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

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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

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The OECS Commission is committed to the support of resilient and inclusive healthcare systems that improve the lives of its citizens. 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, ...

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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”

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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  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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St. Jude Hospital hosts successful health fair

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PRESS RELEASE – St Jude Hospital today joined global observances of World Health Day with a community health fair in the town of Vieux Fort. The health fair was held jointly with CIBC First Caribbean International Bank in the bank’s parking lot on New Dock Road. The theme of the observance was: Depression; Let’s Talk. It’s meant to provide a ...

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OECS discuss HIV treatment

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PRESS RELEASE – The HIV/TB Elimination Project at the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission held a two-day workshop with regional stakeholders in St. Lucia last week, to develop an evidence-based approach to HIV treatment in the OECS through the implementation of surveys. Over the past decade, increased access to and use of antiretroviral treatment (ART) has led to ...

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St. Jude Hospital receives ambulance from Canadian donor

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PRESS RELEASE – St Jude Hospital is the recipient of an ambulance from Caribbean North Charities Foundation; a donor organization based in Toronto, Canada. The ambulance was officially handed over to the management of St Jude Hospital during a ceremony on Wednesday March 29, 2017 at the George Odlum Stadium. The decommissioned 2011 Ford E350 ambulance was presented to Caribbean ...

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St. Jude targets those at risk of suicide at one-day health fair

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PRESS RELEASE – St Jude Hospital will seek to reach those people at risk for depression and suicide during a one-day health fair to mark World Health Day on April 7, 2017. The fair, which is being organized in partnership with CIBC First Caribbean International Bank, will take place at the FCIB parking lot on Clarke Street in Vieux Fort. ...

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New Executive for St. Lucia Medical and Dental Association

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PRESS RELEASE – The Saint Lucia Medical and Dental Association (SLMDA) held its Annual General Meeting at Auberge Seraphine Hotel Conference Room, on March 25, 2017. At this meeting a new Executive comprising of both older physicians who have served the Association on numerous occasions as well as younger physicians was elected. Internist, Dr. Alphonsus St. Rose, was elected as ...

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PAHO and OECS hold regional TB elimination workshop

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PRESS RELEASE – The Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO/WHO), in collaboration with the HIV/TB Elimination Project of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), held a two-day TB Roadmap and Findings Workshop in St. Lucia, from 28-29 March 2017, to review initial TB assessments made in the six recipient countries of the OECS Global Fund (GF) grant for TB elimination. ...

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Ministry of Health issues heat advisory

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PRESS RELEASE – The Ministry of Health and Wellness cautions all persons on the need to remain hydrated and avoid direct sunlight as Saint Lucia is currently experiencing increased heat levels. Officials from the Metrological Services Department have confirmed that this weather is due to dry atmospheric conditions accompanied by little cloud cover and dust haze. Collectively, these factors place ...

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Changes in operations for Gros Islet Polyclinic Pharmacy

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PRESS RELEASE – The public is hereby informed of the change in the operating hours for the Gros Islet Polyclinic Pharmacy from the previous 8:00 am – 4:30 pm to now 8:00 am – 11:45 pm,  Monday to Friday commencing Monday 3rd April, 2017. This increase in operating hours will contribute immensely to greater access of Pharmacy services to the public. For further ...

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Staff associations and unions tour OKEUH

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PRESS RELEASE – As the government of St. Lucia via the Ministry of Health and Wellness advance commissioning plans for the Owen King EU Hospital, staff associations and unions representing workers at the Victoria Hospital were specially invited on a familiarization tour of the facility on Thursday 30th March. In attendance were executive members of the National Workers Union (NWU), ...

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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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