Senator urges populace to ease burden on health system

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Senator urges populace to ease burden on health system


GIS –
Senator Hon. Dr. James Fletcher, Minister for Sustainable Development, Energy, Science and Technology, called for a “serious conversation” on the status of healthcare at Thursday’s Senate sitting.

He said with the advent of climate change, Saint Lucia will begin to experience new and exotic disease like Chikungunya, which will place an additional burden on Saint Lucia’s already stressed health system.

“Our climate is changing, so conditions that probably only previously existed in certain parts of the world, now exist in other parts of the world due to vectors moving from one place to another. That, in itself, will cause more stresses on our health system.”

Dr. Fletcher said one way to ease the burden on the health sector is for people to take individual responsibility for their health.

“We have too many people suffering from non-communicable diseases. Too many young people are coming down with Type 2 diabetes or elevated blood pressure, with cancers that are absolutely unnecessary if they were to change their lifestyle. It doesn’t matter how many hospitals we build, we would not be able to shoulder that burden. We need to have a serious conversation with our people and encourage them to become more active.”

Dr. Fletcher said that universal health care is a plan that all Saint Lucians should buy into.

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  1. Dr. Fletchers comments would have been well placed if they were accompanied with an outline of the policies that the GOSL have implemented to encourage St.Lucians to live a healthier lifestlye. And I'm not talking about the removal of subsides on sugar. How have recent government policies made healthier foods more affordable? Is the average st.lucian encouraged sustainably grow their own food? Or what about school feeding programs that nurture the diets and food preferences of the next generation of st.lucians. All of these guys sound so empty and tired when they hold and ministerial porfolio. Smh. Newflash Dr. Fletcher for a lot of us who don't have fancy government jobs, what we eat is more a matter of affordability and not choice

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  2. It's true what he's saying but I also have a message. I AM CALLING ON ALL MINISTERS TO EASE THE BURDEN ON LUCIANS BY SPENDING LESS MONEY ON THEMSELVES.

    That is all.

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  3. Hmm so the mister said that with the advent of climate change we will see exotic diseases like chikungunya coming around..... stop right there, chikungunya is spread by Mosquitos which are well known to tropical climates which we live in. So if you ask me I'd say this gunya epidemic in the Caribbean has nothing to do with climate change because as far as I can tell the climate has not changed in SLU we still either dry or wet. Now SLU health system is not even a system... I mean the amounts of malpractice and alleged malpractice that goes on there is insane. Now Bureau of Standards is needed here to tell us what level of standards is our healthcare. I'd also like to mention this thing about your government and my government is rubbish. There is only a government of SLU and people need to get with that programme whether u red or yellow. lastly I agree with the healthy lifestyle awareness as a means of easing the strain on the health system. But what we hv in our country is make shift health care and not a health system.

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  4. if cigarettes, alcohol and all them junk foods ( all of which are imported) were more heavily taxed them maybe people will learn to eat better. the healthy foods are among the most expensive, added to that lucians need to learn how to cook properly and correct portion sizes

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  5. I agree Dr. Fletcher, but the health products have high prices and your government has made it worst with VAT and other taxes. Why cant you all review that and work on prices. If not we are doomed.

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    • We should stop making excuses. Diet is a part of it but a significant problem is our inactive lifestyle. If we develop a culture of exercising daily making lifestyle changes by taking up activities like hiking and swimming then we are more than halfway there.

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  6. universal health care has been talked about for many years and up to now nothing. the only thing you can get free is diabetes medication. that isn't very universal is it.
    you talk about people changing their lifestyle. tell me how when the cost of living is ALWAYS going up. the soft drinks(which are bad for us) are so cheap, and the fruit juices (which is good for us)is so expensive, so how do you expect people to live healthy when all the healthy products are way more expensive than the unhealthy products.
    not all of us have farm land to plant. and we don't want to encourage stealing.
    so plz mr minister....try to make the country a better place and thus the chain reaction will be the people will live healthier life styles.

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