Written By: T. Chapman
Photo Caption: Former Minister of Health in the NRP led Government of 2006 – 2012, Mr. Hensley Daniel
Pulse News, (September 06th 2016) – ‘Cancer is a global crisis but here on Nevis the rapid rate at which persons are dying is very alarming.’ – Former Minister of Health in the then Nevis Reformation Party led Nevis Island Government, Mr. Hensley Daniel joined the debate on Health during Tuesday’s Issues program hosted on Freedom FM by EK. Speaking about Cancer, Mr. Daniel sought to point to measures adopted under his watch while simultaneously educating the listening audience on preventative mechanisms.
*According to CDC statistics, ‘Every year, cancer claims the lives of more than half a million Americans.Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States, exceeded only by heart disease. One of every four deaths in the United States is due to cancer.’ (August 2016)
Understanding fully that Cancer required serious attention then, the Nevis Reformation Party implemented initiatives that were directly linked to Awareness, Prevention and Screening. For instance, the introduction of Cancer Treatment Services provided an avenue for Nevisians to have treatment on island while the launch of a Cancer symposium educated medical practioners, Cancer survivors and the General Public. The Prostate screenings allowed for men to monitor what’s happening with their prostate, an initiative that continues to grow yearly.
Daniel insists that work had already started on having Cancer Research done by the University Of The West Indies.
Consistent with his Health driven policy practices while in Government, Daniel emphasized that Cancer Research is key in order for Stakeholders to understand what is happening in Nevis where Cancer is concerned. This he believes would aid in identifying causes which would allow for the implementation of preventative measures.
Mr. Daniel reiterated that after demitting office in 2013 there where 21 new cases of cancer. Previously in 2010, 25 new cases and 2011 27 new cases. According to Daniel, in his mind that’s a crisis; considering that the population is just about 15, 000 people.
With the lack of stats available on the Cancer mortality rate, Mr. Daniel insists that the current Government has failed to advance the plan of preventative care and policy direction.