The following is an address delivered by Hon. Hazel Brandy-Williams, Junior Minister of Health in the Nevis Island Administration (NIA) to mark World Diabetes Day 2019.Diabetes is a serious chronic non-communicable disease, which continues to be a major public health issue here in St. Kitts and Nevis, the region and the world. Particular concern is also expressed for Type 2 diabetes, which accounts for about 90 percent of the cases of diabetes and is associated with lifestyle choices.
Diabetes and its complications represent the majority of mortality and morbidity rates in the Federation. Amputations, blindness, kidney failure are some of the adverse outcomes that add to the statistics of disability and premature deaths. These complications add burdens to families and communities.On World Diabetes Day, observed on 14th November, these efforts are emphasized through the increase of advocacy, awareness and endeavours for prevention and control of diabetes.

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