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PHA Institutions Update Protocols to Address Increase in COVID-19 Cases

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#TheBahamas, January 7, 2022 – The Public Hospitals Authority (PHA) institutions have updated protocols due to the rapid increase in new COVID-19 cases presenting at hospital emergency departments. The public is encouraged to cooperate with all protocols to help ensure the safety of patients and staff.

 

PMH

  • The Princess Margaret Hospital Emergency Department reminds the public that ONLY emergency cases should utilize the PMH Emergency Department at this time.
  • Out-patient Diagnostics and Radiology services can be accessed by appointment only. Persons seeking appointments should call the Hospital’s switchboard at 2861 or the Registration and Scheduling Unit at 808.9972 (WhatsApp).
  • Rehabilitation Services are offered by virtual appointment only. Patients seeking appointments should call 4447 or 326.8740.
  • PMH Pharmacy continues with regular hours of operation for out-patient services, Monday to Saturday, 8 am to 4 pm. The Pharmacy continues to offer an online refill service for chronic medications via WhatsApp at 3642.
  • Elective Surgery remains suspended. ONLY emergency procedures will be performed.
  • ONLY gynecology, fracture, hand, and plastic surgery clinics will be seen in person at the hospital, all other specialty clinic cases will be conducted via virtual appointments.
  • Oncology and Dialysis Services remain uninterrupted.
  • Morgue Services remain uninterrupted.
  • PMH patient visitation remains restricted. Physicians will advise on visitation for Intensive Care Unit (ICU), Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and Paediatric patients on a case-bycase basis.

GBHS

The Grand Bahama Health Services advises that the vaccination site at the Susan J. Wallace

Community Centre reopened on January 4, 2022.  Appointments can be made at www.vax.gov.bs

  • ONLY medical emergency cases such as moderate-to-severe chest pain, shortness of breath, or other medical emergencies should utilize the Emergency Department at the Rand Memorial Hospital at this time.
  • Expectant mothers are encouraged to present a current negative PCR test result prior to being admitted to the Obstetrics Ward at the Rand Memorial Hospital.
  • The Pharmacies at Pearce Plaza and Hawksbill Clinic are closed until further notice. Pharmacy Services can be accessed at the IAT Building; priority will be given to children and the elderly.

 

SRC

Forensic Services and Home Visits remain suspended at the Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre (SRC).

  • Virtual visits and telehealth appointments are being used to manage all applicable patients.
  • Appointments strictly enforced for Community Counselling and Assessment Centre

 

The public is advised to follow all announcements and public advisories from the Ministry of Health and Wellness and The Public Hospitals Authority regarding Health and Hospital services.

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WHO says COVID deaths THREE TIMES higher

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By Dana Malcolm

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May 14, 2022 – Weeks ago the world marked an awful milestone 6 million COVID-19 deaths now the WHO says the real number may be almost three times higher.

In a recent press release the organization said new estimates from its data show that the full death toll or excess mortality associated directly or indirectly with the COVID-19 pandemic between 1 January 2020 and 31 December 2021 was approximately 14.9 million but might be as high as 16.6 million.

The organization explained that,  “Excess mortality is calculated as the difference between the number of deaths that have occurred and the number that would be expected in the absence of the pandemic based on data from earlier years.”

Basically the excess mortality rate tells us how many people will be alive were it not for COVID. It is important to know what that figures including spikes associated with omicron are not included in this data set so the number could very well be higher.

“These sobering data not only point to the impact of the pandemic but also to the need for all countries to invest in more resilient health systems that can sustain essential health services during crises, including stronger health information systems,” said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director of the organization.

South-east Asia and the Americas were the worst hit by the pandemic in terms of death toll.

WHO data shows 20 countries, containing approximately 50% of the global population, account for over 80% of the estimated global excess mortality for the January 2020 to December 2021 period.

These countries are: Brazil, Colombia, Egypt, Germany, India, Indonesia, the Islamic Republic of Iran, Italy, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, the Philippines, Poland, the Russian Federation, South Africa, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Turkey, Ukraine, and the United States of America (USA).

 

WHO COVID DEATHS Photo caption:  File photo in Jakarta;  at a time when there were fears about running out of space to bury its dead.

(Supplied: Arbain Rambey)

 

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Two Babies die from toxic Similac, TCI Ministry of Health asks stores to pull bad batches off Shelves

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By Dana Malcolm

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#TurksandCaicos, May 14, 2022 – Two infants have died as a result of bad baby food, and the Turks and Caicos Islands Ministry of Health renewed calls to stay away from Similac and several other baby formulas.

The warning for parents over fears of contaminated baby food came in a press release on Monday and advised all local suppliers, healthcare facilities and parents to read the labels and check for a list of brands and batches.

“Discontinue the sale and/or use of certain batches of powdered infant formulas manufactured by Abbott, namely: Similac, Alimentum and EleCare.”

The products were recalled by the US Food and Drug Administration after consumers complained of illness in infants from Cronobacter sakazakii and Salmonella Newport.

The TCI Health Ministry advises that the bacteria can cause rare bloodstream and central nervous system infections and has been associated with severe intestinal infection and blood poisoning, especially in newborns.

In the worse cases, two babies in the US have died.

The ministry statement said: “Consumers are advised not to use the recalled products if the first two digits of the code are 22 through 37 and the code on the container contains K8, SH or Z2 and has an expiration date of April 2022 or later.”

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Pineapple Fest Makes Return this June         

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#TheBahamas, May 13, 2022 –  The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, Investments & Aviation (BMOTIA) is excited to announce  the return of the  Annual Pineapple Festival following a twoyear hiatus due to Covid-19.  Deemed by organisers as the “sweetest” festival in The Bahamas, the 33rd Pineapple Festival will take place 3 – 4 June  in charming Gregory Town, Eleuthera.

The annual Pineapple Festival, created in 1987 to honour pineapple farmers of Gregory Town and their contribution to the farming industry, would have marked 35 years if not for the pandemic. Agriculture heritage, in the settlement often referred to as “Pineapple City”, is the focal point of the weekend festival where locals invite visitors to indulge with them in  the naturally sweet like sugar, tropical taste of pineapples.

Festivalgoers will experience lots of food, lots of fun,  interactive games and musical entertainment  for people of all ages to enjoy. For the kids, there will be “Kids World” filled with fun games and sports to enjoy all day long.  Fierce culinary competitions, pineapple eating contest, plaiting of the pineapple pole are just a few of the activities persons can take part in at at this sweet island festival.

The two-day concert segment of the festival begins on Friday, 3 June,  and will be headlined by

Eleuthera’s very own in-house band, Team Blue Waters, with exciting performances by Ebony, Puzzle, Stileet and many more popular local performing artists. On Saturday, 4 June, the final day of the concert, musical entertainment will continue with a second performance by Team Blue Waters,  and new performances by Sweet Emily, Funky D and Cupid.

This years 33rd Pineapple Festival is sponsored by Disney Cruise Line, Aliv, Team Bluewaters,

Daddy Joe’s, The Cove Eleuthera, Kalik and The Ministry of Agriculture and Marine Resources.

For more information, contact the Eleuthera Tourism Office at 242-332-2142 or visit

tourismtoday.com or bahamas.com

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