Think blue wear blue in observance of World Diabetes Day next week

The Minister of Public Health and his overall prevention program ‘Get Checked’ along with the Collective Prevention Services (CPS) in the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour, is working in collaboration with the Diabetes Foundation and Rotary Club St. Martin Sunrise, to commemorate World Diabetes Day (WDD).


WDD will be observed around the world next week Wednesday, 14 November.

The aforementioned entities are appealing to the community as well as the business sector to "think blue wear blue" starting Monday, November 12 for one week to show ones solidarity with individuals in the Sint Maarten community who live with diabetes every day.

Individuals and businesses are also asked to research diabetes using the internet and be informed about the disease and about how combined efforts within the community can alter the progression of diabetes within the Sint Maarten society.

This is an opportunity to raise public awareness of diabetes and related complications, as well as its prevention, care, and always consult your physician.

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that more than 346 million people worldwide have diabetes. This number is likely to more than double by 2030 without intervention. Almost 80 per cent of diabetes deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries.