BVIHSA REVISES COVID-19 TESTING RULES FOR HOSPITAL ADMISSIONS

The British Virgin Islands Health Services Authority (BVIHSA) has announced a change to its COVID-19 testing requirements before hospital and clinic admissions.  Effective immediately, patients without COVID-19 symptoms will no longer need to undergo pre-procedure testing. However, symptomatic patients and those recently exposed to confirmed COVID cases will still require testing prior to surgeries, procedures … Continued

PAHO ISSUES ALERT ON RISING DENGUE FEVER CASES

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) has issued a new epidemiological alert, urging countries in the Americas to intensify efforts to control the Aedes aegypti mosquito, the primary vector transmitting dengue fever.  The alert comes in response to a significant surge in reported cases in several countries during the early weeks of 2024. According to … Continued

SEWERAGE OVERFLOW IN ROAD TOWN PROMPTS CALL FOR CAUTION AND CLOSURE OF PUMP STATION

The Water and Sewerage Department has issued a public advisory regarding a sewerage overflow in Road Town, stemming from a technical malfunction at the main pump station in the heart of the city. The incident has prompted the closure of the Road Town Pump Station, and both motorists and pedestrians are urged to exercise caution … Continued

MINISTRY TO HOST VIRTUAL WORKSHOP TO ENHANCE PRESCRIPTION MEDS FOR SENIORS

In an effort to enhance the prescription of medication for the elderly, the Ministry of Health and Social Development is organizing a virtual workshop titled “Safe Prescribing for the Elderly” which is scheduled for Thursday, February 29, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The ministry in a media release on Wednesday said the workshop will … Continued

BVIHSA CONDUCTS SUCCESSFUL FIRE RESPONSE DRILL

In a proactive move to bolster safety measures and readiness, the BVI Health Services Authority (BVIHSA) recently orchestrated a comprehensive fire response drill at the Annex and Peebles Wing of the Dr. D. Orlando Smith Hospital. The drill, designed to evaluate staff responses, served as a critical opportunity to assess emergency protocols, with a focus … Continued

BVIHSA SHUTS DOWN RUMOURED SWINE FLU OUTBREAK

There is no evidence at this time to support recent claims of a swine flu outbreak in the British Virgin Islands.  That’s according to the BVI Health Services Authority (BVIHSA) who responded to recent social media messages about a potential swine flu outbreak in the territory in a recent statement. While acknowledging respiratory illnesses like … Continued