Ministry of Health and ROSS launch hypertension and diabetes manual
On Thursday, the Ministry of Health in collaboration with the ROSS University School of Medicine launched its fifth edition of ‘the manual for the management of hypertension and diabetes in Dominica’.
The manual was designed as a reference for both health professionals working in hospitals and communities and those who take care of diabetic and hypertension patients in other institutions.
Professor Gerald Grell, Dean of Clinical and Community Affairs at ROSS University says the manual was developed in consultation with a team of experienced and committed health professionals.
Coordinator for health promotion and focal point for Chronic Non Communicable Diseases (CNCDs), Helen Royer noted that the aim of the manual is to provide current and accurate information on the management of diabetes and hypertension.
It will also serve as a guide to health professionals in the treatment and care of specific problems.
Minister of Health, Honorable Julius Timothy believes that the launching of this manual supports Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit’s mandate in making ‘health’ a priority issue in 2011.
Prior to the launching, over fifty health care professionals met at the Princess Margaret Hospital where they reviewed the previous editions of the manual on the management of hypertension and diabetes.
They were appraised on the contents of the manuals; after which they had to identify gaps, make recommendations and give consensus on the contents.