Over 80 healthcare professionals island-wide are participating in an intense two-day workshop geared towards improving the medical care provided to patients with diabetes and other Non-Communicable Disease (NCDs).
The workshop was launched this morning (May 29) at the National Mental Wellness Centre in Castries, under the theme: “Scaling up Quality of Care Project for Patients with Diabetes in St. Lucia Workshops.”
Principal Nursing Officer of the Ministry of Health Anne Henry told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) that the workshop is organised by the Ministry of Health, in collaboration with the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) and the World Health Organisation (WHO).
Henry stated that while special focus will be placed on improving care for people with diabetes, it will also touch on other NCDs.
“We are hoping that this workshop will increase the knowledge and skills of our healthcare workers,” Henry stated.
This workshop is a follow up to one that was held in 2009. According to the principal nursing officer, St. Lucia was part of a group of five Eastern Caribbean countries that developed the Chronic Care Passport (CCP).
The CCP is a method used to improve the delivery of health care to patients with NCDs.
“It is actually building on information that we had already provided to healthcare workers. So we are providing them with additional tools to help improve the care they provide to clients,” she said.
The workshop is being attended by a number of health care professionals, from both the public and private sector. Representatives from all health centres, polyclinic, the two general hospitals and private hospitals are listed to attend. Persons from various departments such as the Nutrition Unit and the Environmental Health Unit, among others are also participating.
The facilitators of the workshop are Sub-Regional Advisor on NCDS to WHO Alberto Barceló and Advisor for PAHO Tomo Kanda.