Determining prevalence and distribution of Type 2 Diabetes in St. Kitts and Nevis

NIA CHARLESTOWN (JUNE 17, 2015) — The Following is a press release from the Health Promotion Unit in the Ministry of Health.
Purpose: Use qualitative and quantitative public health surveillance methods to identify the prevalence and distribution of Type 2 Diabetes in St. Kitts and Nevis.
Beginning Monday June 15th 2015 and continuing until the last week in July, the University of Virginia in collaboration with the Ministry of Health on Nevis will be conducting a research survey on Type 2 Diabetes. 
The research method will involve surveying persons with or without diabetes over the age of 18 about their knowledge of the disease, perceptions about risk, self-management and prevention. 
The survey questions will be based on diet, physical activity, diabetes and lifestyle.  Students will be in public parking lots asking persons to chat for 10-15 minutes. Once data is analysed, findings will be shared with the Ministry of Health to inform health interventions and education that best meet the needs of local citizens. 
We at the Ministry of Health, are asking for the general public’s corporation and support as these students conduct their survey.  The survey team comprising local students from both the Nevis 6th Form College and Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College (CFBC) as well as students visiting from the University of Virginia, will be seen in various parking lots. They will be dressed in navy blue t-shirts labelled University of Virginia.
Please be cooperative and take part in the survey, as responding to these questions will help us to help you. The statistics collected will further aid the Ministry of Health in its fight against Diabetes.  
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