Health checks for CARICOM staff members during Caribbean Wellness Week

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The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat’s corridors, Conference Room and Staff Lounge were transformed into one-stop mini-health clinics for a week in observance of Caribbean Wellness Day (CWD) 2017. From September 11 – 15 members of staff of the Secretariat staff benefited from medical services and wellness activities at its Georgetown, Guyana, headquarters.

Love That Body: Securing a Future Generation through Eating Healthy and Not Smoking was the theme of this year’s observance.

Health care officials from Guyana’s Ministry of Health, St Joseph Mercy Hospital, Da Silva’s Optical and the Guyana School of Dentistry conducted health checks including; Body Mass Index (BMI) calculation, immunisations, blood pressure, glucose and HIV testing, as well as dental and vision screening.

Fun, interactive games were played to increase awareness of the importance of exercise. Seminars were also held on breast, cervical and prostate cancers; nutrition and exercise. Quite significantly, an Outpatient Clinic, outfitted with two doctors, was set up for staff to discuss health issues. Medication was available from a mini Pharmacy. The Georgetown Chest Clinic visited on Wednesday to brief staff on the latency of Tuberculosis and the importance of getting tested. The week’s activities wrapped up with a Zumba dance exercise activity on Thursday and a games afternoon featuring cricket, football table tennis and scrabble on Friday, September 15.

Non-communicable diseases (NCDs)
Non-communicable diseases (NCDs), also known as chronic diseases, are not passed from person to person and are of long duration and generally of slow progression. The five main types of NCDs are cardiovascular diseases (e.g. heart attacks and stroke), certain cancers, chronic respiratory diseases (e.g. chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and asthma), type 2 diabetes, and mental disorders. (Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases)

Barbados’ future lies in CARICOM – Morris

 Barbados’ Ambassador to CARICOM, Robert ‘Bobby’ Morris with students (Photo via BGIS)
FLASHBACK: Barbados’ Ambassador to CARICOM, Robert ‘Bobby’ Morris with another group of secondary school students (Photo via BGIS)

Barbados’ ambassador to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Robert Bobby Morris, is of the view that this country’s future lies in the 15-member bloc.

Morris told this morning’s presentation ceremony of an essay contest organized by the Caribbean Organization of Tax Administrators that the regional grouping presented young Barbadians with a number of opportunities, therefore they should begin to view themselves as citizens of CARICOM and not just Barbadians.

“I hope you learn a lot about CARICOM because it is our future. It is a community and it is also a single market and both are very important to you and your future development, because you are not going to be developing really in a world of Barbados, your future is CARICOM,” Morris told students of Ellerslie Secondary School, where the ceremony was held.

The former trade unionist pointed to the number of Barbadians working in other Caribbean countries simply because they could not find work here, as evidence that the integration movement can be beneficial.

Read more at: Barbados Today

Government of Spain sympathises with CARICOM

Hurricane Maria caused extensive damage in Dominica (Photo via ABSTV)
Hurricane Maria caused extensive damage in Dominica (Photo via ABSTV)

The Government of Spain has expressed solidarity with the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) as it faced the onslaught of two deadly hurricanes, Irma and Maria.

In a message to the Chairman of CARICOM and Prime Minister of Grenada Dr. The Hon. Keith Mitchell, the Prime Minister of Spain, the Hon. Mariano Rajoy Brey, said his country had been following, with dismay, the recent tragic events in the Region that caused significant losses to life and property.

“We particularly regret the loss of human lives and therefore ask, Honourable Prime Minister, that you kindly extend to all the Member States of CARICOM our most heartfelt condolences, as well as our wish for a speedy recovery for those affected by this catastrophe.

Please accept, Honourable Prime Minister, the testimony of my highest consideration and esteem,” the Spanish Prime Minister said.

Dominica beaten, but not down – Principal Adviser to PM Skerrit

Dominica is beaten but not down,  Mr. Hartley Henry, Principal Adviser to the Prime Minister of Dominica, said this morning.

Speaking on ABSTV/Radio via satellite phone, Mr. Henry gave an update on the widespread damage that the island suffered following a direct hit by Hurricane Maria on Monday. He described the situation was “very grim”.


Communication on the island is minimal. All cell towers and telephone systems are down and will be for “a little while”, he said. Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit is currently using satellite phone donated yesterday by the French government and more pieces of communication equipment are expected later in the day, Mr Henry said.

There is no electricity, nor running water. While the network of roads was not as severely damaged as originally anticipated, the housing stock was badly damaged or destroyed. Public buildings which were being used as shelters, were also damaged and many are without roofs. People were “sleeping under the elements because no roofing structure is in place”, he told the television station.

He said there was an urgent need for bedding and blankets, and roofing material.

See second video above on Mr Henry’s update. Listen from around 1:04:00.