Duarte. – The Minister of Public healthDaniel Rivera, considered it necessary to change the indicators of chronic non-communicable diseases, which present very high levels in this province, with 45.8% in hypertension, 69.3% in obesity and 12.9% in diabetes.
Leading the tenth version of the “Health Route: Change your Lifestyle” in San Francisco de Macorís, Rivera described these numbers as alarming, so he invited the population to modify their eating habits to prevent complications.
“Chronic diseases are preventable, but it is necessary to change lifestyles, eat healthy, exercise and avoid the consumption of alcohol, tobacco and foods with a high amount of salt and sugar,” he said.
In another order, the head of Health stated that, despite the crisis situation that has deepened in other countries, the Dominican Republic continues to advance in terms of health, thanks to the actions carried out by the government through the Cabinet and the Ministry of Health.
“After finding most of the hospitals closed, the National Health Service (SNS), has had a general transformation in the reconstruction and high-level equipment, in order to offer the best health services to the Dominican people,” Rivera stressed. .
He assured that by order of President Luís Abinader, the Duarte province will have one of the best health centers such as the “Ciudad Sanitaria” that will be built soon.
He expressed that both COVID-19 and monkeypox are controlled in the country, “today we have more than 10,000 tests to detect it and we have the medical equipment to treat this disease, but what we want is that it is not necessary to use them , which is why I call on the population to take care of themselves so that later on they can enjoy optimal health conditions.”
At the meeting, the provincial director of Health, Luis Rosario, said that “this province is at its best, thanks to the work that this new management has done in economic terms and health” which is the most important thing.
Meanwhile, the senator for the province, Franklin Romero, added that President Luis Abinader made a very “assertive decision in appointing Rivera as Minister of Health because the results in the sector are being seen authentically throughout the country.”
On her side, Ana Xiomara Cortés, governor of the province, welcomed the action of carrying out the “Health Route” in the community and the concern and effort of the president and the central government to bring health to the entire country.
On the Health Route
During two days in the Ruta de la Salud, more than 30 specialized services will be available, such as: cardiology, dentistry, geriatrics, nutrition, gynecology, internal medicine, dermatology, pediatrics, as well as services such as cardiometabolic evaluation, prostate, mammography and donation and blood typing among others.
In addition, walks, healthy cooking workshops, children’s activities, raffles for appliances for the elderly, talks and delivery of baskets to pregnant women, opening of health services by the National Health Service (SNS) and interaction with older adults.