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St Jude Hospital in St. Lucia is reporting a significant increase in the number of cases of conjunctivitis, more commonly referred to in St Lucia as “red eye”, in the south of the island over the past two weeks. St Jude Hospital has recorded 47 cases of “red eye” so far for the month of July. The hospital registered just two cases of red eye for all of June.
2017 marks the 10th Anniversary of the signing of the landmark CARICOM Heads of Government Port of Spain Declaration on non-communicable diseases (NCDs).
This year’s Thirty-Eighth CARICOM Heads of Government Meeting (July 4-6) is expected to celebrate this momentous achievement. In 2007, the Caribbean led the world in convening the very first conference of Heads of Government on NCDs which in turn paved the way for the United Nations High-level Meeting on NCDs in 2011.
Health authorities in St Lucia have placed the island on alert for the conjunctivitis virus, commonly called “Red Eye” after the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) confirmed there had been outbreaks of the virus in the Dominican Republic, the Bahamas, Guadeloupe and Martinique.
The Pan-Caribbean Partnership Against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP) is hosting over 70 NAP managers, selected chief medical officers and permanent secretaries, as well as representatives of civil society organizations, and partners from across the Region for the Fifth Meeting of NAP Managers and key partners at the Office of the Parliament, Republic of Trinidad and Tobago from 6 – 10 March, 2017.
The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) is calling for an “organised” Caribbean response to prevent, detect and treat hepatitis, as the first report on the viral disease reveals the enormous scale of the silent epidemic in the Americas, including the Caribbean.
The Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs in Barbados say they are aware of the recall of a number of products and want the public to be cautious.
Director of the Pan Caribbean Partnership against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP), Dereck Springer, in a message to observe World AIDS Day 2016, called for ‘renewed emphasis to be placed on HIV prevention education among youth.
He made the call also for “evidence informed strategies to enable [youth] to protect themselves from HIV.
The Barbados Drug Service (BDS) is warning the public about creams found on store shelves in Barbados which are advertised to lighten the skin, but which may also cause a variety of complications.
Public health care officials in Trinidad have declined to comment on the issue except to acknowledge that procedures are being performed illegally in the majority of the cases. However, specialist obstetrician and gynaecologist Dr Sherene Kalloo has confirmed the information.
Barbados could experience an increase in the number of people suffering from Alzheimer, Social Care Minister Steven Blackett has said. Figures show that there are an estimated 4,000 persons suffering from Alzheimers and Blackett is predicting that the figure could rise as a result of an ageing society.