SGU and Ministry of Health Host Workshop on Diabetes

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Organizer of the workshop and Senior Medical Officer within the Ministry of Health, Dr. George Mitchell, stated that the main objective of the workshop was to empower caregivers, particularly those at the community level, and hospitals who interact with diabetic patients on a daily basis. He pointed out that chronic illness such as cancer, hypertension, cardiovascular disease and diabetes are a growing epidemic in Grenada, which directly affect the country’s morbidity rate and by extension the economic and social wellbeing of the country. It is in this regard that the Ministry of Health is trying to empower and educate caregivers on the prevention and management of diabetes.

Two physicians at the General Hospital who attended the workshop stated that the information presented was expansive and intriguing; adding to the pool of information that they currently hold on Diabetes. They further noted that it was quite an ‘eye opener’ and indeed placed them in a better position to care for, and advise patients on the progressive nature of the growing epidemic.

Facilitator of the Workshop, Dr. Mathias said the reception was overwhelming and organizer Dr. Mitchell noted that he was pleased with the turnout of health care professionals and that he believed the objectives were successfully accomplished.

The Ministry of Health has been partnering with St. George’s University for a number of years, and Senior Medical Officer to the Ministry of Health Dr. George Mitchell is convinced that this collaboration will only heighten in the near future as they both seek to collaborate on various public health issues and awareness projects.