Peters promises preventive health care program for DSC

A food display at the fair
A food display at the fair

President of the Dominica State College (DSC), Dr. Donald Peters, has said that a preventive health care program will soon be introduced at the institution.

Speaking during the college’s annual health fair on Tuesday, he said the program will be instituted when the DSC’s new campus opens its doors.

“I am pleased that the students are making it (the health fair) part of their curriculum. I want everybody to get involved in being healthy and when our new campus opens, the Dominica State College( DSC) will be involved in the delivery of health care … and by that time preventive health care will be the corner stone of our program,” he said.

Preventive health care consists of consists of measures taken to prevent diseases (or injuries) rather than curing them or treating their symptoms.

Dr. Peters said that a healthy country means that everyone has a responsibility to make healthy living their business.

“A nation needs healthy people … as a community you can only be strong as we are healthy … generally we are a healthy people but as minority, as black people, there’s a number of diseases we have to be careful about,” he cautioned. “Each of us have our responsibility for health … and it’s not very difficult, you need to read a lot … health is each of us business.”

The health fair aimed to educate, inform and promote healthier living among students and Dominicans in general. Various sample dishes for each health condition were on display and each was to be judged at the end of the fair.

The fair’s targeted areas include: cervical cancer, breast cancer, obesity, diabetes, stomach cancer and hypertension.

It was held under the theme ‘Health: my business, your business, everybody’s business.”

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4 Comments

  1. african queen
    April 17, 2013

    mr peter use the personal pronoun we not everything is I .
    What is your ideology?

  2. April 17, 2013

    my friend suffers from high blood pressure even before she was 40 years…she must take tablets every day.her dinner alone composes of ;4 turkey wings,1/2 a litre of juice,1/2 of a big loaf,plus a big cup of oats that she would like to have from my dinner ,lettuce and tomatoes …i am a little older than her and i cannot eat 2 turkey wings ,plus salad.
    i told her that she is eating too much meat and drinking to much juice due to the quantity of the in take of sugar due to her state of health…she told me that it was not my money that is buying the food for her…
    this is an example of the type of people that we are dealing with every day…sensitize or not we will still come across some nugget greedy heads..portion control is a very important factor also…

  3. This is wonderful.
    April 16, 2013

    Everyone needs to be sensitized about preventative care medicine as we have no national insurance and not many people can afford insurance. We have no tertiary care facilities on island and it cost so much to travel for medical care. Many of the non communicable diseases stem from our lifestyles. If we learn to eat healthy and exercise then these can be prevented and cause less people to have to go to the other Caribbean Islands for treatment.

  4. lolz
    April 16, 2013

    how about paying your light bill before starting any projects nuh

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