A structured and carefully crafted approach essential to tackling CNCD’s

first_imgLocalNews A structured and carefully crafted approach essential to tackling CNCD’s by: – September 9, 2011 Sharing is caring! Tweet Share Chairman of Healthy Caribbean Coalition, Professor Trevor Hassel.Chairman of Healthy Caribbean Coalition Professor Trevor Hassel has warned that Caribbean Islands need to adopt a structured and carefully crafted approach to tackle the epidemic of Chronic Non-Communicable Diseases (CNCD’s).Professor Hassel who addressed the opening ceremony of the National Commission on CNCD’s at Fort Young Hotel yesterday further warned that the epidemic has the potential to reverse all gains achieved by Caribbean Islands post Independence.“Unless we, we in the Caribbean, adopt a structured and carefully crafted approach to tackling the NCD’s there is the potential for there to be a reversal of all gains achieved by our Caribbean countries over the post Independence period,” he said.Professor Hassel also quoted Director of the World Health Organization, Dr. Margaret Chan who described the epidemic as ‘a slow moving catastrophe’ and that the whole of society and Government approach is required.“The Director of Chronic Diseases epidemic is described by Dr. Margaret Chan, Director of WHO as and I quote, ‘a slow moving catastrophe as most of these diseases develop slowly but unhealthy lifestyles that fuel the epidemic are spreading with a stunning speed and swift.’ As you have heard the whole of society and whole of Government approach is required. As I said in another place, every ministry in the Caribbean should be a health ministry,” Professor Hassel said.Dr. Ruby Blanc addressing the opening ceremony of the National Summit yesterday.Hospital Medical Director Dr. Ruby Blanc also urged that the battle against CNCD’s can best be won by forming partnerships among stakeholders.“The only way in which significant inroads can be made in this battle with the CNCD’s is through collaborative efforts. The full participation of policy makers, government and non-government sectors, donor agencies and indeed all citizens in the formation of policies and the execution of action plan is necessary. In short the battle can best be won by forming partnerships among stakeholders.”Dr. Blanc also advised that the old adage of ‘prevention is better than cure’ holds true with CNCD’s and that in cases where the disease occurs, every effort to keep complications at a minimum must be made.According to Dr. Blanc in order to achieve the goals of battling CNCD’s we must address our minds to policy and lifestyle changes.“To achieve those goals, we are faced with the uphill task of achieving policy changes and lifestyle changes that would address physiological, non-physiological as well as social factors that increase the risk of CNCD’s, and certainly the challenge that these policies poses is great.”Dr. Tomo Kanda; PAHO Advisor on Chronic Diseases.Advisor on Chronic Diseases at the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Dr. Tomo Kanda also advised that there is great need for active partnerships if we are to effectively address the problem of CNCD’s.“I would like to emphasize the important need for active partnerships and multi-sectoral approach in order to realistically and effectively address the problem of the NCD’s. I must say this is the key for successful implementation of the NCD strategy and action plan at community level.”Dr. Tomo further admonished that although individuals are responsible for maintaining a healthy lifestyle, the government must ensure that they create the enabling environment for citizens to do so.“The traditional approach of imploring individuals to modify their lifestyle is not sufficient to reach the ultimate health goal. Yes, maintaining a healthy lifestyle is an individual responsibility however, if the society doesn’t provide the environment which facilitates access to healthy food at affordable prices, safe places and spaces for physical activities for everyone appropriate access to health services of adequate quality this is no longer only the individual responsibility but rather the governments’ as well as public and private sectors.”Dr. Tomo also noted that for a resolution of this epidemic to be realzied it ‘must be embraced as a shared social responsibility.’The National Summit is being held with a view to finalizing a National Policy on Chronic Non-Communicable Diseases.Dominica Vibes Newscenter_img 89 Views   no discussions Share Sharelast_img read more

Silva warns against complacency

first_imgManchester City playmaker David Silva is wary of arch-rivals Manchester United and accepts there is little room for error in the title race. Of those, the derby against fallen champions United at Old Trafford next Tuesday is starting to loom large. Attention will shift fully to that game after Saturday’s home clash with struggling Fulham and Silva admits City’s proven superiority over United this season could count for little on the night. The Spaniard said: “First thing, we have to think of Saturday, but a derby is a derby. “At the moment we are better but in any derby anything can happen. “So we just have to go out and win the matches. It’s a derby but the powers (in the city) don’t shift in derbies. “We have won (there) the last two years, and hopefully this will be the third one.” Silva also believes what happened to Chelsea last weekend should serve as a warning that City cannot afford any complacency in such a competitive league. And with Liverpool and Arsenal also still in contention for the title, any slip-ups could be seized upon by rivals. Silva said: “In this league every game is difficult and it’s important to keep your focus. “It happened to them (Chelsea) and it has happened to us – every game is difficult and anyone can beat anyone. “This is why you have to fight all the way to the end in every single match.” Silva, 28, was speaking at the Blue Planet Aquarium in Cheshire at a promotional event for the Anfi Group, a luxury holiday company based in his home of Gran Canaria, and of which he is an ambassador. He said: “I have special links because my mother worked for them and it’s the place where I grew up. “And it’s the place I always plan to go back to. I’m extremely proud to represent this company.” Silva’s immediate concern is the visit of Fulham at the weekend. The Premier League is now City’s sole objective after their recent exits from the FA Cup and Champions League. Silva said: “These next two games are important, but we have to go match by match. “All the matches now are like finals and we have to win them all. They are very important games for City now. “It’s a very good situation to be in, to have your destiny in your own hands. “Also it could play against us, but overall I think to be in the position where if we win all our matches we are champions is a good place to be. “We have to carry on now and use that to our advantage.” Silva scored a superb goal to set City on their way to a 2-0 victory with 10 men against Hull last weekend. Given the circumstances after Vincent Kompany was sent off, and coming after damaging losses to Wigan and Barcelona, it was a strike that might have provided momentum for the run-in. Silva said: “It was a good game for me, and it was a difficult game for us with 10 men. “We were able to turn it around and hopefully it’s the start of a good end to the season for us. “I hope we win the Premier League. Two trophies for (manager) Manuel Pellegrini in his first year would be a good year. “I thought we were slightly unlucky in the Champions League against Barcelona. Yes, the FA Cup was a big disappointment for us.” :: David Silva has renewed his position as ambassador for the Anfi Group, a luxury holiday company and one of the biggest employers in his home town of Arguineguin, Gran Canaria. City strengthened their status as favourites for the Barclays Premier League crown as they won at Hull last weekend while leaders Chelsea slipped up at Aston Villa. Those results left City trailing the Londoners by six points with three games in hand, but they still have a number of difficult fixtures among the 11 they have remaining. Press Associationlast_img read more