Premier Dr. the Hon. D. Orlando Smith lent his voice to the belaboured issue of chronic non-communicable diseases and the increase of dialysis patients.
Last week during the BVI Conference for the Implementation of the NCD Strategy, Hon. Smith said: “The fact that we have 15 seats for dialysis tells you the significance of chronic diseases and in particular renal failure and diabetes in the BVI,” he said.
For years legislators and health officials have been explaining how non-communicable diseases lead to dialysis need. The concern mostly highlighted the costly nature of dialysis treatment.
A clear picture of the heavy demand for dialysis treatment was bemoaned in the 2013/2014 budget of the BVI Health Services Authority (BVIHSA) that was laid in the House of Assembly in 2015. The document detailed concerns for not only the heavy use of the dialysis machines, but the growing number of patients requiring such services.