January 26, 2020

OECS Commission celebrates World Diabetes Day

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Tuesday, November 19, 2019 — The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission, through the Health Unit, has joined the rest of the World in commemorating World Diabetes Day held on November 14th, 2019, under the theme “Family and Diabetes”. Despite the efforts made by multiple national, regional and international stakeholders to address non-communicable diseases (NCDs), […]

Jamaica: Regional body writes to Holness about legal action against HFJ

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By Livern Barrett From Jamaica Gleaner The Healthy Caribbean Coalition (HCC), a group of close to 100 civil society organisations across the region, has written to Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness declaring that it has serious concerns about the legal action brought against the Heart Foundation of Jamaica (HFJ) by Wisynco Group Limited. The looming […]

NCDS in the Caribbean

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From Healthy Caribbean Coalition NCDs Fast Food NCDs cause the majority of premature adult deaths and pose a serious threat to health and development in the region. NCD mortality in the Caribbean is the highest in the Americas. On average, people in CARICOM countries have lower life expectancy at birth than those in Central or […]

Cayman Islands Blood Bank sets target of 500 new donors for 2017

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Having secured 6% of its overall target for the year at the Taste of Cayman Food Festival, the Cayman Islands Blood Bank is encouraging members of the community who are eligible to donate blood. The blood bank’s objective is to have at least 500 new donors by the end of 2017. The blood bank hosted […]

Ebola, war … but just two psychiatrists to deal with a nation’s trauma

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Ryan Lenora Brown in Freetown for Bhekisisa From The Guardian UK Overwhelmed counsellors and medical staff in Sierra Leone must contend with suspicion and a collapse in funding The history of Africa’s oldest psychiatric hospital is written on the walls of its isolation units, desperate messages chiselled into the woodwork like scars. “I came here […]

Colours Cayman comments on Cayman Islands churches rally to ‘promote Bible-based family values’

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On the subject of the upcoming rally organised by The Cayman Islands Conference Of Seventh-Day Adventist and Cayman Ministers’ Association to “promote Bible-based family values,” to those concerned, please be advised, while Colours Cayman is completely in support of freedom of speech (subject to compliance with all applicable local laws) and would always encourage everyone, irrespective […]

Zika found to remain in sperm for record six months

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From BBC The Zika virus has been found in the sperm of an Italian man six months after his first symptoms, twice as long as in previously reported cases. Doctors at the Spallanzani Institute for Infectious Diseases in Rome said it pointed to the possibility that the virus was reproducing itself in the male genital […]

The Editor Speaks: Zika and our premier

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Zika is dangerous even if you’re not pregnant. This statement comes from Dr. Lee Norman who spoke recently to Newsmax. The following is part of the article that was published soon after the recent 17 confirmed locally transmitted cases in Florida. Now we have two such cases here in Cayman. By Charlotte Libov Tuesday, 09 […]

Cayman Islands premier’s statement on TWO locally transmitted Zika cases

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Statement on locally transmitted Zika cases By Premier Hon. Alden McLaughlin, MBE, JP, MLA 9 August, 2016 Unfortunately, in addition to the imported six cases of Zika, the Acting Medical Officer has confirmed that there are at least two cases of locally transmitted Zika Virus. However, what is fortunate is that Government and the Mosquito […]

HSA celebrates International Day of the Midwife

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On Monday 5th May the Cayman Islands Health Services Authority (HSA) will be celebrating ‘International Day of the Midwife’ with a display in the atrium of the Cayman Islands Hospital from 10am – 4pm showcasing midwifery, one of the most vital services provided. Midwives play an integral role in the maternity and birthing process and […]