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Antigua urged to adopt protocol on diabetes management

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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 and hypertension.
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. 
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