Dominicans urged to transfer Covid-fighting energy to combatting NCDs

Health Minister, Dr. Irving McIntyre

Dominicans are being urged to transfer all the energy and effort used during their fight against Covid-19 to the country’s next challenge, which is combating Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs).

Minister for Health, Wellness and New Health Investment, Dr. Irving McIntyre, who was addressing the Ministry of Health awards ceremony on Friday, the country’s major said .

He said at present the  issue is NCDs.

“ The best way we can transfer all of this energy that we had from the Covid-19 experience, all this energy and all this togetherness we had is to transfer it to our next challenge and our next challenge is dealing with Non- Communicable Diseases,” Dr. McIntyre said.

He continued, “Just the same way we have tuberculosis we are going to have Covid-19, we are supposed to live with this, we are going to get accustomed to this, but we cannot be buckled down by this, so we have to transfer our energies to other challenges ahead.”

Furthermore, Dr. McIntyre pointed out that 80% of all deaths now are due to Non-Communicable Diseases and 63% of all premature deaths are due to Non-Communicable Diseases.”

Meanwhile, he expressed gratitude and thanks to all healthcare workers on the island in their fight against Covid-19.

“It has been a very intensive period over the past 2 and half years from the time it was declared a Pandemic, March 2020,” Dr. McIntyre stated. “Our strongest and greatest force was togetherness. It was because of our togetherness and our collective approach that’s why we achieve such a level of success, and this is something that we have to translate to our next challenges coming up.”

A number of Healthcare workers from various health districts were presented with special awards, this include, Grandbay, St Joseph, Portsmouth, Marigot, Castle Bruce and La Plaine Health District.

Other awards were presented to the Dental Unit, Project Management Unit, National HIV/AIDS Response Unit, Health Promotion Unit among others.

Certificates of appreciation were also presented to various Government Ministries.

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8 Comments

  1. Rat Race
    June 13, 2022

    It’s no surprise that an increase in NCD’s like stroke and heart disease will follow COVID. Scare people into getting the worst vaccine in history instead of encouraging people to eat healthier and exercise daily.

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    • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
      June 14, 2022

      “eat healthier and exercise daily.”

      Whereas, eating healthy, and exercise daily, may seems to be an alternative; one have to be aware that regular doctor visits may serve a better purpose.

      Some of the diseases mentioned are heredity; so how do you defend against something that’s genetic, and might be inevitable. We, do not go to visit doctors in Dominica until its time to die, but the reality is whereas some people visits every two months here, I would suggest in Dominica, one should visit with a doctor at least once per year.
      Medical technology is as such these days, if there is potential of someone getting a stroke, it can be detected in the blood, is a panel is done.
      The majority of all strokes are ischemic, which means they occur as a result of an obstruction, such as a blood clot, within the blood vessel. This blockage prevents or greatly reduces the delivery of oxygen and essential nutrients to the brain.
      In some cases, despite testing during the hospital stay, the…

      • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
        June 14, 2022

        Con:
        In some cases, despite testing, the cause of a stroke cannot be determined. This is what is known as a “cryptogenic” stroke or a stroke of unknown cause. It’s estimated that 25-30% of ischemic strokes are cryptogenic or unexplained.

        Atrial fibrillation (AFib) is a major risk factor for stroke. It’s a common condition in which the upper chambers of the heart beat very fast and irregularly. As a result, blood is not pumped effectively to the rest of the body and may pool and clot. If a clot dislodges, it can travel to the brain and result in a stroke.
        People with AFib are five times more likely to have a stroke.

        Having a stroke means you are at greater risk for having another (recurrent) stroke. At least 1 in 4 people who have a stroke will have another stroke within their lifetime. Determining the cause of a stroke will help a doctor take steps to minimize the risk of having a recurrent stroke.

        Personally; I’ve had two heart surgery due to “Afib”

        • Rat Race
          June 16, 2022

          Well since you love explaining what we already know; can you enlighten us by explaining the rise in these diseases for vaccinated people? Especially among non hereditary victims.

          • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
            June 17, 2022

            I don’t have to explain anything to idiots who believe they can influence or extract information from people who knows by insulting their intelligence!

            If you need an explanation register as a health science major (in other words as a medical student, )and become informed as I have done; and I will not have to explain anything to you.

            If you knew as much as you think you would not have spoken the fart you spoke, you do not know squat!

            My knowledge came out of medical school okay!

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  2. Waiting For Airport
    June 13, 2022

    After all you trick people into getting vaccinated, now they dying just like we said they would… now all you coming with propaganda to try and justify their deaths???

    “80% of all deaths now are due to Non-Communicable Diseases and 63% of all premature deaths are due to Non-Communicable Diseases” – this is the depopulation we kept warning you about, watch how much young people dying. It get so bad that your authorities now have to start a propaganda campaign to try and explain it!

    All of all you black leaders/authorities are a bunch of wicked sell outs. Karma will come for all you one day!

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  3. Juanita
    June 13, 2022

    “Covid fighting energy” Mr. Minister? I’m afraid this would have to to include a paradigm shift from top to bottom to include an examination of our belief systems. Things happen and we react. We still have large numbers of our population who are refusing to take the covid vaccine because their priest or pastor may have preached against it. Some of us still believe that non communicable diseases are caused by obeah, soo-koo-yant, and loo-garou. As a case in point my Christian neighbor got up recently with a bobo on her leg where she had scratched a few days before. She started saying people were jealous of her because of her big house. Next thing, she was on a plane to another island to go and “gardez” It turned out she was diabetic and she almost lost the leg. Very bad energy! This example is by no means exhaustive. How can we use that kind of energy to fight any disease, communicable or otherwise?

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  4. If we knew better
    June 13, 2022

    blablablablabla. you would swear is children alone that in Dominica.

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