P5/Strat. No.30: Manage Symptoms of Diabetic and Hypertensive Patients and Reduce the Risk of Contracting COVID-19
Guidelines and Criteria
To assist individuals to manage their health conditions (Diabetes and Hypertension) to reduce susceptibility to COVID-19
Mandatory self-management through the Stanford Self-Management program
Provision of testing strips and glucometers to Diabetics
Home care visits to provide counselling and direction on the management of symptoms
Diabetics and Hypertensive registered patients
Must be a registered Diabetic or Hypertensive patient
Ministry of Health and Wellness
Households (approx. 10,000 - 12,500)
Since October 2019, Saint Lucia was the 3rd Country in the Caribbean to implement the HEARTS initiative. The Program is aimed at improving prevention and control of Hypertension which is one of the risk factors for Cardiovascular disease. The target for the Ministry of Health and Wellness for 2020 was a 55% reduction in the number of Patients with Hypertension. the End of year data for 2020 revealed the target was met with a 69.2% reduction.
In the last quarter of 2020
• PAHO facilitating training for StanFord virtual self management program.
• PAHO approved tablet loaning program to facilitate patients without devices, to participate in the program virtually, to minimize spread of COVID to this vulnerable group of the population.
• HEARTS program continues at 6 wellness centres