Bajans urged to focus on NCDs too

Cancer Support Services is encouraging Barbadians to take better care of themselves amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Yesterday, registered nurse Mutual Archer, who has been working with the organisation for several years, said some were focusing only on protecting themselves against the viral illness and neglecting other health concerns.

“I find that we have been concentrating so much on COVID-19, which is important, but we have been neglecting other aspects of public health care like high blood pressure, strokes and diabetes,” he said.

“We had 274 persons dying in 2021 from COVID-19 but if you look at the numbers associated with those dying from other illnesses (non-communicable diseases), it is a small percentage. So we need to refocus; we cannot neglect the other issues.” (SB)

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