‘We use too much sugar…too much salt…in Dominica’ PM implores public regarding CNCDs

Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit

Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has called on Dominicans to be more apprised as it relates to the prevalence of Chronic Non-Communicable Diseases (CNCDs).

He was speaking during the 13th Inaugural Meeting of the Mahaut- Jimmit -Tarreau Village Council this week.

“I want us as a community and as a country to be more apprised of the prevalence of CNCDs in Dominica,” he urged. “It contributes to most deaths in our country and in many cases these are preventable deaths if we had taken care of ourselves.”

According to the prime minister, those who have not contracted any CNCDs have the opportunity to prevent themselves from developing these diseases by eating properly and exercising regularly.

“The reality is we use too much sugar in Dominica,” Skerrit remarked. “And we eat too much salt in Dominica and I think that we have to ensure that we take care of ourselves, because the cost of managing CNCDs at a family level and also at a government level is prohibitive.”

Furthermore, Skerrit said CNCDs are a major threat to Dominica.

“No matter where I go in the world and I have the opportunity to speak, whether it’s at CARICOM, OECS, or even at the United Nations I speak about the issue of Chronic Non-Communicable Diseases affecting Dominica and the world,” he said. “And I recall when we were affected by Covid, I kept saying that Covid is not our major threat, CNCDs is our major threat.”

He continued, “And the reality is, we can fight it.”

Skerrit added, “Those of us who may have contracted it there are means of treating it and ensuring that we can live longer and more fulfilling lives.”

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  1. Missie
    June 13, 2024

    That’s why Dominicans need new people who are activists like we had Ron Green, Para and youth who understand geopolitics. I do not think he understands that he has already signed on to WTO/IMF/World bank shenanigans to keep our store shelves open for dumping their mass produced stuff laced with SUGAR, SALT etc. so that they can sell pharmaceutical pills.
    That unless you can produce food stuff cheaper than “them”, and we can’t, as our rep you have us locked in.
    You won’t understand till you become an activist yourself!
    You, do not even have native seeds anymore, can’t grow many, if not most vegetables from their seeds as you’re locked in to their GMO through the World Trade Organization(s) and E.U in exchange for a few dollars in aid to be dependent on them.

  2. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    June 11, 2024

    If pseudo doctor Roosevelt believes that overuse of sugar is the cause of diabetes, the Wesley kid have some news for him!
    The body needs to use carbohydrates, including sugars, as an energy source. However, food producers also add sugar to many products, which can lead a person’s blood sugar levels to become too high.
    Consuming excessive amounts of added sugar can have adverse health effects, so guidelines recommend that people limit their intake.
    Scientifically, in medical science: The exact cause of diabetes is not fully understood, However, it involves a problem with insulin production or use in the body. In diabetes, either the body doesn’t produce enough insulin or the cells don’t respond properly to insulin, leading to high levels of sugar in the blood. Both genetic and environmental factors may contribute to the development of diabetes. Risk factors include obesity, high cholesterol, and in some cases, family history “hereditary.”
    Roosevelt is not a medical doctor!

  3. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    June 11, 2024

    The term “apprised” simply means to informed someone: what I am about to write is termed apprised. It does not require two bits of bought papers: honorary degree to become a “wannabe” doctor to talk such nonsense. In the first place the human body need sodium!
    Therefore; If sodium levels fall in the blood, this affects brain activity. The person may feel sluggish and lethargic. They may experience muscle twitches, followed by seizures, a loss of consciousness, coma, and death. If sodium levels fall quickly, this may happen very fast.
    Note: for those who don’t know sodium is “salt.”
    It must also be noted that excess sodium intake has been linked to health issues such as “hypertension” (high blood pressure which can lead to cardiovascular disease. When there’s too much sodium in the blood it pulls plenty of water into the bloodstream; hence as the volume of blood increases, the heart works harder to pump blood around the body.
    One must be less than moderate when using…

  4. Ibo France
    June 11, 2024

    To mitigate against this problem of CNCDs, education and enlightenment of our daily food intake is crucial. But even equally important is for most families to have the financial means to procure and consume more nutritious foods.

    The widespread, abysmal poverty leaves most Dominicans with no other option but to resort to purchasing cheap sugary, starchy, fatty, oily, cholesterol laden consumables.

    It’s obvious! The health and wellbeing of the people is not on the government’s priority list.

  5. Bernard
    June 11, 2024

    sKERRIT already YOU KILL Dominica waver gone Portsmouth mash-up

  6. Bring back the kidnapped parrots.
    June 10, 2024

    Back in the day Dominica produced their own sugar from sugar cane. Dominicans did not have to depend on imported food they grew their own including coffee. The banana industry was also thriving till US President Bill Clinton made a deal with Dole and shut out the Caribbean. Dominica used to export bananas to Britain every two weeks people were making good money.

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  7. OneLove
    June 9, 2024

    I don’t take sugar at all and yet I am diabetic according to my doctor. I take very little salt and yet doctor says I am hypertension. So pm I conclude is not sugar or salt but rather the stress that you and you worthless government has caused is no doubt the mains cause of CNCDs

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    • derp
      June 10, 2024

      This is actually true, stress pays a huge role in our health. I don’t get why people are downvoting you, also it depends on persons body, I know some people who eat a bunch of sweet and sugary things yet it doesn’t affect them…

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  8. smh
    June 9, 2024

    “And I recall when we were affected by Covid, I kept saying that Covid is not our major threat, CNCDs is our major threat.”

    When did he ever say that? All I remember hearing from 2019 to 2022 was “social distance”, “wear your mask”, “lockdowns”, “curfew”, “vaccine” , “vaccine mandate”. To say that maintaining good health (exercise, diet etc) was considered “medical misinformation”.

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