Cayman has joined the rest of the world in observance of World Diabetes Day.
In an effort to raise awareness and educate others on the disease, members of the Cayman Diabetes Association along with Lions Club of Grand Cayman and Tropical Gardens gathered at Heroes Square fountain on Wednesday.
Speaking on behalf of Health Minister Anthony Eden, Minister of Communications Arden McLean said it was unfortunate that more people had not turned out to hear about the disease that has affected so many on the island. He encouraged those involved with the awareness programme to take heart and continue to educate people on the disease.
In his message Mr. Eden said he was pleased that the Cayman Islands joined in this worldwide gesture by lighting the fountain of National Heroes Square in blue to mark the occasion.
He also urged parents and adult caregivers to be alert to the disease especially the children and youth.
‘Make the necessary changes in eating habits, and make sure that you exercise, so that you do not develop diabetes. If you already have the illness, you will know these approaches are equally important to properly manage your health.’
Those gathered also heard more about the disease from Diabetes Association President Sylvia Perry and Lions of Grand Cayman Deborah Ebanks.
Ms Perry thanked those in attendance and highlighted awareness meetings at the hospital and a children’s poster competition.