The Ministry of Health Wellness and the Environment is urging Vincentians not to engaging in activities that can lead to chronic non-communicable diseases, or complicate these diseases, during this Christmas season.
The Focal Point for Chronic Non-Communicable Diseases in the Ministry, Dr. Rosmond Adams, has noted that this time of the year usually comes with an increase in alcohol use, smoking and the consumption of excess food, in particular food laden with sugar, salt and fats.
Adams said these activities are significant risk factors for illnesses such as diabetes, hypertension, heart disease and cancer, and should be avoided.
Non-communicable diseases account for up to 70 per cent of all deaths recorded in St Vincent and the Grenadines annually.
Adams said that the only way to avoid falling victim to these diseases and their complications is to reduce the risk factors associated with them.
“The Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment, therefore, reminds the public of the need to avoid the excessive consumption of alcohol and to make wise food choices at this time of the year. Diabetics and persons with other chronic conditions are advised to manage their diet carefully and to continue taking their medication,” Permanent Secretary Luis de Shong said in a statement.