Thursday 18 October, 2018

Ignorance deterring Jamaicans from seeking medical attention - Tufton

Speaking at the Caribbean Wellness Day last week Friday, Dr Tufton urged Jamaicans to take their health seriously.

Speaking at the Caribbean Wellness Day last week Friday, Dr Tufton urged Jamaicans to take their health seriously.

Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton says ignorance is playing a huge part in deterring many Jamaicans from seeking medical attention or even considering medical checkups.

Speaking at the Caribbean Wellness Day last week Friday, Dr Tufton urged Jamaicans to take their health seriously.

“One in three Jamaican is hypertensive, that means about 33 per cent of Jamaicans have high blood pressure and probably half of those that have it don’t know it”, said Minister Tufton. “So, knowledge is power and is key. So, not knowing that you have it makes you more vulnerable because you don’t find out until you get a stroke.”

The Ministry of Health has embarked on an islandwide sensitization programme with Jamaica Moves, an exercise driven initiative, at its helm.

 

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“Four out of every ten Jamaican with high blood pressure was unaware; four out of ten persons with diabetes were unaware, and essentially what this means is that we have a society that is vulnerable either out of ignorance of not knowing or ignorance of knowing but not doing anything about it”.

Meanwhile, the National Health Fund (NHF) says it plans to better meet the medication needs of workers suffering from chronic illnesses.

“Medication compliance is definitely one of the ways to ensure that you remain healthy and productive because of varying factors like genealogy, our ageing population; we are going to end up with chronic illnesses and until we get the lifestyle issues under control, we know we’re going to have an issue with Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD)s”, said Shermaine Robinson, Health Promotion and PR manager, National Health Fund.

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