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Health demons

Stuart urges Barbadians to live a healthier lifestyle

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart is worried that too much of the country’s health care spending is on treating Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) and has suggested that the focus should be on preventative health care to bring the problem under control.

Delivering remarks during the opening of Health Week activities at the Barbados Seventh-Day Adventist schools, Stuart said he was recently informed of the “disturbing fact” that seven out of every ten Barbadians had NCDs.

He said the place to start tackling this issue was in the schools where children could be informed about the need to maintain healthy bodies and lifestyles.

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart

“If we have a population where every seven out of every ten persons are suffering from an NCD, that is going to affect the performance of those Barbadians when they grow up, when they enter the workforce.

“It is going to affect how much we are able to produce. It is going to affect their community lives and it is going to affect them in every facet of their existence. Overall, we are going to have an unhealthy society and that is not what we want as a people of Barbados,” Stuart said.

The Prime Minister praised the Health Week concept and commended the Church for consistently placing emphasis on healthy living.

“The Government over which I have the honour to preside is with the Seventh-Day Adventist Church in ensuring that we shift from curative health care, spending time curing things that we could have avoided, to preventative health care where we accentuate the importance of healthy lifestyles.

“What you eat, what you drink, how much you exercise, how you treat your bodies ultimately will help us to wrestle these demons which we call non-communicable diseases to the ground,” Stuart said.

Speaking directly to the students, the country’s leader advised them to be selective about what they watched and listened to since a healthy mind was determined by what was fed into it.

“Now, you have to take your Prime Minister very seriously on this, because if there is one thing that you can learn from me is that I am very careful about what I listen to. I do not intend to allow my mind to be contaminated or to be rendered unhealthy by the very toxic and negative forms of diet that I have to deal with day from day, week to week, from month to month, and from year to year,” he said.

27 Responses to Health demons

  1. Doria Alleyne
    Doria Alleyne June 2, 2015 at 8:29 am

    Can you please Retired??????????????????????????????+

  2. Ryan Bayne
    Ryan Bayne June 2, 2015 at 8:57 am

    Boss Man, make sure you and your cronies check your health before you start being concerned about other people’s lifestyles. Judge not unless you are being judged. I heard you last night on the news and I was not pleased with your words. Another SMH moment for the day.

    • Wayne P Hoyte
      Wayne P Hoyte June 2, 2015 at 9:22 am

      It’s a reality we face. Dont knock what is being said.

  3. Thomas Katt
    Thomas Katt June 2, 2015 at 8:58 am

    Dear PM, stress can cause all sorts of health problems, and your citizens are stressed out to the max

    • Wayne P Hoyte
      Wayne P Hoyte June 2, 2015 at 9:20 am

      i am not stressed

    • Ryan Bayne
      Ryan Bayne June 2, 2015 at 9:24 am

      I strongly agree with you, Thomas. It’s a shame why Freundel didn’t include ‘stress’ in his speech.

  4. Angus B Post
    Angus B Post June 2, 2015 at 9:12 am

    Health demons? Charlie demons& last but not least. ….political demons. ..all these demons we have ta deal wid bout hay

  5. Danielle Reid-Melillo
    Danielle Reid-Melillo June 2, 2015 at 9:38 am

    I agree with the focus on prevention! We need the price of healthy organic food to decrease! There should also be no tax on “special diet” food like gluten-free etc. Also maybe a free gym in each parish??

    • Danielle Reid-Melillo
      Danielle Reid-Melillo June 2, 2015 at 11:56 am

      I’m all for free but some patients don’t want to do that they rather go to a gym. It’s cheaper to pay for a gym than having to pay extra medical specialists to support the health care system.

  6. Danielle Reid-Melillo
    Danielle Reid-Melillo June 2, 2015 at 9:40 am

    Also stop importing GMO crap from the USA and import organic European food instead!

    • Greitcha Smith
      Greitcha Smith June 2, 2015 at 9:44 am

      Why do we need to import, we have the ideal weather (and space) to grow our own! By the time the stuff gets here it all looks like crap, organic or not!

    • Danielle Reid-Melillo
      Danielle Reid-Melillo June 2, 2015 at 9:45 am

      I agree but that’s as far as most people can think so at least it will be something healthy!
      No one wants to be farmers in barbados unfortunately.

  7. zeus June 2, 2015 at 9:50 am

    When will some of you realize that the media pokes fun at you when they release quotes of the pm so some of the uneducated demons can have their moment in time…he in turn does poke fun at the media too smh

  8. Carolyn Robertson
    Carolyn Robertson June 2, 2015 at 10:00 am

    Come on man this is no million dollar question take the taxes off the healthy food and stop persons from eating so much unhealthy foods and the stress level that this goverment have place on society is another factor so dont be so worried like you dont know why

    • Ryan Bayne
      Ryan Bayne June 2, 2015 at 10:50 am

      I was about to say the exact thing but the Government can’t hear. Their supporters want to attack me for being so rude and arrogant over Dems.

  9. Sharon Woolley
    Sharon Woolley June 2, 2015 at 10:15 am

    Parents need educating, they supply kids with most of their food, stop using chefette it’s all fried crap. You have some of the most beautiful fresh fish in the world and so long as you don’t fry it, it’s so healthy and tasty, and as much as I could eat mac pie every day, it’s not healthy !!

  10. dave June 2, 2015 at 11:03 am

    Yawn !!!!

  11. Ras Small
    Ras Small June 2, 2015 at 12:22 pm

    Wunna need tah stop importing GMO foods from foreign @ $800 million, which is one of the main reasons why Bajans are becoming diseased, then it also CONtributes to a health care bill of $400 million. Educated fools at wuk spinning tot in mud.

  12. Heather Cole
    Heather Cole June 2, 2015 at 7:12 pm

    I wish that 7 years ago the PM had thoughts of preventing economic suicide. If he had I would be embracing his talks today. Inflationary pricing has driven the price of food sky high. Fruits and vegetables are a luxury unless you grow them. The high rate of unemployment and lack of money due to a tax burden prevents the majority from purchasing health conscious food.

  13. Ouida Burnham
    Ouida Burnham June 2, 2015 at 8:14 pm

    Is this the same P M that told us sometime gone back an I quote it is better to be a hungry dog than to be a dead lion so I don,t understand what he is trying to tell us I know I am one of the hungry dogs but the Almighty is for us all Amen

  14. Patrick Blackman June 2, 2015 at 9:55 pm

    This speech is a warm up to paid health care, you have been warned, no more freeness for anything in Barbados.

  15. jrsmith June 3, 2015 at 4:46 am

    @ , Ryan bayne, politicians never tell you what they know. The priminister knows how his government have most of the people in bim stress to the limit, with they try, this ,try that policies.

    @ Patrick B, hail to you , hope your days are good, might not be a bad thing , if the them and us policy don’t come in to the change. this may then force people to consider they health more.
    What is required, the government of the day needing to reduce health spending and have a healthy population, should enforce a (MOH) policy , ministry of health, as like the vehicle (MOT)which means the people are forced to have a yearly check up.

    @Angus B Post, thank you, my house was in tears with laughter,
    if you and I put these demons ,in a large jar shake them up ,we come up with a new game for the internet.

  16. jrsmith June 3, 2015 at 4:53 am

    Barbados survived on agriculture , including a sugar industry, the real problem with bim ,most bajans are trying to keep up with the joneses but , who are they.

  17. Mac10 June 3, 2015 at 10:42 am

    Praise the Lord!!!!!

    The PM is FINALLY worried about something!!!!!

  18. Alex Alleyne June 3, 2015 at 11:07 pm

    PM, please “ban the sweet water ” the Pine Hill Dairy sell for juices.


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