CARPHA Convenes Regional Health Security Planning Meeting

The transboundary spread of infectious diseases is a threat to regional and global health security. The devastating global impact of COVID-19 and other public health concerns, reiterate the necessity for regional and global health security to protect and improve health. Regional Health Security (RHS) encompasses the capacities required for the Caribbean to prepare for and […]

Public health advisory: Developments in COVID-19 and gastroenteritis

T he Ministry of Health, Wellness and Elderly Affairs continues surveillance of disease trends and provides the public with the following update. On May 5 2023, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared that COVID-19 was no longer a public health emergency of international concern. However, it still remains an ongoing public health issue as Saint […]

Strong opposition arises over implementation of 2.5% Levy

The implementation of the 2.5 percent Health and Citizen Security Levy, effective from August 2, 2023, has faced strong opposition from the United Workers Party (UWP), which forms the Opposition. The new levy is applicable to various goods and services, excluding food items, medicines, select building materials, medical equipment, and security equipment. Prime Minister Pierre […]

Influenza cases on the rise in St Vincent (SVG)

The Ministry of Health in St Vincent has confirmed that influenza infections are on the rise in the multi-island state. Dr. Alisha Bonadie, District Medical Officer, verified the presence of the flu virus on NBC’s Face-to-Face earlier this week. Bonadie stated that the virus identified as Influenza B is extremely contagious. “We’re definitely seeing a […]

Government Set to Introduce New Tax on Sugar-Sweetened Beverages

The government is set to introduce a new tax on sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) to combat health concerns associated with excessive sugar consumption. The World Health Organization (WHO) endorses SSB taxation as an effective means of preventing diseases, with over 85 countries implementing similar taxes. After over a year since the initial proposal, the tax aims […]

Minister highlights small business contribution, urges preventative approach to NCDs at health & wellness trade show

Minister for Entrepreneurship and Small Businesses Daren Pinard stated that small businesses play a crucial role in driving economic growth, fostering innovation, and creating employment opportunities. The minister made the statement at the opening ceremony of a two-day Health & Wellness Small Business Trade Show at the Windsor Park Sports Stadium Forecourt. The event lasted […]


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