PM Anthony “astonished” by Guy Joseph’s statements on diabetes research

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PM Anthony “astonished” by Guy Joseph’s statements on diabetes research
Dr. Kenny Anthony

Dr-Kenny-AnthonyPRESS RELEASE – Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Kenny D. Anthony says he could not believe that Guy Joseph, Parliamentary Representative for Castries South East, would say that he sees “no benefit” to conducting research on diabetes in Saint Lucia.

According to Dr. Anthony,

“Guy Joseph’s comments in the media yesterday were misguided and unsubstantiated, but not surprising. His failure to recognise that diabetes is the single most pressing health issue in our country is just another indication that he is more interested in point-scoring, rather than serving his constituents and the citizens of Saint Lucia.

We were not surprised by his opposition to large-scale investment into researching and preventing diabetes, a critical condition which affects the lives of more than 10,200 people in Saint Lucia and costs our health service millions of dollars a year. Nearly every family in Saint Lucia has someone who has been struck down by diabetes.”

Dr. Anthony added,

“Guy Joseph has succeeded in engaging in yet another bout of opportunistic mud-slinging, which seems to be his and his party’s main objective – instead of creating meaningful policies to improve the lives of the Saint Lucian people.

“We, the Saint Lucia Labour Party Government, are determined to serve the people – and fighting back against diabetes, through the creation of a ground-breaking new research centre in Saint Lucia will be a vital tool in doing so.”

 

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  1. The PM refuses to speak on this juffali case.and this cip program.i hated it from the beginning.Are u going to do proper back ground check to ensure that they are not criminals?what about isis?how would u know it they're not terrorist?

    u just want to sell poor lucie.And if such has to be done,where oh where is this money going to be placed.is it going allegedly disappear like VAT?can we as a ppl not stand on our own.why would u put a diabetic center here,to collect cobwebs like our new fancy hospital.

    its four years u're here and none is being done about it.would it be an ornament like our forensic lab.St.Lucians need to wake up and smell the coffee.enough is enough

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  2. I'M SHOCKED AND APPALLED THAT THE PM IS ASTONISHED BY GUY'S REMARKS. OBVIOUSLY THIS OUT OF TOUCH PM IS NOT FAMILIAR WITH THE PLIGHT OF THE COMMON PEOPLE OF SAINT LUCIA. HE SHOULD BE TRUTHFUL CAUSE HE IS NOT ASTONISHED INSTEAD HE IS SCARED.

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  3. I hate How this guy only speaks through his mouthpiece, On A red stage or on his Propaganda stations. Never wants to talk to the real media because he is a afraid that certain questions will be asked. Same on you sir.

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  4. The distrust the populace of the caribbean have for thier governments is well documented. Its interesting to see it in action.

    On point, Guy Joseph and Kenny both offer valid arguments. Guy argues that we should better equip ourselves to contain the disease and manage it. Kenny argues we should begin finding ways to stop the disease in the first place. One is a short term solution another a long term. Which is right? Its hard to say.

    I personally believe that both approaches can be taken. Our research cannot be left to other countries. It is irresponsible to suggest it. We need to find out what the causes are in saint lucia. Is it the excessive consumption of starchy foods like green figs/dasheen/yam/bread or is it the glamorization of an alcoholic culture? A dedicated research center unemcumbered by state bureaucracy is needed to bring these issues to light.

    Relief for the persons currently suffering from diabetes is also of paramount importance. It is the duty of the state to ensure these persons recieve the help they need in a timely manner. If new dialysis equipment is needed to improve the administration of treatment it should be obtained.

    TLDR: both approaches are valid. Theres no reason why the research center cannot be built while active steps are taken to solve the current issues affecting those with the disease.

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  5. Building a Research Center is an avenue created for politicians to allegedly make money. The project will be over estimated by millions which can go in the pockets of you know who. Buying dialysis machine do not give them that avenue. He knows nothing about diabetes.

    Kenny do not care that people are dying. He said that his 90 year old mother died of diabetes.

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  6. Kenny when will you stop making the people you represent seem like foolish? Dr. Mondesir and Guy Joseph is correct and there is no two way about it. You are making yourself a jackass because election is coming and all you have done are failures.

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  7. Kenny we all know that researched has shown our rate in diabetes is very high compared to a few other countries. There are hundreds of people on a long waiting list hoping to be called to start their dialysis treatment, because of a shortage of these machines, people are deprived that treatment. Some may have died before getting dialysis treatment so why can't we get a few and I repeat a few to start the dialysis process immediately. I cannot see Guy's statement as mud slinging, to me what will improve the lives of St. Lucians now is these dialysis machines. the research centre will follow after, Kenny again ease the patients pain and grief by investing in some dialysis machines.

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  8. I like how Kenny can react to anything UWP says and try to fool us. I wish he reacted as quickly to clearing the air on Juffa cakes! UP TO NOW - not a word not a word not a word

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    • He has yet to respond to the bittling that the delegation handed him, but he can jump on Guy's back. Guy's fence is low so there Kenney running to try to play strong. Too late sir we see your weakness stop trying to play strong now that the people go already.

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  9. Maybe Guy was saying, spend the money on preventative measures instead of researching AFTER the fact.
    Diabetes is not a new disease and plenty research is taking place elsewhere. Not shooting down researching, but perhaps the focus should be placed on preventing instead and educating the masses.
    Why must we always be reactive instead of being proactive? Why not prevent? Treating/fixing will be more costly than preventing.
    And Kenny self just trying to defend Juffali's little contribution.

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  10. I wish the SLP Government's PRO and Press Office would release statements like this when REAL events happen, explaining themselves and their actions to the Saint Lucian people... Instead of doing the same thing they're accusing UWP, et. all of doing -- mudslinging. Where's the press release on Juffali? How about a listing of all these current Ambassadors, like Ambassador Cicerone (who claims that her title is "Ambassador" to Saint Lucia)? Hmmm....

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  11. My Gosh!! Guy Joseph should really engage brain before mouth,dumb ass statements like that just gives Kenny and his party much needed credibility and makes himself look like a fool. Clearly only out to score points and dont give a damn about the people.Name me one developed country that is not facing the scourge of diabetes.

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  12. WHEN WILL KENNY ANTHONY STOP TRYING TO DISTRACT PEOPLE FROM WHAT REALLY MATTERS. ISSUES LIKE IMPACS IS WHAT NEEDS TRANSPARENCY NOW. WHEN YOU IMPLEMENT VAT ON SO MANY HEALTHY FOODS THAT THE MASSES WERE ACCUSTOMED TO EATING CALLIN IT "LUXURY FOODS" AND OVERALL RAISING THE PRICES OF FOODS WHAT DO YOU EXPECT PEOPLE TO CONSUME BUT WHAT IS CHEAP AND UNHEALTHY. HIGH STARCH AND HIGH SUGAR FOODS ARE ALWAYS CHEAPER TO BUY AND WHEN THE BODY CONTINUOUSLY RECEIVES HIGH STARCH AND SUGARS WHAT DO U THINK HAPPENS....THIS JOKER OF A PM AND HIS USELESS ADMINISTRATION ARE DOING NOTHING BUT KILLING THE PEOPLE OF THIS COUNTRY AND PRETENDING TO CARE TRYING TO MAKE PPL THINK THAT THEY FOR PEOPLE BY WANTING TO DO RESEARCH ON DIABETES. GUY JOSEPH IS RIGHT. THIS WILL NOT BENEFIT PEOPLE WHEN ALL THIS ADMINISTRATION IS DOING IS SLOWLY KILLING THE PEOPLE.

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  13. very sad to see kenny so desperate once again .. INSULTING st.lucian's intelligence just to get votes. Again what ever happen to making sure there is always a supply of medication in the hospitals for diabetic patience ??...what ever happen to bringing more dialysis machines into small health centers and make some accessible to those who cannot walk by creating a mobile dialysis unit ?? what ever happen to putting more money in preventative measures and educating your people more, rather than building a new office for yourself and pumping so much money in a high way just to benefit your foreigners ...WE are not second class citizens and we're not dumb as you believe us to be . This time the mud that you all throw will have no place to stick !

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  14. As usual Guy J having d foot in mouth disease he better hope he doh get diabetes coz life has a way of making tings said turn around an bite when least expected,hey Guy please doh play politics with sickness is not funny ever if politics is a kind of sickness it self das funny.

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    • If he gets diabetes he will die like all those before him. If you get diabetes you will die like all those before you. Kenny and the UWP will be the cause because we have no dialysis machines to keep you all alive. What will a research center in St Lucia do that the previous diabetes research centers around the world has not done? The only thing a research center will do for these politician that dialysis machines will not do is put money in their pockets at the cost of the poor peoples life.

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  15. well said.. cant argue that point. fighting against your own i think the guy is disturbed!!

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    • When you are out of ideas, you shoot shate. You hope that the poor, suffering and destitute are too enfeebled to make sense of all that crap that is being poured all around on the airwaves. You hope too, that they give you a pass, like those STEP roadside grass trimmers, who are punch-drunk from drinking their usual red SLP Kool aid.

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  16. KDA. There are Diabetes research labs all around the world. Including in the US,UK and many other world super powers.. All research and new developments are placed on the internet for the world to see and utilize. All research and new developments are readily available for health institutions around the world.. Money for this lab would be put to better use if it is used to get new hospital equipment for our hospitals in saint lucia.

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    • That kind of argument goes way over the heads who can only do rote learning, and who used to teach rote learning. Such people know nothing about the other intelligences, and know even much less hpw to engage in, or apply CRITICAL THINKING to any situation.

      But then, Kenny is looking for maturing projects as economic and social achievement. He is very angry and desperate that there are so few to make any kind of noise, or to boast about on the coming election platforms.

      Much more than this. People are wising up. Poor PIp, he too is caught in the logic that repairs and maintenance projects do not amount, in any kind of way, to economic and social development. People now know this. They are aware. The internet is there to help.

      He Pip is also facing defeat. Second innings, one wicket to fall, and so few maintenance projects to boast about? The SLP is catching at straws. See how they are even responding to, of all persons, that guy. The 17 to 0 landslide against the SLP is therefore LOOMING larger each and every passing minute.

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  17. While I understand the concern of Mr Joseph he needs to recognize that the underlying condition for most persons requiring dialysis is diabetes. We need to find a way to deal with that underlying cause rather than the end product.

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  18. Kenny you know very well that this diabetes thing was just to pull the wool over people's eyes in the wake of the Juffali scandal. Why wasn't that project started in 2014 when Juffali was made a diplomat? Chooops tun #LiesAndMoreLies

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  19. Stop trying cheap shots Kenny, you see because it involves Jufali you talking and trying to make us believe Guys doesn't care about diabetes, I am sure he has family with the disease. When Dr.Ulric Mondesir said a research Centre is not needed at this time I guess that was a problem also? What you needed to do was remove vat and duties on the healthy foods we should eat on GYM equipment so we can have person doing the right things. instead of monies being wasted on consultants put walking and biking tracks in vieux fort and other areas with lights so persons can exercise, you would see a drastic reduction in diabetes and diabetes related illness, and employ some of your step people to permanent jobs to maintain the area.

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    • "walking and biking tracks in vieux fort and other areas with lights so persons can exercise"

      This is already written in Dr Mondesir plans for Vieux Fort.

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