Health

Ministry of Health Striving to Implement a Cost Effective Health Information Management System

November 11, 2019

Minister of Health the Hon. Dr. Duane Sands said the health system in The Bahamas has been paper-based for decades, but in this 21st century, the country needs to be further along...

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PM Officially Opens Berry Islands Community Center

November 08, 2019

Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Hubert Minnis officially opened The Berry Islands Community Center and participated in the Ambulance Dedication at Bullocks Harbour, Great Harbour Cay, today, November 8, 2019...

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Carnival Corporation Signs MOU to Assist Restoration of Grand Bahama’s Rand Memorial Hospital

November 08, 2019

Carnival Corporation & PLC signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Health and the Public Hospitals Authority to assist with funding flood damage repairs as well as basic restoration efforts to the Rand Memorial Hospital, Grand Bahama. The MOU was signed at the Ministry of Health, Thursday, November 7, 2019...

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BTVI Holds HIV/AIDS Testing Day

November 08, 2019

As someone who has lost a family member to the deadly AIDS virus, a student of the Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (BTVI) spoke of how important it is for college students to know their status...

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Carnival To Help Fund Rand Rebuild
Carnival To Help Fund Rand Rebuild

November 08, 2019

THE Ministry of Health and The Public Hospitals Authority signed a memorandum of understanding yesterday with Carnival Corporation & PLC to support the restoration of the Rand Memorial Hospital following Hurricane Dorian...

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Walk for the Cure this Saturday, November 9

November 07, 2019

CIBC FirstCaribbean’s long-anticipated eighth annual “Walk for the Cure,” which was postponed due to Hurricane Dorian, takes place this Saturday, November 9 at 6:30am at the Goodman’s Bay Corporate Center. Attendees look forward to a family-friendly health and fitness event with live music, exercise, games, giveaways, and various food and health vendors...

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November Is Lung Cancer Awareness Month
November Is Lung Cancer Awareness Month

November 05, 2019

Lung cancer is cancer that starts in the lungs. The most common type is non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). NSCLC makes up about 80 to 85 percent of all cases. Thirty percent of these cases start in the cells that form the lining of the body’s cavities and surfaces.

This type usually forms in the outer part of the lungs (adenocarcinomas). Another 30 percent of cases begin in cells that line the passages of the respiratory tract (squamous cell carcinoma).
A rare subset of adenocarcinoma begins in the tiny air sacs in the lungs (alveoli). It’s called adenocarcinoma in situ (AIS).

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Dr Graham Cates is bringing Family Medicine Center to Eleuthera

November 04, 2019

Dr. Graham Cates has announced that a new Family Medicine Center (FMC) clinic will be opening in Rock Sound, Eleuthera. The new clinic is expected to begin welcoming patients in mid-November 2019...

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Bahamas Not On Ebola High Alert
Bahamas Not On Ebola High Alert

November 04, 2019

THE Bahamas is not on “high alert” for the Ebola virus. The Ministry of Health on Friday denied international reports to the contrary, calling them false. A news website in the United Kingdom had misconstrued comments from Health Minister Dr Duane Sands to suggest the ministry has adjusted the level of threat Ebola poses to the country. In fact, Dr Sands had emphasized the importance of proper protocols to prevent the virus from coming to the country...

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Response to false Ebola reports circulating in the media

November 01, 2019

On the final day of the visit, a four-party working group meeting took place, during which the next steps in moving the marathon and race walk events to Sapporo were discussed.

“We thank the four-party working group for productive discussions and cooperation in the change of venue for the marathon and race walk, in order to safeguard the health of the athletes. We look forward to moving forward as a united team, something which has successfully characterised these Olympic Games to date,” said IOC Coordination Commission Chair John Coates.

“On behalf of the IOC, we also want to express our sincere appreciation to the people of Tokyo. We can fully understand the concerns and disappointment of Tokyoites, who are so enthusiastic and involved in these Olympic Games. It is for this reason that we have proposed to organise, together with the Tokyo Metropolitan Government (TMG), an ‘Olympic Celebration marathon’ after the Olympic and Paralympic Games. It will be an opportunity to say thank you and celebrate the outstanding contribution of the TMG and the people of Tokyo to the success of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.”

The four-party working group agreed to the following points at the Coordination Commission meeting:

- The authority to change the venue belongs to the IOC.

- The TMG will not be asked to bear the cost that is newly incurred when the venues are moved to Sapporo.

- The expenses which were already made by the TMG and Tokyo 2020 in relation to the marathon and race walk will be examined and verified, and the expenses that the TMG cannot use for other purposes will not be borne by the TMG.

- There will be no future venue changes other than marathon and race walk.

Moving forward, the IOC will begin planning with Tokyo 2020 and the relevant local authorities, as well as continue to coordinate with the IAAF to ensure that the athletes compete on the best field of play.

"During the meeting today, the IOC conveyed its thoughtful words to many Olympic fans in Japan, and Chairman Coates read to us a message from IOC President Bach,” said Tokyo 2020 President Yoshiro Mori. “We in the Organising Committee share these sentiments. We appreciate the fans’ enthusiasm and will come together as one team and make our best efforts to ensure the success of the Games. After the four-party meeting, I contacted Sapporo mayor Akimoto and Hokkaido governor Suzuki. Both were very honoured and said that they will be well prepared."

In addition to this important conversation, the IOC Coordination Commission members discussed several key topics during the three-day meeting, including transport, operational readiness and legacy.

Tokyo 2020 has achieved a succession of important milestones over the last several months, including the unveiling of the spectacular Ariake Gymnastics Centre. With its opening, only three venues remain to be completed, all of which are more than 85 per cent finished. This includes the Olympic Stadium, which received glowing praise after the IOC Coordination Commission members toured the facility during their visit.

The Commission members also saw the Tennis Park, as well as stopping off at the Oi Hockey Stadium, where they had the opportunity to interact with athletes who are preparing to represent Japan in nine months’ time.

Since the Coordination Commission meeting in May, the Organising Committee has welcomed hundreds of international journalists and broadcasters at the second World Press Briefing and World Broadcaster Meeting, as well as hosting the Chefs de Mission seminar, both of which received high praise.

These milestones signal the transition to the delivery of events, and their successful completion bodes well for fantastic Olympic Games in less than a year.

“Tokyo 2020 has been extremely productive since our last Coordination Commission meeting. Preparations for these Olympic Games continue apace, and global interest in them continues to rise at incredible rates,” said Coates. “Congratulations are in order to both Tokyo 2020 and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government for the successful organisation of the most recent wave of test events, as well as for the delivery of venues on time.”

In addition to operational events, Tokyo 2020 has worked to engage both domestic and global audiences even further. Tickets continue to sell at phenomenal rates around the world, and its approach will be remembered as one of the most innovative and creative to date.

Tokyo 2020 also presented its plans to take sport to the people, with updates on its active fan experience at the Tokyo waterfront city, live sites, public viewings and cultural performances.

With intense planning for transport underway, the IOC delegation underlined the importance of further testing procedures to ensure that athletes, workforce and spectators experience on-time arrivals.

Additionally, the Commission members, together with IOC Member and Chair of the Legacy and Sustainability Commission Prince Albert II of Monaco, emphasised the importance of ensuring that thorough legacy plans are in place well ahead of the Olympic Games.

Several stakeholders of the Olympic and Paralympic movements also joined the Coordination Commission visit, offering their expertise to ensure that athletes, fans and stakeholders all enjoy exceptional Games.

These included National Olympic Committees (NOCs) – the British Olympic Association, the NOC of Zambia, the New Zealand Olympic Committee and the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee - and TOP partner representatives – Coca-Cola, Panasonic and Toyota...

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Social Services joins millions around the world in observing October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October 30, 2019

Employees of the Ministry of Social Services and Urban Development joined millions of men and women around the globe in observance of October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month by wearing pink ribbons at their workplaces...

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Thousands Take to the Streets in National Youth March

October 30, 2019

Thousands of young people and youth leaders representing some 47 schools, and youth organizations and bands, participated in the 2019 Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture's National Youth Month March and Rally, on October 27, 2019...

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The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism team annually supports Breast Cancer awareness

October 30, 2019

The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism team annually supports Breast Cancer awareness by wearing pink for the entire month of October to increase attention and support for the awareness, early detection and treatment...

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African Ebola Has Bahamas On Alert
African Ebola Has Bahamas On Alert

October 30, 2019

MINISTRY of Health officials remain on high alert over the Ebola outbreak currently wreaking havoc in parts of Africa...

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Game changing tuberculosis vaccine a step closer
Game changing tuberculosis vaccine a step closer

October 29, 2019

A vaccine which could "revolutionise" tuberculosis treatment has been unveiled by researchers...

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Diabetic foot ulcer

October 29, 2019

A diabetic foot ulcer is an open sore or wound that is commonly located on the bottom of the foot and may take a long time to, or never, heal. Diabetic foot ulcers are notoriously difficult to heal, often resulting in lower-limb amputations...

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The 'pink elephant' in the room: When cancer returns

October 29, 2019

Clinical psychologist Dr. Stephanie Hutcheson is a part of a sorority of sort for which she was not intentionally recruited, nor for whose membership she clamored...

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Young Entrepreneur Brings Ribbons for Life to CIBCs Walk for the Cure

October 28, 2019

CIBC FirstCaribbean has partnered with young entrepreneur and 2016 Bahamas Icon Rising Star honoree Te’Ja Munnings to bring “Ribbons for Life” to their annual cancer care fundraiser “Walk for the Cure.”

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Diabetes Mellitus, the Fifth Leading Cause of Death in The Bahamas

October 28, 2019

Minister of Health, the Hon. Dr. Duane Sands said Diabetes Mellitus is a devastating and costly non-communicable disease and is the fifth leading cause of death in The Bahamas...

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Understanding the Connection Between Genetics and Breast Cancer

October 25, 2019

Breast cancer is the most common malignancy in The Bahamas. It attacks Bahamian women with a ferocity unseen anywhere else in the world … being diagnosed two decades earlier and two stages later than in North America. Sadly, it is the leading cause of death among Bahamian women...

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