PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten – May 25, 2018 – The Rotary Club of Sint Maarten, in conjunction with the Windward Islands Medical Association, and their Platinum Sponsor, NAGICO Insurances held a conference for medical professionals on the state of Oncology (Cancer) treatment and care on St. Maarten on May 10 – 12 at the Belair Community Center. The conference was attended by more than 100 medical professionals from around the region, and 5 international experts in the field of Oncology that addressed the local medical professionals and members of the public. Dr. Neinke Gonzales-Diaz, Dr. Diego Ramos, Dr.
Wouter Dercksen, Dr. Marino Leon and Dr. Martijn Stuiver each spoke on their respective specialties.
Dr. Hidde Dekethe, Secretary of the Windward Islands Medical Association, continued, “The medical portion of the event had also a great attendance with 3/4 of all (para) medical professionals of St. Maarten present, as well as Doctors and Nurses from Saba and Statia. For sure Oncology and Palliative Care in St. Maarten was given a new boost, all benefitting the population of St. Maarten and the surrounding islands.
A FREE Public Meeting on Cancer preceded the medical conference on Thursday evening, May 10, 2018. The Honorable Minister of Health and Member of Parliament, Mr. Emil Lee, welcomed attendees with a heartfelt and personal message that highlighted the importance of knowledge about caring for one’s own health. More than 230 residents attended this public meeting on Cancer Care, which included presentations on the state of Cancer Care on Sint Maarten, focusing on Prostate Cancer and Breast Cancer as the most common types of cancer effecting our region.
President of the Rotary Club of Sint Maarten, John Caputo said, “This year’s conference exceeded our expectations with record attendance at the public session. We also added a live stream of the event on the Rotary Club of Sint Maarten’s Facebook Page for those that could not attend. The video is still online for those that would still like to view it. And to make it even easier, the Rotary Club added free shuttle bus transportation to and from the Belair Community Center from Dutch Quarter and St. Peters. Projects like this have long lasting effects on our communities and if this program saves just one life, we will have made a tremendous difference. We look forward to working with Nagico for many years to come as we continue our ongoing program of medical professional and public education. With that, thank you to the entire team at
Lisa Brown, the Marketing Manager for Nagico Insurances, who attended the public session added, “It is our pleasure to support the Rotary Club of Sint Maarten and the Windward Island Medical Association with this year’s initiative on Cancer education and care. We loved the live streaming and we are already starting to plan our portion of next year’s public session. It just keeps getting bigger and better each year”.
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