Working to help diabetics
LIONS CLUB OF ST THOMAS
IN MARCH 2001, the management of the St Thomas branch of the Diabetes Association was handed over to the St Thomas Lions Club. This venture was spearheaded by Lurline Less and Owen Bernard of the Diabetes Association, and Lions Marcia Bennett and James Palmer of the St Thomas Lions Club.
The club acquired a new home for the Diabetic Centre and since November 2014, it is named the St Thomas Lions Centre. The former health minister, Dr Fenton Ferguson, and Lion Isaac Solomon opened the centre. The then District Governor was on hand to witness the achievement.
Lion Michael Wallace manages the branch, supported by health technician Stephanie Walker and Dennis Taylor, who works as the bearer.
The services offered at the centre include blood pressure, blood sugar, ECG, foot care, total cholesterol, Body Mass Index, Doppler, diet counselling, and doctor visits on Mondays and Thursdays. The staff conducts numerous outreach sessions, presentations at schools, churches, and business places. They have also participated in islandwide outreaches with the National Health Fund.
The clinic has been heavily utilised in the parish, with over 6,000 checks being done yearly. The Diabetic Centre is most instrumental in the parish as it aims to address the main lifestyle diseases of hypertension and diabetes.
The club honours the late Lions Olive and Ron McKenzie, because without their hard work and dedication, this dream would not have been possible. The club remains committed to the theme – ‘Until there is a cure – let us give the care’.
Lion Michael providing foot care.
Past District Governor Lion Isaac Solomon making remarks at the historic opening of the St Thomas Centre.