Annual diabetic youth camp launched

Minister of Public Health, Volda Lawrence (seated at centre) with the campers and others (DPI photo).

Children and young adults who have been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes are living exemplary lifestyles in spite of their condition.

Minister of Public Health, Volda Lawrence pointed out that the diagnosed children deserve more than just another opportunity, the Department of Public Information (DPI) reported.

“I am so happy to be associated with these wonderful people who have decided that they are going to commit themselves to ensure that boys and girls (with diabetes) across the length and breadth of Guyana are given a fighting chance. A fighting chance to live just as any other boy or girl”, she said.

The minister was at the time speaking with 35 youths living with diabetes and their parents at an annual diabetic youth camp.

The  Minister said that as a cancer survivor, she identifies with them. “Just as you have a condition, I had a condition too, I had cancer, I was diagnosed with cancer so I can empathise with you knowing that you have a condition too but you know what, we are all fighters so we are not about to give up on any condition.”

This is the third year the camp is being hosted by the Ministry of Public Health in collaboration with the Guyana Diabetic Association and Young Leaders in Diabetes. The group is being facilitated at Camp Madewini on the Linden-Soesdyke Highway.

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