“Diabetes trend is alarming”

POSTED: 10/21/13 11:54 AM

St. Maarten – Sarah Wescot-Williams opened the Diabetes Conference on Friday soon after her return from the Netherlands where she highlighted the importance of a joint approach to combatting the disease. The conference, organized by the Windward Islands Medical Association, brought together medical professionals from across the region and further abroad to discuss ways forward in combatting the disease.

The Prime Minister emphasized the necessity to battle diabetes collectively. “Our health barometer shows that we do indeed face our challenges and we will further get a feel for this when our health information systems are put in place. However, good care and prevention makes all of the difference in the care for the patients, for their families and for our communities in general. In a few weeks, on November 14 we will be celebrating World Diabetes Day and that makes this conference indeed necessary. Stakeholders and healthcare professionals are here to discuss the trends in treatment and care for those suffering from diabetes. The trend worldwide with regards to diabetes is quite alarming and St. Maarten unfortunately is no exception. As you consider the topic for this conference “Can We Turn the Tide” I believe that indeed collectively, with the public and private sectors, we indeed can do that. However there are some necessary requisites, important amongst those being education. It should be no wonder that the theme for diabetes internationally is about prevention and education. As we contemplate how we can turn the tide and reduce the rate in which diabetes is affecting us, an important factor is education and understanding of what diabetes means for healthcare and our community and so we must turn the tide together.”

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