TeleHealth News


April 28, 2016




    Dominica is a volcanic outcropping nestled between two French islands, Guadeloupe to the north and Martinique to the south. The extreme mountainous terrain makes it nearly impossible to build an adequate airport to receive large aircraft. So the only way there is by boat or a small plane, making it available only to a lucky few. The island is literally a nature paradise with hundreds of waterfalls and lush jungle full of exotic fauna, birds and reptiles – non poisonous or dangerous. It is home to the only and last Carib Indian tribe. They live on a small reservation on the east side of the island. The majority of the population is of African descent, remnants of freed slaves of the Americas.
    In the past, the island was managed by the French, then English untill their independence in 1978. Healthcare is provided by a handful of doctors and providers from other countries. Several members of the island's elite have gone to medical schools in Europe, US and Canada and manage the only hospital there.
    Hurricane David demolished the island in the late 70s, leaving a path of destruction. I with many others volunteered to help. I spent about three months on the island caring for the sick and injured. Despite the utter devastation of the place, surprisingly not many were injured. The people, being used to the Caribbean storms, took shelter in the hills and out of the way of the destructive forces of the hurricane. The poor economy kept much unavailable, still I found the people very healthy. Apparently lack of adequate roads necessitated them to walk everywhere. Crossing the many rivers of the island kept them clean and the jungle supplied them with many wild fruits such as mangoes. Limited interaction with outsiders kept communicable diseases away. Except for some cases of STD, the population was healthy.
    Since my visit however, the island has been discovered and the introduction of western diet and food has brought with it maladies such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart problems. From under-nutrition to over-eating has lead to an upsurge in chronic non-communicable diseases. A price for advancement the island did not have to pay. Today the increased number of diabetic amputations among young people is causing alarm and major concern.
    Telehealth, telemedicine and tele-education can help bring education, healthcare and awareness of these problems. If this technology was available thirty years ago, chances are these maladies would have been prevented and controlled. Still, proper use of telecommunication could bring a turn around in the control of these diseases and put a stop to its devastation. Dominica needs to remain a nature paradise not only for visitors but the locals as well.


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 Of Interest:     

    Last Friday [April 22] was Earth Day, and tomorrow is Arbor Day. These two days reminds us of the fragility of our planet and why we must strive to preserve and save it for our children and their children.

"The Earth is our environment to protect and the garden to tend to."
                                                                                                 Pope Francis

"Hear me, four quarters of the world - a relative I am! Give me the strength to walk the soft earth, a relative to all that is! Give me the eyes to see and the strength to understand that I may be like you. With your powers only can I face the winds."

Black Elk (1863 - 1950)
Oglala Sioux holy man


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