Health care providers here were updated on Wednesday about how to better deal with Chronic Non-Communicable Diseases (CNCDs).
They’ve been advised on how best to improve the quality of care provided to people with CNCDs, at a workshop organized by the country’s Health Promotion Unit and the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO).
These health professionals were also told about the Ministry of Health’s plans to adopt a Chronic Care Model Project as part of its campaign to address the problem.
PAHO is providing technical support to the island in implementing this project.
Ministry officials say they are hoping that the adoption of this Chronic care model will set the stage to better serve people with CNCDs, especially those with disabilities.
One of the objectives is to facilitate their integration into the community and to empower them to become more responsible.
According to the Health Ministry, the government has embarked on implementing measures to develop community based care services through the primary care health system for people with chronic problems.
Acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health Helen Royer said “by adopting this model, Dominica will be joining countries around the world that have already initiated this project and will be consistent with the International standards that have been set”.
“This will provide Dominicans with a chronic care passport which will assist in keeping track of health problems and taking the necessary actions to address them” Royer said.
Wednesday’s workshop was facilitated by Advisor on Chronic Disease and Mental Health at PAHO Dr.Tomo Kanda who will work with Dominica on this project for the next eighteen months.
Last year five countries in the Caribbean: Antigua, Barbados, Grenada, St.Lucia and Anguilla conducted a similar project.