August 26 St. John's Antigua: .Health Minister John Maginley has advised his government to adopt a
development programme called "Protocol for the Nutritional Management of Diabetes" to improve the health care system
in Antigua and Barbuda.
Minister Maginley says this protocol would improve the standard of
care for all people with diabetes in Antigua and thus enhance their quality of life. He said the protocol
would also provide guidelines to healthcare providers at primary care level for the nutritional management of obesity, diabetes
According to Minister Maginley, it affords a framework for setting
treatment goals for the nutritional management of these conditions in the primary care centres in Antigua and Barbuda.
The Health Minister mentions that one of the principal challenges
in the management of life-style related conditions such as diabetes, obesity and hypertension is the scarcity of people with
training in nutrition and dietetics in the region.
To overcome this difficulty, the protocol is targeted at a wide range
of health-care providers, not just nutritionists and dietitians.
The Health Minister adds that the protocol for the nutritional management
of diabetes training was also initiated in Guyana, Belize, Jamaica, and St Vincent and the Grenadines.