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25 September, 2018

Latch On - National Breastfeeding Week

Latch On - National Breastfeeding Week

A scene from a Latch On event aimed at normalizing breastfeeding in Antigua and Barbuda and facilitating community support as part a week of activities to mark National Breastfeeding Week, September 24th to 29th, 2018.read more

25 September, 218

Nail Tech Awareness Campaign

Nail Tech Awareness Campaign

Did you know that: Products used in nail salons may contain chemicals that can affect worker health. Using these products can expose nail salon workers to chemicals. Workers may breathe in the harmful vapors, dusts, or mists; get the product on their skin or in their eyesread more

25 September, 2018

Telling People Good Things Day

Telling People Good Things Day

Our words have power, the power to inflict wounds on someone, as well as the power to heal them emotionally; when used in a positive way, our words can be a source of great encouragement to someone facing serious challenges but using them maliciously or with evil intent can bring harm to others. read more

25 September, 2018

CARPHA HIV/AIDS Media Release

CARPHA HIV/AIDS Media Release

Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. 10 September 2018. The CARICOM region is making testing for HIV/AIDS more accessible to key at-risk populations. Knowing one's status is important, as the Caribbean continues to demonstrate the highest HIV prevalence in the Western Hemisphere and the second highest in the world, after Sub Saharan Africa.read more

25 September, 2018

STATEMENT TO MARK CARIBBEAN WELLNESS DAY / CARIBBEAN WELLNESS WEEK

STATEMENT TO MARK CARIBBEAN WELLNESS DAY / CARIBBEAN WELLNESS WEEK

It is with a sense of urgency that on this, the 11th observance of Caribbean Wellness Day, I once again call upon you to ponder on the devastating effects that non-communicable diseases - namely cancer, stroke, diabetes, heart disease, hypertension - and obesity are having on our population.read more

07 September, 2018

Media Release - Football Against Obesity

Media Release - Football Against Obesity

First form students will this term engage in a six-week programme, aimed at promoting physical activity and wellness. The programme which is dubbed Football Against Obesity will be launched in Antigua and Barbuda on September 17th.read more

07 September, 2018

CARPHA Media Release - Promoting Health at Work

CARPHA Media Release - Promoting Health at Work

"The reality for most persons is that one-third of our adult life is spent at work. This can have a huge impact on the quality of our life. As such, the conditions of work and the work environment can either have a positive or negative impact on our health and well-being," remarked Dr C. James Hospedales, Executive Director of the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) in observance of Caribbean Wellness Day 2018.read more

14 August, 2018

PREVENTING CHILDHOOD OBESITY IN THE CARIBBEAN

PREVENTING CHILDHOOD OBESITY IN THE CARIBBEAN

Enabling Caribbean civil society's contribution to national and regional action for healthier, happier children.read more

14 August, 2018

CARPHA Concludes Risk of Getting Zika in the Caribbean Low at this Time

CARPHA Concludes Risk of Getting Zika in the Caribbean Low at this Time

The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) has concluded that Zika virus transmission in the Caribbean Region has been interrupted, and that the risk to residents and visitors to the Region of acquiring Zika is low. This follows a review by CARPHA of the data of the last 30 months pertinent to the situation.read more

2nd August, 2018

Hyperbaric Chamber used for the first time

Hyperbaric Chamber used for the first time

The Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment is pleased to announce yet another milestone in Antigua and Barbuda's medical history.read more

12 July, 2018

Breastfeeding in the Workplace

Breastfeeding in the Workplace

Employers throughout Antigua and Barbuda are being encouraged to provide a secure space in their establishments that would allow mothers returning to work after their maternity leave would have expired to breastfeed or extract milk from their breasts during working hours.read more

10 July, 2018

Cuban Nurses to Assist Dialysis Unit

Cuban Nurses to Assist Dialysis Unit

The Ministry of Health, Wellness & the Environment has always viewed chronic disease management and the welfare of patients receiving dialysis treatment at the Mount St. John's Medical Centre as top priorities.read more

05 July, 2018

Antigua & Barbuda Widens Cooperation with the Republic of Cuba

Antigua & Barbuda Widens Cooperation with the Republic of Cuba

On Tuesday 3rd July 2018, in Cuba, Honourable Molwyn Joseph, Minister of Health, Wellness & the Environment signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Mr. Eulogio Pimentel Vazquez, Director of the Center for Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering for the use of Herbeprot-P in Antigua and Barbuda.read more

04 July, 2018

National Clean-up Awardees

National Clean-up Awardees

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04 July, 2018

National Clean-up Volunteers' List

National Clean-up Volunteers' List

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04 July, 2018

National Clean-up Sponsors

National Clean-up Sponsors

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28 June, 2018

HPV Vaccine Available from July 2nd

HPV Vaccine Available from July 2nd

Public health officials in the Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment will begin administering the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines from July 2nd, 2018 to reduce the risk of cancers caused by the HPV virus.read more

28 June, 2018

PROFESSOR ROSE-MARIE BELLE ANTOINE ADVOCATES FOR A PRAGMATIC APPROACH TO MIGRANTS ACCESS TO HEALTH

PROFESSOR ROSE-MARIE BELLE ANTOINE ADVOCATES FOR A PRAGMATIC APPROACH TO MIGRANTS ACCESS TO HEALTH

In excess of 40 participants, including government, private sector, civil society, migrant leaders, development partners and stakeholders, engaged in a review of information generated by the Legal Environment Assessments (LEA) processes, including those implemented by the Caribbean Vulnerable Communities Coalition (CVC/COIN), as well as learning from previous work in support of migrant rights completed under the CARICOM PANCAP Global Fund Round 9 Grant and the PANCAP/GIZ Migrants Projectread more

25 June, 2018

Grace Apostolic Church donates to Health Center

Grace Apostolic Church donates to Health Center

On Thursday (June 22nd), the Grace Apostolic Church of Union Road, Grays Farm, through the visiting 'Sisters with Purpose' of Canada donated several medical supplies to the Grays Farm Health Center.read more

08 June, 2018

Human Papilloma Virus and the Skin

Human Papilloma Virus and the Skin

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08 June, 2018

Cervical Cancer

Cervical Cancer

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08 June, 2018

Antigua and Barbuda's Response to HPV

Antigua and Barbuda's Response to HPV

Learn how Antigua and Barbuda plans on tackling HPV.read more

08 June, 2018

Nurse Assistants' Training Programme on the Way

Nurse Assistants' Training Programme on the Way

The six months nurse assistants' programme organized by the Ministry of Health Wellness and the Environment is once again in full gear. The first for this year, the training programme began on May 14th and will run until November 13th, 2018.read more

22 May, 2018

Antigua and Barbuda National Cleanup Campaign

Antigua and Barbuda National Cleanup Campaign

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22 May, 2018

Fight For Climate Justice

Fight For Climate Justice

Fight for Climate Justice! These were the words uttered by Honourable Molwyn Joseph, Minister of Health Wellness and the Environment at a Ministerial consultation on the World Health Organization's Special Initiative on Climate Change and Health in Small Island Developing States (SIDS). The meeting was held on the wings of the Seventy-first World Health Assembly being held at the Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland this week. read more

15 May, 2018

MOSQUITO AWARENESS: HOW AWARE ARE YOU?

MOSQUITO AWARENESS: HOW AWARE ARE YOU?

Are your surroundings clean? Are you doing all in your power to prevent mosquitoes and rodents from permanently residing in your homes? Do you know some of the preventative measures which can hamper or prevent them from gaining access to your homes?read more

11 May, 2018

Solar Country

Solar Country

The Ministry of Health, Wellness & the Environment is making a major push for green energy as plans are now in the pipeline to ensure that the twin-island state receives at least half of its energy sources from renewable technology.read more

05 May, 2018

Jumby Tradition -Homeowners donate to Clarevue Hospital

Jumby Tradition -Homeowners donate to Clarevue Hospital

The tradition continues for the Jumby Bay Home Owners Association as the group made another timely donation to the Clarevue Psychiatric Hospital via the Jumby Bay Fund on Monday.read more

16 April, 2018

Prosthetic Blessings

Prosthetic Blessings

There were many smiling faces on the campus of the American University of Antigua (AUA) last week where over a dozen Antiguans were outfitted with brand new modern state of the art Prosthetic Limbs. read more

11 April, 2018

He Can See Clearly Now

He Can See Clearly Now

Ten year old George Freeland of the Better Chance Primary School and his teacher Michelle Ross dropped in at the Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment's Headquarters on Tuesday afternoon.read more

13 March, 2018

New Pediatric Clinic Opens

New Pediatric Clinic Opens

On the day that the world celebrated International Women's Day and World Kidney Day, a new Pediatric Center opened at the Browne's Avenue Health Center on All Saints Roadread more

13 March, 2018

Being

Being "health conscious" is not enough

People are what we call 'health conscious' in that they are exercising and dieting more but most persons do not have regular health assessments; as a matter of fact, most persons would only visit the doctor when they feel sick and very often by that time, they are at a stage of disease that's irreversible. read more

13 March, 2018

Sir Novelle Richards Academy students get timely lessons on kidney health

Sir Novelle Richards Academy students get timely lessons on kidney health

Over 100 students from the Sir Novelle Richards Academy paid keen attention to what Chief Nutritionist in the Ministry of Health and the Environment, Samantha Moitt, had to say regarding 'best practices' for healthy kidneys.read more

07 March, 2018

UN Secretary General's Report on NDCs

UN Secretary General's Report on NDCs

Progress on the prevention and control of non-communicable diseasesread more

07 March, 2018

School Health Fiesta 2018

School Health Fiesta 2018

One of Antigua and Barbuda's premier secondary institutions was the center of attention on Friday, March 2nd as hundreds of students from nine schools turned out for the 6th annual Schools Health Fiesta read more

01 March, 2018

Waste Management Workshop

Waste Management Workshop

In keeping with its mandate to protect all aspects of the natural habitat in Antigua and Barbuda, the Department of Environment {DoE} continues to make strides as it plans and develops programmes geared towards building healthy and sustainable communities.read more

19 February, 2018

New Care Project Home coming on nicely

New Care Project Home coming on nicely

What a better day than on Valentine's Day to share this 'love story' - a love story that may be different in nature but still pure love. read more

19 February, 2018

Government moves to further upgrade public health delivery system

Government moves to further upgrade public health delivery system

Two days after a state of the art Hyperbaric Chamber was donated to the Mount St John's Medical Center, Health and the Environment Minister Molwyn Joseph announced that an additional four Polyclinics are coming on board across Antigua and Barbuda, bringing the total number of planned Polyclinics to six.read more

16 February, 2018

Hyperbaric Chamber is all about saving lives

Hyperbaric Chamber is all about saving lives

Hours before the world celebrated Valentine's Day, February 13th, there was a genuine demonstration of love as a major piece of equipment was donated to the Mount St John's Medical Center.read more

12 February, 2018

Peel off the label and focus on the individual

Peel off the label and focus on the individual

I think that more importantly, we need to be able to place ourselves in the shoes of people and focus on the person and not what we see as the difference, because a lot of times when we create labels, we treat people with the labels and not as persons.read more

06 February, 2018

World Cancer Day Walk a Success

World Cancer Day Walk a Success

The streets of the usually quiet Sunday afternoon atmosphere in and around St. John's were filled with sounds of music, chanting and vibrant footsteps all for a worthy cause. A cause that has brought at time sadness, triumph and much introspection for loved ones, family, and friends who have been or are being affected by cancer.read more

02 February, 2018

Wind Turbine Energy Coming Soon

Wind Turbine Energy Coming Soon

In another sign of its commitment to a cleaner and greener environment, the government of Antigua and Barbuda signed a fifteen Million US dollar renewable energy deal with the French-based global renewable energy solutions provider, Vergnet Group, on Tuesday, January 30thread more

31 January, 2018

Overwhelming turnout at Food Handlers' training session

Overwhelming turnout at Food Handlers' training session

It was standing room only as a large crowd turned out for the first Food Handlers Training Session for 2018, conducted by the Central Board of Health (CBH).read more

31 January, 2018

Care Project Thousands

Care Project Thousands

It was a night to remember as close to seventy thousand EC dollars were raised during Saturday night's Friends of the Care Project Beneficiary Fundraising Gala at the Sugar Ridge Resort.read more

25 January, 2018

CBH Lists Major 2017 Achievements

CBH Lists Major 2017 Achievements

Although the Central Board of Health has a lot to shout about over the past year, the Acting Chief Health Inspector Sharon Martin revealed that the department has other major plans in the pipeline to make Antigua and Barbuda's public health standards a cut above the rest.read more

25 January, 2018

Ministry is Addressing Clarevue Workers Concerns

Ministry is Addressing Clarevue Workers Concerns

Contrary to claims made by the President of the Antigua and Barbuda Public Service Association (ABPSA) Joan Peters, carried in the Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018, edition of the Daily Observer, The Ministry of Health & the Environment has indeed been addressing the grievances of the auxiliary staff currently engaged in industrial action at the Clarevue Psychiatric Hospital.read more

12 January, 2018

The Plight of Those Living With Disabilities

The Plight of Those Living With Disabilities

At the recently concluded I Am Able Conference, many of the difficulties, the discrimination, and inequalities facing persons living with disabilities (PLWD) were brought to light. Whether it is access to buildings, jobs, higher learning, those with disabilities are often left behind.read more

10 January, 2017

Reusable Shopping Bag Delivery

Reusable Shopping Bag Delivery

The plan to rid the island of shopping plastic bags has moved to the next phase as thousands of reusable shopping bags are being distributed to grocery shops and mini supermarkets across the country.read more

08 January, 2018

Barbuda Hostel

Barbuda Hostel

It is official! Barbudans who were relocated to Antigua following the passage of Hurricane Irma in September are now in possession of a new home as the long-defunct Nurses Hostel is now operational after three months of rehabilitative work.read more

08 January, 2018

The benefits of using Antigua and Barbuda's Food-based Dietary Guidelines

The benefits of using Antigua and Barbuda's Food-based Dietary Guidelines

Chief Nutrition Officer Samantha Moitt wants to see greater utilization of the Food-Based Dietary Guidelines (FBDG) for Antigua and Barbuda.read more

08 January, 2018

ABEMS Director Salutes his Staff and 2017 Achievements

ABEMS Director Salutes his Staff and 2017 Achievements

First, let me take this opportunity to publicly thank the staff of the Antigua Barbuda Emergency Medical Services (ABEMS) for all their efforts throughout 2017. The success of the ABEMS is built on the efforts of our employees and in this past year, we have enjoyed many successes. Thank you for the dedication, loyalty, commitment and hard work that each one of you has shown in 2017.read more

04 January, 2018

Sharon's 'I Am Able' Notes

Sharon's 'I Am Able' Notes

They are ostracized by our society, labelled as slow, retarded, handicapped and often treated less than humans, even by their own family members. Simply because they may not be able to communicate or comprehend like we do, they are viewed as an embarrassment, while others give them things out of a sense of duty rather than love.read more

29 December, 2017

Governor-General Visits Clarevue Hospital

Governor-General Visits Clarevue Hospital

Management, staff, and residents of Clarevue Psychiatric Hospital were graced with the presence of His Excellency, Governor General Sir Rodney Williams and Lady Williams on Wednesday 20th December 2017 as the institution held its annual Christmas programme.read more

20 December, 2017

Cemetery Comrades

Cemetery Comrades

A Letter of Commendation to the Health and Environment Minister-Molwyn Joseph from Dean Jonas, Parliamentary Representative for St Georgesread more

20 December, 2017

PAHO donates Vehicles

PAHO donates Vehicles

With Christmas being the time of giving, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) showered two major gifts on the Ministry of Health and the Environment as a sign of goodwill towards all men on Tuesday (December 19th).read more

20 December, 2017

Plans For New National Cemetery Revealed

Plans For New National Cemetery Revealed

It has increasingly become apparent that 'night has fallen' on the continued use of the St.John's Public Cemetery and the time is now for concrete steps to be taken towards the provision of a new National Cemetery.read more

15 December, 2017

I Am Able Outcome Document

I Am Able Outcome Document

People with disabilities, both invisible and visible disabilities, from across the Commonwealth gathered in Antigua and Barbuda from the 4th to 6th December 2017 for the I am ABLE Conference and resolved as followsread more

14 December, 2017

Care Project Christmas

Care Project Christmas

It was an early Christmas for the residents and staff of the CARE Project as the Governor General of Antigua and Barbuda and a visitor from the North Pole made a courtesy call to the Care Giving Institution on Tuesday (December 12th) for the annual Christmas program.read more

14 December, 2017

Prices and Consumer Affairs Joins the Styrofoam Ban Campaign

Prices and Consumer Affairs Joins the Styrofoam Ban Campaign

The Ministry of Health and the Environment and the Prices and Consumer Affairs Division (PACD) are currently working together to create awareness in schools and the business community in Antigua and Barbuda with respect to the banning of Polystyrene (Styrofoam) Food Service Products. read more

08 December, 2017

Government to Set Up 'I am Able' Commission

Government to Set Up 'I am Able' Commission

At the closing ceremony of the I Am Able Conference at Government House on Wednesday (December 6th) evening, Health and Environment Minister Molwyn Joseph revealed that he had spoken to the Honourable Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Gaston Browne, and received the Cabinet's approval to set up an I am ABLE Commission.read more

08 December, 2017

I Am Able High

I Am Able High

The inaugural I Am Able Conference ended on a major high on Wednesday (December 6th) with many of the participants expressing delight at the 3-day mega event and anticipating hope for the future.read more

08 December, 2017

Opening Ceremony of I AM ABLE Conference

Opening Ceremony of I AM ABLE Conference

Monday 4th December 2017... The I AM ABLE campaign for youth with disabilities stems from the request of young people from across the Commonwealth including Antigua and Barbuda's Commonwealth National Youth Delegates Jonelle Walsh and Kurt Williams.read more

05 December, 2017

World Aids Day 2017 : The Right to Health

World Aids Day 2017 : The Right to Health

As the nation observes World AIDS Day 2017, there are many questions to be asked such as, what is the purpose of celebrating such an event? Is it worth celebrating? Are people really grasping the reality of what it means to protect themselves against HIV? read more

05 December, 2017

AIDS Day Message 2017

AIDS Day Message 2017

As December 1st was being recognized across the globe as World AIDS Day, Antigua and Barbuda's Government pledged to maintain its strong support for the country's AIDS Program as well as the overall health and well-being of its population.read more

05 December, 2017

AIDS Day March 2017

AIDS Day March 2017

Sporting a wide array of colors, hundreds turned out with their placards and banners during the annual State Insurance sponsored World AIDS Day march through the streets of St Johns on Thursday (November 30th)read more

27 November, 2017

Persons With Disabilities Want Inclusion

Persons With Disabilities Want Inclusion

As preparations continue for the 'I AM ABLE' Conference (December 4th-6th), persons with disabilities in Antigua and Barbuda have been giving their perspective on the meeting as well their aspirations for the differently abled in the country.read more

27 Novemnber, 2017

I Am Able - Lumma Hazelwood

I Am Able - Lumma Hazelwood

With the 2017 I Am Able Conference slated to get on the way here in Antigua and Barbuda early next month, one of the hard-working Antiguans with a physical disability has been talking about his life as a differently abled individual and calling for greater support for people living with disabilities in the twin island state.read more

22nd November, 2017

Care Project Administrators Refute Abuse Allegations

Care Project Administrators Refute Abuse Allegations

With a caller to a popular radio program leveling allegations of ill-treatment and torture of one of the residents at the Care Project, Matron of the institution, Nurse Juliet De Labastide has cleared the air where that is concerned.read more

15 November, 2017

Good Response to Diabetes Day Screenings

Good Response to Diabetes Day Screenings

With Tuesday, November 14th designated as World Diabetes Day, a major Health Fair at the Public Market was the main highlight marking the annual activities, which was under the theme "Woman and Diabetes-Our right to a healthy future."read more

07 November, 2017

I AM ABLE

I AM ABLE

Living with a disability should not prevent people from attaining the highest possible quality of life and making a contribution towards their nation's social, economic and political development.read more

07 November, 2017

Banner Unveiled

Banner Unveiled

The day before the country celebrated its thirty-sixth-anniversary of political independence, Health and Environment Minister, Molwyn Joseph announced that there is no retreating and no surrendering on the matters of banning the use of plastic bags and Styrofoam products.read more

07 November, 2017

Tesla Friendly and Environmentally Friendly

Tesla Friendly and Environmentally Friendly

In another bold move, Minister of Health and the Environment Molwyn Joseph signaled his continued commitment to his government's green and environmentally friendly initiatives by officially accepting the keys to an Eco-Friendly Tesla Model X vehicle on Tuesday, October 31st.read more

26 October, 2017

Health Minister lauds positive developments in Health Sector

Health Minister lauds positive developments in Health Sector

It was a fitting occasion for the Minister of Health and the Environment to reveal history making news along with major plans for the continued development of the health sector at a gathering which attracted overseas-based citizens and young people.read more

26 October, 2017

Health Fete brings NCDs into Sharp Focus

Health Fete brings NCDs into Sharp Focus

It was standing room only as the first Annual Health Fete for all Secondary School Students got underway at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Stadiumread more

26 October, 2017

Media Training Workshop empowers Public Service Officers

Media Training Workshop empowers Public Service Officers

Over two dozen Public Relations Officers and Communications Personnel in the Public Sector are now better equipped to handle their day to day operations as they took part in a Public Service Media Training Workshop last week.read more

19 October, 2017

Waste Management Solutions discussed at Training Programme

Waste Management Solutions discussed at Training Programme

The UNDP (United Nations Development Programme)-funded Small Island Developing State Center of Excellence (UNDP SIDS-COE), based in Aruba, recently selected Antigua and Barbuda for a one-week technical assistance programme to develop a roadmap to address innovative Waste Management Solutions.read more

19 October, 2017

'Breast Friends' Screening Event a Resounding Success

'Breast Friends' Screening Event a Resounding Success

'Breast Friends: Women in Touch', a cancer support and awareness group in Antigua, executed its most successful Breast Screening Health Fair on Saturday 14th, October 2017 at the Outpatient Clinic at the Mount Saint John's Medical Centre.read more

16 October, 2017

Judges Hill Community Clinic Open and Ready to Serve

Judges Hill Community Clinic Open and Ready to Serve

It's official! The Judges Hill Community Clinic is equipped and ready to serve as the medical facility was officially commissioned on Thursday with pomp and style during an official opening ceremony east of the New Winthorpes Primary School.read more

11 October, 2017

UNAIDS and UNFPA launch road map to stop new HIV infections

UNAIDS and UNFPA launch road map to stop new HIV infections

As part of global efforts to end AIDS as a public health threat, UNAIDS, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and partners have launched a new road map to reduce new HIV infections.read more

09 October, 2017

Ground breaks for New Care Project Home

Ground breaks for New Care Project Home

After months of planning and negotiating, the soil was finally turned as ground broke for the construction of a modern state of the art facility which will become the new home for the residents at the Care Project.read more

04 October, 2017

Helping Families Deal with the Stress of Relocation After a Disaster

Helping Families Deal with the Stress of Relocation After a Disaster

Knowing some basic facts about emotional stress can help us understand its effectsread more

04 October, 2017

Barbuda Council meets with Hurricane Response Committee

Barbuda Council meets with Hurricane Response Committee

As long as the State of Emergency exists on Barbuda, all persons travelling to and from Barbuda to clean up or repair their homes or to participate in the general restoration and rebuilding process do not have to pay transport fees.read more

04 October, 2017

Workshop addresses Breastfeeding Issue

Workshop addresses Breastfeeding Issue

Health experts are stressing the importance of exclusive breastfeeding in Antigua and Barbuda.read more

02 October, 2017

Public Health & Safety Measures For Homeowners In Barbuda

Public Health & Safety Measures For Homeowners In Barbuda

Subsequent to the lifting of the mandatory evacuation order for Barbuda, many Barbudans are expected to return to the island.read more

27 September, 2017

Breastfeeding and the Working Mom

Breastfeeding and the Working Mom

Start storing breast milk well before you return to work. Milk can be stored for 5 days in the refrigerator and 3 months in the freezer.read more

27 September, 2017

Barbuda Update - Steady Progress being made

Barbuda Update - Steady Progress being made

Steady progress is being made in the cleanup operations in Barbuda, following an effective vector control exercise.read more

22 September, 2017

August 2017 Newsletter

August 2017 Newsletter

At a Press Conference held at Mount St. John's Medical Centre (MSJMC) earlier this month, Minister of Health and the Environment Molwyn Joseph outlined a series of new measures designed to improve the overall delivery of healthcare in Antigua and Barbuda.read more

22 September, 2017

Barbuda Clean-up Operations - Update

Barbuda Clean-up Operations - Update

Major fogging operations took place in Barbuda on Saturday (September 16th) and Sunday (September, 17th). The exercise was conducted by twenty (20) Central Board of Health Inspectors including three (3) Barbuda Health Inspectors. Approximately eighty percent of the island was fogged.read more

22 September, 2017

Barbuda Clean-up in full swing

Barbuda Clean-up in full swing

"The clean-up of Barbuda is well on the way." The words of Trevor Browne, Senior Collections Manager at National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) and the person in charge of Phase One of the clean-up operation on the sister island.read more

14 September, 2017

Chief Health Inspector outlines plans to clean up Barbuda

Chief Health Inspector outlines plans to clean up Barbuda

As the Hurricane Irma disaster response and clean-up campaign continue, the Ministry of Health and the Environment will be zooming in on the health risk factors and on Barbuda this weekend.read more

14 September, 2017

Health and Environment Ministry initiates Post Irma Disaster Response Plan

Health and Environment Ministry initiates Post Irma Disaster Response Plan

Senior officials in the Ministry of Health & the Environment convened an emergency meeting last Saturday to plan a comprehensive Post-Irma Barbuda Disaster Response Programme.read more

14 September, 2017

New guidance on tourism concessions for protected areas released

New guidance on tourism concessions for protected areas released

The Secretariat of Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and IUCN -The International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources today released a new publication titled Guidelines for tourism partnerships and concessions for protected areas.read more

14 September, 2017

The Larder makes use of Styrofoam Alternatives

The Larder makes use of Styrofoam Alternatives

Two months after the Government implemented the first stage of the ban on the importation of Food Based Polystyrene Products, one popular food and beverage establishment is already utilizing the Styrofoam alternatives.read more

14 September, 2017

Green Barbuda

Green Barbuda

We will be bringing to this honorable house, hopefully within a month or so, something called the Green Barbuda Act.read more

13 September, 2017

 Aftermath of Hurricane Irma: State of the Antiguan Environment

Aftermath of Hurricane Irma: State of the Antiguan Environment

The day after the largest storm in history began with the staff of the Department of Environment in the field. Our aim: determining the state of the environment on mainland Antigua. read more

31 August, 2017

Controlling Wastes through Composting

Controlling Wastes through Composting

In recent years, the state of Antigua and Barbuda has residents baffled as they observe the wanton disposal of wastes on the streets daily.read more

31 August, 2017

More Kidney Transplant Surgeries Performed at Mount St. John's Medical Centre

More Kidney Transplant Surgeries Performed at Mount St. John's Medical Centre

A surgical team at Mount St. John's Medical Centre (MSJMC) last week performed two successful kidney transplants. The transplants were done on August 21st and 22nd.read more

28 August, 2017

Major Top Up for Blood Collection

Major Top Up for Blood Collection

Blood collection facilities in Antigua and Barbuda received a major 'top up' as the humanitarian arm of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints was outstretched once again.read more

28 August, 2017

Key issues discussed at Disability Conference

Key issues discussed at Disability Conference

Pertinent issues regarding persons living with disabilities were extensively discussed at a two-day Biennial Regional Council meeting held at Heritage Hotel, over the weekend, August 19-20, 2017.read more

25 August, 2017

Regional Food Safety Workshop

Regional Food Safety Workshop

With the aim of equipping and strengthening the capacity of regional environmental health officers and public health inspectors, an international advance food safety certification course and training workshop was held at the Jolly Beach Resort and Spa earlier this week.read more

17 August, 2017

Local Pharmacist Receives Major Award

Local Pharmacist Receives Major Award

Local pharmacist, Alfred Athill, was showered with accolades during the 37th Annual Caribbean Association of Pharmacists Conference in Belize over the weekend.read more

15 August, 2017

Eyes For Information

Eyes For Information

The Public Sector Eye Care Program continues to pick up steam as the initiative made its third stop last week at the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Telecommunications and Information Technology.read more

03 August, 2017

Measures For Improved Health Care Delivery

Measures For Improved Health Care Delivery

At a press conference held at Mount St. John's Medical Centre (MSJMC) on Tuesday afternoon, Minister of Health and the Environment Molwyn Joseph outlined a series of new measures designed to improve the overall delivery of healthcare in Antigua and Barbuda.read more

01 August, 2017

Emergency Wheels

Emergency Wheels

With the country's 60th anniversary of carnival celebrations in full swing, the nation's Emergency Medical Services (EMS) was given some extra tools to aid in its response to emergency situations.read more

28 July, 2017

Biodiversity Workshop

Biodiversity Workshop

The Precision Centre was the focus of attention this week as the Ministry of Health and the Environment continues to lead the fight against climate change and protecting the local environment with the staging of a National Workshop on linking traditional knowledge, livelihoods, culture and heritage with Biodiversity.read more

27 July, 2017

Carnival Health Tips

Carnival Health Tips

With the Carnival season already in high gear, it is important that persons going out to enjoy the festivities stay in good health during and after Carnival.read more

27 July, 2017

Intense Discussion at 2nd Parliamentary Tobacco Consultation

Intense Discussion at 2nd Parliamentary Tobacco Consultation

For the second time in eleven days, the Tobacco Control Bill 2017 was the center of intense discussion during the Special Parliamentary Consultation on Tuesday, July 25th, 2017 at the Parliament Building.read more

21 July, 2017

HCC Critical of Caricom Heads

HCC Critical of Caricom Heads

On July 30th, the HCC wrote an open letter to CARICOM Heads of Government in lead up to the 38th Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government.read more

20 July,2017

Outdoor Fitness Antigua

Outdoor Fitness Antigua

Antigua and Barbuda is the latest country's being targeted as the ideal venue to erect a family park to be tagged 'Outdoor Fitness Antigua.'read more

18 July, 2017

Jumby Bay Donates to Clarevue Hospital

Jumby Bay Donates to Clarevue Hospital

Clarevue Psychiatric Hospital was the centre of attention on Monday, July 17th as patients at the Mental Health Institution became the recipients of a major donation by the Jumby Bay Fund.read more

18 July, 2017

Tobacco Control Bill Consultation

Tobacco Control Bill Consultation

With Parliament getting set to debate the Tobacco Control Bill Tobacco Bill, a Special Parliamentary Consultation on the initiative took place on Friday, July 14th, 2017 at the Parliament Building.read more

14 July, 2017

The National Vocational and Rehabilitation Centre For Persons With Disabilities

The National Vocational and Rehabilitation Centre For Persons With Disabilities

In a society that is constantly changing, where a lack of empathy and sensitivity prevails even for those who appear normal, for those who are differently abled, there exists an organization that continues to fight for them.read more

12 July, 2017

Workshop recommends Tax on Sugar-Sweetened Beverages

Workshop recommends Tax on Sugar-Sweetened Beverages

With Sugar-Sweetened Beverages (SSBs) being among the leading causes of obesity and diabetes in the twin - island state, officials from the Pan American Health Organizations joined hands with a number of Government and non-Governmental officials during a Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Workshop at Rex Halcyon Resort on Tuesday, July 11th.read more

12 July, 2017

Major Initiative towards Clean Technology

Major Initiative towards Clean Technology

Antigua and Barbuda is taking another bold step in its continued quest to bring about a cleaner and greener nation.read more

10 July, 2017

AIDS and Syphilis Testing Workshop

AIDS and Syphilis Testing Workshop

The war against Mother to Child Transmission of Sexually Transmitted Diseases has just gotten more intense with the introduction of the first ever AIDS and Syphilis Rapid Testing Training Workshop at the Office of the AIDS Secretariat on Long Street.read more

05 July, 2017

Health Care Workers gather for Immunization Workshop

Health Care Workers gather for Immunization Workshop

Scores of health care workers turned up at the Halcyon Cove Hotel for a workshop designed to empower them with the necessary knowledge and skills on the immunization programme in Antigua and Barbuda.read more

05 July, 2017

Eye Care For Soliders

Eye Care For Soliders

On Monday, July 3rd, the second in a series of eye clinics designed to examine all public sector employees commenced at the Air Station of the Antigua & Barbuda Defence Force. One high-ranking official is describing the initiative as a necessary component in the fight against crime in the twin island state.read more

03 July, 2017

Nation urged to support HIV/AIDS Programme

Nation urged to support HIV/AIDS Programme

As the tenth anniversary of Regional Testing Day got underway on Friday, June 30th, Health and Environment Minister Molwyn Joseph promised to mobilise the resources of the State to fight the stigma and discrimination being faced by people living with HIV and AIDS.read more

03 July,2017

Health and Environment Minister encourages all to embrace the Styrofoam Ban Initiative

Health and Environment Minister encourages all to embrace the Styrofoam Ban Initiative

Minister of Health and the Environment Molwyn Joseph is encouraging all citizens of Antigua and Barbuda to embrace the Styrofoam Ban Initiativeread more

28 June, 2017

Styrofoam Ban Cheat Sheet

Styrofoam Ban Cheat Sheet

The ban on the importation and use of Styrofoam food service products starts July 1st 2017, in Antigua and Barbuda.read more

28 June, 2017

Health and Safety for Carnival.

Health and Safety for Carnival.

There are two major concerns that those of us in public health and safety have at this time of year. One is the excessive consumption of alcohol by young people; the other is the lack of adequate safety measures in the street parades.read more

22 June, 2017

Styrofoam Ban FAQ

Styrofoam Ban FAQ

"Styrofoam" poses a possible health concern as it contains a carcinogenic compound called "styrene". "Styrene" leaks or leaches once exposed to heat, which includes hot food and liquids. read more

22 June, 2017

EMS and AUA Step Up Alliance

EMS and AUA Step Up Alliance

The Antigua and Barbuda Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and the American University of Antigua (AUA) continued their fruitful alliance with the staging of a three - week Advanced EMS Technicians Refresher Course.read more

22 June, 2017

Blood Drive reaps Favourable Count

Blood Drive reaps Favourable Count

"I just chaired a meeting where we essentially looked at the blood donation drive we had last week Wednesday on World Blood Donor Day and I am very pleased that in my mind, it was a success and all reports from Mount St. John's Medical Centre and the Red Cross, it was for them as well." That's the view of Chief Medical Officer Dr. Rhonda Sealey-Thomasread more

16 June, 2017

Health Officials Underscore The Need For Blood Donations.

Health Officials Underscore The Need For Blood Donations.

Scores of people turned out to witness the historic launch of a Mobile Blood Collection Unit which was donated by the National Health Service (NHS) of the United Kingdom. The organization was represented by Rudi Page, an NHS consultant and CEO of Making Connections Work.read more

15 June, 2017

Mobile Blood Collection Unit

Mobile Blood Collection Unit

Antigua and Barbuda's first Mobile Blood Collection Unit the BLOODMOBILE-was launched on World Blood Donor Day, Wednesday, June 14th, 2017 at 39'ers Square (outside the Ministry of Health & the Environment Headquarters. The unit is a donation from the National Health Service of the United Kingdom .read more

15 June, 2017

Illegal Sand Mining on The Increase in Antigua

Illegal Sand Mining on The Increase in Antigua

Since the announcement of Government's plans to suspend sand mining from Barbuda by December 2017 the Department of the Environment (DoE) has noted a marked increase in reports of persons taking sand from several beaches in Antigua. The removal of sand from beaches in Antigua is illegal and punishable by imprisonment of a term up to 1 year, a fine of $1000, as well as seizure of the vehicle by the state.read more

15 June, 2017

Eye Care for Public Servants

Eye Care for Public Servants

Public Servants across the twin-island state will be able to see more clearly as the Ministry of Health and the Environment embarks upon an eye care screening initiative, appropriately titled "Public Sector Eye Service."read more

12 June, 2017

Ministry Honours Retirees in Inaugural Ceremony

Ministry Honours Retirees in Inaugural Ceremony

In a ceremony befitting Kings and Queens, twenty newly retired employees from the Ministry of Health and the Environment were showered with accolades during a retirement awards banquet at the former US Air Station in Coolidge.read more

12 June, 2017

Minister of Environment lauds response to Styrofoam Consultation.

Minister of Environment lauds response to Styrofoam Consultation.

Riding the coattails of the successful plastic bag ban initiative launched by the Ministry of Health and the Environment a little under a year ago, the department is taking yet a further step to reduce the carbon footprint which is affecting all countries around the world.read more

08 June, 2017

Dental Assistants Graduate

Dental Assistants Graduate

Antigua and Barbuda's Dental Assistant fraternity was given a major boost on Wednesday (June 7th) when nine shining stars completed a three-month course which was held under the umbrella of the Ministry of Health and the Environment, the Labour Department's Job Experience Program and the Ministry of Social Transformation and Human Resource Development.read more

08 June, 2017

AIDS Regional Testing 2017

AIDS Regional Testing 2017

With Regional Testing Day 2017 just around the corner, the Antigua and Barbuda AIDS Secretariat announced some major initiatives and testing sites that will coincide with the annual event.read more

2 June, 2017

70th World Health Assembly ends on high note

70th World Health Assembly ends on high note

The 70th World Health Assembly closed on Thursday, May 31st with the adoption of a series of resolutions on major public health issues and the election of a new Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.read more

2 June, 2017

Health Disaster Management Plan to be Updated and Upgraded

Health Disaster Management Plan to be Updated and Upgraded

With the aim of finalizing a multi-hazard health disaster management plan for the twin-island state, a number of stakeholders gathered this week at the Ministry of Health and the Environment Headquarters to update and upgrade the current health disaster response plan.read more

2 June, 2017

Fire Safety and Smoke Detector Workshop

Fire Safety and Smoke Detector Workshop

A one day workshop on Fire Safety Prevention and Installation was held on Thursday 25 May 2017 at the Transport Board Conference room.read more

31 May, 2017

World Health Assembly Delegates make progress on key health issues.

World Health Assembly Delegates make progress on key health issues.

Geneva, 29 May 2017 (PAHO/WHO) - Dementia, immunization, the health of refugees and migrants, substandard and falsified drugs, and public health dimensions of the global drug problem were some of the topics delegates agreed upon the 70th World Health Assembly.read more

30 May, 2017

ABTFI Chair's Address for Antigua and Barbuda No Tobacco Week and World No Tobacco Day - 2017

ABTFI Chair's Address for Antigua and Barbuda No Tobacco Week and World No Tobacco Day - 2017

Antigua and Barbuda once again observes the Antigua and Barbuda No Tobacco Week from 24th May 2017 culminating on 31st May 2017 which is World No Tobacco Day.read more

29 May, 2017

Your B-Blood is Important

Your B-Blood is Important

As a B Negative blood donor, you are unique due to the rarity of your blood. Because your blood is rare, it is important to maintain sufficient supplies for our community and local patients. In fact, only 1 in 67 people have B- blood (approximately 1.5% of the population). read more

29 May, 2017

A major move to build up the National Blood Supply

A major move to build up the National Blood Supply

The Ministry of Health and the Environment has made a most important move to ensure that the blood bank at Mount St. John Medical Centre always has sufficient blood to handle emergencies.read more

26 May,2017

More Donations to Care Project

More Donations to Care Project

For the third time this year, the Antigua and Barbuda Care Project at the Old Holberton Hospital was the recipient of a timely contribution when it was showered with over two thousand dollars worth of items from the Antigua and Barbuda Royal Police Force Corporate Credit Union.read more

26 May, 2017

TMD4 reaps favourable Rewards

TMD4 reaps favourable Rewards

Another of the Nutrition Department's educational programmes within the Ministry of Health and the Environment ended on a high late last month.read more

23 May, 2017

World Health Assembly Update

World Health Assembly Update

Antigua and Barbuda was appointed as chair of Committee B, which discusses budget issues at the 70th World Health Assembly this week in Geneva, Switzerland. Antigua and Barbuda's Health and Environment Minister Molwyn Joseph will chair the committee.read more

19 May, 2017

Antigua Village makes another Donation to Care Project

Antigua Village makes another Donation to Care Project

The ceremony was short and sweet but the gifts presented by Antigua Village and its Homeowners Association to the Care Project will last for a long time.read more

19 May, 2017

Health Ministry outlines steps to make Antigua and Barbuda Styrofoam Free

Health Ministry outlines steps to make Antigua and Barbuda Styrofoam Free

The Honourable Molwyn Joseph, Minister of Health and the Environment and other Ministry officials met with stakeholders on Thursday 18th May 2017 to outline the steps that will be taken towards the restriction on the importation and use of Styrofoam food service products in Antigua and Barbuda.read more

17 May, 2017

Ministry of Health and The Environment April 2017 Newsletter

Ministry of Health and The Environment April 2017 Newsletter

Topics in April's Newsletter include : 'Depression - Let's Talk' , Illegal Dumping and Minister of Health Addresses CBH workers on a number of issues.read more

16 May, 2017

Better equipped to handle Mass Casualty incidents

Better equipped to handle Mass Casualty incidents

One week management course tackled responses to hurricanes, earthquakes, fire, flood and other natural and man-made disasters.read more

12 May, 2017

Mosquito Awareness Walk attracts widespread public attention

Mosquito Awareness Walk attracts widespread public attention

Employees of the Central Board of Health (CBH) held a mosquito awareness walk in St. John's on Thursday (May 11th) morning.read more

12 May, 2017

Care Project receives 'Big Gifts from Latter Day Saints

Care Project receives 'Big Gifts from Latter Day Saints

It was all smiles Wednesday (May 10th) morning from members on both the giving and receiving ends as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints made major donations to the Care Project which is situated at the Old Children's Ward at Holberton.read more

12 May, 2017

Nurses challenged to promote healthier lifestyles

Nurses challenged to promote healthier lifestyles

Nurses have been challenged to do more to encourage their clients to lead healthier lives.read more

11 May, 2017

Open Day at The Clinics

Open Day at The Clinics

One of the highlight events of Vaccination Week in the Americas (April 22nd to 29th) were open days (Wednesday 26th and Friday 28th) at the public health clinics throughout Antigua and Barbuda.read more

11 May,2017

Environment Department hosts Week- Long Workshop on Climate Change

Environment Department hosts Week- Long Workshop on Climate Change

The Department of the Environment is currently hosting a five-day workshop designed to equip local technicians with the skills and tools needed to take appropriate action in response to a variable and changing climate and to apply a risk management approach in decision making with the ultimate aim of promoting climate resilient development.read more

11 May, 2017

Nurses spend a day at Jolly Beach

Nurses spend a day at Jolly Beach

"We've had workshops every year for Nurse Week and they are usually held at our headquarters but this year we decided to take it to Jolly Beach and based on this year's theme 'Nurses leading the way in promoting a healthier lifestyle,' we decided to give it a different ring."read more

2 May, 2017

Nurses' Conference tackles Critical HPV Immunisation Issues

Nurses' Conference tackles Critical HPV Immunisation Issues

It was a packed agenda for Community Health Nurses during the Annual Nurses' Conference held as part of activities for Vaccination Week in the Americas April 22nd -29th 2017. During the forum last Thursday (April 27th), the delegates were sensitized and refreshed on new trends in the field of vaccines and vaccine-related diseases.read more

27 April, 2017

Antigua and Barbuda's AIDS Programme to receive Regional Award

Antigua and Barbuda's AIDS Programme to receive Regional Award

Antigua and Barbuda AIDS Programme has been selected to receive the 'Teamwork Award' at the 10th Anniversary of Regional Testing Day at the Regional Launch which will be held in Barbados on May 26th.read more

27 April, 2017

Antigua and Barbuda intensifies fight against AMRs

Antigua and Barbuda intensifies fight against AMRs

"Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) is a public health threat that is of major concern globally, and Antigua and Barbuda has joined the rest of the world in addressing the issue."read more

25 April, 2017

Vaccination Week opens in Antigua and Barbuda

Vaccination Week opens in Antigua and Barbuda

Acting Superintendent of Public Health Nurses, Phillipa Roberts said that the countries and territories of the Americas and PAHO (Pan American Health Organization) will celebrate two important public health milestones related to immunization- the 40th Anniversary of the formation of the Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI) and the 15th anniversary of Vaccination Week in the Americasread more

20 April, 2017

Health Minister sets the record straight regarding issues with CBH Workers

Health Minister sets the record straight regarding issues with CBH Workers

It was a high energy, interactive meeting on Monday, April 18th as Minister of Health and the Environment Molwyn Joseph met with workers at Central Board of Health (CBH), to tackle a number of their concerns, particularly regarding pay increases and promotions.read more

13 April, 2017

Climate Change Adaptation Project Approved for Antigua's Northwest Watershed

Climate Change Adaptation Project Approved for Antigua's Northwest Watershed

The Ministry of Health and the Environment and the Minister, Hon. Molwyn Joseph, is pleased to announce that the Adaptation Fund has approved an EC$27 million project, titled, An Integrated Approach to Physical Adaptation and Community Resilience in Antigua and Barbuda's Northwest McKinnon's Watershed. The project will be community specific, focusing on the McKinnon's, Upper Gambles and York's communities.read more

13 April, 2017

Breast Friends and MSJMC Team UP to Battle Breast Cancer

Breast Friends and MSJMC Team UP to Battle Breast Cancer

The non-profit organisation, 'Breast Friends' and Mount St. John's Medical Centre (MSJMC) have announced a new initiative to increase awareness about breast cancer and to encourage the women of Antigua and Barbuda to have routine breast examinations.read more

10 April, 2017

Stop The Illegal Dumping

Stop The Illegal Dumping

As the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) continuous to grapple with the illegal dumping of bulk waste, the Authority appears to be at its wit's end as it fights to stem the practice of illegal dumping throughout the island.read more

10 April, 2017

Ministry Celebrates World Health Day 2017

Ministry Celebrates World Health Day 2017

Under the theme, 'Depression, Let's Talk,' Antigua and Barbuda's Health and Environment Ministry celebrated World Health Day 2017 on Friday, April 7th with a series of activities at its headquarters on Lower High Street and Long Streets.read more

07 April, 2017

 PAHO Director talks about Depression on World Health Day

PAHO Director talks about Depression on World Health Day

Depression is a common mental disorder that affects people of all ages, from all walks of life, in all countries. The risk of becoming depressed is increased by poverty, unemployment, life events such as the death of a loved one or a relationship break-up, physical illness and problems caused by alcohol and drug use. read more

05 April, 2017

Health and Environment Minister opens Cartagena Dialogue.

Health and Environment Minister opens Cartagena Dialogue.

Antigua and Barbuda's Minister of Health & The Environment Molwyn Joseph addresses the opening ceremony of the Cartagena Dialogue at St. James' Club, Mamora Beach, Antigua, April 4th, 2017.read more

05 April, 2017

World Health Day, April 7th, 2017: Theme - Depression, Let's Talk

World Health Day, April 7th, 2017: Theme - Depression, Let's Talk

Learn about avoiding and coping with depression.read more

04 April, 2017

Health Ministry Speaks Out on Central Medical Stores

Health Ministry Speaks Out on Central Medical Stores

Health and Environment Minister Molwyn Joseph said last week (Tuesday, March 28th) that Central Medical Stores is an integral part of healthcare delivery in Antigua and Barbuda as it facilitates the procurement and distribution of pharmaceutical drugs and medical supplies to Mount St. John's Medical Center and the community clinics.read more

04 April, 2017

Illegal Dumping Spoiling our Beautiful Land

Illegal Dumping Spoiling our Beautiful Land

It looks repugnant; everywhere in Antigua appears to be a dumping site; one doesn't have to walk very far to encounter beer cans, sodas bottles, Styrofoam containers, along with endless small items such as cigarette butts, plastic forks and spoons.read more

30 March, 2017

Cartagena Dialogue Convenes Next Week

Cartagena Dialogue Convenes Next Week

At least 65 delegates from as many as 30 countries will converge in Antigua and Barbuda next week, April 4th to 5th, to participate in the Cartagena Dialogue for Progressive Action, or simply Cartagena Dialogue.read more

27 March, 2017

Major Donation to Care Project Antigua

Major Donation to Care Project Antigua

On Friday, March 24th, the Antigua Village Home Owners and the Antigua Village Resort handed over a significant amount of dry foods, toiletries, oral care supplies and other goods to the CARE Project at the old Holberton Hospital.read more

24 March, 2017

Solid Waste Direction.

Solid Waste Direction.

As the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) continues its effort to beautify the twin island state, it was revealed that plans are in the pipeline to drastically transform the aesthetics of the country's landscape.read more

21 March, 2017

Milestone for EMS and Antigua and Barbuda

Milestone for EMS and Antigua and Barbuda

As the year 2017 continues to unfold, Antigua and Barbuda has once again created medical history as the country recently acquired full membership to the National Association of Emergency Medical Services Educators (NAEMSE).read more

20 March, 2017

Hundreds turn out for Sailability Sunday

Hundreds turn out for Sailability Sunday

Under the theme, 'Unite for Antiguans and Barbudans with Special Needs,' hundreds turned out for the Sailability Super Sunday and Family Fun Day in English Harbour over the weekend.read more

20 March, 2017

Persons with Disabilities Receive Special Awards at Government House

Persons with Disabilities Receive Special Awards at Government House

Monday, March 13th, 2017, Commonwealth Day, will go down in Antigua and Barbuda's history as a special day for a group of persons living with disabilities.read more

17 March, 2017

Major Boost for Disaster Response Services

Major Boost for Disaster Response Services

A wide cross section of Antigua and Barbuda's Disaster Response Services received a major boost this week with the hosting of a two-day workshop designed to strengthen the country's Health Disaster Management Programs.read more

17 March, 2017

PANCAP Enhancing Capacity of National Aids Programme

PANCAP Enhancing Capacity of National Aids Programme

The Pan-Caribbean Partnership Against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP) hosted a one-day workshop on 'Data for Decision Making' on Friday, March 10 in Port of Spain, Republic of Trinidad and Tobago for fifteen (15) National AIDS Programme (NAP) Managers from across the Caribbean.read more

17 March, 2017

Doctor urges early vigilance against Glaucoma

Doctor urges early vigilance against Glaucoma

What distinguishes glaucoma above many illnesses is that there are no symptoms and that's where many persons are caught off guard. Losing one's vision without knowing can be a frightening experienceread more

14 March, 2017

Antigua Steps up Fight against Superbugs

Antigua Steps up Fight against Superbugs

The Ministry of Health & The Environment, in alliance with its multi-sectoral partners, is increasingly taking the fight to Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) bacteria, commonly known as superbugs.read more

13 March, 2017

China Donates a Second Para-Transit Bus

China Donates a Second Para-Transit Bus

For the second year running, the Ministry of Health and the Environment is the recipient of a brand new Para - Transit Motor Vehicle, fully loaded with special equipment and mechanisms to serve the needs of the disabled. It was donated by the People's Republic of China.read more

10 March, 2017

Eyes on Barbuda

Eyes on Barbuda

There were dozens of smiling faces as residents on the sister island were outfitted with their prescription glasses during the final phase of the Barbuda Eye Care Program on Thursday, March 9th.read more

10 March, 2017

The Stark Reality of Dialysis

The Stark Reality of Dialysis

Head of the Dialysis Unit at the Mount St. John Medical Center, Sister Debra Lewis, is pleading with the public to avoid the risk factors which can lead to kidney failure.read more

08 March, 2017

Cancer Center scores high in cure for Prostate Cancer

Cancer Center scores high in cure for Prostate Cancer

As the Antigua and Barbuda based Cancer Centre of the Eastern Caribbean enters its second year of operation, the institution is boasting an over ninety percent (90%) cure rate for prostate cancer.read more

06 March, 2017

Exercise Programme off to Rousing Start

Exercise Programme off to Rousing Start

There was high energy in front of the Ministry of Health and the Environment's Headquarters last Thursday, March 2nd, as the Wellness Committee hosted staff members from the Ministry and surrounding work places in its first ever Weekly Exercise Programme.read more

03 March, 2017

Kidney Donor Weds the Love of her Life

Kidney Donor Weds the Love of her Life

Just over a month after donating one of her kidneys to her mother, Jennifer Daniel, Tawana joined hands in marriage with Kevin Trotman. The happy and blessed event occurred on Thursday, February 23rd.read more

28 Fevraury,2017

Training for Public Health Dental Assistants gets Underway

Training for Public Health Dental Assistants gets Underway

Dentistry in the Public Health Sector is about to get a major boost as courses for Public Health Dental Assistants have started at the Government Training Division on Church Street.read more

28 February, 2017

Ministry of Health to Implement Latest Stage of Barbuda Eye Screening Programme

Ministry of Health to Implement Latest Stage of Barbuda Eye Screening Programme

The Ministry of Health and the Environment, in collaboration with CCB Eye Care Caribbean, will soon embark upon the latest stage of its Barbuda Eye Screening Programme.read more

27 February, 2017

PAHO Meeting Ends with Renewed Commitment to Fight NCDs

PAHO Meeting Ends with Renewed Commitment to Fight NCDs

As the Pan American Health Organization's Country Managers' meeting came to a close, Health and the Environment Minister, Molwyn Joseph, doubled down on his commitment to fighting Non - Communicable Diseases (NCDs) at home and across the region.read more

24 February, 2017

EMS Successfully Completes Training Course

EMS Successfully Completes Training Course

The Emergency Medical Services (EMS) within the Ministry of Health and the Environment recently concluded a 12-week 'Emergency Medical Technicians Basic Training Course.' This was held at the Antigua and Barbuda Transport Board's Lecture room.read more

24 February, 2017

PAHO's Regional Country Managers' Meeting

PAHO's Regional Country Managers' Meeting

With the health and wellbeing of the region high on the agenda, the Annual Pan American Health Organization's (PAHO) Caribbean Country and Sub-regional Managers Meeting got underway at the Veranda Resort on Monday, February 20th.read more

24 February, 2017

Governments have the Power and the Tools says Sir George Alleyne

Governments have the Power and the Tools says Sir George Alleyne

Sir George Alleyne, Director Emeritus PAHO and Healthy Caribbean Coalition (HCC) Patron, says that Caribbean Governments have the power to influence the prevalence of the risk factors of NCDs with respect to tobacco, alcohol, diet and physical activity.read more

24 February, 2017

Minister Calls on the Caribbean to Win the Fight against NCDs

Minister Calls on the Caribbean to Win the Fight against NCDs

Antigua and Barbuda's Health and Environment Minister, Molwyn Joseph, is calling on the Caribbean to win the fight against Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs). He made the call at the Official Opening Ceremony of an NCD Advocacy, Accountability and Conflict of Interest Workshop at the Jolly Beach Hotel on Friday (February 17th).read more

13 February, 2017

Health Fair at Ministry Headquarters

Health Fair at Ministry Headquarters

The exercise covered screening for blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol and although the cut-off point was 1pm, screenings went well beyond that time as people continue to request service. read more

13 February, 2017

Distinguished Nurse Steps Down

Distinguished Nurse Steps Down

After thirty nine (39) years of yeoman service to the twin island state, one of the country's most outstanding Public Health Nurses brought the curtains down on her illustrious career on Wednesday. read more

13 February, 2017

Annual School Health Fiesta

Annual School Health Fiesta

The Piggotts Primary School was buzzing with wholesome activities on Thursday as the fifth annual Schools Health Fiesta took centre stage at the educational institution.read more

13 February, 2017

Styrofoam Ban Consultations

Styrofoam Ban Consultations

Seven months after the successful implementation of the ban on T-Shirt plastic bags, the Ministry of Health and the Environment signalled its intention to get rid of another dangerous product.read more

30 January, 2017

Presentation of Prison Care Products

Presentation of Prison Care Products

The Health and Wellbeing of the country's prisoners were given as major boost on Friday with the handing over of more than fifty three (53) thousand US Dollars worth of medical supplies and equipment to island's lone penal facility.read more

30 January,2017

World AIDS Day March

World AIDS Day March

With December 1st being celebrated as World AIDS Day across the globe, hundreds turned out in support of the National AIDS Secretariat grand march of witness through the streets of St John's todayread more

23 January, 2017

First Kidney Transplant in the Caribbean.

First Kidney Transplant in the Caribbean.

Monday January 16, 2017, will go down in the annals of Antigua and Barbuda's history with its first successfully completed kidney transplant in the twin island state.read more

10 January, 2017

Presentation of new Fogging Machine.

Presentation of new Fogging Machine.

The fight against vector borne diseases in the twin island state got a major boost with the handing over of a one of a kind and state of the art Vehicle Mounted Fogging Machine along with 2,600 bed netsread more

10 January, 2017

Barbuda Eye Care Program.

Barbuda Eye Care Program.

As the Government's Eye Care programme continues on Barbuda, dozens of residents on the Sister Island are getting the opportunity to see more clearly as many are being outfitted with prescription lens during phase two of the Barbuda Eye Care Mission.read more

10 January, 2017

Christmas Gift for Double Amputee.

Christmas Gift for Double Amputee.

It was the Christmas Gift of a lifetime for Lenroy "Lumma" Hazelwood as the 47- year old double amputee was outfitted with prosthetic legs during the festive season.read more

3 October, 2016

Hypertension and You.

Hypertension and You.

Blood pressure is the force of blood pushing against the walls of your arteries, which carry blood from your heart to other parts of your body. . .read more

3 October, 2016

Learn About Heart Disease.

Learn About Heart Disease.

The term "heart disease" refers to several types of heart conditions. The most common type of heart disease in the World is coronary artery disease, which affects the blood flow to the heart. Decreased blood flow can cause a heart attack.read more

3 October, 2016

Learn About Diabetes.

Learn About Diabetes.

Diabetes is a disease in which blood glucose levels are above normal. Most of the food we eat is turned into glucose, or sugar, for our bodies to use for energy.read more

22 September, 2016

Vulvar Cancer : What You Need To Know.

Vulvar Cancer : What You Need To Know.

When cancer starts in the vagina, it is called vaginal cancer. The vagina, also called the birth canal, is the hollow, tube-like channel between the bottom of the uterus and the outside of the body.read more

26 August, 2016

Ovarian Cancer : What you need to know.

Ovarian Cancer : What you need to know.

When cancer starts in the ovaries, it is called ovarian cancer. Women have two ovaries that are located in the pelvis, one on each side of the uterus. The ovaries make female hormones and produce eggs.read more

15 August, 2016

Warning Signs For 9 Different Cancers

Warning Signs For 9 Different Cancers

Early diagnosis will often significantly raise the success rate in the battle against cancer. However, many cancer symptoms are also common in other illnesses, leading doctors to initially diagnose these illnesses instead of cancer. read more

8 August, 2016

Liver Cancer : What you need to know.

Liver Cancer : What you need to know.

The liver is the largest organ in the human body, located on the upper right side of the body, behind the lower ribs.Many liver cancer cases are related to the hepatitis B virus or hepatitis C virus. More than 4 million people are living with chronic Hepatitis B or chronic Hepatitis C in the United States. . .read more

8 August, 2016

Bladder Cancer : What you need to know.

Bladder Cancer : What you need to know.

The bladder (sometimes called the urinary bladder) is a balloon-shaped organ in your lower abdomen, near the pelvis. It stores urine from the kidneys until it is passed out of the body.read more

8 August, 2016

Kidney Cancer : What you need to know

Kidney Cancer : What you need to know

The body has two kidneys, one on each side of the body, located behind the liver and stomach. The kidneys make urine, which is how the body washes liquid waste out of the body. The kidneys also play a role in controlling blood pressure and stimulating the bone marrow to make red blood cells.read more

28 July, 2016

Cervical Cancer : What you need to know.

Cervical Cancer : What you need to know.

When cancer starts in the cervix, it is called cervical cancer. The cervix is the lower, narrow end of the uterus. Also known as the womb, the uterus is where a baby grows when a woman is pregnant.The cervix connects the upper part of the uterus to the vagina (the birth canal).read more

28 July, 2016

Skin Cancer : What you need to know.

Skin Cancer : What you need to know.

Skin cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer in the World. The two most common types of skin cancer-basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas-are highly curable, but can be disfiguring and costly. Melanoma, the third most common skin cancer, is more dangerous and causes the most deaths.read more

6 July, 2016

Lung Cancer : What you need to know.

Lung Cancer : What you need to know.

Lung cancer begins in the lungs and may spread to lymph nodes or other organs in the body, such as the brain. Cancer from other organs also may spread to the lungs. When cancer cells spread from one organ to another, they are called metastases.read more

6 July, 2016

Uterine Cancer : What you need to know.

Uterine Cancer : What you need to know.

When cancer starts in the uterus, it is called uterine cancer. The uterus is the pear-shaped organ in a woman's pelvis (the area below your stomach and in between your hip bones). The uterus, also called the womb, is where the baby grows when a woman is pregnant.read more

6 July, 2016

Colon Cancer : What you need to know.

Colon Cancer : What you need to know.

Colorectal cancer is cancer that occurs in the colon or rectum. Sometimes it is called colon cancer, for short. As the drawing shows, the colon is the large intestine or large bowel. The rectum is the passageway that connects the colon to the anus.read more

28 June, 2016

Prostate Cancer : What you need to know.

Prostate Cancer : What you need to know.

Cancer is a disease in which cells in the body grow out of control. When cancer starts in the prostate, it is called prostate cancer. Except for skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer in American men.read more

28 June, 2016

Breast Cancer : What you need to know.

Breast Cancer : What you need to know.

Breast cancer is a disease in which cells in the breast grow out of control. There are different kinds of breast cancer. The kind of breast cancer depends on which cells in the breast turn into cancer.read more

17 June, 2016

Health Benefits of Ginger.

Health Benefits of Ginger.

Ginger is a great natural medicine and is used globally, find out why you should use ginger to help with any ailments you may have.read more

09 June 2016

Learn About Chikungunya.

Learn About Chikungunya.

Chikungunya (pronunciation: \chik-en-gun-ye) virus is transmitted to people by mosquitoes. The most common symptoms of chikungunya virus infection are fever and joint pain. Other symptoms may include headache, muscle pain, joint swelling, or rash.read more

09 June, 2016

Learn About Leptospirosis.

Learn About Leptospirosis.

Leptospirosis is a bacterial disease that affects humans and animals. It is caused by bacteria of the genus Leptospira. In humans, it can cause a wide range of symptoms, some of which may be mistaken for other diseases.read more

01 June, 2016

Combating Zika.

Combating Zika.

Zika virus disease (Zika) is a disease caused by the Zika virus, which is spread to people primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. In May 2015, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) issued an alert regarding the first confirmed Zika virus infection in Brazil.read more

01 June, 2016

About Dengue Fever.

About Dengue Fever.

With more than one-third of the world's population living in areas at risk for infection, dengue virus is a leading cause of illness and death in the tropics and subtropics. As many as 400 million people are infected yearly.read more

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