On Sunday 11, 2011 the Cottage Pentecostal Church held a session on Chronic Non Communicable Diseases (CNCD) as part of their church service changing the normal trend of their services on that morning
Mr. Morrison Azille, administrator of the church and organizer of the event, said he was becoming very concerned since he realised from various discussion forum that many church members were not keen on getting a check up on their health, especially the men.
He said he realized that the church needed to address this problem and he wanted to assist members in improving their health to prevent these chronic diseases.
Mrs. Helen Royer Coordinator of Health Promotion and Focal Point for CNCD in the Ministry of Health facilitated the program and applauded the church for having taken the stand to fight against CNCD
The activity highlighted the rising prevalence of CNCD in Dominica and the role of faith based organization, community and individuals in addressing this growing epidemic. Mrs. Royer stated that this was a very good approach since health should take a holistic approach, which would see the individual as not only being spiritual but having a body that is also doing well. She made reference to 3rd John chapter two which states that God wishes above all that we should prosper and be in good health even as our soul prospers.
The activity went very well as members raised many question and actively participated. Coordinator of the event and Pastor of the church both stated that this was one of the many health activities they would like to undertake for the church and community
Mrs. Royer committed to assisting in the planning and implementation of future programs.