Nevis Ministry of Health issues schedule for fogging exercise

Nevis Ministry of Health issues schedule for fogging exercise

 

NIA CHARLESTOWN NEVIS (October 10, 2016) — The following is a notice from the Department of Public Health in the Ministry of Health, Nevis Island Administration (NIA) dated October 10, 2016, regarding the schedule for a fogging exercise.

 

The Environmental Health Unit on Nevis has increased inspections of homes to assist home owners with source reduction. Additionally, the Unit has started a fogging exercise in selected areas where the mosquito burden is known to be high.

 

The schedule for this week is as follows:


Monday 10th Bath Village

Tuesday 11th Bath Village

Wednesday 12th Upper Stoney Grove

Thursday 13th Lower Stoney Grove

Friday 14th Ramsbury


Fogging starts at 4:30 pm daily.

 

Residents are requested to open your windows so that the fog can get indoors and kill the adult mosquitoes. Persons with respiratory conditions such as asthma are asked to leave the area for a few hours.

 

The Ministry of Health also supports the Zika Amnesty Week October 10th to 17th spearheaded by the Nevis Solid Waste Management Authority. During this week white goods will be taken at the landfill free of cost. These are potential breeding sites and we urge persons to take full advantage of this amnesty period to clean up their surroundings.

 

The Ministry encourages persons to listen to their radios and televisions and logon to the Nevis Health Promotion Facebook page for continuous updates or call or visit your nearest Health Centre or the Environmental Health Unit for further information.

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Ministry of Health on Nevis gives update on Zika Virus Disease

 


Photo Caption Dr. Judy Nisbett

Medical Officer of Health – Nevis


NIA CHARLESTOWN NEVIS (October 07, 2016) — The following is a press release from the Ministry of Health in the Nevis Island Administration (NIA), dated October 07, 2016, concerning an update of the Zika Virus Disease on Nevis.

 

 

Earlier this week, the Ministry of Health on Nevis was informed of the firstlaboratory confirmed case of Zika Virus Disease on Nevis. This is the result of a test done in late August. The patient had no recent travel history, had mild symptoms, did not require hospitalization and was well within a few days.  The sample was sent to the Caribbean Health Agency (CARPHA) from the Alexandra Hospital Laboratory.

 

The Ministry of Health wishes to reiterate that there is no need for alarm or panic.

 

This brings the Federation’s total number of laboratory confirmed cases to four.  However, the number of suspected cases on Nevis, that is, persons showing symptoms suggestive of Zika Virus Disease, has risen to 57.

 

Symptoms suggestive of Zika Virus Disease include an itchy rash plus 2 of the following – mild fever, red eye without pus, muscle aches, joint pains and joint swelling.

 

Residents are asked to note that four out of five persons who are infected with Zika virus do not show symptoms.

 

Furthermore, the vast majority of persons who have symptoms will have a mild illness and will recover quickly, in about 5 days. There is no medication that cures Zika Virus Disease.  Paracetamol (i.e. Panadols) may be used for pain relief along with rest and lots of fluids.  Avoid aspirin and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication such as Ibuprofen and Voltaren. There is no need to go to the emergency room.

 

Generally, there is a general decline in cases in the region.  The same trend will shortly occur in St. Kitts and Nevis.

 

The Ministry of Health seeks the cooperation of all residents to do their part to eliminate the Aedes Aegypti mosquito which is the mosquito that spreads Zika as well as Yellow Fever, Dengue and Chikungunya.  The mosquito is controlled by collective action. 

 

The best control measure is to destroy mosquito breeding sites.  The Aedes mosquito breeds in any container that is either damp or holds water.  These containers are found in and around homes and in neighbouring lots.   

 

The Ministry of Health is therefore appealing to the public to inspect their homes and yards frequently, and destroy potential mosquito breeding sites.  Keep water drums and barrels tightly covered.  Throw out stagnant water from flower vases, flower pot saucers, old tyres, and other receptacles.  Properly seal septic tanks. The same measures must be done in schools and workplaces.

 

Residents are urged to protect themselves from mosquito bites by the following:

1.         Placing screens in windows and doors,

2.         Sleeping under mosquito nets both during day and night

3.         Wearing light coloured clothing, with long-sleeved tops and long pants, and

4.         Using US FDA-approved insect repellents

 

Zika can also be transmitted during sexual intercourse.  To prevent the spread of the virus, men must wear condoms.  Men who know they have been exposed to the virus must continue to wear condoms during sexual intercourse for 6 months.

 

There is a very small chance of microcephaly (babies born with a small head size) if the unborn is exposed to the Zika virus.  Therefore, the Ministry of Health issues a special appeal to pregnant females and females planning to become pregnant, to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes and also to contact their community health center or private doctor for guidance. Pregnant females are encouraged to keep all antenatal appointments where they will be closely monitored.  Pregnant females are also urged to use condoms during all sexual encounters.

 

Another extremely rare complication of Zika Virus disease is Guillain-Barré Syndrome, a neurological disorder that causes weakness and tingling sensations in muscles and sometimes paralysis.

 

The Environmental Health Unit on Nevis has increased inspections of homes to assist home owners with source reduction. . Additionally, the Unit has started a fogging exercise in selected areas where the mosquito burden is known to be high. The schedule for next week is as follows:

 

Monday10          Bath Village

Tuesday 11         Bath Village

Wednesday 12    Upper Stoney Grove

Thursday 13       Lower Stoney Grove

Friday 14            Ramsbury

 

Fogging starts at 4:30 p.m. daily.

 

Residents are requested to open your windows so that the fog can get indoors and kill the adult mosquitoes. Persons with respiratory conditions such as asthma are asked to leave the area for a few hours.

 

The Ministry of Health also supports theZika Amnesty Week October 10th to 17th spearheaded by the Solid Waste Department. During this week white goods will be taken at the landfill free of cost. These are potential breeding sites and we urge persons to take full advantage of this amnesty period to clean up their surroundings.

 

The Ministry encourages persons to listen to their radios and Televisions, and logon to the Nevis Health Promotion Facebook page for continuous updates or call or visit your nearest Health Centre or the Environmental Health Unit for further information.

Dr. Judy Nisbett

Medical Officer of Health – Nevis

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Jr. Minister responsible for Nevis senior citizens pleased with their turnout to march against ageism 


Photo caption: Hon. Hazel Brandy-Williams, Junior Minister of Social Development in the Nevis Island Administration at the Elquemedo T. Willett Park at the end of the Senior Citizen’s march against ageism on October 07, 2016


NIA CHARLESTOWN NEVIS (October 07, 2016) — Junior Minister of Social Development in the Nevis Island Administration (NIA) Hon. Hazel Brandy-Williams, expressed satisfaction with the turnout at the Senior Citizens march through Charlestown on October 07, 2016, in spite of inclement weather which stalled the official start and shortened the route.

 

The event was the first on the calendar of activities by the Seniors Division in the Department of Social Services, Ministry of Social development, in observance of the Month of Older Persons on Nevis. This year’s activities are centred on the theme “Take a Stand against Ageism,” designated by the United Nations for International Day of the Older Persons on October 01.

 

Senior Citizens Marching Against Ageism

Photo caption: Senior Citizens on Nevis marching against ageism in Charlestown on October 07, 2016, the first activity for Month of Older Persons, hosted by the Seniors Division in the Department of Social Services, Ministry of Social Development

 

“We were blessed with some showers this morning and so we had to down scale it and start closer so that the walk could have been a little shorter. However, the seniors are very enthusiastic.

 

“At one point I decided to call off the march but they insisted that they will still march and so I am happy that they are brave enough to still brace the weather and have a mini march here in Charlestown,” she said.

 

She added that students who had joined the senior citizens march, were a part of the Intergenerational Programme between the schools and the senior citizens.

 


Photo caption: A contingent of senior citizens from St. Kitts marching against ageism in Charlestown with their Nevis counterparts on October 07, 2016, as part of the Month of Older Persons hosted by the Seniors Division in the Department of Social Services, Ministry of Social Development in the Nevis Island Administration

Also joining the march was a contingent of senior citizens from St. Kitts who had travelled to Nevis to celebrate with their counterparts.

 

Mrs. Brandy-Williams noted that in 2015, senior citizens on Nevis had travelled to St. Kitts to take part in their activities celebrating their seniors and vice versa and as such, the exchange continues.

 

Meantime, Mrs. Garcia Hendrickson, Coordinator of the Seniors Division in the Department of Social Services also expressed the division’s satisfaction with the march.

 



Photo caption: Mrs. Garcia Hendrickson, Coordinator of the Seniors Division in the Department of Social Services at the Elquemedo T. Willett Park at the end of the senior citizens march against ageism through Charlestown on October 07, 2016

 

“We are extremely pleased with the turn out. We have a contingent of over 40 persons from St. Kitts and as you can see, we have a very good turnout.

 

“We had a bit of rain and I was thinking we would have to transfer our activity to Jessups but the seniors told me ‘No, no, no, we come to march and we marching,’ and march they did. We had a few hiccups but so far I’m really feeling pleased. I thank God for holding off the showers,” she said.

 

The activity continued at the Elquemedo T. Willett Park with entertainment, lunch, music and dance.

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MINISTER OF HEALTH ACCEPTS DONATIONS FOR JNF GENERAL HOSPITAL AND DISABLED RESIDENTS

SKNIS Photo 1: Min of Health, Hon. Eugene Hamilton gives details of the donation from A Small World Foundation with new EKG monitors in the background


Basseterre, St. Kitts, September 12, 2016 (SKNIS): Minister of Health Honourable Eugene Hamilton had the pleasant task of accepting EC$50,000, US$50,000, wheel chairs and other supplies for the Joseph N. France General Hospital and the St. Kitts-Nevis Association of Persons with Disabilities, on Friday (September 09, 2016).

 

The students of Windsor University contributed EC$50,000 from their Annual Windsor University Joseph N France (JNF) General Hospital Concert.  Medical Chief of Staff, Acting Chief Medical Officer and lecturer at Windsor University Dr. Cameron Wilkinson explained how the concert was first started and said that it was the brainchild of Dr. Natalie Osbourne and himself.

 

“Four years ago, myself and Dr. Osbourne came up with an idea to organize a concert to raise funds for the hospital.  We were tired of the complaints of shortages in our healthcare system and realized it was unreasonable to expect Government to foot the bill for everything we needed, cognizant of the fact that our healthcare system is already heavily subsidized.  We decided that we would raise funds using the creative talents of the students from Windsor University who use the institution for their clinical education.”

 

Dr. Wilkinson thanked the major concert sponsors: the St. Kitts-Nevis-Anguilla National Bank, the Development Bank, FLOW, Windsor University, Ross Veterinary School of Medicine, Ross University, the University of Medicine and Health Sciences, Vibes, Amory Enterprises, Adrian Lam, and Loftus Lighting, the Windsor students, the JNF nursing staff along with Drs. Joylette Woodley, Darrel Warner and Bichara Sahely.  Dr. Natalie Osbourne and the Operating Theatre Staff were thanked for setting up the monitors.

 


SKNIS Photo 2: Medical Chief of Staff & Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr. Cameron Wilkinson thanked contributors to the Windsor JNF Concert with new EKG monitors in the background


Minister Hamilton explained how he was able to seek grant assistance through High Commissioner of St. Kitts and Nevis to the United Kingdom and Northern IrelandHis Excellency Kevin Isaac who is based at the Embassy in London.  He said discussions were held in May and October of last year.  The networking efforts of the Ambassador resulted in contact being made with the “A Small World Foundation,” a leading private international lifestyle club, making a three-year commitment of US$50,000, annually, among other gifts. 

 

Minister Hamilton said that Patrick Liotard-Vogt Chairman of the organisation visited the Federation on April 25, 2016, took a tour of the JNF Hospital and met with Dr. Wilkinson and JNF Matron Sonia Daly-Finley. 

“And so I’m pleased today to thank him for his efforts so far.  For firstly setting about to find sources and as a result of his efforts a foundation that was established in Germany, called “A Small World Foundation” has committed support of US$50,000 per year for the next three years.”

 

The Minister further read a commitment letter that promised that the foundation would procure equipment and seek funding from partner organisations.  Specifically, Mr. Liotard-Vogt wrote of the possibility of getting a larger grant of US$250,000 for equipment and ambulances.

 

Minister Hamilton revealed that the Ambassador’s efforts also resulted in the donation of six wheelchairs, walkers with wheels, crutches and incontinence pads.  He said that of the donations from London, two of the wheelchairs were for specific individuals and the remainder would be given to the St. Kitts-Nevis Association of Persons with Disabilities to distribute as it saw fit.  The other medical paraphernalia were presented to the JNF Hospital.

 

All donations were accepted by Minister Hamilton who noted that the monetary funding was used to purchase 25 electrocardiogram (EKG) cardiac monitors and four cardiac defibrillators.  According to Dr. Wilkinson, this ensures that every bed in the recovery room will have its own cardiac monitor, as well as the emergency room, the intensive care unit, the private and maternity wards. Similarly, each of the 11 health centres in St. Kitts now has a cardiac monitor.  The new cardiac defibrillators were placed in the emergency room, the operating theatre between the medical and surgical ward, and at the Pogson Medical Centre.

 

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Nevis to benefit from 3-year project to tackle issue of renal failure

 

Photo caption: Republic of China (Taiwan) Resident Ambassador to St. Kitts and Nevis His Excellency George Gow Wei Chiou (file photo)


NIA CHARLESTOWN NEVIS (September 12, 2016) – The health sector on Nevis is slated to receive another major boost from the government and people of the Republic of China (Taiwan). The three-year project which will help St. Kitts and Nevis to deal with the issue of renal failure will commence in 2017.

 

The announcement came from Republic of China (Taiwan) Resident Ambassador to St. Kitts and Nevis His Excellency George Gow Wei Chiou recently when he accompanied a medical mission to Nevis. The team was on a fact-finding mission to the Federation which would lay the groundwork for the project.

 

Photo caption: Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health in the Nevis Island Administration Nicole Slack-Liburd (file photo)


“This delegation will try to contact the Medical Cooperation Project, early next year and the purpose of this medical delegation is to help your hospital to deal with renal failure, a chronic disease.

 

“We are not only to provide machine to help the patient but we also will help to train your medical personnel and also to cooperate with your schools, to provide intervention education. In the end, we can help your people live a more healthy lifestyle and also to increase the welfare of the Nevisian people,” he said.

 

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health in the Nevis Island Administration (NIA), Nicole Slack-Liburd, told the Department of Information on that the medical mission’s visit to Nevis took the form of an assessment of services related to the prevention and control of renal failure in St. Kitts and Nevis, after which a capacity building project in the area will be determined.

 

She said the Ministry of Health was pleased to welcome the opportunity to discuss potential initiatives with the visiting medical team which also focused on partnerships in the area of diabetes and hypertension which contribute to the leading causes of morbidity and mortality in the Federation.


Photo caption: Deputy Premier and Minister of Health on Nevis Hon. Mark Brantley (file photo)


Meantime, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health on Nevis Hon. Mark Brantley, said the project would entail a number of components – the provision of equipment such as dialysis machines, the provision of training for the technical skills required to offer treatment for renal failure and health education, and a partnership between schools and the public Health Promotion Unit to promote healthy living and lifestyles.

 

Mr. Brantley stated the administration’s key goal where health care is concerned.

 

“Our objective is to make sure that you do not get sick but if and when you do, then certainly, we have an obligation to provide treatment for you and so, I continue to encourage our people to please eat right, moderate exercise, no drinking of alcohol or little drinking, no smoking, do the right things and I think we can have a much healthier Nevis,” he said.

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Republic of China (Taiwan) donates to development of Nevis healthcare services

 

Photo caption: Republic of China (Taiwan)’s Resident Ambassador to St. Kitts and Nevis His Excellency George Gow Wei Chiou (second from left) presents 25 computers, and three Microsoft Surface Pro 3 tablets to Premier of Nevis Hon. Vance Amory (third from right) and Deputy Premier of Nevis and Minister of Health Hon. Mark Brantley (second from right), Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health Nicole Slack-Liburd (extreme left) and Hospital Administrator Gary Pemberton (extreme right) at a handing over ceremony at the Alexandra Hospital conference room on July 25, 2016

 

NIA CHARLESTOWN, NEVIS (July 26, 2016) — The Republic of China (Taiwan)’s Resident Ambassador to St. Kitts and Nevis His Excellency George Gow Wei Chiou, handed over his country’s most recent gift in cash and kind of $300,000 to the Nevis Island Administration (NIA).

 

The presentation of 25 desk top computers, three tablets, a printer and a cheque of almost $200,000 for the provision of transportation to the Nevis Solid Waste Management Authority and the Port Health Unit in the Ministry of Health, to Premier of Nevis Hon. Vance Amory and Deputy Premier and Minister of Health Hon. Mark Brantley, took place at the Alexandra Hospital’s conference room on July 25, 2016.


Photo caption: The computers donated by the Republic of China (Taiwan) to the Nevis Island Administration on July 25, 2016 at the Alexandra Hospital’s conference room for use in the e-Hospital project

In brief remarks, the ambassador said the gift is a token of support to the cooperation between his country and Nevis and St. Kitts and Nevis.

 

According to the ambassador, the computers will be used for technology development at the Alexandra Hospital, in an e-Hospital project that would transform the delivery of health care there.

 

The ambassador noted that the project would eliminate paper work which would be replaced with a barcode hospital card. It would provide medical professionals with the up-to-date electronic medical record of patients who visit the hospital.

 

Photo caption: Republic of China (Taiwan)’s Resident Ambassador to St. Kitts and Nevis His Excellency George Gow Wei Chiou (second from left) presents almost $200,000 cheque to (l-r) Premier of Nevis and Minister responsible for Ports Hon. Vance Amory, General Manager of the Nevis Solid Waste Management Authority Andrew Hendrickson, Deputy Premier of Nevis and Minister of Health Hon. Mark Brantley and Hospital Administrator Gary Pemberton with Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health Nicole Slack-Liburd at the extreme left at a handing over ceremony at the Alexandra Hospital conference room on July 25, 2016

He said the collaborative venture would place the Alexandra Hospital among the first few hospitals in the region, dedicated to merging technology and public health in line with the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States’ (OECS) standards and policies.

 

Ambassador Chiou also expressed hope that the project will would be linked to the main hospital in St. Kitts.

 

“With this system, we hope the Alexandra Hospital will merge with the development of the hospital in St. Kitts and both islands will have the same efficient systems while the patients enjoy the same service,” he said.

 

The Ambassador  was accompanied by Consular at the Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan) based in Basseterre Davis Y. T. Yu and  JoAnna Huang, Project Manager of the Caribbean Regional ICT Project in St. Kitts and Nevis.

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​Urgent Public Advisory – Island Purified Water


Basseterre, St. Kitts – The St. Kitts and Nevis Bureau of Standards in its latest round of testing of bottled water in St. Kitts and Nevis found that samples taken from Island Purified Water failed the necessary testing.

As a result, the Department of Environmental Health has initiated a programme to remove from consumption all bottled water produced by Island Purified Water within the last two weeks. This is being done   out of an abundance of caution while further testing and corrective measures are being undertaken. 

Consumers should not drink any water that was distributed from Island Purified Water within the last two weeks as it may result in diarrheal illness.  

The St. Kitts and Nevis Bureau of Standards, in collaboration with the Department of Consumer Affairs and the Ministry of Health, is actively addressing this matter and will keep the public duly informed.

For further information or to submit queries, please contact:

Chief Medical Officer (Acting): Dr. Cameron Wilkinson

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SKNLP representatives label Stem Cell Project As Scandalous

Written By: T. Chapman

25th June 2016

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St. Kitts and Nevis, (SKNP) – The recent press release from the Federal Government debunking claims by Dr. Patrick Martin of a Stem Cell Project at the JNF Hospital and the announcement of Dr. Patrick Martin being sent on pre-retirement leave, at the end of which his services as the country’s Chief Medical Officer (CMO) will be terminated, has become a hot issue here in St. Kitts. The ramifications of the Stem Cell Project has unearthed the incompetence within Ministry of Health.

Speaking on Freedom’s daily radio program Issues on Friday, Dr. Terrance Drew, Dr. Asim Martin and Hon. Marcella Liburd addressed the Regenerative Medicine Project.

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The representatives of the St. Kitts and Nevis Labour Party outlined that the Regenerative Medicine Project is the Biggest Scandal in Health Care to occur in St. Kitts.

Addressing the issue, the representatives noted that any research project must be protected. Dr. Drew in his capacity as a Medical practitioner outlined that Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research are one of the same. This was his response to comments made by Senator Phipps in an address on Regenerative Medicine on Thursday evening. 

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Hon. Liburd reiterated that as the drama continues to unfold in the Ministry of Health, it ought to be noted that presently the government is operating without a Chief Medical Officer, a Permanent Secretary and a Coordinator for Non-communicable diseases. The MP further emphasised that their is a communication breakdown between Junior and Senior Ministers in Health as well as Junior Minister and Advisor in Health, Mrs. Condor.

Further, the SKNLP representatives went on to state that the project has ethical, moral and legal implications.

The St. Kitts and Nevis Labour Party is of the view that if the Cabinet sanctioned such a project without the approval of the Chief Medical Officer and the Medical Board then the law was broken. Normally, details outlining credentials, the scope of works, persons involved and other requisites are to be presented to the CMO/Medical Board. A requirement under the Public Health Act and the Medical Act which were not met; thus both the Health and Medical Acts were breached.

Nonetheless, rooms at the hospital were allocated for the research project. The reps are of the view that problems could be derived as such procedures are suppose to be in isolated areas where one has control over the scope of works.

Dr. Drew read an excerpt of an article from the New York Times to illustrate the severity of the matter at hand:

(The surgeon gasped when he opened up his patient and saw what was in his spine. It was a huge mass, filling the entire part of the man’s lower spinal column.

“The entire thing was filled with bloody tissue, and as I started to take pieces, it started to bleed,” said Dr. John Chi, the director of Neurosurgical Spine Cancer at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. “It was stuck to everything around it.”

He added, “I had never seen anything like it.”)

Click Link to read more: http://mobile.nytimes.com/2016/06/23/health/a-cautionary-tale-of-stem-cell-tourism.html

The Constituency #8 rep then stated irrespective of where patients are from the government has a moral obligation of protecting people’s health.

It is on this backdrop that the St. Kitts and Nevis Labour Party representatives have called for the resignation of the Junior and Senior Ministers of Health. According to MP. Marcella Liburd, they continue to contradict each other.

Callers to the program vented their frustrations; one caller termed the Senator as being “Dishonest”. Another caller stated, “they embarrass the country but trying to deny it”, the caller continued, apologize or lose they wuk”,  clearly this project has created quite a stir in the Federation.

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HIV Unit on Nevis targets first-time testers for VCT Day

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Photo caption: Nadine Carty-Caines, Programme Coordinator at the Ministry of Health’s HIV Unit (file phto)

NIA CHARLESTOWN NEVIS (June 15, 2016) — Programme Coordinator at the HIV Unit Nadine Carty-Caines is encouraging first-time testers to use the Ministry of Health’s Regional Testing Day to know their HIV status. The Voluntary Counselling and Testing (VCT) event is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on June 23, 2016, at the ministry’s parking lot.

According to Carty-Caines, the ministry is hoping to reach first-time testers to allow them to know their HIV status.

“We are hoping to reach new first-time testers, therefore, we are encouraging persons who have never been tested before to take this opportunity to get tested and know their status.

“They will get their results on the same day. Hepatitis B testing and counselling will also be available,” she said.

Carty-Caines also used the opportunity to urge the various communities on Nevis to get tested. She pointed to the Spanish-speaking community, the largest group living on the island.

“For any outreach that we do, we are cognisant of the different communities that reside in Nevis, including our Spanish-speaking community, for them to be able to access this service as any citizen of this country would,” she said.

According to statistics from the unit, Regional Testing Day which was held in June 2015, saw a total of 103 persons tested – 37 were male and 66 were female.

At present, there is a total of 16 people in care and on register of which nine are male and seven are female.

The first case of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) in Nevis was diagnosed in 1987.   However, at the end of 2015, a cumulative total of 68 cases have been reported with an estimated total of 31 deaths.
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MINISTER PHIPPS LAUNCHES WORLD GLAUCOMA WEEK 2016

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Photo: World Glaucoma Week Logo

Basseterre, St. Kitts, March 06, 2016 (SKNIS): The Ministry of Health continues its endeavor to bring awareness to citizens and residents of St. Kitts and Nevis in order to ensure that the practice of healthy lifestyles is maintained. The Federation joins the rest of the world in launching World Glaucoma Week, which will be celebrated locally with a calendar of events that runs from Sunday, March 06 to Sunday, March 13, under the theme: “Prevent Glaucoma 2016”.

 

In an address to the nation today, Sunday March 06, the Honourable Wendy Phipps, Minister of State with responsibility for Health, noted that “the campaign objective is achieved via the organisation of a host of sensitization programmes and projects involving key stakeholders such as eye care specialists, universities, hospitals, clinics, glaucoma patient groups, governments and donor agencies.”

 

She outlined a number of activities to be held in the Federation.

 

“The staff at the Eye Clinic of the Joseph Nathaniel France (JNF) General Hospital has planned a series of activities in an effort to celebrate World Glaucoma Week, and World Glaucoma Day – which is being celebrated on March 12,” said Minister Phipps.

 

The calendar of events includes home visits to clients with glaucoma and a sponsored health walk on Monday, March 07; visit to the Cardin Home with follow up glaucoma assessments for the residents on Tuesday, March 08; and continuing medical education on the topic “Glaucoma in the 21stCentury on Wednesday, March 09. On Sunday, March 13, there will be a church service at the Cayon Church of God.

 

“The Federal Ministries of Health encourage all citizens and residents of St. Kitts and Nevis to support, wherever possible, the activities of the staff of the JN France General Hospital’s Eye Clinic in its educational and promotional efforts to increase awareness of glaucoma, its dangers, and the proactive steps needed to protect general eye health. We are told that “the eyes are the windows to the soul,” she said. “As such, the preservation of vision is of paramount importance in enhancing our general quality of life and well-being, our employment potential, and our safety and security, among other matters. The Ministries of Health also urge everyone to get his or her vision tested regularly, in order to maximize the likelihood of preserving one’s eyesight for as long as possible.”

 

The minister took the opportunity to extend best wishes to the local organising committee of World Glaucoma Week 2016 activities and pledged the Government’s full support for the scheduled projects and programmes. “It is therefore with pleasure that I declare World Glaucoma Week 2016 officially open,” she stated.

World Glaucoma Week, which commenced in March 2010, is a joint initiative between the World Glaucoma Association (WGA) and the World Glaucoma Patient Association (WGPA). Minister Phipps noted that it was started in an effort to achieve global awareness of glaucoma as the “Silent Thief of Sight”.

 

 

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