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Dominica Diabetes Association focuses on student education on World Diabetes Day

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The Dominica Diabetes Association (DDA), is observing World Diabetes Day today by focusing on educating the students of the St. Lukes Primary School.

Secretary of the Dominica Diabetes Association (DDA), Fr. Reginald LaFleur said the Dominica Diabetes Association is concerned about what is known as ‘childhood obesity’ which is a major factor with regard to the development of diabetes in the future.

“We are trying to educate the children at the school, to teach them about eating right, being healthy, and exercising,” LaFleur said. “At St. Lukes school there is already a policy whereby they don’t bring any juice to school; they only bring water. We call it water Wednesday and then fruit Friday – on a Friday, they bring fruits.”

He said at the school, they’re also showcasing various food items which provide their sugar content.

Meantime, LaFleur explained that diabetes is a disease which occurs when the pancreas does not produce any, or very little, insulin which is needed to help your body store and use the sugar and fat that a person consumes.

“There are two types of diabetes: diabetes type one which occurs because the insulin-producing cells are damaged and people with type two diabetes [which is the most common], produce insulin, however, the amount that is produced is either not enough or does not work properly.”

He said a third type of diabetes is called gestational diabetes which occurs during pregnancy.

LaFleur added that symptoms include an increase in thirstiness,  increase in hunger and frequent urination and some of the risk factors are mainly associated with family history, being overweight, and hypertension.

He said diabetes has increased over the years and advised Dominicans to try their best to remain healthy by being more conscious of what they eat, how they live and to make regular visits to the doctor’s office.

The theme  for World Diabetes Day is “Diabetes and the Family.”

 





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BREAKING NEWS: Suspected case of Corona Virus in Jamaica

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There is a suspected case of the Corona Virus in Jamaica according to several Jamaican news outlets.

Reports coming out of Kingston is that there is a patient at the University of the West Indies hospital who arrived from China with the deadly novel coronavirus.

China’s death toll from the new viral disease is now at 106, including the first death in Beijing, the Chinese capital, and 24 others in Hubei province, where the first illnesses were detected in December.

There were 1,771 new cases confirmed in China, raising the national total to 4,515, according to the National Health Commission.

It is said 976 people were in serious condition.





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ANNOUNCEMENT: DOWASCO disconnection notice – Dominica News Online

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DOWASCO wishes to inform all Domestic and Commercial customers that we will be carrying out disconnection of accounts in arrears.

Customers in arrears of 30 days and over are liable to be disconnected. You are therefore advised to ensure that all outstanding balances are paid, to avoid the inconvenience of a disconnection.

Customers, whose accounts are disconnected, will be required to pay their outstanding balance in full plus a reconnection fee, before service is restored.

Dowasco reminds customers that they can now visit our website at www.dowasco.dm to view their bills online.





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Queen contestants Kimra Charles and Melanie Charles aim to use their platforms to make a difference

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Miss Dominica 2020 contestant Kimra Charles is using her platform -Breast Cancer in Men- to encourage them to get screened early for the deadly disease while Melanie Charles, also launched on Saturday, wants to be a voice for voiceless children.

Charles used her official launching ceremony last week Saturday to encourage men to do routine check-ups.

Charles who is sponsored by Maxroy Trading was launched in the park opposite Ma Boyd’s Bar.

“I want to draw to your attention to one specific strain of cancer that a lot of people are unaware of and that is breast cancer in men,” she said.

She said she is aware that some men are reluctant to do routine check-ups.

“But my platform I will be encouraging our men to be checked. A check today could save your boyfriends, your husband, father or son from a lifetime of pain,” Charles said.

According to Charles, over the past 10 years, reports showed that there have been four known incidents of breast cancer in men in Dominica.

“And I believe it is one too many,” Charles remarked.

Meantime Parliamentary Representative for Roseau North, Danny Lugay who also addressed the event is encouraging Dominicans to live a healthy lifestyle.

In direct support to Charles’s platform, Lugay said, “it will mean that when she goes to the school and the public when she speaks, she will have to speak of healthy lifestyle including diet,” he stated.

He also encouraged the consumption of more fish in the community.

“And one of the changes I would like to see is that Dominicans eat a lot more fish coming from the Fond Cole fishermen,” he said.

These lifestyle changes according to Lugay should also include exercise on a regular basis.

He also encouraged participants to enjoy the journey.

“Wearing the crown will be only temporary but the friendship forged among yourselves will be for a lifetime,” Lugay indicated.

Melanie Charles

Melanie Charles of Goodwill was also launched on Saturday and her aim is to become an ambassador for the voiceless children in society.

Speaking at the ceremony held at Lindo Park she said children are the most vulnerable in society and it is imperative that they start off on equal footing in life.

“Sadly, and for a variety of reasons many parents are not in a position to care for their children in the best possible way. And so, their living conditions are poor as well as their diet, hygiene and this goes on to affect their schooling, education and general, physical and mental health,” she told the crowd gathered.

Melanie said she feels extremely blessed to be able to say that she is part of a family who gave her a purpose and voice to be standing here this afternoon.

“I am no longer that shy girl that I once was. I want to place underprivileged children with loving, caring, responsible families right here on our island,” she said.





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