Health Ministry Focusing More On Chronic Non Commutable Diseases
The Health Ministry is now focusing more of its attention on Chronic Non Communicable Diseases like diabetes and hypertension. The diseases are responsible for some 60 percent of deaths annually. With the high number of deaths being a major concern the ministry believes much more work is needed to educate persons about the various diseases.
The Ministry conducted a one day Occupational Health Safety Awareness Workshop which targeted Safety Officers from several companies with the aim of getting them involved in this process.
Health Minister, Dr. Leslie Ramsammy highlighted that annually diabetes is responsible for some 10 percent of deaths in society as 12 thousand persons have been diagnosed with the disease.
The Health minister noted that the ministry is currently spending some three billion dollars annually on medicine and medical supplies to deal with the increased number of persons diagnosed with such diseases.
The Health Ministry is encouraging citizens to become more active and practice healthier eating habits since this can decrease the chance of being diagnosed with some form of a non-communicable disease such as cancer, asthma, stroke, hypertension among others.
World Diabetes day will be observed on November 14. A fitness walk is planned by the Ministry of Health on that day under the theme “Let’s take control of diabetes NOW!!” .The walk starts at the bank of Guyana and ends at the square of the revolution.