Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit is calling for an increase in public health education.
In an end of year Government Information Service interview, he said a national plan to address chronic non communicable diseases (CNCDS) must place greater emphasis on getting the message out continuously to all nationals.
“While we have the plan and we have resources attached to the plan, both human and financial, I would like it to be more in the faces of our people: at school, at home, on the buses, on television. I do not get the sense it is at that level. Having a workshop is one thing but the continuous education is critical,” he emphasized.
Skerrit has long been speaking about addressing CNCDS, as reports indicate of increases in cases of diabetes, cancer and obesity on the island.
“This is creating havoc not only in Dominica but in the region and in the wider world. I get the sense that we are not taking care of ourselves as we should,” he said.
The Prime Minister has warned against regular consumption of fast food and meals and beverages with high sugar content. Lack of exercise is also a problem, he noted.
“There are more vehicles in the streets of Dominica and people no longer walk short distances,” he pointed out.
Skerrit hopes “that we as individual citizens can take greater heed of the need to take care of our health.”