Prime Minister Freundel Stuart has announced that authorities will be ramping up the fight against diabetes.
He said this is necessary in light of the ailment being second only to heart diseases as the leading cause of death among residents. Some 18,000 people in Barbados are known to have diabetes.
Another 9,000 may have it and not even know, the prime minister said as he addressed the opening of the Maria Holder Diabetes Centre in Warrens on Saturday.
“A useful approach to combat these diseases will involve the creation of linkages among sectors including health, agriculture, transport, finance, education, youth and sport. Therefore my government will subscribe to an ‘all-of-government’ and ‘all-of -society’ approach to address a national response to CNCDs like diabetes,” he said.
The Maria Holder Diabetes Centre would provide specialised preventative, therapeutic and rehabilitative care to new patients and those with difficult situations.
“It is estimated that in excess of 300 persons with diabetes from the private and public health care sectors will benefit from this service on an annual basis,” Stuart said further.