Dominica could soon implement a policy to address diseases which health officials said are causing “havoc” in Dominica.
Stakeholders in the health sector are currently engaged in a workshop, to finalize the development of a policy on Chronic Non Communicable Diseases (CNCD).
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health, Helene Royer, said once finalized, the policy will give strategic direction to the management of CNCDs at a national level.
She said CNCDs have placed a burden on the health system and social services in Dominica and despite advances, persistent challenges remain.
According to Royer, the Ministry of Health has taken some aggressive steps to tackling the serious problems of CNCDs, some of which includes the recognition of health days and the hosting of three major national consultations.
However Royer said the policy is essential to the Ministry of Health and stakeholders as the drive to combat the CNCD epidemic continues.
Meantime Chief Medical Officer Dr David Johnson called for a collaborative approach to fighting CNCD in Dominica.
“Clearly over the past few years there has been a greater recognition that CNCDs can only be prevented and controlled by all of society approach. This is a clear indication that CNCD is far too big for the health sector alone to deal with,” he said.
According to Johnson, sedentary lifestyle, poor eating habits and the implications from the use of tobacco, contribute to the alarming statistics of obesity.