Category Archives: Health

Housing failures to be put to accounts body

A highly critical report on St Helena’s government housing service is to be reviewed by the island’s Public Accounts Committee on Monday 10 February, more than four months after it was quietly published. The service was declared “inadequate”. Years of … Continue reading

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RMS St Helena lands patient at Walvis Bay and sails on

A patient has been transferred to hospital in Namibia from the RMS St Helena after the ship diverted by 399 nautical miles to put them ashore. St Helena Government issued for the following statement on Tuesday, 28 January 2014: At … Continue reading

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RMS St Helena diverts to Walvis Bay in medical emergency

St Helena’s supply ship changed course for Walvis Bay because of a medical emergency, it was announced on Monday (27 January 2014). The statement from St Helena Line Ltd did not say whether the situation involved an incident on board … Continue reading

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‘Health of the island’ study will guide future care

Patterns of illness on St Helena are to be studied to help re-shape the health service on the island – where rates of diabetes and hypertension are among the highest in the world. IAN RUMMERY, chairman of the the island’s … Continue reading

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Read the full aid mission report for St Helena

The aide memoire signed at the end of the annual visit of advisers from the UK serves as a state-of-the-island report for St Helena. The Development Aid Planning Mission 2014 report covers key aspects of life such as health, education, … Continue reading

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St Helena needs ‘new hospital and new health service,’ says Ian

Health leaders have been given six months to make a case for building a new hospital on St Helena. But Ian Rummery, chairman of the island’s public health committee, has called for wholesale reform. “The case we have to make … Continue reading

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Sailors welcome: but don’t leave any nasty gifts

Visiting mariners have been described as a potential health risk to people on St Helena – because of what they might get up to on shore. The danger of them passing on diseases through amorous encounters has been identified as … Continue reading

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Britain promises to clear oil from torpedoed Darkdale

A “catastrophic” oil leak from the wreck of the torpedoed RFA Darkdale has been declared inevitable within 25 years if no action is taken. Britain’s Ministry of Defence has now promised urgent steps to remove  the oil, to protect human … Continue reading

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RFA Darkdale: wreck imposes ‘intolerable’ threat to island

A long list of risks posed by the wreck of the torpedoed RFA Darkdale sets out grim prospects for St Helena if action is not taken. Two are rated “intolerable” and highly likely to arise. They are: “Catastrophic structural failure of … Continue reading

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Eddie puts up his own cash to start kidney fund

A fund has been launched to save the lives of people on St Helena who have kidney disease. Eddie Leo put up £200 to start the fund after a neighbour died because the island had no dialysis machine to take … Continue reading

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