Chronic Illness Care Improvement Workshop
A number of health professionals locally and regionally will spend the next two days at the Krazy Koconuts, venue for a workshop on Collaborative Initiative on Chronic Illness Care.
Nutritionist Mrs. Marynese Titre pointed out that such workshops are very important as we continue to fight chronic and non-communicable diseases.
In welcoming the participants, she urged them to have an open mind and a warm spirit, which will assist them in achieving the objectives of the workshop.
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health Mrs. Helen Royer pointed out that the chronic care model project was introduced in May 2011, and as promised by the Ministry of Health it is happy to report that the first phase of this training programme has just begun.
She said this is part of the ways they are trying to address the CNCDs problem in Dominica.
Mrs. Royer stated that the Caribbean has the highest prevalence of chronic non-communicable diseases in the region of the America’s, causing much premature loss of life, loss of productivity and spiraling health care costs as a recent survey has revealed.
Dominica also follows the same pattern with both morbidity and mortality.
Dominica has started the process with implementation of CNCD”s condition, an advisory CNCD Committee, and two major consultations have been held so far, in addition to a CNCD draft policy.
Coordinator of the Health Promotion Resource Centre Mrs. Anthelia James who gave a synopsis on CNCD’s, says CNCDs cause diseases such as Heart disease, Stroke, Hypertension, Obesity and Cancer.
Some of the risk factors are unhealthy diet, physical inactivity, tobacco and alcohol use.
Mrs. James also said that our lifestyle is one of the main contributors to CNCDs, as many more people are indulging in unhealthy foods and an increase in alcohol consumption.
The workshop is being facilitated by Doctor Tomo Kanda, who is the Advisor on CNCDs in the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) for Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean.