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(PRESS RELEASE) – The Ministry of Health & Wellness continue to training and sensitization of groups and individuals across the island with aim of reducing and controlling chronic diseases thus creating a healthier nation.
The Pan American Health Organization (PHAO) implemented the Stanford University Chronic Disease Self-management program to enable individuals who care for or live with chronic conditions to best manage the disorder. A cohort of persons across the island were trained to deliver and implement the program throughout different communities.
Natasha Llyod-Felix: Director Bureau Health Education
“We recognize the great toll chronic disease was taking on our population’s health and their health outcomes, because annually we notice that we have increasing numbers of persons diagnosed with chronic diseases like diabetes, hypertension, cancers, asthma and as a result of that it is important that persons who care for or live with chronic conditions are able to best manage their conditions.”
This year the Ministry of Health & Wellness continued the training of persons in chronic disease self management. On the 12th of October 2017 a graduation ceremony was held for Correctional Officers from the Boredelais Correctional Facility.
Sharon Joseph – Human Resource Officer – Boredelais Correctional Facility
“For the past (6) six weeks we’ve been participating in the Chronic Disease Self Management program. We know that we work in a stressful environment where our clientele can either impact us positively or negatively as a result of working with them, because we have to supervise them, whether in social aspect, physical aspect, as a result of that stressful environment some of us we may have develop some medical conditions or our friends, our families in our inner circle can also have chronic diseases. So the training was there to help us manage and develop skills in order to help us cope either with ourselves or with our family members to help them create a better and healthier lifestyle.”
In addition, Sgt. Vilbert Eristhee a participant, also voiced his sentiments.
Sgt. Vilbert Eristhee – Participant – Boredelais Correctional Facility
” I was very pleased and happy to be selected to receive his training. Positive thinking has changed my life actually I have learned and experienced having the power to achieve more and being less stressed even working under a lot of pressure. Positive thinking is the cure or it may provide some well needed temporary relief from pain, anger, disappointments etc.”
The program is a skills based, comprehensive program where persons learn how to manage their medication, stress related to chronic conditions, create action plans to address the problem and develop better partnerships with their service providers.
The Ministry of Health applauds Boredelais for being one of the first organizations to come forward to request this type of support and they encourage other entities to take advantage of the opportunity and make a collective effort to improve the health of all within the nation.