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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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Strut for a Cause gone ‘Mental’

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PRESS RELEASE – Issues of mental illness don’t usually take center stage, unless, some traumatic/tragic incident befalls a mentally ill person. The seeming apathy in the society towards individuals and institutions providing care to the mentally ill is also widespread. But on Saturday, November 26th, staff of the St. Lucia National Mental Wellness Centre, the Police, alongside professional models strutted ...

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Fundraising begins for Rape Crisis Centre

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PRESS RELEASE – Raise Your Voice Saint Lucia Inc.: In recognition of the #16Days of Activism against genderbased violence, which began on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and Girls and continues until International Human Rights Day on December 10th, we continue to confront a serious rape crisis in Saint Lucia. This year’s theme “Raise Money ...

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St. Jude Hospital announces inaugural CME Conference

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PRESS RELEASE – St Jude Hospital, the main healthcare provider in the south of St Lucia, in collaboration with Des Moines University from the USA, announces the inaugural St. Jude Hospital and Des Moines University Biennial CME Conference. These ongoing conferences will provide live, relevant and accredited, continuing education opportunities for healthcare professionals in St Lucia and the wider Eastern ...

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What Prince Harry could tell Caribbean men about HIV

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By Dr César Núñez UNAIDS Latin America and Caribbean Regional Support Team Director PRESS RELEASE – This week Prince Harry started his second official visit to the Caribbean. Importantly, he’ll be commemorating World AIDS Day on December 1 with us here in the region. Prince Harry is among the new guard of global HIV ambassadors. In July he took to ...

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Antibody that neutralises nearly all HIV strains identified

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JAMAICA OBSERVER – SCIENTISTS from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have identified an antibody from an human immunodeficiency virus-infected person that potently neutralised 98 per cent of HIV isolates tested, including 16 of 20 strains resistant to other antibodies of the same class. The remarkable breadth and potency of this antibody, named N6, make it an attractive candidate for ...

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Health Minister to address waiting time at VH and transition to OKEU Hospital

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PRESS RELEASE – For a very long time,the complaints about the excessive waiting time at Victoria Hospital has been incessant. Officials of the Ministry of Health and the Management of Victoria Hospital have sought to allay the fears of the general public about the Triage management at the island’s main health institution. Last week, the Minister for Health and Wellness, ...

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Fire officers and MoH staff donate to St. Lucia Cancer Society

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PRESS RELEASE – October was breast cancer awareness month and in St. Lucia there was a sustained campaign to help those affected by breast cancer through early detection, education and other support services. One of the leading agencies in the 2016 BCA campaign was the Bureau of Health Education and Promotion in the Ministry of Health and Wellness. Mrs Natasha ...

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EU/PAHO receive update on commissioning of OKEUH

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PRESS RELEASE – The Ministry of Health and Wellness held a high level meeting to discuss plans for commissioning the Owen King EU Hospital with the EU, PAHO, the National Authorizing Office and the Commissioning Team for the Millennium Heights Medical Complex. EU/PAHO officials were interested in gaining a firmer understanding of the overall plan and progress to date for ...

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Blood donors needed this 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 Nov 23rd, KM2 Solutions, Union Thursday Nov 24th, the grounds ...

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PAHO announces list of facilities to be retrofitted in St. Lucia

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PRESS RELEASE — Sixteen health facilities in Saint Lucia will undergo various degree of improvements to make them disaster resilient and environmentally sound, the Pan American Health Organization announced today, after a thorough period of data collection and analysis of the 34 health facilities in Saint Lucia. The Ministry of Health, together with PAHO and the UK government has approved ...

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Week long health fair in Desruisseaux

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PRESS RELEASE – The Community Health Nursing Service via the staff of the Desruisseaux Wellness Centre extends an invitation to residents of Desruisseaux and surrounding communities to a week of Health Activities commencing November 21 – 26, 2016. The aim of the activity is to create greater awareness of the myriad of health issues affecting the community such as teenage ...

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Zika no longer a world public health emergency

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PRESS RELEASE – In February, 2016 the Director General of the World Health Organization declared the Zika Virus Out-break a “Public Health Emergency of International Concern” due the significant long term complications associated with it. This facilitated an urgent and coordinated response from the world. At the fifth meeting of the Emergency Committee on Zika and microcephaly, other neurological disorders ...

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More than 18 million on HIV treatment, UNAIDS reports

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More than 18 million people now have access to life-saving AIDS treatment, 1.2 million more than at the end of last year, the United Nations said on Monday. In a report on the AIDS pandemic, which has infected 78 million people and killed 35 million since it began in the 1980s, UNAIDS said the consistently strong scale-up of treatment has ...

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International Men’s Day Health and Lifestyle Fair

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PRESS RELEASE – International Men’s Day 2016 will be celebrated with the staging of a Health and Lifestyle Fair in Rodney Bay (between JQ Rodney Bay Mall and Baywalk Mall) between 9am to 3pm on Saturday 19th November 2016. This event is a being staged by volunteers of the health and fitness fraternities and admission is free.  It is an ...

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CIBC FirstCaribbean supports neuro-movement for children with special needs

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PRESS RELEASE  – CIBC FirstCaribbean has pledged to support the Cerebral Palsy Association of St. Lucia in providing Neuromovement therapy to a young child afflicted with the condition. Cerebral Palsy is a developmental disability that affects movement, posture and coordination. It is the most common congenital condition occurring at or before birth. Cerebral Palsy is usually caused by brain damage ...

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New approach to mental health sensitization

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PRESS RELEASE – The World Health Organisation’s constitution states: “Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” This is the core philosophy driving a new initiative of the St. Lucia National Mental Wellness Centre to spur interest, continue the dialog and motive individual, families and the community to ...

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Moonlight Walk to highlight diabetes

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PRESS RELEASE – Walking in the moonlight is something lovers do quite regularly and that was the intention of the St. Lucia Diabetes and Hypertension Association (SLDHA) when they organized this special triple location simultaneous walk on Monday November 14, World Diabetes Day. In Castries, the much publicized walk brought out just a few dozen persons who demonstrated that the ...

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Sandals’ Raide Hippolyte takes a stand against cancer – in heels!

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PRESS RELEASE – You can usually see Raide Hyppolyte going about his daily business as a Supervisor at Sandals Halcyon in St. Lucia. Normally unassuming, Raide surprised his team members when he announced his intention to participate in the ‘Men in Heels 2016 Challenge’, which is held to help increase awareness of cancer. In October, the three Sandals Resorts in ...

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PAHO and Ministry of Health conduct Zika stakeholder workshop

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PRESS RELEASE – The Zika virus which has affected several families and communities continues to receive attention not only from St.Lucia’s Ministry of Health and Wellness but also from the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). Recently, the two agencies held a Zika Sensitization Workshop at the National Mental Wellness Centre in order to train participants in  risk communication and reduce ...

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KFC supports Cerebral Palsy Association

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PRESS RELEASE – The KFC family are always very proud to show our support for the Cerebral Palsy Association, especially in the month of October where awareness for the condition is recognized. The Cerebral Palsy Association had a busy calendar of events for the month which included a Church Service and Family Day on Sunday 2nd October and observing World ...

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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 of the following opportunities for employment at the Owen King EU Hospital: ⦁ Medical Technologist II, I – Histology ⦁ Medical Technologist II, I – Cytology ⦁ Biomedical Equipment Technician ⦁ Maintenance Technician ⦁ Apprentice Maintenance Technician ⦁ HVAC Technician ⦁ Inventory Control Officer ⦁ Staff Nurse 1 ...

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PAHO assists Ministry of Health in strengthening Zika protocols

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PRESS RELEASE – The Ministry of Health and Wellness continue to receive assistance from the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) to strengthen and implement protocols in relation to Zika Virus and antenatal care. Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Sharon Belmar-George noted the importance of improving the current protocols particularly as Zika Virus has been associated with neurological defects, such as ...

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Ministry of Health and Wellness eulogize nurse Suzanna Jolie

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PRESS RELEASE – The Ministry of Health and Wellness, St. Lucia Nurses Association, Sir Arthur Lewis Community College and the entire Nursing Fraternity particularly the Community Health Nursing Service Department, mourn the loss of a great woman and treasured icon- Suzanna Jolie. Nurse Jolie as was affectionately known passed away on Tuesday November 8, 2016 at approximately 10am at the ...

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St. Lucia Mental Wellness Centre presents movie night at Gros Islet today

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PRESS RELEASE – The St. Lucia National Mental Wellness Centre invite residence of Gros Islet  to a Movie Night featuring a movie entitled “The Secret She Kept.” A thrilling movie confronting the issues of mental illness in the family and wider community.  Bring the family to witness this powerful life changing movie today Wednesday November 9th. Admission is absolutely free. ...

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Massy Stores supports Diabetes Awareness Month

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PRESS RELEASE – Formerly CFL now Massy Stores, the supermarket chain has been an avid supporter of the St Lucia Diabetes & Hypertension Association from 2006. Now celebrating 10 years of a strong partnership, the company has pledged even more support for the Association, whose activities this year will focus on the impact of Diabetes on the eyes and the ...

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Twins assembly project

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PRESS RELEASE – They came from far and near. They were from various age groups and different backgrounds. It was the first time that persons born through multiple births (twins,triplets etc..) gathered for an event of this nature. The assembly took place at the Gros Islet Secondary School Auditorium on Saturday November 05,2016 where nearly 100 persons met to discuss ...

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St Jude Hospital telephone service disruption

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PRESS RELEASE – St Jude Hospital wishes to inform the general public that we are currently experiencing a temporary disruption to our telephone system. As such we are unable to receive phone calls or dial out. The hospital is working with our service provider to have the service restored as a matter of urgency. St Jude Hospital apologizes to our ...

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Honorary Consul for St. Lucia to Lebanon donates a ventilator to VH

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PRESS RELEASE – Clients of the Victoria Hospital are now benefiting from the donation of a hi-tech German made, mechanical ventilator, donated by Mr. Malek El Sayed, the Honorary Consul for St. Lucia to Lebanon. El Sayed said the main functions of the Consul are to represent St. Lucia on a Diplomatic level and to assist the government and people ...

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United and Strong launches World AIDS Day 2016

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PRESS RELEASE – United and Strong Inc launches World AIDS Day 2016 Activities #HIVprevention. November being the Anniversary period for United and Strong Inc is a time dedicated to United and Strong to highlight its achievements and stumbling blocks, as we chart the way forward into 2017. This is the time were we also launch our World AIDS Day 2016 activities ...

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Gov’t of Mexico hands over morgue, Security Monitoring and Ambulance Building to Government of St. Lucia

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PRESS RELEASE – The Government of Mexico on Thursday November 3rd delivered two of the three promised projects undertaken at the St. Jude Hospital. In response to calls for support by the Government of St. Lucia  to reconstruct the St. Jude Hospital following the fire which devastated sections of hospital in September 2009, the Government of Mexico via the Infrastructure ...

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PM makes first visit to Owen King EU Hospital

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PRESS RELEASE – Prime Minister of St. Lucia, Hon. Allen Chastanet made is very first visit to the Owen King EU Hospital on Monday 31st October accompanied by Minister for Health and Wellness, Senator Mary Isaac, Hon. Guy Joseph, Minister for Economic Development, Housing, Urban Renewal, Transport and Civil Aviation, as well as other senior health officials. The Prime Minister ...

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VH intensifies its staff training

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PRESS RELEASE – Ward Mangers, Nurses, Doctors and Accounts staff from the Victoria Hospital were among the participates at an OECS workshop series entitled “Procurement and supply chain management of medicines and medical products.”  The workshop, a collaborative effort between the OECS and the Victoria Hospital, was facilitated by Mr. Francis Barnett, Head of the OECS Pharmaceutical Procurement Service. The ...

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