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Paul Dinn, PC Official Opposition Critic for Immigration, Skills and Labour and MHA for Topsail-Paradise, has received a number of calls related to continuous glucose monitoring devices (CGMs) and their positive effects on people dealing with diabetes.
Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Office of the Official Opposition
For Immediate Release

 

St. John's, NL (November 25, 2020) – Paul Dinn, PC Official Opposition Critic for Immigration, Skills and Labour and MHA for Topsail-Paradise, has received a number of calls related to continuous glucose monitoring devices (CGMs) and their positive effects on people dealing with diabetes.

“In dealing with the current pandemic there has been increased awareness by many when it comes to mental and physical health. In particular there is a sense of urgency for adults living with diabetes who are at greater risk of developing serious health complications, are more likely to contract viruses like COVID-19 and pneumonia, and are almost three times more likely to die in hospital. One area in particular has been with regard to better monitoring and control of diabetes by using the technology that is available,” says Dinn.

Dinn emphasized that it is a perfect time during Diabetes Awareness Month to explore preventative measures for persons dealing with diabetes with a focus on exploring continuous glucose monitoring devices.

Dinn raised the issue in the House of Assembly and is quick to point out he was not impressed with the response from the Minister responsible. Dinn says, “One in three Canadians has diabetes or prediabetes, and Newfoundland and Labrador has the highest rate of Diabetes in the country. This is staggering and for government to simply say they don’t have an answer and are not aware of any evidence to support these life saving devices is just not acceptable.”

“If government is truly vested in wellness over illness and investing in health then looking at control and prevention of diabetes is a great place to start. This is an epidemic we can’t afford to ignore. This chronic disease impacts individuals, families, our healthcare system and the economy. I don’t believe government needs to wait for the Task Force on Health Care to start exploring the technology and funding options,” concluded Dinn.

 

Contacts:

Bradley Russell

Director of Communications and Digital Strategy

(p) 1.709.729.3668

BradleyRussell@gov.nl.ca

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