Amid heightened concerns among some Barbadians about the increasing prevalence of non-communicable diseases (NCDs), and reports of related sudden deaths, few children and parents turned up for an NCD prevention class graduation yesterday.
Following a five-week Barbados Childhood Obesity Prevention training programme, involving primary schools across Barbados, only seven children, and four parents or guardians turned up at the Collymore Rock Nazarene Church for the final pep talk and certification ceremony.
Acting Chief Medical Officer, Dr Kenneth George, the evening’s featured speaker, expressed surprise at the low turnout.
“I was taken aback at the level … it shows that we have a lot more work to do.
“The concept of the programme is to make sure children get the fundamentals of good nutrition.
“However we need to try to reach out more to more principals and more parents.
“It is Saturday afternoon, school is out, I imagine people feel they have better things to do.”