Over 2,000 possibly with Diabetes in St. Kitts and Nevis

 

This figure can go higher says Public Relations Officer of the St Kitts Diabetes Association ReginaldO’loughlin.

Speaking with MiyVue.com, this week,O’Loughlin disclosed that not many residents are seeking assistance from public health facilities, in order to get treatment for the ailment. He says it seems like they prefer to use private institutions.

On that note, it is difficult for the association and by extension the government, to keep a direct figure on the number of persons who are diabetics, says the doctor.

With that in mind, he asked that diabetics be registered with the association so that they can have the right treatment and this would help to bring the statistics up to date. He added that there are 1,100 individuals registered to have diabetes but that could exceed 2,000.  

O’Loughlin said that the government currently has systems in place at health centers around St. Kitts, to assist persons living with diabetes.

“The Government allows for them to come and have the checks at the health centers and treatment at any health center, depending on where they live. There is testing done, and they will have access to the medications.”

According to the P.R.O, the association is a non-governmental organization and all volunteers of that entity facilitate and educate persons about diabetes.

The Diabetes Association will be celebrating World Diabetes Day on Friday (14th Nov.) with a Health Fair at Independence Square.

According to O’Loughlin the activities were launched on Sunday (9th Nov.) with a church service and it culminates on Friday with the Health Fair.


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