ST. GEORGE’S, GRENADA, FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2010 A national survey, aimed at reducing the prevalence of diabetes and other Chronic Non-Communicable Diseases (CNCD) in the population, has started in rural Grenada. It’s called the STEPS Chronic Diseases Risk Factor survey.
The survey is being conducted by 10 teams which include 45 nurses and officials from the Ministry of Health. It’s intended to provide information that can help shape and remodel Grenada’s healthcare system.
Agnes Banfield, Surveillance Nurse in the Ministry’s Epidemiology Unit, said Chronic Non-Communicable Diseases are very common among a large cross-section of the Grenadian population. She noted that many young, middle-aged and elderly people are being affected not just by diabetes, but by other chronic diseases such as hypertension, cancer and obesity.
“CNCD cases in the nation have tripled in the past five years”, Banfield said. She added that the situation warrants serious action to identify the source of the problem, as well as the best and most effective ways to control CNCD.
The “STEPS Risk Factor” survey is expected to be completed in two months. At the end, the CNCD information collected will be carefully analyzed and interpreted before being presented to the policymakers of the Health Ministry. The STEPS survey, sponsored by the Pan American Health Organization, is the third of its kind to be undertaken in the Caribbean.