Isaac says dialysis machines a priority

Isaac says dialysis machines a priority

Press Release:-Kidney disease is very prevalent in St. Lucia and according to official records, nearly one hundred and twenty (120) persons are now undergoing dialysis treatment at the three main medical institutions on the island including Tapion Hospital.

This is startling for a country with a population of  just over one hundred and seventy thousand, where resources are scarce and most importantly, there are nearly an equal number of persons waiting for an opportunity to receive treatment from just seventeen (17) dialysis machines at Victoria and St. Jude Hospitals .

Recently,Minister for Health and Wellness, Senator Mary Isaac disclosed that the government is aware of the acute situation regarding the over-use of the dialysis machines.

The government has decided that we are going to continue to maintain the dialysis machines at the Victoria Hospital as well as the ones at the new hospital because we have so many people who are on dialysis. So, for a short time we are going to continue to maintain the machines at Victoria Hospital and then we will see what happens from there.

As the Ministry of Health and Wellness, together with the St. Lucia Diabetes and Hypertension Association and the Blind Welfare Association continue their thrust in diabetes education and prevention, the Minister for Health has  indicated that her ministry will continue to support all efforts aimed at reducing the number of diabetes cases on the island, since renal failure is usually a direct consequence of diabetes.

“ Diabetes is a real priority for us here in St.Lucia but we have to look at tackling that from a holistic standpoint, from birth, people’s lifestyles and so on. We really have to change our lifestyles in St. Lucia, our eating habits and everything else, so that we can look at diabetes not after but before one contacts it. What it is that is causing so many of our people to come down with that disease.

Sen. Isaac believes that the citizens must also take responsibility for their health if the goal of reducing the impact of diabetes should be achieved.

We want to put things in place so that people can start looking at their lifestyle, people can start embracing the whole health notion that because I am healthy today does not mean that tomorrow I am going to be healthy and that everything I am doing today: the way I eat,the way I recreate is not necessarily the best way. I have to look at other ways and means of ensuring that I keep my health up and that I take care of my health, going into the future. And this is what we as a government want to promote.

Individuals undergoing dialysis treatment require a minimum of three sessions per week. Each session is valued at $150. EC.

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3 Comments

  1. Tracey
    December 6, 2016 at 4:48 pm Reply

    You lie. You said that 7 months ago

    1. Anonymous
      December 7, 2016 at 10:50 am Reply

      Haha. She disappears for a while then reappears to regurgitate the same crap.

  2. Anonymous
    December 6, 2016 at 9:11 pm Reply

    Diabetes: white bread , white rice, white pasta, white sugar. When are black people gonna stop eating white crap. When are Black people gonna stop believing in white ( and black ) doctors as gods. Eat right and use natural food and cures, not unnatural treatments. As the doctors know, there is no money in a cure. love ya , always Dave

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