Category Archives: Health

Women receiving gynaecological care from visiting specialist through the Ministry of Health

HPV FlyerBRADES, Montserrat – The Ministry of Health this week is hosting Dr. Joe Daly an Obstetrician/Gynaecologist, who will be conducting clinics for clients as well as teaching medical staff.
Dr. Daly is a native of Montserrat and has over 20 years of experience in medicine. This week he is attending to numerous women who have been in need of care from a gynaecologist as Montserrat has no resident specialist.
Later in the week, Dr. Daly will be holding a continual education seminar for doctors and nurses on cervical cancer. This Thursday at 6:30pm, the public is being invited to a seminar on Cervical Cancer and HPV at the St. Patrick’s Credit Union Hall in Brades.
The Human Papillomaviruses (HPV) are a group of more than 150 related viruses. More than 40 of them can be easily spread through direct skin-to-skin contact during sex. High-risk HPVs cause virtually all cervical cancers and some types of HPVs can cause genital warts.
Thursday’s lecture is designed to answer the questions of who is at risk, how to reduce the risk of cervical cancer, and whether the HPV vaccination can protect you.

Ministry of Health & Social Services created

BRADES, Montserrat – As part of the Government of Montserrat’s reform initiatives several internal changes with respect to its Ministry and Departments have been undertaken since the new financial year 2012/13 began.

According to a report from the Cabinet Secretariat, which handles policy for GoM, at the end of the financial year 2011/2012 the Ministry of Youth Affairs, Community Services & Sports was abolished and the following structural and nominal changes were made to effect the continued execution of the respective functions. Continue reading

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US$ 100,000 needed to medivac shooting victim for further care in the UK

BRADES, Montserrat – The family of Ezra David needs to raise $100,000 US in four weeks to be able to medivac him to the United Kingdom for further medical care.

David was found March 18 in a ghaut in Carrs Bay, Montserrat after being missing from the day before. His mother Mary Allen said it was upon arrival in Antigua that she was told he’d been shot in the head. “The doctors did not expect him to survive the night,” she said. “Now almost two months later he is still alive and improving and we are thankful to God for that.”

David, 33 was Medivacked to Trinidad & Tobago after the Antigua hospital was unable to treat his condition. Now in a Port of Spain hospital, which is not being named for security reasons, he has undergone two surgeries; one to relieve the swelling on his brain and the other to insert a shunt through which liquids can drain. Continue reading

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Fly Montserrat and the Government of Montserrat Supports the Mammogram Fund

BRADES, Montserrat – Since 2009 Montserrat has seen a significant increase in activities supporting Breast Cancer Awareness.

Following negotiations with the Government of Montserrat and Fly Montserrat; Miss Sonia Charles of Caribscan has secured a deal for special return fares for the women registered on the Mammogram Fund.

A start date will be announced in a subsequent news release. Group travel will be encouraged since the Belmont Clinic in Antigua has offered free transportation to and from the clinic. Continue reading

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Montserrat’s Mammogram Programme on Stream

Written by Cathy Buffonge

BRADES, Montserrat – Breast cancer is a common cause of death worldwide, including the Caribbean, and this has caused grief to many families. However, experts say, this does not have to be so. According to Clinical Specialist Sonographer and Mammographer, Sonia Charles, techniques like breast self examination, clinical breast exam (performed by a doctor or nurse) and screening mammogram can save lives by detecting cancer at a very early stage where it can be successfully treated, thus adding worthwhile years to life.
Ms Charles and her diagnostic imaging company Caribscan have been the driving force in a voluntary fundraising drive to give women in Montserrat the opportunity of having free screening mammograms at the Belmont Clinic in neighbouring island Antigua.
What is a mammogram? It is a special X-ray of the breasts, which can detect many problems, from a simple lump to a possibly cancerous growth. The most modern and effective mammograms are called digital mammograms. Mammography is done using a special type of X-ray machine, however the purchase and maintenance of this equipment is out of range for many smaller territories. Continue reading

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Heart Screening Program Thursday as part of World Heart Day

BRADES, Montserrat – An all-day heart screening programme will be held on Thursday as part of the Ministry of Health’s commemoration of World Heart Day.
According to Violet Brown, Community Nursing Manager, this year’s theme is “One World, One Heart and One Home” and the ministry of health will be hosting several activities to mark this.
The heart screening program will be held tomorrow at the St. Johns Health Centre from 9am to 2pm. This includes ECG, weight and height along with blood pressure and blood sugar checks. Doctors and Nurses will be on hand to answer questions and give necessary advice, Brown says. Continue reading

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Dr. Fergus publishes study on dental health of 12-year-olds in West Indian Medical Journal

ST. JOHNS, Montserrat – A study of the dental health of 12-year-olds on Montserrat, conducted by Head of Dentistry for the Government of Montserrat, Dr. Coretta Fergus has been published in the West Indian Medical Journal.

According to the study, Montserrat has achieved the oral health goal established by the World Health Organisation of a DMFT index of less than three cavities per child, with an average DMFT index of 1.91 per child. (The DMFT index means the number of decayed, missing, and filled teeth due to caries also called cavities.) However, Dr. Fergus says the study also revealed that there were significantly more students with cavities dependent on their family’s socio-economic status. Continue reading