Posts Tagged ‘Health’


Darius Bain, M.D., D.M. ‘Label Restaurant foods for calories, cholesterol to help change our national diet habits’

Sunday, February 18th, 2018

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What you are serving for lunch could be a coronary, says Darius Bain, M.D., D.M.

“You wouldn’t knowingly serve a loved one a heart attack, but we do it all the time,” said Dr. Bain, who holds an advanced degree in Family Medicine. “There are some deep-seated practices we have as a nation that we seriously need to address.”

Among the first changes – labelling dishes in restaurants, particularly fast food restaurants, to show calorie count, fats, trans-fats and cholesterol.

“They do that in the U.S. and other places and it has not hurt business but what it has done is to encourage fast food restaurants to offer healthier choices,” said Dr. Bain...

Carissa F. Etienne begins second term as Director of PAHO, the premier public health agency of the Americas

Friday, February 2nd, 2018

Dr. Carissa F. Etienne, Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and Regional Director for the Americas of the World Health Organization (WHO), yesterday formally began her second term as head of the 115-year-old regional public health agency.
 
“In this Region, most of our countries have reached the stage where many of the easy public health gains have already been achieved,” said Etienne in her inaugural address...

Chronic, widespread obesity driving Bahamas Type 2 Diabetes numbers up, 36,000 now believed to be diabetic

Thursday, January 25th, 2018

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With an obesity rate approaching 80% of the population in The Bahamas and obesity’s intrinsic connection to diabetes, it is little surprise that Diabetes Type 2 is at an all-time high in the country or that the International Diabetes Federation has declared that is “taking a particular interest in The Bahamas.” While the 230-member country federation’s focus is attention The Bahamas could do without, the good news for sufferers is that new research is pointing to better outcomes with a multi-disciplinary approach...

Workshop explores ways to improve children’s learning and behavior

Thursday, November 30th, 2017

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The importance of executive function skills for children was recently highlighted in a workshop hosted by Family Medicine Center.

Sarah Ward, a renowned expert on the topic of executive functioning, provided simple, practical strategies and tools for teaching children how to develop independent executive function skills.

The full-day workshop, organized by the Mental Health Department at Family Medicine Center was titled "Cutting Edge Strategies to Improve Executive Function Skills".

Workshop explores ways to improve children’s learning and behavior

Thursday, November 30th, 2017

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The importance of executive function skills for children was recently highlighted in a workshop hosted by Family Medicine Center.

Sarah Ward, a renowned expert on the topic of executive functioning, provided simple, practical strategies and tools for teaching children how to develop independent executive function skills.

The full-day workshop, organized by the Mental Health Department at Family Medicine Center was titled "Cutting Edge Strategies to Improve Executive Function Skills".

PAHO/WHO, UNAIDS call for stepping up HIV prevention efforts and offering all available options to prevent new infections

Wednesday, November 29th, 2017

A new report from the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Regional Office for the Americas of WHO, and UNAIDS says that expanding access to all HIV prevention options that are now available would reduce the number of new cases of HIV in Latin America and the Caribbean, which since 2010 has remained at 120,000 every year.

Launched on the eve of World AIDS Day, the report, HIV Prevention in the Spotlight - An Analysis from the Perspective of the Health Sector in Latin America and the Caribbean, analyzes progress made and challenges facing health systems in preventing HIV transmission...

National Health Insurance (NHI) – Press Release Customer Service Representatives (CSRs)

Friday, October 6th, 2017

Thirty-nine (39) Customer Service Representative (CSRs) will end their six months contract with NHI today, October, 6th, 2017. These CSRs were employed in April, 2017 and deployed chiefly at the satellite enrollment centers, which were closed last month. Enrollment continues at NHI headquarters and on line.

Eighteen CSRs will be reengaged on month to month terms to perform essential functions, as the NHI Board continues to turn its attention to the staffing of the NHI Authority...

Life expectancy in the Americas increases to 75 years

Tuesday, September 26th, 2017

The population of the Americas has gained 16 years in life expectancy on average in the last 45 years, and a person who is born in the hemisphere can now aspire to live until age 75, almost five years longer than the world average. However, emerging and noncommunicable diseases, which cause four out of five deaths per year, are the main challenges in one of the most unequal regions in the world.
 
This information is part of the new Health in the Americas+ 2017 report, the latest edition of the flagship publication prepared by the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) every five years since 1956..

National Health Insurance Authority Board members announced

Thursday, July 27th, 2017


Today, the composition of the Board of Directors of the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) was announced. The Board has been appointed in accordance with the National Health Insurance Act, 2016. Dr. Robin Roberts has been named Chairman and Mrs. Judy Whitehead has been named Deputy Chairman.

The Board will effectively act as the governing body that performs the functions and exercises the powers of the NHIA and reports to the Minister responsible for National Health Insurance. The Board will oversee and work closely with the NHI Bahamas technical team to review, plan and operationalize the overall strategy and operations of the NHI Bahamas programme...

Health facilities in seven Caribbean countries to be transformed to be disaster resistant

Wednesday, June 7th, 2017

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) selected 16 hospitals and health centers in seven Caribbean countries to make them safer, greener and more resilient to natural disasters, under the framework of the Smart Health Care Facilities Project, an initiative backed by UKaid, the UK Department for International Development.

The project is being financially supported by the United Kingdom's Department for International Development (DFID) and implemented through the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Relief Department in partnership with the Ministry of Health in each target country...