Monday 1 June, 2020

Health Ministry launches new Diabetes Wellness Centre

Photo: Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh cuts the ribbon for the new dia

Photo: Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh cuts the ribbon for the new dia

The Ministry of Health said approximately 200 patients received specialised medical care and support for managing their diabetes and other chronic diseases since the North Central Regional Health Authority’s piloted its new Diabetes Wellness Centre in August.

In a release the Ministry said the Centre, which is designed to deliver timely care from a multi-disciplinary team of specialists in diabetes and other lifestyle-related diseases, has been successful at improving the quality of life for all their patients.

Health Minister Terrance Deyalsingh officially opened the new Diabetes Wellness Centre on Sunday.

He praised the work done by medical staff assigned to the newly outfitted Wellness Centre, which will be the first of its kind in Trinidad and Tobago.

He said the Centre will provide an avenue for approximately 100 newly diagnosed and/or critical diabetic patients to be seen on a weekly basis.

“This will allow for a significant decrease in waiting times and backlogs for patients accessing diabetic healthcare. This is a major boost for the health care system on a national level,” the Minister added

Statistics indicate that diabetes is listed among the more prominent NCDs (non-communicable diseases) affecting Trinidad and Tobago society, leading to medical complications such as glaucoma, strokes, heart disease, amputations and kidney failure.

According to the NCRHA’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Davlin Thomas, the innovations employed by the Diabetes Wellness Center will create a systematic paradigm shift in the in the approach to the delivery of care, and the management of patients with chronic non-communicable diseases.

“In the past, a diabetic patient would require auxiliary medical services from several doctors and clinics, and the average patient has to go through a series of appointment dates for each."

"At the NCRHA, we have been successful at consolidating treatments and care into one space where our patients can now access specialists in the field of ophthalmology, psychiatry, foot care, dietitians and social services immediately. "

"Moving forward, this will have tremendous repercussions on the system and the way we tackle diabetes and other chronic diseases facing the country,” Thomas said. 

NCRHA’s Chairman, Steve De Las, also underscored the desire on the part of the NCRHA to be more proactive in its stance in treating with the high incidence of diabetes and other NCDs.

“This preventative approach required a team effort from varying of levels of clinical and administrative staff to be successful. I wish to applaud the work of all our staff who have committed so diligently to achieving the high goals and targets set for this project. Projects like the Diabetes Wellness Centre play a tremendous role in supporting our effort to improve the quality of life of people in our communities,” added Mr. Steve De Las as he recognised the contribution made by the staff towards empowering and caring for their patients.

Minister of Health the Honourable Terrence Deyalsingh and NCRHA Chairman Steve De Las hold the ribbon as Diabetes patient Joycelyn Jackson cuts the ribbon to open the North Central Regional Health Authorities Diabetes Wellness Centre.


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