsel and support students with Asthma. The knowledge of the signs and symptoms as well as the effective treatment of Asthma was acquired at a Workshop hosted by the OECS Pharmaceutical Procurement Service (PPS) on Friday 27th January 2017 at the OECS ...

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Ministry of Health partners with Starkey Hearing Foundation

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PRESS RELEASE – Statistics from the World Health Organisation (WHO) indicate that more than 360 million people worldwide have disabling hearing loss with the highest percentage in developing countries. However, half of all hearing loss is preventable through early detection and primary healthcare intervention. It is with this thrust that officials from the Ministry of Health and Wellness met with ...

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Alert issued as Gastroenteritis cases rise

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PRESS RELEASE – The Ministry of Health and Wellness has noted an increase in the number of reported Gastroenteritis cases by persons accessing the public health service. Epidemiological data generated by the public health surveillance system at the Ministry of Health and Wellness also corroborates a similar finding. During the month of December, 2016 we noted increases in gastroenteritis as ...

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Turning Point offers help to substance abusers

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PRESS RELEASE – The Director of Turning Point Rehabilitation Centre, Joanna Joseph, has made an appeal to family members and society at large to utilize the services of the centre for loved ones caught in the grip of substance abuse and addiction. This appeal comes on the heels of an upscale in serious accidents and violent crimes on the island. ...

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Alvina Reynolds wants OECS to develop hubs for health services

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DAILY OBSERVER (Antigua) – In light of Antigua & Barbuda’s plan to become a hub for transplants, ministers of health and finance in the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) are being challenged to act on plans to create specialised hubs for health services in their respective countries. Alvina Reynolds, who served as a minister of health in St Lucia, ...

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Eating burnt toast ‘may increase cancer risk’

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SKY NEWS – Eating certain foods that have been cooked at high temperatures could be linked to cancer, according to health officials. The danger foods include chips, toast, biscuits, crackers, crisps, breakfast cereals (except for porridge), coffee, cooked pizza bases, black olives and cereal-based baby foods. Also on the list are root vegetables such as potatoes, sweet potatoes, beetroot, turnip, ...

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Overweight affects almost half the population in Latin America and the Caribbean

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PRESS RELEASE – Obesity and overweight are on the rise throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, and are particularly prevalent among women and children, according to a new report by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). The Panorama of Food and Nutrition Security in Latin America and the Caribbean, ...

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Blood Bank staff takes part in team-building workshop

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PRESS RELEASE – The Victoria Hospital held a training workshop for operatives of the Blood Bank on the 17th of January 2017 that formed part of the intuition’s “effective team building initiative” The blood bank is a small unit at the Victoria Hospital and has the vital responsibility of obtaining blood donors, processing the blood, and ensuring blood products are ...

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St Jude Hospital welcomes two sets of twins in two days

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PRESS RELEASE – For the staff of the Maternity Ward at St Jude Hospital, 2017 has started with double the excitement and double the fun. The hospital delivered two sets of twins in two days in the first week of the New Year. “We’ve never had two sets of twins being born at St Jude Hospital just one day apart,” ...

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St. Jude Hospital technical audit submitted to government

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The almost $1 million St. Jude Hospital technical audit has been completed and presented to government. Economic Development Minister Guy Joseph said having spoken to an engineer on the project, he was informed that the report was delivered to his ministry on Thursday. The minister had said last year, that based on information from the preliminary report, things may be ...

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INTERNATIONAL: Scientists can now grow a beating human heart from stem cells

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INDEPENDENT (UK) – A team of scientists from Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School have used adult skin cells to regenerate functional human heart tissue. The study, published in the journal Circulation Research, detailed that the team took adult skin cells, using a technique called messenger RNA to turn them into pluripotent stem cells, before inducing them to become ...

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First Saint Lucia baby of 2017 arrived 11 minutes into new year

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While everyone else was celebrating the start of 2017, a couple from Bogius was celebrating something much bigger. Natasha and Christopher Fevrier had a welcome surprise when Natasha went into labour on New Year’s Eve. Weighing in at seven pounds, eight ounces, the first new Saint Lucian to greet the world in 2017 was Khyrie Fevrier. Born at 12:11 a.m. ...

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Job opportunities at Owen King EU Hospital

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PRESS RELEASE – The Ministry of Health and Wellness hereby notifies the public that vacancies exist for the post of Health Aide at the Owen King EU Hospital for the period January 30, 2017 to March 31, 2017, in the first instance: Interested persons are invited to submit a letter of application, with Curriculum Vitae to: The Permanent Secretary Ministry ...

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Mother suffering from breast cancer needs your help

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A GoFundMe page has been set up for 23-year-old Kisha Frederick, who is suffering from stage three breast cancer. Frederick, a mother of a seven-year-old son from Vieux Fort, needs USD$15,000 to pay for mastectomy (removal of the left breast) and radiation treament right after the surgery, according to her GoFundMe page, set up by her aunt. The funds are ...

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Victoria Hospital promotes 20 staff nurses

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PRESS RELEASE – On Wednesday December 28th Management and Staff of the Victoria Hospital celebrated the promotion of twenty nursing staff to the positions of staff nurse level 2, 3, and ward sister. These promotions which were about two years in the making came as a welcomed new year’s booster to the nursing staff. Departmental Sister in the Surgical Unit, ...

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Despite failed trials, experts believe we’ll have an Alzheimer’s drug by 2025

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CNN – The results of recent trials that tested much-anticipated Alzheimer’s disease drugs dashed the hopes of patients with the debilitating condition. The most recent disappointment came from the large trial for solanezumab, by Eli Lilly, announced last month. But experts across the field say hope is not lost. They believe we will have some form of drug against the ...

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Blood donors needed for Christmas

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PRESS RELEASE – Christmas is a time of giving and sharing, it is also a time when the St. Lucia Blood Bank’s resources dwindle due to incidents and accidents. Save a life today by donating a pint of blood. The mobile blood bank will be in the following locations: Wednesday Dec 21 – Wasco Lanse Road 9:00am – 3:00pm Thursday     Dec 22 – ...

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$60,000 for Faces of Cancer and St. Lucia Cancer Society

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PRESS RELEASE – The fifth annual CIBC FirstCaribbean Walk for the Cure has raised $60,000.00, which was donated to the St. Lucia Cancer Society and Faces of Cancer. Every year Walk for the Cure coincides with the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation’s CIBC Run for the Cure, and is held in each territory CIBC FirstCaribbean operates throughout the Caribbean. A record ...

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Mouthwash may cure gonorrhoea, study says

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JAMAICA OBSERVER – In the 19th century, before the advent of antibiotics, Listerine mouthwash was marketed as a cure for gonorrhoea. More than 100 years later, researchers said Tuesday the claim may be true. Listerine killed gonorrhoea bacteria in petri dishes in the lab, and in the throats of infected people, a team reported in the journal Sexually Transmitted Infections. ...

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Health Ministry defends its record of zero mother to child transmission of HIV

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PRESS RELEASE – The Ministry of Health has sought formal clarification and retraction of a statement released by the UNAIDS on December 01, 2016 which claimed that St. Lucia was the only Eastern Caribbean Country which has not eliminated mother to child transmission of HIV, a claim which the ministry proved was completely unfounded. The last reported case of mother-to-child ...

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Trends among pregnant women confirmed with Zika virus

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  PRESS RELEASE – As the Zika Virus Disease outbreak unfolds, the Ministry of Health and Wellness continues heightened surveillance of pregnant women confirmed with Zika Virus Disease. Presently, we are monitoring 50 pregnant women who have tested positive for the Zika Virus Disease. All of the pregnant women confirmed so far have recovered from the Zika Virus illness. However, ...

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Health and food safety tips for the Christmas season

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PRESS RELEASE – The Ministry of Health and Wellness issues a special appeal to persons during the festive season to place safety and well-being high on their agenda. Traditionally, the festive season is generally a time of sharing and giving with family and friends but the Ministry cautions that individuals should strive to not accede to excesses in alcohol consumption, ...

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Gap between traditional and conventional medicine closing

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PRESS RELEASE – Traditional medicine has been handed down from generation to generation. It is firmly rooted in many St. Lucia households for the maintenance of health as well as in the prevention, diagnosis, improvement or treatment of physical and mental illness. But there has been tension between traditional and conventional medicine with the medical community taking sides. “The tension ...

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Amputees get new rehab program

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PRESS RELEASE – St. Lucian’s with limb amputations will be the focus of a new initiative to help improve their quality of life by providing a program of sports, recreation and help with rehabilitation. The chAMPS program focusing on people with disabilities in the form of limb amputations is being launched in St Lucia supported by the Australian High Commission’s ...

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Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Unit opened at Wellness Centre

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PRESS RELEASE – Children of St. Lucia who require psychiatric care and treatment will no longer be housed in the same space as adults. This was a perennial problem which administrators and caregivers at the National Mental Wellness Centre faced over the years and decided to approach the Ministry of Health for support in addressing this situation. During a brief ...

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Suspected case of Zika-linked microcephaly being investigated

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Saint Lucia is investigating a suspected case of Zika-related microcephaly in one baby, although three previous cases that were thought to be Zika-related turned out to be false. Reports are that the latest microcephaly case was discovered on Friday. Doctors are monitoring the baby and her mother at a local hospital. The Ministry of Health has already sent lab samples ...

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PAHO makes donation to Health Ministry

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PRESS RELEASE – The fight against Zika and other mosquito borne diseases in St. Lucia continues. This was manifested on Monday when the world’s oldest public health agency, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) donated two foggers and a large quantity of bed nets to the Ministry of Health and Wellness. Earlier this year St. Lucia recorded its first case ...

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$62,000 raised for cancer

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PRESS RELEASE – Faces of Cancer, a local Cancer support organisation and the National Community Foundation are now better placed to assist women who rely on their organisations for assistance to manage breast cancer related issues. This, thanks to another successful Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign organised by Massy Stores (SLU) Ltd. and Yoplait. Last week the two organisations were presented ...

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Dialysis machines a priority, says Health Minister

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PRESS RELEASE – Kidney disease is very prevalent in St. Lucia and according to official records, nearly one hundred and twenty (120) persons are now undergoing dialysis treatment at the three main medical institutions on the island including Tapion Hospital. This is startling for a country with a population of just over one hundred and seventy thousand, where resources are ...

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PM Chastanet takes AIDS test

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PRESS RELEASE – In support of World AIDS Day on December 1st Prime Minister Honourable Allen Chastanet took a quick AIDS test and sent a message to Saint Lucians. Thanks to the Ministry of Health and Registered Nurse and Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (PMCT) Coordinator Lorna Wilson for administering the 15-minute test. Said the PM: “I want to ...

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CARPHA: “Ending AIDS requires our combined efforts”

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PRESS RELEASE – Statistics show that eighty-three percent of reported persons with HIV in the Caribbean are in the 15-54 year age group, with 50 percent of that group being 25-34 years old. CARPHA Executive Director, Dr. C. James Hospedales said “This means the HIV/AIDS epidemic has been moving steadily into younger and younger population groups.” He cautioned that “although ...

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Saint Lucia has second highest number of HIV-infected people in Eastern Caribbean

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Statistics from the UNAIDS Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS has revealed that more than 500 people are living with HIV and the AIDS disease in Saint Lucia, representing the second highest figure in the Eastern Caribbean. This was revealed by Latin America and Caribbean Regional Support Team Director for UNAIDS Dr. Cesar Nuñez who provided data from the UNAIDS Caribbean Summary ...

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Several activities planned for World Aids Day 2016

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PRESS RELEASE – December 1st is celebrated throughout the world as WORLD AIDS DAY under the theme “Hands Up for HIV Prevention.” The Ministry of Health & Wellness will be hosting activities in the Ministry’s parking on the Waterfront in Castries on Thursday 1st December from 10am to 4pm. Activities for World Aids Day include: A Mannequin Challenge from midday where ...

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PAHO urges stepping up nine measures to end AIDS by 2030

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PRESS RELEASE – “Take the challenge. End AIDS” is the Pan American Health Organization’s (PAHO) campaign slogan for World AIDS Day (1 December), which urges governments and society to intensify nine measures to end the epidemic of AIDS by 2030. Providing and promoting the use of condoms and lubricants, providing HIV testing in areas frequented by the most at-risk populations, ...

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SLDHA elects new board of directors

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  PRESS RELEASE – At the St. Lucia Diabetes and Hypertension Association (SLDHA) Annual General Meeting held on Thursday 17th November 2016, the following persons were elected and now form the Board of Directors for the period November 2016 – October 2018. Dr. Timotheus Dorh – President Ms. Sharon Ephraim – Vice President Ms. Ekiema Yarde – Secretary Mr. Tedburt ...

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