Federal Minister of Health, the Hon. Akilah Byron-Nisbett, gave an address on November 10th 2020, in commemoration for World Diabetes Day.
World Diabetes Day was created in 1991 by International Development Fund (IDF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) in response to growing concerns about the escalating health threat posed by Diabetes.
It is marked every year on November 14th, the birthday of Sir Frederick Banting, who co-discovered insulin along with Charles Best in 1922.
Mrs. Byron-Nisbett spoke about the theme for this year as well as its significance:
Leading the efforts on awareness living with Diabetes in St. Kitts, is the St. Kitts and Nevis Diabetes Association, which aims to engage the diabetic population of St. Kitts and Nevis along with their families, in an integrated and sustained effort to prevent and effectively manage Diabetes through various means, which include: education, behaviour and attitudinal changes that result in the adoption of healthy personal lifestyle practices and the avoidance of adverse results due to complications of diabetes.
In light of the association’s mission, Minister Byron-Nisbett spoke about the St. Kitts Diabetes Association’s “Diabetic Gospel”: