St. Kitts – Nevis’ Prime Minister – Denzal Douglas
Photo By Erasmus Williams
Basseterre, St. Kitts – Nevis
February 28, 2009 (CUOPM)
St. Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas is lauding the recent Health Talk forum organised by the Young Labour Group in his Constituency.
“I want to commend the organisers for launching the first in a series of educational programmes targeting youths in the constituency as this exercise was designed to provide as much information as possible in relation to Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) and other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs),” said Prime Minister Douglas.
Dr. Douglas, who is also the Parliamentary Representative for Constituency # 6 and the Caribbean Community’s lead spokesman on HIV/AIDS, pointed out that AIDS knows no boundaries and this disease as well as other STI’s go beyond national politics and boundaries.
Young Labour (Constituency Six) Public Relations Officer, Ms. Narissa Henry said District Medical Officer, Dr. Akin Oduntan’s main focus was on the Sexually Transmitted Infections.
“This is because many persons think that STI’s are not as harmful as HIV/AIDS so he chose to shed more light on the various infections that exists. With the use of a PowerPoint presentation he outlined the more common infections which included gonorrhea, herpes, Chlamydia, syphilis and the Genital Human Papillomavirus (HPV),” said Ms. Henry.
“He also outlined the risk factors involved and possible cause of the infections, the signs and symptoms that we should look for, the possible health consequences, treatments for each infection and the preventative measures that we should all consider,” she said.
Henry said the education programme attracted youths from throughout the constituency including church groups, the St. Paul’s Teenage Mother Support Group as well as adults and members of the Young Labour Organisation in Constituency No. 5.
“The event in itself was a resounding success. The session was very informative and we got positive feedback from the persons who attended,” said Henry.