Watch the salt, sugar and food intake – CMO
Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Dr Kenneth George is urging Barbadians not to overindulge this Christmas.
As he extended Christmas greetings to households, Dr George is calling on individuals to be safe, and do everything in moderation during the upcoming holidays.
“We are asking you with respect to food, to be careful. Those diabetics out there, please be careful. Do not overindulge, and do simple things like watch your salt intake, your sugar intake, and watch your cholesterol, etc.,” he said.
Dr George was speaking to Barbados TODAY at the Gordon Cummins District Hospital which the Governor General Dame Sandra visited on Tuesday.
The Chief Medical Officer said while it is expected that many would be consuming alcoholic beverages at this time of the year, he is pleading with those who intend to drink to be extra careful.
In fact, Dr George said the Ministry of Health looks forward to next year when legislation associated with the Road Traffic Act is scaled up, and breathalyzer testing would be finally introduced.
“This is not being done to penalize anyone. This is being done to save lives. So we want you to have a good Christmas, but we want you to do it in moderation. And those persons who intend to drink, stay away from the steering wheels because we do not need any fatalities around this season,” he stressed.
Meanwhile, the Chief Medical Officer who indicated that polyclinics were experiencing a slow period assured that the island’s main health care facility, the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, has been putting all necessary measures in place to accommodate an anticipated busy period, especially after Christmas.
“We see it early in the New Year when diabetics come in uncontrolled, people come in with their blood pressure very elevated, and they have chest pains, presenting with strokes. So, please be safe,” he said. (AH)