In Simon Wright’s current letter “Let’s assault diabetes” (Specific, June 29) a number of necessary factors had been mentioned together with diabetes as one of many comorbidities related to Covid -19, the influence of non-communicable ailments (NCDs) on the economic system and society, and the problems of diabetes.
Describing diabetes as “a public well being disaster” the author referred to as for a marketing campaign to “launch an assault on diabetes in Trinidad and Tobago” earlier than issues worsen. He additionally urged residents to make “higher meals selections”.
Though the Ministry of Well being has been preoccupied with the administration of Covid-19, it’s crucial that spotlight be given to another areas.
Listed below are just a few options.
The Ministry of Well being ought to use particular days of well being emphasis to have interaction in well being promotion.
Within the month of September the Ministry can determine with International Week for Motion on NCDs (September 6-12), Caribbean Wellness Day (September 11), and World Coronary heart Day (September 29), whereas in November the Ministry can conduct an schooling marketing campaign all through the nation for Diabetes Consciousness Month.
As well as there are coverage issues that require consideration to assist the decision within the letter for the inhabitants to make “higher meals selections”. These embrace insurance policies to:
+ scale back the sale of sugar -sweetened drinks in public well being amenities
+ restrict the promoting of unhealthy meals objects to kids
+ introduce entrance of package deal warning labels on merchandise with excessive ranges of saturated fats, salt, and sugars.
Additional, since diabetes is “a public well being disaster”, the assault shouldn’t be restricted to the work of the Ministry of Well being, the regional well being authorities, and the Diabetes Affiliation of Trinidad and Tobago. The present diabetes disaster ought to be everyone’s concern. Though some entities have performed well being schooling programmes and wellness festivals for a few years, the time has come for extra teams to get straight concerned in well being schooling.
This can be a perfect time for faith-based our bodies, neighborhood teams, credit score unions, alumni associations, commerce unions and different organisations to be a part of the assault on diabetes in Trinidad and Tobago.
World Diabetes Day (November 14) is a chance for the State, establishments, firms, and different organisations to heed the decision of Mr Wright to launch an assault on diabetes in Trinidad and Tobago earlier than the scenario certainly will get worse.