Support For Lupus Patients

12 May 2021 11:51 AM | Anonymous
PHOTO: GARFIELD ANGUS Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, addresses a recent forum in Kingston, to outline Government's support for persons living with lupus.


Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, says the Government spent more than $12 million on drugs for lupus patients in the last financial year, and more persons should register and access the support.

Addressing a virtual forum to observe World Lupus Day on Monday (May 10), Dr. Tufton said more than 900 patients benefited.

“It was a commitment kept by the Government to improve the outcomes of persons affected by lupus, by providing specialist care and vital drugs free of cost through the public health system, and now a private system subsidised by the National Health Fund,” the Minister added.

He pointed out that the NHF subsidises more than 120 medications for lupus care, and persons with the disorder can access services at 105 fully operational Drug Serv pharmacies and 49 private/public pharmacies.

Dr. Tufton said the Government has been playing its part to advance services for the patients, by supporting initiatives that improve the awareness and understanding of the disease.

“I salute the Lupus Foundation of Jamaica for the work that it has been doing. I implore all Jamaicans to join together to fight lupus and support persons living with the disease,” the Minister said.

The event was organised by the Lupus Foundation of Jamaica (LFJ), under the theme ‘Unmasking the Many Faces of Lupus’.

Meanwhile, President of the LFJ, Dr. Désirée Tulloch-Reid, said the best option for persons who are living with the ailment is to control it through treatment and consistent monitoring.

“We don’t have a ‘cure’… but treatment has come a long way. Now it is possible for most people to achieve control of their disease with the right treatment,” she told the forum.

Dr. Tulloch-Reid said the “goal” for all those persons affected is to “gain control of the situation, and maintain control”.

The forum heard from many persons who are living with the disease, medical experts and other persons, who shared their experience with the ailment.

Lupus attacks tissues in various parts of the body, leading to tissue damage and illness. While the ailment affects predominantly young women, both genders can be affected by the illness, including children.

Miss Jamaica World Khalia Hall to join with Government and Medical Societies to support World Lupus Day Observance

Khalia Hall, the reigning Miss Jamaica World, is demonstrating the philosophy of Beauty with a Purpose as she lends her time and influence to the cause of Lupus Awareness.

Miss Jamaica World is one of several well-known personalities that have endorsed the efforts of the Foundation over the years to promote awareness about Lupus.  “I feel grateful to be able to use my platform as Miss Jamaica World to help the Lupus Foundation of Jamaica to raise awareness around this debilitating disease.” 

On May 10, Lupus Foundation of Jamaica will be joining in with lupus groups across the world in observance of  World Lupus Day 2022 under their own theme LUPUS LEVEL UP: Make Lupus Visible.  According to Dr Desiree Tulloch-Reid, President, the campaign will have an Island wide reach through media interviews and promotions, poster displays, a social media campaign and Awareness walks dubbed “Make Strides for Lupus” across the Island and will culminate in a World Lupus Day Ceremony and mini-health fair at Emancipation Park, New Kingston, on May 10, 2022.  “We will be engaging all our members, supporters, media partners, Government, community organisations, the public at large and all our online and social media to increase awareness of lupus, specifically this year emphasising the impact of lupus on the body’s organs.”  

Ms Hall will be supporting the LUPUS LEVEL Up campaign by a video endorsement for social media and being photographed in the purple T-shirt bearing the Campaign theme.  She will also attend the Foundation’s key event, a free mini-health fair at Emancipation Park, and take part in an official Opening Ceremony at 12:00 pm in tandem with the  Minister of State in the Ministry of Health & Wellness, Hon Juliette Cuthbert-Flynn who will declare the event open.

Also present at the free event at Emacipation Park will be representatives of several health Professional Associations including Medical Association of Jamaica, Dermatology Association of Jamica, Pharmaceutical Society of Jamaica and Jamaica Physiotherapy Association as well as Mandeville Regional Hospital Nephrology Unit, who will interact with the public and provide health talks and demonstrations.  National Health Fund will provide free health screening in tandem with the Diabetes Association of Jamaica.  A live broadcast on Riddim FM 102 with host Vernon Derby will also feature conversations with health professionals, volunteers and persons living with Lupus, as well as reports from participants in awareness walks and other activities across the Island.

The public is invited to wear purple on Tuesday May 10 in solidarity, to participate in local activities and make donations to the Foundation towards support services for persons with Lupus. Further information is available at the Foundation’s website or by contacting 8767548458.

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