MoH tackles increasing rates of amputations, hospitalisation due to diabetes and high blood pressure

Participants at the diabetic foot workshop.

In response to increasing rates of amputations and hospitalizations related to chronic, non-communicable diseases, such as diabetes and high blood pressure, the Ministry of Health held a workshop today, the first in a series aimed at arresting the problem.

National Coordinator for Health Promotion, Helen Royer, said that today’s workshop was intended to give care-giving organizations, manicurist and pedicurists knowledge of how to properly deal with persons who may have diabetic foot problems.

Royer

She said, “We are expecting that from this workshop, from the information that has been given, these persons will be able to return to their agencies or their communities and be able to translate the information and put it into practical use.”

She continued, “We know that the complications of diabetes can be very detrimental, not just to the individual, but to their families and it has economic implications for the government, related to hospitalizations and medication.”

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3 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    June 8, 2011

    continue the good work.Hope Dominicans take heed and care for their health

  2. Anonymous
    June 7, 2011

    bouquet to the health promotion team and the ministry of health for such a great program

  3. Anonymous
    June 7, 2011

    I am appalled by the increased rate of diabetes and high blood pressure complications in Dominica. More emphasis has to be placed on preventative health. Health education! health education!

    Information should be conveyed in both English and Patois (for our folks who are better able to understand information in Patois instead of English). We have to seriously drive the information through an islandwide health edcuation campaign.

    Amputation is a consequence of uncontrolled diabetes. Can the authoritiies help our folks (through education) to prevent so many amputations!

    Reducing salt intake and animal fat (take the skin off the chicken and remove all visible fat from your meat) or switch to fish and pulses (beans and peas) instead.

    Stop eating too many preserved foods ( they are usually loaded with salt and saturated fat).

    The fast food companies in Dominica needs to ensure that they control the amount of salt added to foods.
    I remembered ordering potato wedges from a fast food in Roseau when I visited last year. After having had the first bite I had to throw it in the bin and complained to the cashier that the potato wedges were too loaded with salt……That was serious amount of salt!!!!!

    Dominican need to be more conscious of what they eat. High salt seriously increase blood pressure. Reduce your salt intake!!!!

    Cinnamon tea (cannel) has been shown to helps reduce blood sugar in Type 2 Diabetes.

    Take some cannel (cinnamon ) tea daily to keep your blood sugar at an acceptable level. We have the natural stuff in Dominica!! Use what you grow!!

    A Concerned Dominican

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