first_img Share 14 Views   no discussions LocalNews Nutritionist calls for drastic measures to prevent non-communicable diseases by: – April 12, 2012 Tweet Sharecenter_img Share Sharing is caring! Public Health Nutritionist, Miss Paula Trotter Local nutritionist Paula Trotter had announced that if drastic measures are not taken to fight non-communicable diseases in Dominica, the country’s economy will suffer.Trotter delivered the feature address at the 11th Biennial Conference of the Dominica Association of Teachers at the Garraway Hotel on Wednesday, under the theme “Teacher confronting the scourge of non-communicable diseases”.She explained through a PowerPoint presentation, that there is an increase in non communicable diseases on the island which should not be viewed only as health problem.Trotter noted however that these diseases undermine the country’s capacity to achieve progress hence the need for action.“At the individual and family level, NCD’s lower productivity, and damage medium to long-term economic prospects. The impact of these diseases at a national level is of considerable concern”.According to a Trotter, new estimates indicate that management and treatment of these diseases place a great economic burden on countries.“This burden is already a serious drain on existing health budgets. Here in Dominica, almost a quarter of the ministry of health’s budget is spent on the treatment and management of the NCD’s” she explained.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img

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