Faith Hospital to help smokers kick the habit

| 15/10/2015 | 0 Comments

Cayman News Service(CNS): Staff at Cayman Brac’s Faith Hospital are being trained to run a programme to help people quit smoking. The “I Can Quit” programme is scheduled to be offered twice per year beginning early in 2016, and will run for seven weeks on Wednesdays from 5:30pm to 6:45 pm.

“I Can Quit” empowers people to stop smoking, and works in tandem with ongoing support from key healthcare providers.

Dr. Samuel Williams, acting medical officer of health, spoke of the need for the programme. “Smoking remains the primary cause of premature death, preventable death and preventable ill health causing pain and misery to hundreds and thousands of families globally. The reality remains the same for us here in the Cayman Islands and this places a huge health burden on health care and social services,” he said.

Dr. Ngozi Onah Ezema, who will lead the programme at the hospital, added, “We are very happy to have the support for this worthwhile initiative which aims to help residents in Cayman Brac make informed choices about smoking. Giving up smoking is by far extremely difficult but support is now available for those who would like to quit and are determined to do so.”

Anyone interested in taking part is encouraged to register so that they can be offered appropriate support before the programme starts next year.

For further information, call Dr. Ngozi Onah Ezema at 948-2243

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