Ross University and the Dominica Diabetic Association Collaborate for World Diabetes Day
World Diabetes Day 2007 was observed at the Vielle Case Government School in Dominica on November 16, 2007, and was hosted by Ross University School of Medicine. The main focus was the prevention and management of diabetes and diabetic complications.
In addition to highlighting the rise in diabetic disease in Dominica and its associated complications to kidneys, eyes, heart, and blood vessels, this event also served to reignite support for the Dominica Diabetic Association, which was founded 30 years ago by Cleve Butler.
The rise in the cost of drugs and the shortage of healthcare providers in the medical and nursing professions poses serious challenges to patients with diabetes. As a result, there is an increased need for hospitalization, which puts pressure on the health budget and the quality of life for the people of Dominica. Since obesity and type 2 diabetes are on the rise in Dominica, the theme of the conference was particularly important.
Diabetes screening was facilitated by a group of students from Ross University. Patients with diabetes and other interested people were able to have the following health indices monitored: blood pressure, blood glucose, weight, height, waist hip ratio, and nutritional assessment. Individual counselors were also available to discuss diet and lifestyle changes. A panel of health professionals (which included Dr. Khaldun Ferreira—a Ross University graduate) discussed the “Prevention of Diabetic Complications.”
The Dominica Diabetic Association is looking forward to future Ross University involvement in its programs, and is encouraging efforts that promote healthy food choices, weight conscientiousness, and regular exercise. Special thanks are extended to Ross University for sponsoring the event.