Health officials in the Castle Bruce Health District are expanding an initiative to fight Chronic Non-communicable Diseases (CNCD’s) in that district.
The Selfhelp Life Style Changes Control CNCD’S (SLIC) programme has been launched in the Kalinago Territory. The activity was held on World Diabetes Day which was observed on November 22, 2012.
SLIC was conceptualized the Castle Bruce District Medical Officer, Dr Velda Wade in March 2012 and the first segment, SLIC Castle Bruce, was launched on September 2012 in observance of Caribbean Wellness Day. The goal is to provide information to clients and help them implement that information in order to “make healthy decisions for themselves, their families and communities”.
SLIC organizers say that at the Kalinago Territory launch “surpassed all expectations” as more than 150 participants from Mahaut River, Salybia and Castle Bruce and students from the Salybia Primary School publicly took a stand against diabetes.
Activities included a health walk from the Gaulette River bus stop and the Pointe Salybia bus stop to the Salybia primary school, followed by cultural presentations from Prosper Paris, Karina and Karifuna cultural groups and various SLIC groups.
In Castle Bruce, SLIC activities include physical exercises in the afternoon, Monday to Thursday with local food preparation demonstrations every other Friday at the Castle Bruce Health Centre.
That programme is managed by Sgt. Jerome Bannis, Family Nurse Practitioner, Charmaine Julien and Dr Velda Wade.
The Kalinago Territory Segment takes place in Mahaut River, where physical exercises are conducted by primary health care nurse, Doreen Ettiene, on Tuesday and Sunday afternoons and in Salybia on Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons where the instructors are martial artist, Kozier Frederick registered nurse/midwife, Winnie Joseph.
SLIC organizers say they intend to implement the programme in Good Hope and San Sauveur soon.