Diabetes and Hypertension Association supports increased prices on salt and sugar

Diabetes and Hypertension Association supports increased prices on salt and sugar

The Saint Lucia Diabetes and Hypertension Association (SLDHA) said its supports the move made by the current administration to increase the Value Added Tax (VAT) on salt and remove the subsidy on sugar.

This is on the heels of an announcement by Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony that 15 percent VAT will be applied to salt and a subsidy of 10 cents per pound on sugar removed, bringing the price of sugar to $1 per pound.

Speaking to Saint Lucia News Online on Friday, May 16, Administrative Officer of the SLDHA Elene St.Clair said the association feels that the move is one that will support the fight against diabetes and hypertension, which remains one of the main causes of death on island.

The association has said that eating habits of locals have contributed to increased cases of persons suffering from the two diseases, which are closely linked to each other. A study conducted here in 2006 indicated that Saint Lucia had the highest cases of hypertension and diabetes. At least 20 percent of the total population was tested during the exercise.

As part of activities to mark, World Hypertension Day to be observed tomorrow, the SLDHA partnered with the American International University Saint Lucia to host a day of blood sugar and pressure testing at the Super J supermarket, Waterfront Castries branch.

Over 150 persons participated in the exercise and were also provided with educational materials to assist them with understanding the dangers of the two diseases and how they can reduce their chances of being affected.

 

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  1. Is only sugar and salt that actually give Diabetes. What about the foods we eat. I am rather surprise a support statement from the SLDHA was made. The price of whit sugar remain the same. Most people use white sugar to make Juice. He should have increase the taxes on soft drinks potato chips concurls alcohol etc .

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  2. two biggest killers salt and sugar and looshan still carry on as if its safe to use it....you dont need to cook salt,high blood pressure on the island so high even with the young people....leave vat on sugar alo on vat...come on st.lucians...cut back..eat and drink healthy...put vat on chocolates ...

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  3. Listen here!! Salt and sugar are not commodities that are purchased and produced through the economic powers of supply and demand. These commodities are both necessity and people will purchase it regardless of the price. People don't say when the price of salt and sugar goes up i will produce more because people will buy more and vice versa when the price goes down i will produce less because people will buy less. It does not work this way. Another analogy- you think people will say; the price of heart surgeries went down so let me go and have my heart surgery now? That move by Kenny is senseless and he is caught in the act again of trying to feed St.Lucians with bullshit. We have had enough lies and deceit from this man and his clowns (ministers)and he needs to step down. Let us take to the streets and demand that he renounce his leadership position NOW!!

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  4. this is so ridiculous its unbelievable that some people actually think that increasing the prices on salt and sugar is the way to so call "help" the health situation of St Lucia.

    yall blind

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  5. Does the SLDHA really believe that the reason Kenny raised the cost of sugar and salt is because he is so concerned about ST.Lucians dying from diabetes and hypertension (according to him he watched his mother die from diabetes,however we have to assume he did nothing to prevent her from dying from diabetes because he said that he watched,implying that this is all he did)then there is something very wrong with this groups'thinking.Either they are very naïve or they are SLP party hacks.
    Any reasonable person knows that this decision was not taken out of Kenny's love for ST.Lucians but out of his desire to continue create hardship on the poor people of this country.He promised better days and from day one he has and continue to deliver bitter days.
    This association cannot come up suggestions aimed at prevention,therefore they have foolishly supported this wicked madman's punitive policy.
    What a shame.

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  6. alcohol consumption impacts families, health and crime, the major producer only supports event where their products are gobbled down in excessive quantities, I cant remember the last time they made a donation to the health sector. one is situated in one of the most poverty stricken communities, yet their advertising material is proudly displayed on the numerous rum shops in the community. why not add the taxes to alcohol and cigarettes, which affect families, peoples financial position, the amount of money which goes up in vapour in the thousands of rum shops around the island. St.lucia has the highest rate of diabetes in the Caribbean, this again is linked to alcohol consumption.
    in addition, the 11 million dollars which was spent on a bridge which cold have waited for quite a few years again, as was clearly seen on December 24th 2013, inspite of the infrastructure needing more engineers and not consultants who yield NO results.
    our governments have failed miserably, its in crisis mode you realise has what it takes to run a country. you don't put a lawyer to run a country. you don't place a lawyer in charge of your most vital sector. If the were practising in their field of expertise, our legal system would not have been the sewer it is today. Doesn't it bother our lawyer of a prime minister that our legal system has gone to the dogs. We really need to realize the error of our ways, and make calculated decisions in who we accept to represent us.

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  7. I would like the diabetes and hypertensive association to carry our a survey or based on their records put out a statement showing the number of people with diabetes and high blood pressure and their socio economic status. Three categories. Poor people - Civil Servants- Rich People -
    and write the number of people who suffer from these diseases in each category. I am sure we will be surprised by the results.

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  8. Fcrankly speaking old habits die hard.They will buy it regardless Education is the key.

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  9. Oh well.... Has anyone considered harvesting their own salt from sea water evaporation....the salt would be free and tax free...LOL

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  10. Why not ask the government to ban refined salt instead and bring in sea salt would that be a better choice SLDHA?

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  11. Are these people party hacks? Increase of sugar will reduce hypertension and diabetes. Are we so dumb to believe that

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  12. So we should not buy salt? Do you the SLDHA really believe that will ever curb these maladies? You are sending the wrong signals to those that do not know better. I agree that if you are already suffering with the malady lessen on the salt. What is wrong with putting the recommended or required amount of salt in your food. That was what was used to preserve meat before we had fridge and the people survived because they were active. The SLDHA should insist the the government us the money saved for healthcare for the poor and build a paths in all district specifically for exercising (walking, riding skating etc)

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