Two hundred and thirty-five (235) citizens died from hypertension during the period 2011- 2015, lecturer at the Dominica State College, Martha Laurent has revealed.
Laurent was addressing a Hypertensive Health Education Conference organized by the Faculty of Health Sciences on Thursday 2 August 2018.
Hypertension, according to Medical News Today, is another name for high blood pressure. It can lead to severe complications and increases the risk of heart disease, stroke, and death.
The conference, which is being held at the Public Service Union building in Roseau, aims at enhancing the quality of care provided to hypertensive clients.
During her overview at the conference, Laurent stated that between 2011 and 2015, ninety-eight (98) males and one hundred and thirty-seven (137) females, a total of 235 citizens, died from hypertension in Dominica.
She stated that “these statistics have led to various responses by the Ministry of Health along with several organizations arising at preventing, reducing and managing the incidents of HTN cases in Dominica and the Caribbean and the World at large.”
Laurent noted that despite the continuous fight against hypertension in the Caribbean, the non-communicable disease is on an “alarming rise”.
“Despite active involvement in combating HTN in the Caribbean countries including Dominica, it has been increasing at an alarming rate according to research gained in 2018”.
Laurent added that the College’s Faculty of Health Science (FHS) is committed to health care in Dominica, hence the decision to host its first multi-disciplinary educational conference for health care providers across Dominica on managing hypertension with the latest empirical driven strategies.
“Its aim is that by the end of the conference, participants should be able to elaborate on the pharmaceutical and non-pharmaceutical management of hypertension, formulate measures for assisting clients in managing hypertension, and interpret the effects of hypertension on clients and the wider society,” she noted.
Laurent added that the faculty has recognized that because of Hurricane Maria, there has been an increase in hypertensive cases and continued education for health care professionals is critical in reducing these cases.
“Because of its essential elements and practice and service, we want to impact the health care professionals across Dominica and moreover the public health and well-being,” Laurent added.
The conference, which will continue until 3PM, includes presentations from various health professionals to include Dr Orrin Jolly, Dr. Adis King, and Deputy Director of Social Security, Augustus Ettiene and Nurse Rosie Felix.