LUPUS MONTH -The Lupus of Grand Bahama Executive Members paid a courtesy call on Minister for Grand Bahama the Hon. Dr. Michael Darville on Friday. Dr. Darville and the Executive Members talked about the need to increase awareness in our community which will work toward prevention, detection and reducing the cost of medication. Shown from left are: Letna Bain, PR officer; Nicole Bain, member; Caline Newton, member; Minister Darville; C. Tamika Rigby-Lightbourne, president; Tabitha Joffre, member; and Sharell Lockhart, member. (BIS Photo/Andrew Miller)
FREEPORT, Grand Bahama – The executive members of
Lupus Bahamas paid a courtesy call on Minister for Grand Bahama the Hon. Dr.
Michael Darville on Friday, May 1, to launch Lupus Month.
The Minister said, “it is a great privilege of mine to
have the executive members of Lupus Bahamas with me at The Ministry for Grand
Bahama as they launch Lupus Month on Grand Bahama. Lupus Bahamas is an organization to empower and
encourage those living with Lupus, while placing priority on education and awareness
throughout Grand Bahama.”
He continued, “as a physician who practiced medicine
in the community for many years, I am fully aware of the devastating clinical
effects of this chronic disease, which mostly affects young women."
In clinical practice, the body’s immune system which
normally protects it against pathogens, viruses and bacteria loses the ability
to differentiate body cells from pathogens and ultimately begins to attack
Environmental factors play an important role in the
cause of this autoimmune disease and to date there is no cure. The disease is
not an infection and cannot be transmitted like an infectious disease. The symptoms
vary but the classical symptoms are a butterfly rash on the face, joint pains,
hair loss, fatigue and sensitivity to sun light.
Pledging his support to Lupus Bahamas, Minister
Darville said there is a need for increased awareness in our community which
will work towards prevention, detection and reducing the cost of medication.
"I invite all residents of Grand Bahama,
especially those who are living with this chronic autoimmune disease to support
the activities that Lupus Bahamas will put on during this month. The Minister asked residents to wear purple
Friday in support of lupus Awareness.”
During their visit, the executive members of Lupus of
Grand Bahama presented a purple shirt to the Minister. Among the activities
scheduled for Grand Bahama, there will be a Walk for Lupus on Saturday, May 16th
6:00 am at The Foster B. Pestina Centre, Christ the King. A
Lupus Public Forum will be held at The Foster B. Pestina Centre, Christ
the King on Friday, May 22nd at 7:00 pm, which will feature Dr. Amit
Golding, and this is free of charge.