The Government of Barbados remains committed to investing resources to improve the health and well being of all Barbadians. The Government of Barbados and its partners will continue to enhance the nation's investment through wise programme and resources utilisation decisions that get the most for the funds available.
What is Ebola?
Ebola virus disease (also known as Ebola haemorrhagic fever) is a rare and deadly disease.The disease is native to several African countries and is caused by infection with one of the ebola viruses (Ebola, Sudan, Bundibugyo, or Taļ Forest virus). It is spread by direct contact with a sick person's blood or body fluids. It is also spread by contact with contaminated objects or infected animals.
Symptoms include fever, headache, joint and muscle aches, sore throat, and weakness, followed by diarrhoea, vomiting, and stomach pain. Skin rash, red eyes, and internal and external bleeding may be seen in some patients.
8 August 2014
The first meeting of the Emergency Committee convened by the Director-General under the International Health Regulations (2005) [IHR (2005)] regarding the 2014 Ebola Virus Disease (EVD, or "Ebola") outbreak in West Africa was held by teleconference on Wednesday, 6 August 2014 from 13:00 to 17:30 and on Thursday, 7 August 2014 from 13:00 to 18:30 Geneva time (CET).
In previous notices the Medical Council published details of the Continuing Professional Education (CPE) assessment scheme for re-registration of medical practitioners for the year 2013.
There have been reports of an increase in influenza circulation in North America towards the end of 2012 and extending into 2013. Historically this increase in influenza activity in the United States of America has come earlier than expected. The predominant virus isolated has been influenza A (H3N2) followed by influenza B and influenza A(H1N1).
It is always better to know your status, whether you have engaged in risky sexual behavior in the past or now considering entering a sexual relationship with a new partner. Many couples come in to get tested prior to marriage. It is no longer just a matter of trust, but a matter of self-respect and respect for your present and future partners.