PM Roosevelt Skerrit pledges to arrest prevalence of CNCDs in Dominica

Prime Minister Dr Roosevelt Skerrit pledged to arrest the prevalence of Chronic Noncommunicable Diseases (CNCDs) among the citizens of Dominica during his Friday conference

PM Roosevelt Skerrit pledges to arrest prevalence of CNCDs in Dominica
PM Roosevelt Skerrit pledges to arrest prevalence of CNCDs in Dominica

Roseau, Dominica: Prime Minister Dr Roosevelt Skerrit pledged to arrest the prevalence of Chronic Noncommunicable Diseases (CNCDs) among the citizens of Dominica during his Friday conference. He addressed the issue (again) and urged each of the people to take charge of their health and well-being.

During the conference, PM Roosevelt Skerrit added that the other issue that winter is CNCDs and unfortunately it appears that he is almost a Lone Ranger. Who is advocating with respect to CNCDs in Dominica and, to be honest with people, he feels a sense of emotion and sadness about this. He said that the population does not understand and appreciate the impact on society and on families, the prevalence of CNCDs in Dominica.

He asked,” When you have a 40-year-old, Having a leg amputated and she has four children single parent? What do you think will happen to this family, she gets a stroke, and half of one side of her body is paralyzed. What do you think will happen to this family, the share cost of treating these people, and every year the cost increases when we could cut this cost by half? If we provide more education, advocacy to the general public on how we can manage our well-being and our health.”

PM Roosevelt Skerrit highlighted the significance of the awareness of CNDCs and added that people like talk about roads on this thing, he is saying to this country that this thing is serious.

He stressed that there are too many men who are 40 years old, who have never seen a doctor in over 60 years and then, by the time people go to the doctor, people can get treated for prostate anymore because it’s too advanced and maybe that’s going to other organs in their body and so they have to spend more time in this country and is why the health promotion unit has to be completely restructured.

On the role of the media, PM Skerrit said that the media has a role to play in this. Showing empathy and showing genuine cases, should not be only when it affects the families that they speak about these things. It has to be about the concern for somebody else.

“CNCDs is a very serious issue in this country and I am pleading literally, pleading and beseeching the population. To join me. Please in this fight, it is a fight for survival a fight to protect our economy, and a fight to protect the citizens of this country from this school coach called CNCDs and the failure to act in a proactive and pre-emptive manner, I’m sad to say that it may be, we will run the risk of being a situation where we’ll see, it’s too late,” said the prime minister.