by Kevon Browne
St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN) – “Access to Diabetes Care” is the theme for World Diabetes Day 2023.
The Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis observes the day with a week of activities.
Prime Minister and Minister of Health, Hon. Dr. Terrance Drew, in a post on Facebook commemorating the day, emphasises the importance of advocacy for diabetes as one of the leading Non-communicable diseases contributing to the Federation’s mortality rate.
“Today, we celebrate World Diabetes Day. This is a crucial time dedicated to raising awareness about diabetes and its impact on individuals, families, our Federation, and the entire world.
Diabetes is a global health challenge that requires our collective attention, and this week provides us with an opportunity to unite in our efforts to combat this pervasive non-communicable disease.
As we embark on a week of advocacy, education, and community engagement, let us reflect on the importance of supporting those affected by diabetes and working towards a healthier, more resilient society.
World Diabetes Day was established in 1991 by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) in response to the escalating global prevalence of diabetes.
In 2006, it gained official recognition as a United Nations Day.”
During the November 13 broadcast of Health Wise on ZIZ, a panel discussion was held to delve into diabetes, its cause symptoms, treatments and ways to combat the NCD under the heading The State of Affairs of Diabetes in St. Kitts.
Dr Reginald O’loughlin – Public Relations Officer for the St. Kitts Diabetes Association and a member of the Board of Directors of the International Diabetes Federation, said between 2,500-3000 individuals are living with diabetes in the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis.
Watch the full discussion here:
During the discussion on diabetes in the Federation, Nurse Davida Irish highlighted that the week of activities to commemorate World Diabetes Day 2023 is focused on advocacy and awareness in schools, which include school visitations, screenings and a symposium for students.