Castle Bruce Leads the Way in Fighting Chronic Non Communicable Diseases

Parliamentary Representative for Morne Jaune/Riviere Cyrique Constituency, Mr. Ivor Stephenson

Castle Bruce is leading the way in fighting Chronic Non Communicable Diseases (CNCDs)

This comes as part of Caribbean Wellness Day which was celebrated in Castle Bruce on Saturday 15th September.

Dr. Velda Wade is the District Medical Officer in Castle Bruce. She used to be stationed at the Princess Margaret Hospital, and taught at the St. George’s University in Grenada, before returning to Dominica.

As part of this year’s Celebrations Castle Bruce is portraying their observance as SLIC (Self- Help Lifestyle Changes Control CNCDs).

The first part of SLIC was to organize a wellness group where they engage in physical activity from 4pm to 5:30pm, ranging from ages 6 to 88!

Dr. Wade says simply reducing the amount of medication a patient is on is also vital. Patients who suffer from cataracts are at high risk because if their bloods sugar levels keep fluctuating this poses an even greater risk.

Africulture Stilt Walkers, the Sankofa Performing Arts Theatre and other groups were part of a parade at the event.

Honourable Johnson Drigo, Parliamentary Representative for the Castle Bruce Constituency says since Dr. Wade became the District Medical Officer, she has been able to motivate most of the elderly to join the fitness club.

Honourable Ivor Stephenson, Parliamentary Representative for the Morne Jaune/ Riviere Cyrique Constinuency, says this is indeed a timely activity due to the increase in non- communicable diseases.

There were also pulse checks, blood pressure checks and foot care demonstrations at the event.

The day continued with the district’s display of how they would combat non CNCDs including playing rounders, football and having a back yard garden.


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    Good job, everyone, it was great and i have fun. Enjoyed the foods, all natural products grown in the district

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