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Saint Lucians Urged To Get the Facts, Reject Diabetes Myths

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Health, Wellness, and Elderly Affairs Minister Moses Jn Baptiste has underscored the value of education in the fight against Diabetes and has urged the people of Saint Lucia to reject myths regarding the disease.

“As a nation, we must ensure that we turn away from the myths which surround the cause and treatment of Diabetes and embrace evidence-based facts,” Jn Baptiste asserted.

His comments came in a statement on Monday marking World Diabetes Day 2022.

The theme for the observance is: “Diabetes Education to Protect Tomorrow.”

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The Saint Lucia Health Minister noted that too many times, Diabetics refuse care because of a lack of knowledge of what is happening in their bodies.

And Jn Baptiste observed that knowing about Diabetes and how to manage daily could be the difference between life and death.

According to the Vieux Fort North MP, Diabetes has consistently been among the four leading causes of death in Saint Lucia over the past decade.

However, he explained that essential medicines for Diabetics are available in Saint Lucia without payment of out-of-pocket cost.

Jn Baptiste also pointed to the free availability of nutritional counselling, diabetic retinopathy screening, foot care, and health education at wellness centres.

In addition, he disclosed that his Ministry is currently embarking on a pilot project to make lab testing at no cost for Diabetics and hypertensive patients.

His complete statement appears below:

 

 

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9 COMMENTS

  1. Moz buddy, lead the captives free – BUILD THE MODERN HOSPITAL – don’t vote to sell the building, be it for a hotel a ho/house or what ever -BUILD THE HOSPITAL; with Blessings, Amen

  2. Diabetes can easily be reversed with generic or synthetic medicine which makes you a life long slave of substances which doesn’t work but inflict more damage to your health and body. Don’t believe these lies being told by the so called health Minister because he is just a brainless puppet, campaigning for the demonic pharmaceutical companies

  3. Hon Minister of Health I believe the administration of the department of nursing at SALCC is a major catalyst fueling the mass migration of our St.Lucian nurses. The administration with that department continues to abuse us emotionally. Many of my colleagues( student nurses) were publicly humiliated deliberately a recent pledging ceremony at SALCC. Only our pockets are appropriated in the department of Nursing. There is no love and empathy from the administration. We are continuously depressed and that department. Nevertheless, no one is assisting us. No one. Can someone please hear our cry before it is to late. Depression is a mental disorder so is suicide. Please help us.

  4. I DO HEREBY CALL ON THE RELEVANT AUTHORITIES TO PLEASE INVESTIGATE AND ASSIST THE STUDENT NURSES AT SALCC. THERE IS AN ADMINISTRATIVE CRISIS IN THAT DEPARTMENT. WHERE ARE PROFESSIONALS ? WHERE ARE THE AUTHORITIES THAT ARE GETTING PAID? THE STUDENTS NEED YOUR HELP. THANK YOU.

  5. THE DEPARTMENT OF NURSING AT SALCC IS IN AN OBVIOUS CRISIS. PLEASE ASSIST THE STUDENTS BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE.

  6. They will only take actions when nurses go on strike or when no one attends the division of nursing.
    I have read their plea over and over. Nothing is being done. Poor jab

  7. Mister Minister please increase the intake of for doctor interns because too many are waiting after studying so hard and can’t work or get the necessary experience. You would swear we can afford to lose doctors after the medical fraternity is so understaffed. People have spent money to study in this country and yet still your preference is to scholarship students when those who invested in their education are sidelined. People have spent money studying here and next thing you refuse to give them opportunities…

  8. MUSA INCREASE THE INTAKE FOR INTERN DOCTORS. THERE ARE TOO MANY WAITING AND IT IS NOT LIKE WE DONT NEED THEM. VERY SOON ANOTHER COUNTRY WILL GLADLY TAKE THEM AND WE TALK ABOUT BRAINDRAIN. SMH

  9. Musa have you ever bought lunch in an average St. Lucia restaurant. Let me break it down for you. Rice, plantain, dasheen, pasta, yam. A very small serving of vegetables and a portion of meat/fish. And for drink a soda. or local juice laced with sugar. If you’re a minister of health and don’t see the problem with that meal then you have a serious issue and you need to get your head checked. Our eating habits will inevitably lead to diabetes. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to figure that out. Sugar (and sugar mean CARBOHYDRATES) rich diets will always lead to diabetes especially if you factor in lack of exercise and alcohol.

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