Education important in combating NCDs Dr. Peters says

Peters has emphasized education in combating NCDs
Peters has emphasized education in combating NCDs

President of the Dominica State College (DSC), Dr. Donald Peters believes that non-communicable diseases (NCDs) can be prevented through education.

Peters also believes that people’s diet and lifestyle determine to a great extent how they take care of themselves and individual can reduce incidences of NCDs.

He made the remarks while delivering an address at the opening ceremony of the Annual Health Fair held at the DSC on Tuesday.

“All non-communicable diseases can be prevented and it can be prevented through education,” he stated. “So it is important and probably opportunistic that we at the college should take the lead in helping educate our people about their lifestyle and their education and that will lead to better health.”

According to him, black people, on a whole around the world, are prone to have diabetes and hypertension.

“It tells us that we are predisposed to have those diseases and secondly it gives us the opportunity to prevent those diseases,” he stated. “And it should start at primary schools but I am glad that we here at the college have seen it necessary to help educate people about non-communicable diseases.”

Meanwhile Dr. Peters revealed that one of his dreams is to offer an associate degree in Health Education which will essentially help people to prevent ‘health disasters.’

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18 Comments

  1. Ben Haynes PsyD
    April 24, 2015

    What rubbish l am reading from these so-called contributors here. Perhaps they do not understand the importance of this message. But first, let me thank the worthy gentleman Dr. Peters for his contribution any day. Yes Sir, l believe you are on the right track, and your message must continue until the public gets it, that education is a big help in combating non- Communicable Diseases especially when they can cause havoc and death in the populations. Allow me to add that, education is perhaps the best tool we have today, and you have proven here that there is a lot of work that needs to be done, and immediately.

  2. Anthony P. Ismael
    April 24, 2015

    Dominica State College is no match for Dominica’s needs. Dominica needs to partner with our brothers and sisters in Cuba. I have long advocated a sustained relationship with the “Castro Brothers.”

    We have been fooled by US State Department politics for too long.

    Last weekend New York State Governor, Mario Cuomo visited Cuba with a delegation from New York. His first big move was to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with Cuba to cooperate on biomedical research. The Canadians told the US State Department o take a seat and they have been quietly cooperating in this area for years. Europe has also ben involved too. The US is now hot on this trail, not to be outdone.

    Cuba is one of the world’s leading nations in biomedical research. Like idiots, we allowed the racist Republicans led by Ronald Reagan to dictate our foreign policy to our detriment. Let’s get real and offer real advice, not empty book theories.

    Investors recently allocated 1 billion dollars to invest in…

  3. Views Expressed
    April 24, 2015

    “Peters also believes that people’s diet and lifestyle determine to a great extent how they take care of themselves and individual can reduce incidences of NCDs”.
    In the protection of our students at al educational institutions in Dominica, Trinidad, St. Vincent etc, we need courses to discipline teachers to respect our young female students. It is a must. Too may concerns and reports coming in and nothing is done. It has become a nightmare for our young girls to walk through the corridors and halls of some of our institutions. How would NDC`s at the State College, High Schools etc help us address and stop this communicable disease on our young female and male students. Perpetrators’ hands off please. This diet and abuse is certainly not a lifestyle to be ignored.
    DSC, please take the lead

  4. Francisco Telemaque
    April 24, 2015

    You see Donald, it is one thing to dabble into everything, nevertheless, you are not a medical doctor, and I doubt you majored in Health Science where you are knowledgeable enough to give medical advise.

    A non-communicable disease, or NCD, is a medical condition or disease that can be defined as non-infectious and non-transmissible among people. NCDs can refer to chronic diseases which last for long periods of time and progress slowly. Sometimes, NCDs result in rapid deaths such as seen in certain types of diseases such as autoimmune diseases, heart diseases, stroke, and cancers

    Take cancer for instance, every human alive are born with cancer cells in their body, how do you protect from that and from an immune system disease; children less than five years suffer strokes, people are born with heart disease, and diabetes, So you see why you should simply shut up?

  5. Shaka zulu
    April 23, 2015

    The diseases of ignorance, dependence, narrow mindedness, laziness and the likes is what this half a… Doc should try to fix through education. This guy has already compromised his integrity in my book, by his recent deeds.

  6. forkit
    April 23, 2015

    DR PETER for your information, education is important in combating all obstacle’s in life, uneducated people is like a tree without root…

    • Francisco Telemaque
      April 24, 2015

      If his concentration is on obesity, his argument is still flawed, because eating junk food as some believe is not the only cause of obesity. Some people are predisposed to that condition, which in some case cannot be considered a disease.

      There are people who weights three and four hundred pounds, and does not have any medical problems, while you find people weighing less than a hundred-eighty pounds and have all sorts of medical problems.

      Asthma and bronchitis are similar non-communicable disease, how can one protect themselves from that via Donald Peters so called education when people are born with Asthma, develops bronchitis in infant stage. I wish I could detail my comments from a medical, and scientific point of view if the length of posts were not limited! I would have given him an education that would make him look foolish.

  7. April 23, 2015

    Any body who runs into DR Donald peters tell him i say thanks for coming back to educate our kids. Thanks to Dr Esprit for coming back , thanks to all the rest of the teachers at the college, changes are being made. We do not want any more experts in quoting shakespeare. We need job creaters, we want to see the next student , who is going to raise 1.000.000. Chickens employ people and keep good books. Tell Dr Donald peters every student must know who Aliko Dongate is with a loan from his uncle for $2.000 he is now worth $27 billions . His mission is to feed Africa, and he have started. Every school kid in Dominica should know about him. All the smart Dominicans over seas should come back and help the prime ministers to build the country. Come and give back.

    • Anthony P. Ismael
      April 24, 2015

      More pie in the sky theories that are impractical and will never come to pass in Dominica. Humans beings advance throughout time when conscious decisions are made to move from one era to the next. The dark ages were characterized by “Divine Right of Kings, Nepotism and ignorance.”

      The Enlightenment period saw a paradigm shift where Science and Democracy led the way. It took centuries before this paradigm shift manifested itself into something tangible that benefited the human race.

      Influential Dominicans do not want Dominica to prosper. When Dominicans are ready to take the next step, they will do so naturally.

      When those who control land and capital are prepared to become part of new ventures and they do not feel threatened, it is only then that the country will move forward. Raising a 1000 chickens with no market to sell too or no license from the government is idiotic!! People have tried and failed with this venture.

      Wheel and come again.

  8. April 23, 2015

    Since DR Peters took over the college changes have been made we had a science fair, changes does not come from politicians changes comes from higher education if the kids are taught the right way. The only way to get out of slavery , one have to create, grow, and control their own destiny. Politicians cannot teach you that. The entire model must change in the caribean. To many politicians fighting over nothing. All we teach people is how to sing and beg for their super. Every politician in the caribean should own a farm or fishing vessel, or villas and rent them to the people who wants to look at the caribean sea. My fellow Dominicans we have to own more stuff, stop fighting for stupid power go and raise rabbits and sell it to the french islands. Its a shame we cannot even grow and ship plantains over seas.

    • Anthony P. Ismael
      April 24, 2015

      Changes do not come from education. Bill Gates dropped out from Harvard. Warren Buffet started out in the mail room. We need to stop comparing average people to the most talented and innovative 1%.

      Many of the world’s billionaires do not have a formal education. They’re innovative. Innovation can’t be taught, You either have it or you don’t,

      Repeating researched information that’s not germane to Dominica or its particular challenges is educated ignorance,

      If the foolishness that you wrote were this easy, why aren’t you doing it yourself? You seem to have all the answers, so why didn’t you turn $2000.00 into $27,000,000.00? I will tell you why. Because it requires decades of smart investing to accomplish this feat.

      Stop trying to sound clever when you’re not smart all.

  9. Analyze this
    April 23, 2015

    Neo DLP-ites that ought to read.

    • Reader
      April 23, 2015

      Something must have been deleted. Analyze what? Something fishy DNO LMAO
      Neo DLP-ites that ought to read. stands in a vacum here!

  10. April 23, 2015

    Dr Peters is on point , as Black people we in the caribean must change every thing about the way higher education is delivered. Change from the British modle to our own model . We have to teach kids how to feed the nation and take care of health. All we teach people is how to beg for a job not how to create jobs. We can quote every great white person but we cannot raise enough pigs to eat, dont have the boats and money to catch more fish. We must wake up now before we starve.

    • Anthony P. Ismael
      April 24, 2015

      You sound so idiotic. A good friend of mine is a civil engineer. He was obsessed with building bridges and structures way back in high school. No one taught him or told him to build bridges. It was his gift and talent.

      Another one is a studio engineer. He was mixing music at 15 with rudimentary equipment. Today he’s very successful. These skills are not taught. You either have them or you don’t!!

  11. Zandoli
    April 23, 2015

    Dr. Peter, stick to the areas where you have expertize. To say that through lifestyle and diet we can PREVENT NCDs, is only partially correct. If we are genetically predisposed to certain ailments, there are things we can do to minimize the effects of these diseases on our bodies.

    My wife is diabetic and she is educated. She is 5`2`and weighs 110 lbs. She is definitely not a big woman. She walks several miles every week. She watches her diet like a hawk. Her mother and some of her siblings are diabetic. She is doing everything you speak of, yet she is diabetic. The benefits of the things she does manifests itself in that she can live a full life without having to worry about poor circulation, amputations, blindness and the other debilitating effects of diabetes. That is what you should tell the people you are appealing to.

    You don’t get to choose your genes, but you can do something to give yourself a fighting chance.

    • Erickson
      April 24, 2015

      What we are learning through the still-emerging science of epigenetics is that those genes that predispose us to develop certain NCDs can actually be turned on or off by lifestyle practices and environmental factors. Something worth researching? Absolutely.

  12. Pedro
    April 23, 2015

    All non-communicable diseases can be prevented and it can be prevented through education,” he stated. Donald Peters, not all non-communicable diseases can be prevented. Some are simply acquired through the genes. You need an education yourself.

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