Health Official Reports Decline in Amputees In Dominica

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Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health, Mrs. Helen Royer

Hard work certainly pays off, as the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health Mrs. Helen Royer says; there was a decline in the number of amputees as a result of diabetes in 2012.

Mrs. Royer stated this decline is as a result of the hard work of the Ministry of Health, the Dominica Rotary Club and the Dominica Diabetes Association.

In addition she said this decline only be contributed to the improved knowledge and skills the participants acquired from the intensive training program.

Mrs. Royer pointed out that the participants need to be commended for their efforts, especially as they worked at a District level to establish a community and personal initiative to ensure the project continues.

She said the Ministry of Health is committed to this cause as they recently initiated a Chronic Care Project that seeks to promote the quality of life of persons with Non Communicable Diseases such as diabetes.

This project she said will also focus on promoting the self management of diabetes and hypertension in all seven health districts in Dominica that, will aid in reducing deaths and disability caused by the two main causes of death; diabetes and hypertension.

Mrs. Royer says in 2014 the Ministry of Health will conduct the “Steps to Behavioral Risk Factor Survey,” aimed at identifying trends in non-communicable diseases and risk factor prevalence.

Although much has been accomplished she said there is a lot more work to be done, and as such, the Ministry will continue to build strong relationships with non health sectors to include gender based groups, the church, the Ministry of Education and Agriculture among others.

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