Diabetics to still get vital medicines

  • Debbie Jones, chairwoman of the Bermuda Diabetes Association

    Debbie Jones, chairwoman of the Bermuda Diabetes Association


Diabetics will still get vital medicines even with a ban on flights and most ships because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Debbie Jones, chairwoman of the Bermuda Diabetes Association, said the charity had also set up tents outside its headquarters in Beacon Street in Hamilton yesterday so people can get prescriptions filled without going into the building.

The coronavirus is an added threat to patients with chronic diseases such as diabetes.

Ms Jones said the ability to stay outside and keep a safe distance from others as patients waited reduced the risk of transmission of the virus that causes Covid-19.

She added that prescriptions were taken by a pharmacist at one window and diabetes supplies given out at another. Ms Jones said: “Once we got the news of two confirmed cases, we decided to protect ourselves, as well as our clients, by moving outside in a triage.”

She added: “The response was huge. We had more people here than we have most days. We had two pharmacists on, and there was never a moment they were not completely busy.”

Ms Jones said: “There is no doubt, people are very nervous now that it’s here — they’re worried they won’t have their medicine.”

The Government has said that, although visits by ships have been banned, normal Merchant Navy services to Bermuda would continue.

Ms Jones added: “What they have to remember is ships are coming in and there is no disruption in cargo shipping, which is how we used to bring in all supplies.

The World Health Organisation earlier recommended diabetics plan ahead and stock up on medications and supplies in case they became ill with Covid-19.

Ms Jones said: “Patients come first. We want to make sure everybody is safe and not going without medicine. If patients can’t get in to us, we will drive it to them.”

She recommended that diabetes patients phone in their orders in advance on 297-8427.

Ms Jones said the charity would keep the service, which will run on weekdays from 8.30am to 3pm, up and running “as long as possible”.

You must be registered or signed-in to post comment or to vote.

Published Mar 20, 2020 at 8:00 am (Updated Mar 20, 2020 at 12:42 am)

Diabetics to still get vital medicines

What you
Need to
Know
1. For a smooth experience with our commenting system we recommend that you use Internet Explorer 10 or higher, Firefox or Chrome Browsers. Additionally please clear both your browser's cache and cookies - How do I clear my cache and cookies?
2. Please respect the use of this community forum and its users.
3. Any poster that insults, threatens or verbally abuses another member, uses defamatory language, or deliberately disrupts discussions will be banned.
4. Users who violate the Terms of Service or any commenting rules will be banned.
5. Please stay on topic. "Trolling" to incite emotional responses and disrupt conversations will be deleted.
6. To understand further what is and isn't allowed and the actions we may take, please read our Terms of Service
7. To report breaches of the Terms of Service use the flag icon

  • Take Our Poll

    Today's Obituaries

    eMoo Posts