Tag: V.I. Department of Health

How Pure Is Your Cistern Water? Is The Water Safe To Drink Untreated? The CDC Wants To Know

CHRISTIANSTED — Traditional water usage patterns imply 90 percent of households in the USVI collect and store water in cisterns. Unfortunately, there is little available information on the quality of this water. There is no evidence-based guidance available for the use and/or management of household cistern water. Recent surveys suggest the following about the use […]

FDA Approves Vaccine To Prevent Dengue Disease

CHRISTIANSTED — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the vaccine Dengvaxia on Wednesday for the prevention of dengue disease endemic in areas like the U.S. Virgin Islands, European Union and 19 other countries. Dengue is a mosquito-borne virus that according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) globally infects approximately 400 million […]

Gov. Bryan Declares ‘Mental Healthcare Emergency’ Due To Shortage Of Psychiatrists

CHRISTIANSTED — In an effort to improve mental health and behavioral services throughout the territory, Governor Albert Bryan, Jr. signed an Executive Order declaring a mental healthcare emergency in the U.S. Virgin Islands due to a shortage of psychiatric physicians and behavioral health providers. The Governor’s Executive Order will facilitate the hiring of mental health […]

Support Group Meeting For Dialysis Patients To Be Held At Juan Luis Hospital Sunday

CHRISTIANSTED — The V.I. Department of Health said the public is invited to attend the first Dialysis Support Group meeting of the year. The meeting will be held in the cafeteria of the Governor Juan F. Luis Hospital on Sunday, February, beginning at 3 p.m. This support group meeting is geared to dialysis patients, family […]

Senator Barnes Thanks Gov. Bryan For Extending Mental Health State of Emergency

CHRISTIANSTED – St. Croix Senator Alicia Barnes issued the following statement commending Governor Albert Bryan, Jr. for Executive Order No. 486-2019 issued on Tuesday. The executive order extended the mental health state of emergency in the U.S. Virgin Islands due to a shortage of psychiatric physicians and behavioral health providers. “I commend the Governor on his recent […]

CARPHA: Warns Of ‘Severe’ Outbreak of Dengue Virus In Caribbean This Year

KINGSTON — The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) is warning countries in the region to brace for a severe outbreak of the dengue virus this year. According to the agency, the current outbreak of dengue in Jamaica has raised the level of concern in other Caribbean islands. Local health authorities say up to January 3 […]

OP-ED PIECE: Mapp Must Be Transparent About How Disaster Relief Funds Are Spent

By SORAYA DIASE COFFELT/INDEPENDENT CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR I have been speaking out and calling for this administration to be financially accountable and transparent to the people of the Virgin Islands and its auditors for over a year, all to no avail. As a result, we continue to see, hear and suffer from the consequences of […]

Virgin Islands Behavioral Services (VIBS) Serving At-Risk Youth To Shut Its Doors This Summer

[ad name=”HTML-68″] [wpedon id=”23995″ align=”left”] CHRISTIANSTED — Virgin Islands Behavioral Services (VIBS) – a behavioral health facility in Anna’s Hope serving the Virgin Islands since 1995 – will close its doors this summer, the V.I. Free Press has learned. VIBS is a short term residential evaluation unit with 30 beds on St. Croix designed to respond […]

HEALTH DEPARTMENT: Charles Harwood Complex Closed Today Due To Malfunctioning Chiller

CHRISTIANSTED — Due to a malfunctioning of the air conditioning chiller, the Department of Health (DOH) will temporarily closed the Charles Harwood Complex, located on St. Croix, today at 1:30 p.m. The following clinics/services will temporarily close for the day: · Vital Statistics (Birth & Death Records) · Community Health Clinic · Communicable Disease (HIV/STD) […]

Health Department To Battle Diabetes Issue Here With Lifestyle Coaches to Help Patients

[ad name=”HTML-68″] [wpedon id=”23995″ align=”left”] CHRISTIANSTED — Community members are about to embark on a journey to prevent type 2 diabetes together with the National Diabetes Prevention Program lifestyle change intervention, offered by the U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Health (DOH). If you have diabetes then you may want to consider making some healthier lifestyle […]