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.