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Inniss: Money better spent on children

A former Minister of Health believes money is better spent educating children on preventative health care than on treatment of adult Barbadians.

Donville Inniss, who is now Minister of Commerce and Industry, expressed this view as the House of Assembly discussed health during 2015 Estimates of Revenue and Expenditure on Friday.

He bemoaned the rising cost of health care in Barbados and said more emphasis should be placed on prevention rather than cures or treatments.

Minister of Industry, International Business, Commerce and Small Business Development Donville Inniss.

Minister of Industry, International Business, Commerce and Small Business Development Donville Inniss.

Zooming in on diabetes he said: “If we don’t address that at the community level, then there are more Barbadians who would end up with renal failure and on dialysis. I don’t want us to have a discussion and a call to find millions of dollars more to provide dialysis treatment for Barbadians. I think the resources are best deployed on the preventative side.”

Inniss addressed the extraordinary medical bill that comes with treatment of diabetics.

“We need to remind Barbadians that because of our lifestyle, many of them end up costing taxpayers $4,000 per month per individual for dialysis treatment. I’d rather spend $4,000 educating 20,000 primary school children about the harmful effects of their kind of lifestyle and dietary habits better than spend it on individuals who really ought to know better.”

Nonetheless, he commended the Ministry of Health for expanding the dialysis treatment programme in collaboration with the private sector to help bring down the cost.

7 Responses to Inniss: Money better spent on children

  1. Dexter Squires
    Dexter Squires March 22, 2015 at 2:22 pm

    what about medicals and care for the same children?..but then again i mean poor people kids by the way

  2. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce March 22, 2015 at 2:33 pm

    Inniss believes money is better spent educating children on preventative health care than on treatment of adult Barbadians. So the children don’t grown up to see adulthood and children are not nurtured and taught by adults. I hope he remember his statement when he ass take sick. And he was the former health minister? It seems Barbados is being running by so call educated jackasses without a tail. Wanna sure their qualifications are genuine?

  3. Samud Ali
    Samud Ali March 22, 2015 at 2:42 pm

    How would it cost more to simply add these messages to classes already? Don’t they teach health as a subject in primary school anymore?

  4. Danielle Reid-Melillo
    Danielle Reid-Melillo March 22, 2015 at 2:43 pm

    To improve diets you have to provide proper organic produce that is affordable for everyone! Until they do that the majority of the population who are now unemployed will have an increase in diabetes, hypertension etc.

  5. Robert Holloway
    Robert Holloway March 22, 2015 at 6:05 pm

    not all health problems for anybody is caused by their lifestyle

  6. Tony Webster March 23, 2015 at 1:59 am

    Visionaries/ prophets are often not appreciated by their own. The Ministers on- target and far-seeing comment might be better valued, if he had taken an even more perceptive and bold step, to frame his comment closer to this: if you only have sufficient dollars to either (a) attend to old folks with monstrous, out-of-control, N.C.D. Issues, or (b) educate the coming generation sufficiently of life-style and primary-care health solutions..the dollars are more wisely spent on breaking the cycle; on saving a future for the young…for the young respresent…indeed ARE…our future.
    We must understand..and forgive…that any really brilliant politician..does not enjoy mashing his colleagues’ corns. If this MUST be done… Corns should be be mashed…gently!

  7. Tony Waterman March 23, 2015 at 5:49 am

    So now we have another Minister of this Government, wanting to condem Sick Adult Bajans, some/Most of whom have possibly worked and paid taxes, that have been used to run the Hospital to be left to die like DOGS in the Street, because we have a CEO who cant find wastage and deficiencies in the system.
    have any one ever checked his Credentials, where did he ever run a hospital before, my belief is that the CEO of the QEW is the problem at the QEW, and some one should investigate, how that place is being Managed.
    we have Equiptment that was Purchased and never used, wrong supplies being ordered, and in wrong quantities, and the List goes on.
    we need a complete audit, by the auditor general of that QEH


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